Our most recent sourcing trip to Hong Kong was definitely one of discovery. New hotel, new places to shop, new places to eat - exactly what you want when you are exploring the streets of Hong Kong.
Located in amongst the lush green surrounds of Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, yet just a 10-minute stroll from the hustle and bustle of downtown Central, this is our new top pick of where to stay in Hong Kong.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN A HOTEL
1. A good size room with a well-equipped desk area or business centre facilities where we can catch up on our work.
2. A unique experience. A point of difference. The architecture of the Murray is stunning. Originally built in 1969 as government offices with a design considered well ahead of its time, a full renovation to 5* luxury hotel was completed in January 2018. Both exterior and interior design is considered and quite spectacular.
3. A well-facilitated gym + a pool area to wind down.
4. A reputation for true 5-star service. Staff in a hotel can make or break your stay. The concierge at The Murray was extremely knowledgeable, and thoughtful when it came to all of our requests. Even though the Murray has 5 of their own food outlets, the concierge was still very happy to provide recommendations for outside restaurants nearby.
5. A great breakfast. The breakfast buffet at The Murray was exceptional and one of the best we've experienced in a long time.
Whether you’re lounging on the secret garden terrace or pausing for a power lunch in the main dining room, Duddell’s masters the art of hospitality. Head chef Fung Man-Ip is a specialist in traditional Cantonese cuisine and composes his classic dishes with meticulous attention to detail and only the best ingredients. Come for the heartfelt Cantonese dishes, a well-appointed wine list, and an always-evolving art space. 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St
LUK YU TEAHOUSE (Chinese)
Dating to the 1930s, Luk Yu Tea House is one of the most historic restaurants in Hong Kong’s Central District. The institution comes dressed up in antique wooden furniture, stained glass windows, white tablecloths and Shanghainese-art deco details. Dim sum is an art at this teahouse with a welcome procession of bamboo baskets containing steamed beef balls and tofu sheets, char siu bao (barbecue pork buns), har gow (shrimp dumplings), and fried prawns on toast. The atmosphere and classic Chinese dishes provide a fascinating peek into old Hong Kong. 24-26 Stanley St, Central
You’ll most likely hear this busy restaurant before you see it. Built inside an old Chinese shophouse, right by the historic Blue House in Wan Chai, this busy Thai noodle restaurant overflows with hungry diners, keen to try the savoury Bangkok-style noodle dishes. Long lines of diners come for the famous beef boat noodles—which more than make up for the no-reservations policy—and stay for the open-air layout, shabby-cool furniture and social atmosphere. 68 Stone Nullah Ln, Wan Chai
NEW FAVOURITE SHOP
Stepping into a Buly 1803
store — also known as L’Officine Universelle Buly — is like stepping into a 19th-century Parisian novel. With its fine oak carpentered shelves, hand-written labels on bottles and boxes, rare horn and acrylic hair brushes, sponges and curiosities, it immediately transports shoppers to another time and place. Buly’s most beloved products are made up in a French laboratory using natural ingredients and without parabens, phenoxyethanol, or silicones. The brand’s pioneering water-based perfume is perhaps one of its most sought-after products, but equally popular are its fabulous tubes of skincare
pomades and creams, fragrant face and body oils — even dental-care concoctions
— as well as a vast collection of rare oils, clays, dried herbs and botanicals
for you to make your own healing blends.
My Hong Kong must-haves...