hk favorites

By Sophie - July 21, 2017

A lot of people come through Hong Kong time and time again, looking for new things to do. I get messages all the time asking for recommendations, so I'm compiling them into one. Hong Kong is full of diversity and surprises around every corner. Sometimes people want to find a specific location from an insta, but other times people just want to find cool places to go. 

Some of the places (especially in HK) you see on insta are not what they seem, whether it's 'illegal' or just blocked off, if you don't want to take a risk, look carefully and make sure the spot isn't dodgy. 

Most places in Hong Kong are overexploited, and there are always people taking the same photos as you. I am personally guilty, but going out with the intention to retake someone else's photo is not worth your time and effort. It makes creative platforms such an Instagram lose their edge and originality. Despite this, here are some of my favorite things to do or places to go to, some are photos you'll see over and over again on HK 'instagrammers' feeds and some original:
Top and bottom left are from a hike on Cheng Chau Island, which is about an hour by boat from Central pier. The hike leads down to a secluded white sand beach and takes about 2 hours. Top right is from the admittedly boring spot of Jardine's Lookout. Bottom right is from an abandoned house on the Peak.
The top left and bottom right were just random roofs I've been up to but the other two are from some of the more 'instagrammed' locations in HK.
Tai Ping Shan
A district between Sheung Wan and Mid Levels filled with coffee shops and street art.
 "Insta places"
Just your classic insta spots in HK. (from top left in a clockwise direction: Montane Mansion, Wan Chai ferry pier, Innovation Tower, Instagram Pier)
I find that very few 'instagrammers' actually take photos of all the walls in HK, it's usually just school girls walking around and taking 'cute' photos. Unlike other cities where street art prevails on the gram, a lot of HK graffiti is very distasteful and actually not worth photographing. (from top left in a clockwise direction: now removed wings next to Mid Levels escalator, pool at W Hong Kong, Gough Street, somewhere in Wan Chai)
Coffee shops
My obsession. Enough said. (from top left in a clockwise direction: Cafe R&C, Arabica TST Pier, Beans Tsuen Wan, The Coffee Academics LKF, Cafe R&C, Elephant Grounds Star St)

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  1. I would love to visit there someday! I had no idea there was hiking!

  2. I loved the coffee photos <3 I am a coffee addict so it's kind of a hobby taking coffee pictures. It's good to know there are other people in the world too who do that :D

  3. I would love to visit Hong Kong. I love how eclectic it is and I just love the city at night.

  4. I haven't been to Hong Kong myself, but I hear it gets pretty crowded there. You may be right - a lot of influencers are creating the same content everyday and places become over-exploited as a result. Glad to see you've retained your creative spirit though! Let's meet if I ever get the chance to visit HK!

  5. The coffee is so cute! I love that you’re doing these posts. Totally showed my coworkers the Japan one– a couple of them lived there for a bit while they were studying

    1. Thank you Shelby! That means so much to me 💕

  6. Love all the photos you took, it really shows the unique features of each places. I would love to visit here someday!

  7. Omg I'm lovin now the vibe from Hk my firmed goes every year one year I need to go with him Seems to be super trendy!!

  8. I'm convinced, I need to go to Hong Kong!!! So many beautiful places!