Things to know before you go:
- The best time to visit Hong Kong in terms of weather is October – March when the precipitation and temperature is the lowest (still warm; around 19°C). The summertime (June – September) in Hong Kong gets extremely hot and humid!
- English is widely spoken, so there is no need to worry about communication. However, Hong Kongers’ main language is Cantonese, not Mandarin. (While you could still get by with Mandarin, I would advise to speak Cantonese if you speak both!)
- Hong Kong’s signature red taxis do not take credit cards. At times, the drivers may not speak much English (but they are super helpful – they once used their translator app to say they are sorry they took a wrong road!) so be prepared with a map of where you want to go. Ubers are also easily available!
- Subways are a convenient way to get around. You can get a one-time ticket by selecting the destination you’d like to go, or an Octopus card if you plan on taking the subway for a few days during your visit.
WHERE TO STAY:
- The Upper House: Discreet luxury, excellent hospitality. Read about my 5-star stay at The Upper House HERE. (average rate: $550+)
- The Fleming: Located in the vibrant Wan Chai district, the Fleming is an urban boutique hotel designed in a timeless style inspired by Hong Kong’s iconic cross-harbour ferries. (average rate: $230+)
- TUVE: Located in Causeway Bay, TUVE Hotel is a chic hotel with minimalist design, beautiful marble details and Le Labo amenities. (average rate: $168+)
WHERE TO EAT:
- Mott 32: Possibly the trendiest dim-sum spot in Hong Kong, Mott 32 was named after the first ever Chinese convenience store in New York. All around a wonderful dining experience. I recommend the smoked black cod and their cocktails! (Their famous suckling pig must be preordered one day in advance)
- John Anthony: A sister (or brother, I should say) restaurant of Mott 32, John Anthony serves Cantonese grill & dim sum with beautiful interior design. I’d love to return and try out more dim sum dishes and some cocktails as well!
- Mak’s Noodle: For more of a local experience, head to Mak’s Noodle for a quick and easy meal. So yum!
- Tokyolima: Cool hangout spot for Peruvian inspired Japanese food and fun vibes.
- Potato Head: Delicious Indonesian food, with a good wine selection. Tends to get quite loud on weekends with the brunch crowds.
- Yardbird: Modern Japanese Yakitori spot, serving all different parts of chicken you could imagine (achilles, knee, heart, liver, tail to name a few). Long cues are expected but you can eat while cueing which is what we did.
- Yum Cha: Named after a Cantonese tradition of brunch with tea, Yum Cha is a spot for a fun dim sum experience.
- Din Tai Fung: Michelin-awarded dim sum restaurant originating from Taiwan. Try their xiao long bao (soup dumplings).
- Winstons Coffee: My absolute favorite coffee spot in Hong Kong. Their latte is one of the best I’ve had.
- NOC: My other favorite cafe in HK. Multiple locations in the city, with some serving brunch dishes like avocado toast (which I have yet to try!)
- The Cupping Room: Speaking of avocado toasts, this one was by far one of my faves!
- Omotesando Koffee: Good place in Wan Chai for a coffee fix.
- Bakehouse: Local bakery with breads, pastries, and brunch menu. Come prepared for a long cue during weekends!
- Tiger Sugar: There are plenty of bubble tea shops you will find in Hong Kong, but this is by far my favorite!
- Supabowl: Perfect for those hot humid days in HK.
- Cocktails! Hong Kong is known for its amazing nightlife, particularly the cocktail scene – some of my favorite bars include: Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, The Old Man, Please Don’t Tell, I Know John, J. Boroski, Foxglove, Quinary…
WHAT TO DO:
- Victoria Peak: Whether you are a first-timer to Hong Kong or not, this is definitely a MUST!!!! I recommend visiting during both day and night, to see the city’s two sides. Reserve your tickets online for the peak tram to avoid waiting.
- Ferry ride to HK Island: As Hong Kong is known for its skyscrapers, this ferry ride is a great way to view the beautiful landscape of the Hong Kong Island..
- SoHo / Central: Perhaps the most busiest and bustling area of all, SoHo / Central is the place to be for restaurants and bars in Hong Kong..
- Lan Kwai Fong: A lively neighborhood filled with bars and clubs.
- Wan Chai: One of the city’s oldest areas, Wan Chai is a charming area perfect for a leisurely stroll.. Some favorite shops of mine include: Monocle Shop, Le Labo, and many many local noodle shops worth experiencing.
- Causeway Bay: On the more east side of Hong Kong Island is Causeway Bay – packed with malls and restaurants. Head over to experience the bustling atmosphere of Hong Kong. I recommend visiting the Fashion Walk Mall.
- Choi Hung Estate Basketball Court: the insta-famous basketball court is about 30+ minutes outside Hong Kong island, but is definitely worth a visit. Take a cab or the bus which conveniently takes you near the spot. Let’s not forget that this is a residential area and try to respect others.