Dec 29, 2021

1 min read

Five Reasons to Visit Hong Kong's Mid-Levels

Dervla Louli Musgrave is a travel entrepreneur and lifestyle journalist based in Mid-Levels, Hong Kong. She’s the founder of 

Compare Retreats

, and so is our go-to for all things luxury wellness. If you’re planning a visit to Hong Kong, Dervla’s recommendations are well worth following.

Part of our Five Reasons series, here you’ll find the most local of tips – from unique hotels to small businesses and secret spots (we trust you to keep these on the DL). Because we firmly believe there’s no better way to get to know a place than when guided by someone who knows it best.

Read on for Dervla’s favorite places to eat, drink, stay, and shop in Mid-Levels, Hong Kong.


Mid-Levels, Hong Kong


: Egypt and Ireland 


 Entrepreneur and editor; founder of 

Compare Retreats

; and lifestyle journalist

Five reasons to visit Hong Kong

The hotel 

The Upper House

 boutique hotel is my favorite home away from home in Hong Kong. A perfect evening begins with their signature Hong Kong Highball cocktail enjoyed on The Lawn, before feasting at Café Gray, followed by a lazy night in at one of their signature suites.

The store

Standout stores include 

The Armoury

 for men and 


 for pre-loved sustainable luxury womenswear.

The food

For dinner, 


 is the ultimate spot for great food, friendly staff, and a brilliant buzz. For a drink, 

Please Don’t Tell

 is my favorite. It’s a speakeasy where you can get gin and tonic, with a side of caramel popcorn – delicious. 

The thing to do

Hiking trails and beaches are abundant in Hong Kong and I regularly walk The Twins and Morning Trail with friends. Bowen Road running route is also a favorite.

The culture

For something cultural and spiritual, 

Chi Lin Nunnery

 is the most peaceful place. They have a cute gift shop, stunning Japanese Gardens, and a vegetarian café that I was introduced to by my friend Chicco, founder of 


 (an eco-conscious retreat in Bali, for when you’re ready to escape the city).

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