Landing in Hong Kong can be a little disorienting. You look up and can’t see the sky, crowded out by the city’s world-record 7,740 high-rises (that’s about 1,600 more than Manhattan, if you’re counting). Navigating the winding, overstuffed laneways can feel like you’re trapped in the world’s largest pinball machine.
Slow down a bit, though and you’ll find an inexhaustible supply of things to love down at ground level. The streets are crowded for a reason: Hong Kong is home to a surplus of modish hotels, clandestine cocktail bars and off-kilter boutiques that perfectly complement its life-altering food scene. Here’s where to begin.