Whistles Neighbourhood: Hong Kong
Tranquil gardens that recall the Tang dynasty and the best bao in town - if you are going to Hong Kong, let Whistles help plan your itinerary.
Nan Lian Garden
Find some inner peace among the busy streets and zone out to the zen-like music that soundtracks your walk around the Nan Lian Garden. Situated in the midst of Diamond Hill’s myriad of high-rise apartments, this Chinese classical garden - which was built in the style of the Tang dynasty - is a breath of fresh air, literally. Its scenic garden is meticulously landscaped, with every feature placed according to specific Tang dynasty rules and methods. There are permanent displays of Chinese timber architecture and rocks from the Red River of Guangxi, while Penjing Gardens arrangements line the pathways. Garden inspiration at its finest.
60 Fung Tak Rd, Ha Yuen Leng, Hong Kong
Fulfill your love for modern ceramic and tableware design at Loveramics. Creating practical, affordable yet beautiful homewares, the Hong Kong-based company aims to retain the values of craftsmanship in their manufacturing process. Visitors can also take a class in their Repulse Bay store and learn the various processes in ceramic making, turning their clay into a functional piece of tableware.
G/F, 97 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
A quick bite to eat at R&R Bagels is a must for bagel enthusiasts and coffee fans. Founded in Hong Kong, owners Rob and Ryan sampled and tested bagel recipes across America while discovering the secret to dough rolling. Their unique approach to making artisan and premium bagels feels new with their ingenious blend of flavours. Don’t miss the maple bagel and egg for breakfast, while classics like the smoked salmon and roast beef bagels are not to be overlooked.
28 Li Yuen Street West, Central District, Hong Kong
Overwhelmed by the wealth of Chinese restaurants? Art gallery and dining room Duddell’s is your answer. Designed so creatives can share ideas, Duddell’s sophisticated yet relaxed interiors are the perfect backdrop to showcase the restaurant’s extensive collection of contemporary artworks. The garden terrace is one of the restaurant’s highlights, where visitors are shaded by an abundance of greenery creating the perfect spot for brunch. While a lively salon upstairs feels as though you’ve been welcomed into an eccentric art collector’s home for cocktails.
Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Space Museum
Those who are fascinated with the London’s Barbican Complex will appreciate the unique egg-shaped dome of the Hong Kong Space Museum. Located at the seaside of Tsim Sha Tsui, the museum runs a yearly astronomical event schedule that provides information about the solar eclipses and the meteor showers that are due to take place in the coming year. While the exhibition halls are currently under refurbishment (reopening later this year), you can still catch a documentary in one of their 180 degree theatres or marvel at the retrofuturism architecture.
10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Craft beer is becoming quite a popular craze in Hong Kong, but Little Creatures stands out above the competition. Bringing together tapas style plates and well-crafted beer, the brewers behind Little Creatures have opened up a social hub in the community of Kennedy Town. Beer fans will enjoy their open plan brewery while tasting their award winning pale ale while newcomers can try out their ‘beer tasting paddle’. Not into beer? Go for brunch instead for a choice of breakfast favourites, where you can find both bloody marys and craft beers on offer - cheers to that!
5A New Praya Kennedy Town, Sai Wan, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Coffee connoisseurs Elephant Grounds follow a simple methodology to create the perfect cup. Crafting from the finest beans, Elephant Grounds have worked out the perfect roast and correct brewing method, turning coffee into a work of art with their meticulous attention to detail. From homely wooden dens with open windows to more clean and minimal spaces, each cafe is unique with differing characteristics and styles to suit any taste, just like their coffee. Don’t forget to try their ice cream sandwiches, the perfect companion for your afternoon coffee.
Locations in Causeway Bay, Starstreet, Mid-Levels, Gough Street and Wong Chuk Hang
Next door to the Broadway Cinematheque, home of arthouse films and rerun screenings, is Kubrick Bookshop and Cafe. A bookstore, cafe and art gallery in one, Kubrick brings together local and international creatives to discover and share ideas. With a large selection of titles in film, art and cultural studies, visitors will find Kubrick a relaxing space for coffee and reading while in Hong Kong.
3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
With it’s minimalistic yet contemporary cool interiors, at first glance Po Atelier may look like a designer’s concept store, but it’s actually home to some of the best freshly baked breads in Hong Kong. Founded by art director Vincent Cheng and photographer Jonathan Leijonhufvud, the duo have created an open-kitchen boutique bakery with a focus on artisan breads and pastries, paired with design inspiration from Japan and Scandinavia. Next door is Cafe Deadend - also owned by the duo - a modern produce-driven dining room with a constantly changing menu to keep every visit exciting.
70 Po Hing Fong, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong
Little Bao is all about sharing, both in terms of food and culture. A modern Chinese diner with a cute neon cartoon sign to match, Little Bao does an original take on classic comfort foods. Using familiar ingredients in a refreshed way, food here has an adventurous, playful quality that takes its influences from many different cultures. The restaurant gets busy fairly quickly, so we recommend heading down early or sticking your name down on the waiting list.
66 Staunton St, Central, Hong Kong