Fast-paced and train-driven, Hong Kong is the asian counterpart of the Big Apple — at least a less grey one at that. It’s a city that multiplies your 6-hour day plan and leaves your feet sore without having to hit a pub or social scene. In fact, the closest thing we had to a nightlife was catching the last train and hitting the grocery for veggie balls. And that one time we went to Causeway Bay at midnight after Renee and Jeline waited up for my PM flight to arrive. Needless to say, you don’t take Hong Kong by storm as an option. It is the only option.
1. Causeway Bay – Best spent and the most beautiful at night, the abundance of billboards and neon signage that the street also happens to reflect makes you double think wether or not you made it to Times Square.
2. Elephant Grounds – I didn’t think food craving situations could be any more frustrating until Elephant Grounds came along. Heck, our entire trip was consumed in glorious food but this place in particular was my favourite. I’m still drooling over their salmon donburi bowl.
3. Lane Crawford – Your one-stop shop fashion and one-stop slap in the face (jk, I meant wallet).
4. Oddies – If it’s anything Hong Kong street food is known for, its egg waffles. The dessert parlour is known for combining the aforementioned into their variety of gelato. *insert heart eye emoji*
5. Sham Shui Po – Calling the attention of DIY junkies, collectors and everything in between, this is your holy grail. Supposedly only Renee’s errand stop for her school materials, we ended up exploring the district even more and shop for some fancy souvenirs (I say fancy because we found some raw stones and gems) and textiles.
6. Cafe de Coral – Weeks before my flight to Hong Kong, I’ve been hearing numerous suggestions about this joint. And I’m not surprised. The famous Chinese fast-food chain offers cheap comfort food to a tee: a variety of set dishes (complete with noodle soup for the soul) and fizzy fruit drinks. Oh, the fizzy fruit drinks.
7. Acne Studios – If you find Acne Studios, you find Tumblr nirvana. I kid you not.
8. Sneaker Street – Located at Mongkok, the entire street is home to shoe resellers and buyers. Wether you’re looking for classic Stans or on-demand NMDs, leave it to this street to have it in stock. It took us 4 wrong turns, 2 bystanders and Google maps to find this place but it was worth it.
9. Harbour City – The ultimate tourist spot. We spent an afternoon of shopping, catching the sunset then taking in the Hong Kong skyline at night — super touristy.
10. Lady M – I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a dessert person but Lady M’s cakes are absolutely to die for! No, really. If you come in late or at rush hour, you’ll find yourself with no seats or worse, sold out cakes.
11. Sheung Wan – A neighbourhood dedicated to quirky local shops, vintage furniture stores and cafes. This was one of my favourite places to visit during our entire trip. Pro tip: if you wander long enough you will find an array of wall murals, pastel tiling and corners totally meant for endless ‘grams. You’re welcome.