I have always wanted to go to Hong Kong and was lucky enough to be able to have a whirlwind two and a half days there recently! I went as part of the jewellery fair and spent a good half day sourcing some exciting new goodies for TDH! I can’t wait to show you.
Hong Kong is separated into a couple areas and I stayed at the Pottinger Hotel on Hong Kong Island (the original British settlement area). It was in the perfect position to walk everywhere – I pretty much base all my overseas trips about where I can eat and knew I was walking distance from the below restaurants (and many, many more!).
WHAT TO EAT
Ho Lee Fook
Located in a basement, it has this iconic wall full of cats – you have to see it to believe it. Also the chef was previously of Mr Wong and Ms. G’s in Sydney, some of my local faves.
Why not eat Japanese food in Hong Kong?! This is the perfect place for a sushi fix – they have an incredible weekend brunch, served with Veuve Clicquot. It’s an absolute feast of sashimi and tempura and all your regular favourites.
I simply had to have a soft serve – and Oddies has the mix of east meets west that was needed! It is a soft serve topped with traditional HK egg waffles with choc chips!
Walking down to the area of Soho was perfect as literally every shop seems to serve food. The vibe of this section was a mix of east meets west and the options felt endless.
WHAT TO WEAR
Hot is an understatement about the weather at this time in Hong Kong. When it’s hot, I just want to feel minimal and I want my jewellery to also feel that way. For me it is all about earrings, so I wore our White Label drop earrings pretty much every day. When I wanted more of a night time look, I added the gold hapur wrap necklace as a choker. I mix and match my earrings all the time, below are my favourites:
- The Hapur Wrap Bracelet Necklace by Luc AJ
- The Nobu Earrings by Accessories by G
- The Gold Drop Hoops by White Label
- The Zodiac Ear Cuff by White Label
- The Star Studs in silver by Nylons Jewellery
- The Crystal Leather Choker by White Label
WHERE TO GO
Staying on the island meant we needed to catch the ferry to go to Kowloon, which is part of the closer mainland Chinese section of HK. This is definitely a shopper’s paradise – there was no shortage of designer stores! The ferry is so easy (and cheap) to catch, and very much worth the experience.
Staying on HK island, I loved that we just kept finding all these markets. Some are definitely not for the faint hearted (i.e., the 'wet' markets, which sell fish on the streets) but there are markets with antiques, or just tourist-y goodies!
Tung Wah Ceramic Store: Stauntan Street, Soho
I am a sucker for homewares and didn't want to leave without purchasing a tea cup. This store was only a 10 minute walk from our hotel and was perfect for grabbing patterned ceramics.
Man Mo Temple
This was under construction when I went to visit, but was still open. It is the temple dedicated to the gods of literature and war – it was built in 1847. It’s a surreal feeling to enter such a serene, quiet temple on such a busy road.