Establishment neighborhood
Liang Yi Museum
181-199 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan
Hollywood Road has long had a history rooted in the buying and selling of antiques. Now, one of the city’s greatest resident collectors, Peter Fung, has opened a 20,000-sqaure foot private museum devoted to showcasing his own personal collection, which includes 300-plus pieces from Ming and Quing dynasties and an assortment of jeweled powder boxes from the likes of Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. Exhibitions will rotate twice a year, and unlike its traditional counterparts, visitors are encouraged to sit on and touch the items on display.
Repulse Bay Beach
Despite its name, Repulse Bay is actually one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong (which at least partially explains the explosion in residential real estate prices here). The development of the suburb is relatively controlled to the area directly surrounding the beach, so views of the lush hills—and the ocean—make it a great spot for escaping the hustle-and-bustle of the city center. A few tips for newcomers: The beach is most busy in the summers, when weather is warm enough for sunbathing, and the neighborhood is actually not accessible by MTR, so you'll want to book a taxi or take one of the city's express public buses (which only take about 15 minutes from Central).
11 Gough St., Central
If you have time to swing by just one store in Hong Kong to pick up gifts for friends back home, WOAW (stands for World of Amazing Wonders) should be it. Curated by local entrepreneur Kevin Poon, the store is an unexpected blend of industrial and rustic elements (exposed pipe ceilings and wood fixtures throughout), packed to the rafters with hard-to-find goods—everything from vintage band tees to feather-weight sunglasses from Mykita to out-there interpretations of everyday items like ashtrays, flip-flops, canvas totes, and more.
202 Queen's Rd. E, Wan Chai
Sommelier and born-and-raised New Yorker Alison Christ took her love of wine, art, and music to Hong Kong and opened MyHouse in Wan Chai’s QRE Plaza (following the debut of the popular Maholo Tiki Bar there). MyHouse is part restaurant (open for lunch and dinner), part wine bar, and also a music venue with a roster of resident DJs and a library of vinyl. Another space might run the risk of trying too hard but MyHouse feels sophisticated and warm as opposed to a trend chaser.