Must-Visit Areas in Hong Kong
Teeming with tourists, wandering locals and bartering stall-keepers, Mong Kok’s Ladies Market is the epicenter of street market culture. From antique shops to random knick-knacks, keychains, off-brand t-shirts and any souvenir that comes to mind, this outdoor market captures the fervor and rapid pace of Hong Kong living.
Explore Dundas Street, Sai Yeung Choi Street and Soy Street for countless stalls of traditional Hong Kong street foods such as curry fish balls, siu mai and stinky tofu. Mixed in are bubble-tea shops, egg waffles and trendier foodstuff. Other Mong Kok attractions include cheap wardrobe upgrades and luxury window-shopping:
Argyle Center – Four floors crammed with small shops, selling everything from accessories to shoes to fast-fashion. Prices start low but in return, sizes are limited and most shops don’t allow you to try the clothes before purchase.
Mong Kok Computer Center – Hunt for bargain electronics or emergency adaptors here. Tablet accessories, charging cables, mobile cases and so on fill the shelves of 70 stores.
Sai Yeung Choi Street – Skincare and cosmetic brands fight for attention among an eclectic mix of commercial, electronics and food establishments along this busy street.
Fa Yuen Street – Grab brand new kicks from popular brands such as Adidas, Nike and New Balance; Fa Yuen Street is populated with sportswear and goods.
Langham Place – Catering to higher-end shoppers and those who need some air-conditioning, this mall offers reputable brands as well as quirky concept stores in the higher levels.
The main business district, Central features high-end shopping malls adjoined to office buildings, notably the Landmark and IFC. It also hosts a plethora of foreign cuisine restaurants, hidden bars, cafés and the best of Hong Kong’s nightlife.
Lan Kwai Fong – Often referred as simply LKF, this collective of clubs and bars are the highlight of Friday nights and weekend parties. Thumping bass and quick shots will you keep you up through the night.
Soho – Located above LKF is the area encroaching Hollywood Road, small branching streets home to outstanding restaurants and cozy cafés.
PMQ – Previously old police headquarters, this complex has been repurposed into a creative space for local artists where visitors can shop for personalized and unique handicrafts.
TSIM SHA TSUI
A tourist favorite for good reason, Tsim Sha Tsui offers unparalleled harbor views and a ferry experience. Famous Avenue of Stars is just a minute’s walk from Harbor City and Ocean Terminal, the latter shopping malls boasting international fashion and cosmetic labels. Further out along Nathan Road is:
I-Square – Shopping mall with restaurants and rooftop bar.
K-11 – A concept art mall with corners dedicated to local artists and designers.
The One – Offers a mix of shopping and dining options.
Miramar – Apart from clothing stores, this mall also provides restaurants, cafés, a bookstore and beauty salon.
Tsim Sha Tsui is also home to one of the biggest parks in Hong Kong; Kowloon Park. Not your typical grass-carpeted park, it is nonetheless a quiet zone within one of the busiest districts in town.
Discover the some of the freshest seafood in Hong Kong on the main streets of Sai Kung. Catches of the day are displayed in glass tanks outside the restaurants, the wooden round tables and their plastic covers providing a quintessential local dining experience.
Jutting out from this seaside strip is a short pier, where visitors can hire small boats to take them out to neighboring islands. On weekends, people flock to Sai Kung for a day trip out to nearby beaches. Sometimes, scuba diving schools such as PADI take off from Sai Kung pier for a day of underwater exploration.
Another notable attraction in Sai Kung is the hiking trails within Sai Kung Country Park. Cutting through dense forestry to slivers of beaches or panoramic cliff-side views, they’re some of the best trails for experienced hikers. Start early in the morning and reach the sea by early afternoon for a few hours of cooling off, before heading home bright-eyed and refreshed.