Overnight in Hong Kong, 36 Hours in the City

Surrounded by people with boundless energy, appetite, and the taste for the good things in life, I could easily give in to my hedonist desires in Hong Kong.

Do you remember that scene in Pinocchio, when our favourite lying doll is convinced by honest John to take a vacation and then placed on a stage coach on its way to Pleasure Island where other misfit kids can do smoke cigars, drink and break things without any thought of consequences but are then turned into terrifying mini donkeys, the thought of which still sometime haunts my dreams, by the way.

Well, Hong Kong is Pleasure Island.

Surrounded by people with boundless energy, appetite, and the taste for the good things in life, I could easily give in to my hedonist desires. But after a weekend, I realize I can never keep up with the city. But I’d still do it all over again.

Hong Kong consists of multiple islands: Hong Kong Islands, Kowloon, The New Territories and a number of smaller islands. It still remains quite small and is packed to the brim with more than 7 million people, making it one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

Somewhat independent from China, Hong Kong has benefited greatly from development by its British colonizers and the industrious economy of the Chinese. It’s a stellar financial, arts and culture, and food center in Asia and has one of the freest economies. But in a total contrast, you can also find yourself in situations where you can pretend that you are in an old fishing/opium port.

But if you’ve only got a more than a day, like I do, you can stay in and around Central—there’s no better place to experience the city in all its glory.

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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 the Australian 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

Ichiran

Dimsum

Fight, scratch and scream your way through the noise and throng of hungry eaters to get your hands undescriptive baskets where only your nose can guide you. Pick blindly, you’ll never be far from something delicious, just be open to eating whatever you pick up.

We ended up in Lin Heung Tea House but other great places to get your dim sum fix include:

Dim Dim Sum

Maxim’s Palace

One Dim Sum

Luk Yu

Lung King Heen

Fook Lam Moon

Man Mo Cafe

Island Tang

or

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

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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 or Ebenezer’s.

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 

And for your reference, a directory below!

Directory

Australian Dairy Company
47 Parkes St, Jordan, Hong Kong
+852 2730 1356

Man Mo Temple
124 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852 2540 0350

Dim Dim Sum
7 Tin Lok Lane, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
852-28917677

Sunday’s Grocery
Kam Fu Mansion, 66-68 Catchick St, Hong Kong
+852 2628 6001

Yung Kee
32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2522 1624

Tattoo Temple
1 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2801 7300

Oodies Foodies
149 Wan Chai Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
+852 9551 7972

Brickhouse
20 D’Aguilar Street, Hong Kong
28100560

Ronin
8 on Wo Lane, Hong Kong, China

Hoo Lee Fook
1 Elgin St, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2810 0860

The Envoy
74 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
+852 2169 3311

The Wood
L/G, 17-19 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2522 0281

Ping Pong
Nam Cheong Lau, 135 Second St, Hong Kong
+852 9158 1584

Rummin Tings
28 Hollywood Rd, Hong Kong
+852 2523 7070

The Pontiac
13 Old Bailey Street, Hong Kong
+852 2521 3855

Fatty Crab
11 Old Bailey St, Hong Kong
+852 2521 2033

Hoi ON Café
17 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
>852-25406340

The Cupping Room
Shop LG, 287-299 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
>+852 2799 3398

Aberdeen Street Social
35 Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2866 0300

PMQ
35 Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2870 2335

Landmark Urban Bakery
Shop 322, 3/F, Landmark Atrium, Hong Kong
+852 3565 4320

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