3 Hour Activities


EDWARD YOUDE AVIARY
Hong Kong Park, 7 Kennedy Rd.
+852-2521-5041
lcsd.gov.hk

LOCK CHA TEA HOUSE
K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park
+852-2801-7177
lockcha.com

SEND THEM FLOCKING

  • Immerse yourself in the colors and plumage of Southeast Asia’s largest aviary
  • Discover ancient and antique teaware from the chapters of history
  • Sample incredible local teas, made in the traditional way

While there are no zoos in Hong Kong, the Edward Youde Aviary, in Hong Kong Park, is well worth a visit, especially if you have little ones in tow. The aviary, designed as a tropical rain forest, is a great place to get up close to the 80-plus species of birds that call it home, and it’s walkable from the Conrad—simply follow the signs to Hong Kong Park in Pacific Place mall, which will take you up via the escalators. (Despite being Southeast Asia’s largest aviary, it’s amazingly nestled amid towering skyscrapers.) Also in the Park is the Flagstaff Museum of Tea, a great way to see antique Chinese teaware and get a primer on tea styles. Next to the museum is Lock Cha Tea House, which offers a constantly changing menu of vegetarian dim sum lunches, from pot stickers to steamed mushroom buns, alongside a vast menu of teas, from light and floral green teas like Biluochun to aged dark teas like pu-erh. Attendants brew each pot in the traditional way, so watch and learn if you plan on bringing any leaves home.

Enter the park via the escalators of Pacific Place Mall, or work your way up on foot via Supreme Court and Kennedy Road. Despite being surrounded by skyscrapers, you’re definitely in a park! Head towards the green fronds and palm trees and soon you’ll be relaxing with the birds.

EDWARD YOUDE AVIARY
Hong Kong Park, 7 Kennedy Rd.
+852-2521-5041
lcsd.gov.hk

LOCK CHA TEA HOUSE
K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park
+852-2801-7177
lockcha.com

KOTUR
Shop G-13B, Sogo Tsim Sha Tsui, 20 Nathan Rd.
+852-3911-1710
koturltd.com

AQUA LUNA
Tsim Sha Pier 1, Central Pier 9, Wanchai Public Pier or Hung Hom Public Pier
aqualuna.com.hk
Sunset cruise $195 HKD

GO TO THE OTHER SIDE

  • Capture stunning pictures of Hong Kong by night

One of the most dramatic vistas of Hong Kong (hello, Instagram!) can be had by looking back at the skyline and Victoria Harbour from the Kowloon side at night. So, in the late afternoon, head across the harbor either by taxi or MTR (the Conrad is directly above Admiralty Station, and one stop on the red Tsuen Wan line will get you to Tsim Sha Tsui Station in Kowloon). Start off with some light shopping at Sogo, reachable by the well-marked underground tunnels from the MTR. There, you’ll find the only stand-alone boutique of Fiona Kotur. The New York transplant’s exquisite minaudières and red-carpet-worthy footwear are go-to’s for the glam set from Hong Kong to London to Los Angeles. Directly above ground is the waterfront precinct, where you can board a cocktail cruise on the Aqua Luna, a restored junk boat (traditional Chinese sailing vessel) for an elegant sunset glide across Victoria Harbour (yes, it’s a little touristy, but the pictures alone will be worth it). Insider tip: if you board on the Kowloon side for the 6:30 sailing, you’ll have your choice of seats on the deck or on the banquettes inside, before the boat pulls in to Central to pick up the remaining passengers at 6:45. The whole excursion lasts approximately 45 minutes; once back in TST, make sure to take in the nightly synchronized light and laser show from 40-plus buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. The show lasts under 15 minutes so you can easily make that 8:30 dinner reservation!

A quick trip to Tsim Sha Tsui Station will take you past Victoria Harbour and the Bay of Stars. Catch the incredible views as you take the scenic route back, walking down Nathan Road towards the striking grey dome of the Hong Kong Space Museum. Kotur can be found on the left at the corner of Middle Road.

KOTUR
Shop G-13B, Sogo Tsim Sha Tsui, 20 Nathan Rd.
+852-3911-1710
koturltd.com

AQUA LUNA
Tsim Sha Pier 1, Central Pier 9, Wanchai Public Pier or Hung Hom Public Pier
aqualuna.com.hk
Sunset cruise $195 HKD

PEAK LOOKOUT
The Peak, 121 Peak Rd.
+852-2849-1000
peaklookout.com.hk

CHAIN’S
15F, Regent Centre, 88 Queen’s Rd. Central
+852-2525-9288
chains.hk

THE PEAK, EFFICIENTLY

  • Experience incredible mountain views while enjoying a vista of sublime beauty
  • Relax with a special massage using Maifan stones from Mongolia

Victoria Peak isn’t just for tourists—locals love “The Peak” too, and nimbly avoid the throngs of tourists in a few easy ways. First, take a cab on your way up to avoid the queues for the Peak Tram. Once there, break away from the crowd heading toward the observation deck and instead follow the signs for the Peak Circle Walk—a gentle, mostly flat, two-hour stroll that loops around the mountain, giving you spectacular 360-degree views of the city. Rest your legs at the Peak Lookout, an old cottage built for workers who built the Peak Tram, where you can now get a bite and a Gunner (a ginger-ale-and-bitters beverage believed to have been invented in Hong Kong during colonial times). Join the vastly reduced queue for the Peak Tram on descent, and enjoy the views while marveling at this incredible feat of engineering. From the terminus, a short cab ride will take you to Chain’s for a massage or a facial developed by Chinese medicine practitioners, such as a facial that features Maifan Stones from Mongolia, known as the “stones of health” and reputed to have detoxification and anti-inflammatory powers.

With its vast inverted curve shape, the Peak observation deck is an architectural marvel, but don’t be distracted for too long. Take one of the side paths to join the Circle Walk, for some of the the best sights and jogging spots in the entire city.

PEAK LOOKOUT
The Peak, 121 Peak Rd.
+852-2849-1000
peaklookout.com.hk

CHAIN’S
15F, Regent Centre, 88 Queen’s Rd. Central
+852-2525-9288
chains.hk

WW CHAN
Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Rd. Central
+852-2366-9738
wwchan.com

THE ARMOURY
Shop 307, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St.
+852-2804-6991
thearmoury.com

IL SARTO
172 Queen’s Rd. Central
+852-2815-3336

CHAN YEE JAI
176B Queen’s Rd. Central
+852-2543-8414
chanyeejai.com.hk

MARGARET COURT TAILORESS
Flat G, 8/F, Winner Building, 27-37 D’Aguilar St.
+852-2525-5596

THE WOODS
L/G, 17 Hollywood Rd.
+852-2522-0281
thewoods.hk

HO LEE FOOK
G/F No.1-5 lower Elgin St.
+852-2810-0860
holeefookhk.tumblr.com

BESPOKE IS BEST

  • Discover your dapper side with a visit to a local tailor for a bespoke cut
  • Sample a unique take on Chinese food with a Wagyu Short Rib

Tailored clothing is still a big part of stylish locals’ wardrobes—though many Hongkongers claim that tailoring isn’t what it used to be. For men, quality craftsmanship and a great choice of materials can still be found at WW Chan, beloved for its classic aesthetics. Dapper dandies, however, head to the Armoury, whose founders focus on slimmer cuts and offer a range of ready-to-wear items as well as bespoke services. For gents looking for an Italian vibe, Il Sarto is the place to go. Don’t miss Chan Yee Jai a couple of doors down for some old-school Chinese candies and preserves. (Just don’t get any dried sour-plum powder on that new jacket.) Hong Kong’s expats swear by Margaret Court for ladies’ tailoring, especially for copies of favorite designer pieces. Reward yourself, post-fitting, by heading up the Mid-Levels escalator, getting off at the Hollywood Road intersection, and popping into The Woods, an artisanal cocktail bar that focuses on seasonal ingredients. We swooned over their classic oak whiskey sour—but you can’t go wrong with anything from the creative cocktail menu. Then walk to the corner of Elgin Street for dinner at Ho Lee Fook, run by wunderkind Jowett Yu, a Taiwanese-Canadian chef who trained in Australia, and who is now doing out-of-the-box takes on Chinese food. Highlights on the menu? The Roast Wagyu Short Rib along with Hong Kong style French toast.

As you make your way into the noise and organised chaos of Hong Kong city centre, go down from Peddler to Wyndham Street. After you’ve had your fill of sartorial fun, Queen’s Road can be reached via Wellington Street as you head back the way you came towards Central Station.

WW CHAN
Entertainment Building, 30 Queen’s Rd. Central
+852-2366-9738
wwchan.com

THE ARMOURY
Shop 307, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St.
+852-2804-6991
thearmoury.com

IL SARTO
172 Queen’s Rd. Central
+852-2815-3336

CHAN YEE JAI
176B Queen’s Rd. Central
+852-2543-8414
chanyeejai.com.hk

MARGARET COURT TAILORESS
Flat G, 8/F, Winner Building, 27-37 D’Aguilar St.
+852-2525-5596

THE WOODS
L/G, 17 Hollywood Rd.
+852-2522-0281
thewoods.hk

HO LEE FOOK
G/F No.1-5 lower Elgin St.
+852-2810-0860
holeefookhk.tumblr.com

SEVENTH SON
⅚ & 6/F Kwan Chart Tower, 6 Tonnochy Rd.
+852-2892-2888
seventhson.hk

TANG TANG TANG TANG
62 Johnston Rd.
+852-2525-2112
tangtangtangtang.com
Open 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Sunday

THE PAWN
62 Johnston Rd.
+852-2866-3444
thepawn.com.hk

BO INNOVATION
Shop 13,2/f, J Residence; 60 Johnston Rd.
+852-2850-8371
boinnovation.com

22 SHIPS
22 Ship St.
+852-2555-0722
22ships.hk

HAM & SHERRY
1-7 Ship St.
+852-2555-0628
hamandsherry.hk

MOTORINO PIZZA
15 Ship St.
+852-2520-0690
motorinopizza.com

CUPPING ROOM
32 Swatow St.
+852-2371-2338
facebook.com/CuppingRoomHK

SERGE ET LE PHOQUE
Shop B2, Tower 1, The Zenith, 3 Wan Chai Rd.
+852-5465-2000

WAN CHAI WANDERINGS

  • Go on a foodie trip and wander your way through cuisine from around the world

If it’s lunchtime, start with a five-minute taxi ride to Seventh Son and fuel up with some light dim sum as your first course (you have to have some dim sum every day, right?)—perhaps a few rice paper rolls, prawn dumplings, or glazed barbecued pork and scrambled eggs with prawns. The restaurant may look humble, but it’s a favorite of Hong Kong’s tycoons. Next, walk away from the harbor to Johnston Road and Tang Tang Tang Tang, the lifestyle boutique on the ground floor of a restored heritage building. Inside, you’ll find Sir David Tang’s take on modern Chinese luxury: designer rice cookers, flowing silk pajamas, eye-catching umbrellas, and monogrammed leather goods. Just upstairs, the Pawn restaurant has a gorgeous balcony on the first floor, overlooking Wan Chai’s main drag and the trams going by. (It’s a stunning place for a cocktail on a balmy evening later during your stay.) But now, it’s off to the second half of lunch on Ship Street, home to restaurants like Bo Innovation, which serves molecular, progressive (some say too progressive) Chinese food; tapas bar 22 Ships; Ham & Sherry and an outpost of New York’s Motorino Pizza. Once you’ve had your fill, it’s time to do a bit more exploring. Hit the Cupping Room on nearby Swatow Street, like Hong Kong’s coffee fanatics, for a proper cup. Continue on Johnston Road, and turn right into Tai Wong Street, the heart of Wan Chai Market, one of the oldest retail hubs in Hong Kong. While you may not need neon-blue sweatpants, quail eggs, or salted fish, the riot of colors, sounds, and smells here provides you a great introduction to local life. It’s also the way to Serge et le phoque, a very creative casual French restaurant opened by the team behind popular Paris restaurant Le Chateaubriand.

From the greenery of the Wan Chai Park Community Garden, take the Queen’s Road East back into the bustle of the city. You’ll pass Times Square Hong Kong as you approach via Hennessy Road. Wan Chai Station is nearby for an easy commute.

SEVENTH SON
⅚ & 6/F Kwan Chart Tower, 6 Tonnochy Rd.
+852-2892-2888
seventhson.hk

TANG TANG TANG TANG
62 Johnston Rd.
+852-2525-2112
tangtangtangtang.com
Open 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Sunday

THE PAWN
62 Johnston Rd.
+852-2866-3444
thepawn.com.hk

BO INNOVATION
Shop 13,2/f, J Residence; 60 Johnston Rd.
+852-2850-8371
boinnovation.com

22 SHIPS
22 Ship St.
+852-2555-0722
22ships.hk

HAM & SHERRY
1-7 Ship St.
+852-2555-0628
hamandsherry.hk

MOTORINO PIZZA
15 Ship St.
+852-2520-0690
motorinopizza.com

CUPPING ROOM
32 Swatow St.
+852-2371-2338
facebook.com/CuppingRoomHK

SERGE ET LE PHOQUE
Shop B2, Tower 1, The Zenith, 3 Wan Chai Rd.
+852-5465-2000