Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4a Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong Island
Great food, good company: this is what dim sum is all about.
Iberico cha siu, cooked to perfection
Tucked away in the basement of Standard Chartered Bank in Central is Mott 32, a sleek Chinese fine-dining restaurant serving some of the best Cantonese fare you’ll find. As you walk in, tantalising aromas greet you; stunning presentations and service that is attentive but unobtrusive leave you in total awe.
The space, which seems like a place transported from a bygone era of China, impresses guests with its dramatic interior design. Some even say it's the perfect marriage between New York industrial chic and Chinese imperial elegance. The menu is full of dishes that pique your interest, from the juicy Iberico cha siu (barbecued pork) to the melt-in-the-mouth grilled Kobe beef seasonsed with lime salt and black pepper. While you're at Mott 32, check out their cocktail menu as well.
Kwun Tong Promenade
178 Hoi Bun Rd, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Strike a pose against Kwun Tong's
Take in spectacular harbour views from a revitalised industrial area
Looking for a tranquil and breezy venue to take in Hong Kong's iconic skyline? Built on the site of a former container port, the Kwun Tong promenade features a landmark tower inspired by piles of compressed recycled paper that were once stacked up in the cargo yard.
With cranes and barges on the horizon, and boardwalk materials that evoke East Kowloon’s gritty heritage, this post-industrial landscape is a sight to behold. The resplendent views of Victoria Harbour make this walkway one of the best strolls in Hong Kong. The scenery is also the perfect complement to a night-time picnic.
Unit B, 10/F, Gee Luen Factory Building, 316-318 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Jamming with one of Hong Kong’s brightest local bands, tfvsjs.
Sharply dressed pork belly with squid, rocket purée and ink farfalle
If you’re into pared-down industrial aesthetics, homey Italian food or post-rock music, you’re in luck. SYUT Café is run by a local post-rock band tfvsjs — it’s so hip you can’t even pronounce it!
Half-café, half-rehearsal room and specialist drum store, it takes up a sprawling 4,000 square feet warehouse space. The entire operation is a labour of love with the band building their own furniture, as well as cooking and serving every dish. The raw minimalist décor, an arty atmosphere and even artier location attracts the hipster crowd, but the affordable Italian-inspired dishes keep them coming back.
13/F, World Interests Building, 8 Tsun Yip Lane, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Treasure-hunting has never been so trendy
A trove of forgotten knick knacks and quirky toys.
Most shops do all they can to advertise their presence: neon signs, flashy hoardings, hideous sandwich boards... But not Vintage Business, a furniture store so well hidden that even with GPS and the patience of a vintage lover, you may be hard-pressed to find it. Who knew that a treasure trove of rare vintage furniture would be hiding behind the rough walls of what used to be a factory building?
Take a trip back through time in this cult vintage store, loved by local hipsters for its peerless collection of quirky hidden treasures. An afternoon excursion might uncover forgotten knick knacks, vintage lamps from the twenties, well-loved kooky clocks, and so much more. It’s a definite a “one stop shop" with an undeniable charm.
Flat C1, 12/F, Wing Hing Industrial Building, 14 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Potting or scoring?
Your legs are the cue on this pool table
Want to stay in shape while travelling? This new sport will get your adrenalin pumping and heart skipping a beat. Introducing pool soccer: Shooting pool or watching soccer games may well be two common pursuits in the pub, but now you can enjoy double the fun by combining the two.
The great-looking game was created in France, and it is starting to spread throughout Europe as a hybrid sport. It is played on a giant billiards table, and it shares the same rules as the game of pool. The major differences are: you stand and walk on the table; the footballs replaces the pool balls; and your foot is the cue. Imagine that!
Test your skills at this "ballroom" which doesn't have any dress codes, though you may have the edge by wearing pants that allow more flexibility. Perfect for kids, old and young!
Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Caught shopping for limited-edition sneakers!
Ballers and sneakerheads rejoice! Kicks everywhere.
Sneakers, trainers and basketball shoes. As a shopping paradise for every sneaker head, the expression “hard to find” is hardly ever uttered on Sneaker Street. From the original classic rarities you have been desiring for years to the hottest new arrivals with your shoe size, your best bet of finding them is right here.
What has to be the greatest gathering of sports shoe and sportswear shops on the planet, Sneaker Street is where Hong Kong’s image-conscious youth have come to get their statement-making footwear since the 1980s. They come for the latest designs and limited-edition releases from all over the world. Presumably, some athletes shop here too — Lebron James has been spotted about the place after all.
Shop 13, 2/F, J Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
Drink like an emperor!
This tree grows crispy toro and quail egg topped with caviar
Foam and powder may not be everyone’s comfort food, but the molecular gastronomy at Bo Innovation, which deconstructs classic Chinese dishes and reassembles them in visually surprising ways, is impressive.
Unlike art and fashion, when it comes to molecular cuisine, food is evanescent. By marrying scientific techniques and processes to his wild imagination, celebrity chef Alvin Leung developed what he called "X-treme Chinese". One of his signatures, xiao loong bao (pork dumplings), are blobs of ginger-infused pork soup encased in a transparent wrapper. When consumed, they explode into the juiciest pork dumplings. Whatever your gastronomic desires, they're likely to be sated in the culinary creations here.
9-11 Cleveland Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Curated goods for the discerning
Cream of the street fashion crop
While Causeway Bay has an array of trendy boutiques, including all the usual suspects, this sleek and streamlined shop has shaped Hong Kong's fashion trends since 2003. At the forefront of street style, JUICE is where the edgiest young people converge, and no dedicated fashionista should leave Hong Kong without a visit.
Established by trendsetters Edison Chen and Kevin Poon, JUICE soon became an immediate underground hit with streetwear consumers. With every item hand-picked by these tastemakers, only the latest, the hippest and the most stylish pieces are granted the license to be displayed here. It never fails to get shopaholics buzzing with excitement.
Shop C, G/F, 42-48 Paterson Street Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
A café where grass grows on ceilings
The iced coffee is hot stuff.
Cafés are always great places to get a feel of a city. Besides the artsy comfort and relaxing atmosphere, if you believe that coffee is the core essense of any good café, you should head over here — where local influencers, scenesters and even coffee snobs hang out.
Elephant Grounds is considered a quiet haven by many of the neighbourhood's residents. It follows a simple methodology which is to create the perfect cup of coffee: The finest beans. Right roast. Great presentation. Their friendly baristas are pleased to recommend the right coffee for you, whether it’s a single origin drip coffee or an espresso blend.
35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Racing to the candy floss station!
"Who am I talking to?"
PMQ is the place for international creative happenings in Hong Kong. It is jam-packed with exhibitions, workshops and events that will leave even the most fervent art and culture buffs completely in awe.
For a decent dose of local arts and culture, check out this annual art and design festival — deTour, named “one of the most exciting events on Hong Kong’s cultural calendar” by CNN. You'll be treated to a glimpse of the community through the magic of storytelling.
West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon
A music fest with food nearly as good as the hip hop
Not sure who's having a better time — those on or off stage?
Did you think that the best festivals for music and arts lovers, foodies and families only exist in Europe? Think again. One of the most prominent Asian music festivals as well as Hong Kong’s biggest arts and music festival is held here each November: Clockenflap!
With over 60,000 visitors last year, the festival continues to grow year-on-year, colouring the city's creative scene. What began as a one-day gathering of 1,500 local music-lovers is now a three-day cultural extravaganza which includes a lineup of international artists such as The Libertines, Damien Rice, and Crowd Lu. Set on the edge of the scenic Victoria Harbour under the open sky, its picturesque venue, West Kowloon Cultural District also offers a year-round cornucopia of curated experiences through a series of world-class arts and cultural events.