Can an old street be taught new tricks? One of Sheung Wan’s oldest streets tries to prove that it can by getting a modern makeover; from floral jamming to coffee shops and art galleries, Tai Ping Shan Street has been brought into the 21st century.
Tallensia Floral Art G/F, 6C Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Art jamming was quite the craze a few years ago when bachelorette parties and birthday groups sipped on glasses of wine in order to channel their inner Picasso. Tallensia took this concept and blossomed with it: floral jamming! Guests choose their favorite floral materials and containers to create a masterpiece in a vase. Florists can sign up to jam every Sunday or they can email the company to make their own time slot.
Knockbox Coffee Company Shop B, Tai Ping Shan Street, Central/Sheung Wan
Frances Lam and Patrick Tam have set up their own teeny tiny and delightfully surreal coffee shop in a space shared with evening gown designer Cerise Yip. They grind their own beans (and roast them sometimes as well), and serve a little menu of purist favourites for super-reasonable prices. The raison d’etre for Knockbox is really to sell coffee and coffee equipment directly to serious bean-heads. Look for the blackboard sign on Tai Ping Shan Street as it’s just down a little alley!
Check out our full write-up on Knockbox here.
Homei Shop B, G/F, 22-24A Tai Ping San Street, Sheung Wan
It’s more of a café than a restaurant, though it does offer a few lunch items like sandwiches and pasta. With scores of hot and cold coffee concoctions, even the most discerning of caffeine drinkers can find something here. There are only a few bistro tables inside and out, so Homei is best for a quick drink or yummy take home dessert.
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 8:30 am – 7:00 pm; Sat to Sun 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
teakha Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Road, Sheung Wan
2858 9185 www.teakha.com
Everyone knows about this hidden gem by now, but that doesn’t make it any less charming! Grab one of owner Nana’s homemade scones (still warm from the oven), a cup of their signature unusual teas (no coffee here folks!) and relax in style. Teakha also do some light snacks, daily specials and lots of scrummy cakes, with a few seats outside to watch the world go by too. Just don’t forget they’re closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Check out our full write-up of Teakha here.
Aēsop 16 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan
2857 7356 www.aesop.com/
Providing the neighborhood with a fragrant smell, Aēsop offers the tried and true lotions and body products we all know and love. Try the lotion testers outside the store even when it’s not open; my favorite: Orange Peel!
KONZEPP SPACE I 50 Tung Street, Hong Kong
On a side street to Tai Ping Shan, you can find this eclectic accessories store. With unique items such as lip tattoos and more traditional pieces like clothing, dishes, and stationary, this store is the smaller version of Homeless. Its contents are certainly interesting for a perusal to find the latest and funkiest homeware trends.
Art Galleries and Clothing Stores
Walk down Tai Ping Shan Street and nearby side streets like Sai and Tung and you’ll find the neatest showcase of art and clothing hanging in multiple storefronts. Pop in to Rat’s Cave for an Asian punk rock vibe; Sin Sin’s 2 galleries on both sides of Sai Street for a look at the hippest art exhibits and stylish accessories; or the plethora or stilettos, photographs, jewelry and handmade clothing at the many other stores lining the neighborhood.
If you’re in the mood for some exercise, directly behind Tai Ping Shan is Blake Garden, a recreational area with volleyball and basketball courts, football pitches (or soccer fields depending on where you’re from), and a playground. Flanked by serene green gardens and benches, this park is the perfect addition to the city streets of Hong Kong.