1 Hour Activities


LANE CRAWFORD
Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.
+852-2118-2288
lanecrawford.com

MONICA VINADER
Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.
+852-3568-6628
monicavinader.com

FOOK MING TONG
Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.
+852-2295-0368
fookmingtong.com

TEA WG
Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.
+852-2796-2828
ifc.com.hk

TIM HO WAN
Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.
+852-2332-3078

IF IT STARTS TO RAIN, HEAD INDOORS

  • Explore Hong Kong’s incredible malls
  • Seek out chic boutiques amongst the international designers

Humid, rainy days in Hong Kong mean one thing: time to explore one of the city’s gloriously air-conditioned malls. Naturally, there’s glittering Pacific Place, just below the Conrad, with every international designer brand you could desire. A few minutes away, in Central, the ifc Mall is another of our favorites. Of course you’ll find the grande dame of Hong Kong’s luxury department stores, Lane Crawford. But you’ll also find lesser-known boutiques worth exploring, including chic British jeweler Monica Vinader’s only Hong Kong outpost. Looking for local souvenirs? You can get your Chinese tea fix at Fook Ming Tong, where you can taste pu-erhs of various vintages, learn the differences between white tea and yellow tea, and how to use the array of accoutrements in which to brew them. Singaporean tea brand Tea WG is also here, for Western-style teas and tisanes, in their signature collection of covetable rainbow-colored tins. Next, seek out Tim Ho Wan on Podium Level 1. You’ll recognize it by the turquoise sign and the line of Hongkongers patiently waiting outside, clutching their order forms. Sure this mini-chain has a Michelin star; we just care that all the offerings (shumai, ha gow, char siu bao) are made using the best ingredients available and taste beyond scrumptious. Just a word to the wise: don’t go hungry, don’t arrive during regular mealtimes, and avoid the weekend at all costs.

The IFC is impossible to miss; just head towards the tallest point in the sky. You’ll pass the Cenotaph – a WWII memorial – as you make your way down Chater Road. When you reach the Central Market on Des Voeux Road, you can’t fail to see it.

LANE CRAWFORD
Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.
+852-2118-2288
lanecrawford.com

MONICA VINADER
Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.
+852-3568-6628
monicavinader.com

FOOK MING TONG
Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.
+852-2295-0368
fookmingtong.com

TEA WG
Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.
+852-2796-2828
ifc.com.hk

TIM HO WAN
Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.
+852-2332-3078

CLASSIFIED
31 Wing Fung St.
+852-2528-3454
classifiedfood.com

BEEF & LIBERTY
Star Street Precinct, 2/F, 23 Wing Fung Street, Wanchai
+852-2811-3009
beef-liberty.com

KAPOK
3 Sun St.
+852-2520-0114
5 St. Francis Yard
+852-2549-9254
EMAIL
ka-pok.com

TSUCHIYA KABAN
G/F, 6 Sun St.
+852-2745-6821
tsuchiya-kaban-global.com

MONOCLE SHOP
1-4 St. Francis Yard
+852-2804-2323
monocle.com

ST.FRANCIS.ST
14 St. Francis St.
+852-2527-7898
stfrancis.com.hk
facebook.com/st.francis.st

HIT STAR, SUN, AND MOON STREETS IN WAN CHAI

  • Shop at Hong Kong’s coolest design and lifestyle boutiques
  • Try a Wagyu burger from a secret rooftop perch
  • Discover a trendy café with freshly ground coffee imported from London

The Star Street Precinct is a neat little hub brimming with hip shops and restaurants, and it’s just a short walk from the Conrad. Start off at Classified on Star Street for a coffee, or have a quick grass-fed Wagyu beef burger on the “secret” rooftop at Beef & Liberty upstairs. Next up: Sun Street to your left, with a branch of design store Kapok, stocking and interesting range of lifestyle goods, from niche magazines and jewelry to totes by local brand Mischa. A few doors down is Tsuchiya Kaban, known for Japanese handmade leather bags. Continue to the end, then slip into the alley on the right, to arrive at St. Francis Yard, where there’s a second Kapok store as well as a Monocle Shop for more minimalist travel accessories and designer tidbits. Wish you’d had a coffee earlier? At the end of St. Francis Yard, you’ll find the diminutive, plywood-clad St.francis.st, a café serving up coffee imported from London roasters Climpson & Sons.

From the hustle and bustle of Queen’s Road East, navigate yourself around a maze of signs and shops – but don’t get too distracted! One of the pedestrian walkways will sneak you into the aptly named Moonful Court; Star Street runs parallel.

CLASSIFIED
31 Wing Fung St.
+852-2528-3454
classifiedfood.com

BEEF & LIBERTY
Star Street Precinct, 2/F, 23 Wing Fung Street, Wanchai
+852-2811-3009
beef-liberty.com

KAPOK
3 Sun St.
+852-2520-0114
5 St. Francis Yard
+852-2549-9254
EMAIL
ka-pok.com

TSUCHIYA KABAN
G/F, 6 Sun St.
+852-2745-6821
tsuchiya-kaban-global.com

MONOCLE SHOP
1-4 St. Francis Yard
+852-2804-2323
monocle.com

ST.FRANCIS.ST
14 St. Francis St.
+852-2527-7898
stfrancis.com.hk
facebook.com/st.francis.st

DUDDELL’S
1 Duddell St.
+852-2525-9191
duddells.co

SHANGHAI TANG MANSION
1 Duddell St.
+852-2525-7333
shanghaitang.com

MAXIM’S PALACE CITY HALL
2/F, Low Block, City Hall, 5-7 Edinburgh Place, Central
+852-2521-1303
maximschinese.com.hk

BEGIN AT THE BEGINNING

  • Immerse yourself in Art-Deco glamour amongst curtains of fragrant steam
  • Sample Hong Kong’s famous dumplings from a local favorite
  • Try Pu-erh tea, a flavorsome fermented brew unique to China

Dim sum, or yum cha, is probably the meal most synonymous with a visit to Hong Kong. The small dishes, designed to be shared, are eaten anytime from early morning to early afternoon. There are plenty of mouthwatering choices for yum cha around town, but Duddell’s, in Central, just above the Shanghai Tang Mansion flagship store, tops our list. The glam, Art-Deco-inspired interiors by designer Ilse Crawford are the perfect backdrop for chef Hin-chi Siu’s creative spin on Cantonese classics. For his delicate shrimp dumplings (ha gow), for example, he replaces traditional bamboo shoots with sweeter diced bell. On weekdays expect some power lunching, but come Saturday or Sunday, it’s all about lounging on the lush outdoor terrace. Your choice whether you pair your dim sum brunch with a flute of champagne or a pot of pu-erh tea (believed to aid digestion). If it’s local color you’re after, head straight to Maxim’s Palace City Hall. The round tables in the cavernous space fill up fast because locals know the dumplings here are fresh and delicious. How to order? Simply stop any of the careening carts to see what’s hiding under their bamboo steamers. Just make sure you have your stamp card, so the server can mark it with your selections. Like many local restaurants, Maxim’s Palace doesn’t take reservations, so try to avoid the lunch hour (12 p.m.-2 p.m.) or be prepared to wait for your dumpling fix. Both restaurants are just a few minutes’ cab ride from the Conrad or one stop away on the MTR.

From the bustle of central station, head past the looming skyscrapers of Peddler Street. When you see the striking white frontage and luxury shops of Central Building, you know you’re near. Duddell’s street winds down opposite the huge Gucci store.

DUDDELL’S
1 Duddell St.
+852-2525-9191
duddells.co

SHANGHAI TANG MANSION
1 Duddell St.
+852-2525-7333
shanghaitang.com

MAXIM’S PALACE CITY HALL
2/F, Low Block, City Hall, 5-7 Edinburgh Place, Central
+852-2521-1303
maximschinese.com.hk

WATSONS
Shop 145, L1, Pacific Place,Phase II 88 Queensway
+852-3169-3333
watsons.com.hk

STOCK UP AT WATSONS

  • Traditional apothecary items in kitsch colors, great to bring home

We think a great cultural immersion tactic is to visit a local drugstore or supermarket, and Hong Kong should be no exception. Here, we always make a beeline for a Watsons (there’s one right downstairs at Pacific Place, but you can find any number of them around the city). Sure, there are plenty of items we don’t know what to do with (lamb placenta essence, anyone?), but we we’ve gotten hooked on the colorful retro packaging of traditional Asian apothecary items, like White Flower Oil and Tiger Balm. Even the cough syrup looks great! Not only are they super-useful (stiff necks, sinus congestion, and persistent airplane coughs be damned), they make great kitschy souvenirs too.

Where verdant greenery reaches up into a science-fiction skyline, head down from Hong Kong Park via the twisting Supreme Court Road. Past the Conrad Hong Kong Hotel, enter the sprawling shopping plaza from Justice Drive. You’ll find Watsons in the centre of the plaza.

WATSONS
Shop 145, L1, Pacific Place,Phase II 88 Queensway
+852-3169-3333
watsons.com.hk

STAR FERRY
+852-2367-7065
starferry.com.hk

DIN TAI FUNG
Shop 306,3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Rd.
+852-2730-6928
dintaifung.com.hk

CROSS THE HARBOR FOR SOUP DUMPLINGS

  • Take a short but memorable trip across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon

Can’t get enough of being on the water in Hong Kong? Neither can we! At midday, join local commuters on a Star Ferry ride from Central or Wanchai to Kowloon ($2.50 HKD on weekdays and $3.4 on Saturdays and holidays). A historical tidbit: These seafaring workhorses have been shuttling Hongkongers across Victoria Harbour since 1898. Pick a seat on the upper deck with reversible benches for unobstructed views. The eight-minute ride goes pretty quickly, so have your camera at the ready. Back on terra firma, in Tsim Sha Tsui, find your way to the Silvercord shopping mall (about a seven-minute walk on Canton Road). It’s home to a branch of Taiwanese chain Din Tai Fung and one of our favorite spots for a quick lunch. There’s always a line, especially during the lunch rush, because their xiao long bao (soup dumplings) are the stuff of legend: delicate, translucent skin; hot broth (don’t say we didn’t warn you); and delicious porky filling. Pair them with a couple of orders of the addictive chile-and-garlic inflected pickled cucumbers and a bottle of local Tsingtao beer, and all will be well in your world.

As you make your way past the finance district’s concrete jungle, aim for Pier no.7 – where Star Ferries departs. You’ll find it near the Observation Wheel as you walk down Man Kwong Street. On the mainland, head up Canton Road for Din Tai Fung.

STAR FERRY
+852-2367-7065
starferry.com.hk

DIN TAI FUNG
Shop 306,3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Rd.
+852-2730-6928
dintaifung.com.hk

TABLA
Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd.
+852-2525-5590
houseoftabla.com

SEVVA
Prince’s Building, 25th floor, 10 Chater Rd.
+852-2537-1388
sevva.hk

ON DINING, KITCHEN & LOUNGE
28/F(dining area), 29/F (lounge) 18 On Lan St.
+852-2174-8100
ontop.hk

GRAB DRINKS WITH A VIEW (AFTER A BIT OF WINDOW-SHOPPING)

  • Enjoy a glass of champagne with a view of Hong Kong’s famous architecture
  • Savor wine and cheese, accompanied by a view to envy

If it’s a tipple with a side of glittering city vistas you’re after, make your way to Prince’s Building in Central. Before heading upstairs, we suggest a visit to Tabla. The boutique’s boho-chic caftans, by Hong Kong designer Tania Mohan, would be suited to a weekend in Ibiza, Phuket, or East Hampton. Next, it’s up to the 25th-floor penthouse and Sevva to join Hong Kong’s movers and shakers for happy hour. A glass of champagne in hand, you can play name-the-starchitect’s-masterpiece. Yes, that’s Norman Foster’s Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank headquarters (HSBC to you and me) there—and that one with all the sexy angles? It’s the Bank of China Tower, by none other than I.M. Pei. A few blocks away, you’ll find On Lan Street, a little lane that’s become home to a veritable trove of chic European fashion designers: Christian Louboutin, Rupert Sanderson, Gianvito Rossi, and Isabel Marant to name a few. (It’s off Wyndham Street, just behind the big Mark’s & Spencer.) There, on the 29th floor of a nondescript office building, you’ll find ON DINING, Kitchen & Lounge. Even their extensive wine list and cheese offerings (unusual in dairy-starved Hong Kong) won’t distract from the killer views from either the indoor or outdoor lounges.

Nestled next to a trio of delightful parks, walk through these wide open spaces as you make your way down Bank Street. When you see the vast HSBC Headquarters, you’re just a few minutes away. Prince’s Building sits on the corner, where you’ll find Tabla and Sevva.

TABLA
Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd.
+852-2525-5590
houseoftabla.com

SEVVA
Prince’s Building, 25th floor, 10 Chater Rd.
+852-2537-1388
sevva.hk

ON DINING, KITCHEN & LOUNGE
28/F(dining area), 29/F (lounge) 18 On Lan St.
+852-2174-8100
ontop.hk