Hong Kong's Yiu Wa Street
A block away from Times Square, this short stretch boasts funky boutiques by day, and sleek lounges by night. Here, 10 must-hit spots. By LILI TAN. Photographed by LARA DAY
Published on Aug 17, 2010
Creamsicle-striped walls grace the street’s sweetest boutique, which stocks designer threads from Japan. Look out for cult labels like ahcahcum and Tsumori Chisato. Recent highlights include an oversized jersey tee with Bambi silkscreen, printed green shift and cropped turquoise sweater with pinwheel appliqués.
Shop G05, ground floor, Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa St.; 852/2836-6367
+ Pink Martini
If Coco Chanel had a punk lil’ sis, then this would be her closet. Look for the neon pink martini in the window, as well as the school-girl blazer with beaded emblem and ruffled miniskirts once you’re inside.
Shop 02, ground floor, Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa St.; 852/2574-1498;
+ The Wardrobe/Walk-In Closet
These sister stores have slightly different personalities: Walk-In Closet is the trendier of the two, selling cocktail dresses like a silk yellow and grey colorblock mini by Centimetre. The Wardrobe airs on the blazers-and-cardigans side, with a nice selection of ballet flats to match.
The Wardrobe: 26 Yiu Wa St.; 852/2891-3688
Walk-In Closet: Shop 5, ground floor, Workingview Commercial Bldg, 15–21 Yiu Wa St.; 852/2838-1163.
Opened this past summer by self-taught designer Winnie Fong, Design Your Own Shoes custom cobbler shop is already a must-visit for shoe fiends. Rework the hot pink lace-up “Joy” heels in a nude or black satin for a more versatile pair, or create your own from scratch.
1st floor, 33 Yiu Wa St.; 852/2204-3043; dyos.hk
On a tight budget? The HK$180 T-shirts and printed polyester dresses probably make this easy-to-miss spot one of the least-expensive vintage stores in Hong Kong. Check out the selection of leather bomber jackets.
1st floor, 28 Yiu Wa St.; 852/255-8775
Ignore the Grey Goose branding on the doors—Sonyiuwa has an outdoor terrace and one of the best cocktail menus on the block, including several saketini and Long Island iced tea variations. Salt addicts should try the Salty Samurai, a sake and grapefruit juice concoction.
30 Yiu Wa St.; 852/2591-5500; drinks for two HK$180
Small, dark and exclusive, this whiskey bar lures Japanese businessmen and other aficionados with more than 100 labels. Connoisseurs can choose from a variety of Japanese single malts, smooth enough to rival Scottish ones.
27th floor, Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa St.; 852/2892-2080; www.executivebarcom-hk.blogspot.com
+ Valerie Wine Bar
Despite its name, the street’s most crowded spot only offers a couple of vintages by the glass. Stick to the respectable cocktail menu, unless you’re with someone who shares the same taste in pricey bottles. Then sit back in the grey chairs, set against pink screens, and enjoy the lively scene.
33 Yiu Wa St.; 852/2803-5318; drinks for two HK$200
With its sage and white tiled walls, warm wood floors and beige leather chairs, Statement offers serenity amid all the action. The focus here is on champagnes, including Dom Pérignon and Krug Grand Cuvée; popular snacks such as Parma ham pizza and pasta alla vongole are on the menu for pairing.
10 Yiu Wa St.; 852/2834-0044; drinks for two HK$180