Walk This Way… NoHo
SoHo is so five years ago. Nowadays, it’s all about hip and happening enclave NoHo (that’s North of Hollywood Road) with its indie snack stops, galleries, bars and shops.
First thing’s first – this hilly warren of a nabe is full of steps, alleys and crumbly concrete, so leave the Loubis at home and dress for comfort. Following a gentle warm up circuit of PMQ (technically in SoHo) to get the retail juices flowing, totter down Aberdeen Street with purse at the ready.
Cross Hollywood Road and espy Orient Senses on your left, with its super stash of gold and silver gilding for him and her, and Mushroom on your right with quirksome homewares. A skip further down is ABoutique bursting with glam gal-wear from the likes of Frame Denim, YMC and Swedish Hasbeens.
Swing left into Gough Street and take a pause at Asia’s first Caudalie spa, then, feeling refreshed, push on to design destination Mr Blacksmith with hip home bobble. Next door is Euro kid’s cache Petit Bazaar, and next door again is lifestyle stop WOAW for eyewear, tech items, footwear and kicky coffee pitstop Elephant Grounds.
Continue onto Brit brand Timothy Oulton, replete with lovely leather goods and Union Jacks galore, then further along still is local hero Homeless, for all your decor desires.
Phew! It’s time for a post-retail refreshment. Shuffle up Shin Hing’s steps for NEO on your right – a retro-future-fitted cocktail den – or ascend a little more to cave au vin La Cabane, pouring some first-rate artisanal drops. Santé!
PMQ / 35 Aberdeen St / Central / +852 2870 2335 / pmq.org.hk
Orient Senses / 29 Aberdeen St / Central / +852 2544 3398 / orientsenses.com
Mushroom / 14 Aberdeen St / Central / +852 2851 7688 / mushroom.hk
ABoutique / 19 Aberdeen St / Central / +852 2851 6055 / aboutique.hk
Caudalie / 3 Gough St / Central / +852 2319 1006 / caudalie.com
Mr Blacksmith / 7 Gough St / Central / +852 2581 1110 / mrblacksmith.hk
Petit Bazaar / 9 Gough St / Central / +852 2544 2255 / petit-bazaar.com
WOAW / 11 Gough St / Central / +852 2552 8869 / woawstore.com
Timothy Oulton / 17 Gough St / Central / +852 2161 1742 / timothyoulton.com
Homeless / 29 Gough St / Central / +852 2581 1880 / homeless.hk
NEO / 10 Shin Hing St / Central / +852 2812 2280 / neocc.hk
La Cabane / B/F / 97 Hollywood Rd / Central / +852 2517 0186 / lacabane.hk