Luisa Cooper shares with Parlour X her best tips for visiting Hong Kong.
What are the best restaurants in your city?
121 BC 42-44 – Peel Street Central, Hong Kong.
121 BC is great for rustic dishes that change with the seasons & an extensive Italian wine list.
DA DOMENICO – 8 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
A Hong Kong institution…
TOKIE JOES – 16 Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong.
I could go & eat there every day kind. Fantastic Japanese; no frills and damn good.
BLUE BUTCHER – 108 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong.
For steak: you can’t go past Blue Butcher and the best cocktail there is the moonshine.
SERGE ET LE PHOQUE – 3 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
I also love: Serge le Phoque – French private kitchen style dining
LIMEWOOD – Limewood, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong.
Limewood is by the beach, the BBQ fish is amazing.
SHANGRI-LA – Supreme Court Road, Hong Kong.
The Shangri-La on Hong Kong Island has the best Sunday Teppanyaki bar ever.
DUDDELLS – 1 Duddell Street, Hong Kong
Duddells has hands down the best Dim Sum in Hong Kong with an amazing terrace, bar, interiors and art collection.
CHINA CLUB – 14/F Old Bank of China Building, 1 Bank St, Central, Hong Long.
Visit the China Club for the history & the atmosphere…
CHOM CHOM – 58 Peel Street, Hong Kong.
Chom Chom – Great Vietnamese and amazing cocktails.
CHACHAWAN – 206 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong.
Chachawan has the best Thai – think Long Grain in Sydney….
NOSH – 11 Upper Station Street, Hong Kong.
Visit Nosh for a good breakfast – which is very hard to find in Hong Kong.
CAFÉ CAUSSETTE – 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong.
Another great breakfast place located in the Mandarin Hotel.
UPPER HOUSE HOTEL – Pacific Place, 88, Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong.
The Upper House Hotel has the best cocktails, bar food and the restaurant is fantastic. Spend a night here with drinks and dinner. This is my favorite spot to go with the girls and bottle or two of champagne.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL – POMEGRANATE – 8 Finance Street Hong Kong
My favorite late night wonton soup is at the Four Seasons Hotel, they are open late and their wonton soup is famous…
HONI HONI TEAKI BAR – 52 Wellington Street, Hong Kong.
A cool bar with a great terrace.
SALON NUMBER 10 – Salon Number 10, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
The only good place to go out and have a few drinks at the bar and then a good boogie …
What are the best activities for kids in your city?
Baby spas are all the rage in Hong Kong!
LOVERAMICS – 95 Leighton Road, Hong Kong.
Great kids ceramic painting classes.
TINY BITES – CAFÉ CAUSETTE
The Café Causette has a great kids menu.
The Peak tram is a fun trip with kids, (make sure to avoid busy times).
Catch the Star Ferry over to TST to any of the museums.
HONG KONG PARK – 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Hong Kong.
Visit the Aviary and Carp ponds at Hong Kong Park.
HONG KONG ZOO – Albany Road, Central, Hong Kong.
Go to HK Zoo although blink and you’ll miss it.
Repulse Bay has a newly developed kids area and restaurants all along the beaches…
Go on a day trip to Trio Beach – the beach has crystal clear water and sweet beach spot for kids that isn’t too busy.
Big Wave is the best beach in Hong Kong, hidden & protected by the mountains, (yes we have beautiful beaches), its stunning & a favourite for kids & families…
BLACK LINKS HIKE
Black Links Hike – walk and end up at police museum playground. It’s great for kids.
THE STOEP RESTAURANT
Visit Stoep restaurant at Lautau beach. Take a ferry ride to get there – it’s awesome as kids can play in the sand there are also buffalo’s roaming on the beach!
LYARA DAY SPA
26 Cochrane Street, Hong Kong
Visit the Lyara Day Spa for mummy and child mani-pedi.
Make sure to go Junk boating with kids!
Camping is also a great activity with kids in Hong Kong.
What are the best local cultural activities in your city?
Take the monthly Art Basel arts gallery walks.
FOOT REFLEXOLOGY – TEN FEET TALL – 137-141 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Foot reflexology – hands down the best in Hong Kong is Ten Feet Tall.
For fantastic Dim Sum visit the China Club or Duddels. For a more casual affair visit Crystal Jade or Din Tai Fung…
Take a hike over Dragons Back and have lunch at the Stanley boathouse or “Lucys”…
FORTUNE-TELLING – 126 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
Get your fortune told at the Man Mo Temple (or any of the temples)
HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT CARNIVAL
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival is not to be missed.
Hong Kong goes nuts American-style! We have a year round dress-up street called Potting Street and dress up themes are taken very seriously here. There is also a serious costume shop called House of Siren that rents costumes as well as houses private events in their space…
TAI O HERITAGE VILLAGE
The Tai O Heritage Village is a must visit – cool history and an amazing hotel.
Take a walk up the to Victoria Peak from central and then take the tram down (the other way there are crazy queues!0
What is your favourite ‘precinct’ or area of your city?
NOHO (North of Hollywood Road), & Sheung Wan & Sai Ying Pun areas….
Do you have any insider tips for your city that most people wouldn’t normally know about?
There are a tonne of Private kitchens to visit or hold events at…
There are also beaches and hiking galore – most people DONT know that about Hong Kong. I can walk ten minutes above the CBD AND I am in the rainforest…
There are many islands too – you just have to get out of the expat bubble and the huge nights!
I play tennis three times a week- the courts are located amongst the mountains, its epic scenery!!!
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