hong kong

  • Explore Hong Kong’s incredible malls
  • Seek out chic boutiques amongst the international designers

Humid, rainy days in Hong Kong mean one thing: time to explore one of the city’s gloriously air-conditioned malls. Naturally, there’s glittering Pacific Place, just below the Conrad, with every international designer brand you could desire. A few minutes away, in Central, the ifc Mall is another of our favorites. Of course you’ll find the grande dame of Hong Kong’s luxury department stores, Lane Crawford. But you’ll also find lesser-known boutiques worth exploring, including chic British jeweler Monica Vinader’s only Hong Kong outpost. Looking for local souvenirs? You can get your Chinese tea fix at Fook Ming Tong, where you can taste pu-erhs of various vintages, learn the differences between white tea and yellow tea, and how to use the array of accoutrements in which to brew them. Singaporean tea brand Tea WG is also here, for Western-style teas and tisanes, in their signature collection of covetable rainbow-colored tins. Next, seek out Tim Ho Wan on Podium Level 1. You’ll recognize it by the turquoise sign and the line of Hongkongers patiently waiting outside, clutching their order forms. Sure this mini-chain has a Michelin star; we just care that all the offerings (shumai, ha gow, char siu bao) are made using the best ingredients available and taste beyond scrumptious. Just a word to the wise: don’t go hungry, don’t arrive during regular mealtimes, and avoid the weekend at all costs.

The IFC is impossible to miss; just head towards the tallest point in the sky. You’ll pass the Cenotaph - a WWII memorial - as you make your way down Chater Road. When you reach the Central Market on Des Voeux Road, you can’t fail to see it.

​​LANE CRAWFORD: Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.; +852-2118-2288; lanecrawford.com

MONICA VINADER: Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.; +852-3568-6628; monicavinader.com

FOOK MING TONG: Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.; +852-2295-0368; fookmingtong.com

TEA WG: Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.; +852-2796-2828; ifc.com.hk

TIM HO WAN: Ifc Mall, 8 Finance St.; +852-2332-3078