Indie Tea Shops, Old School Restaurants, and Luxury Shopping

This is Alex Drexler's guide to Hong Kong.

While he's called New York City home for the past sixteen years, Alex Mill designer Alex Drexler loves getting out of it. Drexler frequented Hong Kong before starting his own label, and still considers the metropolis one of his favorite spots. "The second you get off the plane in Hong Kong, you can feel the energy," he says. From where to stay to where to shop, the designer shares his tips for a good time in the Skyscraper City.

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InterContinental on Salisbury Road

When Drexler lands, he heads straight for the historic InterContinental hotel in Kowloon. "It's one of my favorite places to stay," he says. "It has incredible views of the main river in Hong Kong."

18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; ihg.com.

Sabatini Restaurant

Classic fare is nice, but Hong Kong also hosts solid restaurants from around the world. "Sabatini is one of the best Italian restaurants in Hong Kong," recommends Drexler. "It has tons of Old World charm."

69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; rghk.com.hk.

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Teakha

"I actually don't drink a lot of coffee," says Drexler. "But I love iced tea." Of all the tea shops in Hong Kong, his favorite is Teakha in Kowloon.

18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island; teakha.com.

Café Gray at Upper House

When it comes time to grab a drink, Drexler opts for Café Gray Bar, nested in Upper House. "It's a really special and unique place," he says. "The service is great, the decor is very modern."

88 Queensway, Central, Hong Kong Island; upperhouse.com.

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Lane Crawford

Lane Crawford is Hong Kong's premier luxury retailer, carrying lines like Givenchy, Thom Browne, and Alexander McQueen. It's a must-visit for anyone interested in fashion. "Hands down, Lane Crawford is one of the best shopping destinations in Hong Kong," Drexler says.

8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong Island; lanecrawford.com.

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