Let our professional concierges show you why Hong Kong is a vacation destination unto itself.
Splendid, bustling Hong Kong is full of food, museums and scenery. But understanding the riches of this former British colony is best left to a concierge like Louis Baleros of the InterContinental Hong Kong. Louis Baleros, a Hong Kong native, followed in his father’s footsteps as the hotel’s first concierge when it was still known as the Regent. This is where Baleros sees off his guests.
Best New Restaurant: Qi Jiulong
The Sichuan restaurant “Seven Nine Dragons” opened at the end of last year on the top floor of a new commercial building and was recommended by the Michelin Guide. No meal is complete without Mandarin Fish in Red Oil.
Emerging Neighborhoods: Sheung Wan District
Whenever I’m in Hong Kong Island, I always find time to walk to Pu Xingfang In and around Sheung Wan, discover small shops and businesses showcasing art, fashion and design, as well as charming little cafés created by young entrepreneurs.
related: How to Spend a Great Day in Hong Kong
Cocktail location: Sevva
Located on the 25th floor of Prince’s Building, Sevva is a stylish restaurant-lounge with a rooftop bar offering views of some of Hong Kong’s most iconic skyscrapers. The clientele here is usually an eclectic mix of hipster, trendy and young banker types. A great place to people watch.
Dumplings: Din Tai Fung
When locals talk about dumplings, they think of Din Tai Fung, a restaurant that originated in Taiwan and specializes in dumplings. xiao long bao (pork soup dumplings). The restaurant does not take reservations and there is always a queue outside the door.
Lesser known museums: Hong Kong Heritage Museum
I personally like the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in the New Territories. The museum’s galleries house collections ranging from Shang bronzes to Cantonese opera costumes to the manuscripts of the influential martial arts novelist Jin Yong. It reminds me of Hong Kong when I was a kid.
Shopping Spree: Jade Market
For a local market experience, head to the Jade Market, filled with stalls selling reasonably priced jade and semi-precious jewellery, bric-a-brac, pearls and Chinese-inspired jewellery.
In port: Aqua Luna
this water moon is an authentic Chinese junk boat offering short cruises around Victoria Harbour. I recommend taking an evening cocktail cruise during “A Symphony of Lights” to enjoy the spectacular views at night.
Locals’ Secret: Saigon
If you want to enjoy a pleasant trip outside the city, you can follow the locals to the Saigon Seafood Seafood Market and enjoy a casual fresh seafood meal.
A version of this article appears in the June 1, 2017 issue of Fortune with the headline “Port City.” We have included affiliate links in this article. Click here to learn what they are.