There are actually two IFC Hong Kong buildings, IFC1 and IFC2, it’s the latter, standing 88 stories tall, that grabs all the headlines and dominates the skyline. Meaning International Finance Centre, the building is set on the shoreline of Hong Kong Island in the Central district and is home to the great and good of Hong Kong’s banking and finance industry, but also to Hong Kong Station and the IFC Mall, which links IFC1 and IFC2 together. On its door step is the legendary Star Ferry, which plies the waters between Central and Hong Kong. IFC2 is currently Hong Kong’s tallest building, until the builders put the finishing touches to International Commerce Centre across the water.
Why Visit IFC Hong Kong:Aside from being a stunning skyscraper in its own right, IFC2 also affords breathtaking views across Hong Kong Harbour and onto the increasingly cluttered skyline of Kowloon. There are some great restaurants, both inside IFC2 and in the adjoining mall that take advantage of the views, while the al fresco, picnic strip on top of IFC Mall is one of Hong Kong’s best kept secrets.
Basic Facts About IFCArchitect – Cesar Pelli
Built – 2003
Height - 420m (88 storeys)
Lifts – 42
See the IFC Hong Kong View: The easiest way to enjoy the view is from the viewing platform on floor 55. You’ll first need to register with security on the ground floor of the building, before taking the lift up to floor 55. The viewing platform seems to be subject to regular closures, so you may want to phone ahead.You can also take advantage of the restaurants in IFC2 and the IFC Mall. One of the best if Cuisine Cuisine, a cutting edge Cantonese restaurant at the base of IFC 2 with floor to ceiling window views over the harbour and one of our Top Five Restaurants in Hong Kong for Dim Sum. Alternatively, try one of the restaurants in IFC Mall set around its roof garden, such as The Box or Isola. If their prices prove as breathtaking as the views, pick up a meal to go at the City Super in the mall below or grab a sandwich from Pret a Manger and picnic on the roof garden’s benches.
How to Get There; IFC2 is connected to both the Central MTR station and Hong Kong Station, which is served by the Airport Express. The Star Ferry, from Tsim Sha Tsui, also pulls in under the shadow of IFC2. The official address is 1 Finance Street.