Chaotic but charming, cosmopolitan at the same time authentic: Hong Kong Try to touch the sky with its infinite skyscrapers while life is buzzing at a thousand per hour. A city in which, if you want, there is no reason to stop enjoying.
WHERE TO SLEEP
The upper house
Pacific Place 88 Queensway preferredhotels.com From € 446
The genius André Fu projected in Hong Kong much more than a luxury hotel: The Upper House is a work of art. This refuge in the heart of the city ensures an intimate and individual treatment in which the client is, above all and whatever happens, the most important thing.
Once its doors are crossed, everything is a continuous evolution of surprises. Starting with the building, with an avant-garde and harmonious design, in which soft lines and warm colors dominate. Its 117 rooms and suites are spacious and overlooking the skyline. The exquisite cuisine of the Café Gray Deluxe, the free yoga classes offered every weekend or the beauty treatments in the privacy of your room are just some of its exclusive services.
Hotel H: Art
4 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; hotelhart.com From € 80
Receptionists with stylish aprons, tattoos on their arms and sneakers. An interior design in which the word “industrial” sums it up. Concrete, iron, wood … The coldness of the common spaces, elegantly designed, contrasts with the warm and welcoming atmosphere of its 69 rooms, all similar but divided into four categories according to the size of the bed. Engaged by its avant-garde, originality and sophisticated air; and convinces by its affordable prices, original amenities and perfect location.
5 Connaught Road Central mandarinoriental.com From € 466
This five star was the first of the Mandarin Oriental chain to open in Hong Kong, and today it is almost as legendary as the city itself. Luxury, comfort and style are its values, and from its central location, opposite Victoria
Harbor, you get unparalleled views. 299 rooms and suites in which tradition is combined with design and technology.
17 Science Museum Road Tsim Sha Tsui East, Koowlon hotel-icon.com; from € 193
Few hotels can unite the fascinating views of the steel jungle of Hong Kong, its beautiful bay and the mountains that surround the city. And yet, this is true in Icon, where the rooms are much more than a place to rest: they are a window into the city. The best? The surprises that await guests upon check-in, such as a complimentary smartphone with unlimited internet access and free calls to 31 countries. An elegant spa, fitness room, rooftop pool and three restaurants complete the offer.
16 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau I had.hk; from 120 €
The industrial air takes over this avant-garde hotel located in the Causeway Bay neighborhood, which highlights the lack of a sign outside and minimalism brought to its maximum expression. Simple rooms in which the ornamentation shines by its absence, absolutely white corridors and steel doors shape a perfect accommodation for those who are simply looking for comfort. In the surroundings, the purest essence of Hong Kong: noodle bars, foot massage shops and clothing stores enliven the visit.
118-130Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui themirahotel.com From € 153
Ambient lights, straight lines and an elegant design are the foundations of this futuristic hotel in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, the liveliest shopping district in Hong Kong. It was the American lifestyle guru, Colin Cowie, who was in charge of transforming his rooms into the perfect oasis to escape the outer chaos. Do not forget to try any of its six gastronomic proposals, such as Cuisine Cuisine or Whisk, a restaurant in which to go around the world from the plate.
Mojo Nomad Central
286 Queen´s Road, Central mojonomad.com/central From € 100
He landed in Hong Kong with the intention of revolutionizing the hotel concept, and he has succeeded. In this innovative accommodation, what is important is to share, collaborate and bet together for a sustainable lifestyle. Focused on those digital nomads who work while traveling around the world, it offers coworking, laundry and gym areas. Its rooms vary between individual or shared, and the urban style of each is simply wonderful. In their Mexican restaurant I love you, they prepare the best margaritas.
1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan, Kowloon; hotelstage.com From € 108
Fine lines, wood, gray and white tones and a marked urban design are the pillars of its decoration. In the Stage, the same thing can be escaped from the chaos and noise of the city, which plunge into it one hundred percent: it is located in the heart of the Yau Ma Tei neighborhood, surrounded by shops and businesses and just a walk from cultural icons such as Tin Hau temple or the Jade Market. It also works as a platform for local artists.
Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central; shangri-la.com From 335 €
If there is a hotel that concentrates everything that defines the Asian essence, it is this. And it is that with La Gran Patria China, the largest silk painting in the world – occupies the equivalent of 16 floors – ruling the lobby, little more needs to be said. 565 rooms invite you to sleep between silky sheets and say good night – or good morning – with spectacular views of Victoria Harbor or The Peak. It is recognized as one of the most luxurious in Asia and an unforgettable stay goes through trying each and every one of its seven restaurants.
WHERE TO EAT
Ah Shun´s Kitchen
47 Tai San Street, Cheung Chau; from € 20
That the first impression does not condition you: this restaurant seems anything but appetizing. But if in it Hong Kong queues come from all points of the city, it will be for something, right? This small family business is reputed to serve the best seafood in the city. You just have to approach the neighboring fish market, choose a piece and take it back to the restaurant to prepare it to taste. Another option is to choose a dish from your menu, such as steamed shrimp with soy sauce.
Level 3, The Mira Hong Kong Mira Place 118-130, Tsim Sha Tsui; from € 25
Premium cuisine and interior decoration by Charles Allem. It is one of the gastronomic proposals of the hotel The Mira, in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, and offers dishes made from traditional Cantonese recipes, presented in an avant-garde and almost, we could say, artistic way. Your wine cellar has more than 350 labels from the most remote corners of the world.
Tim Ho Wan
9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po; timhowan.hk From € 3
To say that it is one of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurants in the world will probably earn you many points. If we also confirm that absolutely everything that is tried in this humble place of Sham Shui Po is to suck your fingers, turn off and let’s go. True mecca for dim sums lovers, it has up to 20 varieties in its menu, although the most successful ones are its baked buns filled with barbecued pork. They don’t accept reservations, so you may have to queue.
Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion; 1 Duddle Street, Central; duddells.co From € 50
“Honest with art, serious with food.” With this strong phrase they describe their philosophy in this Michelin star in the heart of the Central district. Neither art gallery nor museum, but a place where each corner exhibits works by different creators so that those who dare to taste their delicious dishes, also have the pleasure of enjoying them. Distributed on two floors, its rooms – designed by the British Ilse Crawford – emanate color and style, including its charming terrace. Choose between betting on their tasting menus or ordering à la carte.
99 Percival Street Causeway Bay, Lee Theater Plaza, 7th Floor, Room A putien.com From € 20
The owner baptized him with the name of his hometown, Putien, located in the Fujian region, when he opened the first store in Singapore in 2000. Today, 19 years later and with a chain of restaurants spread across the Asian continent, the Success is resounding. The reason? Perhaps the great respect that is professed in your kitchen for traditional cuisine and real flavors. The treatment of the staff is worth noting, as well as their stewed sea bass or Putian noodles with pork belly and clams. To give you a tribute.
Takumi by Dasuke Mori
Local 1, The Oakhill 16 Wood Road, Wanchai takumibymori.com From € 230
To live an experience of those that are not forgotten, a great option is to book – it has only 12 seats, so forget about appearing just like that – in this Michelin star in which French and Japanese cuisine shake hands. Daisuke Mori, tanned in the stoves of restaurants like the three-star Château Restaurant Joël Robuchon in Tokyo, proposes a nine-course tasting menu based on seasonal ingredients. The best: the experience is lived around an open kitchen.
Kam´s Roast Goose
226 Hennesy Road Wan Chai krg.com.hk From € 6
The theory that a Michelin star has to be expensive loses consistency in Hong Kong. To convince you, just try the exquisite crispy goose of this family business and take a look at the bill. It goes for the third generation – the first restaurant opened in 1942 – dedicated to please the most demanding palates and continues to reap success thanks to its star dish. Located in a small place in the Wan Chai neighborhood, it has space for 30 people and there you can savor other proposals such as roast suckling pig or the rich gooseneck.
FOR A COFFEE OR A CUP
Level 118, International Commerce Ctr. 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
The tallest bar in Asia occupies the 118th floor of the International Commerce Center and belongs to the Ritz-Carlton. Visiting it is not just having a cocktail with views, it is doing so in a distinguished environment where bluish lighting creates the illusion of being in heaven. The most acclaimed DJs put a soundtrack to one of the most exclusive bars in Hong Kong where, in addition, you can have Asian tapas or dance until the body endures. Of course, there is a strict dress code, especially for men.
Song Cha Xie
60 Fung Tak Road, Nan Lian Garden
Surrounded by a peaceful pond and protected by the lush gardens of Nan Lian, this traditional tea room is an ideal oasis to escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Long wooden corridors, teak tables and chairs and an exquisite tea, always accompanied by dim sums, will make you feel that you have traveled to the past. You will never want to get out of there.
32 Wyndham Street, Central; stockton.com.hk
A whiskey bar with all the style of a private club full of Chesters, velvet armchairs, carpets of impossible drawings and chandeliers. Having a drink or a snack will be the least you do in this corner next to Hong Kong Soho. On Wednesdays there is live jazz and blues, although music is present every day.
Café 45-47 Bute Street Mong Kok; from € 2
If you are looking for a cafeteria that defines Hong Kong in its purest form, this is the place. Skip the line to buy one of their famous sweets and go directly to the store. The waitresses, who do not speak a bit of English, will strive to find you as soon as possible, even if that means sharing a tiny table with a stranger. The sway of orders does not stop, but take your time. Try the typical yuanyang – coffee and tea drink with condensed milk – and its pineapple buns with butter. Calories, many, but a smile of satisfaction will accompany you the rest of the day.
WHERE TO BUY
35 Aberdeen Street Lan Kwai Fong; pmq.org.hk
An old residential complex for police officers was remodeled and transformed into this modern enclosure in which to find pieces of the most influential designers in Hong Kong. Up to 100 stores, studios, coffee shops and exhibition spaces where you can know the latest trends in fashion, jewelry or decoration.
Goods of desire
48 Hollywood Road Soho; god.com.hk
The day that this eclectic store opened its doors, the concept of souvenir lived a revolution: ingenuity, humor and creativity allied to create all kinds of objects and garments that keep the essence of Hong Kong, but without falling into the topic. Your Instagram account (@goodsofdesire) is your best showcase.
Temple Street Market
Temple Street Yau Mai Tei, Kowloon
At nightfall, this Kowloon street is transformed into a festival of neon lights, street stalls, seers and karaoke fans who take over the space and shape a lively night market. There are few quality things, but it is fun to practice bargaining.
Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, Lan Kwai Fong
What in the past was a street invaded by antique dealers today is a market of false antiques, photos and objects that recall Hong Kong’s past. It is essential to master the art of bargaining if you intend to succeed. Among its flagship products are espresso cups with Mao’s face and communist propaganda posters.
WHAT TO SEE
Peak Tram Lower Terminus 33 Garden Road, Central thepeak.com.hk
It is a classic, you can not – nor should – leave Hong Kong without having risen to contemplate the views from its most famous viewpoint. The Peak, the mountain that governs the skyline with momentum, offers a spectacle both day and night, when the skyscraper lights come on and the picture of the bay becomes almost fantastic.
Wong Tai Sin Temple
2 Chuk Yuen Road Chuk Un, Wong Tai Sin Open from 7 to 17,30 h.
Religion is a fundamental part of the life of Hong Kong people and that is scrupulously reflected in places like this temple. Among huge skyscrapers emerges, like a small island, a handful of red roofs and altars that welcome those faithful eager to ask and know. Although Taoism is the prevailing religion, Confucian and Buddhist believers also have their space here, who between the smoke of incense and bamboo sticks that predict the future, throw their prayers into the air.
37 Flower Market Road Mong Kok
According to the precepts of feng shui, birds have a very important function: they are a symbol of good luck and bearers of positive news. Therefore, it is very curious to approach the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden and take a look at the numerous stalls that the locals go to, either to get their new pet, or to acquire accessories for them, such as handmade cages or toys. Worth to watch.
To escape the thrilling pace of Hong Kong, a perfect option is to make an excursion to its largest island, Lantau. A journey by subway and another by cable car lead to the imposing figure of the Giant Buddha, the largest of its kind in the world. A walk through the neighboring Po Lin Monastery can give you all that peace you miss in the city. For a round day, nothing like approaching by bus line to the small fishing village of Tai O, where not even cars can circulate.
WITH WHOM TO GO
Live Hong Kong toursenhongkong.com
The only Spanish travel agency in Hong Kong. It was founded in 2015 by the Uruguayan Lorena Fernandez who, after traveling 1,000 km through China, was aware that the best way to get to know a place is by the hand of her locals. With his team, all of Latin origin, he prepares customized trips around the city and the surrounding area.
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