48 Hours in Hong Kong with Helen Chik
Want to fall in love with the city of Hong Kong? Join Helen Chik, Market Editor of Grazia Magazine, for 48 hours in this city of lights, food, skylines, and fashion.
GO TO PLACE FOR YOUR CAFFEINE FIX?
The great thing about the central areas of Hong Kong is that there is a great Aussie expat community, which means you’ll find a ton of coffee places that serve great coffee (and yes… we know our coffee). My favourite local is Winston’s Coffee (213 Queens Road West, Sai Ying Pun) – pretty conveniently located right next to the MTR entrance and a main road in Hong Kong.
BEST BREAKFAST YOU HAD?
I guess when you’re in Hong Kong; you must have Yum Cha for brunch because it would be sacrilegious not to.
If you want to try the cutest looking buns on the planet then you need to head to Yum Cha (@yumchahk) and this picture will explain why they’re so popular!!
BEST AREA FOR SHOPPING?
It really depends on what kind of shopping you want to do but for souvenirs, random knick-knacks or novelty phone cases then you’ll want to head over to Mong Kok. Temple Street, Sneaker Street and the Ladies Markets are definitely the best - you could literally spend hours in there. Lots of food available in the area and you can really get a local experience from some of the food stalls available.
I was visiting almost every second month and the one place that I absolutely loved was a tiny BBQ skewer shop that was in Sai Ying Pun that my best friend and I would go at least twice each time I was in town. The place is literally called BBQ and it’s basically just a little shop front that you would otherwise walk right past because it doesn’t have any fancy bells or whistles to it which makes it that much better.
BEST VIEW OF THE SKYLINE?
The Peak for sure - it's where Sportsgirl shot their current campaign! There are so many look out points up at The Peak where you can get the perfect panoramic view of the concrete jungle against Victoria Harbour. If you hang around long enough you’ll watch the sun go down and the city come to life in all its neon glory.
BEST AREA TO GET LOST EXPLORING?
I think if you get the time whilst in the city then taking one of the many hiking trails behind the city is definitely worthwhile. Dragon’s Back is the most popular but also the easiest in terms of difficulty. The Twins is also a great (but challenging) hike and you can literally hop on a bus on the other side and head to one of the secluded beaches like Repulse Bay or Stanley Bay. You’ll get to see quite literally another side of Hong Kong.
MOST AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE?
I feel that the Island side of Hong Kong is the modern part of the city that we often see with all the skyscrapers but I feel that the real Hong Kong begins on Kowloon side. The food places that look a little dirty and dingy are the places where you’ll find THE best food.
MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE DESTINATION?
I’ve actually dedicated an entire post to this here but my absolute favourite would be Choi Hung Estate (also known as the Rainbow Estate). You can truly get a glimpse of the true Hong Kong here as well as get that perfect Instagram worthy shot - just like in Sportsgirl's October campaign, as it was shot there!
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