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Hong Kong Off the Beaten Path

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Hong Kong has plenty of well-known, must-see attractions, but these hidden treasures - from unmarked bars to funky shops - will make your trip especially memorable.

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  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

8 Places

7 City Tips

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8 Places

Ap liu Street Market

Flea & Street Markets

Tai Lung Fung Bar (Wan Chai)

Restaurants

Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria

Restaurants

Tai Yuen Street Market

Flea & Street Markets

Hong Kong Sneakers Street

Flea & Street Markets,

Mee & Gee

Gift & Speciality Shops

Goldfish Street (Tung Choi Street)

Gift & Speciality Shops

Crazydor's City Tips

  • Green taxis only service the New Territories, and blue taxis only service Lantau Island. Red taxis operate almost everywhere, and are the most expensive.
  • Don't point with your index finger (it's reserved for animals). Instead, use the open hand.
  • Minibuses, also called maxicabs, can be helpful to reach smaller villages. Green minibuses run on fixed routes and fixed fares; red minibuses don't have fixed routes or set fares.
  • Octopus cards are available at transit stations and 7-11s. You can load them up with money to use on public transit, at convenience stores, supermarkets, vending machines, etc.
  • Keep in mind that street food carts (also known as hawkers) are not licensed to sell food, and the food is often unhygienic.
  • In some restaurants, servers will bring tea and snacks that you didn't order, and then try charging you for them. Before being seated, ask your server about additional charges.
  • Tipping in restaurants is not customary. In fact, in less expensive restaurants, it can be seen as patronizing. In more up-scale restaurants, 10% service is included in the bill.
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    Ap liu Street Market
    Flea & Street Markets
    Crazydor Says:

    I think of the Sham Shui Po Night Market as a treasure trove, though many consider the items sold here as unwanted rubbish! Every night, stalls open from around 10 pm to midnight, selling mainly second-hand goods and basic household necessities. There are nearly 100 stalls here, operated by underprivileged Hong Kong and immigrant hawkers, and you'll always find a mix of interesting goods to look at, even if buying isn't on your agenda.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Stalls will not open in bad weather, such as heavy rain.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #199 of 867 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Great market 19/04/2018
    • Full of gadgets and cheap buys 27/03/2018
    • Ap liu Street Market
    Address:
    nearby Nathan Road tourist district
    Hong Kong
    China
    Other:
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    Tai Lung Fung Bar (Wan Chai)
    Restaurants (Bar, Pub)
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    Crazydor Says:

    Although it's not in an area known for its nightlife, Tai Lung Fung Bar's location is entirely appropriate. Situated near to the historic "Blue House" - home to the Hong Kong House of Stories, a museum/shop packed full of nostalgic memorabilia - this quirky bar pays homage to Hong Kong's cultural heritage. Its vintage decor includes a neon sign in Chinese typography, a menu designed in the style of an old Hong Kong newspaper, and old movie posters dotting the walls. The crowd here is artsy and fun, and the food and drinks are great value for money.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Try the chicken wings and the meatballs with mozzarella.
    • The signature Tai Lung Fung cocktail is especially delicious!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,925 of 8,513 restaurants in Hong Kong
    • Quick lunch in Wanchai 16/01/2018
    • friendly bar with real ale 13/01/2018
    • Tai Lung Fung Bar (Wan Chai)
    Address:
    No.5 Hing Wan Street, Wan Chai
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-25720055
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    Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria
    Restaurants (Bar)
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    Crazydor Says:

    If you're passing by Second Street at Sai Ying Pun, you may hardly notice the tiny red door or the Chinese sign that reads, "Ping Pong Gym" - yet beyond this red door lies a very hip Spanish-themed gin bar. Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria is a mix of classic and modern, featuring original fixtures from when the building was still a ping pong hall, and works from local photographer Paul Yeung and notorious graffiti artist, the "King of Kowloon" Tsang Tsou Choi. The wide selection of gin and tonics on offer is excellent, and is complemented by Spanish beers, wines and a delicious menu of traditional tapas dishes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you are lucky enough to meet the co-owner Juan, seize the opportunity to talk to him - you will learn a lot about gin!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #541 of 8,513 restaurants in Hong Kong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect tonic 20/04/2018
    • A Gin Palace in the basement of an old Chinese Ping Pong hall... Fabulous! 20/03/2018
    • Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria
    Address:
    No.129 Second Street, Nam Cheong Hse, Sai Ying Pun
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    852-91581584
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    Tai Yuen Street Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Crazydor Says:

    Known by locals as "Toy Street," Tai Yuen Street is a place for the young and the young at heart. While most toy manufacturers moved to mainland China in the 1980s, some of the classic "Made in Hong Kong toys" can still be found among the newfangled playthings in this area. Many of the shops here have been in business for decades, and are filled with quirky and affordable toys and novelty items.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take the MTR to Wan Chai Station, then Exit A3, walk for 2 minutes and you will see the market.
    • This area is especially fun during holidays and festivals.
    • The local diners lining the streets are a great place to try everything from Chinese herbal soups to snake stews.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #250 of 867 things to do in Hong Kong
    • A lot going on here! 19/02/2018
    • Tote bags, souvenirs, and clothes 06/02/2018
    • Tai Yuen Street Market
    Address:
    No.26, Tai Yuen Street, Wan Chai
    Hong Kong
    China
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    Hong Kong Sneakers Street
    Flea & Street Markets,
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    Crazydor Says:

    Sportswear heaven is located on Fa Yuen Street, also known as Sneakers Street! Helping Hong Kong youngsters make a fashion statement since the 1980s, this street is still the place where young hipsters from all walks of life come to shop for the the trendiest new styles and limited-edition sneaker gems from all over the world. Even basketball player, Lebron James, has been spotted here!

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take the MTR to Mong Kok Station, Exit D3. Walk along Argyle Street and you'll soon see Fa Yuen Street.
    • Don't hesitate too long while you're shopping here - by the time you buy your sneakers, they may be out of fashion!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #173 of 867 things to do in Hong Kong
    • Amazing 19/04/2018
    • so many choices! 13/04/2018
    • Hong Kong Sneakers Street
    Address:
    Argyle Street, Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon
    Kowloon
    Hong Kong
    China
    Phone:
    85224929291
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Mee & Gee
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Crazydor Says:

    If you only have a few dollars in your pocket, chances are you can still find a whole "new" look at Mee & George (also known as Mee & Gee), a great shop selling cheap, secondhand clothing. The messy displays may look like dusty heaps of fabric, but if you have the patience to rummage (and sometimes the guts to elbow) your way through the piles, you're likely to find some unique treasures. I've found vintage Japanese jackets of amazing quality here!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The denim jackets here are great, and you can buy badges to decorate them with.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #274 of 404 Shopping in Hong Kong
    • Магаз! 19/12/2016
    • Mee & Gee
    Address:
    No.55 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
    Hong Kong
    China
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    Goldfish Street (Tung Choi Street)
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Crazydor Says:

    In Feng Shui, the gold fish is a symbol of beauty, wealth, and good luck for the home. This market, also known as Goldfish Street, embodies all of it and is a must-see for anyone fascinated by the wonders of the sea. The dozens of shops that line this street are devoted to all things aquarium, selling tanks, accessories, and an astounding array of sea creatures - from the lucky goldfish themselves, to more exotic varieties, and even the occasional amphibian or beetle!

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don't miss the impressive aquarium setups, complete with coral.
    • Visit in the evening to sample some of the local seafood delicacies sold from the stalls that set up here.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 404 Shopping in Hong Kong
    • unique market 12/04/2018
    • Interesting 10/03/2018
    • Goldfish Street (Tung Choi Street)
    Address:
    No.210 Tung Choi Street
    Hong Kong
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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