Brunch with a view
Brunch isn’t just a meal, it’s a lifestyle, and Hong Kong gets it. Restaurants like Café Gray Deluxe, Aqua, CÉ LA VI, Catalunya and Ozone offer enticing weekend brunch menus paired with spectacular views of Victoria Harbor. What better way to indulge in a long and lazy morning than to sip free-flow bubbly on the umpteenth floor of the Ritz-Carlton?
Tour the city from a tram
Charmingly rickety and slow, Hong Kong’s iconic double-decker trams have served the city’s commuters since 1904. Hopping on a tram is a great way to get some sightseeing done. You can even book a special sightseeing tram, which consists of an hour-long ride aboard a 1920s-style, open deck streetcar.
Indulge in dim sum and tea
It’s impossible to visit Hong Kong without eating dim sum. This popular meal consists of multiple dishes of bite-sized snacks served in circular bamboo steamers, accompanied by limitless amounts of Chinese tea. Fine dining restaurants like Lung King Heen and Mott 32 are renowned for their elegant, contemporary takes on dim sum. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more traditional experience, check out Lin Heung Tea House, which has been around since 1926.
Go to a speakeasy
Hongkongers have fallen in love with speakeasies for their hidden entrances, classic cocktails and low-key vibe. The sophisticated jazz bar Foxglove is hidden behind an old-fashioned umbrella shop on Duddell Street, while Stockton, which resembles a 1890s gentlemen’s club, is located up a nondescript flight of stairs on Wyndham Street. One of the city’s first speakeasies, 001, lies behind an unmarked black door behind a market stall off Graham Street. If you’re planning a visit to one of these lounges, we recommend making a reservation ahead of time.
Listen to live jazz
If you’re in the mood for some live jazz, head to Ned Kelly’s Last Stand, Hong Kong’s oldest surviving bar. Filled with posters and sports paraphernalia, it’s got a grungy but authentic vibe. Meanwhile, Peel Fresco in the heart of Soho offers a more polished jazz experience.
Stroll in Victoria Park
Located right in the heart of the city, Victoria Park is a 19-hectare oasis of calm right next to bustling Causeway Bay. On a sunny day, it’s a great place to have a picnic on the lawn and gaze at the impressive skyline in the distance.
Enjoy contemporary art
The main museum of the West Kowloon Cultural District, an ongoing government-funded arts precinct, is still under construction, but the M+ Pavilion is already open. Alternatively, check out one of Hong Kong’s small but well-curated independent art galleries.
Relax at a spa
There’s nothing that revitalizes the body and spirit like a luxury spa treatment. The spa at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is famous for its Chinese herbal steam room, as well as its premium range of restorative massages designed for different purposes, including a deep-tissue massage for tension, a lymphatic massage to increase circulation, a pre-natal massage for expectant mothers, and more. Alternatively, less pricey options such as the Spa L’Occitane and the Hermitage Spa offer superb full-body pampering services without being too taxing on the wallet.