The Hit List – Things to Do in Hong Kong
Polluted, cluttered, smoggy… say what you want about Hong Kong, it’s still one of our favourite places in the world, and not just because LifestyleAsia’s head office is located there. With its mazes of crowded streets and throngs of tourists and locals, there’s something new and exciting about the megalopolis each time we pay a visit.
Here’s how you can enjoy the city in the most authentic way, even with time constraints. And if we can squeeze all of these in between three days of meetings and events, you can do it too!
Where and What to Eat
Dim Sum is a no brainer and must-have when you visit Hong Kong, and really, with restaurants at almost every other corner along the streets, you will be spoilt for choice. Most of these restaurants serve excellent dim sum at unbeatable prices (SGD$5 for a filling dim sum breakfast, anyone?) so just hop into any one you see and you’ll be set.
Be more adventurous and try some of the authentic street food. The deep-fried squid, with chilli and salt powder hits all the right spots – we didn’t even care that it isn’t exactly healthy or hygienic.
For dessert, skip the overrated Ë®±ÁïôÂ±± (Xu Liu Shan) and instead opt for Êª°ËÆ∞ÁîúÂìÅ (Man Ji Dessert House) for delectable desserts that’s bound to satisfy any insatiable sweet-tooth. Sure Singapore has the franchise too, but it still lacks the authenticity and finesse of its Hong Kong counterpart.
Where to Shop
Hong Kong is excellent for shopping especially if you are looking for mainstream labels at a fraction of the prices in Singapore, but the real charm exists in the kitschy little shops that are so often overlooked for the larger shopping centres.
Island Beverly (located opposite SOGO) at Causeway Bay has a nondescript appearance, but look past its slightly shabby appearance and find a treasure trove of clothes, makeup, skincare products, gadgets and trinkets all at reasonable prices – every tiny little store brings new surprises!
Soho at Central, with all of its cobbled streets and steep stairways may not be the most comfortable for long hours for shopping, but we were so charmed by the many tiny art galleries, bustling cafes, bistros and kooky clothing stores to notice anyway. For nail polish addicts, Century Plaza just off D-Aguilar Street hides Cher2, or as we call it, the Mecca of Nail Polishes. Think the Chocolate Factory from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but with O.P.I, China Glaze, Orly nail polishes instead.
1202A, 12/F, Century Plaza, 1 D’Aguilar St. Central
Where to Drink
If exclusivity is what you’re after, head over to Dragon-i, one of the most popular bar/dining establishments in Hong Kong, hailed as ‘Asia’s most creative and eclectic vision of lounge, dining and partying for the global glitterati’. Because of its high-profile nature, the club attracts a great deal of celebrity types and lots of beautiful people, and so don’t expect entry to come easy.
Alternatively, take your pick of the many bars and clubs that dot the streets of Lan Kwai Fong, essentially Singapore’s Clarke Quay – but with more character. A buzzing centre of clubs, bars and trendy bistros, Lan Kwai Fong is the place to chill out and people-watch, without the pretentiousness.
Address: UG/F The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3110 1222
Where to Visit
Definitely make your way to Ozone, the world’s highest al fresco terrace right at the top of the newly opened Ritz Carlton, where you can enjoy contemporary Asian tapas, signature cocktails and a stylish wine list. While we’re not huge fans of the cluttered and slightly tacky interior (too many mirrors and strobe lights for our liking), Ozone is still one of those places that you just have to visit, if only for the bragging rights of having visited the tallest hotel in the world. Less than impressive design aside, the view of the Hong Kong city skyline, especially at night, is breathtaking.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
International Commerce Centre
1 Austin Road West
Kowloon, Hong Kong
+852 2263 2100