Spending a few days in Hong Kong? I visited this pearl of the Orient for the first time last month and in four days I discovered amazing restaurants, shopping and accommodation – not that it’s hard to find any of the above in HK.
Here’s my pick of where to sleep, dine and drink during a short stopover or shopover!
Sleep: Landmark Mandarin Oriental– Queens Road, Central
Opt for the L600 room. The 56 square metre room (practically bigger than my apartment!) offers a firm bed with zillion thread count sheets. A (7 foot) circular spa bath you could swim in, bathroom amenities aplenty, walk-in rain shower, entertainment system for iPod and MP3 connectivity, walk-in wardrobe and open-plan lounge area for sipping jasmine tea and tasting complimentary macaroons while planning your day’s shopping and sightseeing. Do not leave without visiting the spa – one of the best I’ve ever experienced. Pearlescent tiled sauna and steam rooms, ice-cold rain showers, massage pools and divine face and body treatments using Sodashi products.
Joyce has three locations in Hong Kong and one in Kowloon. The biggest and best is located conveniently opposite the Landmark. Bring your plastic! This boutique is designer, designer, designer – Balenciaga, Givenchy, Alexander Wang, Céline, Rick Owens, Dion Lee, Chloe, Toga, Iosselliani and many more. They also have a dedicated beauty department.
Lane Crawford – a department store institution since 1850, Lane Crawford is known for their unique edit of designer and cult brands from around the world. Whether it’s shoes, homewards, make up, lingerie or a new frock and handbag you need, you’ll find it here.
Island Tang serves traditional Cantonese dishes and Chinese haute cuisine in the Sir David Tang (of Shanghai Tang and China Club fame) dining room. The Peking Duck is a must!
Zuma plates up the best Japanese outside of Tokyo. Very sexy interior with glam bar for Hong Kong’s social set serves up Izakaya style eating. Definitely try the ‘gindara saikyo-yaki’ – miso marinated black cod.
Sevaa is an outdoor bar set amidst Hong Kong’s high-rises. Loungy beats, Asian and European food on offer, Ms B’s sweets if you like cake with your cocktail and perfect evening atmosphere. Drop in before or after dinner to kick off your night.
Giorgio Armani’s Armani Privé offers both a discotheque for partying late into the night or a rooftop terrace shadowed by skyscrapers for al fresco drinks and light dining. A favourite of Hong Kong’s glitterariti.
When you’re all shopped out, take the tram to The Peak and enjoy the unforgettable vista looking down on the city of Hong Kong and out across Victoria Harbour to the mainland’s Kowlown.
Another great way to view Hong Kong is a traditional junk ride – your hotel can organise it but my pick is Aqua Luna.