Travel guide: Hong Kong

Hong Kong's best neighborhoods, shopping, bars, restaurants and more

Hong Kong is a bustling, thriving 24-hour city with an excellent food and drink scene. If you are thinking about visiting, but don't know where to start, then look no further.


We asked the team at Time Out Hong Kong to share the best of their 'hood. Read on for the hottest neighbourhoods, the best shops, bars and restaurants, what to see and where to explore and much more.


Hottest neighbourhoods

Wan Chai

Once known for its sleazier bars, the area has smartened up its act with plenty of interesting restaurants.


Sheung Wan/Sai Ying Pun

Now with improved transport links, the western side of the island is growing from a hipster hangout to an essential weekend spot.



Shop

GumGumGum (which is Cantonese slang for ‘like this’) is a lifestyle store featuring local brands and hip Hong Kong streetwear. At the back of the store is the Gum Jeng (which means ‘awesome’ in cantonese) café, which serves up tasty local street snacks.

8-10 Cleveland St, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay (+852 3486 7070); visit the website for more information.


GOD

No other shop embodies the HK spirit as much as GOD. everything, from furnishings and furniture to clothing and accessories, reflect a part of Hong Kong. Its most popular catchphrase is ‘Delay No More,’ which is a pun on ‘F**k Your Mother’ in Cantonese. Oh, and the brand has a sense of humour.

9 Sharp St E, Causeway Bay (+852 2890 5555); visit the website for more information.



Eat

Nur

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Raymond Blanc apprentice and NOMA alumnus Nurdin Topham creates his own style of cuisine using local ingredients.

Third Floor, Lyndhurst Twr, 1 Lyndhurst Tce, Central (+852 2871 9993); visit the website for more information.


Kam's Roast Goose

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A spin-off of Hong Kong’s iconic Yung Kee roast goose dynasty due to a famous family feud, this authentic fowl proved it could hold its own by gaining a Michelin star this year.

226 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai (+852 2520 1110); visit the website for more information.



Drink

The Woods

Hong Kong’s most successful molecular bar to date regales patrons with a variety of cocktails that challenge the senses.

17 Hollywood Rd, Central (+852 9132 1802); visit the website for more information.


Little Lab

This cute bar puts itself on the map with creative cocktails using uniquely Hong Kong ingredients like Pak chun vinegar and cha chaan teng-style milk tea.

Shop B, 50 Staunton St, Central (+852 2858 8580); visit the website for more information.



See and explore

Walks

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HK has some great countryside walks that allow you to explore the islands’ fantastic views, all clearly signposted. Try the Dragon’s Back for a serious workout or a leisurely stroll around the Peak.


Happy Valley

The racecourse here is a local institution, and twice a month on a Wednesday night you’ll find it packed with punters enjoying the horseracing – and normally a good amount of alcohol, too.

2 Sports Rd, Happy Valley (+852 2895 1523).



Hidden gems

PMQ

Formerly the police married quarters, the building now plays host to local artists and designers as well as several restaurants and cafés.

35 Aberdeen St, Central; for more information; visit the website for more information.



10,000 Buddhas Monastery

Established in 1957 by devoted Buddhist Yuet Kai, the monastery boasts ornately decorated halls with statues adorning a path to the listed buildings.

Tai Po Rd, Sha Tin, New Territories (+852 2691 1067).



Don’t miss

Star Ferry

The secret is definitely out on this one, but there really is no better way to take in Hong Kong, with a view of both sides.

Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (+852 2118 6208); visit the website for more information.


Local’s tip

The best way to sea the outskirts of Hong Kong is by sea. Go to junks.hk and charter a junk boat to any of the beautiful outlying islands.


For more great ideas of where to go and what to do, check out Time Out Hong Kong's website.

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