Elements

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You will fall in love with Hong Kong once you visit the world’s original international city — vibrant, fast-paced, and cool. This is the place for everything from fashion to food.

Breakfast

IKEA Restaurant

IKEA

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Cheap yet great food are the reasons I always give to people who keep asking me why I go to IKEA to eat. Their breakfast meals are hotel quality food yet very affordable, and the Swedish Meatballs are the best ever. There are several IKEA stores scattered in Hong Kong but I’m a frequent visitor at their Megabox branch in Kowloon Bay because they have The Restaurant while others have only the Bistro.

If you are truly a shopaholic, going to Kowloon Bay from Tsim Sha Tsui is not a big problem. There is free shuttle in New Telford Plaza next to the taxi rank.

L4, Megabox, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong

Morning Activity

nan lian

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There are many places in Hong Kong that can give you a nice serene, and quiet environment, and one of those is Nan-Lian Garden in Diamond Hill. You’ll be shock because entrance is free. The best time to visit the garden is morning.

If you are not an eco-tourist, but badly want a dip in the water without paying to stay at a fancy hotel, head straight to Kowloon Park’s public swimming pool.

Lunch

Ippudo HK

Ippudo

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Never say you don’t like to eat ramen. When in Hong Kong, it must be in Ippudo HK for a nice hot delicious ramen. Shiromaru Motoaji is for those who don’t like spicy food, while Akamaru Shinaji and Ippudo Karaka are for spicy lovers. Another dish I like in Ippudo is the Pork BBQ bun.

Before or after the rush hour is the perfect time to visit Ippudo HK.

2F Silvercord Mall, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Afternoon Activity

library cafe

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It’s not just luxury and high-end brands that can be found in Canton Road like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, etc. Even expensive cupcakes and teas are available in this road, from my favorite, the Library Café inside Lane Crawford, to Paris famed pastry house Ladureé in Harbour City.

If bargain is what you are looking for, then head to either Granville Road or China Hong Kong City in Canton Road, both are in Tsim Sha Tsui area.

Dinner

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

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There are many restaurants in Hong Kong serving xiaolongbao but nothing can beat the offers of great food from Din Tai Fung. Their black truffles xiao lao bao are the best.

3F Silvercord Mall, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Evening Activity

night life

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Night life in Tsim Sha Tsui has a lot to offer, from great hot pot restaurants to the cool ambiance of bars. They even have cafés based on hit cartoon characters.

I tried several hot pot restaurants in Hong Kong, but Together Pot in Sheung Wan still the best for hot pot-ting, in Tsim Sha Tsui, Budaoweng in iSquare Mall has the best view of Hong Kong while dipping dried fish, skinny beef meat, and meatballs in a hot and spicy Sichuan sauce.

After a hot pot, try to eat dessert and drink a latté at Charlie Brown Café along Cameron Road.