Fleeting Fancies: Exploring Hong Kong On The Fly

The stopover city to end all stopover cities, Hong Kong is a place that lends itself to a short stay. Fast paced, perfectly compact, and buzzing with energy, this island city is bursting with possibilities, and whether you’ve got eight hours or eight days to play with, you’re bound to find your way. Want to navigate this bustling destination on the fly? This guide will help you find your footing, stat. From the packed urban streets to the soaring city skyline, find an angle of Hong Kong that really works for you!

Where to Shop

If you’re in town for a little retail therapy, Hong Kong isn’t likely to disappoint. Catering to a smörgåsbord of styles and tastes, the city has a shop for every kind of shopper; it’s all about finding your spot. Looking for a collection of basics to last you a lifetime? Minimalist haven Grana will be right up your alley. Packed full of thoughtfully designed everyday essentials, Grana ships out all clothing purchases for next day international delivery; heavy shopping bags, be gone!

Honing in on things for the home, stylish souvenir store 15 Squarestreet is where knick-knacks get a modern makeover. Specializing in all things Scandi-cool, this luxe shopping spot is the perfect place in which to pick up a trinket — one with a very contemporary twist — from your stay.

Where to Look

Balancing contemporary urban vibes with those of a scattered oasis, Hong Kong is maybe the most high-low city out there. Taking it all in is practically a rite of travel passage, and getting to a viewing point should be an essential part of your Hong Kong sojourn. No matter how fleeting your visit, find time to head to Victoria Peak, which offers the ultimate view of the city below. Grab yourself a tandem ticket, take in the vast cityscape, and let all of the urban modernism wash over you. Time your adventure well and you might just witness day turn into night, complete with the starry illumination of the buildings below. There’s nothing quite like it.

Where to Eat

To eat in Hong Kong is to know Hong Kong, and no matter where you go, you’re guaranteed a singular experience. Food is fast, fresh, and phenomenal across the city’s districts; it’s all about picking your preferred fare. Traditional food is best experienced at Tin Lung Heen at The Ritz, a place that serves up elegant takes on your Asiatic favourites. At Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, however, things take a decidedly more European turn with French cuisine on the menu. Its gastronomic dishes are both elegant and classic, and the Michelin-starred chefs give even Paris’ finest establishments a run for their money.

Where to Drink

Hong Kong is a place made for the night owl, and even if you only have a few hours to kill, it’s worth waiting for the sun to go down. While there is no shortage of bars in the city, Sevva is always a must, not least for its stunning terrace view. Taking in the city’s harbour, its inimitable skyline, and twinkling urban lights, Sevva provides you with the perfect end to your fleeting visit, toasting Hong Kong in style.

The skyline of Hong Kong

Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.