Uncover the hidden districts of Hong Kong

Hong Kong has always been a hub of activity, where the East meets the West, and tradition meets modernity. It’s a city that never sleeps and is filled with hidden gems ready to welcome new travel seekers.

Beyond its shimmering skyscrapers, Hong Kong is home to a myriad of hidden neighbourhoods, each with its own unique character, food, and traditions. From the bustling streets of Old Town Central to the tranquil beaches of Lamma Island, pack your bags and come with V&T on a journey through this fascinating city.

West Kowloon Cultural District Hong Kong
The watery views of West Kowloon Cultural District

Be a culture vulture in West Kowloon

Start your journey in the West Kowloon Cultural District, a sprawling complex that houses some of the city’s most exciting cultural venues. You’ll be treated to an array of venues offering art exhibitions, performances, and events over 40 hectares of reclaimed land on the west side of Victoria Harbour. It’s home to an astonishing variety of iconic buildings, including the Xiqu Centre and Hong Kong Palace Museum. The M+ Museum particularly is a must-visit for contemporary art lovers. Featuring an impressive collection of works by Hong Kong artists and beyond, it’s home to a vast collection of art, design, architecture, and moving images. After your museum wander, explore the surrounding parkland and take a stroll along the waterfront promenade, with its unmatched views of Victoria Harbour and the city skyline.

M+ Museum: a must-see for contemporary art lovers

Old Town charm in Central Hong Kong

Next, head to Old Town Central, where you can delve into the city’s rich history and culture – this locale blends the old with the new. Take a walk through its vibrant streets and alleys filled with traditional markets, temples, and old-world architecture. Don’t miss the Man Mo Temple, that dates back to 1847. Here, you can light incense sticks and make a wish while soaking in the tranquil atmosphere.

Explore the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator, the world’s longest-covered escalator system, which takes you through the heart of the district. It’s one of the best ways to see the sights and get a true feel for Hong Kong with rapid fire visual access to notable landmarks like Hollywood Road, and SoHo. Stop by the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, a former police station transformed into a vibrant cultural centre.

For foodies, Old Town Central and Central Markets are a gastronomic paradise, with an abundance of Hong Kong hidden gems of al fresco street food stalls (or dai pai dongs), hole-in-the-wall eateries and Michelin-starred restaurants. Be sure to try the local delicacies, such as dim sum, roast goose and egg tarts, and discover why Hong Kong is known as the culinary capital of Asia.

Man Mo Temple dates from 1847

Uncover the secrets of Sham Shui Po

Continue your adventures in Sham Shui Po, a working-class neighbourhood in Kowloon often overlooked. Here, you can experience the authentic side of Hong Kong, where locals live, work, and play. Dazzle your senses at the bustling streets and markets, with a vibrant mix of food, fashion, and electronics – a visit to the Golden Computer Arcade, a five-story mall that sells everything from video games to computer parts is a must. And don’t forget to check out the street art and murals that adorn the neighbourhood’s walls. Just like Old Town Central, Sham Shui Po impresses with its enviable foodie scene, offering a wide range of authentic local cuisine, from street food stalls to family-run restaurants.

Lazing about Lamma Island

Escape the city with a ferry to Lamma Island, a peaceful oasis that offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Explore the island’s beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and traditional fishing villages, including Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan, where you can sample fresh seafood and soak in the laid-back atmosphere. Make time to hike the Lamma Island Trail, which offers stunning views of the surrounding islands.

Island lovers should also venture to one of Hong Kong’s hidden gems with a trip to Tai O, a traditional fishing village on Lantau Island. You can take a boat ride and explore the stilt houses and fish markets.

Tai O: a traditional fishing village on Lantau Island

Hop through Hong Kong’s hip nightlife

You’ll fall head over heels for Hong Kong’s nightlife if you’re an evening enthusiast from rooftop bars to underground clubs. Start your night at the Ozone on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, which offers stunning city views matched with craft cocktails. Head to LKF (Lan Kwai Fong), Hong Kong’s most famous nightlife district and home to an array of bars and clubs. If you’re looking for a more laid-back evening, explore the neighbourhood of Wan Chai, which has a great selection of live music venues. The vibrant neighbourhood of SoHo in Central is another must-visit for its eclectic mix of venues.

Hong Kong is a dynamic city and a melting pot of art, culture and cuisine. Go beyond its famous landmarks to uncover hidden gems that promise to showcase what Hong Kong truly has to offer.

From rooftop bars to underground clubs, Hong Kong has much to offer nighttime revellers

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