Trendy nightlife venues inject new life into traditional district

The opening of the Central Mid-Levels escalator in 1993 led directly to the evolution of this traditional area into a trendy nightlife/dining district. Soho – the nickname comes from the fact that it is “south of Hollywood Road” – is mostly centred on Staunton Street and Elgin Street, though its influence has expanded into the neighbouring area. In these narrow backstreets are an array of international restaurants and bars, alongside boutiques selling avant-garde apparel, accessories and home décor, often by local designers, plus antique shops and art galleries. But the old survives – such as Man Mo Temple.