Stanley Main Street is a pretty and tranquil waterfront area that is popular for its restaurants, lane-way market shopping and cultural attractions. Beautiful for weekend visits, there are often promenade festivities and other events held in the area.
One of my favourite things about Stanley is that it’s a great place to find and buy affordable art.
(And we know how I am a big fan of art in the home!) There are many shops to choose from and they offer plenty of options in a wide range of asian, lowbrow, modern and contemporary styles.
My favourite art store is Unique Art Gallery (tel: 2899 0666), situated on the stairs just after the Stanley Market Road taxi cul-de-sac, near Delifrance. The store is small and open faced and the two brothers who run it have another larger store in a nearby lane, with more extensive art and framing options. Framing here is quite reasonably priced and offers the standard option of glass or plastic (plastic is easier to transport) but be warned that the plastic used is much thinner than usual, though it looks similar upon wall hanging. Artwork from various artists is featured in both stores, and there are some really lovely city skyline pieces by their father, Luming.
Further within the surrounding market lanes – which are crowded by tourists even on weekdays – there are clothes and shoes, bags and jewellery, toys and collectibles and all manner of other delights for both the tourist looking for souvenirs and the Hong Kong dweller seeking a nice quality silk dressing gown or cheongsam dress for a party. Similar in style to the friendly crush of Jardines Bazaar, the shops in Stanley are larger and more cheerfully tourist-oriented, catering to both visitors and the people who live in and love the Stanley area. However, for better prices on pearls and jewellery it’s worth waiting for a visit to the Jade Market in Kowloon. The vendors near the back of the market often have the higher quality goods, at much cheaper cost than in Stanley.
For those visiting Stanley for food, there are plenty of options all around the area. The entire promenade is covered with establishments offering all manner of delicious casual choices, and there are also plenty more places to choose from within Murray House and Stanley Plaza.The waterfront walk houses the seafront bars with al fresco dining like BoatHouse and Pizza Express, while Stanley Plaza has Starbucks, Classified, Chez Patrick and Saffron Bakery and other places in which a delightful Saturday breakfast can be enjoyed.
Murray House is at the end of Stanley Main street, perched majestically on the seafront before Stanley Plaza. A historical building which was moved brick by brick from Central, it now houses many restaurants. Formerly the site of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, there are buddhist monuments nearby and a temple near the bustling base of Stanley Plaza.
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