By LUXE City Guides, Images by Calvin Sit
Travelling solo to Hong Kong? You’re in luck. Famous for being one of the world’s most spectacular and culturally dynamic cities, Hong Kong is also safe and easy to navigate. Should you be travelling to Hong Kong alone, and want to dive beyond the obvious, here’s our three-day itinerary for the in-touch and intrepid solo visitor.
Option 1 – Traditional market trawl
Far from the futuristic glitz of Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, humble heritage district Sham Shui Po offers a rare glimpse of a fast-disappearing Hong Kong, with its overflowing market stalls, old-school street food, and colourful characters at every turn. Navigate the district like a local via the Sham Shui Po neighbourhood walking guide, and round off with lunch at the nine-storey, factory-turned-artist village, the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC), where ground-floor Heritage Tea House serves delicious dim sum and tea.
Option 2 – Art and about
If you’re more about art appreciation, hotfoot it instead to The Mills, the one-time textile factory turned forward-leaning creative compound with interactive exhibitions, retail and dining. Visit the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), browse the bookshop, take a workshop with Think of a Style, and finally refuel at one of the on-site eateries (Joie for plant-based plates; Honbo for meat lovers).
With your morning’s activities likely to eat up the bulk of the daylight, chances are when you land back in central Hong Kong the time will be right for that all-important sunset drink overlooking the city. You may have already spied it on your Instagram feed, so join the fashionable crowd vying for prime position at colour-pop outdoor rooftop bar Piqniq.
- Rooftop, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong Island
- +852 5200 1683
And relax… kick back in style at AMC Pacific Place’s gold-class Oval Office cinema, where comfy recliners and all-you-can-munch snacks come included with your movie ticket. Indie-inclined? Check out the arthouse film roster at Yau Ma Tei’s Broadway Cinematheque.
AMC Pacific Place
- Level 1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Road, Hong Kong Island
- +852 2265 8933
From tucked-away alley murals to grandstand graffiti, there’s a staggering amount of street art in Hong Kong, and neighbourhoods Sheung Wan, Central and Wan Chai are the most vibrantly decorated by talents both local and global. Since it’s not always obvious where to look – sign up for a guided jaunt with street-art experts Wanderlust Walks, who host daily small group tours from 10:30am.
- +852 9063 7372
Perfect for the adventurous solo diner, Central dai pai dongs offer cheap n' cheerful, no-frills hawker-stall eats, replete with plastic stools, cold drinks and tons of character. Few stall holders speak anything but Cantonese, so prepare to mime, gesture and even receive the odd surprise dish.
Central Dai Pai Dongs
- Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Culture vultures can continue their deep dive at the Asia Society. Tucked into the jungly hillside above Admiralty, the region-promoting compound is worth visiting for its architectural mashup of colonial-era military buildings and sharp modern design alone. For lively cultural stimulation, be sure to check out their program of events, exhibitions, film screenings and talks, most of which are open to the public as well as members, though you have to buy tickets in advance.
Dining solo need not be intimidating or even lonesome, especially if you opt for a buzzy counter perch at Wan Chai’s Francis (Middle Eastern) or 22 Ships (Spanish). Pull up a pew at the bar, order a glass of wine and enjoy the culinary action unfolding before you.
- 4 & 6 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
- +852 3101 9521
- 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
- +852 2555 0722
Located on the edge of West Lantau is the quaint and historic fishing village Tai O, which with its interconnected wooden stilt houses and sampan-lined waterways provides a charming snapshot of island life. Street food fans be sure to visit on a weekend, when it’s worth braving the queues to taste an array of local delicacies, including waffles, barbecued oysters and ‘husband cake’, a delicious savoury pastry filled with red bean, peanuts and sesame.
It would be remiss to leave Hong Kong without paying a visit to local icon Mak's Noodle, where steaming bowls of springy, hand-pulled goodness have been delighting the hungry for generations. Their fragrant broth filled with delicious shrimp parcels will with no doubt leave you, ahem, wonton more.
- G/F, 77 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
- +852 2854 3810
Finally, you dance! Live music club Peel Fresco serves up regular jazz, Latin, blues and world sounds, and a welcoming vibe (helped by strong libations, naturally) for your last night before jetting back home. Bravo!
- G/F, 49 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
- +852 2540 2046
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