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Your guide to Wong Chuk Hang

Wong Chuk Hang may mean “Yellow Bamboo Ditch” in Cantonese but there is nothing remotely rural about this gritty industrial neighbourhood on the south side of Hong Kong Island. Once the sole domain of car mechanics and factory workers, Wong Chuk Hang’s status as a neighbourhood to watch has been cemented with the opening of the South Island Line MTR service in December 2016.

Wong Chuk Hang is full of cool and quirky businesses
Wong Chuk Hang is full of cool and quirky businesses

Super-cool businesses have sprung up behind the industrial facades of the buildings lining the Southside to Pokfulam freeway. You’ll find everything from galleries under the umbrella of the South Island Cultural District to furniture-makers (complementing the offerings at nearby Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau), along with party venues, restaurants and fashion and fitness outlets. Here’s our look at the highlights:

Homewares and Furniture

Mirth
A 1960s ex-wooden stool factory on the south side of Hong Kong Island is now home to Mirth, a haven of inspiring retail therapy and quirky globally sourced gifts, homewares, books, fashion, and children’s accessories.

Casa Capriz

Vintage lovers will love Casa Capriz – the showroom is packed with gorgeous vintage furniture and homewares, mostly sourced from Europe.

Candle Outlet
This factory outlet of Canadian brand Uni King stocks over 2,000 styles of candles, reed diffusers and candleholders all at remarkable discounts. Rumour has it that it’s sometimes possible to pick up a Jo Malone at a fraction of normal prices!

Jervisbay Barbecues

Jervisbay Barbecues relocated to Wong Chuk Hang from Horizon Plaza last September. It stocks a huge range of barbecues, with sizes to suit every need and space. You can also check out outdoor kitchens, outdoor heaters, tableware, scented and citronella candles, barbecue accessories, smoker chips, eskys, and salt bricks for barbecue cooking. As an added bonus, customers are offered free coffee to enjoy so they can take their time browsing!

Manks

Manks began its life over dinner in Copenhagen in 1996 when founders Paul Fung and Susan Man decided to bring Scandinavian modern design to Hong Kong. The company now showcases modern furniture and antiques, as well as having a character property arm.

Art

Spring Workshop
Drive along the main freeway in Wong Chuk Hang from Pokfulam and to your right you’ll see some bright yellow metal canes swaying in the breeze. This art installation, The Industrial Forest, is housed in Spring Workshop, a non-profit experimental arts space committed to a programme of artist and curatorial residencies, exhibitions, music, film and talks.

The Cat Street Gallery Annex
An offshoot of Hollywood Road’s mecca of contemporary art, The Cat Street Gallery, this 3,000-square-foot space is dedicated to storing and documenting artworks, and to providing a light and spacious private viewing venue for collectors.

Blindspot Gallery
One of the city’s leading names in contemporary photography, Blindspot showcases the work of established and emerging photographers.

Plum Blossom
Established back in 1987, this gallery promotes both ancient and modern Asian art. Plum Blossom is well known for its outstanding collection of museum-quality early Chinese textiles.

Wong Chuk Hang's 3/3rds has a rooftop terrace
Wong Chuk Hang’s 3/3rds has a rooftop terrace

Food & Drink

3/3rds

This cafe in the Yally Industrial Building does cafe food like it should be done – classic dishes using great ingredients with a dash of inspiration. Think three cheese and onion toasties, ox tongue hash with poached egg for a weekend brunch or a roasted aubergine salad with saffron yoghurt. The menu changes regularly and food is kept at room temperature for no more than two hours to keep it at its freshest. They also have a rooftop terrace, where they do barbecues and events.

Elephant Grounds

If you needed proof The Factory building in Wong Chuk Hang was cool, the presence of Elephant Grounds should provide it. The cult coffee house has a huge space inside the building where their much-loved brew available on weekdays from 9am to 6pm.

Mum
This unassuming spot at the base of One Island South serves up some of the island’s most delicious veggie fare. Its latest offering is a “yogi veggie lunch” – a morning yoga session followed by a nutrient-packed vegetarian feast. What better way to start your day?

Chef Studio by Eddy
Consistently voted one of the city’s best private kitchens, here, tucked away in an industrial building, miles from the usual restaurant hubs, Eddy Leung presents eight course tasting menus of “real food and real flavours”.

The Butchers Club
A modern take on the traditional butcher, The Butchers Club offers everything meat-related, from dry-aged Black Angus beef and South Australian hormone-free lamb to classes in sausage-making and butchering techniques. The Club is also home to an 18-seater dining room where guests can feast on pre-selected meat aged and cooked to perfection.

Pomegranate Kitchen
We’ve long been fans of Pomegranate Kitchen’s Mediterranean cuisine and now, along with their catering service, they have opened a dining and event space complete with large terrace in Wong Chuk Hang. Book the entire venue for a special event or visit on a Thursday evening where it takes on more of a restaurant feel.

Pizza Express

This family dining favourite has set up a branch on the ground floor of One Island South. It is open daily from 11am to 10pm, serving up pizzas, pastas and salads and their very well-priced kids’ menu, complete with colouring.

Fitness

Flex
When Heather Thomas Shalabi started teaching Pilates in her Repulse Bay apartment, little did she know that her passion for the method would result in Flex becoming one of the most popular and progressive studios in the city. The Southside’s largest fitness space now offers not just Pilates but also yoga, Zumba, TRX and more.

Elite Personal Training
Over the years, Elite’s state-of-the-art gym and programmes such as the 40-Day Challenge have helped fitness-loving individuals gain inspiration and motivation to reach their goals. Founder Nathan Solia introduced the concept of bootcamp to Hong Kongers over a decade ago.

Fashion

Plage
Located in a corner of the Mirth lifestyle boutique, Plage is the place to go for ultra-flattering beach and resort wear sourced from the best European designers. We love their beautiful Panama hats from Ecuador available in 12 pops of colour.

Angry Lane

French brothers Ben and G decided in 2012 to build their own custom motorcycles and launched Angry Lane. Their business has since expanded into clothing and accessories, with a range of jackets, pants and tees, along with bags and belts.

Did you know?

Wong Chuk Hang’s bustling streets may be less than pretty but behind the industrial facades is centuries of history. The area is home to some of the island’s most ancient rock carvings, highly unusual in that they are located at least a kilometre from the sea. The neighbourhood is also home to one of the Heritage Departments most recent declared monuments, The Old House at Wong Chuk Hang San Wai, one of the few traditional Chinese vernacular houses preserved on Hong Kong Island. Visit www.amo.gov.hk for further details.

Directory

Wong Chuk Hang Road

Candle Outlet

2/F, E Wah Factory Building, 60 Wong Chuk Hang Road

unikingcandle.com

Casa Capriz

1/F, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road

9318 1730 | casacapriz.com

Jervisbay Barbecues

9B, Tin Fung Industrial Mansions, 63 Wong Chuk Hang Road

2656 4429 | jervisbaybarbecues.com

Manks

14/F Cheung Tak Industrial Building, 30 Wong Chuk Hang Road (Entrance on Heung Yip Road)

2522 2115 | manks.com

 

Blindspot Gallery

15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road

2517 6238 | blindspotgallery.com

The Cat Street Gallery Annex

26/F, Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road

2544 6223 | thecatstreetgallery.com

Plum Blossom

14/F, Cheung Tak Industrial Building, 30 Wong Chuk Hang Road

2521 2189 | plumblossoms.com

Spring Workshop

3/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road

2110 4370 | springworkshop.org

Chef Studio by Eddy

5B Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road

3104 4664

 

Pomegranate

4B, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road

2580 0663 | pomegranate.com.hk 

 

 

 

 

Elite Personal Training

20/F, Regency Centre Phase 2, 41-43 Wong Chuk Hang Road

2552 9925 | eliteptstudio.com

 

Angry Lane

19A Sing Teck Factory Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road

angrylane.com

2 Heung Yip Road (One Island South) 

Mum (G/F)

2115 3348 | mum-hk.com

Pizza Express

3585 8598 |  pizzaexpress.com.hk

Flex (3/F)

2813 2212 | flexhk.com

 

6 Heung Yip Road (Yally Industrial Building)

3/3rds (22D)

3462 2951 | three-3rds.com

Yip Kan Street

Mirth

The Mezzanine Floor, Yip Kan Street

2553 9811 | mirthhome.com

Plage

M Level, Yip Kan Street

2553 9811

Yip Fat Street

Elephant Grounds

1/F, The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang

2562 9000 | elephantgrounds.com

Tin Wan Close

The Butchers Club

13C Sun Ying Industrial Centre, 9 Tin Wan Close, Tin Wan

2552 8281 | butchersclub.com.hk

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