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Hong Kong is a great city in China to travel solo. There’s so much to do that it won’t ever be boring for the visitors who come here even if it’s an adventure for one.
This travel guide post will go into detail on how to do the Hong Kong solo itinerary right.
Let’s get started!
Hong Kong Solo Trip – What to Eat
I know, I know. You might be wondering why on earth you would eat at a food court when you are overseas.
Some other cities around the world have sucky food court food. They are for those people who’ve been shopping around and want to grab something quick. Or nearby restaurants are all booked up so there’s only the food court left.
That might be the general idea in your head BUT the food courts in Hong Kong can be pretty good depending on which one you go to.
For example, the food court at K11 Musea is pretty great. There are all these yummy food stalls with all sorts of cuisines you can choose from. There’s Korean food, Japanese food, Chinese food, American food, a French bakery, etc.
K11 Musea has an upscale food court and is fancier than the food court you’re used to near your home down the street. I love me KFC and Mcdonald’s once in a while but there are so many other types of food to eat.
Also, Hong Kong food courts don’t have the same typical food stalls you see over and over again. For example, there’s not going to be a KFC in every food court.
Hong Kong Cafes
Somewhere else you can eat as a Hong Kong solo traveller is in Hong Kong Cafes. They are also known as cha chaan teng.
HK cafes are relatively affordable and a way to experience local culture.
These are everywhere around the city although you’ll have better lucking finding these types of restaurants in local neighbourhoods. They do have HK cafes at places like Tsim Sha Tsui but since it’s a popular tourist area, the rent is VERY expensive. So, there’s not going to be as many of them.
Street Food Stalls
You can spot a street food stall from far away because you’ll see the steam coming out from the food.
Another sign to spot one of these is the people standing around the stall eating their local snacks. There’s also a nearby rubbish bin to throw in their trash after they’re done with their food.
Like HK cafes, street food stalls are also all around the city. The typical options include curry fish balls, fish siu mai, egg waffles, and Cheung fun (a type of dim sum).
Eating from street food stalls is another way to experience local culture. It’s also cheap and can be filling!
When I’m a bit hungry but not hungry enough to sit down at a restaurant, these are where I go to grab food.
When you’re in Hong Kong, shopping is a sure thing. Visit areas like Mong Kok, Sham Shui Po, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Central for the best shopping districts.
For affordable districts, visit Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po.
Mong Kok sells electronics, sneakers (there’s a street filled with sneaker stores), flowers, goldfish, affordable clothes, and cute gift stores. You can buy all kinds of things in this district.
Sham Shui Po sells electronics, fabrics, fashion, accessories, and toys. It’s heaven for wholesalers!
Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui are the more touristy shopping areas. The stores around these districts are more expensive but it’s perfect for those who love shopping malls.
Central is the financial district of Hong Kong. There are all sorts of international luxury brands there and they have upscale restaurants such as Agehan and SHE.
Visiting bookshops is a great way of spending your time in the city.
Hong Kong is an international city, which means there are plenty of bookstores that sell English books.
For English speakers, the most well-known bookstore chains in Hong Kong are Bookazine and Eslite.
(Another popular bookstore chain is Commercial Press but the English books they have are more limited. Most bookstores you visit will have at least a small selection of English books.)
The largest bookstore in Hong Kong is Eslite. It is inside the mall Hysan Place in Causeway Bay and has two floors. It’s extremely spacious with tons of books to look at.
I love the vibe of a bookstore. There’s something so calming about it but it’s also something I prefer to do by myself. I love the feeling of sitting around in a bookstore reading. There’s no rush and all the time to chill at a bookstore.
I just wish Eslite in Hysan Place has more seats so I can get comfortable.
The other bookstores in Hong Kong can be much smaller so if you can only visit ONE bookstore, Eslite in Hysan Place is the one to go to.
There are also indie bookstores you can visit like Lily Bookshop, Vibe, and Lok Man Rare Books.
Go to a spa for some self-care time.
It’s not uncommon for people in HK to go to Shenzhen for a massage. It’s much cheaper across the border.
However, there are still some fantastic places in Hong Kong for a facial or massage.
When you go to the spa with someone, it can be difficult to truly relax as you’re chatting away.
When you’re by yourself, you don’t have to worry about that. With spa music and comforting strokes across your skin, going to a spa is a relaxing option for Hong Kong solo travellers.
People tend to think Hong Kong is all about shopping malls and restaurants.
Yes, that’s a big part of it but Hong Kong also has beautiful nature spots like the trail by The Peak and Nan Lian Garden.
Next to Nan Lian Garden is Chi Lin Nunnery, a Buddhist temple. Get two hot Instagram spots within minutes of walking distance.
Tons of museums in Hong Kong are worth visiting like the Hong Kong Palace Museum, Cup Noodle Museum, Science Museum, History Museum, Madam Tussauds, and M+.
Walk around these museums at your own pace and gain knowledge in multiple different areas.
Visiting Hong Kong museums alone can take up all your time. That’s how many there are over here!
When you’re in Hong Kong, there are two unique public transportations you must take: the tram and the star ferry.
With a contactless Octopus card (HK’s transportation card), the star ferry will easily get you from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island side.
I personally prefer taking the ferry at night because I find the night view prettier.
During the daytime, I would take the tram instead.
The tram also uses an Octopus card but the routes are only available on the Hong Kong side. It’s a slower and older transportation mode so don’t take this if you’re in a rush to get somewhere.
Both of these transportation modes are CHEAP and are fantastic ways of seeing the city. While you’re on the tram and ferry, there are plenty of opportunities for photos whether that’s for your Instagram or for your memories. Take in the city views and see the real Hong Kong while you’re on one of these.
Final Thoughts – Hong Kong Solo Trip
Hong Kong is an extremely safe city. This is a huge bonus for females. Safety is a top priority for us and let’s be honest, not all cities are safe for female solo travellers.
There’s also a lot to do here so even if you’re travelling solo, you won’t be bored. Your itinerary will be filled with fun activities and keep you occupied until you have to leave.
Enjoy your Hong Kong solo trip!
Let me know what you think of the city in the comment section down below.
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