9 am: Breakfast at The Brunch Club
Hong Kong travellers craving a healthy spin on classic breakfasts should head straight to The Brunch Club. The interior is cozy and tranquil. The food is made from only the highest quality ingredients. And the tea menu is all ethically sourced. The eggs Benedict with smoked salmon deserves a special mention.
G/F, 70 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 25268661
10 am: Take the Wan Chai Heritage Trail
This trail is a famous walking trail in the heart of Wan Chai. The walk takes a total of two hours and is comprised of two parts: architecture and culture, making it a great way to experience the city’s culture and architecture for free.
12 pm: Lunch at Fook Lam Moon
After all that walking, it’s time to fill your hungry stomachs. Fook Lam Moon (literal meaning ‘fortune and blessings come to your house’) is a two Michelin star dim sum restaurant in Wan Chai. Try the signature dishes Bao Yu and roast suckling pig, an ideal way to experience traditional Hong Kong food at its best.
Fook Lam Moon, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2866 0663
2 pm: Explore Wan Chai
From admiring the Hong Kong Exhibition and Cultural Center to strolling down the green of Tamar Park, you won’t be short of sights in Wan Chai. If you’re looking to appreciate the arts, the Hong Kong Arts Centre is just around the corner. For a more traditional experience, the exotic and bright colors of the Pak Tai Temple are also within reach.
6 pm: Explore Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay’s Time Square is the perfect place to enjoy the city’s famous lights, with the area lighting up with vibrancy at night. Shopping in Causeway Bay is also a must, with mega shopping malls, luxury brands and local retailers available. The island (and city’s) largest library is also located nearby.
8 pm: Dinner at No Signboard Seafood
No Signboard started off as a family-owned business seafood stall and has now expanded to become a popular choice for dining. The Hong Kong venue is one of simplicity, with a menu which includes only 30 dishes from the original Singapore location. Try the signature crabs, the experience isn’t complete without them.
No Signboard, 66-72 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2398 9959
1 am: Party at Lan Kwai Fong
The Hong Kong experience isn’t complete without paying Lan Kwai Fong a visit. Head to Hong Kong Brewhouse if you’re craving some beers, or if you’re up for a little dancing, electronic music bar FLY is ideal. Practice your dance moves while pumping to the beats of resident DJ, Anil Ahuja.
9 am: Breakfast at The Brunch Club
The Brunch Club describes itself as a cozy neighborhood café, a place where you can relax and have a pleasant meal at any time of the day. The Central branch boasts a minimalist look with white exteriors and glass panels. Their brunch menu ranges from eggs and salads to sandwiches and risottos.
10 am: Visit The Peak
If you only have time to do one thing in Hong Kong, visit The Peak. The city’s most exclusive neighborhood, situated on its highest point, is the epicenter of the Hong Kong experience. In daylight, you get a great view of the city’s skyscrapers and greenery. Getting there is an experience in itself, as you’ll need to ride the famous peak tram.
12 pm: Lunch at Bubba Gump
A visit to The Peak isn’t complete without lunch with a view. Bubba Gump is located at the top and is an ideal choice. The first restaurant to be based on a motion picture, the interior features props, photos and film scripts from Forest Gump.
2 pm: Shop in Mong Kok
You’re not going to be short of shopping choices in Mong Kok, with Ladies Market, Argyle Mall for the youngsters and Sim City is for the electronics and gadget seekers. Japanese and Western goods are sold around Shan Tung Street and Dundas Street, and a large shopping mall is on Langham Place.
5 pm: Explore Tsim Sha Tsui
The view from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is one of the city’s most iconic symbols and probably the most photographed place in Hong Kong. Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the city’s more commercialized districts, from high-end goods in Canton Road to shop-till-you-drop grandeur in Grandville Road to an air-conditioned experience in Harbor City.
8 pm: Dinner at Jimmy’s Kitchen
Jimmy’s Kitchen has been on the food scene since 1928 and offers an extensive variety of food, from English to Chinese to Indian. The interior’s low lighting and cushion seats make it an ideal romantic destination.
11 pm: Sky Bar at Eyebar
Hit up Eyebar – one of the many sky bars in the city in which to chill while overlooking the cityscape. Located on the 31st floor at iSQUARE, this joint is designed with modern Chinoiserie flair. Its concept derives from the ‘eye’ seen on old Chinese ships. Route maps and artifacts of voyage roam the interior, topped up with a lavish menu of cocktails and food.
Eyebar, 30/F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2487 3988
1 am: Knutsford Terrace
End the day by heading out to the quieter party scene at Knutsford Terrace. The terraced street is packed with pubs, bars, and restaurants, making it easy to move between venues. All Night Long is the ultimate pick for night owls, open until 6 am and offering live music, beer, and a magnificent terrace view.
By Jianne Soriano