The Ultimate Hong Kong Guide for Digital Nomads

by Jobbatical November 23, 2018

A while back,  Jobbatical’s Instagram account was taken over by an Australian (former) part-time digital nomad and marketing strategist called Liz Pal, aka the Runaway Strategist. Liz oozes positivity, projects a great sense of humor, and managed to find all the best nomad working spaces and foodie heavens in Hong Kong.

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Liz in the Soho area. Photo courtesy: Liz Pal.

You can check out her takeover by following #JobbaticalXLizPal. To learn more about what to do as a digital nomad in Hong Kong, just keep reading.

Hong Kong is “non-stop!”, says Liz. Watching her takeover on our Instagram, you can take a peek into what a week in a digital nomad’s life in HK looks like. It’s truly entertaining!

To make your trip to Hong Kong a breeze, here’s the condensed recap of the hot spots she hit and recommends:  

Co-working spaces

Blueprint Coworking space, Hong Kong

The Blueprint co-working space. Photo credit: Liz Pal.

  • Blueprint (in Quarry Bay) – Liz says it was a tad too corporate for her taste, BUT your first week is free if you follow this link.
  • Naked Hub (in Sheung Wan)Laid-back work environment.
  • The Hive (in Sheung Wan) A chill vibe to work in.
Naked Hub, coworking, Hong Kong

The Naked Hub co-working space. Photo credit: L.P.

Eat & Drink

  • o Wan (Sham Shui Po) is a Michelin star dumpling place. Go hungry and try it on a weekday!
  • Chilli Fagara (Soho) for modern Asian fusion restaurant – chili fish and banana fritters are a must.
  • Sevva rooftop bar (Central). Amazing views of the city. Great for after work drinks. It’s also a tourist hotspot.
  • Catch (Kennedy Town) has a good Aussie breakfast.
Liz in restaurant Tim Ho Wan.

Liz in restaurant Tim Ho Wan. Photo credit: LP.

  • Mercato (Central) is a modern mid-high end Italian fusion restaurant.
  • Winston’s Cafe (Sai Ying Pun) has good coffee.
  • Maple waffle outside of Naked Hub has good matcha egg waffles.
  • Rhoda (Sai Ying Pun) is a good little date place for wine and food.

Enjoying Matcha Egg Waffle near the Naked Hub.

Where to Stay in Hong Kong

There are three areas other expats recommended to Liz, that she checked out:

  • Sai Yin Pun & Sheung Wan – I stayed in both suburbs and loved it! They’ve got a good mix of young expats and locals. Great cafes, bars, and restaurants. It’s not very touristy and you feel like you can actually make a life for yourself here—find your favorite cafes, happy-hour bars, go for a run etc.

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Shum Shui Po area.

  • Soho & Central – Soho and Central are a little busier and happening. There’s lots of bars and shopping. There are definitely more tourists hanging about, so if you’re only here or a few days, it’s a popular place to be.
  • Kowloon & Mong Kok & Shum Shui PoKowloon is on the northern side of Hong Kong. It feels a little more localized than the first two areas mentioned above. There are lots of markets, street food yet there are still some really nice hotels.

Note:  Wherever you stay, try and stay near the MTR (train line). It’s pretty easy to get everywhere on the MTR. But don’t stress because there are plenty of cabs around. Just don’t expect a beaming smile from your taxi driver. Uber is available but not that reliable.

You can follow Liz on Instagram @RunawayStrategist and watch her inspiring and entertaining TEDx talk about The Personal Growth Stigma below 👇

Have you ever been to Hong Kong? If yes, give a shout out in the comments below to some of your fave spots that you think others should also check out!  


PS: Want exposure to our database of 250K global citizens? Host a takeover on Jobbatical’s Instagram. Send your ideas to [email protected] and we’ll be in touch within 24 hours.


Author’s Bio:

Kairi Thornton, woman, blonde
Kairi Thornton is a Chicago based Estonian. She’s a freelance PR gal, social media marketer, content creator, and a Japanophile. Tweet her @prkairi
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