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A Day in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong’s Trendiest Business District

August 28, 2020

Conveniently located a stone’s throw away from the corporate hustle and bustle of Central, Sheung Wan has made a name for itself as the undisputed coffee capital and the hipster hub of the city.

Whether you’re an art aficionado, a cultural fanatic, or a keen foodie, Sheung Wan has a little something for everyone – art galleries, gorgeous cafés, traditional Chinese medicine shops, trendy boutiques and some of the city’s coolest restaurants. The area fully embodies the unique contrasts that define Hong Kong, where business meets culture, old meets new, east meets west in this small yet striking part of the city.

Here, towering metallic buildings seamlessly blend with bustling streets lined with walls of graffiti and vendors selling dried seafood. It’s hard not to fall in love with the relaxed, artsy vibe of this neighborhood.

Whether you’re a local working in the area, visiting Hong Kong for a business trip or simply just want to discover more of what the area has to offer, we’ve got you covered with our list of the best ­­workspaces, things to see, and places to eat, drink and be merry in Sheung Wan.

 

Not Your Typical Business Hub

Move over Central, there’s a new and improved contender for the title of the best corporate district in town! Over the years, redevelopment projects have breathed life into Sheung Wan, bringing about a diverse mix of spaces from high-end office buildings and modern retail outlets to quirky independent coffee shops and traditional residential buildings, which has attracted many smaller, newer companies with the allure of cheaper rent and close proximity to the action in Central and Admiralty.

But there’s another reason why Sheung Wan is unlike any other business district in Hong Kong. It has managed to strike the right balance of fast-paced commercial areas and more slow-paced hang out venues, making it not just a great place to work, but also to live and play. A growing number of coworking companies have recognized the unique appeal this has had, especially with expats and visitors, and now offers a choice of flexible workspace solutions in the area.

If you’re looking for a cozy office for the day, Garage Society Sheung Wan is easily accessible and offers hot desks and private meeting rooms equipped with high speed Wi-Fi and air conditioning. And did we mention it overlooks Victoria Harbour?!

The space also boasts an outdoor terrace complete with tables and lounge chairs, perfect for a quick coffee break between work. What we love most about this space is the community – Garage Society has a friendly, welcoming vibe and attracts a young, business-savvy crowd, making it a good place to connect with people working in the start-up scene.

The Hive Sheung Wan is one of many locations across Hong Kong. Its contemporary open plan workspace filled with hot desks, dedicated workstations and private offices span two floors. Its spacious outdoor terrace is perfect for members to sit and have lunch or hold informal meetings.

And be sure to check out their upcoming events! The company organizes many of its own functions such as social media marketing workshops,language classes and happy-hour socials, ideal for anyone who needs a bit of a boost when it comes to meeting new people.

(If you want to try booking a coworking desk for the day,you can do it through the BOOQED app!)

 

Culture Galore

Did you know that Sheung Wan is one of Hong Kong’s oldest neighbourhoods? Even if you’re not a history buff, try paying a visit to the beautiful Man Mo Temple, one of Hong Kong’s oldest temples, before browsing the traditional Chinese medicine and dried seafood shops where locals have been shopping for generations.

Sheung Wan is also renowned for having a vibrant art scene. PMQ, previously the quarters for Hong Kong’s police officers and their families, is a historic site that was repurposed as a creative lifestyle venue in 2014. It is now home to over 100 studios for local designers and craftsmen to use as retail stores or workshop space.

With its captivating street murals and quirky independent galleries, Sheung Wan has a huge array of artistic venues to suit anyone’s taste. You can check out the contemporary design and metalwork at 88 Gallery or the ancient Chinese antiques at Joyce Gallery if you’re in the area!

 

A Foodie Paradise

The streets of Sheung Wan are occupied by some of Hong Kong's best restaurants as well as some top-notch coffee shops. From the local street stalls and tea houses to high-end fusion restaurants, this area really does have it all. And what better way to explore this eclectic neighbourhood than by eating your way through it?

Lin Heung Teahouse is one of those ‘must-try’ places when it comes to having the ultimate dim sum experience. Most people might find it quite overwhelming their first time, but keep calm and don’t be surprised if you have to share a table with a few locals!

For dinner, don’t miss Bedu. Located on Gough street, this cosy restaurant serves up delicious Middle Eastern fare with a twist, and is the perfect place for a dinner date or catching up with friends.

Caffeine Lovers Rejoice!

Sheung Wan is also famous for its incredible cafes. With so many hidden gems, you’ll never be starved for choice whether you’re looking for a quiet corner to get some work done, the most delicious cup of coffee you could find or a professional environment to do that business meeting.

Interval Coffee Bar by Twins Kitchen is an artisanal coffee bar that serves coffee in the morning and cocktails in the afternoon. With its minimalistic, Scandinavian-inspired decor (think marble tables and brass details) and seasonally curated drinks and gourmet dishes, it is perfect for formal meetings and is sure to impress your client!

For a change in scenery, neighbourhood cafes such as Common Ground exude a rustic, homely vibe, where customers can enjoy a great cup of coffee over a casual chat.

 

                             Related: 7 Coffee Shops in Hong Kong for Business Meetings

 

Unsurprisingly, all these perks have led to a thriving entrepreneurial community. The combination of Sheung Wan’s laid-back social scene and business venues is mirrored in its populace, culminating in a dynamic group of people who have mastered how to balance living, working and having fun.

 

Spend the Day in Sheung Wan with BOOQED

Want a taste of what it’s like to work in the area? You can book a hot desk, meeting room or reserve a café table instantly through the BOOQED app. Spaces can be booked by the hour, day, or month, whatever tickles your fancy! Wouldn’t it be great to wander through the charming streets of Sheung Wan and dig into some dim sum at the local teahouse in between business meetings and getting work done?

Download the app to book workspaces on demand in Hong Kong and Singapore. Available on both Android and iOS.

Plus, you can use the code HK50 to get 50% off your first booking in Hong Kong!