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One of the most exciting and dynamic metropolises in all of Asia, Hong Kong’s electrifying atmosphere is generated by the synthesis of each of its various neighbourhoods, with their own signature style and personality. Hong Kong’s charmingly chaotic, neon-lit streets carry such an allure precisely because, for so many years, they have been the place where huge swathes of people from all over have come together. Naturally, cities of such a grand scale tend to be made of distinctly different neighbourhoods, and this is also true in Hong Kong. Whether it’s the bright lights and grandeur of Central, the bohemian Sheung Wan or the traditional and colonial quarters of Wan Chai, Hong Kong has so many sides to its personality to fall in love with.

Let’s run down a selection of Hong Kong’s top neighbourhoods!


The pulsating heart of Hong Kong, Central is synonymous with the city’s iconic skyline and captures the essence of the original boomtown Hong Kong as it grew to one of the most economically powerful and prosperous cities in the world. As the financial business district, Central is the home of many multinational companies and global brands, but it’s also where esteemed dining venues, world-class hotels and celebrated art galleries also call home. Central is certainly affluent, but it is still full of character. Head to Lan Kwai Fong, one of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife spots, ride the tram to Victoria Peak for the best view of the whole city or feel Hong Kong’s heritage on an iconic ‘Ding Ding’ tram.

Sheung Wan

Adjacent to Central, Sheung Wan offers a captivating blend of old and new, which really is the spirit of Hong Kong. Wander through its narrow streets lined with traditional medicine shops, antique stores and street markets and appreciate how Hong Kong’s traditional spirit of commerce paved the way for its economic prowess in the modern age.

Wan Chai

Wan Chai is a place frequented by hipsters and those with a refined cultural palette, and it’s easy to see why. Much like almost everywhere in Hong Kong, Wan Chai buzzes with activity and life, but the presence of both traditional and colonial architecture gives this neighbourhood a colour and flavour that delights the senses. Naturally, such eclecticism makes for fertile ground for creative types from all over the world and each corner and alley reveals hidden gems, whether it’s a sophisticated bar with handcrafted cocktails or dim sun restaurants that are the stuff of gastronomic legend. Take a walk down the Wan Chai Heritage Trail past Pak Tai Temple, Old Wan Chai Post Office or the Hung Shing Temple to really nourish your soul.

Causeway Bay

As far as retail goes, Causeway Bay is the beating heart of this cosmopolitan city. The most in vogue and fashionable brands can all be found right here in Causeway Bay. So much so in fact, that nighttime shopping in Hong Kong’s Times Square makes for a rather intoxicating apéritif before heading to some of the trendiest bars in the city. It’s not all bright lights and big price tags though, head to Hong Kong Central Library or take a stroll in Victoria Park for some mindfulness in the big city.

Sham Shui Po

In the northwest of Kowloon, Sham Shui Po is historically a working-class neighbourhood and one ideal for those who seek an authentic experience. Winding through its alleys and streets are networks of markets and shops which reveal a treasure trove of peculiar paraphernalia and marvellous miscellanea; try some local delicacies as you peruse old records, vintage cameras, gadgets and toys in Apliu Street and Fuk Wing Street.

West Kowloon

West Kowloon is where Hong Kong’s traditional history, culture and heritage is told through contemporary art installations, modern architecture and vibrant museums. As one of Hong Kong’s oldest neighbourhoods, the city’s indelible history can be felt when visiting the likes of Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market, Tin Hau Temple and the former Yau Ma Tei Police Station. However, West Kowloon is most notable for its spectacular cultural attractions and contemporary architecture. Wander through the cultural district’s expansive and leafy surroundings, stopping by at some insanely Instagrammable spots like the Growing Up Pavilion and West Kowloon Station. Another must while you’re here is a visit to M+ Museum, Xiqu Centre and Hong Kong Palace Museum. M+ is Asia’s first global museum of visual culture, Xiqu Centre is Hong Kong’s premier venue for Cantonese Opera and Hong Kong Palace Museum presents priceless artefacts from the Forbidden Palace in Beijing and presents a fascinating contemporary interpretation of traditional architecture and art.