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48 Hours in Hong Kong

The Metro team set out for Hong Kong for a brief interlude with this exhilarating city as part of Metro Channel’s The Crawl Hong Kong.

The Metro team set out for Hong Kong for a brief interlude with this exhilarating city as part of Metro Channel’s The Crawl Hong Kong. We found Hong Kong  a vibrant metropolis as we bask in its dynamic energy and diverse cultural experiences. 


As one of the last places to open up and lift the mask mandate in March 1, Hong Kong beckons travelers with open arms, inviting them to explore its intriguing blend of tradition and modernity. For food enthusiasts, Hong Kong is a paradise as it houses an impressive array of culinary delights. With approximately 205 restaurants featured in the esteemed Michelin Guide (as of June 2023), you're in for a gastronomic journey like no other.


Moreover, art aficionados will be enthralled by the city's thriving arts district in West Kowloon, housing two new museums: M+ and Hong Kong Palace Museum, which opened just in 2021 and 2022 respectively. 


Whether you're on a weekend getaway or extending your stopover, this guide promises an unforgettable adventure for the modern traveler.


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Day 1: Getting Introduced to the City

1:30 PM - Arrival from Manila: Begin your journey by flying in with Cathay Pacific and arriving just in time for a delightful lunch.


3:00 PM - Hotel Check-in: After your flight, check in at one of our top recommendations for accommodation. Experience the contemporary vibes and artistic flair of Hotel Ovolo, The Hari, or AKVO. For those seeking the pinnacle of luxury, indulge yourself at the opulent Rosewood Hotel, located on the Tsim Sha Tsui side.


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4:00 PM - Tai Kwun Arts District: Immerse yourself in Hong Kong's vibrant arts scene by exploring the Tai Kwun prison complex-turned-arts district. With its heritage architecture, galleries, and creative exhibitions, this venue is a haven for art enthusiasts. Don't miss the immersive art the prison tour and the curatorial community exhibitions which offers a unique perspective on the city's history.



5:30 PM - Dinner and Happy Hour at Magistracy Dining Room and Botanical Garden: Treat your taste buds to a delightful dinner at Black Sheep Restaurant’s Magistracy, a chic restaurant serving modern European cuisine with an Asian twist. Indulge in their signature dish, their Prime Rib which is slow-roasted for 6-hours before crusted in mustard and crispy onions, and pair it with a refreshing lychee martini during happy hour. Step outside in between dinners to the terrace along the Dining Room and fully experience what the Botanical Garden has to offer. The Metro team recommends their extensive gin and tonic menu.


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8:00 PM - Second Dinner and Afterparty at Grand Majestic Sichuan: Embrace the vibrant nightlife of Hong Kong with a second dinner at Grand Majestic Sichuan, known for its delectable Sichuan cuisine. Set in the gorgeous Alexandra House, chef Theign Phan presents time-tested recipes from one of China's best-loved culinary tradition with their extensive menu developed in collaboration with Fuchsia Dunlop, an authority on Chinese gastronomy. 


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Day 2: Tsim Sha Tsui Exploration

7:00 AM - Morning Run: Energize your day with a refreshing morning run around the picturesque Queens Road, soaking in the mesmerizing cityscape.


8:00 AM - Breakfast at Veda in Ovolo: Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at Veda, conveniently located below Ovolo Central. Indulge in their Indian dishes with a twist like the Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes or Avocado Sourdough Toast.


9:00 AM - Ferry Ride to Tsim Sha Tsui: Hop on the iconic Hong Kong ferry and cross over to the bustling Tsim Sha Tsui side, where an exciting day awaits.


10:00 AM - K11 Musea: Delve into a world of art, culture, and luxury shopping at K11 Musea, a cutting-edge cultural-retail destination that houses an impressive collection of international brands and innovative art installations. Don't miss the striking installations around the mall by artists Geng Yini, Paola Pivi, Tainzhuo Chen, and more.


12:00 PM - Lunch at Chaat, Rosewood Hotel: Savor a delectable lunch at Chaat, located within the chic Rosewood Hotel, offering a fusion of Indian and Chinese flavors in a contemporary setting. 


3:00 PM - M+ Museum Exploration: Spend your afternoon exploring the captivating exhibits at the M+ Museum, showcasing contemporary visual culture and featuring the mesmerizing Yayoi Kusama exhibition (closes at 6 PM). Delight in Kusama's iconic "Infinity Mirrored Room - Gleaming Lights of the Souls," an immersive experience of infinite reflections.


5:30 PM - Best View of HK Skyline: Take a leisurely stroll around K11 Musea and Victoria Dockside to enjoy the best view of the iconic Hong Kong skyline at Avenue of the Stars.


6:00 PM - Chill Dinner at BaseHall: Unwind with a casual and enjoyable dinner experience at BaseHall, offering a diverse range of culinary delights. Don't miss the "Gourmet Burgers" from Honbo, a perfect blend of American and Asian flavors.


10:00 PM - Drinks at the DarkSide: Conclude your day with a memorable night out, savoring handcrafted cocktails and embracing the vibrant atmosphere at the trendy DarkSide. This hip bar is named as one of "Asia's 50 Best Bars" for three years now, ranking no.9 in 2023, and listed no. 49 in "World's 50 Best Bars 2021." Find your perfect drink using their new cocktail menu inspired by Mahjong, using base flavors: Plum, Orchid, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. 


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Day 3: Market Shopping and Relaxation

7:00 AM - Sheung Wan Market Shopping: Immerse yourself in the local culture and explore the lively Sheung Wan Market, known for its vibrant stalls offering unique souvenirs, arts, and crafts.


9:00 AM - Brunch at Salisterra, Upper House: Relish a luxurious brunch experience at Salisterra, situated within the elegant Upper House hotel, serving a delightful fusion of international cuisine. Treat yourself to their "Eggs Benedict with Lobster" for a decadent start to the day.


11:00 AM - Last minute shopping in Pacific Place: Embark on a shopping spree at Pacific Place, a high-end shopping destination featuring a wide range of boutiques and designer stores.


12:00 PM - Lunch at Duddell's, Airport: Before bidding farewell to Hong Kong, enjoy a delightful lunch at Duddell's, offering a selection of delectable dishes, and bring some roast duck home, too!


2:00 PM - Relax in Cathay Pacific Lounge: Take some time to unwind and relax in the comfortable ambiance of the Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge before your departure.

What we love: This exclusive haven at Manila International Airport Terminal 3 is akin to entering a realm of refined opulence. The contemporary design aesthetic, a harmonious blend of sleek lines and warm hues, mixed with the soft lighting that bathes the spacious lounge in a gentle glow all create an ambiance that effortlessly melds comfort and elegance. And of course, the food! From the freshly prepared sushi, mouth-watering dim sum and noodles, decadent dessert; you'll get treated to a gastronomic journey that will tide you over on the way home.


In the end, Hong Kong presents an enchanting playground for the modern traveler. From exploring its vibrant arts scene and relishing in its Michelin-starred culinary delights to staying in luxurious boutique hotels, your 48 hours in Hong Kong are destined to be an unforgettable and culturally immersive adventure. So, pack your bags, recreate our tour, and embrace the charm of this dazzling city, and prepare to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.


Three Hotels for the Perfect Stay

Ovolo Central: Experience a unique stay with Ovolo's two rooms per floor concept, complemented by a vegan cafe. Located next to the Central complex and close to Landmark, this artsy hotel offers a hip and trendy vibe, complete with a personalized elevator playlist and a complimentary mini bar. Don't miss the daily happy hour and easy access to nearby bars and restaurants along Hollywood Road. 2 Arbuthnot Rd, Central, Hong Kong


The Hari: Treat yourself to the epitome of luxury at The Hari, a new boutique hotel on the Causeway side. Revel in the impressive amenities, including an inviting lounge room and a stunning lobby, setting the tone for a memorable stay. 330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong


AKVO Hotel: Embrace elegance and tranquility at AKVO, boasting just two rooms per floor, ensuring a serene and intimate experience. Centrally located, this hotel offers tastefully designed rooms, with beautiful vanities facing the window, allowing you to indulge in stunning city views. 57 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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