Hopping over to Hong Kong or dreaming of a minibreak from Singapore? We let you in on all the must-dos, from our sister site Honeycombers Hong Kong...
Ah, Hong Kong. The grittier, cooler sister city to Singapore – there, we said it. It’s one hot mix of modern fun and nostalgia, is a food lover’s dream, and let’s face it, we all want to go there for those night markets and shop hard. There’s enough nature and mountains to satisfy the explorer in you – and whenever you feel like a change of scene, just hop on a ferry and explore everything from the nearby Lantau Islands to glitzy Macau. Whenever the urge hits for a quick escape from Singapore, our Hong Kong team gives us the inside story on what’s happening and the must-sees. Check out some of their highlights…
Hiking in Hong Kong: Enjoy the scenery and up your fitness on these six local trails
One thing Hong Kong is famous for is its notoriously high cost of living. Fortunately, it also has its fair share of free and exciting stuff to do. Go on a hike up one of its local trails and bask in the beauty of nature – you can start off with the iconic Dragon’s Back Trail, also hailed by Time Magazine as Asia’s best urban hike, or check out the Lantau Trail for breathtaking sunrises. Feeling less adventurous? The Peak trail offers a relatively easier walk up the famous mountain and if you get there by night, get ready to take in Hong Kong’s night lights all below your feet.
Street food in Hong Kong: Try egg tarts, fish balls, roast goose and more from these Hong Kong street food stalls and restaurants
The food, period. What is a trip to Hong Kong without gobbling down everything you can? But while the city does have its wide selection of fine and exquisite dining, it’s really all about the street food and traditional eats. Live like a local with your egg tarts, roast pork buns and curry fish balls, and swap out the coffee for some good ol’ pantyhose milk tea. If your stomach continues to rumble, perhaps it’s time for a bowl of cart noodles where you get to customise everything from the type of noodles to the toppings.
Cafes we love: Your guide to the best coffee in Hong Kong
We need our coffee fix, even on holidays. Thankfully, there’s no end to the amount of good coffee places in Hong Kong and here’s a round-up of some of the HK team’s favourite spots for a good cuppa long black or milky white. Many of them offer great coffee on the go, but if you’re thinking of somewhere to chill over the morning, Kubrick at Yau Ma Tei is chock full of laid-back vibes and plenty of bookshelves for your reading pleasure.
Asia’s Best 50 Bars 2017: Eight Hong Kong bars are top places to drink
There’s more to Hong Kong’s bar scene than Lan Kwai Fung, and in 2017, eight of its bars made it to the list of Asia’s Best 50 Bars! (i.e. places you shouldn’t miss on your bar-hopping adventures) For all you Instagrammers out there, here’s a separate list of picture-perfect cocktails that will up the gorgeousness of your feed – yup, you’re welcome. Need some inspiration? You can start with Ori-Gin’s ‘Kyoho Grape Bathtub’ that serves martini complete with a rubber ducky.
Whether you’re into selfies or photography, you will love these Instagrammable spots in Hong Kong
You’ve made it all the way to the 852, and there’s no way you’re leaving without some #OOTD shots because no trip in modern day is complete without Instagram proof. Honeycombers HK has sourced out some of Hong Kong’s most Instagrammable spots, ranging from the colourful residential blocks of Choi Hung to the West District Public Cargo Depot which has been affectionately nicknamed “Instagram Pier”. Remember to charge your phones and cameras before you make your stops at these places!
Fashion boutiques in Central, Hong Kong: We pick the top Central boutiques for shopping fashion and accessories
As one of Asia’s most fashion-forward cities, many flock religiously to its shopping districts each year to get hold of the latest “must-buy” pieces. From high-street fashion to eco-friendly outfits, there’s bound to be something to catches your fancy. Seeking something more special? Browse through the collections at ABoutique which introduces up-and-coming pieces every season.
Guide to Tai O: Enjoy nature, scenery, food and culture on a day trip to this Hong Kong fishing village
Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? Why not hop onto a ferry and visit Tai O, a fishing village that’s on the northwestern tip of Lantau island? Here, you won’t find tall shopping malls and crowded streets, but you’ll get to wander down village streets lined with old-fashioned housing, take sampan rides through the stilted waterways, or have a go at traditional street foods while enjoying the serenity of village life.
Things to do in Macau: From the best hotels and restaurants, to independent bookstores and cafes
Okay, so you’ve got time for a side trip, and there’s no place better to visit than nearby Macau. But if all you can think of are the glamorous casinos and Portuguese pork buns, this article will prove you wrong by sharing some of Macau’s best-kept secrets. Off-the-beaten-path recommendations include a local craft coffee store, a minimalistic florist, a Vegetarian takeaway shop and, of course, everyone’s beloved Portuguese egg tarts. Check out our vid from that time the Honeycombers girls popped over to Macau!
Want more Hong Kong tips? Our sister site Honeycombers Hong Kong is the business.
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