A Repeat Visitor’s Guide to Hong Kong
You find yourself in Hong Kong. Again. Now, you’re wondering if there is anything else left to do. Disneyland,check . Ocean Park, check. Ngong Ping 360, check. Victoria Peak, check. Night market, done. There are endless shopping options in Hong Kong, but there should be more than that.
During our last visit, we had a slow and steady three days. This made me appreciate a different side of Hong Kong. We got to people watch, mingle with the locals and just be in the moment.
Here are some of the things we did which you might enjoy too!
1. Join the Hong Kong Foodie Tour
This is a walking tour, so wear your most comfortable pair of shoes. We chose the Sham Shui Po Foodie Tour which took us to old Hong Kong. Here we went through small shops which serve traditional Hong Kong fare. Judging form the selection of the food we sampled, I think we wouldn’t get to try most of it on our own. This tour really took us to the old and local Hong Kong. No fancy restaurants or fusion dishes, just straight forward delicacies that locals enjoy regularly for generations. As we navigated through narrow alleys and markets vibrant produce were on full display. Other than being a gastronomic adventure, the tour gave us a glimpse to a different kind of Hong Kong. Worlds apart from the glitzy malls and sparkling lights. It was a little bit of a history lesson and and immersion into the local scene. Old buildings house textile stores, traditional medicine shops, all kinds of knick knacks imaginable. This why I love walking tours. We get more than the regular sight-seeing tour. With the time spent, we get to interact more with our guide and the people in our group. There is sufficient time to chat with the restaurant owners, drop by a random shop and savor the experiences.
An image we don't normally associate with Hong Kong
2. Enjoy the exciting cafe culture
Forget Starbucks. New wave cafes are all the rage in Hong Kong, serving legit brews and excellent brunch selection. Who doesn’t love brunch? The moment I wake up, I look forward to brunch with great anticipation. Ridiculous amount of time has been spent on meticulous research where to get that perfect flat white. And maybe an avocado toast. And bacon. I could go on and on. Our favorites (meaning we went back to more than once) are Why 50s and
3. Rooftop Bars
It’s best to watch Hong Kong’s iconic skyline flicker to life in one of the many rooftop bars in the city. Sevva is one of the most popular but we went to Isola because I love food more than cocktails. :) Isola is located in the other side of the island allowing us to enjoy the light show from a different perspective.
4. Explore HK’s happening street art scene
Street art is becoming more mainstream globally. It’s a welcome development, pops of color is a pleasant break from the concrete structures. Sheung Wan is where you’ll find most of these street art in Hong Kong. They give this side of the city so much character. It’s wonderful to find little art surprises as you walking around. Sheung Wan is also where you can find great shops for some unique shopping and nice cafes.
5. Happy hour at Stanley Market
If you’ve been to Hong Kong, you’ve probably been to this place. It’s a little out of the city, near the bay where tourist also get their shopping fix. However, if you’re like us, we just explored the shops and went on our way. This time, we went further past the shops, closer to the waterfront and were delighted to discover diverse restaurant selections. There we decided to spend our last afternoon with burger and beer and just watch the tides and let time pass us by. That to me, is luxury.