You’ve seen the postcards, but now you’re finally in the heart of Hong Kong. This side of Victoria Harbour is steeped in a lot of history, particularly around the time of Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s revolution. Lectures can be saved for later, there’s other stuff to see!
Start your day with a traditional Hong Kong breakfast, but with a modern spin. You’ll get scrambled eggs with ham on toast, and char siu with spaghetti or macaroni. It’s a combination that has survived the ages and is still revving up people’s engines today. Deli-O in Sheung Wan gives you the old school food, but in much more comfortable setting.
Shop 268A, 2/F, Shun Tak Centre, 168-200 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan
Leave the Shun Tak Centre and cross over the bridge to the other side of the road away from the harbour. You’ll see a fancy red brick building over there, and that’s where we’re headed next. This is the Western Market, and it is actually one of the oldest buildings in Hong Kong, and believed to be the oldest market building in the city. It’s not too grand these days, but there’s a good selection of shops and bakeries in tenancy to keep you occupied.
After you are done there, check out the streets behind the Western Market. Roads such as Bonham Strand and Wing Lok Street will give you a good glimpse of old Hong Kong. Lots of the old trades and crafts still exist in these parts, so it’s worth wandering around here.
323 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan
Hop on the tram and head towards Central. You’ll want to get a seat on the top deck if possible for the best views, and however tempting it is to try to touch trams coming the other way, do keep your arms inside the carriage! Get off once you’re in Central, and grab your lunch from Holly Brown.
With baristas who have been trained by World Champions in their craft, you can bet that your lunch time brew will be of a good standard. The food here isn’t bad either, and it provides a very comfortable setting in the middle of Central. I loved the carbonara, and though it might be a bit boring, there’s quite a decent selection here, although the winner is clearly the coffee. Dessert can be had here too as the cakes and gelatos on offer will testify.
G/F 22 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
Once the working lunchtime crowd has returned to the office, this is your cue to avoid the masses and do some good shopping in the ifc Mall. Formally the highest building in Hong Kong, the ifc holds a lot of shops, a supermarket, a cinema and some bars and restaurants too.
Make your way to Tower 2, and you can get a lift up to the 55th floor, and here you’ll find the viewing deck to get a grand old view of HK.
You could easily hang around here for your dinner, or go back up to SoHo and choose from a wide range of restaurants.
Cut back and relax in your evening time. Whilst Lan Kwai Fong is always a draw, stick instead to Lyndhurst Terrace, where you’ll find Club Gala’s. It only opened in December 2012, but no expense has been spared as it fits into HK’s competitive evening scene – HK$4,000,000 was spent on the lighting and sound.
It’s an ideal spot if you’re hanging around with mates – it isn’t too crowded but there’s still a decent atmosphere. If there are enough of you, you can even book a VIP room with huge comfy sofas and private karaoke.
Happy Hour gives you 50% off your drinks, and you can sip them along to the entertainment from VJs and DJs.