Food and shopping in Hong Kong and Paris

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City guides: Hong Kong and Paris


Amelia manages the beauty section at Harper's BAZAAR Singapore, and has a soft spot for fashion, food and travel. In this post, she shares her favourite destinations with us, along with some recommendations on where to go for food and shopping.


Hong Kong

Some may dislike the maddening crowds and how hectic the city is, but nothing gets me more energised than being awake at 2 in the morning and knowing that there are still shops open and cafés running! I love the vast options Hong Kong has to offer - from everything you want in a city to gorgeous islands and hiking trails that are just a stone's throw away.

Dining

Yardbird, Fish & Meat, Cha Cha Wan, Po's Atelier, Mana! Fast Slow Food are some of my favourite western/fusion hipster joints with great vibes and lovely food.

PMQ is worth checking out as well for its creative spaces in an industrial-looking space. There are a slew of cafes and restaurant including Jason Atherton's fancy Aberdeen Street Social.

Fish and Meat Mana! Fast Slow Food Aberdeen Street Social

Pictured above: Fish and Meat (credit: Asia Bar & Restaurants), Mana! Fast Slow Food (credit: FeedMe), Aberdeen Street Social (credit: Asia bars)


Local Food

Lan Fong Yuen for Hong Kong's best iced milk tea and spring onion pork chop noodles - 2 Gage Street, Central

Che's dimsum for crispy char siew pork bun - 4/F, The Broadway, 54-62 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai

Dim Sum Square for the whole old-school trolley cart experience. - G/F, 88 Jervois Street

Sheung Wan for salted egg yolk custard bun

or Lin Heung - 60-164 Wellington Street, Central

Kau Kee beef brisket noodles - G/F, 21 Gough Street, Central

Mak's wanton noodles - G/F, 77 Wellington Street, Central

and finally, Yue Kee Roast Goose in Sham Tseng - it's abit far out, but cheaper and way better than the overrated Yung Kee.

Lan Fong Yuen

Pictured above: Lan Fong Yuen (credit: janetching)


Drinks

Cafe Gray Deluxe at The Upper House for its amazing views. For creative cocktails, go to Quinary, The Woods and Ori-gin.

Cafe Gray Deluxe Ori-gin

Pictured above: Cafe Gray Deluxe (credit: Asia bars), Ori-gin (credit: Asia Bar & Restaurants)


Shopping

IFC mall - Brands like J.Crew, Club Monaco, Reiss, Lane Crawford and a standalone Diptyque store are some reasons why I always visit.

St. Francis Yard is home to the Monocle store and a few other cool multi-label stores that are worth checking out.

Squarestreet, which is on 15 Square Street in between Central and Sheung Wan, is a Hong Kong based brand with Swedish owners and designs, great for shoes, sunglasses and accessories.

If you're looking for cheap, non-designer brands, try Argyle Centre and Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok. They offer stylish designs at ridiculously low prices - I go there especially for shoes and bags.

Finally, Rise Shopping Shopping Arcade on Granville Road is one of my secret hideouts. It's a tiny mall with shops that could fit about four people at a time, but if you dig deep and take your time, you'll find unique pieces of clothing, accessories and bags in what I believe to be the best kind of shopping triumph. You might even run into a couple of Hong Kong celebrities there!

Monocle at St. Francis Fa Yuen Street

Pictured above: Monocle at St. Francis (photo credit: Anton Walker), Fa Yuen Street (credit: Panoramio)

Paris

Dining

Go to Le Comptoir du Relais in St Michel/Odeon for homely French food (be sure to go early as there is a line after 7pm).
Ralph's at St. Germain is the Ralph Lauren cafe for yummy burgers, Ten Belles or Holybelly in Canal Saint Martin for good coffee and brunch, and Cafe Kitsune Paris because it's such a beautiful experience.

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Pictured above: Ten Belles (photo credit: Alice Gao), Holybelly (credit: Nevernotgoing)

Shopping

Concept stores like Merci and Colette are must-gos, Rue Saint Honore for all your brand-shopping, and on the side streets are mid priced shops like APC etc.

There's Canal Saint Martin, Marais and St. Germain for quirky, small shops. Their department stores like Le Bon Marche and Galeries Lafayette are also worth checking out.

Le Bon Marche Galeries Lafayette

Pictured above: Le Bon Marche (credit: Karl Lagerfeld), Galeries Lafayette (photo credit: doitinparis)

Also, read Amelia's guide to the best neighbourhoods in Melbourne.


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Leave your troubles outside and sail into the elegant embrace of this exquisite apartment in Le Marais.

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