Food + drink (restaurant reviews) · Hong Kong · Hong Kong · Travel

Christmas in Hong Kong

Day 2, Hong Kong:

What better way to spend Christmas than by doing lots of eating and shopping?! We started our Hong Kong Christmas morning adventure by having buffet breakfast at our hotel, the Crowne Plaza Kowloon East.

Christmas coffee
Christmas coffee

Breakfast was followed by my brother and I taking Christmas photos by the edible life-size gingerbread house and Christmas tree made of dark chocolate baubles that towered high above us.

Life size edible gingerbread house and chocolate bauble Christmas tree
Life size edible gingerbread house and chocolate bauble Christmas tree
Santa and elf
Santa and helper

Next, shopping time at Central! We stopped by Abercrombie & Fitch (I can’t get enough of the super strong smell of cologne wafting out of the store!), and amongst the shopping were our favourites, Zara and Cos. They’re always safe choices and you can be sure to find basics and more stylish contemporary clothes there.

Zara, Queens Rd Central
Shopping at Zara, Queens Rd Central
Shopping at COS, Queens St Central
Shopping at COS, Queens St Central

One thing about Hong Kong is that it’s always go-go-go, and there are no seats, which means it can get very tiring.

Up the many stairs at Central
Up the many stairs at Central

So we decided to stop for gelato at Venchi, a cosy chocolate store in Lan Kwai Fong that looked right out of a movie! I loved Venchi that much that I thought it deserved its own post – click here to check it out.

The cafe
Venchi

Next stop, Tai Cheong Bakery in Soho, which rose to fame by baking the best egg tarts in Hong Kong. My brother and I each bought one and those claims are spot on! The pastry was incredibly crumbly and crunchy at the same time, it falls apart in your mouth as soon as you bite into it. The combination of pastry and the custard was delicious. The egg tart was perfect! (We came back here on later days may times!).

The queues move pretty quickly
The queues at Tai Cheong Bakery move pretty quickly
Best egg tart I've ever had!
Best egg tart I’ve ever had!

Next up was PMQ, the former multi-storey historic police headquarters converted to a space to house independent artsy-type shops, food stalls (including fairy floss in the shape of things!), markets, and creative initiatives such as cooking classes and free-to-play pianos on one floor to encourage people to play and find their inner creative self.

PMQ
PMQ
PMQ, home to Aberdeen Street Social, which is making the rounds on foodies' Instagrams
PMQ, home to Aberdeen Street Social, which is  currently making the rounds on foodies’ Instagrams
The centre square at PMQ
The centre square at PMQ
One of a few cooking schools in action at PMQ
One of a few cooking classes in action at PMQ
Encouraging creativity - pianos free to practice on
Encouraging creativity – pianos free to practice on
Fairy floss in the shape of fat snowmen? Yes please!
Fairy floss in the shape of fat snowmen? Yes please!

By now it was getting late and we headed back towards Central to meet up with our parents at IFC mall.

Our daytime Christmas adventure was so much fun, we saw so many sights, but at the same time, my legs hurt from all the walking!

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