The second-oldest road in Hong Kong, Hollywood Road runs for 0.62 miles (1 kilometer) from Sheung Wan in the west, past trendy SoHo, and through to Central in the east. It’s home to a plethora of antique shops, art galleries, and boutiques, as well as a lively and growing assortment of hip restaurants, bars, clubs, and boutique hotels.
Most Hollywood Road antique shops are located on its western end, centered around Ladder Street and Upper Lascar Row (Cat Street Market). Farther east are more boutique shops and art galleries—Hollywood Road today is one of the top places to view and buy contemporary Chinese art. Cafés, restaurants, bars, and clubs cluster closer to the road’s Central end.
Visit Hollywood Road on your own or join a half-day guided walking tour. Choose a tour focused on shopping for personalized recommendations, or join a small-group tour and take in both historical and modern attractions around Central and Sheung Wan. Opt for a full-day tour to include top Hong Kong attractions such as Victoria Peak.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Hollywood Road is a must-visit for antiques aficionados and those who love to shop.
- Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk.
- Allot several hours if you plan to walk the length of Hollywood Road and shop and/or dine.
- It may be difficult getting taxis during rush hours and when it rains.
How to Get There
Hollywood Road, which is a one-way street running west to east, is easily accessible. Take the MTR to either Sheung Wan or Central and walk south until you hit Hollywood Road. Note that there may be steep hills involved, though visitors can avoid having to walk uphill by taking the Central–Mid-Level Escalator—a sight in itself. Taxis are another good way to avoid the hills.
When to Get There
Hollywood Road can be visited at any time. Those interested in shopping should note that most Hong Kong shops open later in the morning but stay open later in the evening, and many shops are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Shop later in the day and stay to enjoy the lively nightlife scene here, with many late-night restaurants, bars, and clubs.
Top Attractions on Hollywood Road
On the Sheung Wan end of Hollywood Road, Man Mo Temple is dedicated to the gods of literature (Man) and war (Mo). Built in 1847, the temple has a lavish interior and huge spiral coils of incense overhead. In the Central District, the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator is the world’s longest covered escalator, stretching over 2,600 feet (800 meters) and rising over 442 feet (135 meters) in elevation. The escalator only runs one way at a time: It runs downhill from 6am to 10am and uphill from 10am to midnight.