Everyone knows Hong Kong is not only an expensive place to live, but one that is fast-paced.

But with new restaurants, coffee shops and bars popping up all over the city, along with a fast-growing train system, we have found a few places which can be home to young executives, and which won’t break their bank balance.

On or off the island, you can always find a place where you can stay in tune with society while keeping a comfortable distance from the hyper pace of city life.

Mui Wo

Mui Wo
It’s widely assumed that living off the island means early wake-up times, long trips to work, and living away from mainstream entertainment. But Mui Wo proves that a vibrant lifestyle is not only associated with big cities.

Just a 45-minute ferry ride from Central Pier, this once rural town on the east of Lantau Island has turned into a vivid neighbourhood that offers a mix of metropolitan and tranquillity.

For food lovers, the cooked food centre at Mui Wo ferry pier serves the freshest seafood on the waterfront looking out over the beach to the sea.

For pleasure seekers, the island is a paradise for more healthy entertainment such as cycling and hiking; and after a trek you can always pamper yourself with a Thai massage or a nice gourmet meal from a wide selection of local and international restaurants near the bus terminus.

Sai Ying Pun

Sai Ying Pun
If there is anywhere you can enjoy a vibrant nightlife and, at the same time, save some money on accommodation, it has to be Sai Ying Pun.

Being one of the oldest residential neighbourhoods in Hong Kong, Sai Ying Pun is emerging as a hotbed of dining and drinking activities that’s perfect for nightlife connoisseurs.

Driven by the influx of expats and the new arrival of an MTR station, the restaurant and bar scene in this western district has experienced a heartening boost over the past few years.

The surge in the number of pubs, restaurants and hipster hang-outs has drawn many nightlife seekers from the city centre to spend time in this buzzing neighbourhood again.

Kwun Tong

Kwun Tong
This industrial district is known to be a combination of art and commercial.

But it’s now fair to say that Kwun Tong is also a place to wind down with the addition of the Kwun Tong Promenade, a verdant waterfront park that is designed to add a little green to the desert of grey industrial concrete.

Looking for a little surprise? Kwun Tong has a bewildering range of hidden-gem restaurants and hang-outs tucked away in industrial buildings waiting to be discovered.

From a school-themed Taiwanese cafe, retailer-restaurants to studio-turned-Nordic eateries, Kwun Tong is a treasure trove of lesser-known treats that makes it a big draw to swingers.

Tuen Mun

Tuen Mun
If you are looking for reasonably priced accommodation while being able to enjoy the excitement of city life, Tuen Mun has the answers.

What used to be regarded as an inconvenience and a less developed neighbourhood for living is now increasingly favoured by expats and young professionals.

Now Tuen Mun has more than enough shopping centres that cater to different age ranges and all kinds of budgets.

The likes of Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Trend Plaza and V City are all easily accessed from public transport and housing estates, offering an exciting mix of lifestyle, dining and entertainment.