To ring in the New Year, my husband and I headed to Hong Kong for a week of fun and debauchery. We had a blast touring the city by day and partying it up at night. But what we enjoyed the most were the amazing dining experiences. If you want to experience a diverse culinary and cocktail scene while you’re on vacation, then look no further than Hong Kong as your next travel destination. And when you’re there, here are a few things you must put on your food and travel bucket list:
A dim sum experience – If you have never had dim sum before, I definitely recommend putting this on your list when you visit Hong Kong. Dim sum is basically Cantonese food served tapas style. This Cantonese feast of dumplings and steamed buns, accompanied with meats, veggies and the like, is shared with the entire table. We visited Din Tai Fung, a Michelin-star dim sum restaurant where it was so crazy-packed and busy that we were whisked our orders by individual tables, rather than having to stop a strolling cart and asking for food. We left the restaurant thoroughly stuffed and satisfied with our restaurant pick!
All-you-can-drink champagne brunch – Did someone say all-you-can-drink champagne? Though this isn’t a cheap way to have brunch, it’s definitely a memorable one. We spent our Saturday afternoon sipping on Veuve Clicquot while noshing on unlimited dim sum at Duddell’s for hours on end. And, there are countless brunches with a similar set-up at hotels and restaurants throughout the city. Sunday brunch tends to be more popular; however, there are a few Saturday jewels you can keep in mind. If you don’t fancy champagne (the horror!), you can also indulge in brunches where you can have all-you-can-drink cocktails or sangria.
Buy one drink, get one free at happy hour – The happy hour scene is something serious in Hong Kong. With discounted drinks, happy hour specials and large time windows for you to relax with a libation (I saw a few that were from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.!), there’s no doubt you can find a stiff drink (and another one for free). We loved buying a pitcher at Rummin’ Tings and learning we could get another pitcher for free! We ended up staying for hours ordering cocktails and enjoying the music and laid-back vibe of this Caribbean-inspired restaurant/bar.
Experience something new at a Michelin-starred restaurant – The Michelin Guide is the cream of the crop when it comes to handing out honors to the most distinguished and superb restaurants in a city. With so few cities that receive the honor of even having the Michelin committee hand out star designations (places like Atlanta aren’t even considered!), it’s only right that you visit one when you are in Hong Kong. Typically, Michelin-star restaurants are upscale, fancy and expensive, but my trick is to visit the most affordable Michelin-star restaurants, whether that’s because of their overall price point or because they offer lunches at a discounted rate. Tim Ho Wan is one such place where you can indulge in dim sum at crazy affordable prices. Fair warning though: make sure you go at an off-peak time when other people aren’t dining. Otherwise, you risk waiting for hours to enjoy this restaurant.
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