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asian food • cocktail bars • beaches • boutiques • viewpoints • café • breakfast and brunch
What are the Hong Kong spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Soho & Poho, Victoria Peak, Man Mo Temple, Dragon's Back hike, an outlying island... plus more!
Do’s and don’ts in Hong Kong: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Public transport is cheap, easy and reliable; the Ding Ding (double-decker tram) the most fun way to get around, even though it isn't the quickest mode. Taxis are cheap too, and while many drivers speak English it's safest to have your hotel/Airbnb's addressed pinned on your Maps app. When walking the streets, be wary of Hong Kong Drip (condensation from the air conditioners above) and wayward umbrellas, that are often opened at eye level in rain, hail or shine.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I moved from Melbourne to Hong Kong in 2016 to run the marketing for a luxury travel publisher. Today, I write and edit print and digital content for an airline.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
A night out can range from $120-$1200 HKD, depending on where I go and how many cocktails are had.
Which Hong Kong shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
GRANA is my go-to. They're Hong Kong-founded and make high-quality basics that won't break the bank – I'm obsessed with their slinky silk tops and linen dresses. You'll often find me at their Fitting Room on Hollywood Road. For accessories, I seek out Kooki B's next pop-up or beeline to Uber Tunique for some Frenchy-chic finds.
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
Poho for the little boutiques, galleries and eateries. Yau Ma Tei for the night market and hidden gems.
What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Causeway Bay on a Sunday, unless I desperately need something from IKEA. It's absolute mayhem on weekends.
What’s the one place in Hong Kong you think is underrated?
Sham Shui Po - bustling, gritty and full of local life.
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
Carbone for a fancy night out, or a shared bottle of wine on top of the Peak.
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Hong Kong?
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Head to Gao's Foot Massage in Central - nothing beats a good rub down with a warm wheat pack on your shoulders. Even better: you can bring your own booze in.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
Wooloomooloo's rooftop views never fail to impress.
Your go-to brunch spots:
Cupping Room, Catch and Finepress.
Your perfect night out in Hong Kong includes:
Rooftop cocktails, a lil' boogie at Cassio and live music to finish.
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
Kennedy Town waterfront, Instagram Pier, Garden Hill lookout.
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
Tai Cheong Bakery for egg tarts and Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Pan-fried Buns for (you guessed it) pan-fried buns.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Hong Kong. How do you spend it?
A dim sum brunch, hiking up the peak, shopping in Poho, a sundowner at a rooftop bar and dinner in Soho.