Where to Eat, Play, and Dance in Hong Kong Right Now
The charms of Hong Kong are truly a delight to behold, whether it’s endless bowls of freshly steamed dim sum or the city's otherworldly skyline. Throw in a sprawl of eclectic neighborhoods, each overflowing with plenty of trendy restaurants, crafty boutiques, and creative cocktail bars, and you’ll never be left wanting for things to do during a visit to this modern metropolis. And yet, to really do Hong Kong right, there are some spots that should certainly top your to-do list, from sampling melt-in-your-mouth peking duck to hunting for artisanal treasures inside the city’s incredible artistic hub. Read on to discover the places that shouldn’t be missed for an unforgettable visit to the Pearl of the Orient.
Where to Eat in Hong Kong: Mott 32
After descending down Mott 32’s mirror-clad spiral staircase, you’ll find yourself inside one of Hong Kong’s most decadent--and delicious--dining dens. Designed by award winning interior designer Joyce Wang, the space tells the story of Hong Kong’s past courtesy of a modern, luxe interiors that pay homage to the city’s rich history. Take ‘The Tangerine Room’ for example, where an alcove ceiling with over 2,000 Chinese paintbrushes of various sizes are dramatically mounted on Mott 32’s walls. Meanwhile, Executive Chef, Lee Man Sing has created an equally inspired menu that honors Chinese cuisine while infusing it with a modern twist, whether that’s his infamous melt-in-your mouth Peking Duck, Shanghainese soup dumpling filled with Iberico pork imported directly from Spain and garnished with caviar, or a bowl of the irresistible soy sauce ice cream served with vanilla mousse and shortbread crumble.
Where to Shop in Hong Kong: PMQ
Inside this seven-story building (which used to be the police headquarters), you’ll find a treasure trove of design-centric shops and restaurants, as well as a lovely open-air garden located on the fourth floor. It’s easy to spend the day wandering through the art hub’s endless array of small galleries and shops (there’s about 100 to choose from) browsing through everything from delicate houseware to intricately-designed handmade jewelry. For something truly unique, check out the limited edition photography at Yellowkorner and peruse the elegant, feminine creations of Hong Kong born designer Sau Lee. Insider tip: this is one of the best places in all of the city to shop for non-tacky souvenirs.
Where to Dance in Hong Kong: Cassio
For tapas, drinks, and plenty of dancing, you won’t find a more stylish spot than Cassio. Things to love about this trendy bar include it’s 1950’s French Riviera-inspired decor dreamt up by Italian architect Fabrizio Casiraghi, its contemporary Spanish menu with offerings like courgette flowers stuffed with mushroom and Alaska crab, as well as an outdoor cocktail bar draped in a lush canopy of greenery. When it comes to music, the beats vary between R&B, hip-hop, and even disco, making Cassio one of the liveliest bars in all of the city. But let’s be real, it’s the creative cocktail list, which comes courtesy of a partnership with London’s infamous Barrafina, that keep the guests giddy.