HONG KONG HIGHLIGHTS
Hong Kong Highlights
We have spent a fair bit of time now exploring Hong Kong since Bondi Wash launched there last year. We LOVE the city for its delightful mix of old-school British charm and gentility combined with Chinese positivity and high energy.
We have discovered a few favourite places to eat and drink, and things to see and do in and around Hong Kong that we wanted to share with you. When we first arrived, we asked our team in Hong Kong for some of the ‘must-dos’ in their city. Their answer was ‘eating and shopping’, so we will start there!
Belinda, Bondi Wash Founder, is coeliac, so all the places we list here cater for gluten free (not always so easy in Hong Kong).
Pirata. Very new and worth visiting for the food and the feel. Honest Italian home cooking at its best.
29/30F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Asian fusion menu – and much more than just baos (mini hamburgers). Get there early or expect to queue. Try the Pickled Mushroom Salad, The Brussels sprouts and the Gin & Juice and the Salted Caramel Ice Cream for Dessert. Check out the staff for Hong Kong’s interpretation of our local Bondi Hipsters.
66 Staunton St, Central, Hong Kong
Featuring every part of the chicken cooked in Japanese yakatori style, Yardbird is a great evening destination. They don’t take bookings and the wait can be as long as 2 hours if you don’t get there early (6ish), but definitely worth the wait for the food and the vibe.
33-35 Bridges St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tai Hang is a small grid of streets just behind Causeway Bay. Peppered with newly opened bars and restaurants set amongst old-time car repair places, it is a great destination for dinner and drinks. We loved the fresh Japanese food at Zanzo, and the two-for-one drinks were a bonus, but we could have tried any of the bars and restaurants in the Tai Hand precinct – they all looked good.
15 School St, Tai Hang
A little piece of Australia smack bang in the middle of Wan Chai. We love it for its coffee.
15 Swatow St, Wan Chai
Tasty tapas done in style. Seating not so comfortable but delicious meals and great service.
22 Ship St, Wan Chai
The Night Market. Having also spent a bit of time in Taiwan recently, we are big fans of their cuisine. Fresher than traditional Chinese, you can taste the Japanese influence on Taiwan through the food. This place lacks a little in atmosphere but the food is worth trying if you haven’t had Taiwanese before.
6-7/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central
PMQ. Home to around 100 designers who display their designs and wares in small beautiful spaces that once were the homes of police and their spouses (Police Married Quarters). PMQ was designed to inject creativity and life into central Hong Kong. Two distinct building separated by an open area, which houses a rotating displays and exhibitions, the most recent being Heatherwick studios creative furniture from the UK.
Wan Chai back streets.
Head towards the hills across Queens Road East. Stop at the Wan Chai markets on the way for a local shopping experience. Look for our favourite grid of streets – Star Street, Sun Street and Moon Street. Tiny streets housing some really lovely boutiques and bars. Check out the Star Street Refuse Collection Depot – a glamorous building inspired by a Mondrian painting.
Fashion Walk. If you are serious about clothes shopping, Fashion Walk is the place to head. A mix of boutique international designers including APC, Cos, Isabel Marant and more.
Eslite bookstore. The largest bookstore in Hong Kong is the Taiwanese-owned Eslite. Find it on level 8-10 of Hysan Place shopping centre in Causeway Bay. Also great for gift shopping with a great selection of leather goods, stationery and natural products. Bondi Wash can be found here too with 10/10 HOPE store within a store.
Other things to do and see
We never expected to find a dog culture in HK – given most people live in small apartments, but how wrong we were. You’ll find dogs in bars, dogs in prams, dogs wearing shoes and dogs with their own backpacks in Hong Kong. There are bakeries specialising in cakes for dogs, yoga classes for dogs and more. Dogs are special in Hong Kong and you’ll find all different varieties here – usually beautifully groomed and pampered.
Woolloomooloo rooftop bar. Catch the lift to the top floor of this building in Wan Chai for a great view of the city at night. 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai.
Flying Yoga. The latest sporting trend to hit HK, Flying Yoga can be found in many places across the city.
Keep an eye out for stylish doorways as you walk the streets of Hong Kong. As much of the action in the city occurs behind doors, the doorways ooze style and sophistication – both vintage and modern
It isn’t hard to ‘go bush’ in Hong Kong. The hills are right behind the city. Just be prepared for steep slopes and a real workout –especially in the warmer months when humidity is high.