OCCUPATION: Part-time business owner, part-time Master’s student in environmental management.
MY STYLE IS: Modern, vibrant, and lofty colonial best describe my home–nothing cold and minimal. Fashionwise, I mix Zara & H&M with Roger Vivier and Kate Spade, and add splashes of color on to a black or gray canvas most of the time.
I LOVE HONG KONG BECAUSE: There is a wide range of activities within this small city. You can literally head out for high-end shopping during the day, and then set your camping tent up on a beach by sunset.
The Four Seasons Hong Kong
Earning a reputation as one of Hong Kong’s finest hotels is, in a city known for attracting sophisticated travellers, no easy feat. Still, the Four Seasons hovers undeniably at the top, its sleek premises attracting out-of-towners and locals alike. While locals come for the spa, lounge, and lauded Lung King Heen dim sum eatery, tourists will enjoy the added bonus of the hotel’s amazing concierge service, which offers up tips on Victoria Peak, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, shopping, eats, and more.
LockCha Tea House
“Tea is everywhere in China, but good tea is rare.” Such is the premise of LockCha, a Canton-style teahouse in Central. Visitors can sip one of more than a hundred varieties of tea in the establishment’s soothing interiors, accompanied by a traditional Cantonese lunch or dinner. LockCha is so passionate about tea that it hosts a number of events centered around the drink, such as tea classes and the Tea and Life Cultural Salon.
The upscale and modern interiors of Sushi Kuu are a perfect compliment to the food; this Hong Kong sushi staple is not for a quick meal or California roll, but for diners with the taste, and budget, to splurge on Japanese delicacies. Like the Ankimo, for example: a dish of monkfish liver rubbed with sea salt and rinsed with sake, which holds a respectable place on CNN’s list of the world’s most delicious food. Foie gras of the sea and tabletop ice sake dispensers might make this restaurant better for date night, but pint-sized palettes will likely enjoy the deep fried Japanese chicken and yuzu ice cream.
Lily & Bloom
Stepping into the dark, heady interiors of Lily & Bloom might make you feel like you’ve headed back overseas, and will certainly make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Hong Kong’s esteemed bar-and-brasserie combination takes its inspiration from the turn-of-the-century west, with a seductive interior that touts a prohibition-era aesthetic. But the dimly lit Lily shows no shortage of Giggle Water—its cocktails are a lesson in aged alcohols and fresh mixers, like the house-made raspberry vinegar that goes into the pineapple mint julep. Bloom, meanwhile, boasts a raw bar and full menu, along with its own selection of sophisticated nightcaps.
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
A zoo or garden is one of the best ways to pass an afternoon with kids in tow, and Hong Kong’s makes a great escape from the city’s bustling streets. The 13-acre park is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, and introduced wildlife to its makeup in 1876, with a major expansion in the 1970s. Now it is home to 400 birds, 70 mammals and 50 reptiles. Be sure to visit the children’s playground on the eastern part of the park, also referred to as the Old Garden.