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Close your eyes and picture Gage Street. There’s a queue outside Lan Fong Yuen with tourists scrambling for the vendor’s famous cup of tea. And there’re hawkers shouting next to pig carcasses and dying fish. Yes, there’s general commotion. But if you stroll down the slope towards Aberdeen Street, the hustle and bustle slowly dissipates into something… completely different. It all begins with a vintage motorcycle adorning a shop façade. Welcome to the super-cool General Store.
This neighbourhood-style boutique is every bit the antithesis of the blandness which its name suggests. It’s a shop that sells antiques and furniture from the 20th century American and European periods. Cool shoppers associate trendy and hip with the Noho area, and you would expect General Store to be there. So why is it on Gage Street instead, where 99 percent of shoppers are housewives trying to haggle down a $5 cucumber?
“Gage Street is the place where we feel like it represents the real Hong Kong. Some might hate the wet market but we just love the mix of culture [here]”, says Shelly Hayashi, owner of the General Store. Coming from a fashion background, Hayashi started a wholesale fashion business which she still runs. And the same taste for beauty now goes into her new boutique, showcasing the style of furniture that she loves.
This is definitely a place full of gems. From the modernist Danish designer Hans Wegner’s vintage sewing table to the 15th anniversary edition of the Fritz Hansen’s egg and the actual rendering work from Edward Wormley, you will be forgiven for mistaking this boutique as a small museum. “This store is a celebration of design. If people buy pieces from us, it shows they appreciate our taste and it all means a lot to me,” adds Hayashi.
Other than the designer pieces, the store also stocks small goods like the vintage hook ($350), rusty keys ($30), out-of-print books, art prints and photography to add finishing touches to your home. Interior design services are also available. Hayashi says: “A home can be made more human with the addition of one or two key pieces like this.” Cathy Chan
This shop can transform your home to make it resemble a Mad Men set. 1960 to 70s Bauhaus furniture comes mainly from Europe and the prices for cabinets, tables, sideboards and retro chairs are available on request (expect a price tag of more than $2,000 for a chair). A funky range of random collectibles such as Chinese propaganda memorabilia, vintage musical instruments and decorative figurines can also be found.
4 Sun St, Wan Chai, 2549 8800.
Husband-and-wife duo Richard and Mavis opened 2nd Chance five years ago after finding it impossible to buy affordable furniture which isn’t made of cheap material. The company now buys unwanted furniture from home owners as well as shops that are closing down.
The 10,000sq ft showroom, with an additional 8,000sq ft of storage space, is choc-a-bloc with furniture that is either new (“You’ll be surprised how many people order furniture that can’t even fit through their front doors. Some of those mistakes end up here,” says Richard) or good quality second-hand furnishings.
Most of the furniture on offer is made of hard wood, and used goods are repaired and refurnished on-site. Some of them are even upcycled: a 30-year-old television cabinet is about to be transformed into a small bar on the day of our visit. And if you wish for your own purchases here to be upcycled, 2nd Chance can customise them for you too.
Prices for single beds start from $900, going all the way up to a queen-size bed complete with a Sealy mattress for just under $12,000. There are the sorts of Chinese dining table sets you see on Hollywood Road (from around $1,500), bedside cabinets from $400, as well as sideboards and bookshelves. Decorative pieces such as qing hua ci urns ($280), rugs, candle holders and lamps are available.
Unit 14, 2/F, Kin Fat Industrial Centre, 13 Kin Fat St, Tuen Mun, 2496 1222; 2ndchance.com.hk. Open 11am-7pm, closed Wed.
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This cheekily-named seafood joint hosts resident oyster specialist John Stewart and peddles the freshest catch from the sea. The giant seafood platter serves up chilled things on the half-shell, as well as cooked crabs, prawns, and the likes. The blackboard menu chalks the daily crop of super fresh oysters. There’s also a great selection of oyster and wine deals, starting from just $99 for three oysters and a glass of house wine. 23 Hoi Wan St, Quarry Bay, 2856 5000. $400.
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Shop 2802, 28/F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Rd
Area Tsim Sha Tsui
Situated all the way up on the 28th floor, Ambrosia offers a stunning cityscape view as a backdrop to its delicious seafood menu. Freshly-shucked Oysters are the main draw and the restaurant’s selection changes according to the seasons. Ambrosia’s happy hour menu is one of the best seafood deals in town. Available on weeknights from 5pm-7pm, this reservations-only menu features a six-piece oyster platter with a glass of white wine or champagne for as low as $188 per person. Shop 2802, 28/F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2368 6901. $1,000.
This much-loved seafood joint serves British classics in elegant yet laidback surrounds. Aside from smoked fish and hearty pies, look out for the impressive selection of jet-fresh oysters served over ice. Come during “Oyster Wednesdays” when a single variety of oyster goes for $10 a pop from 6pm onwards. It’s also worth noting that DotCod are pioneers in the sustainable seafood movement so you can feast away happily for a green cause. B4, Prince’s Bldg, 10 Chater Rd, Central, 2810 6988. $600.
La Casa Chilean Oyster Bar
Formerly named Mi Casa, this oyster joint is a cult favourite with the hip Tai Hang crowd. Diners can mix and match their own oyster platter or have the restaurant’s friendly team put together the freshest selection on ice. Seafood aside, desserts are another must-try, especially the baked Alaska and sweet chocolate fondant. 7 King St, Tai Hang, 2808 1248. $600.
Tucked away behind a nondescript commercial building in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Open Oyster is truly one of the best kept secrets in town. A smattering of alfresco seating out front and the shelves of wine bottles near the back give off a charming European vibe. Baskets of fresh oysters sit prettily over ice in the small display windows for diners to ogle. The fresh oysters go for a fraction of the price at hotel-level restaurants and there’s also a discounted price if you order your oysters with wine. Shop 56, G/F, Southseas Centre, 75 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2366 3808. $500.
Oyster and Wine Bar
This old-school restaurant at The Sheraton is widely regarded as being one of the best spots in the city for fresh oysters. The raw seafood bar stocks more than 20 varieties of oysters on the half shell every evening, with seasonal choices flown in from all over the globe. The restaurant’s Sunday brunch deal is especially popular. $638 gets you a sumptuous seafood buffet, with a selection of freshly-shucked mollusks while $688 includes free-flow Piper-Heidsieck champagne to wash down the food. 18/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2369 1111. $1,500.
This shoebox-sized hut specialises in takeaway orders. But its location on a car-less, quiet stretch of Hung Hom also makes it an ideal spot for dining in, and manager Frankie Yu will happily set up an impromptu alfresco dining environment with a few fold-up tables and chairs. They’ve also taken over a small store with several more seats, just a few doors down from their take-out location. At both branches, a rotating selection of around 20 types of oysters are offered every day, all at a substantially lower price than most western seafood restaurants in town. Shop G2 & K2, 29 Tak Man Street, Hung Hom, 3521 0876. $400.
This low-key Happy Valley restaurant is a favourite among many local celebrities living in the area. The maritime-themed décor complements the menu of fresh, chilled and cooked seafood. As the name suggests, oysters are the main attraction and the restaurant stocks around 20 different types daily, ranging from mild and crisp, to briny and creamy. 14 Min Fat St, Happy Valley, 2572 2028. $800.
This was once John “the oyster king” Stewart’s turf until he moved onto other oyster-shucking pastures (first Bentley’s, then The Codfather, see below) when the restaurant closed down its original location on Aberdeen Street last summer. The Oysterman has since relocated to a new spot on Wellington, doling out the same fresh, briny bivalves at reasonable prices. 13/F, 33 Wellington St, Central, 2815 2208. $600.
Housed on a quiet street in Sheung Wan, this tiny restaurant turns out some of the freshest seafood in the neighbourhood. The restaurant sources their oysters from different waters around the world, including Willapa Bay in America, and the waters of South Pacific Australia. Seafood lovers should go for the giant seafood platter for two, which includes sea whelks, sweet prawns, scallops, clams, and an assortment of freshly-shucked oysters. 31 Bridges St, Sheung Wan, 2549 0132. $600.