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How is everyone settling into the new year? I canNOT believe that we’re already almost at the end of January..how is that possible!? Where did time go!? It feels like just last week we were back home in Hong Kong for Christmas! After spending the holidays away last year (in Hawaii!!), we thought it’d be nice to spend this year at home in Hong Kong with the fambams. It was the perfect (warm) break from Shanghai with lots of family time. Our first few nights were spent at home with Nanz and her puppies, and for Christmas dinner, we cooked up our first epic Christmas feast at home. It was pretty damn good honestly and hopefully this will become a yearly tradition!

After spending the first few nights at Nanz’s, we headed over to the “dark side” (a.k.a. the best side a.k.a. Kowloon side) where we were graciously offered a few nights stay at W Hotel in one of their Wonderful Rooms. In collaboration with Starwood group (they own all the W’s, Marriots and more!), we’ve teamed up to come up with a fun (more like yum) guide to my favourite spots in Hong Kong! Whenever I travel, I always mentally note down spots that I want to share with you guys and always try to come up with a guide to make things easier for when you guys travel! So you can imagine how psyched I was to find Starwood’s very own MOMENTUM travel site does just that. It’s my latest obsession when it comes to learning about any new spots I’m about to travel to! I just read their post on 2017 Travel Bucket List and am hoping to tick a few off that list this year too! Have any of you been to any of these places? Lucky you!!

Below is a few of my favourite old and new spots around Hong Kong that I always (or will always) go back to. Let me know which are your favourite spots or if you have any new ones you want to share! I’m usually back in Hong Kong every few months and always feel like a tourist in my own home town because as any Hong Konger can tell you, the city changes so fast with new restaurants and shops popping up left and right!

Be warned, it’s a long ass post!!!!! Thanks in advance for reading guys ♡♡♡♡

In collaboration with Starwood Momentum.

A HOME BUT NOT AT HOME

Our little semi-staycation in the Wonderful room at W hotel was absolutely amazing. I do love me some fancy hotel rooms! Hong Kong is such a cramped city, so finding a room that is spacious, with the comfiest king size bed and an amazing bathroom is such a luxury. Bout that bed tho, apparently W hotel is faaaamous for having the comfiest bed with the fluffiest pillows and MAN OH MAN is that so true. Jason always says that if he doesn’t physically shake me to wake me up, I could probably sleep for 36 hours straight and man in that W bed..for sure I’ll be out for like 5 days.

And the bathroom! I love that they provide you with toiletries from BLISS and having a full bath was just so nice. A nice little touch were the custom Coca Cola bottles! I will gladly Share my Coke with Jason Lam!!! We checked out that infamous skyline view from the pool and the amazing hotel breakfast at the Kitchen. Everyone LOOOOOVES a good hotel breakfast buffet.

Our stay was absolutely amazing and a huge thanks to Starwood for hooking it up! Read on for my take on a local city guide and check out the Momentum site for your next holiday!

W HOTEL:
No.1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon. Look for the exit inside Elements mall!










HIGH TEA FOR THREE

Along with our awesome room, we were treated to an afternoon high-tea sesh at the Sheraton Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. Oh god guys if you’re a loooong time reader, you’ll know that I have an undying love for afternoon high tea. It’s SUCH a Hong Kong thing but I love it so much. I decided to take my mom and Nanz along with me for a little family girl time. Us 3 used to always go on these fun afternoon high tea dates and this was just like old times. This was our first time at the Sky Lounge at the Sheraton and the 18/f views of Hong Kong side were so nice. There was a seriously amazing view of the Space Museum and the HK Cultural Centre with the TST Star Ferry peeking out at the back. The hightea was so delicious and it just reminded me that we should go on these all girls fancy afternoon date more often!

Sky Lounge, 18/F, Sheraton Hotel, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon






ELEPHANT GROUNDS COFFEE
I’m sure if you asked anyone around town where the best and most unique ice cream is, without a doubt they’d say Elephant Grounds. Trust me, I’ve asked EVERYONE and EG is a clear winner. I mean, THAI ICED TEA flavoured ice cream in a black charcoal cone..or salted caramel in a RED VELVET cone!! There’s really nowhere else I’d rather get brain freeze at than at Elephant Grounds! Perfect for Hong Kong’s all year heat!

Shop C, G/F, 42-28 Fashion Walk, Paterson St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

BOOMSHACK (-ALAKA)
Boomshack is one of those places that not many people talk about but when you go and eat there, it’s so good that you’re like “HOW DO NOT MORE PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THIS PLACE!?!” Their food is inspired by America’s food trailer scene, mixing Western, Mexican and Asian flavours in a cool throwback Americana setting. We tried the infamous 3 Cheese & Ranch Chicken Waffle sandwich and it sure as hell was a hefty one but so good along with sweet potato fries! Of course we enjoyed everything though Jason struggled not to get cheesy sauce and ketchup on his white pants -.-

Shop B, G/F, 8-12 Wo On Lane, Central, Hong Kong


La Vache!

UGHHH guys La Vache! is soooooo good. We’ve been here a few times and every time it’s even better than I remembered. I love everything about the place: the table settings, the perfectly grilled steaks, the UNLIMITED fries..oh man the fries dipped in that béarnaise sauce!! It’s the classic steak frites spot where that’s literally the only thing on their menu and all they ask you when ordering is how do you want your meat cooked. Whilst you might be tempted to continually order more fries, don’t forget to make space for their dessert!! They have the most delicious Mille-feuille and lemon tartlet!

48 Peel St, Central, Hong Kong


Commissary
For Eugene’s birthday, Nanz booked us a sweet spot at the newly opened Commissary in Pacific Place. Oh man this place was so great. It reminded me so much of Commissary at The Line hotel in LA (not affiliated) with the good views, great sunny weather and delicious food. Also, how cool does my popcorn iced tea look? It was so yums. This place is definitely insta-worthy and the food is so so good! I haven’t hung out at PP in a long time but with yummy spots like this opening up and the insanely beautiful renovation of the whole mall, you know where I’ll be hanging out from now on!

Shop 405, 4/F Pacific Place,, 88 Queensway, Central, Hong Kong


↑ Dodam Chicken
The whole Korean fried chicken phase is still silently going strong in Hong Kong. Dodam Chicken is actually the joint combo of two existing brands from Korea: Hwaggaduk, the world’s first chicken baked in a pizza oven, and Dodam, a straight-up fried chicken brand. We went for the squid and chicken fried combo and tried the baked chicken and both dishes were so good. The baked chicken really tasted like it was fried, definitely a healthier option when you have that KFC craving!

18A, Lee Theatre Plaza, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

↓ Limewood
I’ve been wanting to check out that The Pulse in Repulse Bay for a long time so we ended up having our last minute Christmas Eve dinner at Limewood and it was such a great idea, far away from the crowds of gatherings in Central and we were also surprised that they didn’t have some ridiculously expensive set dinner menu for Christmas! I loved the beachy vibes at Limewood and their food was a great mix of South East Asian, Hawaiian, South American and Caribbean flavors, oh and don’t forget to order their yummy drinks!

Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong

 



HOME KONG

Lastly, for all the 10 days that we were there, we did our usual shopping around Causeway Bay, Central and of course IFC. Finally got to stop by WOAW store to check out their Christmas window and happy to see this little cutie Michi the Doughball from Flabjacks sitting all cute and pretty. We also managed to finally check out the AIA Great European Carnival which was SO fun. We bought our tickets online which came with 10 coupons to use for the rides and games but we ended up buying an extra like 60 coupons or something while we were there cos we just got REAL sucked into that CARNI-LIFE! The game addiction is REAL. We walked away with quite a few random stuffed toys that were all just for our dogs to play and rip apart but it was just so fun being there and feeling that Christmas Carni Vibes!!! It’s still on until Sunday 12th Feb, so I highly recommend going cos it’s SO FUN and definitely worth checking out!!

Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong – near the Star Ferry

  1. thanks for sharing! definitely adding some of these to the list of places to stop by for the next visit. love your site by the way, hoping and aspiring to have something of my own like this one day =]

  2. Always love your posts ;)

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