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October 18, 2007

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

While parts of Central are starting to seem a bit lackluster, Star Street, is quickly emerging as one of Hong Kong’s hippest hangouts and looking brighter than ever. Newly accessible via links from Admiralty MTR and Pacific Place, the historic district, once home to tenements and Hong Kong’s first electric plant, now boasts a myriad of cosy cafes, stellar dining and drinking outposts, and unique art and retail spaces, while still retaining a rare local charm. It’s time to change your orbit and step out, on Star Street…

How I wonder what you are
For snack cravings of epic proportions, your first stop should be epöch coffee bar & desserterie (12-14 Wing Fung Street, 3525 1570), which is home to fantastic illy coffees, valrhona chocolate brownies, scrumptious nachos, and freshly pressed paninis, not to mention a chilled out ‘house music café meets collegiate coffee house’ vibe.  Still hungry?  Head up the street to Pantry (31 Wing Fung Street  2180 0770) for comfort foods like peanut butter and jelly, that will take you back to mom’s kitchen.  Or, step into the future at the super-mod cafes in the basement of Pacific Place Three.  Gym bunnies can head to an outpost of Kosmo Wellness Cafe (3555 4006), while those who would rather skip to dessert can have their cake and eat it too at Hong Kong’s second Chocolux (2918 9892).

Up above Queen’s Road so high
If you’re looking to try some authentic dishes at places that are off the beaten track, start at Olala (corner of Star Street and St. Francis), which has some of the best homemade noodles in town.  Later check out Great Asia Japanese Restaurant (29-31 Queen’s Road East, 2528 1568); what it lacks in atmosphere, it makes up for with super fresh sashimi at rock bottom prices.  Next, get your hands dirty at Shake ‘em Buns (Shop K, 2D Star Street, 2866 2060), which serves their burgers hot, fresh, and juicy, just how we like it.  Still got a meat tooth?  Skip down the road to Olala charcuterie, where you can savour Spanish meats and cheeses along with specially selected wines, available by the glass or bottle.  For dessert, there’s no place better than Xi An Sweets (8 Wing Fung Street, 2833 6299), for unique flavours and innovative combinations.

Like a diamond in Wanchai
If the recipe for the evening calls for gourmet dining and standout cocktails, you’ve got to find (all the right) Ingredients (23 Wing Fung Street 2544 5133), a gorgeous duplex with sublime food and a stunning rooftop bar.  Next, sashay over to the new outpost of legendary French restaurant Chez Patrick (8-9 Sun Street, 2527 1408), a well-hidden gem, whose secret black and white dining room looks unlike anything else in Hong Kong.  Glam it up Italian style at long-standing favourite Cinecittà (9 Star Street, 2529 0199).  Indulge in decadent desserts at the crisp, modern Spoil Café (1 Sun Street, 3589 5678). And throw back a few cocktails at Star Street’s newest watering hole, 1/5 nuevo (9 Star Street, 2529 2300).

The allure of this new galaxy will leave you so starry-eyed…you might even end up singing your favourite childhood song!

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