Expat Guide: Living in Central SoHo & Central Mid-levels
SoHo and the Mid-levels are two of the most popular neighborhoods among Hong Kong expats.
Central SoHo is a trendy, swanky area where lines of bars and shops stay open until the early hours of the morning. It’s located south of Hollywood Road and you can get there via MTR Central Station, Exit D2. Central Mid-levels in contrast is a hilly, tree-lined neighborhood with scenic winding roads. Some call the area the Lower Peaks.
Why Expats Flock these Neighborhoods?
Expats choose to live in these parts if the city because they offer a balanced combination of cosmopolitan life and quiet greenery. Divided between the residential Mid-Levels area, whose apartment blocks give beautiful views over Victoria Harbour, and SoHo’s party district. SoHo has its diverse establishment line-up of galleries, antique shops, boutiques and drinking holes where tourists and locals converge to take a break from work. If you’re young and single, SoHo is the ideal place for you. Families and newlyweds on the other hand choose the Mid-levels because it’s more suitable for kids.
Hong Kong’s highly efficient public transport connects you to the whole territory, another feature which attracts many expats.
What to do in SoHo?
Shop at PMQ (35 Aberdeen Street)
Complex of 100 retail spaces and artistic studios
Get Coffee at Common Ground (19 Shing Wong Street)
A cozy hangout that also displays quirky accessories by homegrown designers.
Taste test at Tate (59 Elgin Street)
Fusion of French and Japanese cuisine
Look at Art at Liang Yi Museum (181–199 Hollywood Road)
What to do in Central Mid-levels?
Take the Escalator
Cuts through the Mid-Levels, from Central to Conduit Road. It allows people to travel quickly between these two places, compared with traveling by the winding roads up the mountain.
Relax at the Hong Kong Park
Natural landscapes for strolling, hiking, jogging and relaxing with friends and family.
Walk through Wan Chai Nature Trail
Wan Chai Nature Trail is a short footpath and it only takes about 2 hours to complete.
Get cultured at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre
Main aim of supporting local art creation
Real estate is very expensive in Hong Kong and these two neighborhoods are not exempted. Average Monthly Rent for a 2 bed, 1 bath apartment (870 sq. ft) in these areas is between HK$ 38,000 to HK$50,000.
Landlords will have Property Insurance for rented flats but we also recommend you get Renter’s Insurance to protect your personal belongings (furniture, computer, etc.) in case of loss, fire or flooding. We help expats with Home Contents Insurance and more.