Hong Kong Instagram Spots – Day Itinerary
For repeat Hong Kong travelers that don’t need to see the same top 10 Tripadvisor tourist attractions again and want something current and trending while still enjoying the local culture (and food), try out this day itinerary filled with ig-worthy content. It could actually also be considered an architectural tour. Everything is accessible through MTR and I’ve left directions from place to place so no need to do too much transportation planning.
- Breakfast at Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司. Opens 7:30am daily (closed Thursdays). Get their scrambled egg toast and steamed milk pudding. Get a drink while you’re at it too.
- Coffee at elixir. Opens 10am daily but don’t expect them to open at 10 on the dot. Going here would be backtracking, so I don’t recommend this cafe for this itinerary, but this is where I happened to go since I had time to kill waiting for a friend. Get a coffee drink, or for something unique, try their cold brew mixed with osmanthus-infused tonic water.
- Lunch at Baofanji 包販子. Opens 12pm daily (closed Tuesdays). If you were to get only one thing, you must get their fried chicken brioche bun sandwich. But if you can, order more.
- Choi Hung Station 彩虹站. Now the IG photo op begins, starting with the infamous Choi Hung Station, which literally translates to rainbow station. From Baofanji, go to Prince Edward Station and take the Green Line/Kwun Tong Line to Choi Hung Station. The moment you hop off, you’ll see the station name surrounded in rainbow colors. (Wiki)
- Choi Hung Estate 彩虹邨. Take exit C3 or C4 from Choi Hung Station. You won’t notice much, but look for the parking garage/carpark and take the stairs up. It becomes a colorful playground with basketball courts and other activities with the Choi Hung Estate housing in the background. (Wiki)
- Lok Wah South Estate Garage 樂華南停車場. It’s not about the estate this time but more about its carpark. This is a little trickier to find because Instagram doesn’t tag it properly. In Google Maps, search “Le Huanan Parking”. (It’s Mandarin for Lok Wah South Parking.) You’ll need to take MTR and transfer to a bus, or just take a bus directly. Again, these blue pillared walls are on top of another parking structure. There are actually two levels of it, so if the first one you see is taken by other photographers, try the next level up. (Lok Wah Estate Wiki)
- Afternoon tea at Mrs. Tang Cafe 華嫂冰室. Closes 5pm daily (and closed on Sundays). Hungry? Need caffeine? That’s always me. There are two of these cafes in Hong Kong so be sure to locate the one near Lok Wah Estate, not the original at the other side of Hong Kong. This cha chaan teng is famous so there is always a queue here but it went by pretty fast when I went on a Saturday afternoon. Just be sure to get here before closing if you plan to go. They are known for the pineapple bun with tomato and egg. I highly recommend their bottled milk tea.
- Montane Mansion 海山樓/Yick Cheong Building 益昌大廈. Movies like Transformers were filmed here. If you follow my itinerary, you’d have arrived at around late afternoon or early evening. The sky is darker and the buildings look gloomier, as if a showdown is about to happen. It’s a totally different feel from if you arrive earlier with the buildings much more colorful. Directions: take exit A at Quarry Bay MTR Station and walk along King’s Road towards Tai Koo. After walking pass the junction to Mount Parker, you will reach the entrance to Montane Mansion and Ocenaic Mansion. It only takes 2 to 3 minutes to get there (canon.com.hk). (Yick Cheong Building Wiki)
- Shaved Ice at SHARI SHARI Kakigori House 氷屋. That’s it for the Instagram hot spot tour, but I continued to eat. Since I’m already at this side of Hong Kong, I might as well continue my journey here. SHARI SHARI serves shaved ice. My favorite is their avocado shaved ice. It’s a good idea to go here now rather than later because queues start forming after people have dinner. (This also happens to be the same street as elixir cafe from this morning.)
- Dinner at Fujiyama 55 富士山55. Just a few min away from SHARI SHARI. Sea urchin tsukemen at 298HKD (or 38USD). What a steal!
And now, the photos!