8 days in Hong Kong

April 7, 2017

8 days in Hong Kong

This was my third visit to Hong Kong! The more I visit Hong Kong, the more I like it.

Who I travelled with
I was travelling with my partner Luke. He’s a foodie and did a ton of research on places to eat in Hong Kong before we left Sydney (he does this for every trip).

What we did
Plenty of eating and shopping! We skipped the big tourist attractions/activities as we’ve both been to Hong Kong previously and I think doing so made Hong Kong a lot more enjoyable.

Where to eat
You can’t go wrong with the list below! Thanks to Luke and his research, every restaurant we went to at his suggestion was amazeballs! I didn’t take any photos of the food but Luke did so if you want to see what we ate, head to thehedonistlife – his photos also appear in the short video I made of our trip.
– Mak’s Noodles for the noodle soup with prawn dumplings – love love love!
– Tim Ho Wan for the steamed egg cake
– Sen-Ryo for the green tea mochi ice cream
– Temple Street Night Market for seafood
– Din Tai Fung for their Xiao Long Bao
– 121BC for their amazing Italian food
– Omotesando Koffee for brunch food
– King of Coconut for their famous coconut drink (I wasn’t a fan at first but after Luke returned for more, I was hooked…)
– Tsui Wah restaurant for breakfast.

Where to shop
– Lane Crawford in Horizon Plaza (outlet). I shopped here on my second and third visit and I know I will be back again! They stock Vince (one of my favourite brands) at heavily discounted prices.
– H&M for their asian/petite-sized clothing (especially work clothes).
– Sasa for face masks, makeup and other skincare products. I regularly purchase from the Sasa online store while in Sydney – it’s relatively cheap and delivery is fast. It’s also free shipping if you spend over US$70.

Where we stayed
1. Inn Hotel Hong Kong – City Vista Double or Twin Room – HK$589 per night (booked via booking.com)
– Extremely happy with our accommodation here!
– Located right by Yau Ma Tei station
– Room was minimal and clean,
– Staff were professional and friendly.
– Dislikes? No iron and the 3-in-1 shampoo / conditioner / body wash.
– Overall review: I’d highly recommend this place to anyone (except those who aren’t big on cosy rooms).

2. Cozy Big Studio in TST near MTR. – A$129.25 per night (booked via Airbnb). I left the following review for the host.

Hannah’s description of the apartment is accurate. The place met our expectations. Instructions and directions provided in advance were clear and easy to understand. Nicholas (who I communicated with) was easily reachable and he replied promptly to our questions. The apartment was spacious, very clean and comfortably furnished. It was a 4-minute walk from Tsim Sha Tsui station which was good. A step outside the building will give you a good range of restaurants and dessert cafes for those lazy nights. The apartment is up 4 set of stairs (no elevator) which can be quite a trek for some especially if you have heavy luggage. It wasn’t much of an issue for me going up to the apartment but when I was leaving with my luggage with an extra 8kg (about 21 kg total) I really struggled to carry it down. The hot water in the shower can be a little temperamental but the water pressure was good! Overall, it was a very good experience and I would def stay again! Thank you Hannah and Nicholas!

Dislikes
– For many of the popular restaurants, you have no choice but to share tables.
– Coffee sold in restaurants are just terrible…

Flight costs
Sydney to Hong Kong (incl, return) – Economy – Direct – Qantas – Feb 2017 = A$636

Music: A song by Kebuder 

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