Hidden Gems July 16 2015

Visit the coolest shops and hippest cafés off the beaten path!
Day 1
9am: Start your day with breakfast at Tsui Wah Restaurant in Causeway Bay, a cha chaan teng that serves an extensive menu of local favourites. Be sure to order the condensed milk tea, and warm tuna buns. For a more substantial breakfast, try a bowl of macaroni soup or instant noodles with spam.
10.30am: Board the MTR at the Causeway Bay station and alight at Central. Walk to the nearby Pedder Building to see the best in contemporary art. Gagosian Gallery on the 7th floor is a must-visit.
1pm: For lunch, hop into a cab and make your way to Wing Fung Street, where Beef & Liberty serves up hearty burgers and irresistible sweet potato fries. Do make reservations in advance as the joint fills up fast
with the lunch crowd.
3pm: Walk round the back to St. Francis Yard, where shops such as Kapok and The Men’s Shop by Club Monaco offer well-designed wares for the discerning. Then, have a cup of cold-brewed coffee at Amical Coffee on Sun Street. Buzz on the ground floor to gain access to the hidden café.
5pm: Make a trip to Aberdeen to visit PMQ in the former Police Married Quarters, an exciting space that offers products from more than 100 local young entrepreneurs in the creative industries offering the best in design and art. Established brands such as Goods of Desire have set up branches in the space but it is the up-and-coming independent stores spread out over the two seven-story buildings that are the main attractions. After a walk-about, settle down for a night of food and cocktails at Aberdeen Street Social by Michelin star chef Jason Atherton, conveniently located in the glass-roofed courtyard that connects the two PMQ blocks.
Day 2
8.30am: Spend the day in Kowloon. Start off your morning at Café Mido on Temple Street, with green-tinted windows and mosaic floor tiles from a bygone era. This is an oft-used site for the filming of Hong Kong movies. Try the spare ribs baked rice or fried noodles with pork for a hearty breakfast, washed down with a refreshing iced honey lemon drink.
9.30am: Take the MTR from Yai Ma Tei station to Prince Edward Station. Walk out of exit B1 to the Flower Market, where you can find buckets of fresh flowers, from roses to peonies to ranunculus to pots of green succulents.
11am: At the end of the Flower Market is the Yuen Po Bird Garden, where elderly men bring their prized pets in intricately carved cages to chat with other bird enthusiasts. There are also pet birds for sale, along with bird feed and other bird-rearing equipment.
1.30pm: Tuck into a bowl of tangy noodles at Heartbreak Sour and Spicy Noodles in Dundas Square. Choose from four levels of spiciness for the right amount of piquancy.
3pm: Walk off your lunch by rummaging in vintage shop Me and George for the perfect outfit at bargain basement prices. Or if you’d prefer hunting for collectible toys, make a trip to Richmond Shopping Arcade where four floors of shops offer everything from Transformers to Lego boxed sets.
5.30pm: To wind down the day, grab a cab to Sheung Wan to sip some freshly brewed coffee at The Cupping Room.
8.00pm: For a light dinner, Yardbird in the neighborhood makes delicious bite-sized Yakitori. The sweet corn tempura will leave you wanting more. If you are in the mood for something more adventurous, try the chicken heart and liver on sticks. Pair everything with the house sake.
Day 3
10.30am: On your last day in Hong Kong, check in your luggage at your airline counter in Hong Kong station conveniently located in the central business district.
11.00am: Walk to Tim Ho Wan at the basement of the adjoining International Finance Mall (IFC) before t
he busy lunch hour for a spot of lunch. Awarded a Michelin star in 2010 only a year after its opening, the dim sum chain is known for its low price points. The char siew pineapplebuns are their signature item.