Journey to Hong Kong
Hong Kong represents the best of ALL worlds. From glittering buildings to small market alleys to challenging trails that provide a view down to the city’s most notable image: Victoria Harbor. But, can it all be done on one trip? Yes! And together we’ll prove it.
Discover Old Town Central
Explore the Great Outdoors
Old Town Central
The Beauty of Old Town Central
While the skyline of Hong Kong evokes its cutting-edge modernity, Old Town Central offers a glimpse into the city’s rich and storied past. Stroll the narrow streets, soak up the sights and sounds of the city’s talented artisans, and snap photos of the abundant colorful signs and storefronts.
As firm believers that the day should begin with a jolt, an early trip to Elephant Grounds is practically non-negotiable. Brightly lit and warmly accented with honey-colored wood, the cafe feels like both community hub and coffee shop. Though it offers a welcoming atmosphere that could be enjoyed all day, there’s much more to be seen in Old Town Central, so drink your coffee and venture on.
The ever-present promise of bao steam buns lingers in Hong Kong’s streets, a quick snack never far out of reach. Traverse the narrow, colorful streets of the city’s SoHo area until you spy a small, box-sized restaurant. Colored robin’s egg blue, featuring glass-doors, and graced by a beneficent cartoonish face, Little Bao doesn’t look like a hotspot. But don’t be fooled. The tiny space is home to every type of bao you can imagine — even some with a thick slab of ice cream in between. The space is small, but the atmosphere is all-encompassing.
The SoHo area is as affordable as it is lively, and you’ll find that trading your reasonable travel accessories for designer replacements won’t run you as much as you think. Bang Bang 70s is a multi-hued wonderland for 70s enthusiasts that is packed to the brim with shoes, bags, accessories, and memorabilia. From patched bell-bottoms to velvet platform heels, the offerings are varied and quirky, proving for a long, fun afternoon of vintage thrifting.
While Hong Kong’s food and shopping options are some of the most eclectic in the world, one of its finest shows is entirely free. The murals of Old Town Central make the area a famed wonderland for street art enthusiasts. Stroll leisurely past intricate renderings of owls, dragons, foxes, and even an epic mural of Bruce Lee. The street art serves as both an homage to city-wide heroes and an opportunity for local and international artists to showcase their dazzling displays of color, perspective, and patterns. Once you’ve captured these creative displays, dinner awaits.
The pull of Hollywood Road is hard to resist. Here, on one of the oldest streets in Hong Kong, you can actually feel the antiquity. Built in 1844, the famed road is home to both old and new establishments, and plays host to one of the most charming eateries in all of Hong Kong for wholesome, healthy meals. Grassroots Pantry is a curious combination of sleek and rustic, creating a modern, yet welcoming vibe. There’s an enveloping stillness in this charming restaurant that is a relief from the buzz of the city, and a visual appeal that extends from the decor to its thoughtfully crafted dishes. Koji smoked carrot crepes or lemon chia seed pancakes, anyone?
End your evening in a place as atmospheric as the city itself. Wood paneled and warmly lit, Club Qing is an excellent locale for Japanese and Scotch Whiskey enthusiasts alike. With a collection that includes over 20 whiskey tasting sets, brews that stretch back to the ‘50s, and a wide selection of wine, craft beer, and unique cocktails, there is truly a drink for everyone.
After exploring Old Town Central, it’s time to refocus on Hong Kong’s stunning outdoor attractions.
The Great Outdoors
Hiking Dragon’s back and beyond
While Hong Kong is a hub for cityscape enthusiasts, it’s also an incredible locale for explorers and adventurers — after all, nearly three quarters of Hong Kong’s land is pristine wilderness. From verdant green valleys and towering peaks to crystalline shorelines and trees populated by mischievous monkeys, Hong Kong’s outdoor offerings are not to be overlooked!
Start your outdoor adventures at one of the city’s most beloved natural wonders. You’ll likely notice the resemblance between nearby Lion Rock and its namesake — the unusual outcropping reminded many of a fierce, crouching feline. Wind your way up the mountain amidst dense shrubbery and equally determined climbers, then relish your victory at the top of the trail (the “lion’s head”), which offers a sprawling view of the city below.
Conquering Victoria Peak may be challenging, but the climb is well worth the effort — it boasts one of the most beloved and photographed views of the city. Catching sunrise at the peak is a magical experience, though you’ll have to share the hill with other early birds and passionate shutterbugs.
If you’re willing to venture a quick 30 minutes outside of Hong Kong, you’re in for a special adventure. Make plans to explore the thin, snaking pathway called Dragon’s Back and you’ll be rewarded by seemingly endless lush green ridges, a sparkling South China Sea, and tiny dots of islands — a trek on this spectacular, winding trail is like nowhere else in the city.
Between the winding street of Old Town Central and the sprawling views of Hong Kong’s peaks, it’s hard to choose what we love best – the outdoors or city life. But, that’s the beauty of this place. In Hong Kong you don’t have to choose. Here, city life and outdoors co-exist, allowing visitors to explore it all in one weekend.