Hong Kong’s reputation as one of the top shopping and dining destinations in the world ensures that there is no end of things for any visitor to splash out cash on.
Dim sum (or yum cha), while served across the globe, can still be a unique experience in Hong Kong. Luk Yu Tea House, established in 1933, is one of the few restaurants left where an authentic sense of Old Hong Kong can be found. Dim sum is served between breakfast and lunch, and don’t forget to try some of the exquisite Chinese teas on offer.
Feeling adventurous? For a more urban experience, head to Lin Heung Tea House for a loud, overpacked, table-sharing yum cha meal.
For some simple, fast, Shanghainese food, Crystal Jade serves dandan mian (spicy peanut and sesame sauce noodles) and xiaolongbao (pork soup dumpling). Vegetarians and omnivores chow down at Khana Khazana in Wanchai on a variety of pure Indian veggie dishes.
Yixin Restaurant serves authentic Canton food in a simple but elegant space. Specialty dishes include fried fresh milk with crabmeat and smoked pomfret: Be sure to reserve those specialty dishes in advance.
A more down-and-dirty but unique experience can be found at the Java Road Market in North Point. Look out for Tung Po, the restaurant covered with film posters. Do not expect any kind of luxury: Folding chairs and plastic utensils are the rule, but these authentic, reasonably priced Canton dishes are delicious and fresh.
Don’t forget to make a stop at one of the hottest restaurants in town, Zuma, for some contemporary Japanese cuisine. Located on two floors at the Landmark in Central, the stunning restaurant is on the fifth floor, with the lounge and bar on the sixth. If you are after latenight snacks, local offerings include Tsui Wah, which is always crowded and open until 4 a.m., or walk farther along the road to Beyrouth Cafe for a kebab.
Hong Kong is also a shopping haven. Causeway Bay’s Times Square is where every major electronics chain can be found. Be sure to compare prices and ask them how much things cost even if there is a listed price.
Mac enthusiasts should definitely make a stop at DG LifeStyle Store at the IFC Mall, which carried a huge range of Apple products in a town where retail prices are lower than Apple stores in America.
To pick up some stylish and uniquely Hong Kong gifts, G.O.D. offers a range of contemporary lifestyle goods heavily infused with local flair. For the more traditional variety, head to Chinese Arts & Crafts, located across the street from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
Mongkok is where the locals like to shop and is one of the most crowded places on the planet, so it’s a must for a uniquely local shopping experience. ToyMart has something different for the kids back home.
Mongkok is also where you will find the famous Ladies Market, where everything from watches to underwear to atlases to fish tanks is for sale. The market comes alive at night, so go in the evening for the full experience.
No Hong Kong visit is complete without a trip to the tailor. Tai Pan Tailor in Admiralty Center is one of the most reputable in the city, and they can deliver custom-made suits and shirts in 48 hours.
What better way to wind down after a long day than getting a massage? At Foot, you can receive body and foot massage deep into the night — it’s open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. With its tranquil setting and private rooms for both body and foot massages, a tired Filmart attendee can even wraps a deal in tranquility.
Luk Yu Tea House
24-26 Stanley St.
Phone: +852 2523 5464
Lin Heung Tea House
160-164 Wellington St., Central
Phone: +852 2544 4556
Shop 301, Tai Yau Plaza, 181 Johnston Road, Wanchai
Phone: +852 2573 8844
1/F, Dannies House, 20 Luard Road, Wanchai
Phone: +852 2520 5308
G/F, 69 Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley
Phone: +852 2834 9963
2/F, Java Road Municipal Building, 99 Java Road, North Point
Phone: +852 2880-9399
Levels 5 & 6, the Landmark Atrium, 15 Queens Road, Central
Phone: +852 3657 6388
15-19 Wellington St., Central
Phone: +852 2525 6338
G/F, 39 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Phone: +852 2854 1872
Leighton Center, Sharp St. East, Causeway Bay
Chinese Arts & Crafts
26 Harbour Road, Wanchai
1N Sai Yeung Choi St. South, Mongkok
Tai Pan Tailor
1/F, Tower 1, Admiralty Center, Admiralty
Phone: +852 2529 8861
8/F, Regent Center, 88 Queens Road, Central
Phone: +852 2997 7138