Pottinger Street
Pottinger Street
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Neighbourhood: Central
When people think of Hong Kong, most imagine movies with famous skyscrapers dominating the skyline. The area widely known as Central is the major financial hub and entertainment district, which truly lives up to the saying, “work hard, play hard.” Bars stay open late into the night and there just happens to be a street party every weekend. Although everything seems to be operating at lightning speed, Central is full of quiet, hidden gems. Nestled between office towers are wet markets and some of the city’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1960s. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Retreat from the crowds by exploring beautifully restored historical buildings and even a green oasis of botanical gardens.
How to get there
  • Hong Kong • 4 min walk
  • Central • 5 min walk

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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore4,359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Dropping by Central and having nice stroll along the various street has always been a ritual for us whenever we dropped by HK. Exploring the F&B outlets and the various unique Landmark always make one appreciate the culture & history of the area much more. It was Pottinger Street recently we spent much time on in the recent trip. The street was originally on the slope between Queen's Road Central and Hollywood Road but it has since “expanded” from the junction of Hollywood Road in Central to part of Connaught Road. The historic small street is made of large stone slabs, the high and low stone paved road is so famous that the commonly used Chinese name of Pottinger Street translates as “Stone Slab Street”!
Not too much of a challenge for most even if the street is paved unevenly by granite stone steps, but best be equipped with comfy shoes definitely help. and is a popular venue for photo shoots and movie scenes. The iconic street are lined on both sides with many old shops and stalls and throngs of tourists and passers-by like to explore. Several of the shops here are still the old wooden kiosks, selling mainly souvenirs and fancy-dress costumes, making this a favorite spot for Halloween shopping. The offering of outrageous outfits and popular masks make it to visit for any occasion.
The plus-point is that the street is smack in Central so one can pair it with a watering session at LKF or even food therapy at the various F&B nearby

Written 9 August 2023
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China1,60,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The shops along Pottinger Street (Slab Street) between Stanley Street and Queen's Road Street presently have brought out Chinese New Year items, items and decorations which are nice to see during the festive season. This particular section of Pottinger Street is very interesting at this time of year.
Written 21 January 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,641 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This is not a street for wearing high heels. The uneven granite stone slabs of this steep street were first laid in the 1850s and one suspects that they have been tripping people up ever since.
The most interesting thing here are the colourful stalls along the sides. They sell all sorts of weird and wonderful masks, capes, wigs, hats, feather boas and fancy dress costumes.
If you go there around St Patrick’s Day, it will be a sea of green glitter and sparkles and leprechaun hats and if you go at Christmas, you’ll find it awash with Santa suits, tinsel, decorations and dancing Christmas trees. It is a fun, quick stop when you are looking around Central.
For the more serious-minded, this is one of the oldest streets in Central and is a listed Grade 1 historical monument. It was formally named after Henry Pottinger, the first Governor of Hong Kong (1843 to 1844) but is informally known as Stone Slab St. The roughly hewn slabs were a deliberate design to help stop people from slipping on the steep slope and more importantly, to direct the rainwater away from the middle of the street, effectively sluicing the water off to the sides. It always surprises me to remember that before Hong Kong engaged in massive land reclamation, the seawater actually came up to Queens Rd and the start of Pottinger St.
Written 22 March 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China1,60,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a Grade 1 historic location in the centre of Hong Kong. Pottinger Street (also known as Slab Street) was built in the 1850s and is basically a stone slab pedestrian street which slopes upwards using the contours of the natural land. As such, it is uneven and a bit awkward to walk without paying attention to the steps. Regardless, it is a neat historic attraction and an interesting place to take in during visits to the Central District.

Along Pottinger, you'll find a handful of restaurants as well as stalls selling accessories, souvenirs, wigs, costumes and related holiday items (especially during Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival).

You'll also be able to catch some street art that goes up on the building sides from time to time. Presently there is a new large scale painting of a historic streetscape view of Slab Street from the past. You can see it just south of the Wellington Street intersection.
Written 12 January 2020
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bcheong
Shanghai, China26,727 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
An interesting “street” that’s basically an old flight of stoney steps that have eroded with time. At the top you have tai kwun, and the bottom, the posh pottinger hotel. Street stalls occupy eveything in between
Written 10 June 2019
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TheMoment - 那一瞬間
San Francisco, CA476 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
When you visit Hong Kong, it is a must to go the Pottinger Street, locally known as cobble stone street and walk a mile up hill at 45 degree. Shop there and enjoy the moment while you climbing up and swearing. It is fun.
Written 14 May 2019
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Bill C
Vancouver, Canada4,282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
This is one of the oldest streets in Hong Kong. Between Queen’s Road Central and Wellington St., it’s pedestrian only and on a steep hillside with granite steps. It’s lined with stalls selling costumes, masks, and party supplies.

Pottinger St. runs parallel to the nearby Mid-Levels Escalator. To avoid walking uphill on Pottinger St., you can take the Mid-Levels Escalator up then walk down Pottinger St.
Written 11 April 2019
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tonsterl
Sydney, Australia154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Stumbled upon this street while looking for a place to have lunch. It was extremely busy as it was lunch hour.
Try and eat at one of the stalls off Pottinger Street.
There is the world’s longest escalator (Mid-Levels escalators close by)
Written 17 March 2019
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171258Philip
Singapore, Singapore191 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
It will be good to take your photograph at the bottom of the steps next to Pottinger Hotel. You can then use the mid level travellator and then walk down.
Written 20 December 2018
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Paul H
Huddersfield, UK1,686 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
It has a look of old London slum areas in the 40s. One minute just a steep street of concrete. A clip from West side story.
Then tiny stalls and shops appear selling everything you can think of from these cobbled streets and steep upward pavements. Not easy walking.
The people running the stall are lovely people. Young and old business people.
Written 15 December 2018
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