Miss Hong Kong? Here’s a curated list of new shopping havens and dining destinations to explore.
For the revenge travelers out there, we hear you. Here’s a list of new shopping havens and dining destinations to explore in Hong Kong that’ll satisfy even the most eager shopping feet and voracious appetites.
Did you know that Hong Kong’s first modern wet market, Central Market was opened in 1842? It was fully functional for more than sixty years before it reopened last year and has since been transformed into a vibrant community hotspot with superb dining and retail options. While the building’s interior appears modernized, its exterior retains its nostalgic character. Some noteworthy dining options are Winelog, Mak’s Beer, and I-O-N. The Central Market also showcases homegrown talent and small businesses like Slowood and the HK Tram Store.
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Love tea but not the wait? Thanks to technology, tea lovers can now indulge in traditional Chinese tea in just 30 seconds! The first made in Hong Kong tea capsules from Tea Chateau offers traditional Chinese tea culture in a capsule. Not only can you get your tea-to-water ratio to perfection, but the advanced packaging will ensure your tea leaves stay fresher for longer.
Fish Ball Gor
The hunt for Hong Kong’s authentic delicacies won’t be complete without cart noodles and fish balls. Fishball Gor’s famous curry fish balls are made of a secret sauce with more than ten ingredients and fresh spring fish meat, making you crave more with every bite. They also host a plethora of snacks like glutinous rice, fried noodles with soy sauce, and squid curry. Definitely a taste of Hong Kong in each bite!
Shanghai 618 – Old meets new at the heart of Mong Kok
Once a strip of waterfront shophouses or tong lau selling sweetened fruit tobacco, electrical appliances, medicinal tea, and leather goods, a century later Shanghai 618 has since been restored with modern additions like aesthetic murals paying homage to the street’s history, and independent local businesses selling all kinds of goods. Visitors can experience how old world meets new charm.
Hung Fook Tong Life
Despite a multitude of modern cafes in the area, traditional herbal tea shop Hung Fook Tong (HFT) is still standing. Since it was founded in 1986, it has evolved into a modern wellness concept store, featuring Western and Chinese food cultures. Offerings include their signature additive-free soups and healthy drinks, as well as fresh baked goods from local partner bakeshop, Handmade Bakery.
JAJA is a Spanish word pronounced as [ˈhɑːhɑː] that inspired the the opening of this vegetarian restaurant that celebrates happiness. A meat-free dining spot, this is perfect for visitors looking to try gourmet vegetarian meals. Definitely a place to go for “fun vegetarian feast with good vibes.”
Await Café & Studio
Enjoy your daily dose of caffeine at Await Café to keep you going on your Hong Kong adventure. If you enjoy café-hopping and you happen to be in the Kowloon area, you will not want to miss out on Await Café. With a wide selection of pastries and comfort food paired with good coffee, this café makes the perfect lunch spot. It is located just a few minutes away from the Prince Edward MTR station.
Cruise Liner Mall
Another place that you must pay a visit to when you are in Hong Kong is the Cruise Liner Mall, a ship-shaped shopping mall. A part of a bigger mall called The Whampoa, the Cruise Liner Mall is relatively lesser known, but carries a meaningful history. The mall is set at what used to be the largest and busiest shipyard in Asia in the early 20th century, and as the name suggests, is shaped like a cruise liner!
To learn more visit The Hong Kong Tourism Board website.
Photos courtesy of The Hong Kong Tourism Board.