Wespent 8 nights in Hong Kong, exploring everything the city has to offer. That basically involved ALL the Dim Sum, two treks, a sunset cruise, cocktails in a stamp shop and four hotels in 8 nights…Check out our top tips if you’re planning a trip.
There’s SO much good food here, from Michelin-star street food stalls to fine dining in some of the highest restaurants in the world. Our favourite was Mott 32, which serves dim sum made with modern ingredients and peking duck which you do need to pre-order at least 24 hours before, although we’d recommend doing it as soon as you make your rezzie. For high-end dim sum, Michelin-stared Tin Lung Heen and 3 star Lung King Heen shouldn’t be missed; for fun dim sum we loved Yum Cha and for dessert, we couldn’t get enough of the bubble waffles and ice cream at Oddies Foodies. Check out our Instagram #lotiloveshk for some other top spots.
No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a cruise on a traditional junk boat. We boarded the Aqua Luna at sunset and cruised round the harbour with a few beers, before heading up to Hutong for dinner. We also spent a night at Happy Valley races, which is great fun and pretty surreal as the backdrop to the course are the huge buildings of the city. There’s also a fish, bird and flower market to walk around and Kowloon Park is a great place to watch locals practising Tai Chi.
If you’re looking to escape the city then we can fully recommend hiking The Dragons Back, an amazing trail – rightfully named the best trail in Asia by Time Magazine. There’s options to suit all levels and they all end up at a sweet beach named Big Wave Bay. We also popped over to Lamma Island, which is pretty touristy, but a very easy hike and pleasant to walk around. For even more tips check out the Hidden Hong Kong piece we did for the Evening Standard.
There’s a big drinking culture in Honkers and you can go all in at Lang Kwai Fong but we stuck to the smaller bars. Mrs Pound was our fave, press the button (if you can find it) and the shop front opens to reveal a small cocktail bar with some impressive concoctions. Bacon beer anyone? Foxglove was another speakeasy style space hidden in an umbrella shop, we’d recommend booking as the service is very pretentious and there’s a dress code. If you’re looking for rooftop drinks, then Sugar in the East Hotel is a great option as it’s not as busy as the others but the views were just as good, if not better.
Check out our reviews of East, Upper House, Ovolo and The Peninsula.