Whether you want to admire the artistry of talented artists or simply looking to step up your Insta-game, these are the best places to see street art in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is known for many things—a sophisticated fusion of eastern and western cultures, glittering skyscrapers and dynamic nightlife... but did you know that our beloved city is one of the most vibrant art hubs in Asia?
Despite its small size and reputation for being a concrete jungle, Hong Kong is brimming with a myriad of excellent galleries and exhibitions to satisfy your visual cravings. Many talented local and international artists have even ventured out into public spaces, using alleyways and the walls of the buildings as their canvas to create artworks that not only brighten up the cityscape, but also our Instagram feeds.
The Mills, Tsuen Wan
Once a cotton mill in the 1960s, the old factory building Nan Fung Textiles has now been refurbished into a cultural hub, brimming with plenty of local designer shops, cafes, creative spaces showcasing the work of talented artists.
The creative energy is felt in every corner of the art institution. As you enter the main entrance of The Mills on the ground floor, you’ll be greeted with six large-scale murals curated by local artists along Pak Tin Par Lane. Dedicated to paying homage to The Mills’ unique history development and expressing bright hopes for the future, the artworks are all painted against a white background with intricate details and bold colours, serving as a perfect background for your ‘gram.
The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3979 2300; themills.com.hk
E. Tat Factory Building, Wong Chuk Hang
Think Wong Chuk Hang is a commercial district where you can only find industrial blocks and office buildings? Think again. Since the opening of the South Island Line MTR service at the end of 2016, Wong Chuk Hang has transformed into one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the city, where you’ll find everything from impressive dining establishments to creative businesses and art galleries.
If you’re looking to add a splash of colour to your feed, be sure to check out the massive mural of a dragon-serpent hybrid entangling a giant hand on the side of the E. Tat Factory while exploring the area. An eye-catching artwork created by Spanish artist Spok Brillor for HKWalls’ Street Art Festival 2017, this piece is characterised by a combination of dramatic colours and hyper-realism painting technique, which features all the elements you need for an Insta-worthy shot.
E. Tat Factory Building, 4 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Tank Lane, Sheung Wan
Many people only visit Sheung Wan for its vintage shops, cosy cafes and art galleries, but only a few know that the neighbourhood is also home to an impressive array of street art, offering plenty of colourful backdrops for your snaps.
Apart from the famous artwork curated by artist Alex Croft on Graham Street, the murals on Tank Lane are particularly noteworthy. Along the staircase there, you’ll find pieces created by artists from across the globe, including a striking Bruce Lee mural by South Korean graffiti artist Xeva and a geometric, colourful work by Russian street artist Pasha Wais. Looking vibrant and unique, these murals ticks all the boxes for a perfect Instagram background to show off your #OOTD.
Tank Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
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Shing Wong Street, Sheung Wan
Another street art gem hidden in the eclectic neighbourhood of Sheung Wan, this large mural of two goldfish swimming in circles is a beautiful reflection of Danish contemporary artist Christian Storm’s signature geometric technique. Artfully infused with Chinese aesthetics and juxtaposed with the antique shops, this graffiti piece is meant for your ‘gram and will garner you plenty of likes.
After scoring some beautiful shots, continue to explore in the hood with visits to those art galleries and cosy coffee shops for some drinks and light refreshments.
Shing Wong Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Art Lane, Sai Ying Pun
No street art tour in Hong Kong is complete without a visit to Art Lane in Sai Ying Pun. Stepping out from the MTR station (exit B3), you’ll immediately find yourself surrounded by a wide collection of murals created by talented local and international artists—all featuring distinctive themes and characters that make for a photogenic backdrop for some stunning shots.
Inspired by street art in global cities such as New York, London and Seoul, these paintings are crafted with themes of art and music, which have graced the walls and alleyways of those revitalised old residential buildings in Sai Ying Pun since 2018. Wander around the little lanes of the hood—Ki Ling Lane, Shek Chan Lane and Chung Ching Street—to find and admire the colourful artworks, such as Urban Jungle by Hong Kong-based artist Neil Wang, Music Town by artist Zue Chan, as well as the famous rainbow staircase.
Art Lane, 8 Chung Ching Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Uma Nota, Central
Want to add a pop of pastel hues to amp up your feed? This masterpiece created by Hong Kong-based French artist Elsa Jeandedieu for the Brazilian-Japanese restaurant Uma Nota, is sure to please. Depicting a beautiful laughing woman against a lovely pink backdrop, this mural will not only provide you with a dreamy setting for your +852 shots, but also brighten up your mood instantly and make your neighbourhood tour even more enjoyable.
If you love this mural by Jeandedieu, don’t miss her stunning pieces that decorate the walls of the Middle Eastern restaurant Bedu in Sheung Wan, and the coffee shop Barista by Givre on Staunton Street in Central.
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
Public Square Street, Mong Kok
Hong Kong’s answer to the Ihwa Mural Village in South Korea, Public Square Street in Mong Kok is one of the coolest, most underrated graffiti spots in the city. Here, you’ll find a staircase with every step beautifully painted with different types of flowers in both warm and cold hues—think roses, sunflowers, tulips and lavenders—which calls for fun and playful photographs to impress your followers.
Omni Art, a group of young female Hong Kong artists, is the brain behind this gorgeous mural. If you wish to see more of their creative works, don't forget to check out their official website for a glimpse of their outstanding portfolio.
Public Square Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Elgin Street, Central
Gracing the walls of the Korean-fusion restaurant Seoul Bros in Central is this eye-catching piece created by an anonymous French artist. The large monochrome painting, which illustrates a dining scene with a group of people sitting in a western restaurant with a Chinese bamboo hanging on the wall, is said to be a representation of the area’s unique mix of cultures. Strike a pose a bit further from the mural, so you can also capture the famous dai pai dong Yuk Yip Dessert for a perfect Hong Kong snapshot.
Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
This article was originally published on November 19, 2020 and was updated on February 24, 2022.