Get ready to dive into the vibrant Asian city Hong Kong – glistening skyline views, some of the world’s most exciting bars and restaurants, as well as lush untouched nature and beaches make it a must-stop on your Asian adventures! Wander through its lively streets which never seem to sleep, indulging in a sensory feast of cultural diversity brought from its Chinese roots and colonial days and end up in raging bars to celebrate happy hour and life! A dense city full of many wonders, Hong Kong uniquely brings a raw and authentic experience of East meets West!
Discover the 10 must-do’s in Hong Kong, get excited by browsing the city’s best restaurants & bars and find out where you have to stay with our Ultimate Hong Kong Travel Guide!
10 Must-Do’s in Hong Kong
1. Visit the top of The Peak
Venture to The Peak and soak in breathtaking panoramic views of Hong Kong’s sky-high buildings nestled amongst lush mountainous greenery, topped with a bustling harbour of hundreds of incoming and outgoing boats. Come by night for glistening skyline views or day for the ultimate travel shot.
How to get there: by hiking trail, tram, or taxi/bus ride.
Browse our guide on the 8 best views in Hong Kong for more Instagram-worthy shots!
2. Sail the Aqua Luna Junk
For a special night underneath glittering skies, hop on the Aqua Luna Junk for a spectacular view of the city from the Victoria Harbour. The Aqua Luna Junk is a reminiscent of classic “Chinese Junks,” transporting you back to the olden days at sea. Get cozy on board and snuggled up in blankets with your loved ones, and sip on chilled champagne for a tipsy ride with the Hong Kong skyline lighting up as the backdrop and reflecting romantically over the waters. A spectacular ride to experience and not to be missed!
3. Take a traditional ‘Ding Ding’ Tram
One of the best ways to breeze through the city without the hassle of traffic is hopping on Hong Kong’s traditional double-deck trams. Sit on the top and experience the “old Hong Kong” while gazing at high rise skyscrapers with this 110-year-old mode of transport that is both easy on the wallet and eco-friendly!
4. Enjoy afternoon tea at The Peninsula
There is nothing more quintessentially iconic of Hong Kong than experiencing the acclaimed Peninsula classic afternoon tea. Devour on dainty delights and paired with freshly brewed tea amongst elegant surroundings of gilded columns and marble floors, while accompanied by the soothing sounds of The Lobby Strings and impeccable service from the waitstaff. An absolute treat for all your senses!
5. Fill up your belly with Dim Sum
A classic Cantonese dish, dim sum consists of a wide assortment of savory and sweet options from delicious dumplings to buns. Literally meaning “drink tea” in Cantonese, dim sum is synonymous with an Asian-styled brunch! Head to Maxim’s Palace at City Hall for an authentic experience where you can choose your dish from trolleys pushed around the restaurant, or go whimsical at the almost too-cute-to-eat dim sum at Yum Cha.
6. Live it up at a bottomless boozy brunch
One of the many perks of city life is enjoying a guilt-free boozy brunch with friends, and thankfully the amazing options Hong Kong are endless! KITCHEN at the W Hotel offers a whimsical brunch with a fantastic view of Hong Kong side (think Alice in Wonderland set in the city), whilst Zuma delivers to-die-for Japanese-fusion cuisine with endless champagne, sake, and bellinis. Head over to Lily & Bloom in Lan Kwai Fong for hearty American-style brunch in a relaxed atmosphere.
7. Have a drink at Ozone Ritz Carlton
Known as one of the highest bars in the world, Ozone is hands-down the best place to witness mesmerizing and iconic skyline views of Hong Kong with a fancy cocktail at hand. Located on the 118th floor of The Ritz Carlton, Ozone will take you through a tipsy journey of glittering stars, jaw-dropping views, stylish ambiance and pumping music.
8. Enjoy a beach day at Repulse Bay
One of the best features of Hong Kong is its close proximity to nature, such as white sand beaches of Repulse Bay. Grab some beach towels and sunscreen on a sunny day to laze by the beach, splash in the ocean or dine al fresco from the many options at The Pulse.
9. Shop ’til you drop at Ladies’ Market
Browse through the maze of over a hundred stalls of trinkets, cheap clothes, and souvenirs at the Ladies’ Market of Tung Choi Street. Be sure to bring your haggling game on! Hop on the Mong Kok stop of the MTR and follow Exit E2 to get here.
10. Party it up at Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong, also known as LKF, is the infamous nightlife central of Hong Kong. Here you’ll find a blend of expats and locals, young and not-so-young, fancy rooftop bars and cheap hangs, and the best clubs in the city all placed side-by-side. Start the night with rooftop drinks at Ce La Vi, and see where the night whisks you away!
5 Best Restaurants in Hong Kong
When in Hong Kong, one thing is for certain – you’re in for dining experiences of a lifetime! You’ll be spoilt for choice with the city’s 50+ Michelin-starred restaurants from globally known fine dining venues, unique gastronomical concepts, vibrant fusion creations to local eats. Each venue bursts with atmosphere and surely knows how to create a dining experience you’ll remember forever.
Keep reading to discover The Asia Collective’s Best Restaurants in Hong Kong you cannot miss!
Cuisine: French Seafood
Address: InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 6pm-11pm | Sunday, noon to 2:30pm
The famous Parisian seafood restaurant, originally founded in 1925, has found its way to Hong Kong thanks to its Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse. Located in the InterContinental, Rech by Alain Ducasse offers the finest seasonal fish and oysters from France – prepared within contemporary dishes and the chef’s outstanding knowledge of serving high quality fish and crustaceans. You cannot go past their famous baked aged camembert and signature pan-seared, line-caught sole! The dynamic wine selection at Rech by Alain Ducasse is unmissable with the seafood parade, with extensive choices of over 4,850 bottles imported from France with a focus on freshness, white Burgundy and red Bordeaux.
From breathtaking interior and stunning day and night views across Victoria Harbour to world-class seafood cuisine, it’s a fine dining experience not to be missed in the Asian city that never sleeps!
Address: Shop 202, Landmark Alexandra, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 2:30pm | 6:30pm – 10:30pm
From Italy to Hong Kong, Chef Umberto Bombana pays tribute to classic Italian cuisine at 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, inspired by Frederico Fellini’s 1963 film recalling Italian memories and fantasies. Located in the heart of Central at the upscale Alexandra House, 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana is a refined restaurant best known for its delicate truffles made into most astounding and mouth-watering creations. Think truffle tagliolini made al dente and even black truffle ice cream! Put truffles aside and you can expect his other signature dishes to fulfill your taste buds. Overall, spectacular food, friendly and warm atmosphere makes for one of the best dining experiences in Hong Kong.
Cuisine: New York-Italian
Address: LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday, 12pm – 2:30pm (lunch) | Sunday-Thursday, 6pm-11:30pm | Friday – Saturday, 6pm – 12am
What started in New York has found its way to the bustling city of Hong Kong. Carbone is a New York-Italian restaurant that pays homage to the essence of the great Italian restaurants of the 1950s New York. Carbone offers delicious, hearty, and exquisite dishes are served in a comfortable, classy but unpretentious setting topped with cheeky checkered tiled floors and hanging chandeliers to add a retro kick. Carbone welcomes you with fine-dining options in a laid-back atmosphere (one that allows you to chatter away with your friends!), whilst serving large portions of pasta made al dente equally doused in rich sauce of tomatoes, onions, and a large dash of vodka that’ll make you lick your plate clean. Not to be missed is Carbone’s soulful dishes such as Spicy Rigatoni Vodka, Mario’s Meatballs, Veal Parmesan. Don’t forget to save plenty of room for dessert!
Address: Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm | Sunday, 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10pm
Tucked on the historic street in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central district lies Duddell’s, a two Michelin Star restaurant showcasing Cantonese cuisine from former T’ang Court (3 Michelin Star) chef Siu Hin Chi. At Duddell’s you’ll find high-end Cantonese cuisine classics made with fresh ingredients and an all-day dim sum set amongst stylish interior of marble walls, Moroccan rugs, timeless furniture, and noteworthy art collection. Enter their chic Salon with a lush garden terrace amongst high-rise buildings for post-dinner drinks to savor the night.
Address: 7th Floor LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Brunch on Saturday & Sunday, 11am-3pm | Lunch from Monday – Friday, 12pm-2:30pm | Dinner from Sunday to Thursday, 6pm-11pm
One of Hong Kong’s best steakhouses, Buenos Aires Polo Club references Argentina’s dynamic grilling culture, passion for the ‘sport of kings’ and the elite members-only clubs of the early 1900s. Its impressive menu showcases hearty and delicious options under the direction of Chef Felipe Lopez. Highlights include a selection of melt-in-your-mouth Argentine pure Black Angus steak made to perfection topped with gravy. A cozy and classy atmosphere of leather couches, vintage trophies, and warm tones top off a perfect meal.
Best Bars in Hong Kong
Address: 56-58 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 5pm-1am
Head to Quinary for an experience of unique cocktails with a play on aromas and textures, pairing ingredients in the most creative ways. Renowned mixologist Antonio Lai is a whiz in fantasizing molecular cocktails and concoctions to tickle all your senses. The Earl Grey Caviar is must try! Pop by this cool and sexy venue and enjoy their innovative drinks to kick off the night.
Address: 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6pm-late
Down a dark alleyway lies Hong Kong’s best kept secret bar, also known as Stockton. Step into this hidden speakeasy (if you can find it!) and you’ll be transported to 1900s London-styled gentlemen’s bar. Stockton offers a series of original cocktails, replete with fun facts, tasting notes and even etiquette guidelines. Leather couches, mounted animal heads, and dimly lit interior oozes of class and elegance with an added playfulness to it. A trendy place that’ll keep you coming back for more.
Address: Ezra’s Ln, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Sunday – Wednesday, 6pm-2am | Thursday – Saturday, 6pm-3am
From New York’s mixsultant Joseph Boroski, J. Boroski brings Hong Kong an intimate and secluded space offering bespoke cocktails made with top-quality spirits and fresh ingredients. Tucked away off Hollywood Road, J. Boroski is secretly located and accessed on an invitation-only basis, gathering only the curious and creative audience of Central. It’s dimly-lit and sleek interior is inviting yet unique, complete with 100 or so beetles on the wall. With no menus, you can simply describe what you feel like to one of J. Boroski’s expert bartenders – expect personalized cocktails suiting your preferences, bringing an entirely new approach to cocktail enjoyment!
Address: 6 Duddell St, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday, 12pm-3pm & 5pm-1am | Friday, 12pm-3:30pm & 5pm-3am | Saturday, 5pm-3am
Selling bespoke umbrellas since 1868 on the outside, and a classy, glamorous retro-styled bar on the inside. This hidden gem on Duddell Street in Central is everything we love – effortless style, charm, and a touch of cool. Escape the bustling world outside and enjoy live jazz music and your poison of choice with its refreshing cocktails such as the Fox Martini with grapefruit bitters and The Northside (Mint Infused Citadelle Gin, Raspberries, Ginger, Lemon, Sugar, Seltzer). Head over to Foxglove’s secret VIP room to savour rare Cognacs, spirits, and Japanese cask-strength whiskeys. Bask in its innovative and sleek interior inspired by first-class airplanes and vintage cars. A stylish spot for the glamorous globetrotter!
Address: Princes Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Schedule here
Cocooned amongst Hong Kong’s skyscrapers located in the penthouse of the iconic Prince’s Building is one of the city’s best outdoor bar for its insane view. At Sevva you’ll find a contemporary and uber-chic interior with a dazzling outdoor terrace offering 360-degree views of Hong Kong’s skyline upfront and nightly light show. Grab a drink with friends or cozy it up on their fluffy couches outdoors and soak in the unique views from Sevva.
Address: 29+30F, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 12pm-2am
Find yourself in Kowloon side? Head up to Aqua Bar in Tsim Sha Tsui to catch front row views of Hong Kong’s skyline in the most stylish surroundings. The restaurant sits on the 29th floor, offering innovative Japanese and Italian cuisine, while the bumping bar is one level up, both sharing a two-story floor to ceiling window showcasing the best of Hong Kong! Sip on Aqua Bar’s delicious versions of classic cocktails such as the Wild Orchid (made with fresh pineapple and passion fruit!) or Matcha Colada, whilst enjoying every bit of its glitz and glam.
Best Hotels in Hong Kong
If Hong Kong is an organized chaos then Tuve Hotel in Causeway Bay is the exact opposite. A minimal space providing a perfect juxtaposition to the hustle and bustle of the city, Tuve Hotel is conveniently located east of Victoria Park off the Tin Hau MTR station. This hotel is inspired by pictures of Swedish Lake Tuve in wintertime – cool, calm, and peaceful. The interior is nothing short of simple and modern, topped with stylish accents such as marble walls with a touch of wood and concrete. Offering city views, basic amenities, fantastic location and a friendly staff, Tuve is the perfect place for guests to recuperate after days worth of exploring the city.
- Prices starting at US$125 per night.
Boutique: The Fleming Hotel
A stylish hideaway in the heart of Wanchai (undoubtedly one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the city), The Fleming pays tribute to the classic style of Hong Kong’s iconic cross-harbour ferries. Striped accents, vintage brass lighting, and apothecary-inspired toiletries give a nautical touch to their timeless yet comfortable spaces. Check-in to your ultimate luxury home away from home (think golden sinks) and be greeted by its signature scent which evokes a feeling of old, glamorous Hong Kong.
Make sure to book in at the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Osteria Marzia, opened by Black Sheep Group who are also behind one of Hong Kong’s hottest restaurants, Carbone. Embark on an Italian journey of senses set within nautical inspired interiors and indulge in the extensive menu, prepared with traditional cooking techniques. You cannot miss their swordfish palermo and clams linguine!
For the adventurous souls, The Fleming is a short 5-minute walk from MTR Wanchai Station meaning plenty of options to explore out and about.
- Prices starting at US$172 per night.
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