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What are the Hong Kong spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
You cannot miss the Victoria harbour! It separates Hong Kong Island in the south from the mainland to the north and is known for its views of the Hong Kong skyline. I recommend going to Sky100 International Commerce Centre and taking the Star Ferry for the panoramic view.
Do’s and don’ts in Hong Kong: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
DO buy an Octopus Card (a convenient, contactless stored value card widely used in Hong Kong) for public transport and grocery shopping; DO bring a light jacket with you since the AC in most malls and restaurants are freezing; DO visit Lantau Island; DO go hiking; DON'T only stay in the malls, even though we have really strong mall culture.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a food blogger. I started it because I love eating, but I often find many hottest restaurants in town to be overrated while some local eateries do not get the attention they deserve. Through blogging, I hope to review restaurants honestly and share my passion for food with other foodies.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
Sheung Wan, home to plenty of cute artisan cafes, galleries and hidden bars, is an area that is good for spending both the day and the night in. Try to walk along Gough Street (check out Homeless, Gough on Gough, Elephant Grounds, Hakawa Chocolate and Sweetpea), Aberdeen Street and Kau U Fong.
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Hong Kong?
As a local, we always go to Tsui Wah Restaurant at the end of a night out. It's a real cha chaan teng (i.e. a local tea restaurant) experience. I always order their Crispy Bun Served with Sweet Condensed Milk in addition to any noodle dish. Each bun is crispy on the outside but soft and warm inside. YUMMMMM.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Fortunately(?), it will NEVER be freezing out in Hong Kong. The subtropical climate here keeps the city warm for most of the time of the year. Even the coldest days in Winter are just about 10℃ (which would only last for like 2 days? haha). But if you are around during Winter time, maybe it's a good idea to try traditional Chinese hot pot!
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
I think restaurants in Hong Kong in general have a pretty high standard. Being a food blogger, I usually take my guests to my favourite restaurants and so far they have never been disappointed. Check out my spots for reference :)
Your go-to brunch spots:
Feather & Bone (for grass-fed meat); Blue · Butcher & Meat Specialist (for semi-buffet brunch); Fullhouse Seafood Chinese Restaurant (for yumcha)
Tomorrow’s your last day in Hong Kong. How do you spend it?
My advice is to visit as many restaurants as you can and go enjoy tax-free shopping! You just wouldn't want to miss Hong Kong's local delicacies and gourmet dining experience.