Hong Kong’s trendy Soho District is known for its contrasting architecture and vibrant nightlife, blending natural features, traditional Chinese culture, and colonial design. Popular with locals and internationals alike, the entertainment district offers bars, restaurants, and clubs with a range of cuisine and amusements.
Soho’s streets are best explored on foot, with many walking tours passing through the area on a citywide itinerary. Opt for a private tour for a more personalized experience, or take advantage of hop-on hop-off services that stop nearby to discover the district’s many boutiques, cafés, and eateries at your own pace. Those with an interest in Soho’s contemporary-art scene should consider a gallery- or street-art-focused tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Be prepared for a lot of uphill walking and stairs, with a total elevation change of over 440 feet (135 meters) from Hollywood Road.
- The well-trodden streets can be slippery, especially in wet weather, so shoes with grip are useful.
- Little of Soho is wheelchair-friendly, but it’s worth calling ahead to check with specific attractions, as many will do their best to arrange access.
How to Get There
Located in Central, Soho derives its name from the moniker South of Hollywood Road. From MTR Central Station, walk along Queen’s Road Central, then board the Mid-Levels Escalator to Shelley, Staunton, or Elgin Street; it’s about a 15-minute walk. Alternatively, bus 22 stops on Shelley Street, though it takes a little longer.
When to Get There
By day, Soho’s many boutiques, stalls, cafés, and galleries are the district’s main draw, ideal for culture vultures and city photographers. By night, the district’s bars, restaurants, and clubs come to life, and visitors looking to experience authentic Hong Kong nightlife can take their pick from the wealth of entertainment on offer.
Hong Kong’s LGBTQ Scene
Soho is home to a range of inclusive LGBTQ spaces, with plenty of opportunities to catch a late-night drag show, stop by a friendly bar for relaxed drinks, or hit the floor and dance the night away in safe, supportive space in the city center.