If you’re lucky to have 24 hours to spare in Hong Kong, our in-the-know hosts have you covered when it comes to unforgettable exploring. Our guide features some of the very best things to do in one of the world’s most happening cities, ensuring that you get to experience Hong Kong like a local.
The Perfect Start
There’s no better place to start your tour of Hong Kong Island than in the vibrant Causeway Bay district. Begin your busy day with a caffeine hit at NINETYs at Lee Garden Two, an atmospheric spot just a short walk from Lanson Place Causeway Bay which specialises in modern Australian cuisine with Asian twists, as well as carefully crafted specialty coffees. Next, make your way to beloved local soy specialist, Yan Wo Dou Bun Chong, to choose from their simple menu of tofu, soy milk and Dou Fu Fa, a sweet tofu custard delight – all of which are freshly made daily.
A Passion for Fashion
Duly fortified, it’s time to check out some of the distinctive shops which explain why Causeway Bay is known as a retail paradise. HER offers up a female-driven retail experience with the latest streetwear, then hop in to B’In Select for accessories, stationery and home décor from boutique international brands and coveted local designers. Next, Hysan Place is an elegant upscale mall with 120 stores from fashion and beauty to lifestyle and culture, including the first Eslite Bookstore outside Taiwan. Right outside, check out the street crossing over to SOGO department store, where Causeway Bay’s famous energy is on full display with throngs of people in a setting similar to Tokyo’s legendary Shibuya Crossing.
After your retail therapy, just three MTR stops away you’ll find yourself in Central, the heart of Hong Kong. Tai Kwun is a heritage-arts venue home to 16 revitalised heritage buildings from the 19th century, making it a fascinating look into Hong Kong’s past. After wandering and people watching, specialty café Between Coffee is a great spot for a light lunch with Japanese influences. Alternatively, BaseHall at Jardine House brings together a star-studded line-up of local culinary talent all conveniently located under one roof.
Walk off lunch among the tropical flora and fauna of the famed Botanical Gardens, just steps from Two MacDonnell Road which makes the perfect pit stop before you embark on an art tour of the city’s best galleries. Start with 10 Chancery Lane who showcase eclectic creative talent from Southeast Asia, then Aishonanzuka celebrate the edgiest works to emerge from Japan’s art world, while Art Supermarket showcase original street art from emerging stars.
Tram to a Trattoria
Next up comes a Hong Kong icon, a historic tram known as a ‘ding ding’ which takes you on a leisurely ride across Hong Kong Island to the up-and-coming Island East neighbourhood. Dinner options abound, such as Ask for Alonzo for trattoria favourites in an al fresco setting, but for an authentic Hong Kong experience, look no further than On Lee Noodle for beef brisket noodles and fish balls. End your evening with a sweet treat in the form of Hong Kong’s iconic egg waffles, hot and fresh from Master Low Key Food Shop.
Cocktails under the Stars
Finally, just a short stroll away along the elegant waterfront promenade you’ll find yourself back in your exclusive city hideaway at Lanson Place Waterfront Suites. Enjoy a perfectly-prepared evening cocktail in the lounge as you look back on your day before the sweetest of dreams in ultimate comfort.