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Insider Guide to Hong Kong with Faye Tsui

Hong Kong based Faye Tsui is a stylist, social media influencer, magazine columnist and creator of fashion and lifestyle blog, Fayevorite

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Faye has lived in the city for all her life. Her clients as a stylist have included some of the biggest global luxury brands – Burberry, Calvin Klein, Harvey Nichols, Tiffany and Co. and Monica Vinader. If you want to know about Hong Kong, ask Faye.

As part of a new series exploring the vibrant destination of Hong Kong, Faye shares her local knowledge: she lets us in on all her favourite spots to visit in the city; the best boutiques to shop at; and the must-visit restaurants (plus what to order). Join us as we explore Hong Kong through Faye’s eyes and wealth of experience.

In partnership with Hong Kong Tourism Board

Where is the best place in Hong Kong to stay?

Rosewood Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong. It’s situated on one of Hong Kong’s most significant waterfront locations in Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon waterfront) the hotel has some of the best views across the harbour.

Best place for breakfast or brunch?

I would suggest going for dim sum at City Hall Maxim’s Palace. Locals love it as you can experience old traditions: it’s one of the few places in Hong Kong where waitresses still push dim sum trolleys through the restaurant. You can order food straight from the trolley.

Favourite restaurant for dinner?

The Chairman, which has earned the top spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants (in 2022 it has been listed at no. 5). They serve very authentic Chinese cuisine – both traditional and modern. One of the must-try dishes here is the steamed flowery crab, it’s steamed with 15-year-old Chinese wine, chicken fat and clam juice, and served alongside fragrant chicken oil and flat rice noodles.

The restaurant only locals know about: 

Locals love to eat noodles in soup and On Lee Noodle is one of our favourites. Signature dishes include sliced beef brisket, fish cakes noodle and French toast served in the Hong Kong way. You’ll love them all.

Best place for a cocktail?

Quinary – they make one of the best cocktails I have ever tried: the Earl Grey Caviar Martini. It’s made with orange liqueur, citrus vodka, elderflower syrup and is topped with Earl Grey caviar ‘air’, made through the process of spherification.

The best place to go shopping is…

I really love to shop at the boutique store, Joyce or at Lane Crawford. Both have a great selection of luxury and lifestyle goods.

Tell us about a great locally-run store…

Kapok, it’s focused on lifestyle goods.

Where is your favourite view of Hong Kong?

Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui. Go here to overlook Hong Kong Island Harbour view. I never get bored of it.

Where can we find great art?

The M+ museum is a must visit if you are in Hong Kong. Until mid-May 2023 they have a Yayoi Kusama exhibition: Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now showcasing more than 200 of her pieces. You’ll also find an exhibition called Hong Kong: Here and Beyond telling the story of the city from the 60s to the present day, this is running until early June.

What is your best tip for relaxation while in Hong Kong?

Indulge in a visit to the Asaya Spa at Rosewood hotel. They offer everything from a deep tissue massage to Dr. Barbara Sturm facials and meditation sessions. It’s one of the best places to relax – locals love it too.

Best tip for adventure?

Hiking! Hong Kong has a lot of hiking trails ideal for a scenic escape. The most popular are Dragon’s Back Trail in Shek O or Lion Rock Hiking Trail in Sha Tin.

Which hidden neighbourhood is worth a visit?

The Mills in Chai Wan Kok, Tsuen Wan. Once a cotton mill, it’s now a hub for design and has a heritage centre, shops, a business incubator and a rooftop park. I’m not sure all locals know about it yet, but it’s definitely worth visiting to see more of our forward-thinking, creative Hong Kong.

Tell us a fact about your city that most visitors wouldn’t know…

We have lots of Hong Kong-style cafés, known as cha chaan teng. They’re affordable local restaurants that originated in Hong Kong. They serve bread, cake, western cuisine, drinks, and sometimes Chinese dishes. These are the places that locals love to visit for a quick meal; from breakfast to dinner, or simply for tea.

What is your favourite memory of Hong Kong?

The night view of the city from The Peak. Visit and the memories will stay with you forever, too.

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