I lived in Hong Kong for eight years and have fond memories of the place. Someone once said that Hong Kong is like Manhattan on steroids and I couldn’t agree more – the energy here is palpable and it’s one of the most dynamic cities I’ve been to. Hong Kong is a small island but it’s jam packed with fabulous restaurants, shops and culture. I recently spent a few days in the city and thought I’d share some of my favorite finds.
The Four Seasons brand is synonymous with service and quality and their outpost in Hong Kong is no exception. Boasting a convenient location connected to the luxurious IFC mall, the hotel hosts a Chinese Michelin-star restaurant (Lung King Heen) and an infinity pool with a killer view. The rooms are decked out in either luxurious Chinoiserie or minimalistic modern and both have massive bathrooms with sunken tubs.
I stayed here for almost a month and was blown away by their incredible service including delicious gifted fruit baskets and chocolates and service by name.
Don’t forget to check out their world class spa.
The JW Marriott has been around for many years but still continues to impress with it’s fabulous views and attention to detail. The hotel is attached to the Pacific Place Mall which makes access to food and the MTR easy.
I stayed on their club floor and looked forward to the complimentary breakfast each day which featured fresh honeycomb, flakey croissants and a large spread of dim sum.
Their weekend champagne brunch is a must.
Hutong/1 Peking Rd.
To get the best views of Hong Kong one must travel to Kowloon and one can’t beat the views from Hutong restaurant. The restaurants serves northern Chinese specialties like deboned lamb ribs and beggar’s chicken, but the real star is the unparalleled island skyline. Time it right and you’ll catch the nightly laser show too.
Tip: Catch the Aqua Luna boat from Hong Kong to Kowloon. This luxe version of a traditional Chinese junk features dazzling red sails, snazzy cocktails and upclose views of the Hong Kong harbor.
Wang Fu Beijing Dumpling/ 98 Wellington St.
Me and my DH stumbled upon this humble dumpling house while shopping in Central. The interior might be nothing to shout about but their food is delicious. Per their namesake, the dumplings are the star of the show here and are available in a set of 10, or set of 5 with noodles. There are lots of options for vegetarians too. The service is warm and they also serve delicious fresh soy milk.
Yat Tung Heen/ 2F Great Eagle Center, Wan Chai
This restaurant recently received one Michelin star and deservingly so. They are famous for their dim sum which is refined, delicate and ridiculously yummy. I’ve eaten a lot of dim sum and this is probably one of the best I’ve ever had. My favorites are the “char-leong” – fried dough wrapped in white noodles, and crispy spring rolls.
Moustache/31 Aberdeen Street
Moustache is a tiny menswear shop nestled in Sheung Wan. It is known for their bespoke wear but also have some ready-to-wear shirts, ties and pyjamas. It’s a great place to pick up unique gifts for your man. They also sell fun illustrated guides to Hong Kong which make wonderful keepsakes.
Lab Concept/Queensway Plaza
Lab Concept is the newest retail outpost from the creative team behind Lane Crawford and Joyce. Featuring clothes, accessories and beauty – it’s a haven for brands like Sandro, Maje, Henry Holland and Theory. I discovered a Chinese brand with a French sensibility Mo & Co. and picked up one of their delicate silk dresses.
Hysan Place/ Causewaybay
Hysan Place is a recently opened mall in Causewaybay and is a great place to poke around if you’re looking for Korean and Japanese brands that you wouldn’t be able to find in US. There’s also a whole floor dedicated to cosmetics and a huge bookstore called Eslite which sells a large variety of Chinese books.
My favorite part of Hysan? The Sky Garden on the 4/F – its waterfalls and gardens makes a nice respite from the crowd.