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Hong Kong City Guide

Make the most of your stay with a room at design hotel Tuve, Szechuan fried chicken baos, a tour of the South Island's emerging art scene and more.

Where to Stay  /  Where to Eat and Drink  /  What to Do  /  How to Get Around

Where to Stay

The Upper House

The Upper House

For the luxe experience

Set atop Pacific Place mall in Admiralty and designed by acclaimed architect Andre Fu, The Upper House offers luxurious lodging; think spa-inspired bathrooms with limestone bathtubs and rain showers. Reserve a table at Café Gray Deluxe, the restaurant on the 49th floor, for unbeatable views of the sunset.

88 Queensway, Admiralty, 852-2918-1838, upperhouse.com

The Peninsula Hong Kong

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The Peninsula Hong Kong

For old-school charm

Built in 1928, Hong Kong’s oldest hotel is known for its timeless elegance and convenient location, steps away from the Avenue of Stars and the shops of Canton Road. Experience classic afternoon tea in the lobby of the Grande Dame of the Far East amid palm trees and gargoyle-adorned columns. Chef Andy Cheng’s selection of finger sandwiches and homemade pastries served on Tiffany china is a feast for the eyes – and the belly.

Salisbury Rd., Kowloon, 852-2920-2888, peninsula.com

Tuve

Tuve

For the minimalist look

Inspired by pictures of a foggy Swedish lake during wintertime, this hotel was designed using raw materials like concrete and iron. Pamper yourself in the white marble bathrooms with amenities by Fresh. For dinner, tuck into a plate of homemade pappardelle and braised Australian wagyu beef at Silver Room, the Italian restaurant hidden behind the lobby’s steel door.

16 Tsing Fung St., Tin Hau, 852-3995-8899, tuve.hk

Cordis Hong Kong

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Cordis Hong Kong

For a five-star shopping experience

This 42-storey hotel is set in the heart of the popular Mong Kok shopping hub. Recharge with a soak in your room’s oversize bathtub before heading to Ming Court for dinner. The hotel’s on-site Michelin two-star restaurant serves refined Cantonese dishes, such as suckling pig or the award-winning chicken, wild mushroom and foie gras clay pot.

555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok, Kowloon, 852-3552-3388, cordishotels.com

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin

For the active traveller

There’s fun for the whole family at this hotel north of the city, with interactive activities for kids under 12, from eco-gardening and origami, a tennis court and a 25-metre outdoor swimming pool. Rent a bike from the fitness centre, and ride around Sha Tin’s Tolo Harbour to soak up Hong Kong’s mountain and coastal scenery.

18 Chak Cheung St., Sha Tin, 852-3723-1234, hyatt.com

Lanson Place Hotel

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Lanson Place Hotel

For a family-friendly getaway

Set inside a 19th-century French-style building in busy Causeway Bay, this hotel offers bright rooms with kitchenettes – complete with a refrigerator, microwave and cooking utensils – ideal for families or travelers visiting for an extended period of time. Browse the boutiques in Causeway Bay for souvenirs; then head to nearby Victoria Park for an afternoon picnic.

133 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 852-3477-6888, lansonplace.com

Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island

Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island

For the downtown setting

This Wan Chai hotel boasts a rooftop bar with a pool that offers views of Hong Kong’s skyline and the streets below. Spend the day exploring neighbourhood landmarks like the Blue House, a four-storey bright-blue apartment building, or hunt for bargain souvenirs at Wan Chai Market. Settle down for dinner at Stone Nullah Tavern, a classic American tavern that specializes in American whiskies.

246 Queen’s Rd. E., Wan Chai, 852-3926-3888, ihg.com

Where to Eat and Drink

Yardbird

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Yardbird

For the KFC

Show up early at no-reservations Yardbird if you want to be seated swiftly. That said, the yakitori, killer cocktails and KFC (Korean Fried Cauliflower) are well worth the wait.

33-35 Bridges St., Sheung Wan, 852-2547-9273, yardbirdrestaurant.com

Lung King Heen

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Lung King Heen

For Michelin-starred Chinese food

Home to some of the best char siu (Chinese style barbequed pork) in the city, Chef Chan Yan Tak’s restaurant is the first Chinese establishment to earn three Michelin stars. Located inside the Four Seasons Hotel, Lung King Heen (meaning view of the dragon) serves authentic Cantonese dishes, including dim sum and braised abalone.

Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance St., Central, 852-3196-8888, fourseasons.com

Tim Ho Wan

For affordable Michelin-starred dim sum

The most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the world, Tim Ho Wan offers authentic, budget-friendly dim sum. Dig into their signature pork buns, loved for their soft yet crispy exterior and barbecued pork filling, or order the pork dumplings topped with goji berries and served with chili sauce. If you can’t make it there during your stay, grab a quick bite before your flight at their other location in IFC Mall above the Airport Express.

G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing St., Sham Shui Po, 852-2788-1226, timhowan.com

Elephant Grounds

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Elephant Grounds

For the perfect cup of coffee

Elephant Grounds is one of the few coffee shops in Hong Kong that roasts its own beans. Pair your coffee with one of the café’s ice cream sandwiches, made with cinnamon buns, waffles or oversizemacarons. Check Instagram for the latest flavours.

8 Wing Fung St., Wan Chai, 852-2778-2700, elephantgrounds.com

Little Bao

For the best baos

Chef May Chow reinvents bao with fillings like Szechuan fried chicken and fish tempura that go beyond traditional barbecued pork. Try the truffle French fries and short rib dumplings with your sandwich, and finish your meal with a green tea ice cream bao, drizzled with condensed milk.

66 Staunton St., Central, 852-2194-0202, little-bao.com

Stockton

Stockton

For classic cocktails

This old-fashioned speakeasy is easy to miss. (Hint: look for an unmarked entrance below Fish & Meat and walk down the short flight of stairs to a door lit by a single light bulb.) With 150 whisky varieties, it can be hard to make a selection, but the Hawtrey (gin, vermouth, Maraschino liqueur, Angostura bitters) is a standout.

32 Wyndham St., Central, 852-2565-5268, stockton.com.hk

Kau Kee

For authentic noodles

Don’t leave Hong Kong without trying a bowl of Kau Kee’s beef brisket with e-fu noodles. The lineup stretches out onto the street but you won’t have to wait long. Expect to share a table with strangers, a common practice in old-style Chinese restaurants.

21 Gough St., Central, 852-2850-5967

What to Do

Shanghai Tang

Shanghai Tang

For colourful souvenirs

This upscale chain is the ultimate place to shop in Hong Kong. Its flagship store is in a historical building, full of crazy coloured goods (handbags, leather-bound books, clothing) with an Asian twist. If you really want to splurge, get something custom-made.

1 Duddell St., Central, 852-2525-7333, shanghaitang.com

Tai O

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Tai O

For photo opps

Take a taxi (or bus number 11) from Tung Chung Station to this small village on Lantau Island, best known for its stilt houses built over the water. Hop on a boat tour for a rare glimpse of pink dolphins, a type of dolphin that is black before turning a pinkish hue when they become adults.


Broadway Cinematheque

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Broadway Cinematheque

For indie flicks

One of Hong Kong’s only remaining art house theatres runs new releases and independent films from around the world, and hosts festivals throughout the year. After the show, browse the theatre’s bookstore, and have a rose latte at Kubrik café.

Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St., Yau Ma Tei, 852-2388-0002, bc.cinema.com.hk

Sneaker Street

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Sneaker Street

For cool kicks

Stock up on casual footwear, from sneakers and sandals to soccer cleats and golf shoes, on Sneaker Street. Visit Toronto Sport or Walker Shop for deep discounts and rare finds.

Fa Yuen St, Mong Kok, sneakers-street.hk

Sai Kung

The perfect day trip

Take a bus from Shatin or Choi Hung subway stations to this fishing village and spend a day enjoying Hong Kong’s oft-overlooked greenery. Hike a section of the MacLehose trail, rent a junk (boat) to a small outlying island, feast on an eye-popping selection of fresh seafood, then cap off the day with a treat at the original location of local mega-chain Honeymoon Dessert.


South Island art scene

South Island art scene

For up-and-coming artists

The MTR stations on the south side of Hong Kong Island make it easy to access the emerging art scene of Wong Chuk Hang and Tin Wan. The neighbourhood is full of art galleries, studios, cafés and restaurants. Stop by Art Statements for exhibitions featuring international artists or Mur Nomade for a showcase of collaborative art projects featuring local artists.


Dragon’s Back

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Dragon’s Back

For a scenic hike

Take a break from the bustling city and hike Dragon’s Back, one of Hong Kong’s most popular walking routes. The trail is 8.5 kilometres long and takes roughly four hours to complete. Enjoy views of Hong Kong Island, and finish your day with a picnic at Big Wave Bay.


How to Get Around

Getting from the Airport

Relocated from Kowloon to Lantau Island in 1998, the Hong Kong International Airport is located just 35 kilometres from the city centre. The Airport Express gets you to Central Hong Kong in less than 25 minutes (with stops at Kowloon and Tsing Yi) and costs HK$100 or HK$180 for a round trip. Taxis from the airport to downtown average HK$300. Airport buses are slow but reach most locations around Hong Kong with budget-friendly fares ranging between HK$20 and HK$40.

Airport Express: hongkongairport.com

Public Transportation

Hong Kong’s MTR subway system reaches nearly every major location in the city. Buses are also user-friendly with destinations written in both Chinese and English. The classic Hong Kong tram (also known as the “Ding Ding”) and the Star Ferry are cheap and provide some of the best views of the city.

MTR: mtr.com.hk
Star Ferry: starferry.com.hk

Taxis

Cabs can be hailed nearly everywhere in the city with a flat rate of HK$22; after two kilometres the fare jumps every 200 metres and after every minute of wait time. There are additional charges for baggage and crossing the harbour. Tipping isn’t necessary, but it’s common to round up the fare and leave the change.

Transport Department Taxis: 852-2804-2600, td.gov.hk

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