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