Friday, May 6, 2016

12 hours in Hong Kong | mini guide & hotspots

On my way to New Zealand, I had a long layover in Hong Kong which allowed me to explore the city from early morning until my connecting flight to Auckland at 9 pm. It was my first time in Hong Kong so I did a little bit of research beforehand to use my time the best way possible. I don't think I've ever walked so much in one day! Although I did a lot of things, I'm only sharing the things I think are worthwhile. There's so much to do in this exciting city, and I can only hope to return one day to explore some more. I've you got more tips for me, please share in the comments!
12 hours in Hong Kong | mini guide & hotspots

Victoria Peak
This is a must-do when you're in Hong Kong. From Victoria Peak (the highest mountain in HK), you have the best view over the city, it's really quite cool! You'll need to go up with the Peak tram or take a taxi and buy a ticket to go up the Peak Tower. It's definitely worth it. We went around 8 AM and there was no one there, so I recommend going early to avoid the crowds. 

Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak Hong Kong Hotspot
Excuse the messy hair and tired early morning eyes ;)

Coffee & breakfast at The Cupping Room
We were starving when we finally reached Swatow Street by 10 am (all by foot!) The Cupping Room was our breakfast spot of choice because it looked like they'd serve a good cuppa. Apart from the cool mosaic in the entrance, there is plenty of seating upstairs as well as downstairs. The flat whites are super tasty and the avocado on sourdough is one of the best I've had. Perfect breakfast!

 Coffee & breakfast at The Cupping Room Hong Kong hotspot

 Coffee & breakfast at The Cupping Room Hong Kong hotspot

 Coffee & breakfast at The Cupping Room Hong Kong hotspot

 Coffee & breakfast at The Cupping Room Hong Kong hotspot

Shopping at Pacific Place
Although I technically didn't shop here, I probably would have if I wasn't going backpacking for two months. Pacific Place is one of the most beautiful malls I've ever seen: bright, spacious and all the shops you can wish for. It even has a Harvey Nichols inside!

Pacific Place Hong Kong hotspot

Pacific Place Harvey Nichols Hong Kong

Hong Kong | mini guide & hotspots

Gucci store Hong Kong

Hong Kong | mini guide & hotspots

Asian beauty at Sasa
I've always had a thing for beauty products, especially if I'm in a foreign country. I'd often heard about Sasa and their online store, but never bought anything from there. Until I came across the shop in Hong Kong ;) This is Asian beauty heaven! I recognised many brands I saw in Japan, but also spotted so many new things. I bought quite a few face masks because Asian sheet masks are the best! Sasa has so many cute and interesting products, I could have spent hours in there.

Sasa Hong Kong hotspot

Take the Hong Kong tram
When I first saw one of these double decker trams it made me laugh because they're so narrow and high, it looks like they could tip over any second! One ride costs $2.30 so that makes it the cheapest way of traveling around the city. We took one ride and it was fun to try, but quite scary to sit in the top part. 

Hong Kong tram

Drinks at Aberdeen Street Social 
We randomly came across this cosy looking terrace so we decided to go in for a refreshing drink since it was really hot in Hong Kong that day. Just like I guessed, Aberdeen Street Social is part of Jason Atherton's Social-group. This explains why there's such a cool vibe at this place. It's a great spot for brunch, coffee or casual drinks. My beetroot juice came in a little bottle and was super fresh and tasty. 

Aberdeen Street Social Hong Kong hotspot

Aberdeen Street Social Hong Kong hotspot

Aberdeen Street Social Hong Kong hotspot

Aberdeen Street Social Hong Kong hotspot

Aberdeen Street Social Hong Kong hotspot

Wandering through Hollywood Road Market
Food markets are one of my favourite things, so I was delighted to discover the Hollywood Road Market. They were selling all kinds of exotic fruits & vegetables, and I wish I could have tried lots of things. Still fun to see though! 

Hollywood Road Market Hong Kong hotspot

Hollywood Road Market Hong Kong hotspot

Hollywood Road Market Hong Kong hotspot

Tea time at Teakha
Although we didn't stop to have tea here, this place is too good not to share. Teakha is the perfect little spot to enjoy a nice cup of tea and a piece of homemade cake (matcha snow chiffon cake, green tea cheesecake... OMG). They even serve brunch in case you're really hungry. The food menu is compact but there's a big variety of teas, both hot and iced. A super cosy little spot for a quiet break. 

Teakha Hong Kong hotspot

Teakha Hong Kong hotspot

Star Ferry to Kowloon 
Another typical tourist thing to do is taking the ferry to Kowloon, which is the peninsula opposite Hong Kong island. It's only a short ride but the view over the city is quite cool, despite the overcast weather we had that day. 

Star Ferry to Kowloon Hong Kong

Star Ferry to Kowloon Hong Kong

Coffee at N1 Coffee & Co. 
In the late afternoon it was time for coffee again. N1 Coffee was a tip I received from a friend. It's a tiny place, easily recognizable by the mint green interior details. It's quite small and busy, so not as relaxing as Teakha. But the coffee is really really good. I had a huge iced latte with soy milk, so yummy. We also shared a fresh avocado and apple salad which was surprisingly good as well. I love good coffee spots! 

Coffee at N1 Coffee & Co.  Hong Kong Hotspots

Coffee at N1 Coffee & Co.  Hong Kong Hotspots

Coffee at N1 Coffee & Co.  Hong Kong Hotspots

It was a long day in Hong Kong but that means I got to see quite a bit of the city! I hope these tips will come of good use when you visit this crazy city. I can't wait to see more next time :) 

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