Having mish-mashed our way around the neighbourhoods of Hong Kong for a week, we finally found our footing and things started to slot together. Here is a summary of some of the areas that we found along with details of my faves!
Central – this is still the hub of Hong Kong, where most of the wheeling-dealing business stuff is done. You’ll find the fanciest hotels and restaurants here along with high-end shopping malls.
Lan Kwai Fong – possibly the craziest of the areas for nightlife. It spans D’Aguilar, Wyndham and other hillside streets to pack in masses of bars and restaurants to suit all budgets. We found it to be packed with ex-pats, pervy ex-pats.
Wan Chai – aw Wan Chai. Housing my favourite streets, Star, Moon and Sun Streets, it’s accessible from the Admirality MTR. The streets around that small area are packed with independent boutiques, coffee houses, galleries and restaurants. I could have spent every day there!
Victoria Peak – the most famous mountaintop in Hong Kong. Easily accessible via the Peak Tram, views are massively impacted by the weather so be sure to check out the forecast beforehand. It’s prettiest at night.
SoHo – another dining and nightlife district that is slightly less crazy than Lan Kwai Fong. This should definitely be on your map if you’re a foodie. Aberdeen Street was probably one of my favourite streets here (runs between Wellington and Caine Street but could probably be considered Sheung Wan) and houses Sohofama, Aberdeen Street Social etc.
Sheung Wan – probably one of my favourite areas of Hong Kong. Based around Hollywood Road, this area resembles Shoreditch with hip neighbourhood cafes and small boutiques combined with traditional Chinese shops. It’s a real hodge podge and I loved it. Also helps that it was the home of Yardbird and Quinary!!
Kowloon – Take the Star Ferry over to Kowloon to experience a different and faster pace of Hong Kong. Whilst heading to the Ladies Market in Mong Kok, we discovered Kowloon Park which is beautiful. We lost hours watching terrapins in the Koi Carp pond (Dickie tried to persuade me they were Turtles!) and discovered some awesome street food stalls around the Temple Street Night Market. Be sure to check out the Avenue of Comic Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Lantau Island – covered in one of my previous posts, you can get to this on the MTR in less than an hour and it’s like being in a different country. Access the Big Buddha by the cable car and take a short trip to visit the fishing village of Tai O which is on stilts.
We loved that Hong Kong had so many diverse neighbourhoods – what’s even more exciting is that they’re constantly evolving and changing. I for one, don’t want to leave it too long before heading back!
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