5 Star Hong Kong on a 1 star budget

Like any major international city, Hong Kong can be an expensive city to visit. Budget accommodation is sparse, bars can be pricey and there is far too much shopping temptation. There are plenty of cheap things to do but if you want a taste of luxury Hong Kong it is possible, even if you’re on a backpacker’s budget. Consult our tips below and blag your way into the 5 star scene. Book your flights, order your international travel insurance, pack your backpack (ensuring to squeeze at least one smart outfit in there) and head for the city that never sleeps.

Cocktails without getting your wallet out

Wednesday night in Hong Kong is always Ladies Night, when dozens of bars across the city offer ladies selected complimentary drinks. Considering alcoholic drinks bought in bars and clubs can be on the pricey side in Hong Kong, Ladies Night offers a great night out in some pretty swish bars without having to spend a single cent. We’re not talking a small plastic cup of warm white wine either – options include Champagne, cocktails and spirits and mixers. Shore, in Central’s new swanky L Place, even offers a chocolate buffet complete with cookies, cakes and a chocolate fountain.

A 5 star view without maxing out the credit card

The roof terrace of the iconic International Finance Centre (on which scenes in Batman and Tomb Raider were filmed) by Central’s stunning harbourfront is ringed with expensive restaurants and bars from which you can gaze across at the harbour, Kowloon’s impressive skyline and the mountains beyond. However, you can enjoy the same fantastic views without forking out hundreds of dollars by making use of the smart public tables and chairs in the centre. Pop to the City Super deli in the IFC mall, pick up some picnic food and a bottle of wine and head up to the BYO area on the roof terrace for a picnic under the stars with one of the best views in the city.

Designer shopping without designer prices

Hong Kong is filled with internationally famous luxury stores such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Versace but its own design talent lies somewhat hidden. To bag an original outfit or accessory from one of Hong Kong’s up-and-coming designers, make a beeline for the Island Beverley Centre in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island. In amongst the labyrinth of boutiques quirky, one-off pieces can be snatched up for a song and you’ll walk away knowing you’ll be wearing something no-one else has.

With such a raft of competition, Hong Kong’s bars, restaurants and entertainment venues often hold discounted nights so check out what’s on when you’re there. For plenty more great deals and event listings, pick up a free copy of HK Magazine, available from coffee shops, restaurants, bars, bookshops and retail stores.

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