Today Hong Kong is not just the largest financial center in the region, it is the Mecca of modern art, haute cuisine and fashion, a city that combines vibrant sports and nightlife. You will never run out of sights to discover in the former British colony, from the neon-lit streets to the humble fishing villages Hong Kong remains true to its Cantonese roots, perhaps best embodied in its world-famous cuisine and lively street markets.
As the world’s most vertical (debatably the best skyline in the world, Hong Kong is built on less than 50,000 acres, directly resulting in a dense high-rise environment) and arguably futuristic city with high-tech transportation, it’s a fascinating place to explore. Hong Kong is famous for its astonishing views – the skyscrapers embracing the city compose its dazzling metropolitan scenery.
We suggest you dive into the city’s chaotic energy when you use our guide to plan a Hong Kong trip.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Rooms from £480/night
Luxe from £800/night
The legendary Hong Kong hotel opened in 1928 at Victoria Bay in the Tsim Sha Tsui area. 300 rooms were renovated in 2013. The best is to live in one of the 54 suited overlooking the harbor, each of them has a telescope. Guests are welcome to use Roman-style indoor pool, a 2500-meter spa as well as eight bars and restaurants. English tea is served daily in the lobby with snow-white columns and gold moldings.
The upper house
Rooms from £380/night
Luxe from £950/night
A hotel in the heart of Hong Kong Island overlooking Victoria Bay on the 38-49thfloor of the city’s main shopping complex Pacific Place Skyscraper. The 117 rooms feature light wood furniture and panoramic windows and motion sensors are installed to minimize the use of electricity, only hybrid cars are offered for rent. Café Gray Deluxe, a bar and restaurant serving European cuisine, is located on the upper 49th floor, which is prepared mainly from local organic products.
Rooms from £340/night
Luxe form £660/night
The location alone is reason enough to book this historic Hong Kong hotel, but the luxurious spa, excellent restaurants, and cool Captain’s Bar keep guests coming back. Recalling its roots as one of Hong Kong’s first luxury hotels that opened its doors in 1963 the entrance to this Mandarin is all glossy black marble. A famous afternoon tea is served in the Clipper Lounge off one side of the lobby and cocktails and live music in Captain’s Bar off the other. The old-school glamour comes with a prime location, steps from Hong Kong’s well-known business and shopping district.
Conrad Hong Kong
Rooms from £170/night
Luxe from £700/night
Conveniently located in Admiralty, the heart of Hong Kong Island, the Conrad Hong Kong located atop luxury shopping mall Pacific Place Skyscraper, which also houses a great array of restaurants and cafes. Only a short distance from Victoria Peak and many other local landmarks, it’s the perfect place to explore. In-house, guests can look forward to numerous high-tech amenities, six award-winning restaurants and top-notch hospitality.
Rooms from £230/night
Luxe from £470/night
Soaring 56 floors above Pacific Place in Admiralty, the Island Shangri-La offers luxurious accommodation and a Michelin-star restaurant. Superb spa, outdoor pool and 24-hour gym are also available to the guests. Island Shangri-La offers a free shuttle service to Central, Wan Chai and Admiralty MTR station. Enjoy 24-hour butler services, free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and minibar. The hotel’s health club features Hatha yoga classes, indoor and outdoor spa pools, as well as relaxing massage treatments. Award-winning eateries at Hong Kong Island Shangri-La include the Michelin two-star, a Summer Palace Cantonese restaurant.
The Langham Hong Kong
Rooms from £170/night
Rooms from £300/night
Situated in the heart of Kowloon, the hotel is home to the exceptional three Michelin-star Cantonese restaurant T’ang Court and a rooftop pool. The renovated Bostonian Seafood and Grill feature a craft brew bar, a principal dining area and a private champagne room. Local specialties are served at award-winning T’ang Court restaurant. For something lighter, tea and light snacks are available at Palm Court. Famous attractions like Temple Street and Avenue of Stars are just 1km away.
Hong Kong is considered to be one of the best culinary destinations in Asia, Hong Kong offers a multitude of venues and cuisines that keep food lovers interested – from traditional dim sum to creative concepts in which East meets West. Whether you’re in Hong Kong for business or pleasure, one thing is for sure – you are in for an amazing dining experience. Some say Hong Kong is worth visiting for its food scene alone and with a whopping 61 Michelin-starred restaurants, the choices are limitless.
T’ang Court at The Langham, Hong Kong
With three Michelin stars to its name, T’ang Court already stands out among the crowd as one of just four Cantonese restaurants to earn this recognition. The restaurant focuses on authentic Cantonese cuisine with dishes like braised imperial bird’s nest with crab meat and roe. Sumptuous decor recalls the Tang Dynasty, featuring traditional red accents contrasted with contemporary artwork. In 2016, it was listed as one of the “Recommended Rated Restaurants” by Forbes Travel Guide, and “Top 100 Restaurants” by Elite Traveler and “Top 10 Wine Pairing Restaurants Award (Asian Cuisine)” by Wine Luxe Magazine.
Three years after opening, this two-star Michelin restaurant in the city center remains one of the most popular locations in Hong Kong. Shrimp dim sums are impeccable both in taste and in appearance. The interior was invented by the famous London designer Ilze Crawford – there are yellow sofas, palm trees and ficuses in the hall, and white lamps look like Chinese lanterns. Individual, Corporate, Art, Spouse and Overseas memberships are also available.
Caprice at Four Seasons Hong Kong
Located at the Four Seasons Hotel in Central district, the restaurant boasts first-class views of Victoria Harbour, while blending together the aesthetics of France and China for a unique ‘Chinoiserie’ dining experience.Three-Michelin-starred Caprice is on the checklist of just about every food critic eager to try out the restaurant’s fresh, innovative twist on French classics. With a cellar that houses Hong Kong’s largest selection of artisanal French cheeses and carefully-selected wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux.
Summer Palace at Island Shangri-La
Located on the fifth floor of one of Hong Kong’s finest hotels, the restaurant’s oriental interiors and sparkling chandeliers complement authentical China. Authentic Cantonese and seasonal favorites are served in a setting that evokes the grandeur of our Chinese heritage at one-star Michelin Summer Palace. An extensive dim sum menu is also available for lunch. Spearheaded by chef Ip Chi Cheung, the restaurant focuses on using traditional ingredients to create classic dishes.
8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana at Landmark Alexandra
With a bustling atmosphere much like what you would find in Italy, Otto e Mezzo Bombana is a gem of a restaurant that prides itself on delivering the best Italian cuisine available. Owned by Umberto Bombana, one of the premier Italian chefs in Asia, Otto e Mezzo Bombana is the only Italian restaurant outside of Italy to have gained three Michelin stars. Located in the second floor of Landmark Alexandra, the restaurant occupies a total of 4,700 square feet space. Overlooking the famous bustling street view of Chater Road