Some Familiar and Others Hidden: An Explorer’s Guide To Hong Kong

5 min readNov 27, 2018
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For most travellers, taking in the view from The Peak, eating copious amounts of dim sum and bar-hopping in Lan Kwai Fong would easily classify as a perfect Hong Kong vacation. But, we say get out there and explore this city’s undiscovered beauty and marvel at how the locals live. Here’s our mix of Hong Kong’s mainstream hotspots and hidden gems, helping you to make the most of this magnificent city’s many quirks.

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If you’re a self-proclaimed fashionista or shopaholic, you’re going to love department store SOGO, which has two different branches. For the latest electronics, trendy fashion, a spa treatment or even groceries — you’ll find it all on one of SOGO Causeway Bay’s 16 floors. Word of advice: this location is HECTIC so be prepared! If leisurely shopping is more your thing, you’ll definitely appreciate the Tsim Tsa Tsui location. With fewer crowds, you’ll enjoy the peace and quiet while calmly taking your time choosing exactly what to buy.

Hipster 9

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Does your heart beat for vintage fashion or those original one-off decorative items for your home? If yes, Hipster 9 is just the place for you. With a mustard yellow shop front, there is no way on Earth that you’ll miss this beloved store in Sheung Wan. The tiny shop is a treasure trove of goodness — always full of surprises. Psst — we’ve heard of people hunting down a stunning pair of Burberry earrings from the 80s and some Ferragamo kitten heels from the 60s.

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