Best places to do business in the wired world

Business travelers are as likely to find themselves in Seoul or Bangalore as they are on Sand Hill Road. But where to meet, eat and check e-mail? Not to worry. Our city-by-city list details the best places to get things done, no matter where you are.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong
This is one of the most business-friendly places in the world. In fact, the city has been rated No. 1 for economic freedom in a Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal index every year since the survey began in 1995.

How to get around: Taxis are the easiest way to travel -- but get someone to write out your destination in Cantonese beforehand. The subway is convenient and cheap, with fares for a single journey ranging from about $1 to $4. You'll need sharp elbows to get on and off at rush hour.

Where to find free Wi-Fi: Cafe Zambra (239A Jaffe Road; 852-2598-1322;, in the thriving business district of Wan Chai, is a split-level cafe; try the second floor, with its balcony and soft sofas.

Where to get a trim: QB House (151-163 Wanchai Road; 852-2359-3300) is part of a Japanese chain offering 10-minute cuts for about $7.

Best place to get down to business: Executives like the private booths at the chic One Bar & Grill (Fourth Floor, Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Road; 852-2522-2246).

Best place to celebrate closing the deal: Yung Kee (32-40 Wellington St.; 852-2522-1624; is famous for classic Cantonese fare like roast goose and barbecued pork.

What you might not know: Negotiating is often done over tea. Always accept it; let your host drink first.

Bangalore, India

Barcelona, Spain

Helsinki, Finland

Hong Kong



Shanghai, China


Stockholm, Sweden

Tallinn, Estonia

Tel Aviv, Israel

Tokyo, Japan
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