Hong Kong Guide

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In a city devoted to eating and drinking (there’s a Michelin guide stuffed with entries as proof), taking advantage of time between meals is a must. Here's how to do Hong Kong in a day.

The Hot Spots

Explore the map above to see all of The Hollywood Reporter's recommended Hong Kong hot spots. See a full-screen version here.


9:30 AM - Treat Yourself to a Shanghainese Pedicure

The Mandarin Hotel opened in 1963 with interiors conceived by Don Ashton, the art director of films 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' and 'Billy Budd,' and boasts views of the must-see Victoria Harbour. While staying at or visiting this legend, get pampered with the lauded Shanghainese pedicure at the Mandarin Salon on the 24th floor of the hotel, where hard skin on the feet is shaved away using sharp blades, and then massaged and buffed. Samuel So and his family have been performing the spa art form at the hotel since 1989. With its "world-famous" title comes a price tag of $820 Hong Kong dollars, which translates to $105 American. (The Mandarin Hotel. 5 Connaught Road, Central)

11:30 AM - Sample Local Dim Sum at Mott 32

The best dim sum in town? That’s the buzz around this eatery, consistently voted one of the best restaurants in Hong Kong since it opened in 2014. Named after 32 Mott Street in New York (supposedly the site of the Big Apple’s first Chinese convenience store), Mott 32 fuses cutting-edge Western design with the very best pan-Chinese food. Aside from the dim sum, of course, check out the braised eggplant and stir-fried prawns. (Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd, Central)


1 PM - Get Your Art on at Hanart TZ Gallery

Hong Kong, home to Art Basel’s only Asian outpost since 2013, has courted a must-see gallery scene from the West. The festival draws a parade of Hollywood stars — such as Kate Moss, Susan Sarandon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Adrien Brody — but outside of the festivities, art floods the city year round. Head to one of the finest galleries dealing in Chinese contemporary art to see the latest efforts drawing celebrities and collectors alike. For example, Hanart TZ’s “Kung Fu in Africa” exhibition this Spring boasted 32 rare, hand-painted martial arts movie posters from the ‘80s and ‘90s, depicting everyone from Bruce Lee to Jean Claude Van Damme. (401 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central)

3 PM - Pop In for a Fitting at Sam's Tailor

Quality tailoring at breakneck speed has become an art form in Hong Kong. Experience the ultimate in personalized clothes shopping at one of the best known shops in town, which has clothed everyone from Kevin Spacey to Jeb Bush and Bruno Mars. Prices start from $500 and the tailors at Sam’s will be able to walk you through the basics in English, as choosing the right style and fabric from the outset is crucial. Slim and athletic? Double-breasted works well. Tall? A three-button is a safe option. Short? Two-button or even one-button suit and vertical stripes can also help. (Ground Floor K&L Burlington Arcade, 90-94C Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon)

4:30 PM - Sip Tea at the Peninsula

Not only is the lobby of The Peninsula Hotel prime for star spotting (the 4,111-square-foot, $16,000 per night Peninsula Suite is a draw for the elite), it also hosts legendary tea served daily from 2 to 6 p.m. Sip the good stuff in cups of eggshell-thin bone China while eating smoked salmon, egg salad, chicken salad, and prawn and cucumber finger sandwiches. Follow that up with scones made from The Peninsula’s secret recipe, accompanied by strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream. (Salisbury Rd, Hong Kong)


7 PM - Eat Chinese Food at Ho Lee Fook

Trendsetting Black Sheep Restaurant Group, which operates 10 of the coolest dining spaces in town, imported New York City’s Carbone to the SAR in 2014. But this restaurant wins the big prize for its unforgettable name — which translates to “good fortune for your mouth” — and old-meets-new vibe. Inspired by Hong Kong tea restaurants and late-night Chinatown hangouts of 1960’s New York, this funky Chinese kitchen jammed into an unassuming basement is adorned with a wall of individual mahjong tiles, 112 waving cats and two tags left by graffiti artist Space Invader. (G/F No. 1-5 Elgin St, Central)

10 PM - Down Cocktails at Mr & Mrs Fox

Part of Swire Hotels group (which operates the Upperhouse Hotel, a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow) is Mr & Mrs Fox: A cocktailians dream. The three-story restaurant and bar offers a different experience on each level, ranging from the bottom-floor, Mrs Fox, to the middle-floor, Mr Fox, to the upper-level, Den. Rustic and ritzy, the build-your-own gin and tonic menu is a refreshing way to end the night — or keep it going. (23 Tong Chong St, Quarry Bay)

12 AM - Dance the Night Away at Foxglove

A hidden speakeasy begging to be found, this cinematic space brims with glamour and bops with live music. Tucked behind an umbrella shop, patrons must find the right handle to gain access, opening the door to a bygone era. Once inside, the design references are that of a 1950s airplane, ship cabin and train car. The jazz starts at 10 p.m. and weekend closing hours aren’t until 3 a.m. (Printing House, 2/F, 6 Duddell St, Central)

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