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Hong Kong - Around Kowloon : Kowloon – New Kowloon (part 2) - Places to Shop, Places to Eat and Drink

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An Afternoon Out

After Lunch

Catch the MTR to Wong Tai Sin and brave the crowds of earnest worshippers at the temple. Some of the fortune tellers in the nearby stalls speak English. Try to bargain them down to a third or quarter of the price given. Some use numbered sticks, others prefer curved bits of wood known as Buddha’s lips.

If you’re feeling fit, tackle Lion Rock . It’s a demanding climb, but the views are superb. The steep inclines towards the top are for the stout of heart only. Take plenty of water on a warm day.

A ten-minute taxi ride will take you to the Kowloon Walled City Park, Hong Kong’s loveliest urban park. The tranquil green space contains eight different gardens.

Late Afternoon

By late afternoon you should have worked up an appetite, so take a cab to the seafood restaurants on the waterfront at Lei Yue Mun. Watch the sun paint the skyscrapers pink and orange as it sinks into the harbour, while you crack open crabs and munch on giant shrimps, all washed down with wine or an icy Tsing Tao beer.

With two huge stone lions guarding its front door, one restaurant that is difficult to miss while strolling around Lei Yue Mun is Kong Lung Seafood. Here you can feast on a range of seafood dishes, including deep-roasted crab and steamed abalone with orange crust.

Places to Shop

  1. Golden Shopping Centre

    Cheap computer equipment here, and nearby shops have a massive range of VCDs and DVDs. Take care – many are poor-quality pirate recordings.

    • 94A Yen Chow St, Sham Shui Po

    Festival Walk shopping mall
  2. Dragon Centre

    Soaring glassy mall in the midst of Sham Shui Po’s grime and dust. Good food hall, computer stuff and a terrifying roller-coaster.

    • 37K Yen Chou St cnr Cheung Sha Wan Rd, Sham Shui Po

    Dragon Centre
  3. Log-On

    The household goods division of the stylish City-Super supermarket chain. The best part of this store is called The Gadget – row upon row of well-designed gizmos for the discerning homemaker.

    • Shop UG01, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Ave, Kowloon Tong

  4. Yuet Chung China Works

    The place to come for all kinds of china objects – tableware, decorative, personalized or monogrammed. Orders may take four weeks but shipping is arranged.

    • 3/F Kowloon Bay Industrial Centre, 15 Wang Hoi Rd, Kowloon Bay

  5. Lancôme

    Take your pick from the skin check-up, the 45-minute VIP consultation, or go straight for a one-hour facial in a private cabin.

    • G18 Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong

    • 2265 8665

  6. Page One

    Massive branch of Hong Kong’s great bookshop chain. Top marks for stacking books with the covers facing outward, saving readers badly kinked necks. Good coffee shop, too.

    • Shop LG1-30, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong

    Page One
  7. Yu Chau Street and Nam Cheong Street

    The small shops that line these two streets sell an enormous range of laces, zippers, ribbons, beads and buttons – a wider choice than you might have imagined could exist.

  8. Crabtree and Evelyn

    More sweet-smelling goodies to pamper yourself with here. The smell of lavender pot-pourri nearly knocks you over as you step over the threshold.

    • Shop UG17, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong

  9. Bang & Olufsen

    Audophiles will drool over the sleek designs and crystal clarity from one of the most distinguished names in sound.

    • Shop LG1-10, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong

  10. Artemis

    Great range of shoes, particularly their eponymous label.

    • 229 Level 2, Plaza Hollywood, Diamond Hill

Places to Eat and Drink

  1. Combo Thai

    Kowloon City is famous for its cheap and tasty Thai food. Be warned that you may need a couple of beers to put out the fire from the beef salad.

    • 25 Nga Tsin Long Rd, Kowloon City

    • 2716 7318

  2. Caffe’Cova

    For a taste of authentic Italian patisserie, head to Caffe’Cova. The first shop was opened in 1817 in Milan, and the panettone recipe has not changed since then.

    • LG/F 1–11 Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong

    • 2265 8678

  3. Exp

    The health-conscious will be pleased to find unexpected combinations of tried and tested noodles with offbeat additions such as grapefruit.

    • UG23 Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong

    • 2265 8298

  4. Chong Fat Chiu Chow Restaurant

    If you want to try traditional Chiu Chow seafood this restaurant serves some of the best. Go for the crab or goose dishes.

    • 60-62 South Wall Rd, Kowloon City

    • 2383 3114

  5. Wing Lai Yuen Sichuan Noodles

    Traditional Sichuan food in a plain setting. The dan dan noodles are the most delicious thing on the menu.

    • 1/F Site 8 Whampoa Garden

    • 2320 6430

  6. Amaroni’s Little Italy

    Hong Kongers love Italian, and they have taken this place to heart. Share plates and make yourself at home.

    • Shop LG1-32, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong

    • 2265 8818

  7. Tso Choi

    Literally “rough food”, this is one for those prepared to take some culinary risks to experience the real Hong Kong. Are you up to sauteed pig’s intestines and fried pig’s brains?

    • 17-19A Nga Tsin Wai Rd, Kowloon City

    • 2383 7170

    • No credit cards

  8. Festive China

    In fact, the festivities are fairly muted here, but the food is good. Northern-style Chinese cooking and glossy interiors.

    • Shop LG-1, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong

    • 2180 8908

  9. House of Canton

    The full range of Cantonese dishes, from shark’s fin and abalone to an exhaustive assortment of dim sum snacks are available here.

    • LG/F 240 Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong

    • 2265 7888

  10. Kong Lung Seafood

    You can’t miss this place – two huge stone lions guard the front door. Deep-roasted crab and steamed abalone with orange crust rate highly.

    • 62 Hoi Pong Rd West, Lei Yue Mun

    • 2775 1552

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