NxTStop: HKG

2 Day Getaway Adventure

This year I only had a 3 day window in HK, so I had to make it count. The city itself is composed of multiple islands, with Hong Kong Island being the main attraction. You’ll see HK is pretty compact, even more so than urban cities like NYC. Catch the Airport Express (25 min) to the city, and once you’re in Central you can pretty much walk or short taxi ride to everything you want. My advice is keep to the Hong Kong side mostly, and depending on your time do some excursions to other points of the city (e.g. Kowloon or the beach) or Macau. As a last point: Typhoons are a real occurrence in HK. If you see a “T8” warning, this means the city shuts down for an impending storm. Be prepared, because while all storms may not be too bad, effectively most places will be closed until the warning is lifted. My Sunday was a T8 day…so my 3 days became just 2.

15 Ideas for HK (Activities / Drinks/ Food)

1. The Peak – check the weather, and hit HK’s highest point the first chance the weather is clear. Go early (9 am). You should also follow signs for the circle walking path. Great views.

2 IFC Area – surprisingly the mall and commerce center next to the Airport Express has a whole rooftop area with several nice bars on top offering views of Kowloon.

3. Lin Heung Tea House – authentic dim sum spot right in central that’s juxtaposed with that backstreet market seen. Not much english other than point and hope! Good little breakfast spot.

4. Ho Lee Fook – famous dim sum spot also (supposedly) open during Typhoons…

5. Mama San – chic upscale spot in Lan Kwai Fung

6. Stormies – little dive bar on the raucous D’Aguilar street that stays open during T8 warning (and serves shots for free to all who wander in).

7. Classified – wine, cheese and coffee expat spot right on Hollywood Road near Soho.

8. Prince Street – a cool bar in LKF that bears the subway sign from its NYC heritage.

9. Tim Ho Wan – Michelin star rated dim sum spot right in Hong Kong (Air Express) train station. Go in off hours (3pm) else you’ll wait forever.

10. Coco Espresso – solid coffee spot with nitro right on Wellington St in Central

11. Queen Victoria Pub – cool expat bar over in Wan Chai. Head over to grab a pint and meet some interesting foreigners hanging around to watch football.

12. Sevva – great, upscale rooftop bar in Central. You need to effectively take the elevator to the top floor of the PwC building, and also need to usually make a reservation even just for cocktails. Definitely worth it for the views and chill seen.

13. Aqua – upscale bar in the top of the 1 Peking building in Kowloon with great views of HK Island. Catch the ferry across for views, and head here so you can catch the light show over HK island at 8.

14. Eyebar – top floor/rooftop bar that has an outside deck in Kowloon with great view of HK Island. Great alternative to Aqua (plus outside area bonus)