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Hong Kong: Recommendations Broken by Neighborhoods

Planning a trip to Hong Kong? Here are some bucket list items to cross off during your time in each neighborhoods. I’d also recommend avoiding visits from July – September, since those tend to be the hottest, most humid months. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.


Image: Lion Rock Trail in Kowloon


Central/SoHo

ATTRACTIONS

  • Victoria Peak – A skyscraper view of Hong Kong; breathtaking at night and during the day

  • Man Mo Temple – The largest Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong is on 124–126 Hollywood Road, in Sheung Wan

  • Central–Mid-Levels Escalator – Longest outdoor escalator in the world as it winds around Central Hong Kong and shows the picture-perfect view of the hustle and bustle of the city

  • Hong Kong Harbor – Stroll through the waterside for a view of the skyline and Ferris wheel

  • Starr Ferry – One of the city's most famous attractions taking you from one side of the island to the next; the boat ride paints the perfect skyline photo

FOOD

  • Tim Ho Wan – Michelin Star BBQ Pork Buns

  • Kaw Kee Beef Brisket

  • Yat Lok Roast Goose

  • Mak’s Noodle

  • Ramen Ippudo – my favorites: burnt garlic ramen; spicy kimchi fried rice; fried chicken bun

  • Shugetsu Ramen

  • Unnamed alley that serves fresh seafood to an outdoor crowd – located by Beef & Liberty Burger

  • Tai Cheung egg tarts

  • Yum Cha – cute instaworthy Dim Sum in Central


BARS & LOUNGE

  • Lily and Bloom – great happy hour

  • Cé La Vie – rooftop bar

  • Iron Ferry – check out the secret bar behind it

  • Brick House

  • Feather Boa Speakeasy

  • Quinary – amazing cocktails


NIGHTLIFE

  • Dragon-eye – high-end club; hip hop remixes; dress shirts and dresses required for entry

  • Play – everyone's go-to spot; hip hop remixes & Top 40; casual or dressy attire for entry

  • Bungalow – great EDM and Trap music; casual or dressy attire for entry

  • Oma – techno; causal attire for entry

  • Social Lounge – techno; causal attire for entry

  • Volar – hip hop remixes; dress shirts and dresses required for entry

  • FLY – high-end club; hip hop remixes; dress shirts and dresses required for entry

  • "Club 7-Eleven" – yes, the convenience store 7-Elevent at Lan Kwai Fong is the go-to spot for casual drinks outside the street. It's affordable, great for mingling and a common spot for pre-drinks


Kennedy Town

ATTRACTIONS

  • Instagram Pier – beautiful sunset over looking the skyline and water

  • Sai Wan Swimming Shed

FOOD:

  • Sun Hing Dim Sum – the famous and freshly made 3AM dim sum; a great stop after a night out or after pulling an all nighter from your studies

  • Cheuk Kee Congee Shop | 卓記粥店


Causeway Bay

ATTRACTIONS

  • Time Square – a great stop for shopping and shows the perfect display of the busy streets of Hong Kong

  • Ride a Ding Ding


FOOD:

  • Cong Sao Dessert – tasty mango/durian dessert with tapioca balls

  • Yee Shun Dairy Company – soft tofu pudding dessert

  • 人和荳品廠 (located at 55 Jardine’s Bazaar, East Point, Hong Kong) – amazing tea time options; stir fried noodles; fresh fish cake tofu


Tai Koo

ATTRACTION:

  • Montane Mansions (aka Quarry Bay Homes) - he building that's taken Instagram by storm known for its monstrosity and features in many film


Kowloon

ATTRACTIONS:

  • Lion Rock hike

  • Chin Lin Nunnery/ Nan Lian Garden

  • Choi Hung Estates – photoshoot spot at iconic HK housing

  • Mong Kok: Street food Sneaker street Pet street

  • Starr Ferry - Watch the 8PM light show by the water (better on the Kowloon side)

FOOD:

  • Ladies Market try “King of Coconut” order Coconut Juice (Yau Ma Teh MTR – A2 Exit. Near Ladies Street opposite Starbucks.)

  • Kam wah Cafe for dessert

  • One Dim Sum (Prince Edward area/Kowloon Side – Try Mango Rolls)

DRINK:

  • Ozone Bar – tallest bar in the world (mixed reviews on price/worth)

  • Eye Bar – rooftop; great view for Symphony of Lights


Sha Tin

ATTRACTIONS:

  • Ten Thousand Step Buddha – if you’re lucky, monkeys will also be there

  • Sha Tin to Taipo – afternoon bike ride until the sunset


Lamma Island (Cheung Chau Island)

**TIP: Great for a half day trip; recommended on weekdays for less crowd

ATTRACTIONS:

  • Beaches surrounding the island

  • Fishing village and markets

FOOD:

  • Fresh seafood BBQ

  • Mango or durian mochi


Lantau Island

**TIP: A recommended camping trip if you have 2 days to spare

ATTRACTIONS:

  • Sunset Peak – hike this breathtaking Lantau trail for its gorgeous sunrise views; it literally is breathtaking as it's known for steep trails but worthy views at the end

  • Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery

  • Tai O fishing Village

  • Man Cheung Po’s Infinity Pool Hike


**So if you do the 2 day, I recommend hiking first and camping for the sunrise; sleep; the next day go to Lantau Island, Big Buddha/Po Lin/ Fishing Village, then end you second day with a hike and sunset over the Man Cheung Po Infinity Pool

© 2020 by Priscilla Tenggara

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