From Victoria Peak to dim sum dinners, our exclusive luxury concierge prepared a list of the best things to do and see while you are visiting Hong Kong. One of the best times to visit Hong Kong is from October to December when the weather cools down.
As we have already mentioned in our previous edition of Hong Kong luxury city guide, this place is one of the most vibrant cities in Asia and it is home to a number of world’s most luxurious hotels, exclusive nightlife and fascinating mix of Eastern and Western cultures. Hong Kong carries many contrasts starting from ultra-luxury designer boutiques to small shops selling traditional Chinese medicines, you may also notice that colonial-era buildings are easily squashed between modern office towers. Extravagant 3-star Michelin restaurant sometimes is located next to alleyways with tiny stands preparing delicious local dishes.
Hong Kong provides an ideal balance for those who seek commodity and comfort of a metropolitan city, it is a great place for a luxury weekend getaway or a stop-over on a trip to Asia. Either way, do not hesitate to use our luxury city guide while you are planning your trip there.
We think it would be fair enough to start exploring Hong Kong from its quintessential postcard image, that’s right, it is Victoria Peak. Opened in 1888, The Peak Tram is the most popular way to reach the mountain top, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean you have to do it, you may as well take private car to get there. You haven’t seen the best of Hong Kong until you’ve taken in the skyline from Victoria Peak, more commonly known as The Peak.
Dragon Back Hike
We always try to find interesting attractions in each city for our clients who love sports, in Hong Kong we offer you to take a Dragon Back Hike, city’s most popular hiking trail offering spectacular views over the ocean, Big Wave Bay, Mount Collinson, Stanley and Shek O. Hiking is always a great ideas to get some rest away from the buzz of the big city. Both areas of Biig Wave Bay and Shek O. have fantastic beaches for swimming and varierty of restaurants serving good seafood.
Sai Kung Peninsula
Taking into account that Hong Kong’s population is 7,4 million people but it still considers to be small by Asian standards. Not many know that about 40% of Hong Kong remains undeveloped. Half hour drive in almost any direction from the city travelers find themselves hiking up a mountain, lazing on the beach or exploring outlying island. One of the most beloved corners of Hong Kong is Sai Kung. This untouched peninsula is home to a picturesque fishing village, miles of hiking tracks, postcard-worthy beaches and even lava formations in the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.
Some of current Hong Kong’s traditions take their roots back in colonial time, such as a good old tradition of afternoon tea. A great place to have an afternoon tea is The Peninsula Hotel which has been famous for its afternoon tea service for decades now. Everything in this hotel inclines you to follow this tradition – double-height gilded ceiling, palm trees and of course classic string quartet. You can find all essentials for a successful afternoon tea – freshly baked raisin cones, organic strawberry preserve, extensive tea collection, finger sandwiches and pastries.
Away from the bustling city, Lantau gives you and insight to the diversity of Hong Kong’s life, in other words it is calmer side of normally hectic city. Lantau Island managed to escape over-urbanization and retained most of its charm, it is multi-faces and multi-cultural area. The ride to this place goes with 6-kilometer-long scenic cable car route that provides with spectacular journey. The famous Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery are short walking distance from thr Ngong Ping Village when you get off the cable car.
From speakeasies and pubs to wine bars and saké joints, these are plenty of cool bars to visit now in Hong Kong. Hong Kong boasts a vibrant nightlife scene, where visitors can choose between latest meticulously cocktails, a fine selection of wine or local craft beer by the bottle, you can find whatever you desire. However, we have picked our five favorite bars for you to choose from.
Lobster bar represents a well-executed seafood dishes, extensive wine options and a bar that makes some of the best cocktails in town. Considers to be one of the best bars in Hong Kong, if not Asia – the cocktails are measured perfectly, this place offers over 700 whisky labels. No staid hotel spot, Lobster Bar is constantly evolving, ensuring it stays among the best of the best.
This bar represents sophisticated vides at this Ginza-style whiskey bar that are triumphed by award-winning bartender-in-chief Masahiko Endo. Mizunara is a Japanese-style bar hidden away on the fourth floor of a commercial building on Lockhart Road. Yes, the atmosphere is often restrained, so this is no place to go large, but if it’s exquisite cocktails and attentive service you’re after.
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour
An establishment from the team behind Mrs Pound and Foxglove, Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour is home to– an impressive collection of more than 250 premium gins. A great place for a casual tipple in the plush surrounds of the Landmark, staff also shake up an array of imaginative libations and always ready to accommodate specific requests from more discerning customers. Dr. Ferm has prepared a series of his first ever Vegetable Gin Cocktails.
The old man
“Every drink has a story to tell”. The Old Man honors Hemingway by taking inspiration from his novels, history, and folklore, and by using novel ingredients and culinary accoutrements – thereby paying tribute to the spirits and cocktails he loved. Launched by a trio of Hong Kong’s finest local talent, The Old Man is the most talked about bar in the city. In early 2019, it was crowned Asia’s best bar at the Asia’s 50 Best awards in Singapore, a title it certainly earned in its two-and-a-half-year existence. The drinks are always innovative – the distillation machine gets heavy use – but it’s the appreciably attentive service that keeps us all coming back.
Almost as famous as the hotel where it is located in Mandarin Oriental, Captain’s Bar is a city institution. Popular with both guests and locals alike, it has been Hong Kong’s favorite after-work watering hole for decades. Popular with guests who enjoy live jazz and blues, performances are held every Tuesday to Saturday evenings. Still very popular with locals, it is worth a visit to get a taste of Hong Kong’s past. Note that if you are travelling with children and want to visit this bar, Children aged 6-17 years are only permitted in Captain’s Bar for food and non-alcoholic drinks before 7pm.
For all-day dining and delicious cocktails, it just has to be MO Bar. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, MO Bar is one of Hong Kong’s hottest dining and drinking spots. Specializing in fresh, organic food, we open for breakfast at 7am with a delicious buffet featuring a choice of dim sum and American classics. Evening sees the atmosphere change as MO Bar turns into a sophisticated nightspot with cocktails and dining. To add to the vibe, our DJs spin seven nights a week, each one offering their own distinctive musical direction.