Serge et la phoque says goodbye to Wanchai and Hong Kong

One of the fanciest date night restaurants in this part of town has closed its doors and relocated to London.

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When I first heard the news, I asked the staff, all of whom denied that Serge was leaving its Wan Chai location. I guess maybe they just weren’t told at the time. Perhaps it was timed with a rental increase.

We wonder what will take its place.

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Bye bye Mr Simms, Hello Dr Wong

The olde Mr Simms sweet shop sat on an unassuming corner on Spring Garden Lane. It’s a good location, just next to QRE and Hopewell Center, across the road from the jockey club gambling ticket office (not sure if this is the right description for it). The sign didn’t really stand out though, and when I went in once looking for a particular item, the shop girls in there were unnecessarily terse with me. So despite it’s appealing window displays and witty blackboard signs left on the pavement, I never went back in.

The irony of its replacement was not lost on me. From a candy shop that stocked almost every coloured additive to a great deal of sugar and possibly a similar amount of starch and flavouring, the space has now become a GP clinic.

It’s too bad that Wan Chai is losing diversity in shop choices… perhaps Okashi land is drawing most of the crowd. Will the Mr Simms sweet shop move elsewhere in Wan Chai? I’m guessing that the GP will make more money in the long run.

The Wan Chai scene in April

There were three articles describing how much income, interest (as in wanting to know, not rate) and inebriation would be happening in Wan Chai over these 2 holiday weekends.

From financial conferences to lighting exhibitions, expensive Art shows (Art Basel, see some pics below) to the biggest Rugby sporting event in Hong Kong, a rush of events has brought a huge number of visitors to Hong Kong and specifically to Wan Chai.

Yes, it’s the location. The HK exhibition center is here, the bars and restaurants, the red light districts all within a wandering over some pedestrian bridges.

The prediction of a boom in clients to the bars, prostitutes, late night love motels must send all on that short stretch of Lockhart to Fenwick into a giddy madness.

I wanted to go check out the scene and take a few photos for you, but I sprained my ankle badly on Friday and am unable to put any weight on it.

If you wake early enough on Sunday I’m sure you’ll get to see the “after party scene”. In the meantime I’ll just have to read about it in the news.

News Articles:

Socially irresponsible drinking’: Sevens means big business for Wan Chai bars

Inside Wan Chai’s love hotels during Hong Kong Sevens week

Rohypnol and rip-offs: the dangers of Wan Chai during Sevens week

Here’s a video describing the articles above.

The darker side of the Hong Kong Sevens Weekend

Here are some of the Art pieces I liked at Art Basel 2018.

Ceramic pop up back in Wan Chai – April 2018

It seems these ceramic pop up shops are very popular.. not surprising given that there are so many patterns and shapes of dishes to choose from. This pop up shop is here for the month of April 2018, but if you really need some ceramic ware, get there soon as they only stay as long as the landlord doesn’t find a longer term tenant.

Location

The shop looks like this. It sells the ceramic ware but also a mish mash of household items.

What’s for sale…. plates, saucers, bowls galore… here are the pics so you can plan your purchases and self brought bags to cart it all home!