A few weekends ago, I visited my friend in Hong Kong. She showed me around the city, and took me to some really great places that I have been dying to share with you. So, here are a few recommendations for when you get the chance to spend a weekend in this fantastic city, and hopefully you'll have just as much fun as I did!
Start your night off right with a fabulous yet light dinner at Yardbird. This restaurant, though small, is always packed with a lively (and not to mention good looking) young crowd. The vibes are energetic and exciting, the perfect combination to prep you for a fantastic night. The staff are also amazingly friendly and are well tuned to their restaurant as well as their co-workers. Everything we ordered here was so delicious, but be sure to try the scotch eggs!
After dinner, it will still be early for a night out in Hong Kong so you might want to head somewhere like oni Honi, a tiki lounge, for some fun drinks and good conversations (though I must say Yardbird has a great bar scene too!).
For the rest of your night, Lan Kwai Fong is the area with all the hip clubs and bars. Everything is close together and easily accessible, which is one reasons why I would vote Hong Kong as being one of the best places for nightlife. Stick to that area and you're sure to have an awesome and safe night!
The Soho area is really nice for walking around and exploring. While you're there, make sure you try the traditional Hong Kong egg tarts . These tasty treats are so delicious, and if you're lucky like I was, they'll be fresh out of the oven! On the other hand, if you're looking to do some shopping, the IFC Mall has some great boutiques and designer stores.
After all the shopping and exploring, finding another fabulous restaurant is a must. I would recommend trying the restaurant Socialito for a taste of spanish tapas and great spanish drinks. The atmosphere, depending on the night (and your company) can be romantic but it still has an energetic atmosphere. Socialito is right in the middle of Lan Kwai Fong so after dinner be sure to head up to Lilly and Bloom for some of the best drinks you'll ever have. The happening spot is perfect for starting out your night and you'll usually meet pretty fantastic (and often attractive) people in this space. ;)
If you didn't know, a Sunday tradition for a Chinese family is to have Dim Sum. This is where the family and/or friends gather around a large round table to share many (and I mean many) plates of delicious authentic chinese food (in a sense it's like the asian style of high tea). So, for Sunday afternoon hit up Lei Garden for the true Chinese experience. You'll be sure to try some very interesting dishes!
As my post reveals, Hong Kong is quite an international destination. Though still very "asian", there is also a very westernized aspect to the modern city.With all the lights, cabs, buildings and friendly people, you'll never have a dull moment during your stay. I hope you have just as an amazing time in Hong Kong as I did! If you take my suggestions, I'm certain you will. Stay tuned for Sydney posts!