Get your morning off to a delicious start and pay a visit to Shui Kee Coffee in Sheung Wan. This local cha chaan teng is famous for its silky-smooth Hong Kong-style milk tea, egg and beef sandwiches, and crunchy, golden French toasts, all of which is guaranteed to give you the perfect wake-me-up breakfast you’ll need for the full day ahead.
After your fix of local breakfast food, it’s time to start exploring. Just a short walk from Shui Kee Coffee, Tai Ping Shan Street is home to a fascinating mix of boutiques, bistros and cafes, art galleries, and even ancient temples. Rummage through vintage stores such asand , head to Mahka for a unique shopping experience where fashion meets art and music, and stop by one of the many eateries in the area to refuel. As for those looking for something a little bit more upscale, international fashion brands such as Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Celine, and Alexander McQueen can be found in and around the neighbouring shopping destinations of and .
Before your first night in Hong Kong comes to an end, make the most out of the city’s famous nightlife by enjoying a tipple or three at one of the city’s many speakeasies hidden within the Central and Sheung Wan areas, such as Feather Boa, Frank’s Library,, and Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour.
If you’re staying on the Hong Kong Island side, head over to thePier and catch a ferry ride across the harbour. Once you’ve arrived at Tsim Sha Tsui, dig into a plate of homemade crème brûlée pancakes or a hearty all-day breakfast at Urban Coffee Roaster on Bristol Avenue, and wash it down with a cup of freshly roasted specialty coffee, such as their sweet potato latte.
If you want to shop like a local, then a visit to Mong Kok is a must. After you’re done with a satisfying breakfast, you can either choose to get there by MTR, or if you’re feeling up for it, burn off your big breakfast by walking along Nathan Road to get to the district. With shops and street stalls selling everything from novelty Hong Kong souvenirs to cheap clothes and accessories, and are great spots to start off with. Tip: don’t be afraid to do the haggle-tango with the stall owners. You’ll be surprised at how much they’re willing to cut down the prices!
Shopping around the ever-bustling streets of Mong Kok can be stressful, so for a quiet lunch away from the crowds, Loyi Faateng is an ideal spot. Nestled in an unassuming residential building, this shabby-chic cafe is decorated with an eclectic mix of mismatched vintage-kitsch furniture, retro toys, and rustic homeware. Offering a variety of Italian dishes, Loyi Faateng is a treat for your taste buds and your eyes.
Hop on the MTR and get off at Sham Shui Po Station. Though the area is well known for Apliu Street where you can hunt down cheap electronics, there are a tonne of other uncovered hidden gems in the area that many Hongkongers may not even know about. From fashionable tote bags designed and made in Japan at theto Hak Dei’s selection of locally produced kitchenware and home goods, there are plenty of shops to get excited about. And if you’re in need of some feet-resting, Toolss is a stationery shop-plus-cafe where you can end your day of shopping with some much-needed coffee.
For dinner, instead of opting for any old restaurant, why not take things to the streets? We’re talking giant Tamagoyakis from Kofuku Station, devil-icious deep-fried offerings at Triple Fat, traditional cheung fun (rice noodle roll) at the famous, cheesy durian pizza (if you dare) at the Sham Shui Po Food Court, and plenty of other food stalls lining the streets with finger-licking-good nibbles.
For your last day in Hong Kong, it’s time to head north and tour around the top shopping destinations in the New Territories.
Located in Tsuen Wan,is a former textile factory that has been recast into an innovative art and culture destination. Inside the complex, you can choose from numerous cafes and restaurants as breakfast options. Coffee lovers can find a seat at Cozy Coffee, Retold, or Koko Coffee Roasters for a hot caffeine fix and quick bites; those who are down for some local grub can find it at restaurants such as New Big Light and Wong Pai Bing Sutt; and if you want to start the day on a greener note, Fleur and Honbo offer a range of healthy plant-based and artisanal dishes. After breakfast, dart in and out of a number of stylish homeware and lifestyle shops such as Commune, Concept to Go, and The Sample. For an eco-friendly shopping experience, visit alt:, a sustainable clothing store that repurposes old garments into new clothes in just four hours!
Next up, get on the MTR and hop off at Kwai Fong Station just a few stops over. Right next to the station, the seemingly lacklustre Kwai Chung Plaza has a universe of down-to-earth products and snacks to be explored. Hit up 1foodtruck for some grab-and-go pasta, or try the hot and sour glass noodles at the ever-popular Tung Mun Ding. Those with a sweet tooth can round off their meal with a selection of freshly baked puddings from Deerlicious Pudding.
Before heading off to the airport, make a stop at Tung Chung for some last-minute discount shopping at. With over 80 international brand names including Coach, Michael Kors, Burberry, and Armani, all with year-round discounts, you can get your hands on everything from discount watches to discontinued handbags that you can’t find in any other stores, making this the perfect place to burn your leftover cash.
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