5 Hour Activities


SHEK O CHINESE & THAI RESTAURANT
303 Shek O Village, Shek O
+852-2809-2202

BLACK SHEEP
G/F 330 Shek O Village, Shek O
+852-2809-2021

INTO THE WILD

  • Take the famous Dragon’s Back to a beautiful beach for an afternoon dip
  • Try a simple local eatery to fuel yourself for the hike ahead

Hong Kong is rarely recognized for its abundance of green spaces, yet 40 percent of the city’s landmass is deemed protected parkland, and many locals are content to keep the city’s hiking trails, with their dramatic hillsides and stunning bay panoramas, to themselves. Thanks to Hong Kong’s compact size, a hiking trail is never far away, but the indisputable favorite is Dragon’s Back, which maneuvers its way through the southeastern corner of Hong Kong Island. The entire trail, which is clearly marked, is 8.5 kilometers long, although it’s easy to cut in midway for a shorter hike. From the Conrad, take a 20-minute cab ride to Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution, and hike the most breathtaking segment of Dragon’s Back to Shek O, and finish up on popular Shek O Beach for an afternoon dip. For a bite, follow the regular beachgoers and hikers to Shek O Chinese & Thai—an eatery as simple and straightforward as its name—for a plate of roasted chicken or a tenderloin steak; or, tuck into a freshly made pizza and simple pastas at Black Sheep. Can you believe you’re in Hong Kong?
The winding earthy path of the Dragon’s Back leads down Shek O Country Park and towards Shek O beach. Towards the end you may have to rejoin the main road, but the stunning views looking far out across Island Bay make it worth the trip.

SHEK O CHINESE & THAI RESTAURANT
303 Shek O Village, Shek O
+852-2809-2202

BLACK SHEEP
G/F 330 Shek O Village, Shek O
+852-2809-2021

MARINA SQUARE
12A-18A Haiyi Road, Ap Lei Chau

HORIZON PLAZA
2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau
+852-2554-9089

ARTICHOKE CANTEEN
311, 3rd Floor, Harbour Industrial Centre, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
+852-2580-0293
artichokecanteen.com

THE BUTCHERS CLUB DELI
Shui Ki Industrial Building, 16th Floor, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Rd.
+852-2884-0768
thebutchers.club

ED1TUS
16F Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong
+852-9760-0437
facebook.com/Ed1tus

CASA CAPRIZ
Kwai Bo Building 1st Floor, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Rd.
+852-93181730

OUTLET THRILLS

  • Discover where the locals spoil themselves at a shopping hotspot
  • From Prada to Armani, pick up some high class fashion
  • Enjoy organic vegetarian food, or a steak-and-ale pie – whatever you fancy

Tax-free shopping makes Hong Kong a retail lover’s dream, but you could do even better at the outlets in Ap Lei Chau, on Hong Kong Island’s sleepy south side (only 20 minutes away from the Conrad)—a secret firmly guarded by fashionistas. First, head to the Prada and Miu Miu outlets at Marina Square, a completely inconspicuous neighborhood shopping mall nestled in the South Horizons residential complex. The outlet is in the east wing of the mall—look for the entrance next to the fresh food market. Next, hail a taxi for Horizon Plaza, which is five minutes away in Ap Lei Chau’s industrial pocket. This mammoth building is a favorite of decorators and families, with its abundance of furniture stores and baby retail, but keep your eye on the prize—this is also where the outlets of Hong Kong’s legacy luxury department stores, Lane Crawford (25th floor) and Joyce (21st floor) are located. You’ll also find Armani (22nd floor), Max Mara (27th floor), and Marni (27th floor) here. Style mavens need to eat too, and for a quick pick-me-up in Horizon Plaza, sink your teeth into the city’s best cupcakes at Sift (22nd floor). For something more substantial, on the next street down from Horizon Plaza, hidden in another industrial building, is Artichoke Canteen, with a wholesome, mostly organic and vegetarian menu. Check out the adjoining art space for rotating exhibitions from emerging artists. If weather permits, stretch out on the expansive terrace and enjoy the tranquil views over toward Lamma Island. If you’re in the mood for meat (or if it’s Monday or Tuesday, when Artichoke is closed), dry-aging specialists The Butchers Club Deli is a short cab ride away, for a “London pub meets New York deli” menu of Angus beef burgers, steak-and-ale pie, Reubens, and of course, steak. The deli shares space with well-curated menswear purveyor Ed1tus, and with Casa Capriz’s rare vintage furniture, for a final bout of retail.

For Marina Square, you’ll need to head to Ap Lei Chau – a smaller land mass just off Hong Kong Island – accessible via a bridge. We recommend getting a taxi, although some busses also service it. You’ll find hundreds of residential towers in this miniature Hong Kong.

MARINA SQUARE
12A-18A Haiyi Road, Ap Lei Chau

HORIZON PLAZA
2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau
+852-2554-9089

ARTICHOKE CANTEEN
311, 3rd Floor, Harbour Industrial Centre, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
+852-2580-0293
artichokecanteen.com

THE BUTCHERS CLUB DELI
Shui Ki Industrial Building, 16th Floor, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Rd.
+852-2884-0768
thebutchers.club

ED1TUS
16F Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong
+852-9760-0437
facebook.com/Ed1tus

CASA CAPRIZ
Kwai Bo Building 1st Floor, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Rd.
+852-93181730

15SQUARESTREET
G/F, 15 Square St.
+852-2362-1086
15squarestreet.com

CAFÉ DEADEND/PO’S ATELIER
72 Po Hing Fong
+852-6056-8005

TEAKHA
Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan St.
+852-2858-9185
teakha.com

ZIXAG
Shop 305, 3/F, K11 Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 3621-0473
zixag.com
Opening Hours : Mon-Sun 11:00-22:00

ELLERMANN
Unit B, 15th Floor, Kwai Bo Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
+852-2291-0388
ellermanndesign.com
EMAIL
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10am to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed

UPPER MODERN BISTRO
6-14 Elegance Court, Shop B,C,D &F/F Upper Station St.
+852-2517-0977
upper-bistro.com

CHACHAWAN
206 Hollywood Rd.
+852-2549-0020
chachawan.hk

VISIT BUZZY SHEUNG WAN

  • Take in the splendor of one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong
  • Enjoy a drink at one of the many local cafes – pastries are a must
  • Visit one of PoHo’s independent boutiques for uniquely designed goods

PoHo, the nickname for the area surrounding Po Hing Fong, a street in Sheung Wan, has seen a renaissance in recent years with young entrepreneurs taking over old storefronts and walk-ups to open boutiques, studios, cafés, and more. You could easily spend the whole day here. Start at Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road, one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. It’s home to Man and Mo, gods of literature and martial arts respectively. Together the gods represent the perfect student, so don’t be surprised if you see a stream of parents heading in clutching notepads and pens. When you come out of the temple, turn left up Square Street where you’ll find 15squarestreet, the retail outpost of a Scandinavian fashion and lifestyle brand. Continue around the bend to meet Tai Ping Shan Street, where you have two choices for refreshments—continue uphill to find the appropriately named Café Deadend for a coffee (try the Dirty Double: cold milk layered between two shots of espresso) and pastries from adjoining Japanese-inspired artisan bakery Po’s Atelier. Or, turn right, onto Tai Ping Shan Street where you’ll find cute-as-a-button café Teakha, where owner Nana Chan sources unique teas to accompany her delicious rustic pastries (we love the fig or ginger scones). From Tai Ping Shan Street, the short, perpendicular downhill streets of Tung Street, Sai Street, and Upper Station Street are home to a number of interesting independent boutiques, like Zixag, where you can find unique travel accessories and well designed goods from around the world. On Tung Street is Ellerman, the most elegant solution to all of your floral needs, be it a simple thank-you bouquet or dinner party decor. At the end of Tai Ping Shan Street, you’ll find Upper Modern Bistro for elevated French bistro food. If you’re in the mood for something decidedly more proletarian—and energizing—head back to Hollywood Road to Chachawan for authentic (and fiery) Thai cooking from Isaan. The funky mural and old-school steel front gate cross 1950s Hong Kong with Thai street life. Grab a stool at a bar and cocktail like the cucumber-and-mint-inflected Cha Cha Smash and wait till your table is ready.

When you see a black and white tower freckled with decorative mosaics opposite at flat building with a jade green roof, you’ve found the Man Mo Temple. Keep going down Hollywood Road, turning into one of the many roads opposite Blake Garden and welcome to PoHo!

15SQUARESTREET
G/F, 15 Square St.
+852-2362-1086
15squarestreet.com

CAFÉ DEADEND/PO’S ATELIER
72 Po Hing Fong
+852-6056-8005

TEAKHA
Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan St.
+852-2858-9185
teakha.com

ZIXAG
Shop 305, 3/F, K11 Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 3621-0473
zixag.com
Opening Hours : Mon-Sun 11:00-22:00

ELLERMANN
Unit B, 15th Floor, Kwai Bo Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
+852-2291-0388
ellermanndesign.com
EMAIL
Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10am to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed

UPPER MODERN BISTRO
6-14 Elegance Court, Shop B,C,D &F/F Upper Station St.
+852-2517-0977
upper-bistro.com

CHACHAWAN
206 Hollywood Rd.
+852-2549-0020
chachawan.hk

NEW WORLD FERRY
nwff.com.hk

MAVERICKS
Pui O Beach
+852-5662-8552
mavericks.hk

LIMEWOOD
Shop 103-104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
+852-2866-8668
limewood.hk

MEEN & RICE
The Pulse Shop 113, Level 1, 28 Beach Rd., Repulse Bay
+852-2566-8886
meenandrice.com

SAND IN YOUR TOES

  • Take a ferry to one of Hong Kong’s most charming and beautiful beachside villages
  • Set your surfer side free and get in the water – ideal for beginners
  • Enjoy beach bites inspired by global cuisine

Although most people only know Hong Kong as Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, the city is actually made up of almost 300 islands. One of the largest, Lantau, is home to not only the Hong Kong International Airport, but also charming beachside villages such as Pui O. From the Conrad, a short cab ride will take you to the Central piers. Pier 6 is where you can take the ferry to Lantau’s Mui Wo (40 minutes on the fast ferry, one hour on the regular ferry), then hop in a taxi or bus to Pui O Beach, where you’ll find Mavericks, a surf shop as well as a Hong-Kong-meets-California beachside restaurant. Dive into a burger and a shake and watch the kids build sandcastles. While the surf in Pui O can’t compare to what you get in Southern California or Bali, the gentler tides make it perfect for children and surfing beginners. For beach options closer to town, check out Repulse Bay, around 25 minutes by taxi from the Conrad, with its abundance of restaurants like hip Limewood for global beach bites. Here, we suggest you start with ceviche and progress to Vietnamese crab salad or a Hawaiian roasted baby pig leg. Craving Cantonese comfort food? Meen & Rice has you covered with flavorful congee (Chinese rice porridge), rice with char siu (barbecued pork), and wonton noodles.

Often called ‘The Lungs of Hong Kong’ for its wide variety of flora and fauna, Lantau Island is accessible via ferry from the mainland. When you think you’ve arrived in paradise, surrounded by blue waves and breathtaking green mountains, you’ve found Pui O Beach.

NEW WORLD FERRY
nwff.com.hk

MAVERICKS
Pui O Beach
+852-5662-8552
mavericks.hk

LIMEWOOD
Shop 103-104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
+852-2866-8668
limewood.hk

MEEN & RICE
The Pulse Shop 113, Level 1, 28 Beach Rd., Repulse Bay
+852-2566-8886
meenandrice.com

LITTLE ADVENTURES IN HONG KONG
28 Connaught Road West
+852-9853-6746
littleadventuresinhongkong.com

TEN FEET TALL
20/f & 21/f, 1 place,139 Queen’s Rd.
+852-2971-1010
tenfeettall.com.hk

TAKE A WALKING TOUR

  • Take a walking tour, tailored to your own passions and interests
  • Unearth a hidden side to Hong Kong, from tiny temples to snake wine
  • Enjoy a soothing and relaxing foot massage that’s all about chic

There’s nothing quite like seeing a city accompanied by a local who shares your obsessions. We love the boutique company Little Adventures in Hong Kong because it creates custom private walking experiences based on your interests, and its hosts are equally at ease talking about politics as they are about barbecued pork. If you’re a foodie, the “Essential Hong Kong” walk is a great framework to build on. You’ll be shown both “wet” and “dry” markets, tiny temples tucked in back alleys, Chinese doctors, apothecaries and old herb shops (snake wine, anyone?), and neighborhood cafés with the best Hong-Kong-style milk tea, all in historical context. (Opt for the guided dim sum lunch afterwards too.) Or ask your guide to take you to his or her favorite place in Central for roast goose. Post-walk, get dropped off at Ten Feet Tall on Queen’s Road for a traditional Chinese foot massage in a decidedly untraditional designer foot spa that’s in every local Hongkonger’s speed dial. The spa is all about minimal chic: the treatment rooms are decorated in shades of white with black-and-white beach scenes as reminders that you’re here to chill out. Grab a fresh coconut water from the juice menu.

Opposite Victoria Harbour, head for where Connaught Road West meets Queen Street. If you find yourself opposite the Police HQ, you’re in the right place. Look for the high arches and pedestrian bridges leading over the busy traffic where Little Adventures in Hong Kong is based.

LITTLE ADVENTURES IN HONG KONG
28 Connaught Road West
+852-9853-6746
littleadventuresinhongkong.com

TEN FEET TALL
20/f & 21/f, 1 place,139 Queen’s Rd.
+852-2971-1010
tenfeettall.com.hk

ASIA ART ARCHIVE
11/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Rd.
+852-2844-1112
aaa.org.hk

LIANG YI MUSEUM
181-199 Hollywood Rd.
+852-2806-8280
liangyimuseum.com

CONTEMPORARY BY ANGELA LI
G/F, 248 Hollywood Rd.
+852-3571-8200
cbal.com.hk

CAT STREET GALLERY
50 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852-6023-8922
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm

SIN SIN FINE ART
52 Sai St.
+852-2858-5072
sinsinfineart.com

CORNER KITCHEN CAFÉ
226 Hollywood Rd.
+852-2547-8008
cornerkitchencafe.com

GRASSROOTS PANTRY
108 Hollywood Road, Central
+852-2873-3353
grassrootspantry.com

BIBO
G/F, 163 Hollywood Rd.
+852-2956-3188
bibo.hk

KAU KEE
G/F, 21 Gough Street, Central
+852-2850-5967

THE CHAIRMAN
18 Kau U Fong
+852-2555-2202
thechairmangroup.com

RONIN
G/F, 8 On Wo Lane, Central
+852-2547-5263
roninhk.com

WHERE OLD MEETS NEW

  • Brush up on your art knowledge at an incredible archive
  • In the mood for contemporary art? Discover a host of modern galleries
  • Try the flavors of a local noodle shop, Cantonese bistro, or Japanese whiskies

The western stretch of Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan is Hong Kong’s antiques hub—even auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s go rummaging here. Anyone with even the slightest interest in Asian art should make a stop at the Asia Art Archive to read up first. As the region’s foremost nonprofit art resource, it’s an invaluable trove of knowledge, from contemporary to classical. Also book a visit to Liang Yi Museum, Hong Kong’s largest private museum dedicated to a world class collection of antiques, where you can marvel at priceless pieces of Chinese furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties, as well as one of the finest compendiums of European bejewelled clutches, compacts and powder boxes. For contemporary art, start at the westernmost end of Hollywood Road at Contemporary by Angela Li, followed by Cat Street Gallery and Sin Sin Fine Art (on nearby Sai Street). Grab some lunch at Corner Kitchen Café—try the smoked-salmon-and-yogurt wheat wrap—or have a mixed mushroom linguine at Grassroots Pantry, a pioneer of sustainable, vegetarian cuisine. If it’s closing in on cocktail hour, have a drink at Bibo, where contemporary and street art cover every inch of the bar and restaurant, whether you’re sitting in the shadow of a giant KAWS sculpture or admiring one the Damien Hirsts in the WC. Continue along Hollywood Road towards Central, landing on Gough Street, where you’ll find age-old noodle shop Kau Kee. Be aware, locals cross town for the flat rice noodles topped with slow-cooked beef brisket, not the service. If you’re looking for meals art, downstairs you’ll find two more options. The first is Japanese dining bar Ronin, hidden behind an unmarked gray sliding door, where seats for the full seafood-heavy degustation menu are among the hardest in Hong Kong to snag (but standing-room nibbling is an option for walk-ins). Don’t miss the crab dressed with sea urchin or the impressively thorough selection of Japanese whiskies. Just down the way, the Chairman is quietly reviving the philosophy at the core of Cantonese cooking—using the freshest ingredients at their prime, and doing as little as possible to them. It charters its own fishing boats to bring in ingredients such as flower crab and creates an irresistible dish by steaming it with hua diao (yellow rice wine) and chicken fat, then layering it on top of flowing rice noodle sheets.

From Sai Ying Pun Station, head down King George Fifth Park and up Po Yan Street to find yourself in the eclectic Antiques quarter. The Asian Art Archive is in the middle of all the activity, on the corner of Hollywood and Possession Street. Either direction will reveal untold treasures!

ASIA ART ARCHIVE
11/F Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Rd.
+852-2844-1112
aaa.org.hk

LIANG YI MUSEUM
181-199 Hollywood Rd.
+852-2806-8280
liangyimuseum.com

CONTEMPORARY BY ANGELA LI
G/F, 248 Hollywood Rd.
+852-3571-8200
cbal.com.hk

CAT STREET GALLERY
50 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852-6023-8922
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm

SIN SIN FINE ART
52 Sai St.
+852-2858-5072
sinsinfineart.com

CORNER KITCHEN CAFÉ
226 Hollywood Rd.
+852-2547-8008
cornerkitchencafe.com

GRASSROOTS PANTRY
108 Hollywood Road, Central
+852-2873-3353
grassrootspantry.com

BIBO
G/F, 163 Hollywood Rd.
+852-2956-3188
bibo.hk

KAU KEE
G/F, 21 Gough Street, Central
+852-2850-5967

THE CHAIRMAN
18 Kau U Fong
+852-2555-2202
thechairmangroup.com

RONIN
G/F, 8 On Wo Lane, Central
+852-2547-5263
roninhk.com

CLASSICS ANEW
Unit H407, 4/F, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St.
+852-9275-7059
classicsanew.com

VIVIENNE TAM
Staunton/GF/SG03-SG07 PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St.
+852-2721-1818
viviennetam.com

G.O.D.
Staunton/GF/ SG09-SG11, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St.
+852-2915-2822
god.com.hk

SOHOFAMA
Shop G09-G14, G/F, Block A Staunton, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
+852-2858-8238
sohofama.com

ABERDEEN STREET SOCIAL
JPC Building, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St.
+852-2866-0300
aberdeenstreetsocial.hk

LITTLE BAO
G/F, 66 Staunton St.
+852-2194-0202
little-bao.com

YARDBIRD
G/F, 154-158 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852-2547-9273
yardbirdrestaurant.com
Opening hours:
Open Monday to Saturday | 6PM to Midnight
Closed Sunday

WOAW
11 Gough St.
+852-2253-1313
woawstore.com

HOMELESS
29 Gough St.
+852-2581-1880
homeless.hk

CHECK OUT A LOCAL DESIGN HUB

  • Support local designers and artists at a dormitory turned creative retail hub
  • Seek out authentic flavor, from Asian comfort food to exotic yakitori
  • Visit a hipster boutique for some limited-edition sneakers

For a one-stop shop of emerging local designers, make your way to PMQ, the former police dormitories (“Police Married Quarters”) turned creative retail hub. From sourdough bakers to potters, fashion designers, vintage collectors, and artists, this is the place to go if you want to pick up a piece by up-and-coming local talent, such Janko Lam, who designs cheongsams (see In the Mood for Love for inspiration) at Classics Anew. More established designers like Vivienne Tam and eccentric homewares label G.O.D. anchor the complex. For a casual lunch, Sohofama serves up wholesome Chinese plates like a Hong Kong mother would make, such as sweet organic miso eggplant casserole with minced pork. (It’s also one of the few places in Hong Kong where you can enjoy Chinese food alfresco.) Aberdeen Street Social is a good stop for sundowners with a British accent. We loved the Spanglish, a combination of raspberry, lemon, sherry, and, of course, gin. Hop out the back of PMQ onto Staunton Street to find Little Bao, known for obsession-worthy “Asian burgers.” Save room for the deep-fried ice-cream bao for dessert. A few steps away is Yardbird, the hippest yakitori joint in town, and for good reason—every single part of the chicken can be eaten here, and every part is done well. If you need a bit of liquid courage for the chicken heart skewer, try a Bloody Kim Jong Il (kimchi-infused Bloody Mary), or stay on the safe side with some wings, grilled to perfection and best with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of shichimi (Japanese “seven spice” chili powder). Ready for more shopping? Go down one more block on Hollywood Road to Gough Street, home to hipster boutiques like WOAW, with limited-edition sneakers and sleek designer phone covers, plus coffee nook Elephant Grounds at the back. A few blocks down, there’s kooky interiors and furniture shop Homeless.

From Sheung Wan station, the narrow hilly roads of Bonham Strand will lead you down to the even narrower Aberdeen Street. This rabbit warren of shops and business leads to Staunton Street where you’ll find a host of homegrown talent.

CLASSICS ANEW
Unit H407, 4/F, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St.
+852-9275-7059
classicsanew.com

VIVIENNE TAM
Staunton/GF/SG03-SG07 PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St.
+852-2721-1818
viviennetam.com

G.O.D.
Staunton/GF/ SG09-SG11, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St.
+852-2915-2822
god.com.hk

SOHOFAMA
Shop G09-G14, G/F, Block A Staunton, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
+852-2858-8238
sohofama.com

ABERDEEN STREET SOCIAL
JPC Building, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St.
+852-2866-0300
aberdeenstreetsocial.hk

LITTLE BAO
G/F, 66 Staunton St.
+852-2194-0202
little-bao.com

YARDBIRD
G/F, 154-158 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
+852-2547-9273
yardbirdrestaurant.com
Opening hours:
Open Monday to Saturday | 6PM to Midnight
Closed Sunday

WOAW
11 Gough St.
+852-2253-1313
woawstore.com

HOMELESS
29 Gough St.
+852-2581-1880
homeless.hk