Monday, April 16, 2012

The Sartorialist in Hong Kong

Hey guys.

This week I’ll be back in Hong Kong for the first time in several years. You’ve always been so good about guiding me to all the right spots, so I’m calling on your help again. What do I need to see in Hong Kong? What are the great shopping areas and places of cultural interest? As always, I’m super interested in the fashion scene, but I would also love to capture something of the cultural scene- as in the Hong Kong equivalent of a square dancer or rugby game. Something that would have a strong cultural and visual impact.

I look forward to your suggestions.


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  1. Johnson

    April 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Honestly, we don’t have a “sport”~ there is no Hockey or NBA or football, etc. At most it seems to be the HK Jockey club.

  2. Natasha Fatah

    April 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Be sure to check out The Ladies’ Market and Stanley Market for not only shopping, but all kinds of awesome street fashion. You’ll lots of young women, but families too. Should spark the creative light I’m sure. :)

    Have a wonderful time.


  3. Aliotsy

    April 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Never been, but there’s a lot of excitement about The Armoury haberdashery. Mark, Alan, and Ethan are some of the most interesting people in menswear right now. The WSJ recently reported that The Armoury purchased Drakes London for an undisclosed sum.

  4. Street Fashion Paris

    April 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    If I got the chance to make it to HK first I would visit all of the location from Wong Kar-wai movies:)

  5. Miss K

    April 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    For cultural scene I would recommend you go to the horse races in Sha Tin. It’s a fun and unforgettable event. 90 per cent of the attendees will be male.

    Temple Street Night Market is another suggestion.

    For shopping I’d say Harbour City, Times Square and Pacific Plaza. My favourite spot to just hang out is Central/Lan Kwai Fong.


  6. AFJ

    April 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    The Star ferry.
    Victoria Peak.

  7. Janna

    April 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    hong kong! my favourite city – where to begin?

    cultural events – certain days of the week (wednesday and either saturday/sunday) there’s horseracing at the jockey club in happy valley. make sure to place at least one bet!

    (unfortunately, you’ll be missing out on the rugby 7s, which occurred earlier in march, and chinese new year)

    shopping areas – central for all high-end shopping needs, the biggest armani, LV, the landmark, harvey nichols, IFC. causeway bay for more local and interesting style, and perhaps tsim sha tsui and mongkok on the kowloon side too.

    hollywood road/mid-level escalators – gentrifying area, but also the place to find old chinese antiques and heirlooms. could find an interesting mix of people walking around in this area.

    luk yu teahouse, central – one of hk’s oldest establishments, where many families go for dim sum. very old school hk.

    most of these places are hk’s more touristy spots, and wandering off into different districts will give you much to see. perhaps some inspiration here:


    April 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    wow hong kong,i’m so curious!!

  9. Kat

    April 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Love HK! If you’re looking for a cool spot, try the HKJC (Hong Kong Jockey Club). I believe it’s usually pretty exclusive but if you know someone who has a membership or meet someone that does, they can get you in! Also check out Tim Ho Wan for some awesome dim sum (Four Seasons Quality for 1/4 the price! It’s Michelin rated/recommended). I have done a couple of posts on HK back in October. It was my first time there!

  10. Lindsey

    April 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Not so much fashion oriented but a spot I visited that stuck out in my mind was Yuen Po Street (Bird, Flower, Goldfish Market). A place where the older generation take their birds for walks and to show off.

    Also, you can’t forget Central District’s, Wet Market. It is right off the mid-level escalator along Gate Street, flowing onto the side streets, Peel and Graham St.

  11. Theophilus

    April 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Check out the Armoury: absolutely wonderful menswear.

  12. Melo

    April 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Hi. Check out ‘Discovery Bay’. Couple of ferries over, but worth it. Surreal ‘ex-pat’ pocket of other-worldliness.


  13. John

    April 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    1) go to Hidden Agenda- one and only hong kong live house
    2) tai ping shan st – creative & fashionable hub in central. chill out
    3) Mee & Gee – cheap ass chaotic second hand store in Sham Shui Po.
    4) WELLCOME TO HONG KONG & have loads of fun !!!

  14. Simbarashe

    April 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I second Natasha on Stanley Market. I went with my girlfriend last back on 06; It’s always photo-op worthy.


    April 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Oh that’s going to be so great for you! I shot some photo’s of a girl from Hongkong last week…street style in London. You will for sure get some amazing shot’s there.
    I love the style of the city & the view’s. Great place!!
    Oh I I do adore your photo’s. Just got your book as a anniversary present!

  16. John

    April 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    1) Hidden Agenda – the one and only live house
    2) Tai Ping Shan St – creative and artistic hub in Central – btw. forget about Lan Kwai Fong- its tourist spot.
    3) Mee & Gee – chaotic 2nd hand shop in Prince Edward

    4) Wellcome & take loads of pictures!

  17. Sophia

    April 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Areas of old Hong Kong districts have always appealed to me as they have great backdrops for shooting people. Try Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun on Hong Kong islang, or head over to Sham Shui Po on Kowloon for more authentic locations!

    The thai food in Kowloon city is also excellent.


  18. irene

    April 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    i ve never been there!
    but is awesome u have such cool possibilities!

  19. Manojna

    April 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I’ve only just begun to follow your work – and more often than not, it leaves me awestruck :)
    Hong Kong is wonderful…I have tons of beautiful memories from my family vacation there a couple of years back. Stanley Market would be wonderful, and if I remember correctly, there’s a long scenic drive called the dragon’s back – gorgeous. Po Han Lin monastery is a beautiful place paying homage to Hong Kong, new and old.

    Have a wonderful trip!

  20. Diane L.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Causeway Bay is chock full of fashionable HK-ers. Great shopping at Times Square and Island Beverly Centre. Check out Tung Choi Street around the Ladies’ Market for fashionable HK-ers as well. Tsim Sha Tsui and Central are higher end in terms of fashion and shopping.

    For a cultural/visual impact, I agree with watching the horse races in Happy Valley or Sha Tin. I also recommend visiting one of the largest temples in HK, Wong Tai Sin.

  21. Topol

    April 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Have a cocktail at Aqua Spirit. It’s on the 30/F, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 3427 2288. The place is spectacular and has one of the best views of Hong Kong island.

    Of course, you’ll make reservations at Bo Innovation, 2/F, 60 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, for food renowned around the world.

    Everything changes quickly in Hong Kong so I don’t know if this enclave still exists: Rise Commercial Building. It’s in Tsim Sha Tsui and is a nondescript five-story building tucked away at the end of Granville Road, which is a street full of outlet stores. Rise is a warren of small rooms, averaging 10 x 10 feet!, each occupied by a local fashion designer. It was open in the evening.

    If you have the time, reserve a table by the floor-to-ceiliing windows in the restaurant in the Happy Valley racecourse. You can watch the races and the people from your table.

    Hong Kong is, of course, multicultural, and the best way to immerse yourself in it is to live there for a while and to stay in a residence as opposed to a hotel. I do recommend you wander around Mong Kok, from say Langham Place out Prince Edward Road toward Bird St, where the old men gather with their pet birds to socialize. You’ll pass the flower market, and be within one block of the the former border between Hong Kong and China.

    I’d avoid the night markets as they’ve been selling the same things for decades. It’s disappointing how little innovation has reached them.

  22. G.Li

    April 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Canton Road!! all the nice designer boutiques one next to another. and the LV, GUCCI window displays are absolutely amazing! and since it’s a street you might get some cool HK street style there. Also I think you must go to Canton road so you will see scene of people lining up to go shop at LV and GUCCI. ONLY in HK!!! and Harbor city HK has some good shops too. But the real hidden jam is IFC mall, Landmark mall at Central. There’s a huge apple store, TomFord, Jil Sander over there. Those are more high end shopping area. If you wish for some more local feel to it. Time square at Causeway Bay is quite nice. Lee Garden is at causeway bay too. It has all the designer stores but without the crowds.
    I absolutely can’t wait to go back this summer!

  23. Prateek

    April 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    This is my friend Kanchan, she has a wonderful collection with vivid colors and classic designs. Check her out in hong kong.

  24. urbanfashionartist

    April 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I was recently in HK and some of the must visit places are;
    -fashion walk in causewaybay-little too crowed but great shopping areas.
    -the one mall-all the japanese brands are there and there are place called taipen massage! must visit
    -IFC mall- good italian restaurant upstiars and highend malls
    -Lan Kwai Fong- night life/ bar hopping

    hope this helps and have a fabulous time in HK


  25. Y

    April 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Cultural Interest – Horse races at Happy Valley. Too bad you missed the Rugby Sevens a couple of weeks back!

    Shopping Area + Street Fashion – Tsim Sha Tsui (Carnarvon Road, Granville Road, Harbour City) for a more local feel. Local concept boutiques like Initial ( are noteworthy.

    Chill – 2nd/3rd floor Cafes in Causeway Bay (try Cannon road and around). This particular French Creperie (run by two French men) has an amazing vibe –

    Party/Expat Scene – Lan Kwai Fong, Wyndham Street, and surroundings. Wan Chai (Typhoon Bar, Carnegies, Wooloomooloo) on Wednesdays (if you can get past the red light district on Lockhart Rd)

  26. Prateek

    April 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Check out my friend kanchan’s collection in hong kong, breathtaking colors!

  27. Helena

    April 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    WOW, this sounds so incredibly interesting. Please post about the different things you see, and of course, TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS!! i dont expect less from you!


  28. Topol

    April 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    A few more suggestions (just reviewed some notes from an HK visit):

    Hong Kong Heritage Museum — a little off the beaten path but well worth visiting. If you want culture, you’ll get it here, from Chinese Opera to the heyday of football (soccer) in Hong Kong. Who says HK has no sport other than horseracing? There’s a great exhibit on the development of Hong Kong, and a nice tea room.

    If you have the time, visit Ocean Park on a weekday. It’s an amusement park that’s done extremely well. It’s jammed on weekends. Take the aerial tram for the view. Visit the Goldfish Pavilion for exotic specimens and an understanding of why Chinese value them. Stop and say hello to the pandas.

    Stroll through Hong Kong Park. Visit the tea museum but make sure you walk through the aviary. There are great views from the park as well.

    Hong Kongites spend a lot of time in shopping malls (partly because of the air conditioning) so you’ll have the open space to yourself. HK is over 95% open space. Take a ferry to one of the nearby islands that have banned cars, and walk around. Have a bite to eat at one of the seafood restaurants.

  29. YRP

    April 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I love Hong Kong!

    Hong Kong, a woman of contrast, @LV :”When Hong Kong is a Woman”, using gender 2 interpret each city’s identitty…

    Go to Stanley Market, Victoria harbour, Kowloon, travel up to The Peak, and The Península hotel

    Enjoy The city!!!

  30. lc

    April 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Check Sheung Wan.
    Small, relatively quiet enclave with great galleries and concept stores, amongst long-standing antique stores.

  31. Alex H.

    April 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Mongkok has probably the most local vibe – if you like crowds too, and a stroll through the Temple Street market is kind of unique.

    Don’t miss on the food! The best will be go with a Cantonese-speaker.

    Have a good trip

  32. Joey

    April 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    So I’m from HK:)
    - Cultural: Sheung Wan, old Hong Kong with a nostalgic feel. North point – where the famous Sunbeam Cinema will be closed soon, they show cantonese opera there.
    - Fashionistas: they are most easily seen in Central, causeway bay, Mongkok. And Sham Shui Po because fashion students go there for cheap fabrics during weekends.
    - Visual: Other than skyscrapers… Mongkok – where people never sleep, there’s temple street and ladies’ market, connects the famous Nathan road. Causeway bay, Stanley market – shopping areas.
    - Food: Stick to Sheung Wan, Wan Chai, Sham Shui Po for old hong kong. Mongkok for Street food. Kowloon City for “little thailand”. helps.
    - Sports: They had the rugby sevens last month already. But the horse racing in Sha Tin is a special scene.
    - Bun festival: traditional events around last week of April in Cheung Chau.

    Hope this helps, enjoy your trip!

  33. j

    April 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  34. melissa

    April 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Good Luck Scott I can see who your work is evolving into a journalistic style and it is so you..


  35. DBS

    April 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I was there a few weeks ago:

    You should:
    1. Go to the Peak, hike it at sunrise or sunset.
    2. Eat at Bo Innovations.
    3. Eat at Tim Ho Wan (Michelin 1-star) dim sum restaurant. Think $10 for more amazing dim sum than you can comfortably eat.
    4. Grab a beer and listen to the incredible musicians/vocalists at “From Dusk Til Dawn” bar. Their rock cover bands are very talented, it’s not too loud, and the crowd is laid back and fun. A lot of HK natives and expats, few tourists.
    5. Neptune II club in Wan Chai (watch out for ladies of questionable affection). The club is an institution and the neighborhood is fascinating.
    6. Eat a Kit-Kat–seriously, they’re better in Asia.
    7. Sunday champagne brunch at Talk of The Town (TOTT) on top of the Excelsior.
    8. Walk around LKF during bar time…messy but interesting.

    Also, if you’re going between Kowloon and HK Island, use the subway. It’s cheaper AND faster. There are two kinds of cabs and two tunnels–some cabs go between the islands cheaply, others hit with you with tunnel fees of either 40 or 60HK$. A $20 cab ride or a $2 subway ride (clean, fast, polite people, cool experience) ? Not a close call.

  36. La Vie Quotidienne by Sartorialist

    April 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Please go to the fishing port in Aberdeen Harbour and go to Horse Races =) nice Fashion moments in this areas.

    XOXO from MUNICH

    La Vie Quotidienne

    NOW–SHOP in:

  37. Charmaine

    April 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    To see more of the independent fashion scene aside from all the major labels that have a large presence in HK I would recommend going to the smaller malls like Island Beverley in Causeway Bay or an area like Mongkok which is crammed with something of everything. It’s where Fa Yuan aka sneaker street is, although sadly most of the independent stores are gone. But there is still the bird garden on Yuen Po street, the flower market and goldfish street which I think are pretty unique. I wouldn’t actually recommend the Ladies’ Market so much as it can get really crowded and there is not so much there except knockoffs. I would also go to Argyle Centre and Langham Place if Mongkok in general gets too chaotic.

    Sheung Wan would be a cool area to visit to see more of ‘old’ Hong Kong or even Sham Shui Po, if that’s not too far out of the way. It’s really interesting to see although Hong Kong is such a modern city quite a bit of what it used to be remains. If its another few years before you visit again, a lot of this stuff might be gone. I remember on around Kweilin and Yu Chau St there is a vegetable seed store that’s been around since there was still farming on Hong Kong, since the early 1900′s. I’m not sure it’s still there anymore.

    In terms of nightlife, Lan Kwai Fong is a very popular district with expats and there are lots of different restaurants and bars.

    Otherwise, Hong Kong is a pretty safe city and there is no harm just seeing where it takes you. There are quite a few places where what looks like a crammed alley way is actually filled with stores and carts selling different things and there are ladies sitting on stools getting a gel manicure on the street.

    Also, if you do plan on visiting areas like Mongkok or the smaller independent stores where a lot of the younger set tend to shop, many of these don’t open till past noon as the people running them have been out partying the night before.

    Have fun!

    P.S. Liger, and one the many I.T.s and Joyce are also worth a visit.

  38. Suman

    April 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Walk by any tea house, antiquated building, or park to catch the elderly playing mahjong. It’s very nice to watch.

  39. Amanda

    April 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    For street fashion, check out
    -Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok ($8 CAD bikinis in all colours, $20 blazers in all colours)

    -New Century Mall in Mong Kok (prices are most expensive on the ground floor and decrease as you go up the mall)

    -Island Beverly in Times Square

    For contemporary style at a low price, check out
    -Monkii in Langham Place

  40. jammy shaw

    April 16, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    welcome hongkong,china .

  41. Max

    April 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Visit the Armoury haberdashery! you wont regret it, maybe check out their tumblr first.

  42. Jyoti

    April 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    how ’bout visiting Sheung Wan….I m dying to see and know more on this old/new cultural hub.

  43. Carol

    April 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Don’t miss the Giant Buddah and Maks Noodles – it’s the best noodle joint in town! Mak’s Noodles 77 Wellington Street, Central

  44. Deborah

    April 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    It is fascinating to take a ferry ride to Macau and see all the antique dealers– maybe you will spot a pink dolphin in the water! Also– I loved going to the famous street where everyone brings their birds in bamboo cages. And of course– you must dine at night at the top of Victoria Peak and see the blaze of neon below– divine….
    ENJOY this most incredible city…..

  45. Ewa P

    April 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I look forward to reading and seeing how Hong Kong looked like to you. Bon voyage and have a great trip!

    :) Ewa

  46. Lee lenahan

    April 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Havent been in a decade; sure it has changed alot. i lived near Stanley Market. Could take a bus to the New Territories and shop the Gurka Market, an outdoor flea market. Just loved all the ceramics you could find there.

  47. colin

    April 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    take your 50mm around the stalls in the night markets. just some great life shots out there. not to mention, the food is great there too.

  48. Linc

    April 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Please drop by The Armoury in Pedder building. These guys have brought a lot of class and style to the men’s clothing scene in Asia. The chaps themselves are great characters. Have fun!

  49. Christopher

    April 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Have a walk around Chungking Mansions.

  50. Mandy

    April 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I agree with Charmaine – the smaller shops crammed in tiny malls are much more interesting, such as Island Beverly in Causeway Bay or along Granville Road at Tsim Sha Tsui. You are not going to find international brands at those place but rather small boutiques that locals shop at. Mong Kok is also great if you want to be amongst the locals.

    Also check out the little fishing village of Tai O – they call it “Venice of Hong Kong” and there are houses on stilts, which I believe people still reside in.

  51. Tao

    April 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Gotta see the horse race and at night, the Victoria Harbor from the Intercontinental Hotel lounge, best view ever.

  52. Silvano Barba

    April 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Things to do in Hong Kong.

    Night life:
    Lan Kwai Fong
    Wyndham St.
    Hollywood Rd.
    Ritz Carlton (aqua bar) tallest building in HK

    Tourist attractions:
    The Peak
    Lantau Island (largest sitting budda)
    Macau (1 hour ferry ride from Hong Kong)- Like Vegas, but on crack.

    Ladies market
    Time Square
    Causeway Bay
    Tsim Sha Tsui

  53. alex

    April 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm


    Tokio Joes in Lan Kwai Fong: Best Japanese Food ever
    Gaia in Central/Sheung Wan: Nice, calm Italian restaurant–Owner, Pino, is fabulous
    SEVVA: A nice take on outdoor bar in a very old building
    China Club: If you book via your AMEX card, you can visit this old school establishment without a member
    Tea at the Mandarin Oriental (Old one): Just a classy experience, enough said!

  54. Liam Goslett

    April 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    You HAVE to check out The Armoury – incredible incredible Menswear shop. These guys REALLY get it right.

  55. HKExpat

    April 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Happy Valley Wednesday night in the general public area. One of the best things to do in HK.

  56. DIL

    April 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    The Armoury is the place to be.

  57. Mei

    April 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Make sure you have dim sum at Tian Hao Yun Dim Sum (in Mongkok) or Luk Yu Tea House (in Central)! For shopping, be sure to check out any of the i.t clothing outlet stores for designer wear at really affordable prices!

  58. JAR

    April 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    hi Scott-
    1-Try having lunch, tea or dinner at Sevva @ Prince Building, Central. Great view towards the city and amibance.
    2-A great small hotel is Upper House at Pacific Place. If you are not staying there, try have a drink in its only bar/restaurant.
    3-All the major designer labels have flagships in HK. But check out Lane Crawford at IFC- a hybrid of Bergdorf and Barneys. I aways stop by their Men’s shoe department- nice selection( HK has no sales tax)
    4-Try traditional Chinese lunch or dinner at Yung Kee @ Wellington Street or Lei Garden( more slick ) at IFC
    5- If you know someone who is a member of AMC ( Amberdeen Marina Club- private yacht club, ask them to take you there for lunch or dinner. It is on the other side of HK island and will give you a different perspective of the place.
    Be prepare of the place- it is high energy, never sleeps , humid and packed with people always seem to be in a mad rush. But I love it, it is my other home ….. besides NY. Hope you’ll have some fun!!

  59. Kev

    April 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    You can try Kowloon Park early in the morning where a lot of people of all ages do King Fu / Tai Chi practice. You may call this cultural scene. You can do this before the shops on Canton Road commnce business.

  60. Enrique de la Concha

    April 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    The Armoury! #menswear’s favorite shop

  61. Oriena V.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Hong Kong is one of the best places to visit!

    Definitely Recommend:

    -Lan Kwai Fong, especially during the day (night time it’s more a bar party scene)
    -Langham Mall is one of the best malls there
    -Tsim Sha Tsui is a great spot for culture on the Kowloon side of the place, and the harbour there are night is beautiful! There’s always a light show that faces from the HK island side at around 8pm!
    -Mong Kok is practically the heart of city where it’s the busiest and plenty of merchandise is located there too.
    -If you head over to the HK Island side, across the Victoria Harbour, causway bay is one of the newest places for fashion too: It’s kind of the fashion district
    -Hong Kong even has it’s own rendition of “times square” somewhere on that side.

    Enjoy your trip!

  62. Christina

    April 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    The private art collection at China Club in Hong Kong would certainly fulfill the criterium of a strong cultural and visual impact

  63. J

    April 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Take a ferry to Cheung Chau island. Choose the slow ferry (roughly 55 minutes) and you’ll be able to lounge on the outside deck while cruising. The island is picturesque with weathered fishing boats and their bright sails. But the reason to go is to visit a Japanese woman who owns a teashop and sushi roll spot. She’ll take your picture before you take hers; she takes photographs of all of her visitors and catalogs them in notebooks. Her name is Takahiko-san. Very delightful.

  64. Ivy

    April 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    SO EXCITED that you come to HK!!!! Wish to meet you!
    Go to Happy Valley Racecourse on Wednesday night
    Lan Kwok Fong on Friday/Sat night (You can find best martinis @ DROP)
    South Beach or Sai Kung on Sunday
    There are some small boutiques scattered throughout Sheungwan.
    If you love nature, there are lots of amazing, easy-to-get-to trekking trails throughout Hong Kong.
    If you look for high-end stuff, stick to Central.
    If you want the real, busy, elbow-to-elbow HK, go to Mong Kok / Yaumatei.

    Restaurants here are AMAZING, I can compile a book for recommendations, but besides just going to posh restaurants, you can try Australia Dairy Company (my favourite) in Jordan, the places is busy ALL THE TIME literally, must try their scramble egg on toast – BEST IN THE WORLD.

    I am HK local, so do let me know if you have any questions :)

  65. Ivy

    April 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    PS I think I met you once in IFC Lane Crawford back in 2007 when I was working there as management trainee. I just started reading you blog back then and didnt recognize you!

  66. aluwel

    April 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    charmaine has a good grasp of what to do in HK. Have fun. Take lots of photos.

  67. Juliana

    April 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Menswear… check out a shop called Moustache on Aberdeen Street, Central. There are some nice boutiques around too. One opened recently on Gough Street (same neighborhood), the owner is selling clothes designed by his Italian friend in Florence.

    You can’t miss out the food in Hong Kong. DIM SUM – go to Lei Garden in Wan Chai, it’s the best: (reviews and address/tel)

    For a more traditional and local try, go to Lin Heung Tea House, which is just along Aberdeen Street:

    Agree with some of the comments above, horse-racing on a Wednesday night is always good. Grab a beer and place a few bets at Happy Valley! :) and check Fringe Club – they sometimes have live music shows at night, and Peel Street Fresco Lounge offers live music every night from 10pm onwards.

    Not sure if you need more info, anyways have a GREAT TRIP!!!!

  68. pauline

    April 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    to sum of some comments:

    - sheung wan & sai yin pun are full of individual stores, little galleries and super ueber creaitive people. take a stroll fro. soho over “noho” down there
    - check out tin hao or better said tai hang. the block structure of this little part is very rare and the buldings kept exceptionally low. shops opening every week, home fo for uber stylish hknese ppl. abd dont forget to cgeck out the feel good store with its coffee shop unar coffee. best in town .
    cwb definitely attracting stylish people aswell as granville
    road in tst! has a hidden chinese fashion
    mall will local/korean fashion. skip the ladies matket! full of trash!

    hope to see you :)

  69. Fotautomat

    April 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    The best way to experience HK is by walking it! It’s not big, but deadly hot and humid so dress light!! There is also a tram on the island if walking becomes unbearable.

    Sheung Wan (walking distance from central) is a nice local area where you can see the dried food shops and get some pretty awesome, local shots (and experience the unforgiving scent, that I love by the way). You can also walk all the way to Kennedy town which is a pretty local area, with some nice, old buildings. You can also walk up Nathan Road and experience all the street stalls and markets of Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok and Prince Edward, That’s always fun, and really local. Kowloon City has some of the oldest buildings and some standing memories of the ‘old Hong kong’.

    I am based in Hong Kong, so maybe my blog can give you a bit of inspiration for your trip?


  70. mench villaluz

    April 16, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Scott! For great places to eat apart from street food (Mongkok!), try Din Tai Fung for their xiao long bao and Cuisine Cuisine in IFC Mall Central — their peking duck is to die for! You have to order it a day in advance. Enjoy Hong Kong!

  71. Tian

    April 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    for shopping it would be among TsimShaTsui, Causewaybay and Central,You’d see half HongKong people and half tourist at these zones. I personally find Pacific place being the most pretty shopping mall.. for cultural scene, check out Stanley Park.

  72. Alice

    April 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Hey, please visit to Korea, too. ^^

  73. sofia

    April 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Any wet market is always fascinating!

  74. Emma

    April 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Things to do in HK – there are so many! Mostly covered by the other posters, but you could also check these out:

    Sight seeing – I would recommend seeing the cityscape by day and by night – watching the light show on board the Aqua Luna is always fun at night, and taking the tram up the Peak is good during the day.

    Sheung Wan is a nice area to wander around, follow Hollywood Road away from Central and you walk past many Antique shops, check out G.O.D. for fun, tongue in check, souvenirs. Further down you can check out Man Mo Temple which leads on to many traditional coffin shops. On the right is Cat Street for cheap ‘antique’ tat and Chinese memorabilia.

    Mong Kok markets are good to wander around and get lost. The Jade market is interesting and I always enjoy the noodles at the Night Market (menus in English for tourists are reassuring for the less adventurous!).

    You should go for Dim Sum for a more designer, westernised version check out Dragon-I on Wyndham (also good for people watching and cocktails in the evening); a more local version is good at Yung Kee (Wellington Street).

    Finally for that ‘colonial’ experience (but super popular with locals) try an afternoon tea – the most traditional is at the Peninsula Hotel, but all the large hotels offer one.

    Have a great time!

  75. Kiki

    April 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Wow, you will come to Hong Kong!!! Even though I am a local Hong Konger, I do not know well about this place. So I am so excited to see the photos you take in Hong Kong, see your perspective on this place and hear your opinion about the stay!

    You have to visit the ” local HK ” places, where are not filled up with sophisticated stuff, like Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan, Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok. And if you take the tram, you will see a unique view about HK. Now I can see that you are overwhelmed with a lot of suggestions. Most of them are actually other places I wanna suggest you to go!
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    p.s. Wish I can meet you accidentally on the street during your stay in Hong Kong. If I do, that means I get a lot of luck!

  76. Gloria

    April 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    There are a lot you can see in HK. For high end shopping, there is Lane Crowford, Joyce Boutique, D-Mop, and well, I.T. – which I am mentioning this the last as I think it has changed a lot and not as interesting any more.

    You can also visit On Lan Road for some of the individual labels, but lots of small boutiques up in SOHO as well.

    There is also a small shopping mall called Laforet I think, behind Sogo the big Department Store in Causeway Bay, you will find a lots of Korean low price fashion items there.

    Places for visit – you should really go to Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, not because of all the flagship stores there but the purchasing power from the mainlanders and not local Hong Kong residences. Not too far away is Mong Kok, will give you a completely different atmostphere.

    I am sure you will find lots of landmarks online but if you have more time, try out the hiking tracks or the smaller islands, the seafoods, you will definitely like it.

  77. Miles

    April 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Go to causeway bay and mongkok for fashion. Causeway bay has many nice shops. I recommend shine, and the many permutations of I.T. Wanchai has lots of old buildings. check out the Blue House and the abandoned house on ship street There are also lots of little shops hidden in the side streets of Wanchai. Make sure to eat lots of good food and have fun!

  78. anastasiac

    April 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    My family and I visited Hong Kong last year for the first time – loved it!!! we stayed in Kowloon and loved the energy, fast paced lifestyle, people watching!!

    this photographer’s awesome blog might inspire you

  79. Oonagh

    April 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    For something a little less touristy, stroll around Hollywood Road and the streets running uphill from it from the Man Mo temple onwards towards Sheung Wan. The Man Mo itself is interesting too. There are loads of small shops selling interesting pieces by local designers in this area and the architecture is quite old school and very charming.
    Dim Sum at Maxim’s City Hall is an institution, and they still have the carts – not many places do nowadays. But get there early or queue for an hour!

  80. arnault

    April 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    hello ! i would recommend the sun/moon/star area in wanchai. you can find there some very nice cafes and good menswear stores such as (delstore), womenswear (vein). also the monocle store and our store kapok ( . enjoy hong kong !

  81. arnault

    April 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    if you want to have an idea of the kapok style, you can see our lookbook here : wnjoy !

  82. Christina Croll

    April 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Must go to the gallery district in Sheung Wan right above Hollywood road. Nothing interesting is happening at the IFC or any of those high end Asian mega-malls, but check out the neighborhoods in Mongkok or swing by Temple street instead. Causeway Bay is still great for a younger crowd nights and weekends. I would make a point of visiting the China Club in Central if you want a great view and some of the best decor the city has to offer.

  83. Elia

    April 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    hello! I’m a fashion designer, I’m living in Hong Kong. I thing you can go to Happy Valley on Wednesday Night for horse racing, to Lan kwai fong (if you wanna see a lot of drunk foreigners…), Central/tsim sha tsui for the shopping area (Chanel, cartier, etc…) but if you wanna see the real china style come to my place! hahaha I live in San Po Kong (I think is the most china place in HK.. haha) and EVERYDAY I can’t believe what I see, people dress mixing everything they have in the wardrobe… sometimes is really funny!!

    There’s a building full of HK designers small shops… I just don’t remember the adress now but if you’re interested I can search it. It’s an interessant place for see what they love to wear.

    Traditional places: you can go to Lantau Island to visit Tai O, and of course, The giant Buda. Or you can go hiking to Wan Chai and see the wild part of HK (not really wild because when you thing you’re lost in the middle of the forest you turn around and see skyscrapers everywhere!!!).

    Also you can go to Stanley beach during the weekend… I think the different teams started to practice the Dragon Boat for July competition… My team starts practicing on 21, if you wanna join, will be a pleasure!

    I hope you enjoy your visit!!!

    hope you enjoy your visit!!

  84. Hung

    April 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Fabulous! Looks like everyone has pointed out pretty much the good spots in HK. It’s very small meaning the travel distance is short and you can probably squeeze in most of the locations.

    The Armoury is such a treat and it’s made more special by the fact that it’s its only kind in HK. Merchandising at Lane Crawford is definitely a treat.

    There is this tiny shop called Dark Water which makes the most beautiful leather shoes. It’s in this tacky shopping mall with cheap wedding dresses (will make you laugh).

    It’s thundering at the moment but hopefully by the time you are here, the weather will be better. Going to the beach to relax is nice. I like South Bay Beach, Big Wave Bay Beach and Sai Kung is beautiful as well. If you want big crowds, go to Shek O, Repulse Bay and many others.

    If you will be outdoors a lot, bring hand towel or even a spare tee! It can get extremely hot and humid. But also a light sweater for the super cold indoor aircon. Don’t be alarmed by people spitting. You will learn to dodge them. Bring comfy shoes for walking around and expect hilly areas.

    I love visiting temples in Hong Kong. If you are on Hollywood road looking at the antiques and walking around to see the small hidden shops and galleries, then drop by Man Mo Temple (very smoky! I know a lot of tourists just go in and take tons of photos but it’s actually polite to just burn some essence, give respect and give a tiny donation.) One of the fun ones is Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Shatin. Kitschy golden statues greeting you all the way up. Fung Ying Seen Koon houses some beautiful deity statues as well. Obviously there are the Big Buddha in Lantau Island (also fun going up the clear floor cable car) and Wong Tai Sin (bit pricey). There are also some temples of the Tao variety hiding in office buildings.

    Apart from Luk Yu, Yung Kee and City Hall dim sum, if you have friends who are members, the Scout’s association’s dim sum is excellent and China Club is interesting as well. I totally recommend Peking Duck at Peking Garden at the Tsim Sha Tsui branch (book and ask for window seat for the harbour view). Yacht Club’s view is definitely nice. So is the bar at ICC. Drinks can be over 200HKD a pop.

    I definitely think you should venture into Chung king Mansions

  85. D

    April 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Some pictures of hanzi from store fronts would be really awesome.

  86. Julie N.

    April 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Hmmm not much sports b/c the city is so small, but lots of food and fashion! I recommend THE PEAK! It’s a tourist hot spot, but such an BREATHTAKING VIEW during day or night. If you want to see street fashion, I would go to the NIGHT/STREET MARKETS. MONG KOK stands out in my mind. The subway is also a good place to go. Everyone needs to take it, so you’ll see all kinds of styles there. Hope that helped! =)

  87. Phoebe

    April 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Ah! Finally, my beloved hometown <3

    For fun, I would recommend visiting Mong Kok and Causeway Bay on the same day and see if you can spot the difference in the young people's fashion styling.

    For photo ops, The Star Ferry and the trams on Hong Kong Island are my personal favourites.

    For food, try a Hong Kong style 'milk tea' at a local cafe ('cha-chaan-teng). is a good place to start when searching for restaurants.

  88. Vix

    April 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    hey scott,

    as a fellow new yorker, now expat and in the fashion scene in hk, have totally asked that question when i first moved abroad 3 years ago. below i have included some recs that will hopefully yield some winners. happy to provide additional color over email if you’d like to reach out – don’t want to clutter your page from other suggestions from your helpful fans!



    IFC (Central)
    Landmark (Central)
    Pacific Place (Admiralty)
    Times Square (Causeway Bay)
    Elements (Kowloon)
    Harbour City (Tsim Sha Tsui)


    Citygate Outlets (Tung Chung) – of note is Pedder outlet
    Horizon Plaza (Ap Lei Chau) – Joyce, Lane Crawford, various antique outlets
    Prada (Ap Lei Chau) – discount Prada, Miu Miu, Helmut Lang
    Acetex (Admiralty) – discount Prada
    Milan/Paris/VIP Station (Central/CWB/TST) – for secondhand designer goods


    Many of the below are inspired by Japanese & Korean fashion. These are basically multi-level complexes with boutiques scattered in a maze-like arrangement, selling everything from clothing and shoes to accessories for electronics. Shibuya109 or Dongdaemoon like, for lack of a better description if you’ve been in Japan or Korea, respectively.

    Island Beverly (CWB)
    La Foret (CWB)
    Causeway Bay Plaza (CWB)

    World Trade Center (CWB) – is closer to the traditional mall, but features more HK street-style boutiques and more discount designer stuff


    Ladies’ Market & Shoe Street (Mongkok)
    Wanchai Market (Wanchai)
    Costume Market (Central)
    Jardin’s Bazaar (Causeway Bay)

    Sham Shui Po has a fabric market & wholesale items – analagous to a sprawling Wufenpu in Taipei if you’ve ever been

    OTHERS – more “alternative”

    Star street precinct (Admiralty/Wanchai)
    Queen’s Road East (Wanchai stretching to Happy Valley)
    Yiu Wah Lane (CWB) : a gem of an alley flanked by bars and new western stores but containing a bunch of interesting boutiques

    Afternoon tea

    more “institutional” – your standard hotel set
    Peninsula (TST)
    Robuchon (Landmark)
    Intercontinental (TST)
    Cafe Causette (Old Mandarin, Central)
    Cafe Grey (Upper House, PP)
    Repulse Bay Hotel (Repulse Bay)

    personal favorites
    Antique Patisserie (Central- need ‘membership’)
    Le Gouter Bernadoud (Central, love their macarons)
    TWG (Central, be prepared to line up in IFC!)

    cultural activity-wise, my orchestra has a concert coming up but it is hardly the hallmark of the HK scene. there are several recreational leagues for sports, but the races on Wednesday are probably your best bet. I have a separate list with some more views assessing the LKF clubs and bars scene if you consider that “cultural” :) Will have to give it some more thought but will leave you with this to digest first! Hope this helps.

  89. Jess

    April 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    If you’re feeling fearless you must go to Mong Kok. Experience the Kowloon side more, that’s the real Hong Kong.


  90. oreo

    April 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I always utilize this local website when I’m traveling Hong Kong to find the latest and most popular restaurants to try and places to go! It is like the Yelp in Hong Kong

    Check it out:

    If you want to know, my favorite city in Hong Kong is Central. Because Central is the main financial district in HK, not only will you find the greatest Architecture and high luxury services there, you would also see people from the extreme backgrounds come together. The city is very vibrant with people in professional attires in the weekdays, and casual foreign workers enjoying their time in the weekends. Hope you enjoy your visit!

  91. Susan

    April 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Nan Lian Garden-completely unlike anything anyone has suggested but serene in a place that is definitely NOT!

  92. Hung

    April 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    So sorry for the choppy messages… just thought of something else.

    I forgot to mention that there are some great authentic Indian restaurants in ChungKing Mansions. That place is like part Brick lane and part Brixton in London. Definitely fun.

    Tai-O fishing village is definitely worth a visit as you never know how long it will be there.

    If jet lag is bad and you are up like 6am, walk around the parks to see some authentic Tai Chi. For us, it’s nothing new age and anyone can do it. You might even see Tai Chi practitioners with swords, staffs, fans etc.

    The Sun Beam theatre just reopened which houses mostly traditional Canto Chinese Opera. Could be a bit too high pitch for some but definitely worth going! It’s one of the few traditions that is struggling to stay alive.

    When my friends come and visit, sometimes I take them on a tram (ding ding) ride. If you see the modern design, avoid it. Try go to the top floor and go to the front for a good shooting spot. I know the MTR is very efficient but sometimes it’s nice to just ride around and look at the streets. If you end past the Tin Hau area from Central, you will definitely see a bit more local Hong Kong island side of HK (if you want even more local and countryside, go to New Territories).

    In case you are interested, go to Sham Shui Po for fabrics, trimmings and parts! It’s like candy land there! Silk ribbons are definitely cheaper than in Europe.

    To be honest, with fashion I much prefer Europe or the US. The mark-up in HK used to be much lower and being VAT free, it used to be a shopping haven but now, not as much because of the nouveau riche Chinese billionaires. Inflation not so fun!

    Pacific Place, after its renovation is a gem. The architectural aspect is beautiful. Try the toilet at this mall! Upper House is definitely slick. Food is hit and miss though but the service is fabulous. Mandarin Oriental is definitely worth a visit for its old school experience. The Hainan Chicken Rice is famous! Looks deceptively simple but tastes delicious! Scones are to die for as well.


  93. Helen

    April 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Rise Shopping Arcade – Granville Circuit. Shoe-box stores filled with an eclectic mix young local designers and interesting bits!

  94. kaze

    April 16, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Super psyched that you’re going to Hong Kong – where I’m from! Loads of great suggestions here – I particularly second Sheung Wan/Central (for charismatic streets, slopes and stairs), Yaumatei/Mongkok (I agree though that you may skip the Ladies Market and wander around the area instead), taking the ferry across the Harbour (seeing Tsim Sha Tsui at the same time), and Happy Valley/Causeway Bay (The intersection in front of Sogo and the adjacent pedestrian areas are great for people-watching). For a moment of peace in the busy city: I love a walk in the Victoria Park right beside Causeway Bay on a good day, and also in Tai Hang (lots of local restaurants tucked in there as hidden gems). North Point/Quarry Bay is a residential area off the tourist path and has a mix of quaint and fun things, worth seeing if you’re interested in the local flavors of HK. Have fun there and I can’t wait to see pictures!

  95. Jenny

    April 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    SCAD Style is taking place this week in Hong Kong. Sartorialist was a guest lecturer last year. You know you want to participate this year! There were some amazing shots of SCAD students!

  96. Suety

    April 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    If you have time, there are frequent ferries to Cheung Chau island and it’s a nice place to spend a day – interesting street food and seafood too. You can rent bikes and travel around the island that way – it’s pretty small.

    I like to chill with friends at the bars on the rooftop of the IFC mall (RED bar and ISOLA bar). They have nice views overlooking the harbour. To add to previous comments, SEVVA does have great views but I heard that customer service is really poor and the food is average! But apparently they’re better to foreigners so it might be a good experience.

    Have fun!!! I can’t wait to go back in October!

  97. Jay Ess

    April 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    a long-standing cultural event of HK – the cheung chau bun race

  98. Cow

    April 16, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Morning and Welcome to Hong Kong!! It’ll be raining the whole week, so lots of rainboots are expected!!

    for authentic or cultural places, try to check out Wong Tai Sin Temple for the special smell of incenses, and Temple Street where you’ll find traditional fortune tellers but it’s a bit touristy here.

    have fun!

  99. Jenny

    April 17, 2012 at 12:01 am

    one of the few longstanding cultural events in hk.


  100. suzy

    April 17, 2012 at 12:03 am

    in HK, food is the culture, food is the square dancing, food is the rugby

  101. vanessa

    April 17, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I’ve always loved going to Hongkong! I myself is a tourist, but every year I make sure I visit.
    I go there for many reasons:
    1. Shopping – I go to Mongkok for cheap finds on shoes – shoe road! (you will find nice boat shoes, converse, doc martens etc!); I go to central and causeway bay, there I see a lot of really fashionable people! Times Square is fabulous place to shop as well. When I’m in Kowloon, I usually stay in canton road. All the high end store are there! Prada, LV, Burberry, Gucci, Hermes etc!
    2. Food – I love the food! Anywhere there is fabulous eat! But I always go back to Sweet Dynasty! One of my favorite restaurants!
    3. Night out – I go to Lan Kwai Fong! Nice to have a late night drinking with lots of friendly people aroung you! :)

    Enjoy your stay! Hope you’ll have a great time!


  102. vivian

    April 17, 2012 at 12:13 am

    You should defs try the night markets! Like ones in MongKok. You’ll get the experience of being in a jam packed street full of people and various market stores.

  103. hkFashionGeek

    April 17, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Ohhh where to start, perhaps maybe by asking how long you’re here for! from hitting the beaches to checking out the western part of the island such as Sai Ying Pun to Central/LKF for expat nightlife to the dark side (Kowloon as HK islanders call it) there’s so much to do. One thing for certain, you need to go to Mong Kok to check out the ‘MK look’ that is a distinctive style of local HK culture (it’s actually mostly a hybrid of Japanese/Korean styles but you will see expressive teens flaunting their unfortunately identical styles.) Drop me an email if you need any suggestions. Will be happy to give you ideas!

  104. Faust

    April 17, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Lan Kwai Fong

  105. Mac

    April 17, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I recommend you to drop in on “Blanc de Chine” shop locates in the Prince Building in the Central area. It’s a very unique Chinese brand with western flavour. I hope you will like it.

  106. DTC

    April 17, 2012 at 1:05 am

    I’d love to see The Sartorialist X The Armoury. The gents there are an inspiration for those doing classic menswear in a contemporary way.

  107. Ann

    April 17, 2012 at 1:09 am

    i agree with the suggestions above!

    if u have time and if the weather permits, there are beautiful hiking trails and beaches in saikung – if u don’t want to hike u can also access one of the most beautiful beaches in ham tin wan in saikung by old school chinese style ghetto speed boats and eat at the only restaurant there – a local style sea side cafe (in essence serves you local style coffee, tea, fried rice etc) is interesting… very different vibe – totally NOT glam but charming.

    I don’t have all the details, but if you are interested, email me and i’ll ask my friend for the info!

  108. james dignan

    April 17, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Please check out “Moustache” 31 Aberdeen Street in Sheung Wan…the best contemporary bespoke men’s tailor shop in HK. Owners Ellis Kreuger & Alex Daye, originally from NYC, have their fingers on the pulse. They’re just off Hollywood Road, with all it’s amazing antique shops.

  109. jessica

    April 17, 2012 at 1:19 am

    - have a drink at the bar at the upper house hotel (or better yet, stay there…)

    - check out the restrooms at pacific place- beautifully designed

    -go to on peddar for garance gifts!

  110. Aga's suitcase

    April 17, 2012 at 1:19 am

    So envious! I’ve never been there!

  111. Charmian

    April 17, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Can’t wait for your photos in HK!!! And seriously hoping I would bump into you!!
    I can’t call it island hoping, but the small outlying islands in Hong Kong are actually quite interesting and definitely culture-filled. Check out Lamma Island, Cheung Chau, and Lantau Island.

    Fashion-wise, Central and Causeway Bay are the spots to be spotted, but you might also be interested in checking out the fabric, leather, and DIY accessories places in Shum Shui Po!

  112. Eleanorjane

    April 17, 2012 at 1:38 am

    This is going to be a long post but I broke it in to bullet points. Sorry, just trying to help. A few have been covered but here we go:

    Little malls with individual retailers is quite a good place to start to find interesting fashion. They are actually everywhere, it’s just a case ofkeeping your eyes peeled for them. Dont forget to look up as there are hundreds of shops above the ground floor.

    TST Harbour city mall (not the high end part the small shops to the back) and the mall under Chunkin Mansions are easy to find.

    TST East around the Poly Technic University is quite good for funny little shops and a small local party sceen.

    Prince Edward, Mong Kok and Ya Ma Tai the staple for markets from flowers through goldfish as well as clothes.

    Fo Tan artist comities and the area around Sha Tin is pretty interesting if you know a guy to get you in.

    Sai Ying Pun has quite a few little shops making shoes/screen printing /leather making/workshops /etc. (as well as awesome coffee)

    Tin Hau have quite a few new guys coming up as Causeway Bay expands. Causeway Bay is quite good in itself from Fashion Walk past WTC on Lockhart Road to the Beverly Center

    Lane Crawford/IFC/Central is always easy for the norm.

    Hourse raceing. Sha Tin is probably better for a bit more of a local atmosphere.

    Dragon Boating! Hong Kongs national sport! Lots of teams practice in Stanley on Saturday and Sunday. Just look for the sea school and you cant miss the boat house for the dragon boat association.

    In the quieter bits of town you’ll see guys in shops or in the street just paying Mahjong or checkers. They can get grumpy if you try to photograph them becasue they’ll be gambling and it illigal here.

    For straight up tourist foder:

    Half price Mitchelen star lunches on week days – about 600HKD for a set of 4 courses with wine, coffee, etc. The Shangri-La has a particuarly nice view from it’s resturant.

    The peak tram is good but you can get away with not going to the peak itself. It’s just a rubbish shopping mall on top of a hill.

    Great drinking in 5 star hotel bars across town including the O Zone bar. The highest bar in the world- great views and you can see the lazer show from there with out being too disapointed.

    Local drinking on the hills between Soho and Shueng Wan.

    Whores in Wan Chai.Tarts in LKF. After work drinks on Wyndham Street.

    Temples/wet markets/etc are all easy to spot.

    Umm… that’s all I can think of just now. Just spend your time wandering aimlessly and you’ll have a great time!

  113. Virginia

    April 17, 2012 at 1:40 am

    You should come check out SCAD Hong Kong for the fashionable students and Sham Shui Po for the culture!

    We are also hosting SCAD Style (same event that you took place in last year in Savannah) here in Hong Kong from Tuesday, April 17 – Wednesday, April 18th. Tonight’s panel will focus on Hong Kong Design and Social Responsibility and tomorrow’s panel will focus on Fashion and Social Media.

    Details at –

    All events free and open to the public

  114. Conny

    April 17, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Oh, I am so jealous. Hongkong is such a wonderful city. I hope you’ll take some amazing pictures (I’m sure you will) to help me remember the most amazing holidays I ever had!

  115. Conny

    April 17, 2012 at 1:56 am

    BTW: I think you need to go up on the Peak, take a tram ride by night, the Bank of China has an amazing view point in their topmost level. There are food markets everywhere which were always a nice inspiration…

  116. Superficial Mama

    April 17, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Since you’re from NYC, be sure to check out their SoHo too
    Have fun!!

  117. David

    April 17, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Jar got it all…
    I would add Kapok, the 2 shops in Wanchai, one next Monocle on Sun street and the other one on St Francis Yard :
    Also, the latest IT store in Causeway Bay on 1 Hysan avenue.
    Sport… The Rugby Sevens tournamen is over, we still have the racecourse on wed in Happy Valley, and the Dragon Boats Festival, mostly in Stanley, the race is soon and the boats usually train on week ends around Stanley main beach.
    You can also pass by the Craigengower Cricket Club in Happy valley :

  118. Carol

    April 17, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Have high tea at Peninsula Hotel. It represent the british colonial era of HK. It’s is also great for spotting the “tai tai”s or housewives shopping and having tea decked out in their newest fashion trophies. Visit a store on Hollywood road in central called gallery one. They have amazing vintage and antiques. Ask to go into the back or upstairs for the hidden treasures. Can spend hours there looking at antiques, that place is covered with it. From floor to ceiling. And Eva in that store makes the best arrangements for necklaces with their collection of antique beads of ambers, jades , ivory and all sorts of gem stones.

  119. Hyatt

    April 17, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Hi, I’m from Hong Kong!! I have been reading your blog for ages!!
    Any chance I can see you in HK??? Will you have any public appearance?? (i.e. book signing?)
    Now the shopping streets in HK (Canton Road, Queen’s Road Central) are full of tourists queuing up in front of brand name shops (LV, Gucci, Prada)…you may wanna take photos of them…totally dun understand why people need to queue up to buy some totally overpriced bags…
    For elegant work style, you may want to go to Central during a weekday lunch hour, a lot of women in nice suits and pumps~

  120. Maren

    April 17, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Sheung Wan is a good area to start – up-and-coming, with lots of new trendy shops and nice cafès, at the same time a neighbourly feel.

    Sun street & Star street in Wan Chai has lots of nice galleries & shops, as Daydream Nation, The Monocle Shop & Agnes b. galerie.

    Hollywood Rd. in Central for art galleries. Check also out the wet markets in Peel Street & Graham Street!

  121. Ela

    April 17, 2012 at 3:01 am

    For the submersion into local atmosphere of Hong Kong, eat dim sum at Lin Heung Tea House. It’s full of elderly men hogging seats with their newspapers, races toward food carts (prepare to use your elbows), and tea poured the old-fashioned way.

    This is what it looks like:

    (Food is central to Chinese culture.)

  122. Fab

    April 17, 2012 at 3:03 am

    Definitely The Armoury, Pedder Bldg 12 Pedder Street. You can check Ethan’s blog to have an idea:

  123. Ivana

    April 17, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Yes, finally! I live in Hong Kong and I’ve seen the most interesting people in the MTR. The neighborhoods Sheung Wan, Central, Soho and Admiralty are fascinating and you will find the right angle there. Good luck with your search.

  124. Therese

    April 17, 2012 at 3:20 am

    China Club! Amazing art, lighting, style and mood. It is Hong Kong to me.

  125. Rebecca

    April 17, 2012 at 3:22 am

    An absolute must for visual impact is Happy Valley race course. A full race track, at night, surrounded by highrise, neon lit, buildings. Amazingly odd.

  126. Selina vaughan

    April 17, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Please go to Linva Tailors- they were the one who made Maggie Cheung’s Cheongsam in that amazing ‘In The Mood for Love’ with Leung Kar Wai. Tiny little shop in central:
    Linva Tailors (38 Cochrane Street, Central; 852-2544-2456)

    I nearly died and went to heaven when I walked in and the dress in the shop window fitted me exactly for my wedding back then- so no crazy 3 month wait!

  127. Connie

    April 17, 2012 at 3:47 am

    You need to go to Sham Shui Po- an unlikely recommendation as it is one of the poorest areas in Hong Kong, with the dodgy hairdressers providing ‘extra services’, the locals eating at the street stalls, yet also the place where designers not only locally by from worldwide go to search for fabrics and trims etc..- the whole area is filled with suppliers and shops filled with fabrics and embellishments. It is a great hybrid. You get the poor locals, you get the occasional glam hipster.

    As an independent jewellry designer in hong kong with limited budget, this place with the large variety of beads and other materials, it enables me to realise my dream and designs even on a low budget and I can’t be more grateful, I can’t imagine anywhere else in the world with such a concentrated area for resources. Many of my designer glamorous friends would snicker at me sweating out running around shops in what they would call a dodgy area-Sham Shui Po, but I love it and I love digging in to create my dream out of nothing.

    Have fun in Hong Kong! x

  128. George Hedley

    April 17, 2012 at 3:49 am

    You really should have at least one meal at “The Pawn” in central, it’s a former pawn shop and they serve really delicious chicken and vegetable dishes, fish and chips is also a local favourite. Its a contemporary artisan restaurant, while it delivers a very hip and cool modern aesthetic. I am not plugging the restaurant, just quite enjoyed it last month.

  129. Rachel

    April 17, 2012 at 3:51 am

    1. Think u ll like The Star Street precinct near Admiralty or wan chai on Hk island. Cool shops there include 45r, visvim, Vein, kapok plus a number of nice cages. Hard to find street level shops in hk. It’s a gem! Village feeling but amidst super expensive hi rise
    2. Maybe u ll like to c a part of the old Hk? 九如坊is super special with some homeware shops. Again not a shopping mall. Somewhere near central or Sheung Wan
    There r art galleries near by. In fact within walking distance of Wellington street where u ll find galleries of all sorts
    3. Central is like Faubourg st honore or via monte napoleone, causeway bay is like st honore near Colette or Corso Como ! Take a look at Leighton street in causeway bay. Interesting coz it’s not another boring shopping mall but a shopping street. N marimekko is going to open there
    4. I think The lee gardens always has its charm. Major brands r there incl the first hermes homeware shop at the basement n the only Maria Luisa ( from paris) boutique in Hk. Joyce marni Chloe Chanel etc all there but much better than a normal shopping mall .

  130. bruce

    April 17, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Was just there for the rugby 7s. Try Zuma for dinner lev 5 and 6, 15 queens rd cental, great modern japanese , awesome fitout, amazing hand rolls. Quiet drink hit Alfies bar above the Dunhill store in central, fantastic intimate fitout. Fashion everywhere but very stylish girls and guys around the finance district at lunch time. have fun!

  131. bruce

    April 17, 2012 at 3:54 am

    PS hit the day spa at madarin orient awesome!

  132. Elizabeth

    April 17, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Yes..Happy Valley…we stayed at the Langham Mongkok, walking all around that area was beautiful at night. Chilli crab in the night market and old men playing Ma Jong under the trees. And all the beautiful house girls who have to go out for the day on Sundays. It’s an amazing city x

  133. a hongkonger

    April 17, 2012 at 3:57 am

    go Causeway bay for fashion
    Mongkok/ Yau Ma Tei for local scene
    Tsim Sha Tsui for square dancer
    Lan Kwai Fong for good bars
    Stanley for island and beach

  134. Tung Pak Fool

    April 17, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Got lots of inspirations from your blog. Now it’s my little paid-back time.

    1. Cultural:

    Jazz bars in Peel Street.
    The Wanch / Hidden Agenda, Bars for indie music.
    99 Sense, a weekend private bar in a Central Pre-war building.
    XXX Gallery, Cool party spot?!
    TakeOut Comedy Club, Weekends’ comedy show in Soho.
    Mee Gee, Famous Vintage Clothes Store in MongKok (around Lady’s street)
    Fringe Club, Indie Art Gallery Center

    2. Where do the cool people hang-out?

    Probably Soho. And they walk by Central-Causeway Bay-Wanchai sometimes? / I’d avoid the hi-rent Flagship Stores in TST or Causeway Bay, they are built for rich tourists now… haha / Mongkok is full of local people. But most of them dress-the -same and look-the-same. I’m born and raised here I can definitely say that :P / Lady Street-Temple Street still worth to see, Stuff are cheap. (and fake)

    3. Standard Tourist stuff:

    The Peak / Tram ride / Ferry / Stanley / Happy Valley Horse-Race / LKF / Ocean Park

    4. Tom Waits said, the best way to get inspirations is just go get lost. Try jump on a double-deck bus going nowhere in NON-RUSH HOUR?! Or blend in a packed train RUSH HOUR to feel how suffocating lives could be here?! Good Luck!

  135. Océane

    April 17, 2012 at 4:11 am

    I was there last september, this really is a great city, a mix between San Fran and Jurassic Park… Maybe you should go to see the Big Buddha in Lantau island, very relaxing, then have a nice meal on the rooftop of Isola (beautiful italian restaurant), and a drink in a bar at the LFK hotel… This is such a great city, enjoy your time there!

  136. It

    April 17, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Sevva for late afternoon/early evening drinks with the best terrace overlooking HK
    Gough Street in Noho

  137. laura

    April 17, 2012 at 4:24 am


  138. Haidee

    April 17, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Love them they are adorable

  139. Soo

    April 17, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Central open air escalator can be cool … watching the locals all go down to work from very early morning. And the little family/local stalls/shops that line the way. Then it changes direction and goes up — later in the evening has the after dinner crowd returning home past local nightspots.

    The wet markets are very “colorful” and traditional and so are the stalls that sell burial “offerings” — everythings made of paper — cars shoes houses animals — and belief is that they go with the deceased person to bring wealth to their next life. Don’t forget to look up at the tangle of washing, windows, pipes and wiring — Michael Wolfs shots document this craziness of crowded living

  140. C H Kwan

    April 17, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Stroll around Aberdeen street, many interesting shops there. Check out Moustache on Aberdeen Street.
    Lockhart road in the evening is fun.
    Granville road in the evening is full of young and fashionable people.
    Causeway Bay is a must go.
    Hop on a tram in Kennedy Town and eastbound until Shaukeiwan, you will see Hong Kong.
    For swimsuit photo, try Repulse Bay.
    We Hongkongers are not known for sport, but we love to workout. Rent a bicycle at Taiwai and go up north at the bike trail, you will see many locals and feel how they live.
    In Victoria park you will see many locals working out, tai chi, jogging, tennis…
    Try the indoor gym run by the government, many play badminton there, that’s very Hong Kong.
    I never like Mongkok but many do.

  141. Soo

    April 17, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Oh, Shanghai Tang Store was always worth a look, tho is now worldwide.

  142. Strange Fruit

    April 17, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I’ve read a few of above suggestions, very typical tourists sites, Ladies’ Market, shopping malls and the Peak??? When my friends come visit, I would never take them. They can go by themselves with guide books.

    I will suggest you to go to Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, if you want to see really really local lives, there is a big area for fabrics and trimmings, also many interesting little street stores, wet markets, snake restaurant…etc

    Another place will be Shanghai Street, in Yau Ma Tei subway station, Kowloon side, where you can see old Chinese Wedding goods shop, old watch shop, a super old dim sum restaurant – Tak Yu Restaurant (

    Another place will be Chung King Mansion, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, where you can find loads of guest houses and India restaurants located in different floors.

    In my opinion, people in HK are not very inspiring (fashion wise), I would rather look at general people like old ladies and men, anyway, all depends on your luck.

  143. Jim

    April 17, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Welcome back! Hope we could bump into you.
    You ought to see more of Sheung Wan, especially Tai Pan Shan Street.

  144. wpang

    April 17, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Omg! I am living in HK, please come to IFC or ICC, the biggest malls in HK.

    And you should pay a visit to Penisular Hotel Hong Kong the historical hotel in HK.

    Hope to see you around! Love your shots!

  145. Rahayu

    April 17, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I’ve only been in Hong Kong a few months and I’m already in love with this city. There’s so much to do and see – if you’re keen on walking and are staying on Hong Kong island, I’d recommend strolling through the streets around Central. Start off at Wyndham Street and walk up away from Queen’s Road, then head west and hit the smaller streets – smaller in size, but not character, by far – Hollywood Road, Wellington St., Gough St., Stanton Road, Old Bailey St., just to name a few. These streets are packed with unique shops selling things from cupcakes to antiques, featuring local designers and local wines, and are ideal for people watching and exploring another part of Hong Kong that isn’t a blinding cacophony of designer labels and posh restaurants. Keep walking west and you’ll eventually hit Sheung Wan, after walking through streets of old, family-owned shops and small parks that pop up randomly as you wander around the hill. You can head to Wan Chai for an endless choice of food – street side stalls, corner side restaurants with roasted duck, geese and pork, quirky bars high and low (Madam Sixty Eight on Johnston Road is a cosy, fun spot). Wandering around on foot is definitely a to-do in Hong Kong – half the experience is getting somewhat lost!

  146. Mat

    April 17, 2012 at 5:44 am

    The Armoury…
    Lane Crawford IFC…

  147. WLY

    April 17, 2012 at 5:46 am

    I spent some businessday in HongKong some weeks ago.

    Go to visit Victoria Peak by night, I took a photo there, take a look


  148. AKF

    April 17, 2012 at 5:53 am

    A few nighttime tips
    1 – Do not miss «Sevva» in the Prince Building, Central. Great View and interesting people.
    2 – Ozone in the ICC Tower is now the highest Bar in Asia
    3 – A lovely rooftop terrace you’ll find in the Lan Kwai Fong Hotel, the Bar is called «Azure»
    4 – A wonderful place to eat is «Bacar» in Soho, serves fun Tapas (don’t miss the risotto balls)

  149. Dia

    April 17, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Check out Aqua Spirit Bar – best views of the city’s skyline :)

  150. Tina

    April 17, 2012 at 6:01 am


    You have to see ifc Shopping Mall. Fantastic!

  151. Om K. (mSoftee)

    April 17, 2012 at 6:06 am

    The “Island Beverly” (!!!!!!!!!), which is Hong Kong’s malls of micro-shops, which you’ll find tons and tons of unique shop selling unique fashion items … and of course interesting people walking there!!!

  152. Wanying

    April 17, 2012 at 6:09 am

    I see many people suggesting very touristy places, which are great if you’re just going around for fun, but there are many overlooked parts of HK that are truly inspiring if you’ve got an eye for design and color. Stanley is great for a good time, but it’s very polished, very designed to cater to ex-pats and tourists. My recommendations are the following:

    Wander around Sheung Wan, go down the back alleys and side roads. There are a lot of hidden thrift stores, and even a few used book and record shops as well.
    Wake up early and wander around the streets before all the vendors and shops are open and bustling. The city has a very ethereal quality around this time. The backroads of Central are great places to do this.
    Stroll around Tsim Sha Tsui for an afternoon- make sure to duck into a cha chaan teng (tea shop, they’re everywhere) and get yourself a bowl of ramen or a freshly baked pineapple bun.
    Late at night, visit the little parks between the highway off to the side from Wan Chai. There’s one you can reach via footbridge– I visited once at around midnight; there was a series of connected cement bowls, kind of like a tiny skatepark. Old chinese men were racing RC cars in them. To the right of that is a little park with pretty rocks and a pond, which contrasts v. nicely with the rushing cars only slightly removed from you.
    Tai O is very interesting, as is Mong Kok. Visit Sai Wan Ho to see the prettiest collection of brightly colored boats all shoved together with a variety of hilarious locals.

  153. Berkeley

    April 17, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Firstly – let’s be practical. I am also going to be in HK, and the weather has been heavy with rain, thunderstorms and poor visibility for the past week, and is set to continue that way for another week. So, from experience, when the weather is bad you’re more likely to spot interestig people indoors. I know you like to photograph people on the street, but often in Japanese and Chinese society you can see the more interestingly dressed people in hotels taking afternoon tea. So, in HK you may see some interesting people over in Kowloon at The Peninsula taking afternoon tea or cocktails – but you should go regardless, it’s an institution, and a good place to look back at HK island to take photos of the skyline. And as the weather is bad, you’re more likely to spot interesting people shopping and lunching at the Lane Crawford complex, and also at Joyce which is sort of like Barney’s. If you must photograph people of the street, then I’d be hanging around those places waiting for people to enter and exit. And make sure you have a strong umbrella!

  154. Sophie Mhabille

    April 17, 2012 at 6:21 am

    enjoy your trip Scott, bring us nice pic <3


    April 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Above recommendations are great and in no particular order:

    1) Star Street in Wanchai/Admiralty. Kapok, a french owned boutique (mostly imported stock) has 2 locations within minutes of one another one lifestyle and one apparel, Visvim, WDSG, Incredibles, 45 Rpm, Delstore, etc. One of the few areas in HK not run by developers. Expect Americana and sadly not so much domestic.
    2) Victoria Park/Southorn Playground: there are 75-year old men playing basketball and soccer against 20-year old’s – pretty amazing.
    3) Causeway Bay (Patterson St./Hysan/Lee Garden). I.T. a Hong Kong original dominates the area with an amazing store as well as lot’s of it’s spin-off businesses. Slightly goth – the founder did start of selling British punk stuff out of his apartment.
    4) Lane Crawford/Joyce/ Shanghai Tang because they’re original to HK. Shanghai Tang just opened a new flagship.
    5) Sheung Wan area. Galleries and some boutiques but more for the the vibe. Rents killed the potential creative flow.
    6) Tai Hang neighbourhood in Tin Hau. Small area of low-rises amongst the towering condo’s. Mostly garages and restaurant’s but a nice change of pace.
    7) Anything Kowloon (TST, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei). There will be some originality and some grittiness.

    *Do something serene and outdoorsy in the morning: a hike up the peak or visit one of the many beaches on the southside. Follow this up with a bustling ‘tea house’ lunch (labour at noon, office at 1) then attend one of the many events or enjoy a nightcap in Central/LKF at night. This is the glory of HK: the proximity of nature, rawness, and the modernity all within 15-20 minutes.

  156. KP

    April 17, 2012 at 6:54 am

    How wonderful that you will be in Hong Kong! It is my favorite city in the world, I’ve lived here on and off for a quite some time, and have seen it morph into an eclectic, incredibly cool city. My suggestions will give you a taste of what Hong Kong means to me: it’s about fun, community, street life, creativity, and non stop buzz:

    Sheung Wan
    Cool neighbourhood with great mix of local shops, small boutiques, galleries and dining spots…

    -Moustache, bespoke menswear, denim, and fabulous knits, Ellis and Alex epitomize HK creativity and entrepreneurship! They also create a fantastic guide to HK, pop in and ask them about this Thursday night and about Japan!

    Yardbird- first come- first serve restaurant specializing in chicken yakitori, the coolest, most passionate staff, vibrant setting, amazing house Sake and fabulous non-chicken bites as well.

    -Walk around Sheung Wan, (grab a map from your concierge) and start from Soho on Hollywood road, down Aberdeen street, right on Wellington and Stanley to the alleys, you’ll find the wet market and curious local shops. Return to Aberdeen and wander down left to Gough Street… Back up to Hollywood, stop at Man Mo temple, and there after are a great assortment of galleries, antiques shops and cafe’s…

    -A must is obviously Lane Crawford at IFC, which to me is like 10 Corso Como/Colette meet Barney’s/Selfridge’s. Then the Basement of the Landmark which caters almost exclusively to men. Joyce on Queen’s road, and designer stores on Ice House Street, On Lan Street and Wyndham St.

    -There is a very nice Dries store in Landmark, it makes me feel close to his location on Quai Malaquais (my favorite store in the world)… no men’s, and not as impressive, but just a peaceful, luscious spot. Have an even more luscious hot chocolate right across from Dries at Vero.

    -The Gagosian Gallery and the Armoury on Pedder Street as mentioned before.

    -Liberty Private Works is a private kitchen on the top floor of a commercial building… the chef (Chinese/Canadian I believe) creates an incredible eight course meal, that you enjoy whilst watching him and his team prepare and cook in the middle of a wraparound bar… floor to ceiling windows encase most of the space.

    -Have a shave or Shanghainese pedicure with Ben at the Mandarin Barber, in one HKs institutions, the Mandarin Oriental- or a foot massage in one of the many parlours throughout the city.

    -Dim Sum at Luk Yu Tea House, or try The Chairman for a unique culinary experience. The China Club is a must not only for the food, but for the setting- go all the way up to the Library or Balcony for a night cap. For Sichuan, try Chili Fogara, a tiny, little restaurant in Soho, your taste buds will never forget it!

    -Hiking on a clear day in HK is priceless, do Dragon’s Back which will lead you down to one of the island’s beaches, Big Wave Bay- if it’s a good day, you will spot local and expat surfers there. A short distance away is the little town of Shek-O. If your time here is short, a stroll around HK park is lovely.

    -Take the Ferry across to Tsim Sha Tsui, at 8pm (in time for the “light show”, then head to the night markets (as per other comments), and finish it off with drinks at Salon De Ning in the Peninsula (if during the day, afternoon tea at The Peninsula)

    -Take a Ferry or get invited on a Junk Trip! Head out to Lamma or Poi Toi for seafood or sit in a Dai Pai Dong in Central or North Point for HK street food.

    -More mainstream but worth a stop for the view is Sevva, for drinks outdoors overlooking HK

    Star Street and Sun Street, Wanchai
    Walk up Star Street and turn left on Sun Street, you will find a multitude of little shops. Fave little spots are Kapok, Patrick Bistro, 45 RPM….or just get lost in a very colorful part of the city.

    -Wong Tai Sin temple, to get your fortune told.

    -Early morning in the city parks you are sure to see people of all ages practicing Tai Chi…

    So much more to share, but I must stop!
    Have a brilliant time in HK!

  157. Niccomannari

    April 17, 2012 at 6:56 am

    I recommend the restaurant Thai Lemongrass, in 30-32 D’Aguilar St Central 3rd fl, California Tower. Delicious!

  158. KC

    April 17, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Make sure to check out some music lounges in SoHo (Hollywood Rd and above in Central): Makumba (african tribal music), Fresco (Live free jazz) and Joyce is not Here (indie lounge). All of them are on Peel Street.

    A lot of creative professionals (artists, industrial designers) occupy the old factory buildings in the Kwun Tong district – could be interesting for you as well.

  159. Katie

    April 17, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Well the locals love going down to Happy Valley to see horse racing!

  160. Niccomannari

    April 17, 2012 at 7:02 am

    And remember to have an “aperitivo” at Felix Bar, at the 28th floor of the Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon. Wonderful kir royal and amazing HK skyline!

  161. Adrien

    April 17, 2012 at 7:03 am

    As a photographer, I think you will love Sheung Wan and Soho district! Both are filled with a perfect plethora of cute cafes, little shops and distinct HK architecture! Lots of interesting people with unique fashion!

  162. Sass

    April 17, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I arrived in Hong Kong quite early in the morning, and as nothing was really open decided to go to the ‘Kings Garden’ (like the jardin du luxembourg for Hong Kongers) to drink coffe and wait for the city to wake up. The city was already awake, but rather composed, focused and silent. The park was full of city dwellers taking part in their early morning exercise of choice (early I mean 6am). Tai chi, yoga, chinese sword dancing, and this funny aerobics to chinese music. I was amazed at the blend of activity and silence. It is a must see that is not often seen.

  163. Stephanie

    April 17, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I’ve lived here for 11 years. I agree with going to Sevva in Prince’s Building or to Grey’s Bar in Upper House for a cocktail and view of the harbor. Alternatively, the Ozone Bar at the new Ritz Carlton Hotel in HK’s tallest building (for now), ICC in Kowloon. Or Aqua Bar at 1 Peking Road has a nice view of Central, try to get there before 8pm so you can see the laser light show on every night. I also second going to the China Club, if your fashionista friends haven’t taken you there before, the art displayed in the old building is fabulous, not to mention the chef coming out to do a bit of a noodle display. Brunch at Zuma is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon but book early. Also, for some nice Sichuan food I recommend Hutong at One Peking Road (also part of the Aqua group) or Chilli Figara in Soho. Or, for something a bit lower end but one of my faves – Din Tai Fung for Xiao Long Bao dumplings, there is one in TST and one in Causeway Bay. Clearly it’s all about the food!

    The Peak via the Peak tram is fun but avoid the weekends if you can as it gets crazy busy. There is a nice walk around the hill starting from the road next to The Peak Lookout Cafe.

    I personally wouldn’t bother with Stanley Market or Ocean Park.

    Hollywood Road from Sheung Wan is an interesting expose of East meets West. It’s getting gentrified but the new restaurants haven’t pushed out the coffin makers – yet. Sheung Wan is an area with quite a bit of history. Hollywood Rd is famous for its (expensive) antique shops but around here you can find Chinese medicine shops and temples along with some small independent boutiques at the bottom end of Aberdeen St and Gough St.

    It’s very humid and getting hot.

    Have fun!

  164. Stephanie

    April 17, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Oh, and I agree the horse racing at the Happy Valley Racecourse on a Wednesday night is something to experience, lots of energy there.

  165. Pak mui chu

    April 17, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Check out-
    Local weirdest costume: evening mongkok – Sai Yeung choi street (find the elderly dancer)
    High fasion: working hrs in central – landmark area

  166. Katia

    April 17, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I would really recommend going to the Sheung Wan area; it is very up and coming and you can find very interesting places to eat and shop, and meet very interesting people. Also the part of Sheung Wan that goes on towards Lan Kwai Fong and Upper Hollywood Road. Wanchai is also a very trendy area with fun restaurants. Sham Shui Po is a very interesting textiles district and I really do believe that it perfectly conveys the charm of Hong Kong. Hong Kong also has very interesting Street Markets which are fun to explore.

  167. Ange

    April 17, 2012 at 7:24 am


    How are you? I hope you have settled into Hong Kong…? I hear its starting to get warm…

    The last time I went to Hong Kong, my parents took me around the ‘Motherland’. Some of the highlights included:

    1. Having High Tea at the Intercontinental Hotel.

    2. Going to Happy Valley Horseracing Track. When I’m in Hong Kong I stay w/ family, the apartment looks directly over the track. Many people using the running track, and people playing soccer on the fields
    What I love most is looking out the window and watching the horses race around the track, at night. What’s even more exciting is when I open the windows to hear the lively atmosphere of people cheering for their horse to cross the finish line first.

    3. Travelling to Cheung Chau (Long Island) by ferry. A place w/ not only great seafood and beaches, but an awesome place to take many photographs of the locals, fishing and aquaculture scenery. Additionally, many small fashionable shops… You will be amazed at all the things you can find to buy!!!

    4. I love visiting Macau… Mainly, because I love to spend time w/ my Great Grandparents. The Portuguese culture is so colourfully beautiful. Definitely venture away from the Casino area and mingle w/ the locals, though I would recommend that you visit the amazingly new ‘Galaxy Resort’.

    I enjoy exercising my photographic skills… Some of the best places to capture the local people were in restuarants, dessert cafes, supermarkets, and on all means of public transport.

    So wish I could be in Hong Kong, right now!

    Have a fabulous time and enjoy the rest of your week!


  168. E.

    April 17, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Great that u come to HK agn!
    Apart from those tourist spots e.g. Lan Kwai Fong, Times Square, u may also interested in

    1. Yiu Wah street- near Times Square in Causeway Bay, which there are many HK local designers brands and upstairs small boutiques

    2.Sheung Wan e.g. Tung Street and Central are good places to feel hk culture too, you will also find some local galleries and lifestyle stores there

    3. you may wish to go to some local universities to feel the HK Uni life, e.g. you may find some local fashionista in the HKPU in Tsim Sha Tsui

    Hope you have fun! xx

  169. HK Resident expat

    April 17, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Welcome to HK! Tips for Hong Kong island from a resident expat: Gough street (central/soho) and Star street (wanchai) are the two trendiest streets (boutiques etc) on Hong Kong side. Other gems to keep on your radar in our city: lovely walk around Pokfulam reservoir, Shek-o village and beach, Lock Cha teashop in Hong Kong Park, dumplings at Din tai fung, truffle laced pastas at Otto e Mezzo, watch the world stroll by over coffee at Classified (Hollywood Road), a drink on the American Club rooftop in Exchange Square, dinner at the wonderful private kitchen TBLS (or other private kitchen options), tea at the Mandarin, traipse up the Midlevels escalator. Head to Causeway Bay for street style or stick around Central/soho to catch the generally well heeled.

  170. vix

    April 17, 2012 at 7:38 am

    You will have a great time scouring the streets of Hong Kong… Kowloon side has some good treasures in terms of back drops and crazy nooks as well as street fashion.
    After 4 years Hong Kong still surprises me.
    Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market is a personal fave.

  171. E.

    April 17, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Glad that you are coming to hk!

    Apart from tourist spots e.g. Times Square, Lan Kwai Fong, you may also interested in

    1. Yiu Wa Stree- street that near Times Square in Causeway Bay, which you will find many local designer brands and unique unstairs boutique!

    2. Sheung Wan e.e. Tung Street and Central are good choice to feel the local culture. you will find some galleries and lifestyle stores too!

    2. you may wish to feel the local university life in Hk which you may find some fashionista there e.g. HKPU in Tsim Sha Tsui

    Have fun! Xx

  172. Christopher

    April 17, 2012 at 7:55 am

    The Armoury. Derek is a good guy.

  173. norbyah

    April 17, 2012 at 8:41 am

    oh my goodness. i’m so excited that you’re coming. i love your pictures!

    there are so many things to do in hong kong, many that have been mentioned already. i agree that there is great sight seeing to be done. the big buddha never disappoints. great photo ops there. the markets are also great – the flower market and the bird market are two of my favorite. i also like to poke around in the other hong kong markets for clothes, or touristy items. i live in stanley, so stanley market has always been a favorite for me, but i should warn you that this market has changed a great deal since i’ve lived here….i fear it’s losing it’s charm and has seen a lot of really great shops shutting to be replaced with flashy, cheap trinket shops. i have written about a few of my favorite places on my blog if you’re interested…

    there is great food– mak’s noodles, tim ho wan, sevva and definitely book in a meal at caprice in the four seasons. it’s unreal.

    one place i don’t see mentioned in other comments is the jade market. it’s fantastic. and there’s lots of local culture all around it.

    have fun! i look forward to seeing your pictures.

  174. Anne

    April 17, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Have a cocktail at Upper House. Too cool.

    Ride the Star Ferry. And notice the seat backs…just a quick flip of the back of the seat and you can sit the other direction.
    Love it.

    Take a cab up to the Peak on a clear day. And walk the trail down.

    Shop til ya freakin drop.

  175. AMM

    April 17, 2012 at 8:45 am

    My Dad lives in HK and I love to visit him there! Take the Star Ferry as much as you can. Have high tea at one of the grand hotels. Stanley Market is fun. And yes, try to get into the Aberdeen Marina Club and see another side. Maybe they still make those awesome beef tacos. Funny that the best shredded beef tacos that I have ever had were in Hong Kong.

  176. Simon

    April 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Shum Shui Po + Monk Kok = Brooklynn

  177. A1

    April 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

    For interesting independent boutiques, furniture shops and galleries you should definitely check out up-and-coming Square Street and surrounding area.

    Cat Street is great for antique knick-knacks, with throw-backs to the cultural revolution.

    In terms of culture eating is HK’s number one past-time. Early morning dim sum at Lin Heung Tea House (160 Wellington Street, Central, 2544 4556) is a MUST if you want a truly authentic experience. It’s loud, hot, and delicious.


  178. Chang

    April 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

    There’s really too much to do and see yet quite a lot of them are like places elsewhere. So, I would recommend the following (in no specific order):
    - sheung wan district for cool shops and galleries;
    - temple night market: amateur singers, fortune tellers & street stands;
    - hong kong museum of history, so many cultures helped build HK so it’s nice to have everything quickly summarized under one roof, good place to spend when rains/too hot;
    - Cantonese opera: generally for an older generation but the costumes, make-up and singing is a huge part of HK culture. Sadly though the interest is dying so not many theatres are left standing. (I must warn for first-timers to Chinese opera, not everyone can handle the songs high pitched tones, considered as art to conaisseurs);
    -as for shopping, central district and tsim sha tsui district near the peninsula hotel, a place to make a beverage stop.
    Hope this helps and looking forward to hearing/seeing about your trip!

  179. Shireen

    April 17, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Love your blog!

    Causewaybay Times Square
    Tsimshatsui, Mongkok, Yaumati, Jordan the jade markets
    The wet markets
    The local markets
    The night markets
    The islands – Lamma island, Lantao island
    Hang around the local noodle shops/stalls
    Stay local and avoid the shopping malls
    For transportation take the MTR (subway) and trams
    The Star Ferry

    Stay well and have fun!

  180. Mari

    April 17, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Download this Hong Kong guide from Monocle magazine and you’ll be ready for anything:

  181. Frannie

    April 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

    HK is amazing, and there are so many cool places to get to!
    MongKok (in Kowloon) is a great region. It is known as being one of the most dense areas in the world, so its constantly bustling with people! The ladies market is right around there so there is a mix of both locals and tourists.
    Similarly, Soho (in HK island) is a really interesting neighbourhood. There are some cool vintage stores and if you can find some of the outdoor food vendors within the region, they’re amazing – (most of them are family run, but they’re slowly being shut down so its worth it to try to find some while they are still around).
    Have a great trip!

  182. tokyoG

    April 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

    happy to show you around shueng wan….
    lots of great little places here and wandering the side streets, old meets new here… plus some cute places for coffee (cafe loisl or teaka or heirloom) in and around hollywood road.
    lived in the area for 7 years now. its almost as good as melb with its lanes and shops…

  183. From Madrid to HK

    April 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

    No doubt….. Star street

    Enjoy your trip

  184. Monsieur Marcel

    April 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Never been…did read about a book on Chungking Mansions called GHETTO AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD mentioned in an art blog I follow called We Make Money Not Art…click on my name for a direct link.

  185. Cherie

    April 17, 2012 at 10:40 am

    So exciting to hear you will be visiting our fair city!

    Many have suggested fantastic fashion hot spots and tourist destinations that are a must visit, but my personal favorites for capturing a side of Hong Kong perhaps less displayed include the humble island of Cheung Chau, for great seafood, a good walk, and fantastic photographic opportunities.

    I feel Victoria Park is also exemplary of our city’s culture. You will find people from all walks of life there, and many youths engaged in self organized street basketball and football. You have to be there to feel what it is to be Hong Kong.

    Hope you have a great time!

  186. Micha

    April 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Check out University of Hong Kong’s main building and museum on Pok Fu Lam Rd. Then grab some dim sum at 11 Pok Fu Lam, a little hole-in-the-wall place (down the hill from HKU, but note — little-to-no English).

    Walk around Jordan – less touristy, in my opinion. I second the Shek’O beach recommendation above, plus the Thai restaurant on the round-a-bout (the one farther from the beach). Lamma Island is also worth the ferry ride – great seafood places and a cool clothing/accessories store a year ago when I was last there. The Chi Lin Nunnery & gardens are also beautiful. The Wan Chai street market is often overlooked, but I think it is worth the stop if you’re in the area.

    And if you drink a bit too much in LKF one night, order cold boiled ginger Coke the next morning (lots of dim sum places will make it)

    Want to swing by IU on your way back to New York and bring me some egg tarts?

  187. NeenaJ

    April 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Temple Street Night Market is a must.

  188. Olivia

    April 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I recommend Sheung Wan. This wonderful podcast from Monocle captures the spirit of the neighborhood.

  189. adele

    April 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

    ohhhmyyyy! i’ll be in HK during the weekend. hope i’ll see you on the streets or something. that would be awesome: meeting THE Scott Schuman. :)

  190. Poki

    April 17, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Rugby sevens is not a local scene. It s a sports event for expats and tourists. If you want local , go to Lama island, Monkok, Yau Ma Tei, Sheung Wan, Western District. In terms of fashion, you may try Central and Causeway Bay. But mind you, HK people are very conservative, including fashion. Not easy finding something refreshing… .
    Good luck and looking forward to seeing your pictures of HK.

  191. HP

    April 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    and then hop on the tram from sheung wan and soak up the vibe…

  192. Martha

    April 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    We just blogged about Hong Kong, their fashion, where to go and what to see.

  193. Vicks

    April 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Hey Scott, as a fellow New Yorker now expat in fashion in HK, below is a list I’ve aggregated for many of my friends in the past who’ve asked your question. Happy to provide additional color as needed, feel free to reach out directly! 


    High end/Mainstream

    IFC (Central)
    Landmark (Central)
    Pacific Place (Admiralty)
    Times Square (Causeway Bay)
    Elements (Kowloon)
    Harbour City (Tsim Sha Tsui)

    Discount High-End

    Citygate Outlets (Tung Chung) – ginormous outlet mall, of note: Pedder outlet 
    Horizon Plaza (Ap Lei Chau) – Joyce, Lane Crawford, various antique outlets
    Prada (Ap Lei Chau) – discount Prada, Miu Miu, Helmut Lang 
    Acetex (Admiralty) – discount Prada
    Milan/Paris/VIP Stations (Various) – for secondhand designer handbags

    Shopping Complexes

    Many of the below are inspired by Japanese & Korean fashion. These are basically multi-level complexes with boutiques scattered in a maze-like arrangement, selling everything from clothing and shoes to accessories for electronics.  / Dongdaemoon -like, for lack of a better description.

    Island Beverly (CWB)
    La Foret (CWB)
    Causeway Bay Plaza (CWB)

    World Trade Center – resembles the more traditional mall, but features more HK street-style boutiques (Sugarman) and more discount designer stuff (Twist) 

    Bazaar-type Markets 

    Ladies’ Market & Shoe Street (Mongkok)
    Wanchai Market (Wanchai, across from MTR A3 exit)
    Costume Market (Central, on Pottinger street by the escalator)
    Jardin’s Bazaar (Causeway Bay)

    Sham Shui Po has a wholesale market & fabric market, think sprawling version of Wufenpu in Taipei. 


    Star Street Precinct (Admiralty) – up and coming area near Pacific Place 3 bordering Wanchai. Includes Wing Fung Street, Sun/Moon/Star streets among others. Description of notable stores below:

    Queen’s Road East (Wanchai) – mostly the area bound by Star Street on the West and ending by Hopewell Center on the East. Bunch of antique, clothing, accessories shops on either side of QRE.  

    Yiu Wah Lane (CWB) – gem of an alley right behind Times Square 

    Afternoon tea

    Cafe Causette, Mandarin Oriental Central
    The Peninsula, TST
    Robuchon at Landmark
    Intercontinental, TST
    Café Grey in Upper House/Pacific Place
    TWG (IFC, be prepared to line up!)
    Antique patisserie (life sized dollhouse)
     Le Gouter Bernadoud 
     Repulse Bay Hotel

  194. Simone

    April 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Hong Kong? Non ci sono mai stato ma sono molto curioso di conoscere questa città; quale migliore occasione di conoscerla aattraverso i tuo scatti e il tuo lavoro?
    Grazie, Scott.

  195. Mirks

    April 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    theres a bar called sugar. absolutely awesome, a litte outside the center on HK island but great view, great drinks and great people!!

  196. Steve

    April 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Be sure to not take a cab ride from people who ask you if you need a cab outside the airport. also in the taxi make sure that they start the meter and not just give you a verbal rate.

    say hi to HK for me, i miss it.

  197. K

    April 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Take me with you!!!! There is so much to do in Hong Kong, I don’t know where to start.
    A few things stand out from my trips there:
    Visiting the surrounding islands like Lantau Island (Take a ferry to Mui Wo (Silvermine Bay) from Central, then make your way to the Tai O Fishing Village, and finish at the Tian-Tan Buddha. Return to Hong Kong via the Ngong Ping 360 — try to be on it at sunset) and Cheung Chau (This is the best time to go as there are a lot of cultural events happening… including the Bun Festival on April 22).
    Exploring the Mid-Levels: Food, drinks, shopping AND a bit of culture. Need I say more?
    Chi Lin Nunnery: The architecture is modeled after traditional Tang Dynasty architecture and built without nails. Plus it’s beautiful.
    Wan Chai and Causeway Bay: For the craziness… food and shopping. Check out the Goods of Desire Store in Causeway Bay!

    Have you been to Macau? I love Macau so I cannot resist putting in a plug for it, considering it is so close to HK — only 50 minutes by hydrofoil. Think curried crab and flaky egg rolls. Think pork chop buns and ginger milk custard… Due to its past as a Portuguese colony (v.s. British) the architecture and “feel” of Macau is very different from Hong Kong. Visit Senado square and explore the little shops and museums that surround it.

  198. YCC

    April 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Hi I am from HK and have always enjoyed your site. My recommendation is the areas around Gough Street in Central where you will find east meets west, old meets new and equally importantly great food and beautiful stuff. You would also enjoy Hollywood Road which is next to Gough Street. You will find very different atmosphere on weekends and weekdays. Have fun and take good pictures…

  199. VC

    April 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Under the bridge spicy crab with a cold beer. Amazing and not to miss.

  200. eugene

    April 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    go find the spots where the pensioners converge in the morning for line dancing or tai chi badminton

  201. Danielle

    April 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

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  202. 33

    April 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    talk to Hilary Tsui at Liger

    Liger is her store. She knows all there’s to know about HK’s fashion scene.

  203. bourree

    April 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    If you want to capture teen subculture and some of the coolest dressed kids in Hong Kong, go to Island Beverly in CWB and Mongkok (nicknamed MK) Sai Yuen Choi street. There’s a hip hop CD shop in MK where the local scene hangs out (appropriately named Hip Hop @ 179 Temple Street). Goldfinch Cafe in CWB is where Wong Kar Wai filmed In the Mood for Love and 2046.

    Hook up with these fashionistas, some of the indie music/fashion icons of HK:

  204. Armele

    April 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Drinks at Sevva, , kee club on 32 Wellington street, dragon-I, Tazmania for playing pool in a beautiful designed place, of course China Club, for it’s atmosphere of old china, SHanghai Tang for high end chinoiserie shopping,
    Then star street for 45rpm, kapok, monocle Hk store,galleries on Hollywood road and cat street for antique market, sin sin store on sai trip not too far from man mo temple, cute gallery and street above sin sin, 208 Italian restaurant, this is all walking distance from Mandarin Oriental..Causeway bay for street shooting… Endless!!

  205. Jesse Schlabach

    April 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Skip the tsotchky tourist markets and instead hit the bird market in Kowloon where all the older Chinese men gather to visit. They bring their pet birds (in their cages) and hang them up next to each other on rods because many birds only sing when they are they are groups. You can also browse some ornate cages and buy crickets to feed them. Luk Yu teahouse’s chef will be impressed if you order their pig lung soup which is not on the menu. Alex and Ellis at Moustache bespoke tailoring in Sheung Wan offer the best “out of the way” guidebook at their shop. Have a local take you to Shekou’s beachside bbq pits and cook some fresh seafood. And if you have the time, rent bikes on Cheung Chau island (45 min ferry ride) and spy on some street mahjong games.

  206. Style Anywhere

    April 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Scott. I always like Central when I am in Hong Kong. A lot of elegant and sophisticated people there. I hope you have a great time in the city.

  207. Danilo

    April 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    HK is a great city,
    go visit first Central ,Hollywood Road ,Gough street ,here you’ll find amazing restaurants ,bars and antiques ,designs art gallery , clothings and vintage stores.

  208. Hillary Read

    April 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    The China Club, a wonderful time capsule in the heart of Hong Kong. An expat arts club with the most wonderful decor and ambiance.

  209. Name*

    April 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Came back two days ago from a fashion business trip in HK, here are my best tips:

    Shopping: I would say SoHo has the best variation of small shops in HK, everything from young designers to secondhand. For the real HK shopping you need to leave central and go to the Kowloon side, mongkok has everything from birds to sneekers, Sham Shui Po is the area for fashion designers to find everything from small hardware details to fabric(this area is amazing just to walk through, you will find any material for for production, not simply for the fashion business), also just walk around- HK is not that big and filled with fantastic areas

    Food: Isola in IFC (great italian with true international HK-feeling, with an intresting croud), Oolaa in SoHo (for brunch), Zuma (fantastic food!), Sevva (the most delicious miniburgers done in an asian/I don’t know what style, also try one of the veg/fruit blends), Upper House Grey Café (great food)

    Havea great time

  210. tillok

    April 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I grew up in HK. For culture and great street scenes go to Western district and Hollywood road area. SoHo for food and bar scene. Skip the malls they are all the same. My new favorite place Wan Chai, go to Moon street and Star Street in Wan Chai. I love to shop there, lots of independent shops and boutiques with unique local and national brands. More importantly, NO MAINLAND CHINESE TOURISTS crowding the streets and stores.

  211. Richard

    April 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Eat at Din Tai Fung, best dumplings in The world!

  212. Gemma

    April 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I recently went to Hong Kong and had lovely time. My favourite places by far were the flower and bird markets. Both are not very big but full of colour and beautiful things. The birdcages in the bird market are particularly special.
    Cat st antique market is also great. There’s a lot of junk but a few gems too.
    Have fun Scott!

  213. Michel

    April 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Well, it seems a lot has been said about HK places.
    Here’s a link for good eating in Hong Kong:

    Surprisingly, no one talked about the gathering, every sunday at Central, of all HK Filipino housemaids.
    They have lunch and dance there, I’m certain you’d shoot nice photos!

  214. Viv

    April 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Hi I love your blog.
    Check out Wanchai. Don’t miss the wet market and open market there.
    You will find everything there.

    Get a chance to meet longhair Leung Kwok-Hung, the most iconic political activist in Hong Kong. You may meet him protesting somewhere, sometime.

  215. GL

    April 17, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Welcome to Hong Kong…
    Sheung Wan, Sun Street & Star Street in Wan Chai, Lama Island are good places of course, would also suggest you to gosky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck (just opened last April). it’s the highest indoor observation deck in Hong Kong – on the 100th floor of the tallest building in town, it offers 360 panoramic view of Hong Kong, especially at night!

  216. Bonnie T

    April 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Hong Kong was a busy fishing village. I suggest to walk around one of the famous spot Tai O in Lantau Island. It contains temples over 200 years old; some Indigenous inhabitants still dress as 100 years ago.

    Information from Wiki:

    Enjoy the trip in Hone Kong!!!

  217. Laura

    April 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Good memories from my trip a year ago:

    poking around Mong Kok neighborhood (pet stores, goldfish, electronics, great ppl watching)
    going to the bird market
    trying a favorite drink of some of my work colleagues there: coffee mixed with green tea, served over ice.
    perusing the fancy food market inside the landmark mall

  218. Ed O.

    April 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Harbour City…Watch all the Mainland Chinese spend, spend spend and out do one another. It’s surprisingly entertaining! Plus hang outside the Rick Owens boutique for a very hip look at avant guard HK.

    Lane Crawford at Central. It has an amazingly curated selection of menswear labels but sadly only in petite sizes.

    Spend as much time as you can in the backstreets of Kowloon. Amazing noodle shops, hyper paced locals going about their daily/nightly business and in a way becoming HK’s Williamsburg without the pretension. How the unmonied but still hip live.

    Enjoy. It’s one of my top 5 favorite cities in the world!

  219. Michelle

    April 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Go to Stanley Market in Stanley Bay! :) HongKong is amazing.

  220. Polina Z

    April 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Go to Sense 99 in Wellington Street – underground bar, where they jam Friday-Saturday, super arty place, with gallery and awesome atmosphere

  221. Mary Lee

    April 17, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Check out the galleries and art spaces and boutique shops along Hollywood Road, the smartest people go there.

    I have my own photo documentation project which is inspired by thesartorialist. I take a photo each day to record the clothes I wear. The place is Asia Art Archive, also on Hollywood Road.

    The Sartorialist Diary

    The Sartorialist Diary II

  222. B Kim

    April 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Come to Tung Chung! I am flying out tomorrow. Then again hanging out in IFC, going out to Mong Kok where all the pet markets are, or Victoria Peak would be nice. Hong Kong is definitely a shopper’s haven with so many wonderful malls to shop in! Hope you have a great time!

  223. Shirley Li

    April 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    You must check out Visual Culture’s flagship store at Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay. It’s the greatest and sophisticated glasses expert in HK.

    Plus, don’t forget to visit Sham Shui Po for fabric/button/fashion materials samples, all designers say it’s the heaven for them.

  224. Estelle Emery

    April 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    COME to SF! COME to SF! COME to SF! COME to SF! COME to SF! COME to SF! COME to SF!COME to SF! COME to SF! COME to SF! COME to SF! COME to SF!COME to SF!
    the land of foggy sunshine, rainbow flags, and old italian men! Please? I love the sartorialist!

  225. Ln

    April 17, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Go to Happy Valley Horse races tonight, nice afterwork fashion moment & best bets ever !
    Enjoy Hong Kong & especially the food.
    Hope to see you around !

  226. Melinda

    April 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Where the fashion & style independents are:
    Star Street, Sun Street, St Francis Yard – all within one area at the edge of Wan Chai near Pacific Place III. Gough Street in Central is worth to see, only more interesting during weekends.
    Lyndhurst Terrace to Hollywood Road. To see bizarre mix of old & local vs uber cool modern cafe, art galleries, new little fashion shops,
    Flower Market in Mongkok.
    Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mongkok, and junction at Geroge Street x Hennesy Road in Causeway – both crowded areas with exciting local real people morning till midnight.
    Anyway, you’ll be amazed how much changes happened here in HK since your last trip!

  227. Ronald

    April 18, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Pop into Moustache, a bespoke menswear shop on Aberdeen Street, Central where Ellis and Alex will show you how they’re capturing the best of ’50s and ’60s Hong Kong tailoring and putting a modern aesthetic on it. Ellis and Alex firmly believe that “Made in Hong Kong / China” shouldn’t be something people should by reticent to promote…it’s businesses like these that give Hong Kong the vibe it deserves, not the large, glitzy department shops that you can find anywhere. The Sheung Wan district surrounding Central is as quirky as it gets in HK

  228. May

    April 18, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Sunday’s in central – the crowds of helpers gathered on mats on the streets. It’s super interesting.

  229. Patrick

    April 18, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Go to the horse races!

  230. Karrie

    April 18, 2012 at 1:18 am

    welcome to hongkong!!
    actually there are a lot of good places to go,like central,mongkok,the peak,tsim sha tsui……
    and maybe you can go wong tai sin,there are many temples!!

  231. Grace

    April 18, 2012 at 1:30 am

    To echo what others may have already said, I’d definitely spend more time on the Kowloon side. That’s where the quintessential Hong Kong residents live and you’ll definitely see more personal style walking the streets (I personally love seeing what the elderly wear; as quiet as it may be, they have infinitely more style). When I visit, my relatives always take me to the Hong Kong Club, which is a great place to witness a glimmer of eastern tradition adapting western style from the 30s and 40s (it’s been a while so I’m not sure if this is still the case).

    If you have time, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with the gentlemen at Colonial Goods ( Their shop is located at 30, D’Aguilar Street, Central District, Hong Kong.

    I’d stay away from Victoria’s Peak for the most part. But do go to The Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental for a sublime view of the HK skyline at night.

    Oh! You make me miss HK now! I hope this helped. Have a fantastic trip!

  232. ann

    April 18, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I’m from HK but I’ve also lived in NYC. Please do NOT go to Bo Innovations. I know Tony Bourdain went…but me and my friends have been twice and so friends of friends went a few times as well…and it’s really not worth it.

    There are plenty of other amazing restaurants in HK out there.

    For Dim Sum:
    For old school decor: Luk Yu Tea House
    For best taste in dimsum – Lei Garden at IFC or Fu Sing in Wan Chai

    Beach view:
    Black Sheep in Shek O
    The Verandah in Repulse Bay

    Restaurants with nice decor for dinner or drinks:
    Sevva in Central -beautiful setting, good for drinks, cake, brunch, dinner (closed on Sundays)

    Shore in Central – Great place for drinks at outdoor terrace. They serve Western food –

    Lily & Bloom in Central – Good place for drinks – NYC style

    Cafe Gray at Upper House in Admiralty- nice view, good for drinks – - food not great.

    Hutong Chinese restaurant in TsimShaTsui – beautiful view of HK seen from Kowloon side- old Chinese decor with a twist

    Different kinds of poolside dining etc:
    Shangri La hotel Waterside Terrace in Admiralty for thai food
    (Intimate thai restaurant by the poolside – very relaxed setting, feels like you’re in Bali – picture in website doesn’t do it justice – good for lunch or dinner)

    Grand Hyatt The Grill (Bigger, surrounded by beautiful skyscrapers, worth going to for lunch or dinner)

    Jumbo – chinese seafood on a boat, touristy but nice

    Cheap & Cheerful Local Stuff:
    Crystal jade in Central or Causeway Bay- Shanghainese food

    Tasty Congee in Central

    Tsui Wah in Central – Open till late, local ghetto food that everyone eats e.g. fish ball noodles soup, fried noodles etc

    Din Tai Fung in Causeway Bay- Taiwanese soup dumpling chain

    Best won tons – Tsim Chai Kee Noodle 沾仔記
    Fresh bouncy shrimp, huge dumplings, friendly price, nice clean place and located in Central

  233. ann

    April 18, 2012 at 2:14 am

    agree! Tai O Fishing Villages (see the stilt houses) and some small islands are definitely worth a visit!

    such a huge contrast from central but it’s so charming here! Worth a day trip!

  234. kiiiyiii

    April 18, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Program of contrasts:
    :: Local seafood North Point Wetmarket 2nd floor – China Club
    :: Local feeling: Trip so Sheung Shui, New Territories – Soho Sheung Wan, LKF, Hollywood Road
    :: Midlevel escalator – Taking the star ferry

  235. Kan

    April 18, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Take a ferry to an island (Tap Mun, Lamma etc), not extreme stunning but really local !
    Dinner at Hu Tong in Tsim Sha Tsui (Chinese Crusine), good food and fantastic view !
    Weekend brunch on Jumbo , enjoy a laid back afternoon on floating Restaurant
    Have a touch of art, may try JCCAC
    Shopping recommends small boutiques in SOHO

    Have great fun :)

  236. Kate Leon

    April 18, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Hi, You must visit Lantau Island, it is extraordinary and amazing : )

  237. eclectic cool

    April 18, 2012 at 3:31 am

    hey, I saw you around Gough st this morning- was going to say hi but was shy and hid!
    hope you got some great pics today- at least it wasn’t raining. have fun

  238. David

    April 18, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Hi Scott,

    I live & shoot in HKG & have been inspired by you, & Marco Tenaglia, to start a Hong Kong Street Fashion project, part of which can be seen on my website in the S. F. H. K. gallery.

    I’ve read through many of the comments above & there are a lot of great suggestions although I wouldn’t recommend Discovery Bay.

    Star Ferry & The Peak are a must, as is taking in some of the temples & markets;
    The Temple of 10,000 Buddhas is exceptional & can be found in Sha Tin.
    The Chi Lin nunnery in Diamond Hill is also very special.

    The area between Central & Mid-Levels on HK Island is excellent for shooting street fashion.
    Causeway Bay, also on HK Island, is full of very funky-looking people.

    Kowloon / TST are incredibly over-crowded & that makes it difficult to shoot.

    A great bar for a drink at street level is ‘La Piola’ in Lyndhurst Terrace, in Central, where you can sit & have a tasty free bar snack, sip a Peroni & shoot fashionable walkers-by….heaven! Make sure you get there no later than 5:30 to get a seat, street-side.

    Email me if you’d like to hook up, it would be a great pleasure.

    Yours truly,


  239. V.

    April 18, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Welcome to Hong Kong!

    It’s Wednesday.. so definitely go to the Happy Valley Racecourse! You’ll see an interesting mish-mash of locals and expats, the stylish, the corporate, and the who-cares.

    For a creative view of the city, there’s a map that you can get called “Creative City” ( that can give you a different perspective than you typical tourism board listings.

    The Sheung Wan area, is perfect for something cultural with a strong visual impact, and like plenty of the others have mentioned the Tai Ping Shan Street area is great! Lots of small independent lifestyle driven stores have set-up that quiet area which is also full of Hong Kong flavour.

  240. Jackie Wilson

    April 18, 2012 at 5:04 am

    You absolutely must get lost the chaos of Mong Kok’s markets. The crowd is incredible.

  241. Season Chan

    April 18, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Personally, I love Hong Kong night view! It’s always the best to look at the Central side from the Tsim Sha Tsui side. Star Ferry and the Tram are my 2 favorite transportations in Hong Kong. For food, make sure you go to Shum Shui Po if you want to taste Hong Kong. People cooking on street. It is a pretty interesting scene. Other cultural spots including Tai O, an older part of Hong Kong where you can find old fish villages. might inspire you to check out a few places as well. I truly hope you enjoy your stay in Hong Kong. Looking forward to your posts =)

  242. Jonathan

    April 18, 2012 at 7:37 am

    @Prateek, I think you forgot to post a link:
    Indeed it’s quite the vibrant collection, great for HK weather as well.

  243. cathy caibal

    April 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

    go visit disneyland and ocean park for quirky teenager outfits:)

  244. D

    April 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Must pay a visit to this new store on Hollywood Road, Central! It was started by two best friends a year ago and it has quickly become one of the go-to places for the young and fashion consicious Hong Kong crowd. All items in the shop are carefully selected by the owners from around the world and it has a real personal touch to it compared to any other shops in Hong Kong which are mostly business orientated. There’s a frozen yoghurt store on the ground floor just in case you need to take the load off your feet from Hong Kong’s sweltering heat. What more could you ask for!


  245. Anna Jacobs

    April 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Go to Spicy Crab at the Temple Street Nightmarket: plastic chairs, plastic bowls, toilet paper instead of napkins, but awesome food. Of course try their spicy crab, awful to eat, but so delicous.

  246. elzajo

    April 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I was a tourist in HK last November.I went to Kowloon area by ferry, and sat next to two HK ladies in fashionable high end styles. They sat comfortably in public ferry with no hesitation and discuss things like investments or something while on their side is 2 Chanel shopping bags. I found that view are so cool. HK are so stylish , to see the high fashion in the streets just so a cool contrast. Please also try to go to finance area, in peak hours like lunch time. Those guys are so stylish!

  247. Donovan

    April 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

    You need to go to a Horse Race. Everyone is dressed to the nine’s there.
    Also the best shopping is on Nathan Road in Jim Sa Joi (I spelled it phoentically). Starbucks are ubiquitous and very small. You might want to duck into one and grab a take out menu.
    We had a great time at the wet market and the view from Victorias Peak is awesome. The Star Ferry at Wan Chai is also awesome. Might I suggest a ride on a junk as well as a trip to JUMBO floating restaurant.
    Hong Kong is like New York City on speed. Everyone is always rushing around trying to make money. I can’t wait to go back

  248. Lydia

    April 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I’m a university student in Hong Kong and here are a few places you might find interesting:

    The view along the midlevels escalators from Central heading up to SOHO is quite quintessential Hong Kong.

    There are also several vintage stores, boutiques and quaint cafés in SOHO – and Saturday morning people sit outdoors to have brunch along Staunton Street and Bridges Street.

    Cotton Tree Drive holds the marriage registry, and a lot of brides and grooms have their wedding photographs taken in the Hong Kong Park marriage registry.

    Central is also where most of our biggest law firms and banks are, so the suit and pantsuit style should be worth a check out if you hit it between 12pm and 2pm when all the office workers go out for lunch.

    Young men play football at Southorn Playground in Wanchai every afternoon, while the seniors play chess there.

    The flowers market in Mongkok/ Prince Edward (Kowloon) is also very popular.

    The Cultural Centre steps are our equivalent of the Met Steps and sometimes there are shows and live music there – also a very popular wedding photo spot.

    Have an excellent trip!

  249. cher

    April 18, 2012 at 11:09 am

    check out the mid-level n somewhere near soho are in central,,,u got old buildings n old food stall ard,,,n i think HKU is a must n sure u will grabs great fashionable students there!

  250. c

    April 18, 2012 at 11:24 am

    star street. (weekend)
    one island south (lane crawford building in wong chuk hang) for stylish people

  251. stonebits

    April 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I’d definitely check out Langham Place. The top two floors are devoted to local shops. I’m very fond of t-shirts with interesting designs and some of the ones I’ve liked best are at paper on level 10: a lot of detail and very soft fabrics (even the black)

  252. Vinay

    April 18, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Welcome to Hong Kong
    Please check out The stores on Gough Street and Aberdeen Street, especially Moustache on Aberdeen Strret, Halo, Homless and Sidewalk on Gough Street.
    In addition there is a great store on Gage Street bringing in Vintage furniture!
    There is also Ro on Gage Street, great bags. You must eat at 208 and Yardbird, check out Cat Street Gallery. Pop into Whire Cube.
    I would also agree and check out the Armoury, wonderfully original.
    Hope to see you, but if not enjoy

  253. margaux

    April 18, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I spent 4 months in Hong kong , if you want see fashion independant label , you could go to DAYDREAM NATION LABEL. They have a shop in Hong kong island. Here the link :

    They also make a lot of exibition in this shop.

    Have a nice day.


  254. yuwen

    April 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    omg HK is a fantastic place to be. the shopping is awesome and the food is gorgeous.
    The Argyle Centre in Mongkok is a place where all teens hangout to buy rip-offs. (sounds awful but they have some stuff that can look really cool when put together right)

    I belive Citygate outlet near Tung Chung MTR station is the one that retails past season bags for good prices.

    As for sights, Avenue of the Stars is definitely a walk not to miss :)

    And i have always loved stepping into Central… the beat of the city and the lovely suits pacing the streets makes me buzz!

    Did I mention that hong kong is a foodie heaven as well? you can get so much yummy asian food there! gees. enjoy and have a good time. really looking forward to some hong kong features in satorialist, finally something fresh from a truly Asian perspective!

  255. V

    April 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Square Street and Tai Ping Shan Street in Sheung Wan!!!

  256. Jo

    April 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Try out one of many fish Restaurants in Sok Kwu Wan on Lamma Island.
    I’ve been to the so called “Hilton” Seafood restaurant once in 2010 and a few weeks ago in 2012 and have never been disappointed.
    You can have a ferry trip from central to Yung Shue Wan and walk about 1.5h to Sok Kwu Wan and take the ferry back to Central from there.
    Have fun!

  257. coeykerr

    April 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    The Horse Races! So Much Fun! Great lighting!

  258. Sillygal

    April 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Hi, I was born in Hong Kong, it;s delighted to know you are here. To be honest, I don’t think there are many great cultural places as good as in the west. If I were you, I will go to Central to shopping, like IFC, and go to enjoy dim sum and food as much as possible. I will also recommend you to go to the beaches like Stanely or Repulse Bay. Have a nice trip. Enjoy your days in Hong Kong. Cheers

  259. iyan

    April 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    not sure if tickets are still available…the famous Chinese novel “Dream of Red Chamber” is being put on now at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre (as a Cantonese opera); extremely famous actors, beautiful costumes. Definitely a visually stunning treat with a cultural impact.
    phone number: (852) 2861-0511

    tickets also available:
    2111-5999 (10am – 8pm)

  260. Phil

    April 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    No one seemed to have suggested “Australian Dairy Co” in Kowloon for breakfast. You get a unique feel for local breakfast that is not dim sum (like you would get in NY). Must drink HK style Milk Tea.
    Have a blast, and get a suit.

  261. Tuesday

    April 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Tim Ho Wan – Dumplings in Mongkok. They have a michelin’s chef’s hat, amazing. No bookings, queue and heaven in pastry – ooooohhhhh ahhhhh.

  262. Li

    April 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm

  263. Roland

    April 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Why not go and see how the other half live? 30% of Hong Kong’s population live in public housing estates… You won’t find much in the way of high end fashion but you will have an insight into the contrasts of Hong Kong and perhaps pick out that diamond in the rough. Pretty no. But relevant.

  264. T

    April 18, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    The Armoury has gained a bit of buzz in this comments section (as a fan of their tumblr, it appears to be well directed) and Ethan from the Armoury has previously been snapped for this site!

  265. Steph C.

    April 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Hong Kong is also known for it’s lovely coast side locations and beaches. When the weather lightens up (absolutely horrid as of right now), pay a visit to Repulse Bay. Repulse Bay is a classical mix of colonial white pillars, sprouting fountains and the go-to place for weddings with it’s stunning architecture and atmosphere. It’s a great place to get some great shots of girls in walking around in flowing Maxi Dresses.

  266. ladiga

    April 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Come to Shanghai!

  267. Carlo

    April 19, 2012 at 12:04 am


    If you are around the HK island side, I would say to go to Sheung Wan, it’s an up and coming area with lots of small boutiques, design spaces, cafe’s etc. It’s a really nice blend of eastern and western cultures. You’re bound to find some cats with really cool personal style.

    Specifically, I would suggest going to Tung Street, Tai Ping Shan Street and Square Street all in Sheung Wan. You’ll find spots like Konzepp, Signed-By and Square Street (shop) which are full of great finds too!

    Hope that helps.


  268. Saurabh

    April 19, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Check out a speakeasy bar called 001 in Central. Unfortunately no photography allowed…

  269. Lucy

    April 19, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Housing estates are incredibly interesting places.

  270. Debbie Lam

    April 19, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Get in touch with Secret Tour Hong Kong. They specialize in seeking out and teaching about the hidden side of Hong Kong such as local artists in Kwun Tong (old airport area), the walled cities out in Kam Tin. The crew are young passionate Hong Kongers. And no, I don’t work for them!

  271. A

    April 19, 2012 at 12:33 am

    1. star ferry
    2. the peak
    3. flower market, fa yuen street in Prince edward
    4. goldfish market, prince edward
    5. must eat everywhere and everything

  272. SiuMingPablo

    April 19, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Tram ride and Star Ferry ride are a must.
    Also check out Sheung Wan district – the Tai Ping Shan Street-Sai Street-Tung Street area.
    And maybe just hop on a bus to see where it takes you…

  273. Chungwan

    April 19, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Hong Kong’s favorite sport is shopping, shopping and more shopping!

  274. Weng

    April 19, 2012 at 1:10 am

    go to Tin Hau Station, there’s a great cafe in a bohemian area – lots of old motor repair shops nestled in eateries, hole in the wall cafes, wine bars, old laundry places. heaven.

  275. aoiaoki

    April 19, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Nite time at Temple Street, you will see another side of the street fashion. coz some of local singer (mid-age) who wears 60-70S show wears for the music play. this is another side of unique style in HK.

  276. aoiaoki

    April 19, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Nite time at Temple Street, you will see another side of the street fashion. coz some of local singer (mid-age) who wears 60-70S show wears for the music play. this is another side of unique style in Hong Kong.

  277. wpang

    April 19, 2012 at 1:35 am

    You can try go to China Club the nice place with old fashion interoir. You will see the mix of old Chinese and west together, feel like you go back to 1910 – 1930 HK. This is on level 13 Bank of China next to HSBC head office in Central. And you will see many HK celerbrities love to go there. I am sure you will love it. :) Enjoy.

  278. Ambretta

    April 19, 2012 at 1:37 am

    How exciting :-)

    Some hotspots:

    Prince’s Terrace – lovely pedestrian street above Caine road next to the escalators, chock full of happy couples, children, dogs on the weekend – very unique ‘oasis’ in the middle of the city. Lots of CHI ladies convene at the French cafe

    208/Classified/Heirloom on Hollywood Road – actually anyplace along Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan as well as the neighborhoods above

    Cat Street (below Hollywood Road)

    NOHO – try eating at Lot 10 – yum yum!

    KEE Club (private members club) Friday night – late night

  279. Jeanine

    April 19, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Hi Scott,
    You are already in HK! Not the best weather/light for making pics, hope you have a guide, there are so many hidden cool places.
    Some of my favorite places….
    Sheung Wan area: walk from Central Hollywood rd to Sheung Wan, great antique shops, walk till Heirloom, great for coffee/drinks.
    Gough street, Noho area: great furniture, little boutiques.
    Wanchai area: upcoming area, the new ‘soho’ Star/Moon/Sun street, nice stuff & coffee at Kapok.
    Every night at 8pm there’s a light show, to see it from the water, take the Star ferry in Central (every 7 min) to Kowloon site.
    A very old, beautifull, private Club: The China Club, great for diner, the decoration is a mix of modern/old art, different rooms, library, balcony, breathtaking (better than the one in Beijing).
    HK has many islands, please visit a very small island: Cheung Chau, no cars, take from Central a direct ferry.
    Drinks: Lily & Bloom, The Pawn, The Feather & Boa, Yardbird
    HK has many beaches, visit HK Island: Big Wave Bay beach, here’s a real small surfers scene. You can also make a hike through the mountains and end on that beach.
    Diner: Zuma, 208, Yardbird, Din tai Fung, Le Marron
    Drinks with great view: Upper House, Wooloomooloo Wanchai (big terrace, no so posh as the rest, best view), Ozon, Aqua.
    Clubs: Fly, Kee Club
    Better avoid: Ladies market, Stanley, Lan Kwai Fong area…very toeristic.
    Have fun & enjoy this special place that never sleeps, Jeanine

  280. Petit

    April 19, 2012 at 1:53 am

    THE MOUSTACHE GUIDE TO HONG KONG – available at the amazing Moustache store, 31 Aberdeen Street.

  281. Linda G

    April 19, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Thats so wonderful you will be in this side of the world!
    Having lived in hk for the last year, I can confidently say you will get that visual stimulation you are after regardless where you are….I still get awe struck.
    Most shopping malls ie times square, harbour city, pacific place offer the same high end labels plus your Zara’s, uniqlos etc….Pretty generic and conventional.
    If your wanting something quirky and different, go and explore the GOD ( goods of desire) store at Causway bay.
    There are some markets on cat street where you can pick up some interesting bits and pieces. Be sure to check out Man mo temple while your there as well.
    Be sure to catch a ferry from hk island to tsim Sha Tsui. The ferry workers wear cute little sailor outfits which add to the experience.
    I could go on, but sometimes it’s nice to discover this city whilst not on a particular track. You will be surprised with what little treasures you find. Enjoy!

  282. Bel

    April 19, 2012 at 2:07 am

    You should def check out “New Street” upper the Hollywood Road. There has a lot of Gallery and If you on the “Tai On terrace” Theres a really nice coffee house “Cafe Loisl” and also a contemporary jewellery gallery there!

  283. Ghost Noise

    April 19, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Tai Hang, near Tin Hau/Causeway Bay. It’s like Hong Kong’s Lower East Side. The Mid Levels Escalator. Sheung Wan. Sai Ying Pun. Yau Ma Tei. Mong Kok between Dundas and Argyle Streets. If the weather improves, go to Shek O on the South Island. The village is lovely. Wan Chai, especially Star Street District but Lockhart Road is definitely great to photograph. Tsim Sha Tsui East is iconic. Sham Shui Po is fun. Lamma and Cheung Chau Islands are a short ferry ride from Central and are places you would not expect to exist in HK. Definitely take the Ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island.

  284. Christine

    April 19, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Topol above said:
    “Everything changes quickly in Hong Kong so I don’t know if this enclave still exists: Rise Commercial Building. It’s in Tsim Sha Tsui and is a nondescript five-story building tucked away at the end of Granville Road, which is a street full of outlet stores. Rise is a warren of small rooms, averaging 10 x 10 feet!, each occupied by a local fashion designer. It was open in the evening.”

    I was just at Rise two months ago, and can confirm that it is a must see for the local fashion design scene. Plus most of the little stores are playing great music. Address is 5-11 Granville Circuit, in TST.

  285. Kitty

    April 19, 2012 at 7:02 am

    How many friends¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  286. diksn

    April 19, 2012 at 7:04 am

    recommend you check out cat street (hollywood rd), for antique store, steps, local food and some serious Bruce Lee magic. Diksn

  287. Samantha Lyster

    April 19, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Hello there – I was in HK this time last year visiting the spots where my family lived (my uncle was Chief of Police there in the 1950s)

    I would suggest paying a visit to Thomas Lee’s Select 18 store. The address is:

    Shop A, G/F, Grandview Garden, 18 Bridges Street, Central, tel +852 9127 3657

    The store sells wonderful vintage clothing and the best is his collection of eyewear! It is a treasure chest, I spent a good few hours chatting with Thomas. He’s a very smart man to know!

    And if only for the fun of it, do take a trip up the giant escalator! Also if you visit the Hong Kong museum there is a fantastic exhibition of how HK was in the 1950s.

  288. Dan Fun

    April 19, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Boating season has clicked off, go onto a junk party !

  289. April

    April 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hi there,

    Don’t go to any shopping malls.

    Sheung Wan(my hood), Wan Chai; seems you have nailed it;

    If you have time, go Sai Kung.

    Have fun!!


  290. Clinton

    April 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Check out Tai Ping San road at Sheung Wan. Really chilled arts / hip quaters. When there go grab a coffee at Knockbox Coffee.

  291. Sherry

    April 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Come to Lan Kwai Fong this Thursday, definitely a great mix of HK culture.

  292. Lola

    April 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

    WAHOU !! With so many comments (& good advice) you should have a lot to do & see.
    I’m leaving in Hong Kong so if you need a guide for the coming days, let me know – I can help :)

  293. a+

    April 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

    JOEY MA !!!!!!!!!! The most stylish guy in HK. Unknown outside of Asia !
    Most fun in HK !!!

  294. Yo

    April 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Every time I visit hk I make sure to get some real Macau egg tarts! Lord Stowe is famous and has an outpost at the excelsior hotel in causeway bay brought in fresh daily from Macau! You won’t be disappointed.

  295. bigappleblu

    April 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Check this out:

    Have fun! Drink lots of milk tea and eat dim sum!


  296. Cika

    April 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    unsure if you know about The Secret Tour in HK (, think they will able to help and show u the real hidden side of HK, like tattoo artist, creative factory and what’s really happening in the HK neighborhood. cheers and hope u have a great time in zone 852!

  297. Katie Grace

    April 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    The SOHO area near the art gallery district and the giant escalators is a wonderful area filled with unique and inspiring fashion. When I was in Hong King in November, wandering and getting lost in those little alleyways and and art galleries lead me to see some wonderful ideas for my own style. Definitely the area to be! Good luck!

  298. Alison

    April 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve been away from my computer for a couple of days, but I’m loving all of the Hong Kong photos. They look amazing!
    I’m loving what I’m seeing — it’s always so fun to see what everyday people are wearing in different parts of the world. Thanks so much for sharing these shots!

  299. Brad from HK

    April 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Mong Kok – where the teen/twenties street fashion is – the real soul of HK.

    Causeway Bay on the weekend for couture fashion.

    Eat at YardBird in Sheung Wan. – Former Masa NYC sous chef’s new place.

  300. Kaman

    April 20, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Go Kowloon side such as mongkok , yau ma tai , much mre local culture n raw ..
    Hk island side ,central is too forgein but trendy hip.

  301. Dawn

    April 20, 2012 at 2:08 am

    The bird market and flower market in Kowloon! Take the red line MTR to the Prince Edward stop, take exit B1 and walk towards the Mong Kok stadium. There is a goldfish market around there too. The bird market is called “Yuen Po Street Bird Garden”. The birds are especially interesting as they are in a more old china setting sort of like an open temple courtyard. The country parks are very nice too! Ma On Shan has a good one with lots of nice veiws of mountains and usually there are natives grilling over fire an the fire pits around the entrance of the park. If you pick the right hike (it’s an easy one) you will find old abandoned mines in the woods. They are very interesting. Have fun in HK!


  302. HKer

    April 20, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Tai Hang 大坑 is the place to go buddy, you’ll love it there.

  303. Bea Meleady

    April 20, 2012 at 3:00 am

    A smaller place to visit that I recommend would be the Goldfish Market on Tung Choi street. It doesn’t sound like much, but even if you’re not into markets full of pet fish and turtles, it is a beautiful sight to see, especially in the evening.

  304. Veronique

    April 20, 2012 at 4:15 am

    When are you coming to SHANGHAI!!!!?

  305. Joey

    April 20, 2012 at 4:56 am

    ArtOne — Hong Kong’s newest arthub at the Convention Plaza next to the Exhibition Center.
    M/F, Convention Plaza, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong

  306. Jeffrey

    April 20, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Uber chic fashion forward HK based kids label “A for Apple” is worth a visit at I.T. and Lane Crawford now, and Harey Nichols soon.

  307. Sarah/USAlovelist

    April 20, 2012 at 9:01 am

    By day I write about supporting the highest quality American-made products, and it may seem like a contradiction, but I also absolutely love Hong Kong. From the knock offs and cheap thrills in the outdoor markets to the fabulous boutiques and endless shopping malls – there is so much to see. And oh the views! And oh the food! Reading everyone’s comments gave me a great trip down memory lane and made me want to go back. I will be check back here to I can hear all about your trip. Vicarious travel is better than no travel at all. Have a wonderful time.

  308. Emiky

    April 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Definitely Initial for different clothing and a great store layout.

  309. Cush

    April 21, 2012 at 5:12 am


    Im surprised that no one has suggested DNA Galleria! Granville Circuit Tsim sha Tsui.

    Plenty of local and Asian labels set up in little boutiques. Well worth the visit

    And definitely get a suit made up. Go and visit Roger Concept in Central

    For a drink with a view of that harbor, check out Suagr 32/F, EAST Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Rd, Tai Koo Shing

  310. otto

    April 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    PLSSSS come to Beijing!!! this is a preview of our beautiful city:

  311. Marsha Carlin

    April 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t know if you’re still there, but for next time…
    ..definitely The China Club for old school 30′s vibe and amazing demo/dance by chef hand making noodles ( check out on YouTube)
    …ride a double decker bus for a great view down on the streets.
    …shanghai tang for old school elegant clothing
    …take a cooking class. I took this one and Joy was wonderful taking us through the wet markets and then back to her tiny HK apartment to cook…..not the glamorous side of HK but authentic.
    …The Penninsula for high tea

  312. kittbee

    April 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    little malls full of tiny shops housing interesting designers like rise commercial building in tsim sha tsui

    and beverly island in causeway bay

    lots of creativity at these places:)

    there are also assorted similar malls around if you go exploring. but note, some of the stores might only take cash.

    have fun!!! :D

  313. Marsha Carlin

    April 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Don’t know if you’re still there…but for next time…..
    Definitely The China Club for old school 30′s vibe and amazing chef demo/dance on handmade noodles…check out on YouTube
    Shanghai Tang for old-school elegant clothing in a beautiful setting.
    Ride on a double decker bus for great shots down on street scenes
    Take a cooking class….I took this one
    and Joy took us through the wet markets to shop and then back to her tiny HK apartment to cook…not glamorous, but authentic.
    Loved this city…just got back. Hope you enjoyed.

  314. Lukas

    April 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

    lan kwai fong chek it at night :) good luck!

  315. Dora

    April 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    If you’re still in HK, try the Ozone Bar, at 110th Floor of ICC in kowloon, tallest building in HK (118 floors). It’s a breathtaking view of HK skyline from above.

    Fancy a little culture, and if you don’t mind being squeezed to death, go to Cheung Chau for the Bun Festival. It’s Buddha’s birthday this weekend and Cheung Chau will be flooded with people, seeing parades of little kids dressed in Chinese traditional costumes hoisted on sticks. Quite a scene. And adults climbing a “bun” mountain for the top bun for good luck.

    Food wise, a season food dinner at Suk Koo Wan in Lamma Island is fun. A bit of nature too. Lamma is a half hour ferry ride from Central. Pier right in front of IFC on the shore.

    Fashion wise, Central is all executive looking. Causeway Bay is more office lady look. Mongkok is croweded but you can so some teenagers dressed a bit more interestingly.

    Ngon Ping 360 (cable car) that takes you from Tung Chung to the Big Buddha is worth taking (if it’s operating). Sometimes it stops when there’s gusty wind.

    If you find anyone who’s a member of China Club in the old China Bank Building, please ask him/her take you there. It has some of the nicest and funkiest juxtaposition of modern arts and decor of China. Truly lovely and funky. The food is great as well. Too bad it’s only for members.

    Instead of coffee, go for milk tea (great legacy of the Brits).

    Have fun ;) I love the little city.

    Old, rent a boat and sail around Sai Kung Pennisula is fun and relaxing too!!!

  316. Carmen

    April 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

  317. Josephine

    April 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Definitely Jockey Club Horse Races on Wednesday evening and Mongkok.

    (also someone posted Discovery Bay below, i live there and there is no point in going there, its furthest you’ll get from a local/ interesting experience!)

  318. rachel song

    May 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Go to sham shui po where they have very cheap “cha cha teng” food and also loads of arts and crafts store where they sell ribbons, sequins, beads, fabrics, threads etc! its my favourite place to go!!!

  319. Vincy Cheng

    June 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    What a pity I just saw it now.
    For your next trip to HK, go check out
    HKDI – crazy kids study fashion, always dress up n dare to dress
    HKPU – same as above
    SOHO in central – old n new meets
    Old districts on island, Sheung Wan & Shau Kei Wan
    Get on the tram which you can only get on island n was meant to build along coastline (yeah, part of it expended is from landfill)
    WongTai Shin Temple
    Buddhist one in …mmm….I have to check

    Museums here is not exciting but Central means a complex and condensity of everything of HK I d say.

    If u a coming for food, I got other guidelines here.

    Btw, I m local.

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