From theme parks to late night chicken runs to tattoo parlors, this trip was definitely one for the books. It’s one thing to travel, and it’s another to travel with the people you love. You’d think a week’s worth of excitement in a foreign country would be enough, well you’re wrong, it’s not. Our first day was already a tear-jerker, literally, I’m not kidding. We cried like four newborn babies. Why? because of Disneyland’s night parade and fireworks show. Typical, I know, but there’s something about reliving your childhood right when you’ve just officially turned into an adult that really strikes a chord. I’d say that night ended with a mixture of love, glee, and a sprinkle of fear which kicked off one hell of a trip.
Now, I could talk to you about all the touristy spots and theme parks we went to like Disneyland, Ocean Park, and so on but I’m sure there are already a hundred posts, pictures, travel tips, and alike out there all about them. Some that will probably be more well-written and better detailed than what I can give. So, instead, I’ll share with you guys all the spots we accidentally found.
I guess one thing I love about traveling is the unfamiliarity of it all, going to a place with language barriers and no local friends to help you out is just exciting. Of course, tough at times but nonetheless exciting. With that said and us being us, of course, we got lost and found hidden(ish) gems all over the place.
One tip I would give to travelers out there is that if you’re set on looking for a specific shop, restaurant, or cafe, check the working hours and days. Don’t be like us and just wing it because you might end up climbing the steep streets of Hong Kong Central only to find that the place you’ve been dying to go to is closed for the day. One good thing about it though is that in the midst of our disappointment we found the cutest shops near by.
37 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong Island
MR SIMMS OLDE SWEET SHOPPE. Now, this was a treat. Mr. Simms is a confectionery shop that is to die for. All the sweets you could possibly want in the best and cutest packaging! If you don’t wanna be basic and bring plain and boring chocolate back home, then this is the place to go. They had such a wide selection of sweets as well so, I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like. Not to mention that the staff working there was kind enough to take our photos and help us with directions.
Lyndhurst Building, 2/F 204, 23-39 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central (their location might’ve changed)
FLOW BOOKS. Finding local bookstores in foreign countries is always fun. This shop though was different, we expected a typical commercial-type store but instead, we found this little corner of shelves with books and a note that said we were free to take which ever book we wanted and that we can donate any amount of money we’d like to a bank account to help them with their renovations. If you were looking for little gems, this was definitely it.
Stanley Market Rd, Stanley, Hong Kong
STANLEY BAY. Okay, I know this isn’t exactly a hidden gem, actually, it’s probably one of the most touristy places in Hong Kong. But I decided to add it anyways just because we didn’t actually know we were headed to this place. There was a mix-up with our travel agency and we ended up on a tour that we didn’t know we signed up for. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed it. Stanley Bay is a shopping district mostly for foreigners but what I loved about this place wasn’t the shopping but rather the ~*aesthetic*~ of the place. Most of the places looked very European and you get this amazing view of the ocean. If you’re looking for someplace instagramable, this is one of it.
29 Cameron Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Via Tokyo TST. I don’t exactly know how we found this. I just remember that it was near the hotel we were staying at. Anyways, this was a little dessert cafe that offers a variety of ice creams. I wish I could tell you the flavors we ordered but I don’t remember and you just have to trust me that it was really good and it’s the perfect place to sit, cool down, and relax after a long day worth of walking and shopping.
Now, this post is long enough. We went to a lot more places but I’m either too lazy to explain or I don’t have nice pictures to show with them. So, I’ll just end it here. I promise to get better at this whole writing and describing everything down thing.