Hong Kong Hot Spots
Need a break from dealmaking? Here are 6 can't-miss diversions for when the work is done.
Where to Shop
If it's duty-free LV, Prada or Chanel you crave, options abound. If you prefer something a bit more midrange-contemporary, check out the alleyways surrounding Star Street in Wan Chai, within a five-minute walk from Filmart. Kapok is a favorite with local industry folks; directors Jan Lamb, Ann Hui and Sylvia Chang have been in.
Where to Relax
True relaxation is all but impossible in this frenetic city, but a classic acupressure foot massage after a long day on your feet surely can't hurt. Just don't pay more than HK$100 ($13) an hour. If you prefer a more upscale pampering, try the latest local favorite Ten Feet Tall, which charges $388 for a 50-minute body massage but keeps some of the quirks, such as frozen yogurt served post-massage and courtesy cell-phone chargers in the treatment rooms.
Where to Eat
Dim sum is an absolute must, so seek out City Hall Maxim's Palace, where you still order directly from traditional steamer carts wheeled around the dining room. For something more refined, try Umberto Bombana's 8-1/2 Otto e Mezzo, named after the Fellini film and considered the finest Italian restaurant in Hong Kong. Call in advance for a coveted corner booth.
Where to Go For Nightlife
Owned by Gilbert Yeung, scion of Hong Kong Media tycoon Albert Yeung, Dragon-i still commands the hottest crowd and hardest door on Wyndham Street, the popular nightlife strip. But Tazmania Ballroom, just across the street, is the new favorite on the local club scene. The pool hall/lounge/club features an ingenious gimmick: Pingpong and billiards tables can be elevated to the ceiling when more room is needed on the dance floor.
Where to Drink
If you find yourself on the Hong Kong side of the harbor, Hero and Cloud Atlas producer Philip Lee recommends Blue Bar at the Four Seasons for its central convenience and Friday night jazz. He says, "Every time I swing by Hong Kong, I ask my friends in the industry to meet me there."
Where to Get Away
Macau, the Vegas of Asia, is a $20 turbo ferry ride from Hong Kong (you can charter a 15-minute helicopter ride for about $300). Behemoth casinos, clubs and restaurants are open all night, and there are plenty of them. The $2 billion Galaxy Casino, opened in 2011, offers an artificial beach, more than 50 restaurants and 450 gambling tables.