10 April, 2013
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Sassy’s mini guide to North Point

10 April, 2013
As a new arrival in Hong Kong, when I tell people that I live in North Point, I receive the same confused look every time. Yes, it’s a predominantly local residential area but this makes for quieter streets and lots of hidden gems that make it well worth a visit!

You can get here via the blue Island Line or the purple Tseung Kwan O line on the MTR, but I much prefer taking the tram, which is more scenic and so cheap!

So here’s my mini guide to North Point – get ready to explore the East-side!

 

LATE NIGHT SWEET TREATS

Hong Kong residents love a late night snack and with queues stretching across the street for these sweet treat eateries, there’s no excuse not to ditch the diet and join the line!

Lee Keung Kee North Point Egg Waffles 492 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong
2590 9726

OK, so this isn’t actually the exact name of this hotspot, but with no visible signage and Cantonese speaking staff, I have no idea what it’s actually called! You’ll be able to spot it thanks to the large queue and the hundreds of photographs and press clippings of celebrities, tourists and regulars enjoying their egg waffles (gai daan zai) stuck to the wall.

For those of you who haven’t come across egg puffs yet – they’re large, fluffy, sweet waffles that are perfect for a post-dinner treat. And thanks to their light airy consistency, they must also be low in calories… right?! I had mine plain but you can opt for a variety of different sauces and toppings like condensed milk and peanut butter.

Wong Kee Tong Shui 5 Shu Kuk St., North Point, Hong Kong

Wong Kee Tong Shui has to be the busiest snack joint in North Point, so expect queues from around 8pm most evenings. There is no English menu but there are photographs on the Chinese menu and with a lot of pointing and miming, the friendly staff will help you make your dessert decision! I tried the Mixed Bean Dessert (which sounds a bit strange for a newly arrived expat in HK) but boy was it worth it; steaming hot and coconut-ty – it’s exactly the right kind of comfort food for a chilly evening.

OTHER YUMMY EATS

The Big Bite Shop 4B, G/F Kar Fu Building, 196-202 Java Road, North Point
2327 3263 www.foodspotting.com/places/3540-the-big-bite-north-point-north-point

I made a pact before arriving in Hong Kong that I would be more adventurous and try local cuisine rather than stick to British or American restaurants… then I discovered Big Bite! An American burger bar, Big Bite serves up burgers and sides to die for. I had the original cheeseburger and Poutine fries (which came drenched in cheese and gravy – surprisingly delish!) washed down with a peach iced tea.

The menu is extensive and offers a variety of hot dogs, chicken wings (Tuesday is their ridiculously good value Wings Night – watch out for the suicide wings!), fish dishes and burgers to suit every taste – there is even a Fat Bast*rd challenge burger that is of family-sized proportions. Not for the faint-hearted!

Clover Cake & Coffee House G/F, Conwell Mansion, 126 Wharf Rd, North Point
2887 0838 www.clover-cakecoffeehouse.com

My two favourite words – cake and coffee! This delightful little Western style coffee shop is the ideal place to meet friends for a gossip or pop in to take advantage of the delightful breakfast menu on a Sunday morning. It’s friendly, cosy and the staff are super welcoming. Try the Winter Breakfast Set – hearty enough to keep you going on even the busiest of days. They also make the most amazing (you need to see it to believe it!) profiterole tower birthday cake; it lasted all of five minutes at Sassy HQ!

Sassy Tip: Don’t forget Tung Po (2/F, Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point, 2880 5224) as recommended by Jaime in her Visitor’s Guide to Hong Kong. It’s great for fun group dining – dancing waiters, beer in bowls and delish local cuisine. Just be prepared to wait for a table!

PAMPERING

Gossip Nail Shop H, G/F King’s Tower, 480 Kings Road, North Point
2955 5100 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gossip-Nail/147494675289258

No self-respecting Sassy girl is seen without perfectly manicured hands! This super girly nail salon is always busy and with MTV playing loudly, it’s ideal for a pre-cocktail pamper.

Gossip Nail offer all the regular mani/pedi services as well as some amazing nail art. From leopard print to army camouflage – if you show them a picture, they can pretty much re-create any design or pattern. I played it safe and opted for a soft gel nail (similar to Shellac or Gelish) in a gorgeous mint green. They were perfectly done and lasted for nearly three weeks (I actually think they would have lasted longer but I am a serial polish picker and couldn’t help myself!). Prices start at $190 for a manicure.

Sassy Tip: North Point is also home to one of Hong Kong’s last remaining Cantonese Opera venues, Sunbeam Theatre (423 King’s Road, North Point) if you want to get in touch with your cultural side – the perfect place to sit back, watch and let your mani dry!

KEEPING FIT

North Point to Quarry Bay Promenade

After all of those egg puffs and man-sized burgers, you’ll need to burn off some calories! There are lots of gyms in North Point (including a Fitness First in Olympia Plaza on King’s Road) but if, like me, you prefer to work out outdoors and avoid that awkward treadmill eye contact, then head down to the North Point and Quarry Bay promenade which runs right along the seafront. It’s a great jogging route but never too congested and has great views of the HK skyline; you’ll meet lots of older locals who are out for power walks or to use the outdoor fitness centres. It’s also an early morning sun trap, so drag yourself out of bed and head out at 7am to enjoy it at its best.

Sassy Tip: Dog lovers, look out for the small dog park en route to North Point ferry pier! It’s closed between 1-2pm for cleaning but otherwise, is the go-to place to walk your pups and make some furry friends.

WET MARKET

Chun Yeung Street (just off King’s Road)

Supermarkets in North Point are limited and often expensive (your best bets are the International in Island Place mall on King’s Road and the big Park N’ Shop in Provident Centre, along the road from Clover) but thankfully there is are plenty of amazing wet markets for stocking up on fish, meat and veg. The one on Chun Yeung Street is always bustling and loud so take my advice and do not go if you’re feeling a little hungover!  If you’re not shopping for anything specific, my top tip is to go late in the day when many vendors reduce their prices.

Can’t cook? Don’t fret, there are lots of street vendors cooking amazing local snacks and with such a vibrant atmosphere, it’s worth visiting just to see it.

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