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A trend-hunter's guide to Hong Kong

  • Written by Localiiz
Itinerary for Every Trend Hunter Visiting Hong Kong

Despite being a fast-paced city that’s constantly changing, Hong Kong keeps its pulse firmly on international trends. Kooky beauty products? Check. New tech gadget on the market? Got it. The latest pair of limited-edition kicks? Get in line. From second-hand vintage shops stacked with undiscovered treasures to shopping outlets where you can snap up high-end brands for a killer deal, here’s how every trend hunter visiting Hong Kong should spend their days in the city.

Day 1 (Hong Kong Island)


Shui Kee Coffee

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 toast, all of which are 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 as Select 18 , 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 ifc mall and LANDMARK .


Once you’re done with a full day of retail therapy, settle down for a dinner that will take you to new heights. Écriture, an elevated Michelin-starred restaurant, combines minimalistic interiors with bold splashes of colour and stunning copper details, where you can immerse yourself in sweeping city views, all while tucking into beautiful plates of theatrical French cooking with premium Japanese ingredients. Go for the eight-course ‘Library of Flavours’ menu that showcases the sophisticated creativity of chef Maxime Gilbert, formerly of Michelin-starred stalwart Amber.


Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour

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, The Iron Fairies , and Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour.

Day 2 (Kowloon)


Urban Coffee Roaster

If you’re staying on the Hong Kong Island side, head over to the Star Ferry Pier 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.


Ladies Market

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, Ladies' Market Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info and Sneakers Street Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info 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! For locally produced kitchenware and home goods, be sure to stop at Hak Dei, who also offer a curated selection of items from their favourite overseas brands.

Loyi Faateng

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 locals may not even know about. From fashionable tote bags designed and made in Japan at the Midway Shop Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info  to local leather products at  Brothers Leathercraft Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info  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. 


Hop Yik Tai

For dinner, instead of opting for any old restaurant, why not take things to the streets? We’re talking everything from traditional cheung fun (rice noodle roll) at the famous Hop Yik Tai to cheesy durian pizza (if you dare) at the Sham Shui Po Food Court, plus plenty of other food stalls lining the streets with finger-licking-good nibbles.

Day 3 (New Territories)


The Mills

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, The Mills 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 and Concept to Go.

Kwai Chung Plaza

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.


Now that you’ve got lunch taken care of, it’s time for some serious shopping! Housing a range of trendy garments and accessories mostly imported from Korea and China, every shop is stocked with heaps of bargain pieces in every style. As you dig through rack after rack of quick fashion finds, keep in mind that most of these clothes are free sized, so be sure to ask if they have a changing room for you to try before you buy. 


Citygate Outlets

Before heading off to the airport, make a stop at Tung Chung for some last-minute discount shopping at Citygate Outlets Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info . 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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