The hipster travel guide to a Hong Kong city break

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Design shops, underground bars, cool galleries and bags of nostalgic charm - Hong Kong should be on your must see list

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Hong Kong is the Asian city equivalent of riding a vintage bike to a pop-up bar in Shoreditch. It's hipster heaven.

The buzzing metropolis sees traditional dim sum houses sitting next to underground bars and cutting edge design shops, making it the perfect balance between edgy cool and the warm nostalgic glow of days gone by.

So, it's easy to see why all the cool kids are hanging out there, and it's time to jump on the bandwagon. Just like you did when Alexa Chung started wearing dungarees.

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The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong



Where to stay in Hong Kong?


Plonk yourself smack in Central district and enjoy the perks of, well, central living.

If you're going to spend your long weekend shopping and drinking cocktails – you can't go wrong with a stint at the Mandarin Oriental. With everything you'd ever need housed under one chandelier clad roof, it's a favourite with business types during the week and revellers at the weekend.

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A room with a view of Hong Kong



Quality dining (including a Michelin star restaurant), buzzing bars for TGIF boozing, a spa, pool, hairdressers, and well appointed rooms with massive beds – it has everything you could want , all topped off with the impeccable level of service and a good dollop of luxury.

They even have their own patisserie and chocolatier. Being diligent journalists, we forced ourselves to scoff down their amazing MO chocolate truffles and the bakeries own take on the cronut. All in the name of research you understand.

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New meets old in Hong Kong



What to do in Hong Kong


How does a dim sum breakfast followed by some designer homewares shopping, coffee in a cool café and a few galleries sound? Throw in a roof top martini and you've got yourself the makings of hipster heaven.

Start at The Fringe Club gallery and café, then walk along Wyndham St where you will find boutiques, fashion shops and thumping bars later.

We recommend hunting out Konzepp for offbeat designer goods, Loveramics for cool kitchenwares, and General Store for vintage furniture.

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Konzepp, Hong Kong



Make sure for a taste of Asia you hunt out old school t-shirt shop, Lee Kung Man Knitting Factory, for classic tees in awesome retro packaging. A must do, also convientientally located by some interesting food markets.

For a bit of tacky Asia – take the ferry over to Tsim Sha Tsui for a great view back across the island and head to the street market for handbag knock-offs and 'designer' sunglasses. Eat seafood on plastic chairs in the street and play 'spot the brothel.'

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Shopping for classic tees at Lee Kung Man Knitting Factory



Eat & Drink?


Hong Kong parties hard, so bring your drinking boots and be prepared to stay out late and sleep in.

The vibrancy of the city is palpable and it has just the right amount of edge. A bit like London, it is gritty and pumping, but without being just plain grimy.

Start off your night at the Mandarin Oriental's M bar with the suits for a drink with a view. Then climb the hill to Yardbird for dinner. Waste a few hours in this packed small restaurant grazing on yakitori and flavoured sake. You will require a good haircut and some even better shoes to fit in. Mooch along Bridges Street or Hollywood Road for more buzzy restaurants.

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Tiny plates of tasty joy at Yardbird



For drinks – stop by La Cabane for some organic wine in this cute, wooden bar that spills out onto the streets.

During the day, grab yourself some dim sum at a tea house and if you can handle the queues – head to Kau Kee Restaurant (Gough St) for beef brisket noodles.

Low down


Rates at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong start from £331 per night on a B&B basis.

For further information and bookings, call +852 2522 0111 or visit mandarinoriental.com/hongkong

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