Rebecca McGeoch is the Hong-Kong based designer of luxury cashmere brand Gasparre Cashmere. If you are lucky enough to be heading East to the food and shopping mecca, Rebecca has given us an insight into her fabulous life in the cosmopolitan city.
RESCU: What do you love doing on the weekends?
Rebecca McGeoch: We love to take our dog for a walk along Seaview promenade, the winding boardwalk that runs from Repulse Bay to Deep water bay. Or the Dragons back Hike, which has amazing views as you walk along the ridgeline overlooking the island.
RESCU: Where do you always take visitors to Hong Kong?
Rebecca McGeoch: I love to take visitors for a Chocolate Martini at the glamorous rooftop bar, Sevva. Hong Kong is an amazing foodie city, filled with many hole-in-the-wall type places and private kitchens. My favourite is Gitone in Sai Wan Ho, it is a gallery during the day and at night time turns into a Chinese restaurant that includes traditional northern style cooking such as jellyfish, crab cakes and seafood wonton.
RESCU: What is your favourite restaurant for Chinese food?
Rebecca McGeoch: Man Wha, because it is intimate and has amazing views of Hong Kong harbour. It is also next door to M bar, which is great for a pre- or post-dinner drink. Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Rd, Central.
RESCU: What is your favourite place for Dim Sum?
Rebecca McGeoch: Luk Yu Tea House has been around since 1933, and is the most famous traditional teahouse in Hong Kong. It captures the elegance of the period with black ceiling fans, ornate wood panelling, stained-glass murals, marble tabletops, and cute white and pink crockery. 24 Stanley Street, Central.
RESCU: Best place for a glamorous night out?
Rebecca McGeoch: Bisous. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else in Hong Kong. Glamorous dark décor within, plush leather seating, black-and-white portraits of burlesque dancers from a bygone era. After 10 pm the chic lounge bar takes on more of a nightclub persona. 9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central.
RESCU: Best thing to do for under $50?
Rebecca McGeoch: Catch the Star Ferry to Kowloon for some window shopping, or else take a tram to the Peak Galleria and walk along Luggard Road and down the morning trail, you get a great view of the city.
RESCU: Best luxury shopping destination?
Rebecca McGeoch: IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central.
The Landmark, 1 Pedder Street, Central.
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admirality.
Harbour City, 3027 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
RESCU: Best place to nab a bargain?
Rebecca McGeoch: If you are after designer label bargains I would definitely take a trip to Horizon Plaza Ap Lei Chau. It is a 28 story factory outlet with a Lane Crawford warehouse (25th Floor), MaxMara Fashion Group Warehouse (27th Floor), Joyce (21st Floor), Ralph Lauren (20th & 22nd Floor) and many more.
RESCU: Where to get a feel for local life?
Rebecca McGeoch: The markets in Mong Kok, to get a feel for the hustle and bustle of the local market experience. The Flower Markets are a great place to start with endless rows of flowers pots and plants.