We had a chat to one of our lovely friends Nicola Cook, a talented graphic designer for The Refinery and blogger at Knock You For Six, who is currently residing in Hong Kong to find out her top ten hang outs in the bustling metroplis that is Hong Kong!
I moved to Hong Kong with my boyfriend almost 2 years ago and I am still so in love with how diverse this city is. There are people from all over the world living on top of each other in this small space; I think that is why this is such a fast-paced city where people are very entrepreneurial and career driven. Since moving to Hong Kong, I’ve tasted the most incredible food, seen the most extravagant things and I feel like I’ve only just scratched the surface of what this city has to offer.
As a former British colony, Hong Kong knows how to put on a great high tea. My favourite way to spend the afternoon is sipping tea and delving into incredible sweet delicacies at Four Seasons Hotel. Live piano, unlimited tea and a tasty selection of treats including fresh scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, what more could you want?
Hiking to Tai Long Wan beach
A lot of people assume that Hong Kong is just all high rises and skyscrapers, but there are actually some amazing beaches to be found if you’re willing to make an effort to get to them. One of my favourites is Tai Long Wan beach, it’s a 11km hike up some steep terrain but it is well worth it once you reach the (almost) empty white sandy beach.
Another great way to get some space and fresh air from the hustle of the city is on a junk (boat) trip. For about $80NZD you and 20 friends have your own private chartered boat for the day, fully catered with food and yummy alcoholic drinks. You get to go to one of the many outlying islands and go swimming, wakeboarding and party until the sun goes down.
Pizza at 208
Conveniently about a 3-minute walk from where I live is the Italian pizza bar 208 Duecento Otto. With a cool New York vibe and a custom designed pizza oven shipped in from Napoli, its safe to say they make some of the best pizza in HK. Its worth just going there to check out the ceramic Toile De Jouy walls.
Massage at Ten Feet Tall
After a tough workout at the gym or a full day of shopping, Ten Feet Tall is one of the best places to enjoy a relaxing reflexology massage.
Only 6 years old, Clockenflap is Hong Kong’s only International music festival. Every year it continues to get better with more funding and better acts, headlining last year was Azealia Banks, De La Soul, Alt-J and Sneaky Sound System. One of the most unique and well-run music festivals I’ve ever been to.
Brunch at Heirloom
Heirloom is a cute little café in our neighbourhood of Sheung Wan, everything is fresh and made from scratch. A must try is their delicious coconut French toast with blueberry cream cheese.
Window Shopping at Joyce Boutique
Hong Kong is a luxury shoppers dream. Sometimes I make a visit to all the high-end stores just to fondle all the designer bags and shoes. The best place to do this is at Joyce Boutique. In 1970, founder Mrs Joyce Ma and her Tai Tai friends (Tai Tai is Chinese for ‘lady of leisure’), decided they had nowhere decent to shop for designer clothes and ‘Joyce’ was born. Joyce houses a very well curated range of clothes, bags and shoes from brands like Céline, The Row, Givenchy, Stella McCartney and Phillip Lim.
Coffee at Deadend
This newly opened café in a quiet little dead-end street (hence the name). It is a great place to read the paper and enjoy a coffee made with love. The owners also run a French bakery next door so I always find myself indulging in one of their baskets of fresh croissants and danishes served with delicious butter and jam.
Rooftop drinks at Hooray
In the summertime, cocktails at one of the many rooftop bars is essential. ‘Hooray’ in Causeway Bay is one of my favourites with a nice view across the harbour to Kowloon. I’ve also heard they serve delicious yakitori-style snacks such as grilled foie gras and chorizo sausages, what a perfect way to spend a summer night in Hong Kong!