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.
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.
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.
Pictured above: Lan Fong Yuen (credit: janetching)
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.
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!
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.
Also, read Amelia's guide to the best neighbourhoods in Melbourne.
Stylish places to stay in Hong Kong and Paris
This luxurious apartment its own spacious and breezy balcony with views of Soho and Central.
Leave your troubles outside and sail into the elegant embrace of this exquisite apartment in Le Marais.