It’s been a while since our last Gough Street Guide – so we thought it was time to give it a bit of an update! Full of cool eateries and stylish boutiques, we took a stroll down this quaint little Noho hotspot to give you a quick peek at the best of the best. Happy wandering!
G/F, 7 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2581 1110
Good for: Practical gifts for the men in your life or good housewarming presents!
This is a designware store with the emphasis on ‘ware’ – ‘hardware’ that is. Here you will find lettered key hooks, paintbrushes, steel clips, quirky measuring tapes, Victoria & Albert hammers and more… Even their business card is made out of sandpaper! Home furnishings with a more masculine vibe are dotted throughout Mr Blacksmith, perfect for adding finishing touches to your home without fuss and frills.
G/F, 28 & 29 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2851 1160 or 2581 1880
Good for: Make your house (or apartment rather!) a home with creative yet functional homely additions.
With two flagship stores scattered along Gough Street, Homeless dominate the streetscape with their very stylish designer home furniture, lighting and home décor accessories. Sit down with the in-house design team to create your own original piece of ‘Homeless’ furniture or choose from over 30 international brands.
Agnès b. Café L.P.G
G/F, Chung San House, 8-10 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2563 9393
Good for: By far the loveliest of all Agnès b. Cafes in town!
There seem to be Agnès b. Cafés sprouting up all over the show at the moment but, given its quaint Gough Street setting, terrace seating and its own onsite Agnès b. FLEURISTE selling the prettiest (but pricey!) roses, tulips and peonies, this one gets our vote. Agnès B Café offers French food with a modern lunchtime twist; with Croque Monsieurs, crêpes, soups, salads, sandwiches, omelettes and pastas, there will be something on the menu to tempt every tastebud. On the sweeter side, the open bakery offers a mix of desserts from gâteaus to pastries.
G/F, 14 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2803 2307
Good for: Easy office attire at reasonable prices
Opened just a few months ago, this Hong Kong retailer is one we Sassy girls know and love. Marco Visconti makes perfectly wearable pieces that will take you from the office to out on the town in a flash. Read our full article about the brand here.
G/F, 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2161 1742
Good for: A range of women’s and men’s bags in classic colours and styles (including satchels, totes and shoulder bags) with vintage aesthetics and distressed finishes.
One of the trendiest names in the world of British designer furniture recently opened its doors on Gough Street! Hallmarks of the best of British heritage are evident in many of Timothy Oulton’s designs, so you will not be surprised to see the Union Jack proudly featuring on their wall hangings and armchairs. If you are on the lookout for a light installation (and willing to part with some significant moolah!), look no further than their range of stunning chandeliers encased in wrought iron intertwining circular rings – hip London club Boujis’ Hong Kong outpost couldn’t resist one either!
G/F, 18 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2884 1111
Good for: Edgy clothing, footwear and accessories straight from the pages of major fashion magazines!
Fashion forward women will fall in love with (and want to buy!) absolutely everything in this distinctive boutique featuring up-and-coming international fashion designers. Tikka stocks a select number of labels, including much loved Australian brand Shakuhachi, independent LA based footwear brand Matiko and American denim brand Bleulab who make genuine reversible jeans. Shop Tikka’s own clothing line The Letter Q, designed by Tikka owner Doris Qi, which perfectly combines contemporary pieces, structured tailoring and quality fabrics. Check out our full write-up here!
G/F, 21 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2850 5967
Good for: Treat yourself to a cheeky bowl of their famous beef brisket noodles or beef tendon curry.
If you walked past Kau Kee without giving it a second look, we wouldn’t blame you – it’s pretty low-key and local. Having been stationed on Gough Street for close to 90 years, the chefs clearly know what they’re doing and the daily lunch and dinnertime crowds are testament to that! Kau Kee often packs out (especially on weeknights and Saturday afternoons, when it’s not uncommon to see a long line snaking out the door and onto the footpath), so be prepared for a wait!
24 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2489 9899
Good for: Satisfying those cupcake cravings!
Another long-time Sassy fave, we’ve become quite partial to a box of Kisses Cupcakes on a Friday afternoon – and with scrummy flavours like Red Velvet, Cookie Monster and Ferrero Rocher, who can blame us! Either buy a box to takeaway or relax with a cup of tea and something sweet inside their small café area and watch the world go by. Check out more of our favourite cupcakes in Hong Kong here.
G/F, 26 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2745 6868
Good for: Quirky, original buys are Visionaire’s specialty. Who would have thought a wooden wine case could be turned into a luxurious jewellery box?!
An innovative lifestyle store whose star product has to be LED lights by Character, a Finnish design company who use alphabetical letters from infamous logos like H&M, Samsung and McDonalds. Imagine the ‘Y’ from SONY illuminated and affixed to your living room wall – now that is what we call a feature wall! Check out the calico Alphabet bags perfect for a trip to the wet markets; brides will just love the Wedding Series too (shown above right).
35-37 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2850 7788
Good for: Chow down a basket of scrummy xiao long bao!
Tucked away on Gough Street, this family-run joint is cheap and super cheerful. Two thumbs up for the owners who make sure you’re happy and look after you like you’re one of their own – and the food is great too (we love their lion’s head meatballs!).
Ms B’s Cakery
G/F, 39 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2815 8303
Good for: Celebration cakes for special occasions to impress your guests. Go on ‘let them eat cake’!
Lady in Red, Madame Butterfly, Better Than Sex, OMG!… The names of Ms B’s cake creations pack almost as much punch as their unique flavours. Whether you’re craving something sweet or are on the hunt for a decadent dessert, this little cakery always seems to be buzzing – especially on weekends. The only downfall (if that’s possible with cake), is that you can only buy the mini cakes in sets of three.
G/F, 47 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2385 8899
Good for: Stocking up on easy, breezy, beautiful kaftans, sarongs and tunics that have a bohemian flair.
Want to experience all the colours and magic of India without getting Delhi belly?! Then look no further than Bohemian, a store filled with loads of colourful pashminas, scarfs, kaftans, gypsy skirts and ethnic jewellery. You can get a whole stack of extremely well priced friendship bands and bracelets, which are so hot right now!
51 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2815 4499
Good for: Comfy but stylish shoes
A tip-off from HK Magazine Managing Editor (and our That Girl!) Sarah Fung, JB House (formerly known as Toot Toot) is great for comfortable pumps with built-in platforms. Bid farewell to tired party feet!