Kowloon by foot – Hong Kong

Kowloon Coffee, well, Mong Kok!Kathryn and I decided to go on a Kowloon walking tour, so we headed towards Mong Kok station and then walked south along Nathan Road towards Tsim Sha Tsui.

While there’s MTR stations nearly everywhere, Hong Kong isn’t that big in size, especially towards Kowloon Peninsula. The walk from Mong Kok to Tsim Sha Tsui is only 2.5km, and took about 45 minutes. On the journey we saw a few different neighbourhoods, from the grittiness of Mong Kok, to the scamminess of Tsim Sha Tsui.

But before all that, it was time for a coffee. Following the theory that cool shops cluster together, I figured that counts for coffee shops as well. So we headed to Knockbox Coffee Company for a flat white, and I got an affogato. Here’s a tip – Hong Kong opens late. This place only opened at 11am, so don’t arrive too early! The coffees were nice, though not as good as Wellington Kathryn tells me.

We kept on walking, past Jordan, to Tsim Sha Tsui. I’m always a bit weary around there, since it’s a bit of a ghetto part of Hong Kong. This was the only part of Hong Kong where I’ve seen touts approach you trying to sell you lunches or suits. Still, I think it’s safe, I just don’t like it as much as other places.

Getting from Kowloon to Stanley by bus

The pier at StanleyInstead we caught the subway to Hong Kong island, and then caught the 6X bus from Central towards Stanley. Stanley is a beachside resort on the other side of Hong Kong island. Stanley was pretty relaxing and quiet, mainly because it was winter, oh, and raining and windy. Not the best day for the beach, but nice to get away from the crowds.

We then had lunch at a place on the water. In the pub was only white people. I’m not even joking, there were two or three other groups, all white people. Kathryn ordered the fish and chips. We were all white people in a pub eating fish and chips. The Chinese culture wasn’t strong in that pub. I had a roast chicken sandwich.

Afterwards I felt really ill. Kathryn thinks it’s the tap water – I thought it was the food. Either way, I was feeling about a six out of ten. We then caught the 973 bus from Stanley towards Tsim Sha Tsui, going via Aberdeen and around Hong Kong island. This is a very scenic route, and I recommend it.

We got off the bus, and caught a tram towards another hipster park of town, a place called Poho, or Po Hing Fong road. Bordering Blake Garden, all these little side streets have cute art stores. One place was selling only computer-generated art. Another place sold the côte&ciel Isar Rucksack in Coated Canvas. Sure it’s $340USD or $474NZD, but it’s really really nice.

We then kept walking along Hong Kong’s first street, Hollywood street, which is full of tourists and Chinese antique stores. We walked so far that we ended up back at the Mid Level Escalators at the middle, a place called Soho. From there, we headed back home in the rain.