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A visit to Central Hong Kong and a Hot Chocolate at Elephant Grounds, Hong Kong

When I started researching Hong Kong, and then speaking to locals, I kept hearing everyone talk about Central. Central this, Central that. Everything worth doing and seeing seems to be in Central. People work in Central, they live in Central. After all that fuss I didn’t actually get to Central until the very end of my trip to Hong Kong but when I did I saw what they were talking about. Central isn’t at all like where I was based in Mong Kok. Mong Kok is perhaps more what you expect from Hong Kong. Central is what puts Hong Kong [...]

2018-03-12T08:01:13+00:00 March 12th, 2018|ASIA, China, Hong Kong|

Hong Kong Markets and a Hot Chocolate at KnockBox Coffee Company, Hong Kong, China

It’s pretty amazing how much you can see and experience in half a day, especially if you drift off the beaten path a little bit, walk in the opposite direction of what you think that perhaps you should be walking. I did that today. From Mong Kok I walked away from the harbour with the aim of exploring all of the markets in this area. But first thing first, a hot chocolate and amazingly I found one just a few blocks away from where I was staying. Catch is, the locals here don’t seem to be in as much need [...]

2018-03-06T01:03:44+00:00 March 6th, 2018|ASIA, China, Hong Kong|

Must Have Hot Chocolate at Hakawa Chocolate, Hong Kong

Here are the directions on how to get to Hakawa Chocolate on Gough St. Get to Hong Kong Island. Go up the hill turn right then left then right then left and continue like this until hopefully, fingers crossed, you arrive. At least that is what it felt like arriving here. I know know it is just a block away from the Man Mo Temple so if you are not familiar with Hong Kong, it may…may be easier to get there and then make your way backwards. Regardless, the point is you must add this to your itinerary for Hong [...]

2018-02-26T02:19:09+00:00 February 26th, 2018|ASIA, China, Hong Kong|

A Hot Chocolate at Coco Bruni, Seoul, South Korea

There are supposedly a few Coco Brunis around town but my efforts to find them were unsuccessful. So I moved onto the next location on my list. But you know that saying When you aren’t trying it will happen for you. Well that was Coco Bruni for me. On my way back to the subway station after a visit to nearby Cacao Boom I found it, right there in front of me. It almost gave me one of those “what took you so long” looks, like it had been expecting me or maybe it was more of a “seriously, you [...]

2018-02-13T01:17:28+00:00 February 19th, 2018|ASIA, Korea, Seoul|

A Walk Around Insadong and a Hot Chocolate at Ddo-dong Cafe, Seoul, South Korea

I had some fantastic hot chocolates in Seoul. I also had some very strange ones. The strangest was by far Ddo-dong Cafe, so strange in fact that I felt I needed to share this with you. When I say they have a bit of everything in Seoul I really mean it. And the beauty of Seoul is that it is all mixed together, the old the new, the traditional, the strange. I spent a lot of time in Insa-dong. There are little shops, traditional tea shops, Korean bbq restaurants, local handmade sweets. In the middle of it all is a [...]

2018-02-13T01:18:03+00:00 February 16th, 2018|ASIA, Korea, Seoul|

A Hot Chocolate at Chateau Chocolat, Seoul, Korea

You wouldn’t think of Seoul as a hot chocolate city…but you should. Actually Seoul is a lot of things you probably don’t realise, it is really an amazing place. What makes it even more special in my eyes, not surprisingly, is that there is a good hot chocolate near all of the main tourist areas. Best of both worlds. The main tourist attraction you will inevitably visiting at some point during your trip is Gyeongbok Palace or G Palace as I started calling it. There are so many different palaces across the city, all worth visiting which makes it difficult [...]

2018-02-13T01:09:53+00:00 February 13th, 2018|ASIA, Korea, Seoul|

A Walk Through Buckchon Village and a Hot Chocolate at Wood and Brick, Seoul, South Korea

I fell in love with Buckchon Village and, for a few days at least, I was a local here. I was staying at a traditional house with 3 rooms and owners who spoke not a word of English but who fed me very well (who knew kimchi was good for breakfast too!). There is a tourist map with a suggested waking path through the neighbourhood that you can pick up at the tourism office, or any hotel really. It is definitely worth doing and it seems that few tourists bother which means that other than in certain particularly scenic parts, [...]

2018-02-02T02:14:38+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Korea, Seoul|

A Visit to Ikeseon-dong and a Hot Chocolate at Madang Flowers, Seoul, South Korea

There is this amazing little neighbourhood near Jongno station. When I found it I spent hours just walking up and down the tiny pedestrian only lanes, each one lined with little shops and restaurants and each one more intriguing than the next. This area, called Ikseon-dong and jungsegwon was established in 1920. It is a collective housing area that is full the Hanoks, the traditional Korean houses, but many have been reconstructed on the inside to house modern restaurants, shops, cafes, bars as well as homes and offices. Very few tourists venture this way, I seemed to be the only [...]

2018-01-22T01:36:12+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|ASIA, Korea, Seoul|
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