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Live Music

Effortless cool is the common theme among Hong Kong’s underground clubs. Live music venue Hidden Agenda is housed in an old factory where alternative Chinese bands like Tang Dynasty play to an eclectic crowd. Over at Premium Sofa Club, where the decor includes recycled furniture – think old box TV tables – DJ Lucas Lusaka describes the dance club as “the place for people who aren’t trying to be cool.” Sense 99, technically an art collective, keeps instruments propped against the wall for anyone to use, and the atmosphere is more hole-in-the-wall 1950s jazz joint than nightclub. (We witnessed a Swedish ex-pat playing jazz tunes on a keyboard while two hipsters casually jammed on iPad synthesizer apps.)

Hidden Agenda, Unit A, G/F, Midas Plaza, 1 Tai Yau St., San Po Kong, Kowloon 
Premium Sofa Club, Basement, Fui Nam Bldg., 212-216 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan, 852-9175-1402
Sense 99, 2/F, 99F Wellington St., Central, 852-9466-4695

Mr. Bing's jianbingMr. Bing's jianbing

Chinese Food

While Hong Kong has plenty of high-endcuisine, there are also affordable restaurants that serve updates of old-school favourites. Mr. Bing is a bright orange, counter-and-stools joint with a soundtrack of Chinese hip hop and a signature take on the Beijing street food jianbing. The crispy crepe, usually topped with scallions and cilantro, comes stuffed with options ranging from kimchee to Nutella. Another sliver of a restaurant is Maureen, where owner Maureen Loh (a University of Toronto grad) applies sous-vide and molecular techniques to traditional meat and fish dishes, serving them with her own custom-made lo mein noodles. And for traditional dim sum with a twist, try Tim Ho Wan, where chef Pui shatters tradition by baking – not steaming – his pork buns. Just be prepared for a wait; word is out that the restaurant’s owner was once the dim sum chef at the Four Seasons.

Maureen, G/F, 11 Hing Wan St., Wan Chai, 852-2915-2261
Mr. Bing, G/F, 83 Wellington St., 852-2568-8248
Tim Ho Wan, Shop 12A, Hong Kong Stn. (Podium Level 1, IFC Mall), Central, 852-2332-3078

Forward Fashion

Vintage shops and emerging indie fashion designers flourish among Hong Kong’s designer boutiques. Vintage Hong Kong is brimming with fascinating throwback treasures, including never-worn 1960s Lane Crawford dresses, while Bang Bang 70’s, owned by two chatty brothers with an obsession for the decade, stocks everything from vintage cheongsams to retro teak furniture. For unusual one-of-a-kind pieces, check out Rat’s Cave, a hybrid retail outlet and art collective offering tattoo- and graffiti-inspired printed tops and accessories.

Bang Bang 70’s, 1/F, 16A Aberdeen St., SoHo, Central, 852-9045-8006
Rat’s Cave, G/F, 18A-B, Tai Ping Shan St., Sheung Wan, 522-858-9001
Vintage Hong Kong, 57-59 Hollywood Rd., Central, 852-9045-8006

 
Above SecondAbove Second

Urban Canvases

Though technically illegal, street art is common in Hong Kong, and the city is adorned with many colourful, skillfully painted walls. Unique pieces come and go, but curious visitors can contact Above Second, a gallery devoted to exhibiting the art genre, to find out the whereabouts of the latest works. Smaller galleries have also sprung up in industrial areas like Chai Wan, where AO Vertical occupies the 10-floor stairwell of an old factory, showcasing such emerging artists as photographer KC Kwan. In another nearby industrial building, a freight elevator leads to Platform China, where installations include the evocative videos of young artist Trevor Yeung.

Above Second, 852-6330-7759
AO Vertical, 3-13/F, Asia One Tower, 8 Fung Yip St., Chai Wan, 852-2976-0913
Platform China, 6/F, Unit 601, Chai Wan Industrial City Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Rd.

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Getting There

Air Canada offers daily round-trip service to Hong Kong from Vancouver and Toronto, with three cabin choices (Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class) offered on flights from Vancouver.

Comments… or add another

Nancy Kennedy

Thursday, July 24th 2014 12:24
would love to go to Hong Kong.

JR

Friday, July 25th 2014 16:55
Music, eating out and fashion all at your finger tips in Hong Kong.
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