The old: Jimmy’s Kitchen
Open since 1928, Jimmy’s gentlemen’s club atmosphere is great for the older generation to reminisce, or for hipsters looking for a bit of historical humility. The menu has barely changed since opening, still rolling out steak Diane and baked Alaska.
South China Building,1-3 Wyndham Street (+852 2376 0327; www.jimmys.com)
The new: The Pawn
Old world clashes with new at this hip hangout for the young and restless. This converted 1899 pawn shop has become the playground for those who enjoy fine wine at salaryman prices, not to mention gastropub grub and fine art.
62 Johnston Road (+852 2866 3444; www.thepawn.com.hk)
The old: The Peninsula
The grand old dame of Hong Kong hotels holds court over Victoria Harbour, as she has done since 1928. For a touch of old-school dining, afternoon tea – replete with plenty of scones and English Breakfast tea – is still served in The Verandah.
Salisbury Road, Kowloon (+852 2920 2888; www.peninsula.com)
The new: The Luxe Manor
Since bursting onto the scene in 2007, The Luxe Manor has established itself as Hong Kong’s premier boutique hotel. Beyond the Greco-Roman exterior lies a surrealist-inspired interior – the Dada bar never fails to impress.
39 Kimberley Road, Kowloon (+852 3763 8888; www.theluxemanor.com)
The old: The Peak Tram
The Peak Tram has been a must-do activity since 1888 and it’s easy to see why: the views from the top are breathtaking and the ride itself is thrilling – taking passengers up 373m over a 1.4km track on an, at times, vertigo-inducing gradient.
The new: Ngong Ping 360
The 360 has only been hanging around since 2006 – literally – it’s a 5.7km, 25-minute cable car journey from near Hong Kong airport to the the Po Lin Buddhist Monastery. With views of the airport, South China Sea, Big Buddha statue and wild flora and fauna, go for one of the new cabins with glass floors that lets you look all the way down.
Emirates flies from Dubai airport to Hong Kong, currently for around Dhs4,000 return; Singapore Airlines also has daily flights to Hong Kong, with prices starting from around Dhs2,500 plus taxes and surcharges (www.singaporeair.com); Cathay Pacific is another option, with flights starting at around Dhs3,500 return (www.cathaypacific.com).