hong kong

  • Discover your dapper side with a visit to a local tailor for a bespoke cut
  • Sample a unique take on Chinese food with a Wagyu Short Rib

Tailored clothing is still a big part of stylish locals’ wardrobes—though many Hongkongers claim that tailoring isn’t what it used to be. For men, quality craftsmanship and a great choice of materials can still be found at WW Chan, beloved for its classic aesthetics. Dapper dandies, however, head to the Armoury, whose founders focus on slimmer cuts and offer a range of ready-to-wear items as well as bespoke services. For gents looking for an Italian vibe, Il Sarto is the place to go. Don’t miss Chan Yee Jai a couple of doors down for some old-school Chinese candies and preserves. (Just don’t get any dried sour-plum powder on that new jacket.) Hong Kong’s expats swear by Margaret Court for ladies’ tailoring, especially for copies of favorite designer pieces. Reward yourself, post-fitting, by heading up the Mid-Levels escalator, getting off at the Hollywood Road intersection, and popping into The Woods, an artisanal cocktail bar that focuses on seasonal ingredients. We swooned over their classic oak whiskey sour—but you can’t go wrong with anything from the creative cocktail menu. Then walk to the corner of Elgin Street for dinner at Ho Lee Fook, run by wunderkind Jowett Yu, a Taiwanese-Canadian chef who trained in Australia, and who is now doing out-of-the-box takes on Chinese food. Highlights on the menu? The Roast Wagyu Short Rib along with Hong Kong style French toast.

As you make your way into the noise and organised chaos of Hong Kong city centre, go down from Peddler to Wyndham Street. After you’ve had your fill of sartorial fun, Queen’s Road can be reached via Wellington Street as you head back the way you came towards Central Station.

​​WW CHAN: Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Rd. Central; +852-2366-9738;

THE ARMOURY: Shop 307, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St.; +852-2804-6991;

IL SARTO: 172 Queen’s Rd. Central; +852-2815-3336

CHAN YEE JAI: 176B Queen’s Rd. Central; +852-2543-8414;

MARGARET COURT TAILORESS: Flat G, 8/F, Winner Building, 27-37 D’Aguilar St.; +852-2525-5596

THE WOODS: L/G, 17 Hollywood Rd.,+852-2522-0281;

HO LEE FOOK: G/F No.1-5 lower Elgin St.; +852-2810-0860;