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Perched on the 25th floor of the Prince’s Building, Sevva is the culinary equivalent of a choose-your-own-adventure novel.Picture countless dining spaces, each with its own distinct vibe: If you’re feeling posh, raise those pinkies at afternoon tea or lounge on the wraparound outdoor terrace with 360-degree views of the city. After indulging in cocktails at Taste Bar, enjoy Harbourside’s fusion cuisine under a ceiling of live flowers or watch bankers and powerbrokers seal the deal over dinner in the regal Bankside. Finish things off with treats beneath the pink chandelier at Ms. B’s Cakery, home to some of the most decadent desserts you’ve ever laid eyes on. Trust us, Ms. B’s Banana Lust is most definitely lust-worthy.
10 Chater Rd., Central, +852 2537 1388
LUK YU TEAHOUSE
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This three-story teahouse is retro Hong Kong at its finest. From the embellished colonial decor and old-school menu to the tales of mafia murders from days gone by, Luk Yu offers a glimpse into the city’s past. Don’t be put off by your waiter’s surly service: It’s part of the shtick, and the food will more than compensate. The lotus-root puffs are quite tempting, and you can’t go wrong ordering any of the Cantonese-style soups on the menu. Dim sum is an all-day affair here, so come for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
24 Stanley St., Central, +852 2523 5464
MAN MO TEMPLE
TEMPLE STREET NIGHT MARKET
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For a taste of the real Hong Kong, hop on a Star Ferry for TST and make a beeline to the lively Temple Street Night Market. This perpetually buzzing market is home to hawkers selling everything under the sun (we’ve even spotted dried seahorses!), plus open-air canteens where the locals come for dinner every night. Between the feng shui experts and herbalists, Cantonese opera singers and old men playing Chinese chess, this market is as real as it gets. Just don’t come before 8 p.m. Hong Kongers are notorious night owls, so the later you visit, the better!
Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei
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After all the excitement, you’ll need a place to rest your weary head. While many of Hong Kong’s hotels are housed in massive modern skyscrapers, for something refreshingly different, we suggest a stay at the historic Hullett House. This colonial three-storey building is a heritage landmark, offering low-key luxury along with two chic bars, a champagne gallery and several acclaimed restaurants.
1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
+852 3988 0000