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Insider Guide

Hong Kong

Open your eyes to Asia's most global city.

Insider Guide Hong Kong

When in Hong Kong, You Must

Know Before You Go

The spa at W Hong Kong offers a Forever Young package of high tech treatments that will make you feel like a million bucks.

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Treat Yourself

Talk Like a Local

Learn the slang from the streets.

靚仔 Leng Jai 靚女 Leng Lui

/'lāng - jäi/
/'lāng - lū ee/
adj.
Pretty boy, pretty girl
Leng lui, hi, how've you been?!

Neighborhoods to Explore

West Kowloon provides a getaway to the rest of Hong Kong. Sitting pretty amid the city's most happening nightlife, historical art districts, intriguing heritage sites, and the World’s third tallest building, and all just mere steps away from the majestic waterfront icon, W Hong Kong.

1. Sai Ying Pun

Easy to get to, but away from the busier parts of the city. Sai Ying Pun has a great mix of old and new—local markets and fish shops, as well as new restaurants and bars popping up. You are bound to find a good restaurant or café to satisfy your cravings.

2. LKF + Soho

The clubbing and drinking district in Hong Kong. Whether you want throwback beats with jello shots or a quiet sit down place to have the perfect martini with your friends, you’ll find what you need here. Sprinkled amongst the clubs and bars, you’ll find great restaurants as well.

3. Mong Kok

If you want to shop for more authentic local brands, Mong Kok is the right place to go. And if you fancy any small trinkets or souvenirs, head on over to the street markets.

4. Tsim Sha Tsui

Across the harbor on Kowloon side, take a walk by the pier and catch the best view of Hong Kong possible. After that, venture farther to walk along the streets and get a vibe of Hong Kong. You’ll get everything here—shopping, cafes, restaurants, and massages.

W Hong Kong
Austin Road West, 1號, Station
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Ultimate Access to Hong Kong

hk speakeasy

Foxglove

Printing House, 2/F, 6 Duddell St, Central

A speakeasy hidden behind an umbrella shop, located in the heart of the city but tucked away to avoid the rowdy crowds. Custom martinis tailored to your palette, hidden rooms, and live music playing—you’re in for a good night here.


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Don’t ask, “is this the bar?”

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Ophelia

Shop No41A, 1/F The Avenue, 200 Queen's Rd E

Flirt with your senses at Ophelia. The elaborate interiors seduce you with decadence, designed by Ashley Sutton. Paying homage to the Far East, waitresses are decked out in traditional cheongsams and the hidden corners throughout the space are a nod to the 19th century upscale opium dens.

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Try their Scandal Rhapsody—tea flavored cocktails are hard to do, but they do it right here.

hk restaurants

Mott 32

Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd

Gorgeous interiors throughout the entire restaurant that provides a romantic ambience, or just an intimate vibe for family. A modern take on Chinese food, as well as transforming local beverages into new cocktails.

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Pre-order the BBQ pork, and also try their Hong Kong iced tea. BBQ pork and iced tea are HK staples, and their alcoholic take on the iced tea is perfection.

hk dance clubs

Studio

On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace

Whatever mood you’re in, Studio has the music to match it. Early evening happy hour drinks with chill lounge beats, or perhaps live jazz after dinner? Or, perhaps you just want late night deep house? They’ll have you covered.

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Order their Oaxacan Old Fashioned—a twist on a classic, with a tequila base instead.

Hong Kong Essentials

hong kong packing guide

Pack these things in your suitcase to make your stay in Hong Kong a hit.

1. Bathing Suit

Suit up to lay by our rooftop pool, the highest outdoor pool in Hong Kong!

2. Duffel Bag

Bring along an extra duffel bag for all that extra shopping you’re going to do.

3. Dress Smart

A cocktail dress for her and button down with slacks for him when you want to hit the town.

4. Sneakers

After hitting the city streets, find a breath of fresh air on a nature hike. These sneakers are clean and cool.

Spotted in Hong Kong

hk boutiques

Konzepp

50 Tung Street

With design collaborations within the local Hong Kong creative community and abroad, the shop encourages multicultural creative dialogs in one cool new space.

Aberdeen Street Local

Aberdeen Street Local

41-49 Aberdeen St

This Mediterranean restaurant and bar has an amazing outdoor terrace. It’s the perfect space to relax, cocktail in hand, and enjoy some mezze while people watching.

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Sky100

1 Austin Road West

The highest indoor observation deck in Hong Kong, Sky100 is connected to the W Hotel and is the ultimate spot to soar high above the city on the 100th floor of the tallest building in town.

Brickhouse

Brickhouse

20 D’Aguilar Street

A hidden mexican restaurant tucked in an alley in Lan Kwai Fong. Try nemo tacos or the oxtail croquettes while sipping on a Cubano.

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