Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Hayley, 25
Digital Entrepreneur, Experience Curator
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What are the Hong Kong spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Central by day and Victoria Peak at night, Sai Kung over the weekend. The highlight would be Winding around the Sai Kung Peninsula, this hike covers Section 1 and part of Section 2 of the MacLehose Trail, providing one of the best ways to see the amazing hexagonal volcanic columns of High Island. The route also passes the High Island Reservoir and Long Ke Wan, which have been voted as two of Hong Kong’s best scenic sites.

Do’s and don’ts in Hong Kong: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

DO have dim sum/pack a cardigan/research your restaurants/ take the tram/get an Octopus Card!!! DON’T spend the entire time eating and shopping/DON’T take the MTR during rush hour

What do you do and why do you do it?

I’m a user experience and visual designer for digital stuff like websites and e-commerce.”I’m also an entrepreneur which comes with other roles like a manager, community builder. I’m the Founder of Studio179.hk, faded.store. This past year, I've been building Studio179.hk, a brand & web development Squarespace studio while building a creative community. I've also been Instagramming on www.instagram.com/hayleylyla/ since 2012, working that lifestyle influencer life. Consulting here and there. Geez. Talk about slaaassshie. Slash slash slash! reach out on Instagram when you want to grab a coffee in Hong Kong.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

With exciting and diverse nightlife areas, as well as bars that offer everything from hand-crafted drinks to stunning views, Hong Kong’s nightlife has something for everyone to enjoy, no matter whether you’re looking for a quiet evening or a wild night out. It usually starts at HK$500+ New bar and club districts are often emerging in Hong Kong’s dynamic nightlife scene but the following are some of the major and most established ones. From dice game bars to swanky clubs, each has its own character. Check them out to get your night on the town started. 1.Knutsford Terrace/ 2.Kan Kwai Fong/ 3.Soho/ 4.Tung Choi street/ 5.Wan Chai Bar District

Which Hong Kong shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

WOAW! Store, but really i do most of shopping online... Send me a message if you want to see my goes to shopping list!

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Sigur Rós

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Central, CWB, MK, Sheung wan & K-town and Tsuen wan (where i live)

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Mongkok - its just tooooooooo many people

What’s the one place in Hong Kong you think is underrated?

Tsuen wan - Hong Kong is a mingling of opposites: the cultures of both east and west; the energy of a teeming metropolis and the serenity of verdant hills; the modernity of a fast-paced financial and business hub and the history of traditional Chinese spirituality and architecture. In this sense, Tsuen Wan is quintessential Hong Kong. Located in the western New Territories along the coast, Tsuen Wan is home to the sixth tallest building in the city — Nina Tower — as well as lots of shopping malls and streets, but it’s also a place of history and culture.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

I'd love take my date to this converted village house and romance them with glowing orchid sunsets.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Hong Kong?

tsui wah restaurant central, flying pan & Mc's

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Hong Kong is never freezing so dont u worry that!

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Send me a message via instagram @hayleylyla to find out ;)

Your go-to brunch spots:

Most of the time you will find me at Brew Bros Cafe if I fancy western food, if not, I will just stay home & make my all time favo - avocado toast. on the weekend, I'd like a Dim Sum Brunch with my folk.

Your perfect night out in Hong Kong includes:

My perfect night out in hong kong including happy hour drinks and speakeasy bars in central & Soho. I also host nightlife experience like Instagrammer's favourite Cocktail Bars, Mixology Workshop. Reach out @eating_will_travel on Instagram to find out more.

Which local creators do you admire?

Local fashion designers you can find at PMQ!

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Sham Shui Po becomes a canvas for colorful wall art in Hong Kong

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Food is more than a passion in Hong Kong. It’s a way of life. From some of the best brunches anywhere to our humble street food and awesome dim sum, Hong Kong food scene is tops. But many meals come with a hefty price tag, so "Cha chaan teng" (a type of restaurant commonly found in Hong Kong) is one of the best cheap eats in Hong Kong under HK$100 so you can treat your stomach like royalty, without the royal price tag.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Hong Kong. How do you spend it?

I would spend all day with my family and whatever they wanna do with my last day in Hong Kong.

You’re meeting the mayor of Hong Kong - what constructive criticism would you give them?

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