When you think of Hong Kong, food and shopping come to mind. After all, it is the land of dim sum. But Hong Kong has a lot more to offer than you think.
TLC followed The Sam Willows to Hong Kong on a whirlwind 48-hour tour for an episode of TV show A Taste of Hong Kong, where the local quartet shopped, ate and performed at some of the hottest nightspots in the city.
Wondering where Sandra Riley Tang, Jonathan Chua and Benjamin and Narelle Kheng went during the little time they had in Hong Kong? Scroll the gallery to find out, so you can take cues from their itinerary to plan for your next long weekend holiday.
SKYE Bar, The Park Lane Hotel
Where: 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Looking for an atas place to enjoy some after-dinner drinks? This bar will be right up your alley. Enjoy a beautiful view of Hong Kong’s night scenery while sipping on your cocktail. Watch the episode of Hong Kong After Dark (episode 3 of A Taste of Hong Kong) to see what drinks Ben Kheng & co. had.
Where: 93 Hollywood Road, Central
By day, Visage One is an intimate, appointment-only barber. On Saturday nights, it’s a jazz bar. The Sam Willows didn’t get their haircut here, but if you’re headed there on a Saturday, you could take your boyfriend there early for a dapper haircut. Then return at night and watch it transform into a cool bar with a live band. Who knows, you might even stumble upon one as cool as The Sam Willows, who had a gig there!
Where: Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui
If you want to enjoy a picturesque view of Hong Kong skyline at night, this is one of the best Insta-worthy spots. Visit the terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui and you might just find some talented artists busking – just like The Sam Willows did.
Temple Street Night Market
Where: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan
Didn’t do enough shopping in the day? Head on down to this night market that sells an array of goods, from local delights to electronics and semi-precious stones (because we all love feng shui, don’t we?). Get a glimpse of it on Hong Kong After Dark and let The Sam Willows be your guide. The street market opens from 2pm till midnight, but most stores don’t open till 4pm, so we suggest making your way there only when you’re done visiting the malls.
Kai Kai Dessert
Where: 29 Ning Po Street, Jordan
You can’t go to Hong Kong and not try their desserts. Unlike the Western cakes that are usually devoured after a meal, Hong Kong desserts can be enjoyed at any time of the day, even for supper. What’s more, some desserts have health benefits, such as dispelling heat or wind. Try some of the desserts The Sam Willows had, such as Black Sesame Seed Paste, Chilled Mango Sago Cream with Pomelo and Black Sesame Rice Ball with Ginger Sweet Soup. Get a bowl for yourself, or order all three to share with your travelling partners!
Watch the episode trailer of The Sam Willows in A Taste of Hong Kong below.
Catch The Sam Willows in A Taste of Hong Kong on TLC on August 28, 9.55pm.