Knowing what to see in Hong Kong is hard if you have never been there. This video guide looks at some of the hidden gems of “Asia’s world city”.
Fu Lu Shou – Chinese restaurant
The first location on the list is Fu Lu Shou, a quirky Chinese eatery and bar, situated on Hollywood Road, Central. To get inside, you need to visit the company’s Facebook page to find out the four digit code for the door.
Once you’re in, take a short ride on the lift to the top floor and you will be greeted by statues of the three gods that Fu Lu Shou are named after. The signature cocktails are inspired by traditional Chinese ingredients but the food menu centres on the idea of Chinese cuisine that people expect outside of China.
Kennedy Town is a former residential suburb. The district has become the new ‘in’ place for wining and dining due to a sharp increase in the number of restaurants and bars opening in the area.
A great place to be part of the foodie revolution is French restaurant Bistronomique, offering a fine dining experience with a great view of the Hong Kong Harbour.
Another choice is a funky fusion restaurant Missy Ho’s, offering contemporary Japanese fusion cuisine.
Ping Pong 129 Ginoteria
Keeping west on Hong Kong Island is the district of Sai Ying Pun. This area also has many new restaurants and bars, one being Ping Pong 129 Ginoteria. Upon entering the building, you walk down a short staircase and arrive into a vast open space that once housed a ping pong warehouse.
Behind the bar, bartenders chisel large cubes of ice for their signature gin and tonics, served in the traditional Spanish chalice. The atmosphere is electric, but it’s a great place to sit and chat or relax.
PMQ – Police Married Quarters
Next on the list is the Police Married Quarters, now known simply as PMQ. Back in 1951, this large space was once home to the families of the Hong Kong Police, and has now been converted into a cultural hub for artists, designers and restaurateurs.
A few highlights of the space include Kapok, a shop with a focus on Hong Kong designers specialising in accessories, contemporary fine arts gallery Art Projects, and UK chef, Jason Atherton’s third restaurant in Hong Kong, Aberdeen Street Social.
Mr. Ming’s Stamp Shop
The final place can be found whilst walking down the quiet side street of Pound Lane in Sheung Wan. Look for a large window display of wooden stamps underneath the sign Mr. Ming’s Stamp Shop, giving no clue that this is the hip bar restaurant of the moment, Mrs. Pound. You must find the secret switch to open the door and enter the neon-lit restaurant, filled with pictures of the fictional character Mrs. Pound.
The unique restaurant serves simple, but well executed dishes of Asian cuisine, including Bulgogi Pork Belly Skewers and Sriracha Street corn. But the cocktails have also received wide praise, in particular the signature, classic negroni served in a tea cup, just how the fictional Mrs. Pound used to drink it.
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