Last week Ry and I visited Kennedy Town, which was named after Arthur Kennedy, the seventh British governor of Hong Kong. The extension of the MTR from the ever-so-trendy Sheung Wan is currently being constructed, so the town is bracing itself for a big change. Known as Hong Kong’s hottest up-and-coming neighbourhood, we decided to check it out before the MTR’s set up.
We hopped on the tram at Sheung Wan and were lucky enough to grab the front seats at the top! 😀
This family of lucky cats were the first thing that caught my eye upon arrival.
For over 100 years, Kennedy Town served as a cattle depot and slaughterhouse after animals were landed near the pier. The slaughterhouse closed in 1993 and the neighbourhood ambled along as a quiet residential area for the next 10 years.
However buildings that once housed garages, warehouses, tiny markets and scrap-metal dealers are filling up with high-end French bistros, bars and cafes, as luxury apartment buildings rise beside them. Kennedy Town is turning into a destination for Hong Kong’s expatriates and affluent professionals, being only two stops away from Central.
With Hong Kong facing one of the highest income-inequality rates in the world, some locals worry about the impact of Kennedy Town’s upheaval on lower-income residents and small-time shopkeepers.
It was obvious from our visit that Kennedy Town has a budding restaurant scene. There are traditional Chinese eateries with no-frills décor that cater to locals who have lived here for decades.
However restaurants towards the west of town cater to expats, with a strong emphasis on international menus and ambiance.
After umm-ing and ahh-ing at all the different food options, we opted for a Chinese lunch where we were unfortunately served by a really rude waitress.
Ry went for a mediocre fish and vegetable dish with rice…
…while I had a huge portion of under-flavoured chicken and salted fish fried rice.
After a disappointing lunch, we strolled around the park.
…and a residential area.
Oh, and I got my watch-battery changed by the sweetest old man for just $30!
Ry also discovered a beautifully packaged blueberry tea, which he’d recommend 😉
I’m glad that we visited Kennedy Town. However besides the budding foodie scene, there was nothing particularly exciting/distinctive about it. We explored the town quite thoroughly within a couple of hours, so decided to walk back to Sheung Wan in the sunshine.
We discovered new shops on the way!
You know you’re in Sheung Wan when you find yarn-bombing!
It’s very chilled.
Sheung Wan is also home to some pretty rad street art.
Treasure troves of antiques!
As the sun slipped away, we headed home for a fry up and prepared our little flat for Craig and Finbar’s arrival the next day!