Little New York in Asia, that’s what people told me when I said I was going to Hong Kong. I totally agree, except it’s not little.
It has been my first time in Asia and Hong Kong couldn’t be a better start.
What a vibrant city! I’ve been staring my eyes out during the time I’ve been here.
And I loved every bit of it.
Starting with a very relaxed flight from Amsterdam to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific Airlines. We upgraded to Premium Economy and had a very relaxed flight, including good food, a very friendly staff and enough movies for 11 hours. Never have I had such a relaxed flight. And that coming from me, with my fear of flying, says something.
We arrived at Hong Kong around 7am in the morning, and we went straight to our hotel. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in central. After we took a (long) nap we went to the city to see some cool things.
During this trip to Hong Kong I visited a few places that I would definitely recommend.
Twenty Six by Liberty
26/F Stanley 11, 11 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
This famous restaurant is located in Hong Kong Central and you will find it on the (surprise) 26th floor. But there are also only 26 seats available. So it is an intimite place where all the seats are stalled around the kitchen. You will always have a
‘Chefs Table’ in this case. But you can be seated at the side of the kitchen where the chef makes up the plates so you have a real live experience.
In the kitchen you will find famous German Michelin chef Bjoern Alexander, who worked in famous kitchens, such as the Al Muntaha Restaurant in the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. He cooks
high class, modern dishes, but here in a location that feels urban, relaxed and slightly like Berlin. Most important: Very yummy. So no pressure to wear high heels when going here, though you would not be overdressed since people in Hong Kong are mostly dressed up when going out for dinner. Since there are only 26 seats and this hotspot is famous for it’s good food, make sure make a reservation in time!
We had a fantastic 10-course dinner here and we loved every dish. This chef knows what he is doing.
Due to the staring eyes of the visitors in the kitchen there is no stress. Or at least, they know how to hide it. The team is well drilled and works hard, but co-ordinated and quick. No screaming and running cooks in this kitchen. It is a very nice and welcoming place and you can have a chat with the chef which makes it very fun. He is a very passionate and friendly chef, who made our experience complete.
33-35 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Yardbird is one of those places you must have heard about. You don’t pass it
easily. You have to know where it is. Luckily, it has become a famous place and
you will always have to wait a while before you will be seated, since it is always crowded. But it’s worth it!
It is fun, the food is very good and the people are a mixture of expats and locals.
You can order a beer here or a cocktail. For me it was a very nice place. Due to the
crowdiness it is a place where you can eat and drink with friends and relax.
The streetstyle food comes quickly so it’s not a place to wine and dine for hours.
Our favorites? The KFC, Sweet corn Tempura and Yakitoru Thigh.
2/F EAST, 29 Taikoo Shing Road
Sugar is a rooftopbar on top of the EAST Hotel.
With a stunning view over the harbour you will enjoy high end cocktails here with nice beats in the background. It has a New York kinda vibe and they serve many many different cocktails a long with a few bites.
International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, Hongkong
Maybe one of the most famous rooftop bars in the world since it is also the highest one in the world. Located on the top floor of the Ritz-Carlton hotel you will have
a breathtaking view over Hong Kong. You can sit inside or outside and it is both worth a try. This is definitely a must see. If it’s only just for the view…. Absolutely astonishing!
Queen’s, The Landmark York House, Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hongkong
Amber is the two Michelin star restaurant in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental.
You will find Chef Richard Ekkebus in the kitchen who will serve you beautiful contemporary French dishes.
It is the number 4 on the list of the 50 best restaurants in China of 2016.
The restaurant has beautiful copper pipes at the cealing and it is one of those places you must have visited once in your life.
This trip was amazing and I wish I could have seen and done more. But hey… That’s for my next trip and I will update this
list everytime I go to Hong Kong. Just to make sure you have a Life well Travelled.