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3 days in Hong Kong
9 Mar. 2023
9 Mar. 2023
In recent years, Hong Kong has become an internationally recognised hub of art and culture. One of the world’s leading contemporary art events, where artists, galleries and collectors meet, Art Basel 2023 takes place in Hong Kong from 23 to 25 March. It is the perfect opportunity to (re)discover this vibrant city.
The Lartisien team have set out the perfect itinerary to explore the city’s amazing sights, experience and culinary offering.
Victoria Peak, a hill located on the western half of Hong Kong Island, is one of the best ways to start the day. “The Peak”, as known by the locals, can be accessed either by hiking or the Peak Tram (linking Peak to Central). The Peak Circle Walk is a 3.5 paved pathway to loops around the entire hill. The steep climb leads up to 396 meters above sea level and offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the Hong Kong skyscrapers, Victoria Harbour, Kowloon peninsula and the neighboring mountains.
The historic Hollywood Road is one of the first paved roads in Hong Kong and was completed in 1844, at the start of the British rule. Back then, the road was a prime trading area for sailors and traders. Today, Hollywood Road is known for its antique stores, shops, art galleries, restaurants, and Old World charms.
Visitors can even stop at the famous Man Mo temple and pay their respects to the God of Literature (Man) and God of War (Mo). The Temple is said to predate 1847 and was much more than just a place of worship.
The place was significant for being where Hong Kong Chinese citizens would gather to resolve civil issues and as well as where illiterate workers would be able to request the Man Mo letter-writers to send their messages home.
Today, visitors often have their fortune told using the sacred oracle sticks at the temple.
The interior of Man Mo restaurant is friendly with large tables and counter seating, but what makes this restaurant so interesting is its Dim Sum. Drawing inspiration from the rich Chinese culinary traditions and infusing it with European flavors, Man Mo revisits the Dim Sum experience, alongside classics such as the steamed buns, fried rice and noodles, and more.
There, guests can find unique East-meets-West items such as a ratatouille dim sum or a Truffle Brie dim sum, and the Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao, among others.
The industrial looking neighborhood is one of the most culturally significant area of Hong Kong Island. Filled with art galleries, furniture showrooms, restaurants, bars, and event spaces, Wong Chuk Hang is a perfect example of the cosmopolitan nature of the city. There, visitors can come across local craft beer breweries, food markets, ceramic studios, all housed within old, historic buildings that were once factories and quays.
The Monster Building is an iconic property grouped by 5 connected buildings located on Kings Road, Quarry Bay. The five blocks house 2,243 unites, across its 18 floors, with around 10, 000 residents. The building has become the darling of photographers and has even made its way in a number of blockbusters such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Ghost in the Shell (2017).
Located in the penthouse of the Prince’s Building in Central, SEVVA impresses with unbeatable, panoramic views of the city. The restaurant-bar-lounge offers a sensory experience, combining food, music, and art.
The spot is particularly exciting at night, when its signature cocktails are paired with stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline.
A 2-minute walk from SEVVA, China Club is a stunning Michelin star restaurant in Hong Kong. Boasting a retro-chic, Shanghai-style décor, with lots of woodwork and dark wood furniture, atmospheric lights, and traditional paintings, the restaurant features a traditional Hong Kong Chinese menu.
The restaurant occupies the top 3 floors of the old Bank of China Building, with floor 13 being the main dining room. Floor 14 and 15 house private dining rooms, the Long March Bar, and the gaming rooms for guests who want to partake in a match of cards or mah-jong, a popular tile-based game developed in 19th century China.
The restaurant also owns a library filled with thousands of ancient books on China and Chinese culture.
For those who want to dive right into the local experience, there is no better place than the Kowloon Markets. It’s crowded and loud, but there is the life force of the city. The Markets are filled with over 400 stalls, clumsily fitted to one another, selling everything from jewellery to semi-precious stones, famous jade Buddha statues, trinkets and accessories, fruits, flowers, snacks and street food, and even pets, such as birds in beautiful wood cages.
Modelled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, the Avenue of Stars is located along Victoria Harbour waterfront, and honours the stars and celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry.
Visitors may find plaques honouring celebrities such as superstars Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, and Tony Leung among others. In passing, admire one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Hong Kong skyline.
A recent addition to the Hong Kong artistic and cultural landscape, the M+ Museum is located in the West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong. The museum exhibits a vast collection of 20th and 21st century art, including visual art, design, and architecture, as well as moving image.
Located on the 102nd floor of the International Commerce Center skyscraper, at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, the 2-Michelin-starred Tin Lung Heen impresses with a superb décor and a mouth-watering Cantonese menu.
Within a high-ceilinged setting of red wood veneer, lantern chandeliers, and panoramic views of the sprawling city underneath, the restaurant’s elegant setting serves as the stage for a traditional culinary experience that includes classics such as dim sums, double-boiled chicken soup, and the chef’s signature barbecued Iberian pork.
A new kind of department stores, K11 is a mix of boutiques and art galleries to offer a new consumer experience that flirts with culture. Shows and artistic performances are offered in its aisles.
Known for its effervescent Night Market, Temple Street is closed off to traffic as from the afternoon to allow for the massive influx of visitors and shoppers. While the place may be crowded, it is also one of the most immersive experiences in Hong Kong.
The flea markets of Temple Street are known for men’s fashion, accessories, antiques and trinkets such as vintage lighters, newspapers, videotapes, cassettes, among other things. Visitors can also enjoy a number of activities such as fortune telling, watching a live Cantonese opera show, food stalls and tea houses, and more.
Nestled at the heart of Causeway Bay since 2019, Roganic is the Michelin-starred restaurant of British Chef Simon Rogan. Focusing on local and sustainable ingredients, Roganic explores a farm-to-table dining experience at the heart of the city, which was inspired by the chef’s own 3-Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Enclume. Within its contemporary décor, guests are invited to discover the chef’s European menu, with dishes such as the poached lobster in lobster head cream, or even the bee pollen cake for dessert.
A beautiful fishing town, located on the western side of Lantau Island, the village was once known for being a base for smuggling and piracy. Today, Tai O is known for its stilt-houses, and a number of historic buildings such as the Yeung Hau Temple, the Old Tai O Police Station, and the Hung Shing Temple among others.
Known as the Venice of Hong Kong, tourists often flock to Tai O to catch a glimpse of the Chinese white dolphins and to experience the local community’s lifestyle.
Located outside of Hong Kong city, Tai Long Wan Beach is often hailed as one of the most spectacular beaches of the Sai Kung Peninsula. Nestled in the middle of the lush green mountains and the turquoise lagoon, Tai Long Wan is also a popular surf destination.
A 3-Michelin-starred restaurant located in the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, at the heart of Central, Caprice invites guests to explore French contemporary cuisine within a Baroque-inspired décor, and views over Victoria Harbour.
Headed by Chef de Cuisine Guillaume Galliot, Caprice impresses with a Menu Connaisseur which allows guests to sample a variety of specialties, such as the Crabe Royal d’Alaska, the Soup d’Hiver à la Truffe, or the Boeuf Kagoshima, as well as an extensive list of wine and cheese.
Located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront, the Rosewood Hong Kong’s 65-storey brings guests to the beating heart of Kowloon, whilst always serving as a tranquil abode from the city’s effervescence and excitement.
Appearing like a cascade of glass, cement and steel, the Rosewood Hong Kong fully reveals itself when you enter it. The interiors, courtesy of Tony Chi, are opulent in an inconspicuous fashion. The common areas feature polished wood, glass, leather, while the design incorporates traditional Chinese elements within the otherwise geometrical style.
The hotel’s impressive 413 rooms and suites boast an interior design that feels welcoming and intimate, almost residential and offer incredible views of Victoria Harbour.
On the culinary side, the Rosewood Hong Kong offers no less than 10 restaurants and bars.
Besides the Italy-themed Bluhouse, the dessert and confection outlet Butterfly Patisserie, and the Butterfly Room where guests can relish a glamorous Afternoon Tea, the hotel also boasts the Michelin-starred CHAAT, with its menu inspired by Indian street food and a décor that mixes Indian influences with American bar atmosphere, thanks to elements such as folk frescoes, green velvet circular booths, and fine wood paneling.
Henry’s Restaurant, with its mainly brown American diner decor, is the hotel’s grill, while The Legacy House, the Cantonese restaurant, with its industrial design, offers great views of the city.
The DarkSide with its velvet-clad midnight blue and purple décor invites guests to enjoy its sultry jazz atmosphere and is listed as one of the 50 best bars in the world.
To complete its offering, the Rosewood Hong Kong offers the services of its Asaya Spa. Guests can enjoy massages and beauty treatments, as well as hypnosis and astrology sessions, individual and family therapies, and singing bowls and expressive arts therapies.
The Asaya Spa also offers access to a 25-meter outdoor infinity pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Location: Rosewood Hong Kong No18, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Transfer: 30 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport
Opening period: All year
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