If you consider yourself a foodie, this two-day Hong Kong foodie tour is a must-try. From the Hong Kong breakfast consisting of a freshly-baked bun with tea, to sweet pudding, fresh soy milk, braised goose, wanton noodle soup, and of course, dim sum, you’ll try Hong Kong’s top dishes, at hidden eateries considered an insider secret amongst the city’s locals. Your tour starts and ends with visits to some of Hong Kong’s must-see destinations, including Mid-Levels escalator, and the Avenue of the Stars.
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Start your Hong Kong foodie tour by getting acquainted with the city. Take in the city’s famous skyline from the Star Ferry from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and take the underground metro back. Next, hop on the Mid-Levels escalator, the world’s largest outdoor escalator system, and explore this hip, trendy part of Hong Kong the easy way. Make sure to skip lunch! This afternoon, your foodie tour truly begins - you’ll taste test the best examples of Hong Kong cuisine from six family-run tasting locations in Central and Sheung Wan. You’ll meander through an open market along the way, observing how locals shop for their fresh produce. Take things up a notch with some high-end dining tonight at the Four Seasons hotel’s Caprice restaurant, the first French restaurant in Hong Kong to receive three Michelin stars, before heading back to your hotel - we recommend either Upper House or Ritz Carlton.
Forgo your hotel breakfast this morning - you’ll start your day off with a foodie tour for which you’ll want to have an empty belly! This tour will take you through Kowloon’s Sham Shui Po neighborhood, an old area whose restaurants serve up some of Hong Kong’s favorite dishes for which locals will travel from afar. Walk off this morning’s calorie consumption with a tour of Kowloon this afternoon - its museums are a great place to learn about its culture and history. We recommend the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Museum of History. If museums aren’t your thing, the elegant Chi Lin Monastery is another great source of cultural insight. Don’t miss the area’s bird and flower markets, and of course, Tsim Sha Tsui’s Avenue of the Stars. Tonight, enjoy some of the city’s best Italian food at Angelini restaurant in the Shangri-La hotel, which sits in a picturesque location on the waterfront by Victoria Harbour.
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Opened in 2009, Hong Kong’s hip and luxurious Upper House is the sister hotel of Beijing’s Opposite House. Occupying floors 38 to 49 of the Pacific Place tower in Admiralty, Upper House was designed by architect Andre Fu, dubbed by Conde Nast Traveler as an “Asian design sensation.” His meticulous design is intended to evoke the intimacy and tranquility of a private home high above the hectic city. Each of the hotel’s 117 rooms, including 21 suites and two penthouses, has a dramatic harbour view or city view. Amenities in every room include an iPod Touch with custom music playlists, hotel and area information; 42-inch LCD TVs with surround sound, video-on-demand and PC, camcorder and MP3 connectivity; and choice of broadband or wireless Internet. On the property’s 49th floor, Café Gray Deluxe is helmed by chef Gray Kunz, featuring a 46-foot-long open kitchen and bar of the same length, as well as a private dining room for up to 12. Upper House’s atrium presents a 10-storey sculpture by Hiroshiwata Sawada, and each room’s decor includes a unique sandstone sculpture by Marvin Mintofang. There is also a gym with cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. Upper House is approximately 40 minutes from Chek Lap Kok International Airport.
Opened in 2011 in the new West Kowloon Cultural District, the Ritz-Carlton has 312 rooms on floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Center, with breathtaking views over the city and harbour. The rooms come equipped with modern amenities such as a 42-inch flat-screen television, Blu-ray player, 160GB iPod with dock and 400 to 600 thread count sheets. The marble bathrooms come with a separate LCD television and separate tub and shower. Enjoy treatments at The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA, located on the 116th floor in private deluxe or couples’ rooms. Dining options include a choice of six cafes and restaurants which serve your choice of Cantonese, Italian western fares. Guests can also enjoy afternoon tea and cocktails at the bar and lounge, which offers a sky-high view across the waters. The Ritz-Carlton is approximately 60 minutes from Chek Lap Kok International Airport (HKG).