Ultimate 1 Day Itinerary Guide: 24 hours In Hong Kong – Things To Do, Places To Visit, Food To Eat

We arrived Hong Kong early in the morning at 6am so we had way enough time to make our way to our hotel to deposit our luggages before heading out for a good breakfast to start off the day. Took the Airport Express MTR from the Airport and within 30-40 minutes, we reached Jordan, where we stayed, and walked a 4 minutes distance to our Hotel which is just round a corner from Jordan station.  And our 48 hours in Hong Kong begins…

7am: Breakfast at Australian Dairy Co. 

Lucky for us hungry and tired souls, Australian Dairy Co. is within 6 minutes walking distance and since we were early, there weren’t any queue (photo was taken after our breakfast).

Menu is in traditional chinese so make sure you do your homework to google for what’s good and what to try (and write them out in chinese) before heading there since efficiency is of highest priority and you will be scorned at if you take your time to decide what to order. The second we took our seat, at a shared table, we were served with hot tea, and a eager waiter standing behind you with his notepad and pen in hand.

Interestingly, we immediately sensed and recognized that the group of girls who shared table with us was from Singapore as well. For me, it is the conflicting balance of familiarity from meeting Singaporeans and being pulled out from the Hong Kong bubble.

Read more on the food to try out in Hong Kong here.

Australia Dairy Co.

47 Parkes St, Jordan, Hong Kong 

Daily: 7.30am – 11pm

Nearest MTR: Jordan

8am: Strolling along old Hong Kong streets

One good reason (besides the food) for me to look forward to this Hong Kong trip is most likely the sights of old, rustic and run-down streets, houses and flashy old sign board that they are well-known for. Old is gold, I guess.

8.30am Enroute to Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars

On our way to Kowloon Park, we stumbled upon Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars, which is a short street which featured some of the popular comic characters and heroes that Hong Kong loves. Our favourite has got to be the Lao Fu Zi since Dad used to buy home boxes of Lao Fu Zi comics from second-hand bookstores for us.

Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars

Kowloon Park Dr, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR: Jordan

9am: Exploring Kowloon Park

The best journeys are unplanned. And that best describes our exploration in Kowloon Park. If you want to have a morning walk after breakfast, while waiting for the malls or shops to open, head to Kowloon Park since it is just straight down Nathan Road.

The sight of tall trees, lush greeneries, pagoda pavilions, elderly doing their morning tai-chi workout, birds chirping at the aviary cages, smelling freshly bloomed flowers with pearls of morning dew, attracts me so much that I didn’t want to leave the Park. Not to mention that the air was cold, fresh and cooling. It it one of those rare mornings that I experienced peace and tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle on the busy streets.

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Kowloon Park

22 Austin Rd, Jordan, Hong Kong

Nearest MTR: Between Joran and Tsim Sha Tsui

11am: Victoria Harbour 

If you are heading to Victoria Harbour, there are a few areas nearby that you should visit too. But let’s just start off our journey at the Victoria Harbour. At the harbour, you can view practically the entire Hong Kong Island Skyline while catching boats drifting past you. Well, if not for the fog, the view would have been a million times better (try to catch the night view too). 

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Victoria Harbour 

Nearest MTR: East Tsim Sha Tsui (Exit L6)

11.30am: Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Right beside the Victoria Harbour stands the Hong Kong Cultural CentreHong Kong Space Museum (not in photo), and the Clock Tower (not in photo) which were undergoing renovation when we were there. What fascinates me is their unique architecture design. The Hong Kong Cultural Centre has a slanted tiled wall design while the Hong Kong Space Musuem is in a shape of a dome. 

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Hong Kong Cultural Centre

10 Salisbury Rd

Nearest MTR: East Tsim Sha Tsui (Exit L6)

12pm: Star Ferry Pier

After exploration, head over to the Star Ferry Pier which is just about 5-7 minutes’ walk from the Clock Tower. We spotted the Mr Softee mobile truck and couldn’t help but grab a quick softee before boarding the ferry. Mega love for old-school ice-cream trucks like these! Anyway, back to the Star Ferry Pier, you could easily pay for them with your Octopus Card (Hong Kong’s transport Ez link card). The trip costs around S$1-2 if I didn’t remember it wrongly. 

The ferry interior consists of brown rustic benches and window frames just the way I like it to be. The trip is roughly around 20 minutes and we got off at the next stop which is closest to the Central, Hong Kong MTR district. 

Star Ferry Pier

Nearest MTR: East Tsim Sha Tsui (Exit L6)

1pm: Hong Kong Observation Wheel

After alighting the ferry, you could use the overhead bridge that connects the ferry pier with the main Central Business District area. Meanwhile on the bridge, you can get a full view of the Star Ferry Pier, the sea, the Observation Wheel as well as concrete jungles sitting right where they are. If you have the time and interest to explore, check out the Observation Wheel which costs around S$20 for adults. You can find out more about the tickets and prices here

Hong Kong Observation Wheel

33 Man Kwong St

Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm

Nearest MTR: Hong Kong

1.30pm: Central Business District

After seeing the old run-down Hong Kong shop-houses and streets for a day, it is rather refreshing to see city sights once again. Busy. Bustling. Fast. That’s how I can describe it to you in three words. However, one thing that I really love is their tall office buildings and mega shopping centers which make you feel like an important individual, strutting down the roads of this district. I could imagine myself, all dressed up in prim and proper work dresses, heels, make-up and hand-held Starbucks coffee, heading to work every morning here #truebluecitygirl. 

This is where you can find top-notch brand boutiques (Everywhere you go, in your face), concrete jungles, shopping malls all around, and lastly, the Ding Ding Trams! 

Central Business District (CBD)

Nearest MTR: Central / Hong Kong

1.45pm: Ding Ding Tram

Well, if you have not heard of Ding Ding Trams, they are another mode of transport, besides the MTR trains, that can only be found along the Hong Kong Island MTR line (blue line). They come in double-deckle buses but the special feature is this: They run on road tracks with situated wire cables directing them. Their name, “Ding Ding” comes from the bell-like sound that it makes whenever it approaches a station. 

If you are heading to the Hong Kong Island lines, you must and have to take one of these trams and always go for the upper deck so that you can catch a glimpse of the city from a birds’ eye view and enjoy the breeze. Find out more about the tram tracks and routes here. 

Ding Ding Trams

Where can you find them: Along the stations on the Hong Kong Island line (Blue line)

2.30pm: Lunch at Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園)

After a whole morning of exploration, we head over to Lan Fong Yuen for a quick lunch at one of the well-known for Cai Caan Teng for a squeezy and local lunch experience. The interior is rather small and squeezy as expected. The back of the restaurant has a long piece of mirror on the wall, with old-school Hong Kong artistes’ posters stuck to it. Love their omelette and Qian Yi Ding noodles by the way!

Read more on the food to try out in Hong Kong here.

Lan Fong Yuen (蘭芳園)

2 Gage Street

Nearest MTR: Central

3.30pm: Street Art Graham Street Hong Kong

In between Sheung Wan MTR and Central MTR, lies some famous streets filled with food, crafts, boutique stores. The ones that I recommend you visiting would be Hollywood street and Aberdeen street. One thing to note however is that these streets are cluttered with stores along very steep slopes and steps (almost 45 degrees steep). If you are not in the mood for walking steep slopes and exploring it the local way, you can always head to the Central-Mid-Levels Escalators along Jubilee Street, nearest to Central MTR to take the escalators up and then you can slowly make your way down the streets and slopes. 

Read more on the Instagrammable places in Hong Kong here.

Hong Kong Street Art

off Hollywood Road, opposite the Globe Pub

4pm: Tai Cheong Bakery

Just a street away from our lunch place, we found one of Tai Cheong Bakery‘s outlets and lucky us, it wasn’t crowded with buyers yet. Another must try when you visit Hong Kong because their egg tarts are just simply heavenly and fresh from the oven. Check out the rest of the Tai Cheong Bakery outlets here

Read more on the food to try out in Hong Kong here.

Tai Cheong Bakery

35 Lyndhurst Terrace

Nearest MTR: Central

4.45pm: The Peak Tram

If you are heading up to Victoria Peak, instead of taking a cab straight up to the top, experience the journey by taking the Furnicular Railway up to the Peak, which takes 15 minutes. It goes up to more than 45 degrees steep. However, head there early to queue for the train tickets and the Sky Terrace tickets, because by the time we headed there, the queue was immensely long and it took us one hour to get our tickets, not to mention another 20-30 minutes waiting to get onto the tram. For more information, head over to their official website

The Peak Tram

In Between Garden Rd and Cotton Tree Dr

Nearest MTR: Central

5pm: Victoria Peak Sky Terrace

The view from the peak is quite amazing, if not for the merciless fog and the crowd. The air at the peak is indeed refreshingly therapeutic. I kind of like how the concrete jungle looks like toy towers and skyscrapers. Head up to catch the magic hour (between 5-6pm) and catch a sunset if weather allows! 

6pm: Sai Wan Swimming Shed (西環泳棚)

An impromptu decision to visit this secret location left us leaving the Victoria Peak and cabbing to Sai Wan Swimming Shed. If you are thinking of doing the same, remember to google the maps before hand to show it to the taxi uncle because the uncle might take it as you are heading to Sai Wan swimming complex (which is what happened to us). Nevertheless, with much GPS and faith, we instructed the taxi uncle to alight us at the top of some endless highway, up on the hill. Just because, according to the GPS, this is the exact location. We walked against the vehicles’ direction at the side, and found a small opening with steep steps down. Not knowing that this is the route to the Swimming Shed, we took a leap of faith and headed down. 

To our pleasant surprise, we were there! With a few groups of early birds who were already snapping ‘Titanic you-jump-i-jump’ photos. The waves were crazy though, so be really careful as you walk on the suspending pavement.

In conclusion, if you are heading there, note that it is located right below Victor Road, on the western edge of Kennedy Town. After researching on this scenic hideaway place, I realized it was build to provide a changing room and pier for the residents who swam in Sulfur Channel, but apparently today, more photographers and instagrammers were attracted to the crashing waves and sea view. Your choice whether to stay for a sunset view or not, but just be careful as it gets pretty dark after the sun sets, and the way up the steep slopes can be pretty dangerous. 

Read more on the Instagrammable places in Hong Kong here.

Sai Wan Swimming Shed

Victoria Road across from Caritas Jockey Club Mount Davis Hostel

Nearest MTR: Kennedy Town

7.30pm: 一点心Dim Sum for Dinner

Was on our way to 女人街 (Ladies Street) and stumbled upon this nearby dim sum cafe. Too little variety, but not too bad I guess. Hong Kong food can’t go wrong. Also, I came to a realization that Hong Kong’s porridge is a totally whole new game. So smooth unlike the ones you find in Singapore.

Read more on the food to try out in Hong Kong here.

一点心 One Dim Sum

Shop 1 and 2, G/F, Kenwood Mansion

15 Playing Field Road

Nearest MTR: Prince Edward

8.30pm: Night street view and 女人街 (Ladies Street)

Ended our first day in Hong Kong just walking aimlessly around the streets, and exploring the 女人街 (Ladies Street) which has nothing to rave about. The narrow centre walking aisle was always blocked by people, while you quickly glance at repeated loots on your left and right, pressured to keep walking forward so as not to block the rest behind you.

女人街 (Ladies Street)

Tung Choi Street

Nearest MTR: Mongkok

Quite a packed 24 hours spent in Hong Kong, isn’t it!

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