in Hong Kong
in Hong Kong
Hong Kong, former fishing village turned Asia’s predominant shopping, dining, art and style destination, is a city of remarkable contrasts. From the ultra-efficient airport to its leisurely trams; in-your-face skyscrapers to wide open beaches and rugged country parks; and wok stars to Michelin stars, Hong Kong has got it all and dim sum. It’s anaddictive cacophony of sights, sounds, smells and activities, so go on, dive into the Fragrant Harbour.
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Jo sun! Hong Kong may be a mile-a-minute metropolis, but it’s not much of an early bird. If you are up however, head over to Kowloon Park a short cab ride from the hotel. This little green lung is good for a stroll and to watch groups of agile seniors practicing tai chi. Breakfast comes with a side of nostalgia at Mido Café a 1950s-era cha chaan teng straight out of a film set. Order some French toast and milk tea, but here, it’s less about the food, more about your IG feed. The West Kowloon Cultural District is a sprawling harbourfront culture hub that includes M+, a landmark modern and contemporary art museum due to open late- 2021.
Already open and worth a visit is multi-genre performing arts venue Freespace, for dance, live music, theatre and more; Xiqu Centre for Chinese opera; and Art Park, a vibrant green space and waterfront promenade for everything from outdoor events to picnics and strolls. In the mood for the exotic? Then check out Mong Kok’s market district, and its streets swimming with colourful goldfish vendors. While here, pop up to chic A Beautiful Store full of gorgeous lifestyle things and women’s clothing, though it doesn’t open until 2pm on weekdays and noon on weekends.
Is it lunch already? Cab it to Tim Ho Wan for Michelin-starred dim sum at bargain prices – don’t miss the baked barbecue pork buns and steamed rice rolls. Time to discover Hong Kong Island, starting at Tai Kwun a fantastic heritage site that combines architecture, art, culture, drinking, dining and shopping (check out porcelain beauties Loveramics and Touch Ceramics, and the Taschen bookshop).
Art and relaxation
Hong Kong is Asia’s art capital, and H Queen’s steps away from Tai Kwun, houses some of the world’s leading galleries, including David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Pace. Give your soles a break at Ten Feet Tall which offers foot reflexology and pressure point massages.
Sprawling Hong Kong
Mix it up
It’s cocktail hour, so make a beeline to Kyle & Bain a tiny, hidden cocktail lounge that specialises in martinis – hurrah! You could dine at Margo the mod German restaurant downstairs, but why not treat yourself to dinner at Tate Dining Room where Vicky Lau, the first woman in Asia to win two Michelin stars, creates French x Chinese cuisine that’s almost too pretty to eat. Bring the night to a close at Cassio nightclub where you can shake it with the city’s beautiful peeps.