[food + travel] Hong Kong and afternoon tea

I’m a city girl at heart. I left my birthplace, Seoul, at the age of two, but I suppose the city never left me because I gravitate to cosmopolitans over the suburbs any day of the week.

My idea of the perfect vacation is a big city by the beach – not everyone’s idea of a great getaway but for me the noise and bustle of a city bring comfort. So there’s a reason that I love cities like Hong Kong so much. It takes a lot for me to return to a city, but Hong Kong has done it for me twice now. This past Christmas I had my third stay in Hong Kong, and it didn’t disappoint.

One of my “traditions” in Hong Kong is to go to Tai Cheong Bakery and get exactly two egg tarts. Warm and flaky, these egg tarts are a wonderful treat while walking up and down the hills of SoHo. They’re great washed down with a cup of coffee.

I could write forever about how much I love Hong Kong, but my favorite part was probably afternoon tea at the Intercontinental. I’ve had afternoon tea in HK before, but at the Grand Hyatt. While that was an experience in itself, the Intercontinental offers a view that’s unbeatable.


The tea bite selection changes according to the season, but as it was December, the set was crafted around the Nutcracker. Perfect for warming up your mind with ideas of wrapped presents, chestnuts, and plum fairies.

afternoon tea in hong kong set of three tiers

Unfortunately I was a bit busy stuffing my face to get too many pictures, but if you get a chance in Hong Kong, go to afternoon tea and kick back and relax. While coffee on the go can be great, tea and some scones really do make you feel like a queen.

Till next time, Hong Kong!


To head to the Intercontinental, Hong Kong: Tsim Sha Tsui, 18 Salisbury Rd, Hong Kong. Afternoon tea doesn’t take reservations, so make sure to get there a bit early to line up.

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