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A traditional Chinese dish

A Culinary Tour

The Hong Kong peninsula is nothing short of foodie paradise. Walk the city’s energetic streets, and you’ll find locals eating pretty much any time of day (and night, for that matter). To get a true taste of the city, experience both the old-school authentic institutions — which serve chewy noodles, piping hot buns and towers of delicious dim sum — and the new guard of restaurants, which are defining the future of Hong Kong cuisine. Along the way, sip plenty of sophisticated creations from the city’s white-hot cocktail scene.   

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Day

1

Morning
  • Pick Up Some Fresh Pastries.

    Opened in 1942, hole-in-the-wall Kee Tsui Cake Shop specializes in traditional Chinese baked goods. Go for the crisp pastries filled with sweet bean adzuki bean paste and served fresh from the cooking irons.

  • Get Your Caffeine Fix.

    Instead of hitting one of the ubiquitous chain coffee stores, jump-start
    your morning with a to-go drink from Maison, a stylish café that serves strong Vietnamese coffee, iced-blended matchas (green tea powder) and inventive iced teas.

Midday
  • Peruse This Hands-On Museum.

    Work off some calories while browsing Liang Yi, Hong Kong’s biggest private museum. It’s a 20,000-square-foot trove of rosewood altar tables, ornate dressers and other Chinese antiques. Most unusually, you can touch, sit on and otherwise interact with the pieces of the collection.

  • Eat Some of the World's Finest Dim Sum.

    Many dim sum restaurants purchase frozen product but every shrimp dumpling and custard tart from the renowned Lin Heung is prepared, painstakingly, by the masterful hands of Chef Wong Kam Shing and his staff. There will probably be a wait, but it’s worth every minute.

Afternoon
  • Sample the Street Food.

    Even if you don’t have room to sample all the bites at the stalls of Causeway Bay — ranging from kid-friendly crisp, buttery egg waffles to more daring traditional tripe dishes — the colorful scene provided by the vendors is enough reason to visit.

Evening
  • Give Your Go-To Drink a Break.

    The sisters who run The Woods have applied the seasonal dining movement to cocktails. Don’t miss one of their more daring concoctions, the Mushroom Bourbon, which gets its earthiness from oyster mushrooms.

  • Take a Detour to Vietnam.

    Bartenders around the world make pilgrimages to enjoy the cocktails in this city. One of their first stops: the dimly lit J. Boroski Mixology, where they canenjoy burnt orange and thyme Negronis with freshly cut ice under the bar’s handsome leather-lattice ceilings.

Day

2

Morning
  • Skip the Morning Eggs.

    For breakfast, many locals enjoy congee, a savory porridge often topped with green onions, shredded chicken and sesame oil. You can find it at many stalls but the gingery bowls at Sang Kee Congee are particularly flavorful.

Midday
  • Visit an Awe-Inspiring Monument.

    Take a ferry to Lantau Island and then a glass-bottomed cable car to the town of Ngong Ping to view the Big Buddha, a 112-foot-tall statue constructed of 202 bronze pieces. It’s big enough that, on a clear day, you can spot the relic from Macau.

  • Try a Traditional Vegetarian Meal.

    Many dim sum restaurants purchase frozen product but every shrimp dumpling and custard tart from the renowned Lin Heung is prepared, painstakingly, by the masterful hands of Chef Wong Kam Shing and his staff. There will probably be a wait, but it’s worth every minute.

Afternoon
  • Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth.

    The parfaits from Oddies have become a bit of a phenomenon in Hong Kong and on Instagram. They’re indulgent and anything but simple: fresh fruit, sweet sauces, various ice creams like caramelized banana, and a giant waffle assembled in a to-go cup.

  • Travel by Escalator

    One way to get around the hills of the Central District? The world’s largest covered escalator system, which stretches about a half-mile. Hop off at any stop for bars, restaurants and shopping, or ride it to the top, which takes about 20 minutes standing.

Evening
  • Indulge Before Dinner.

    Get dinner off to a solid start with a glass of champagne at the hotel’s seven-seat Almas Caviar Bar. Top an order of blinis with the house special namesake, Almas Persicus, a rare caviar from the Caspian Sea.

  • Dine With a View.

    Chef Paul Lau Ping Lui of Tin Lung Heen, the hotel’s Cantonese restaurant on the 102nd floor, has two Michelin stars. Experience the six-course Degustation Menu with dishes such as soy sauce abalone, fried rice with crab claws, and salted lamb with spring onions.

  • Explore Hong Kong's Nightlife.

    The city barely sleeps. For live music and local beers, try Peel Fresco, a charming music venue that hosts local jazz and blues acts. For late-night noodles, try the stalls on Yiu Tung Street. Or, after 10 p.m., visit Yau Mei Tei, a fruit market that sells exotic offerings, including flavorful durians, until dawn.