All the Best Places to Go in Hong Kong, According to a Concierge

Duddell's Salon, Hong Kong

Take a fresh look at Hong Kong with these insider recommendations from Brian Faula, Chief Concierge at The Peninsula.

When my friends are in town, I take them for a drink at…

Iron Fairies in Central. It ticks all the boxes – fantastic vibe, incredible décor and a great drinks menu. It’s a real hotspot right now and attracts everyone from the business crowd to those simply looking to relax.

Iron Fairies

A restaurant that shows off Hong Kong is…

Spring Moon at The Peninsula Hong Kong. It’s a step back in time because the interiors are inspired by the glamour of 1930s Shanghai – a golden period in the city’s history. I love its Peking duck; I think it’s the best in Hong Kong.

Spring Moon

For a business meeting, I book a table at…

Duddell’s. It’s a beautiful Cantonese restaurant in Central with a stunning design – it looks like an art gallery – and it has a Michelin star. The food is more contemporary than traditional and I just love the space. It’s refined and not noisy so it’s perfect for impressing your clients.

Duddells

If you want to kick on after dinner, I’d go to…

Dragon-i . It attracts the big parties and DJs.

For breakfast, I would recommend…

The Verandah at The Peninsula, which has a good buffet. If you’re more adventurous, head to Symphony by Jade  in the Tsim Sha Tsui district. Locals love it for the Cantonese-style breakfast and views of Victoria Harbour.

The Verandah

For my caffeine fix, I go to…

Noc Coffee Co.. It has three branches but I love the one on Gough Street, Central. It has fantastic coffee, including flat whites.

The best market experience is at…

Ladies Market in Mong Kok. Don’t be deterred by the name; it’s got something for everyone. It’s open every day from noon to about midnight and, while there’s no shortage of markets on the island, I find this one is the liveliest. There are replicas of all sorts of things and a whole street dedicated to sports shoes.

For designer fashion, make your way to…

PMQ. It stands for Police Married Quarters, a building where local cops used to live with their families, but it’s been transformed into a design precinct with boutiques for shoes, clothes and accessories. All the brands are local so it’s a real creative hub and very Hong Kong.

PMQ

The best daytrip off the island is to…

Lamma Island. It’s only a short ferry ride away but it’s quiet and serene. There are no cars, just lots of quaint seafood restaurants and little stores. You go there to get away from Hong Kong’s traffic and high-rises and maddening pace. It’s a beautiful spot to spend a whole day and chill.

Lamma Island

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