What To Do During Your 24-Hour Layover in Hong Kong

You’ve just arrived in one of the busiest cities in the world and you cannot help but feel exhilarated. You’re tired from a little jet lag but so what? You’re in Hong Kong and there’s only 24 hours before you hop back onto the plane. This 24-hour itinerary will guide you through your brief stay to make sure you take in as much as this metropolis has to offer.


Take A Stroll At The Morning Trail

 Photo by Ashley Yue

Photo by Ashley Yue

Escape the crowd and spend a tranquil morning at the Peak. The Morning Trail offers a much more serene experience compared to the touristy viewing spot at The Victoria Peak and be ready to have your breath taken away while watching the spectacular skyline. You can take a taxi to Hatton Road and walk up the hill from there until it turns into the trail.

Join A Local Tour

 Photo by Ashley Yue

Photo by Ashley Yue

Since you’re on a limited schedule, taking a walking tour is a great idea for you to experience the city more in-depth. You’ll see the city through the eyes of a local and learn more about the history and stories behind Hong Kong within the span of a few hours. If you’re a food enthusiast like us, we offer private and group food tours at Hong Kong Food Crawlers that combines history and local food together. All the spots we take our guests to are places that we’ve been going since childhood and we only take the path less travelled!

Enjoy A Ferry Ride

 Photo from Hong Kong Tourism Board

Photo from Hong Kong Tourism Board

A trip to Hong Kong isn’t complete without a ferry ride across the Harbour. Hop on the Star ferry and go to Kowloon from Hong Kong Island for HK$2, which is probably one of the cheapest rides you can take in the world. There’s nothing quite like watching the Hong Kong skyline with an abundance of skyscrapers while being in the sea. Let the breeze gently brush your face and enjoy the view!

Afternoon Tea At A Local Cafe

 Photo by Ashley Yue

Photo by Ashley Yue

Grab a small bite at a cha chaan teng (a local’s term for Cantonese diner), which is known for comfort food such as egg tarts, pineapple buns and a cup of hot Hong Kong milk tea. You can’t go wrong with the traditional pastries at Kam Fung Cafe in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island and Kam Wah Cafe in Mong Kok, Kowloon. If you find yourself at Kam Fung, make sure you order their killer chicken pie there.

Explore The Markets

 Photo from  @lau_writes

Photo from @lau_writes

While the Ladies Market is known for being the best spot to bargain at and its wide range of souvenirs, accessories and clothes, the Goldfish Market nearby is also a popular destination for photographers. Stroll through Tung Choi Street and get mesmerized by the colorful display of fish and turtles there. The Flower Market on Flower Market Road and Bird Market on Yuen Po Street are also close by, in case you want to find more subjects to snap away.

Dim Sum Feast

 Photo by Eva Wang from  Eat With Eva

Photo by Eva Wang from Eat With Eva

Once you’re on the Kowloon side, go to Tim Ho Wan or One Dim Sum for an affordable Michelin-star meal. Dim sum is a ritual among locals and the small bites are shared among the group, along with Chinese tea on the side. While the wait at Tim Ho Wan and One Dim Sum can be a little intimidating, the food is definitely worth the wait. You’ll get to experience what it’s like to dine like a true local (hint: do not expect good service), where restaurants are known for their efficiency and food is brought to you in a lightning speed.


Savour Street Food

 Photo by Ashley Yue

Photo by Ashley Yue

The city is known for its abundance of street food and you can find little stalls selling savoury treats all around the city. Head to Dundas Street in Mong Kok and you’ll find a hub of street food vendors selling goods such as the infamous fish balls, deep fried Three Treasures (an assortment of eggplants, green peppers, red sausages and tofu stuffed with fish paste), bubble tea and stinky tofu. You can get pretty full from hopping between stalls so if you’re planning to grab dinner somewhere else later in the evening, make sure you get only one or two nibbles.

Cocktails Hour With A View

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Photo by @tinaleung

Skip the highest bar in the world (unless you want to pay for overpriced cocktails and squeeze in for a seat with a bunch of tourists) and head to Cafe Grey Deluxe at The Upper House Hotel for a few cocktails in early evening. Situated on the 49th floor, Cafe Grey Deluxe never fails to dazzle its guests with a breathtaking view of the Victoria Harbour. The ceiling to floor window inside the washroom also always makes us in awe when we look down on skyscrapers in town and how close we are to these beautiful buildings.

Get Noms At A Dai Pai Dong

 Photo by Carlo Acenas

Photo by Carlo Acenas

Dai Pai Dong is one of the staples in Hong Kong culinary culture and it’s an experience on its own to dine in a casual and communal setting. Head to Tung Po Kitchen and feast on classic Cantonese dishes and fresh seafood. We can never get enough of their stir fry razor clams with black beans and deep fried drunken prawns. If you’re on the Kowloon side, our favourite is Oi Man Sang, a Dai Pai Dong that’s been running since the 1950s. You can also watch the chefs working up their woks in flames in their kitchen on the street.


A Last Minute Guide To Dining Out On Christmas In Hong Kong 2017

If you’re travelling to Hong Kong this holiday season and want to feast with family and friends on Christmas Day, our city has much more to offer than turkey and Christmas pudding. There are plenty of Chinese and Asian restaurants that offer delicious classic dishes with gorgeous dining interiors. So why not try something new and different this year? If you’re a diehard fan of traditional feasts, however, we’ve also picked a few restaurants to keep up with your holiday spirits. Here are our top picks for dining out in Hong Kong this Christmas:

An Asian Style Christmas

Fish School

 Photo from Fish School Facebook

Photo from Fish School Facebook

The seafood speciality restaurant offers some of the most top-notch fruit de mer in town and emphasizes on fresh and seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally. Need a fresh alternative to traditional Christmas fares? Fish School is all about paying tributes to the old fishing culture in Hong Kong. Kick off your Christmas night with a glass of prosecco, followed by eight courses, from oysters with horseradish, smoked cobia terrine, the signature raw crab with sea urchin rice (who doesn’t like some edible flowers on their seafood?) to grilled lobster with garlic chive butter. Finish off the meal with sticky date pudding with goji berries. It’s going to be a jolly Christmas indeed! 

When: December 25, 2017, from 6 pm.
Where: 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun.
Cost: $850 per person.
Booking: Call 2361-2966.

Second Draft

 Photo from Second Draft Facebook 

Photo from Second Draft Facebook 

For a more casual dining experience, the sister restaurant of the infamous Little Bao is the perfect fit. Second Draft will be serving a 5-course menu with a Chinese twist just in time for the festivities. We spy some serious duck actions going on, including the duck breast salad for starter, then complete with beer-braised duck legs (with beer from local brewery HEROES), grilled eels, stir-fry Chinese flat rice noodles with ribeye steak with a hint of rum and desserts? Finish off your meal with a round of Christmas beers for 6 for 400 HKD extra. 

When: Today until December 26th
Where: G/F, Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
Pricing: HK$2650 for 5-6 people, 400 HKD for 6 Christmas beers
Booking: +852 2656 0232. Pre-order required.

Yin Yang Coastal

 Photo from Yin Yang Facebook

Photo from Yin Yang Facebook

Opened in 2008, Yin Yang is a private kitchen that offers farm-to-table Chinese cuisine with a creative flair. Chef Margaret Xu Yuan decided to move from Wan Chai to the more secluded part of town, Tsuen Wan and re-opened her restaurant at a garden beach house in Ting Kau Village. Her cooking pays homage to the influence of Hong Kong’s fishing village culture with contemporary notes. Dishes are made with seasonal ingredients from local farms, as well as the restaurant’s organic farm. This Christmas, Yin Yang’s festive menu include the signature Yellow Earth Chicken (served with sticky rice and chestnut stuffing) which is roasted in a terracotta urn designed by the chef, or red hot baby pig garnished with homemade marmalade, organic harvest and wild seafood, crab flamenco, drunken oysters hotpot (available on splash - chef’s festive menu only) and more. For the regular festive menu, it’s priced at HK$1080 each, starting with a minimum of 2 guests. If you want to go all out and splurge, the splash menu is at 1500 HKD per head. 

Where: Ting Kau Beach, House 117, Ting Kau Village, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong
When: December 24-25th, 31st, 2017
Booking: Call + 852 28660 868  
Details: Drinks start at 6:30pm, Dinner starts at 7:00 / 7:30 / 8:00 pm

Man Wah

 Photo from Man Wah

Photo from Man Wah

There’s no doubt that Man Wah is one of the finest Chinese restaurants in town and it’s much more than its classy interiors and a stunning view of the harbour. The Michelin-starred restaurant is tucked away on the 25/F at Mandarin Oriental and offers a menu of traditional Cantonese dishes with a touch of modern flair. 

Best known for its delicate dim sum, the portions can be adjusted to the number of guests in your party. We find this practice really thoughtful and wish more restaurants would adopt it. For their festive menu, lunch and dinner are both available for booking from December 24-26th. The 6-course lunch menu a dim sum trio of tiger prawn and bamboo shoot dumpling, Siu Mai with tobiko and beef tenderloin puff, deep fried sole with black truffle sauce, wok fried scallop, prawn and asparagus with X.O sauce, and more at 988 HKD per person (a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne is also included). If you feel like splurging, the 7-course dinner menu includes decadent dishes such as deep fried chicken with foie gras terrine, steamed spotted grouper with Kam Wah ham, shiitake mushroom and lotus leaf, and Cantonese style pan fried Australian wagyu tenderloin. 
When: Dec 24th-26th, 2017
Where: 25/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central,
Pricing: Lunch - HK$988 per person, Dinner - HK$2,488 per person
Booking: +852 2825 4003 

T’ang Court

 Photo from T'ang Court

Photo from T'ang Court

While T’ang Court isn’t offering a special festive menu on Christmas Day, you can still treat yourself to a 7-course dinner this Christmas Eve, including dishes such as baked stuffed crab shell with crab meat and onion, and the braised dried abalone with Bêche-de-Mer. Executive Chef Kwong Wai Keung and his team are known for executing exquisite, traditional Cantonese classics with contemporary twists. The much-acclaimed restaurant is also three Michelin-starred and occupies two storeys, and the refined dining room is spacious enough for those who appreciate a private dining experience. 

When December 31, 2017
Where: The Langham, 8 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Pricing: HK$1,480 per person
Booking: +852 2361 2966

Traditional Christmas Feasts


 Photo from NC Design & Architecture Ltd

Photo from NC Design & Architecture Ltd

What’s Christmas without classic holiday films? Our favourite jazz lounge is hosting A Cinematic Christmas night on December 25th and will be showing The Holiday (6:30 pm) and Home Alone 2 (8:45 pm). The extravagant Christmas party includes a movie viewing, a three-course meal, plenty of mulled wine and Christmas cocktails. Book your tickets here for HK$650 for standard tickets. 

When: December 25th, 2017
Where: 6 Duddell St, Central, Hong Kong
Pricing: HK$650 per person
Booking: Reserve your tickets online here


 Photo from Rhoda Facebook

Photo from Rhoda Facebook

Look no further if you want a proper hearty meal this Christmas Day. Rhoda is throwing a British dinner party with cured Scottish salmon for starter (and more), a beautiful main of roasted pig from Wicks Manor Farm, served along with gravy and burnt apple sauce, and accompanied with roast potatoes and sprouts with bacon and chestnuts. The meal is rounded up with their iconic cheesecake. What’s even better is the 2.5-hour lunch/dinner package includes free-flow drinks that would keep your festive spirits up all day. 

When: December 25th, 2017 - Lunch at 12 pm, Dinner at 6pm
Where: 345 Des Voeux Road West, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong
Pricing: HK$748 per person, including a 2 and a half hour free-flow wine (sparkling, red and white) and HK Yau beer. 
Booking: +852 2177 5050

Test Kitchen

 Photo from Test Kitchen Facebook

Photo from Test Kitchen Facebook

Celebrate this Christmas the Danish way with the private pop-up kitchen from December 20th -22nd! Test Kitchen is collaborating with Danish chef Filip Søndergaard and hosting an eight-course Danish Christmas banquet for an unforgettable night. Chef Søndergaard has worked for Michelin-starred restaurant Pauly Saal in Berlin, and he has been working most recently as head chef at Dottir, a highly acclaimed Nordic restaurant in Berlin. Savour traditional Scandinavian dishes, including crumbled flatfish with a Danish remoulade sauce, roasted duck stuffed with apples and prunes, Danish meatballs and roast pork belly. 
We also love the intimate space at Test Kitchen and see the chef working in action in their open kitchen upstairs. Book your last minute ticket here before they run out! 

When: December 20-22nd, 2017
Where: Shop 3 Kwan Yick Building Phase 3, 158A Connaught Rd W, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Pricing: HK$1080 per person, HK$300 for drinking pairings. Free corkage
Booking: Get your tickets online here

Top 10 Cafes in Hong Kong

With so many new indie cafes opening in town each month, it's hard to keep up with the coffee trend in Hong Kong. Thanks to the local baristas who put in the hard work educating the public more about third-wave coffee culture, the cafe scene in Hong Kong has definitely matured a lot in the past few years. Here's a glance of our top 10 picks in town, where you can get the perfect flat white and pour overs (hand-dripped coffee). 

Halfway Coffee

 Photo by Justin Lim  @hurtingbombz

Photo by Justin Lim @hurtingbombz

Coffee is a serious affair at Halfway Coffee and drinks are served in the owner's beloved vintage Chinese porcelain cups. If you grab a coffee-on-the-go, their paper cups are also printed with these classic patterns. We’re not even slightly surprised that Halfway is one of the most Instagrammable spots of the year and the quality of their coffee truly speak for themselves. For those who prefer a milder caffeine kick, there’s also a wide range of tea selection available. It's a popular spot during lunch, and as space is limited, it’s best to grab your brew either early in the morning or after lunch. The little shop is tucked away on Tung Street in Sheung Wan, and the vintage toy stall that’s right across the cafe is also worth checking out.

Address: 12 Tung Street, Sheung Wan
Opening Hours: 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Sunday

Free Wifi: No

Coco Espresso (Stanley Street)

 Photo credit: Kim Yeung from Coco Espresso

Photo credit: Kim Yeung from Coco Espresso

The local speciality coffee chain has been taking over the coffee scene in Hong Kong for the past 10 years. The branch on Stanley Street is a keeper in our book, and the staff maintains a great consistency with their coffee beverages under the guidance of Coco's manager Kim Yeung. Our favourite is their iced cappuccino, which always does the trick to kickstart the day. If you prefer something refreshing and not milk-based, the cold brew is a good alternative. The cafe hosts music events with local artists from time to time, which you can find more details on their Facebook Page. Coco Espresso currently has 5 locations, including their beautiful space at 701 Roastery at Kwai Hing.

Address: 50 Stanley Street, Central
Opening Hours: 9 am to 7 pm, Monday to Sunday
Free Wifi: No

NOC Gough Street


The minimalist decor at NOC’s branch on Gough Street sets the shop apart from the bustling neighbourhood, and the 2-floor cafe has plenty of space for coffee lovers and digital nomads. We love the clean, white space and the natural sunlight coming in through the windows upstairs. NOC’s team continues to keep their coffee standards on par at their second branch and has a food menu with items such as avocado toast with scrambled egg, acai bowls and egg benedicts.

Address: 18 Gough Street, Central
Opening Hours: 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Sunday
Free Wifi: Yes

Amber Coffee Brewery

 Photo from  @worldcoffeeshops

Unlike other cafes in Hong Kong, Amber solely focuses on crafting their coffee and only has a limited selection of pastries. The coffee bar is opened up by Dawn Chan, who won the Hong Kong Barista Championship twice and the 4th place of World Barista Championship in 2015. Besides the basic espresso-based offerings, Dawn also makes some of the best pour overs in town, and it’s not to be missed! Signature drink If you want to learn more about coffee and how to brew it at home, ask the baristas for tips, and they're always up for a good chat. We also love the fine Scandinavian cups and Amber opens as a cafe by day and wine bar by night. A small selection of European beer such as Mikkeller and To Øl is available on the drinks menu too, and it’s a good spot for a quick Happy Hour sesh if you're in the area. 

Address: 140-142 Des Voeux Road, Central
Opening Hours: 8 am - 9:30 pm Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm Saturday to Sunday.
Free Wifi: No

Brew Bros Coffee

 Photo from  @suelynang

Photo from @suelynang

Brew Bros Coffee is one of the few Aussie style cafes in town, and they use coffee beans from Melbourne’s Market Lane Coffee. Their signature cold brew takes 21 hours to make, and while it’s definitely on the pricier side based on its portion, the meticulous care taken to brew it really shows in the cup. Besides coffee, they also serve chai latte made with Prana Chai and luscious matcha soy latte. Pastries, breakfast and lunch menu are also available if you want to grab a bite. They have another location on Hillier Street in Sheung Wan and the food menu there is slightly different.

Address: 53 Hill Road, Shek Tong Tsui (close to Sai Ying Pun Station)
Opening Hours: 9 am to 5:30pm, Monday & Wednesday to Sunday. Closed on Tuesdays. 



Formerly known as Peel Street Espresso Bar, the cafe offers strong Aussie style coffee, fresh pastries and bagels early in the morning. Owner Scottie Callaghan won the World Latte Art Championship and Australian Barista Championship previously and had mentored many local baristas since he moved to Hong Kong from Australia. The decor of Fineprint makes it one of the most chic cafes in town. The golden communal table sits at the centre of the cafe, and there are also two seats by the window. The daily food menu is written on a black chalkboard on the wall and changes daily based on what's in season. Sit outside with a book and coffee while enjoying people-watching on the street. The cafe also turns into a wine and cocktail bar at night.

Address: 38 Peel Street, Central
Opening Hours: 6am - 6pm, Monday & Sunday. 6am until late Tuesday to Saturday.
Free Wifi: Yes

Black Sugar Coffee

The owners, William and Diana, name their cafe after their Shiba Inu, Black Sugar, and you can find the pup on duty greeting customers every Sunday morning until 1 pm. With plenty of tables and free wifi, Black Sugar Coffee is perfect for a work sesh with a good cup of flat white and a slice of homemade raspberry cake (inspired by the ones from Revolver in Vancouver) on the side. The cafe is also an exhibition space for local artists to showcase their work and it changes every one to two months. Friends and family of the owners would bring back coffee beans from their travels, so look out for speciality beans from Europe, Korea, the States on rotation and ask William to make you a pour over!

Address: 8 Peace Avenue, Ho Man Tin (Close to Mong Kok East Station)
Opening Hours: 8 am - 6 pm Monday to Thursday, 10 am - 9 pm Friday to Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm Sunday
Free Wifi: Yes

Cupping Room on Cochrane Street

 Photo from  @eshuxia

Photo from @eshuxia

Cupping Room is another local coffee chain that has been rising in recent years, and it’s hard not to go inside for a cup when their sign beams about their barista/owner Kapo's achievement of winning second place at the World Barista Championship. Coffee are served in ceramic cups made by Heath Ceramics from San Francisco at the Central location and offers an all-day brunch menu. Some cafes never get the ratio of flat white quite right, but one can trusts Cupping Room to get it perfect every time. There’s limited seatings on the ground floor, but the window seats are great if you want to grab a quick cup. Otherwise, go upstairs for more comfortable seatings. Other locations include the Wan Chai and Sheung Wan branch, and their Roastery is up on the hill on Po Hing Fong in Sheung Wan.

Address: 18 Cochrane Street, Central
Opening Hours: 8 am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday to Sunday.


 Photo by  @siu_siuhung

Photo by @siu_siuhung

We’re quite sure Why50 is the only cafe in Hong Kong that offers Dirty on the menu. Inspired by Bear Pond Espresso Bar in Tokyo, Dirty is a drink that’s made with a shot of hot espresso sandwiched between two layers of chilled milk, topped with an extra shot of espresso after. The barista there uses a sleek Slayer espresso machine, and there’s a rotation of coffee beans ranging from Vancouver-based roaster 49th Parallel and The Barn from Berlin. And yes, brunch is also available here so you can eat until your heart is content.  

Address: 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan
Opening Hours: 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. 8:30 am to 6 pm Saturday to Sunday.

Moni Stand

 Photo from  @  sumsumgrainy

Photo from @sumsumgrainy

Located in Sai Kung, Moni Stand might seem too far to take the trip out there just for a cup of coffee, but there’s more than meets the eye. The cafe is tucked away on the first floor of an old Tong Lau, and once you set foot in it, you’ll see shelves of vinyl records and a beautiful, high-end stereo system. The owner Peter is a huge vinyl collector, and he’s happy to help out with recommendations or help you to look for records from a specific artist. You can listen to the records for free with the stellar speakers, which makes the experience even better when you have a good cup of brew in hand. The other owner Monica is known for her superb hand-dripping skills and as Moni Stand is the only importer that carries beans from American roaster NinetyPlus, pour over fans should pay her a visit when she's on shift (you can check their Facebook for her availability). There are limited seatings and can get incredibly busy during the weekend, so either go there when the cafe just opens or go on a weekday. Make sure you check their Facebook page to check their opening days and hours since it changes monthly. 

Address: 1/F, 5 Tak Lung Back St, Sai Kung
Opening Hours: Check Facebook Page for their opening hours and monthly calendar.

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