The 8 Things to Do First Time in Hong Kong

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We recently traveled to Southeast Asia, stopping along the way in Hong Kong for three days, and managed to squeeze in a ton of activities. Here is a list of things we recommend to do while in Hong Kong!

8. Yum Cha Cafe (Instagram Worthy)

We had a local friend take us to Yum Cha Cafe for our first meal here in Hong Kong consisting of entertainingly decorated dim sum. Dim sum is a traditional tea brunch that consists of bite sized portions of steamed baskets or plates of small proportioned food.

Yum Cha Cafe serves up Instagram worthy, artsy bite-sized delicatessens. I am going to rate this place an 8/10 for flavor.

Location: 20-22 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, China


7. Kau Kee Restaurant

After grabbing some dim sum, I would recommend making your way over to Kau Kee Restaurant in Central for, hands down, the world’s best beef brisket noodles! If you’ve ever watched the episode of Seinfeld’s  The Soup Nazi, come line up and be prepared for an entertaining meal at Kau Kee.

We were fortunate enough to arrive at Kau Kee with only a small line forming, and got our bowl of beef brisket fairly quickly.  It was definitely nerve-wracking since we were seated at a table with other people.  They have a “host” standing at the entrance, screaming at people for the next available seat, and will pack you into a table with other people.  In the end, it is all worth it since the beef brisket is cooked to a soft perfection and the broth is super flavorful!

Location: G/F., 21 Gough Street, Mid-Level, Central, Hong Kong, China

Kau Kee Restaurant Central Hong Kong

6. Quinary

After your satisfied and stuffed, make your way over to Quinary, which is a close walking distance from Kau Kee. The drinks here are top notch, made by the world’s best mixologists and almost reminiscent of your local speak easy environment.  Our drink of choice was the Oolong Tea Collins!

Location: G/F, No.56-58 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, China

5. Victoria Peak (The Peak)

If you enjoy sightseeing and want the best view of Hong Kong’s breathtaking harbor, make sure you add Victoria Peak to your itinerary.  It’s fairly easy to find your way to Victoria Peak from the subway, but it is about a 15-20 minute walking distance.  If you follow signs that lead you to the Peak Tram, then you are heading in the right direction but be prepared for a 30-45 minute wait on a busy weekend.  PRO TRAVEL TIP: Take an Uber up to the peak from the bottom of the Peak Tram area.

Location: 1 Lugard Rd, Hong Kong, China (Formerly Tai Ping Shan)

4. American Peking Food Restaurant

Expat friendly, old Hong Kong style restaurant, with old, grumpy waiters and some of the better Peking duck in Hong Kong!  As you enter this establishment, you can already feel the old ways of Hong Kong, as some of the wait staff here look ancient in age.  Located at the edge of the famous Wan Chai Red Light District, this place has plenty of seating and expats are rotating in and out.  Their Peking duck portion is generous, and will feed a group of four.

Location: 20-24 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China

American Peking Restaurant in Wan Chai

3. Neway Karaoke Box (Basement)

We recommend swinging by Neway Karaoke after your dinner at American Peking and doing the all you can karaoke, all night long!  This establishment is open late and serves up a large alcoholic menu to drink the night away and sing your heart out.  If your adventurous enough, they do have a buffet inside the establishment.

Location: Basement, Novotel Century, 238 Jaffe Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China

Mongkok Shopping District in Hong Kon2. Mongkok Shopping District

Mongkok is like the mecca of shopping in Hong Kong, located in Kowloon.  Upon exiting the tain station, you’ll walk out into the opening, into what seems like Times Square in Asia.  Plenty of street food and shops that stretch for miles!

Shops range from small businesses with knock off merchandise to flagship brand stores such as Nike, Adidas, and H&M.  If shopping is what your looking to do, do not skip out on visiting Mongkok.

Location: Mongkok Tram Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

1. Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

In all of it’s awe and glory, sits the Tian Tan Buddha atop Lantau Island at the Po Lin Monastery.  People refer to this as the Big Buddha statue and it’s become a staple monument of Hong Kong.  The Tian Tan Buddha is one of the largest outdoor statues in the world and is a must see, even if just for it’s architectural marvel! This is a protected historical site and the only way up is to take a permitted taxi (blue taxi) at the tram station.

Check the weather and make sure it’s a clear day before heading up here, as the fog can certainly mess up any viewing of the Big Buddha statue.

Location: Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China


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