My Hong Kong Hit List

Wendi Murdoch
May 20, 2013 9:25PM

Galleries to Visit

Pedder Building:

Gagosian, Pearl Lam, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hanart TZ

A historic building located at No.12 Pedder Street, Central.

Hollywood Road: Opera Gallery 

Hollywood Road runs from Sheung Wan on the West, through Soho and the northern part of Central on the East.

50 Connaught Road: White Cube, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin

These galleries are housed in the iconic East-meets-West skyscraper located at 50 Connaught Road, Central.

Restaurants to Try

Chinese: China Club, Island Tang, Fook Lam Moon

Old Bank of China Bldg, 1 Bank St, Central; 9 Queen’s Road, Central; 35-45 Johnston Road, Wanchai.

Japanese: Wagyu Kaiseki Den, Zuma, Ginsai, Three Monkeys

263 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan; 15 Queen’s Road, Central; 32-38 Cross Lane, Wan Chai; G/F, 151-155 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan.

Italian: Otto e Mezzo 8 1/2

Shop 202, Landmark Alexandra, 18 Chater Road, Central

European: Gold by Harlan Goldstein, The Pawn

33 Wyndham Street  Lan Kwai Fong, Central; 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai

Casual alfresco dining: Four Seasons poolside, Island Shangri-la poolside, Spices at Repulse Bay

8 Finance Street; Supreme Court Road; 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay

Tiny but tasty: On Lot 10, 22 Ships

34 Gough Street, Central; 22 Ship Street, Wanchai

Off the beaten track: one-thirtyone (one of my favorites)

131 Tseung Tau Village, Shap Sze Heung, Sai Kung

Local Hong Kong-style coffee shop: Tsui Wah

15 Wellington Street, Hong Kong Island

Drinks: Sevva, bars in Soho area

6-14A Chater Road, Central

Favorite Leisures

Clubs: Socialito, Dragon-i, Boujis

Socialito, G/F, Shop 2, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St., Central; 60 Wyndham Street, Central; Car Po Commercial Bldg, 37-43 Pottinger St, Central

Best foot massage: Ten Feet Tall

The L. Place, 137-141 Queen's Road, Central

Best spa: Four Seasons Spa

8 Finance Street

If it’s your first time in Hong Kong: Take the Star Ferry, take a tram, ride the Soho escalators, take a helicopter tour of HK from the Peninsula Hotel, and visit a temple (Man Mo Temple, Wong Tai Sin).

The Central-Mid-levels escalators in Soho are the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world, and stretch from Queen’s Road Central to Conduit Road; Peninsula Hotel: Salisbury Road, Kowloon; Man Mo Temple: 124-126 Hollywood Rd, Central; Wong Tai Sin Temple: Wong Tai Sin Road, Hong Kong.

Fun shopping: G.O.D. (Goods of Desire)

G/F & 1/F, 48 Hollywood Road, Central

Best view: From the Peak Tower and from the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong lobby and its 118th-floor lounge, OZONE (known as being the highest bar in the world).

128 Peak Rd, The Peak, Hong Kong; 1 Austin Rd West, Hong Kong

Antique shopping: Hollywood Road

From the Central District Police Station to Man Mo Temple and Upper Lascar Row, this is Hong Kong’s best-known place to shop for antiques. 

Credits: View of Hong Kong skyline from the Executive Club balcony, Four Seasons Hong Kong; a helicopter tour of Hong Kong from the Peninsula Hotel.
Wendi Murdoch