Here’s a quick guide to the city’s coolest neighborhoods and what to see there—from boutique ice cream shops to Michelin recommended snacks to local delicacies and souvenirs.

Hong Kong is definitely one of my favorite Asian destinations. And because of its close proximity to our country, many of us like travelling to Hong Kong for a change of pace and scenery.

As you may know, I recently went to Hong Kong to shoot an episode of Overnight. While 36 hours in a city might be a little daunting, it’s entirely good fun as long as you know where to go.

If you guys missed it last time, here are some of my favourite places around the city:

Food

The city is packed with so many dining and drinking options—from high-end Michelin stars to that one place behind the hardware store and up a hundred steps and down a fishing alley. You’ll never get tired of eating and drinking here.

Try Yat Lok for their famous one Michelin star roasted goose. You could also go to Yung Kee, Kam’s, Sham Tseng Chan Kee for similar sweet, umami, oily satisfaction.

For breakfast you’ll have a choice of heading to either a great western style place like the Papillon Cafe, Café Deadend,Nosh, Green Waffle Dinner or the Flying Pan or going to a Cantonese dimsum spot or traditional tea house café like theAustralian Dairy Company, Café Hoi On or Tsui Wah like we did.

While Hong Kong is also teeming with foreign-style restaurants, you should also get your fill of local joints that serve authentic or modernized Chinese cuisine like Mott 32, Duddell, Chuen Cheung Kui, Xi Yan, Tim Ho Wan, Loyal Dining, Sun Hing, Tsim Chai Kee Noodles, or Bistro Manchu to name a few.

But one of my favorites in the city is Ronin—a hidden gem that understands my needs to serious and fresh deliciousness. Come here for wave after wave of uni, crab, fresh fish from Japan.

There are more than enough forward thinking food concepts to go around and at the top of my list are:

– Toritama
– Brickhouse
– Little Bao
– Posto Publico
– Hoo Lee Fook
– Yardbird
– Chino
– Le Garcon Saigon
– Belon

Dimsum

– Lin Heung Tea House
– Dim Dim Sum
– Maxim’s Palace
– One Dim Sum
– Luk Yu
– Lung King Heen
– Fook Lam Moon
– Man Mo Cafe
– Island Tang
– Dim Sum Square

Drinks

For your fill of alcohol, head out to Pontiac where you can get shots from friendly tattooed bartenders—some of which are women who reminds me of attractive suicide girls. Other hangouts you should also check out are:

– Rummin Tings
– Liily and Bloom
– The Woods
– Ping Pong
– The Envoy
– Honi Honi
– Quinary
– Origin
– 001

But if you want a taste of the local bar scene, head down to the areas surrounding Lang Kwai Fong, the popular, surreal bar street, filled with clubs and drinking holes you’ll always wonder how you ended up in and talk to locals or people just passing through. Some of your most interesting conversations can be sparked up this way.

If you manage to still be functional by the end of the night, cap things off, like a regular with a wrap at Kebab House orEbenezer’s.

Active

A lot of people come to Hong Kong as a stopover or for work, so if you are like me, you like keeping your daily routine up and going.

I love to exercise while i’m travelling and here are some great ideas for next time you’re on the peninsula.

There are quite a bit of Hike’s to do around the area, Dragon’s back is a really famous option and can work up a good sweat.

You can try out a Crossfit workout at Crossfit 852

XYZ for a good spinning class

Bounce Limit to work on your trampoline moves

Studio Fitness for some weights in a club like environment

 

If you want to see my customized map of all these places, check out this link: https://www.mapcustomizer.com/map/Erwan%20Heussaff%20Overnight%20HK

If you want to go by area, check out my guide to the city’s coolest neighborhoods and what to see there—from boutique ice cream shops to Michelin recommended snacks to local delicacies and souvenirs.

 

Causeway Bay

 

Boutique Ice-cream/ Yogurt Shops:

ISEE iSEE Handcrafted Icy Desserts

G/F, Haven Court, No. 138 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

For fruity artisanal ice pops that’s both healthy and refreshing.

Honey Creme    

G/F, 34 Lee Garden Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

While available now in the Philippines, nothing beats the original honey comb soft-serve!

I Cremeria 

F-9, 1/F, 11-19 Great George Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Their signature Japanese melon soft-serve parfait is a must-try.

 

Must See Attractions:

Bowring Road Market and Cooked Food Centre

21 Bowring Road, Ngo Keng

One of the most historic Cooked Food Center in Hong Kong, it’s the place to be for Dai pai dong delicacies at a reasonable price. Especially busy at night, this place is a glimpse of Hong Kong resisting its modern influences.

Petty Person Beating at Ngo Keng Kiu

Junction of Hennessy Road and Canal Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island

This flyover which passes over a three-way junction is, according to feng shui, an ideal spot for dispelling evil. Come here and check out their “professional beaters” and get that demanding boss or annoying neighbor a “beating” without having to do time for assault.

 

Local Delicacies:

Sun Kee Noodles 

Shop B, No. 49 Tung Lung Street, Causeway Bay

For curry, hot pepper powder, marinated food stuff, and 12 other secret ingredients that are transformed into this special Hong Kong-style hot and spicy sauce loved by customers.

Danish Bakery

G/F, Leishun Court, 106 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Stop by for a delectable snack of juicy pork buns and hotdogs with mouthwatering toppings.

Man Fai

22-24 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay

Try their Shahe fen (Chinese noodles) with cuttlefish balls

 

Souvenir shops:

Sweet Boutique de Tony Wong

Shop 3, G/F, Yan Wo Yuet Building, 432-436 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island

For candy, snacks, and cakes.

Two Girls

Shop 283, Causeway Place, Hong Kong Mansion, 2-10 Great George Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island

For cosmetics and skin care products

Fook Ming Tong Tea Shop

Counter at Sogo Department Store, Basement, 2555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island

For various tea selections

 

Wanchai             

 

Boutique Ice-cream/ Yogurt Shops:

Oddies  

Shop 1F, G/F, 149 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Known for reinventing classics, they’re known for their soft-serve low-fat gelato with crispy egg waffles. The Night Wolf–Italian low fat soft gelato twisted with 66% dark chocolate served with egg waffles with Bownie Chocolate chips, buttery crumbles, caramelized banana ice cream, passion fruit panna cotta and crunchy flakes—is a best-selling item.

Yo Mama

16 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

For silky yogurt that’s imported from Italy.

Cafe Aboong HK

Shop B, G/F, Pao Woo Mansion, 177-179 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

For a bite of Korean-style ice cream fish bun.

 

Must See Attractions:

Lee Tung Avenue

200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

A 200-m, tree-lined pedestrian shopping street, it features hip foreign and local brands, alfresco cafes and quaint shops.

 

Local Delicacies:

Keung Kee (Michelin-recommended) 

G/F, Chuang’s Enterprises Building, 382 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Well-known for its glutinous rice, rice rolls and sweet soup, drop by this place for a Michelin-recommended treat!

The Butchers Club (Michelin-recommended)  

Shop 10, G/F, Rialto Building, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

For hearty burgers made of signature dry-aged Black Angus beef from Australia, served on a freshly baked floured scotch bap and tapped with mature cheddar cheese, glazed bacon, tomatoes, pickles and onion spread with thick cut fries triple fried in duck fat.

Kelly’s Cape Bop  (Michelin-recommended)   

G/F, 57 Johnston Road, Wan Chai

For freshly-made kimbap (Korean rice rolls), fried chicken bites, tteokbokki (Korean rice cakes) and fried egg rolls

 

QTS souvenir shops:

Venchi

Shop 316, 3/F, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island

For candy, cakes, and snacks

voi_la!

Shop 103, 1/F, China Resources Building, 26 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island

For wine and spirits

 

Tsim Sha Tsui    

 

Boutique Ice-cream/ Yogurt Shops:

Nakamura Tokichi

Shop G06, G/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Offers a variety of matcha desserts ranging from ice-cream, glutinous rice balls to icy treats.

MangoChaCha

Shop 5, G/F, Union Mansion, 33-35 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui

For Soufflés, waffles, shaved ice and roll cakes

Sweets House Cha Cha 

city’super, 3/F, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

For velvety and creamy matcha ice cream, cream pufsf and matcha smoothies

 

Must See Attraction:

The Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Features historical buildings and is the place to be to check our Hong Kong’s sustainable architecture

 

Local Delicacies:

Fat Boy (Michelin-recommended)

Shop G1, G/F, Workingport Commercial Building, 3 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui

Specializes in local and cheap street foods

Mammy Pancake (Michelin-recommended)

G/F, Carnarvon Mansion, 8-12 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

For Hong Kong-style egg waffles with a variety of flavors such as chocolate, sesame, sweet potato

Hing Kee Shanghai Pan-fried Buns          

Shop 6A, G/F, 48 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

For Shanghai-style pan-fried pork buns and vermicelli soup

 

Souvenir shops:

Shanghai Food

Shop 5, G/F, Lee Wai Commercial Building, 1-3 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

For candy, cakes, and snacks

One Tea House

Shop 33A, G/F, Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

For teas

Cookies Quartet

Shop E, G/F, Carnarvon Mansion, 8-12E Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

For cookies, candy, and sweets

 

Mong Kok          

 

Boutique Ice-cream/ Yogurt Shops:

Next Station Dessert 

G/F., 13 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok

For test tube icy treats, purple sweet potato waffle with ice cream

Stacks 

Shop 11, Paradise Square, Mong Kok

Check out for homemade ice cream sandwiches, featuring flavors of thai milk tea, taro, salted caramel, and more.

Joyful Dessert House (Michelin-recommended)

Shop 2&3, G/F, Ngai Hing Mansion, 74 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok

For Western desserts including mango Napoleon, Oreo parfaits and pineapple sherbet

Flower Market and Pre-War buildings

Flower Market Road, Prince Edward, Kowloon

A jungle of exotic blooms and scents that’s worth immersing yourself in. After picking up the flowers, you may also visit a cluster of pre-war buildings located nearby (190-204 and 210-212 Prince Edward Road West), the largest cluster of remaining pre-war buildings in the urban area.

 

Local Delicacies:

Kei Tsui (Michelin-recommended)

G/F, 135 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

A traditional Chinese pastry shop that has been on Fa Yuen Street for more than 30 years for their signature glutinous rice cakes with red bean paste, “wife cakes”, egg tarts and “baby chicken cakes”, a pastry with a sweet and savory filling.

Three Potatoes (Michelin-recommended)           

Shop 5, G/F, Mei Shing House, 30-32A Nullah Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

For Michelin-recommended paked potatoes, fries and potato hash

Soupreme (Michelin-recommended)     

G/F, 20 Beech St, Tai Kok Tsui

For Cantonese-style, double-boiled soups like matsutake soup

 

Souvenir shops:

Ryoyu Bakery Studio

Shop 321-342, 3/F, Moko, 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon

For candy, cakes, and snacks

Bee Cheng Hiang (HK) Ltd

Shop B02-36, Basement 2, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon

More candy cakes, and snacks

Wing Lee Joss Sticks & Sandal Wood

G/F, 434 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon

 

Sham Shui Po   

 

Boutique Ice-cream/ Yogurt Shops:

Heart’s Dessert

G/F, 57 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po

Their soft coconut jelly with coconut flesh topped with silky caramel pudding is a treat.

Noble

G/F, 161 Un Chau Street, Sham Shui Po

Their Uji Matcha Sorbet (shaved ice garnished with matcha ice-cream, red beans and glutinous rice dumplings) is a must-try

 

Must See Attraction:

Apliu Street Flea Market (Electronics)

Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong

For bargain-priced new and second-hand electronic devices. Sharp-eyed shoppers can also uncover antique watches, old coins and other relics.

 

Local Delicacies:

Hop Yik Thai  (Michelin-recommended)

G/F, 121 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

The family-run shop is renowned for its aromatic rice rolls, with no fillings but come doused in a delicately combination of soy sauce, sesame paste and lard.

Kwan Kee Store (Michelin-recommended)          

Shop 10, 115-117 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

What started as an illegal street vendor is now a specialty cake shop. Kwan Kee has been selling a variety of authentic local traditional sweet snacks such as white sugar cakes, put chai ko (Hong Kong-style glutinous rice pudding), black sesame rolls, red bean puddings and water chestnut cakes for more than 50 years.

Kung Wo Bean Curd Factory (Michelin-recommended)    

118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po

For soy products including tofu pudding, stuffed tofu, soy milk and fried tofu puffs

 

Souvenir shops:

Tai Cheong Bakery

Shop 128, 1/F, Dragon Centre, 37K Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

For pastries and cakes

Wing Wah Cake Shop Ltd

Shop 128C, 1/F, Dragon Centre, 37K Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

For cake, candy, and snacks

First Edible Nest

Shop 202, 2/F, Dragon Centre, 37K Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

 

Tai Hang

 

Boutique Ice-cream/ Yogurt Shops:

Lab Made Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Laboratory

G/F, 6 Brown Street, Tai Hang

This liquid nitrogen ice-cream laboratory gives you the classics but also a range of innovative Lab Made Specials such as crunchy French toast, Hong Kong custard bun and purple rice.

Loooop

2A Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Tai Hang, Hong Kong

For freshly-baked cookie cones with edible rice paper wrapping and various toppings

 [小甜谷]﹙No Eng Name, pronounce as “Siu Tim Kuk”

G/F, 10-11B School Street, Tai Hang

Try their stewed milk with red bean and pineapple shaved ice mountain

 

Must See Attraction:

Lin Fa Kung, Tai Hang

Lin Fa Kung Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong Island

Literally means Temple of Lotus, this  rare structure which was a Declared Monument in 2014, was constructed in 1863 for the worship of Kwun Yum, the Goddess of Mercy.

 

Local Delicacies:

 [民聲冰室]﹙No Eng Name, pronounce as “Man Sing Bing Zut”

G/F, 16 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong

Well-known for its steamed minced pork with salted egg.

 [順興車仔麵大牌檔]﹙No Eng Name, pronounce as “Shun Hing Che Chai Mian Tai Pai Dong”

First Lane, King Street, Tai Hang

Check them out for rice with scrambled egg and barbecued pork, rice with scrambled egg and shrimps.

 [炳記茶檔]﹙No Eng Name, pronounce as “Bing Kei Cha Dong”

Next to 5 Shepherd Street, Tai Hang

For Local delicacies including pork chop noodles, toast and milk tea

 

Kowloon City    

 

Boutique Ice-cream/ Yogurt Shops:

Smile Yogurt & Dessert Bar

G/F, 65 Lion Rock Road, Kowloon City

For home-style ice cream treats

Golden Hall Dessert

Shop 5,6,9 Shing Nam Road, Kowloon City

Check them out for their signature coffee jelly sorbet

Honey Granny                 

Shop 18, UG/F, Kowloon City Plaza, 128 Carpenter Road, Kowloon City

For fresh milk soft serve topped with a slab of oozy honeycomb

 

Must See Attraction:

Kowloon Walled City Park

Tung Tsing Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon

Once a lawless enclave, now a peaceful park

 

Local Delicacies:

 

Lan Ying (Michelin-recommended)

92-94 Fuk Lo Tsun Road, Kowloon City

For Indonesian-style snacks like nasi rendang and satay skewers

 [義香荳腐食品]﹙No Eng Name, pronounce as “Yee Heung Tofu”

G/F, No. 74 , Nga Tsin Long Road, Kowloon City

Serves glossy and silken tofu pudding. Also worth trying is the three stuffed treasures.

Hoover Cake Shop         

136 Nga Tsin Wai Road, Kowloon City

Known for their trademark egg tarts

 

Souvenir shops:

Mrs. So’s XO Sauce

Shop 3, G/F, 97 Hau Wong Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon

Cookies Quartet

G/F, 9A Lion Rock Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon

For cookies and sweets

Tak Hing Loong Company

Shop A, G/F, 52-54 Nga Tsin Long Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon

Check them out for dried seafood

Sweet Boutique de Tony Wong

G/F, 20 Hau Wong Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon

For cakes and other sweet treats

 

More for you

Tell me what you think