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. 

Pineapple bun with no hint of pineapple :)

Pineapple bun with no hint of pineapple :)

Rice noodle roll is a staple snack this side of town. 

Rice noodle roll is a staple snack this side of town. 

A visit to the local apothecary

A visit to the local apothecary

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An image we don't normally associate with Hong Kong

A sweet soy treat. Jaysen asked for seconds :)

A sweet soy treat. Jaysen asked for seconds :)

Trying out ha zi mee (dry noodles) from a popular noodle shop

Trying out ha zi mee (dry noodles) from a popular noodle shop

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 

Brunch is met with great anticipation and these places did not disappoint
Find great coffee here

Find great coffee here

Today's essentials: Americano, Flat White, and our trusted Sony

Today's essentials: Americano, Flat White, and our trusted Sony

Small alleys lead to great coffee.  Waiting for our turn in Brew Bros

Small alleys lead to great coffee.  Waiting for our turn in Brew Bros

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. 

The other side of Hong Kong. View from Isola.

The other side of Hong Kong. View from Isola.

 

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. 

Streets of Sheung Wan

Streets of Sheung Wan

Pizza, anyone? 

Pizza, anyone? 

One of the more popular street arts in Sheung Wan

One of the more popular street arts in Sheung Wan

 

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. 

Luxury is having time to watch tides with a cold beer
Chilling in Stanley Market before our late night flight

Chilling in Stanley Market before our late night flight

 

Happy travels!

 

xoxo,