Welcome to part 2 of my travel diary in Hong Kong! If you haven’t read it yet, part 1 is right here. For those who don’t know, last month I spent a few days (definitely not enough time) in Harbour City. It’s a huge area spanning over 2 million square feet (yeah, THAT big) with loads of shops, cinemas, restaurants, 3 hotels & cultural events. You could literally live there without ever having to leave!
I stayed at Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, which was a really classy joint. Just check out the stunning harbour view I could see from my room! My OMG moment was actually at the breakfast buffet where they served fresh raspberries and strawberries (miss these too much in Asia!), and a dairy free bircher muesli (amongst loads of other yummy things)! There was also some gluten-free bread, so those with intolerances or strict diets will appreciate the range of food available. Also this was the first time I had a mobile phone provided in my hotel room, which I took around with me to make free local calls and texts, but most importantly – use the internet tethering! Hence my flood of Instagram posts whilst I was there.
As you can imagine I was pretty stoked when I realised there was going to be a Japanese festival during my stay at Harbour City. There were sake tastings and a Japanese instrumental group called Bati-Holic who performed on the taiko (Japanese drum). When they asked the audience who wanted to learn how to play, obviously my hand shot straight up. Gotta represent my Japanese roots right? The look of glee on my face kind of gives it away, but I had too much fun. I also dropped by Gallery by the Harbour to see a beautiful watercolour exhibit by artist Shen Ping. Cultural events aside, I visited Page One Bookstore which had a crazy colourful and trippy interior! The store was fitted with black reflective surfaces and you feel like you’re inside a maze!
Time wasn’t my friend on this trip so I didn’t shop too much (I think there’s around 450 of them so you’d need weeks to see the whole place). I did get to have a quick look at Repetto and Rebecca Minkoff though (someone please bring her to the Philippines).
Although my time was limited, knowing me, I was still able to indulge in quite a few cafes and restaurants. I had serious withdrawal symptoms after leaving Hong Kong because I missed the food so much! Here are some of the places I would recommend:
Sen Ryo – Best Japanese I’ve had in a while! Had a serious feast here, super fresh seafood. If you’re in to Japanese food definitely drop by – the sushi is made with produce which comes directly from Tsukiji market in Japan.
C’est la B – A really cute cafe & restaurant where food meets fashion. The interior is a mix of black walls and bright colourful accessories. Although they’re known for their designer cakes, their savoury options were fantastic, and the food arrived in awesome neon bento boxes. Delicious veggie options!
Cucina – I loved the high tea at Cucina (in Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel). It was beautifully presented, and the perfect amount of sweet and savoury, with nothing which was overly heavy. I lost my photos from this cafe but you can sit next to windows which have stunning harbour views!
Dalloyau – I can’t believe I lived in Paris for a year and didn’t know about this place! Dalloyau is a family owned dessert company from France (est 1682!), and they’ve recently opened up in HK. Their macaroons are made with 100% natural colourings and are entirely free of preservatives! It’s a really cute place to grab some tea, with an airy bright marble entrance and beautifully crafted cakes.
So there you have it – my short and sweet stay in Hong Kong. Can’t wait until I’m back to visit again, but my next destination will be somewhere else in Asia which is very close to my heart…