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.