People all over the globe annually celebrate International Women’s Day to commemorate women’s achievements throughout history. Here's a round up women-centric events happening in the city.
2020 is a leap year, which means we get an extra 29th day added to the end of February! But did you know that according to Irish folklore, February 29 signifies a day when a woman is 'allowed' to take life by the balls and ask a man to marry her? It's called Bachelor’s Day. In the same way, the leap year balances the calendar, this day was (believed to have been) fabricated as a way of balancing the roles of men and women. The construct of this day reveals a lot about the discomfort around women-initiated proposals back in the day... On that note, we are going to celebrate one small step towards smashing gender roles, even if it is only every four years. Here is a list of places for a gal to propose on February 29. RECOMMENDED: Check out more options for the best (or worst) places to propose in Hong Kong.
Brunch in Hong Kong is the ultimate weekend indulgence, with awesome food and bevvies to boot. With diners’ options ranging from humble eggs benedict and pancakes to mouthwatering fry-ups and everything in between, it’s hard to know where to start. Whether it’s free-flow champagne or #yolkporn you’re after, this is your definitive guide to Hong Kong’s best brunches.
By now, we're sure most of you have heard the news. In delivering the Hong Kong 2020 budget report yesterday, Financial Secretary Paul Chan announced that all permanent Hong Kong residents (age 18+) will be eligible for a $10,000 cash handout as part of the government's relief measure. So, what now? City dwellers will have to wait until summertime when the handouts are estimated to take place, but instead of rushing to book your next holiday, perhaps you can put the lump sum to good use instead? Here are just a few of our suggestions. RECOMMENDED: If you're anything like us and spend most of your money on food, scroll through our guide to the best cheap eats in Hong Kong for under $50!
Since 2014, Jamie’s Italian – the Italian restaurant chain brought to us by much-loved Brit chef Jamie Oliver – has served hungry Hongkongers in Causeway Bay since 2014, with a subsequent branch opening later in TST’s Harbour City. All this is about to change, however, as both eateries are set to close their doors tomorrow, on February 28. According to the restaurants’ operators, both branches have gone through tough times in recent months, with the civil unrest in the city initially driving customer numbers down in the latter stages of 2019, and the recent outbreak of the coronavirus apparently proving the straw that broke the camel’s back for Oliver’s HK outposts. Unfortunate as it may be – especially as it comes as part of a string of recent venue closures and event cancellations – it’s hardly a huge shock. Tourism numbers are down to a fraction of what they were this time last year, and Hongkong dwellers are generally eating out much less these days in the wake of the virus outbreak. Let’s hope this isn’t the last we see of Jamie and his pukka restaurants in our city.
A stone’s throw away from bustling Causeway Bay (and often overshadowed by it), this charming neighbourhood is where indie cafés and shops share the same streets as historic local landmarks. Aside from the annual Fire Dragon Dance every Mid-Autumn Festival, we dig out the best gems in the neighbourhood and why you should visit Tai Hang all year round. To make things easier, check out the full-sized version of our Tai Hang map to help you navigate this understatedly hip neighbourhood.
As much as we love our period dramas and our thrillers, sometimes all we want is a good laugh at the end of the day. So if after binge-watching everyone’s favourite sitcoms like Friends and The Office, you're looking for something new to get your giggles on, scroll down to see our picks of some of the funniest shows you can watch or stream! RECOMMENDED: While you’re here, check out our picks of the best films and TV shows you can watch right now.
You may have already heard the sad news that Hidden Agenda: This Town Needs will be closing down after hosting its final show on February 27, in which several local indie bands will perform. Much more than your average livehouse, this special venue has prided itself on hosting countless underground acts, off-the-wall events and hipster markets; making it a true hotbed of counterculture in our city. Ahead of the closure, Time Out Hong Kong sat down with This Town Needs’ co-founders, Joshua Chan and Hui Chung-wo, to gain some perspective on their journey up until now, and future outlook. RECOMMENDED: Want to support live music elsewhere? Check out our list of the best live house bars in Hong Kong. The two had a rocky start with music venues, Hui reveals, with their previous livehouse stirring up “quite the controversy” over working visa complications, and ultimately having to close. Fortunately, the duo’s passion to provide live indie music to a niche Hong Kong crowd didn’t vanish with this incident. After taking some time to view a string of different spaces – from factory units to commercial buildings – they opened a subsequent venue at Ocean One in Yau Tong. Hui wanted this new venue, named Hidden Agenda: This Town Needs, to become a pay-what-you-want, self-funded venue, where musicians and organisers like himself and his colleagues enjoy what they do in a creatively nurturing environment. Unfortunately, recent events in Hong Kong have negatively affected this vision.
Got a case of cabin fever? In need of finding a quiet spot to fit in some quality time to work? Yes, there’s always Starbucks or Pacific Coffee Company, but there are actually plenty of other great cafés that can provide a haven for you and your trusty laptop, complete with free internet and excellent coffee brews. Here are some of our favourite coffee shops that are ideal for you to up your productivity game. RECOMMENDED: If you’re on the lookout to set up a more permanent workstation or a space to call your own, take a look at our recommendation on the best co-working spaces in Hong Kong.
One of our most favourite people are bartenders; they listen to our woes, make us feel good, and give us the best medicine off the counter, a cocktail. On February 24, let’s all celebrate World Bartender Day and appreciate the hard-working bartenders in our local cocktail scene. We picked the brains of some of our local favourite tipple makers to know what they are really thinking when working behind the bar, so that we the customers, can put happy in their happy hour. From customer orders to their favourite – and not so favourite – drinks to make, read below what our local bartenders have to say. RECOMMENDED: From speakeasies to sake joints, these are the top Hong Kong bars shaking and stirring your favourite drinks. If you’re trying to cut back on alcohol, though, these Hong Kong bars serve excellent mocktails every bit as creative as their alcoholic offerings.
Laksa is one of the most popular dishes in Hong Kong when it comes to Southeast Asian cuisine. With a rich and slightly spicy soup base paired with a variety of ingredients like beancurd puffs and fresh seafood, it’s no surprise that we drool just seeing it on the menu. While this noodle dish can be found at most regional restaurants, a truly good bowl can be hard to find. So here are six of the best laksas in town, from rich curry-flavoured to the hot-and-sour. Happy slurping!RECOMMENDED: Keen to taste more of Asia? Tuck into these amazing boat noodles or pop over to Kowloon City’s best Thai restaurants.
The Diplomat is the brainchild of award-winning mixologist John Nugent (formerly of Lily & Bloom) who is known for his innovative twists on old classics. True to the nature of a diplomat, you’ll see Nugent being friendly to his customers, helping them decide on orders, and chatting with them at every opportunity. At first glance, the exterior of the bar looks stiff and corporate with a suited bouncer greeting customers at the door. This all changes as you enter the premises and become immersed in the bar’s light and welcoming atmosphere. The interior is replete with leather seats and brass finishings, and while taking these in, it’s easy to miss the intricately detailed ceiling tiles that bear the bar’s logo. Should your inner diplomat have important business to attend to, a lavish hallway with shades of pink and copper will lead you to the washroom. The bar’s menu is easy to navigate and reasonably priced compared to neighbouring bars. We started with the signature Diplo Daiquiri; house rum blend, pineapple, anise, and salt ($95) followed by Pearl, made with vodka, Campari, French herbs, Mr. Black Coffee Amaro, pineapple, and almonds ($95). The two drinks are okay to whet your appetite, made for easy drinking, but aren’t standouts. To gain a better appreciation of the signature menu, ask the staff about the famous diplomats who inspired the drinks. What seem to be the real crowd pleasers are the reimagined classics. "Oh, I should have gotten the same drink as yours!" "
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Picking the best photo spots in Hong Kong is tough. After all, our city was practically built for Instagram. There are amazing skyscrapers, beautiful beaches, vibrant neon signs, plenty of fancy looking food and even incredible rocks! What more do you need? Well, how about a guide that makes sure you can hit all the Instagram famous photo spots in Hong Kong so you can make all your followers jealous? That’s what we’re here for. Alternatively, just use this guide to have fun with your friends and to capture some memories. After all, it’s only Instagram, right? By Jianne Soriano, Douglas Parkes and Angel Hong.
OCTOBER 2019: As our city’s vibrant restaurant scene continues to evolve at a rapid pace, we’ve made more than a few additions to our list this time around. Most notably, the new-in-town French cuisine maestros at Louise have stormed in to take the coveted top spot, and we’ve also welcomed to the pack visionary French-Japanese fusion eatery à nu retrouvez-vous, laidback Vietnamese spot Chôm Chôm, and down-to-earth noodle paradise, Mak Man Kee, among others. Welcome to the Time Out EAT List, for which we’ve been busy scouring the streets and alleys to bring you the very best restaurants in Hong Kong. As usual, this line-up has been compiled by our ravenous food and drinks editors who aren’t just on the hunt for a delectable bite – although taste certainly doesn’t count for nothing – but also consider the buzziness of the atmosphere, the price (for those on a tight budget, check out our dedicated cheap eats list), and the relevance of the concept in our ever-changing metropolis. From long-time favourites to newbies, we've sorted everything, from restaurants in some of Hong Kong’s best hotels to the city's most delectable street eats. In short, this is whatever serves the best food in Hong Kong right now. Let’s dig in! Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList Looking for more recent openings? Check out our pick of Hong Kong's best new restaurants.
With no sales tax, no VAT and malls attached to other malls, Hong Kong is rightly famous as one of the world’s great shopping destinations. Although we appreciate the air conditioned bliss of a well-ventilated shopping centre during the summer, it can be boring to see the same parade of brands in one mall after another. If you’re feeling the need for something different, Time Out presents your ultimate guide to the good, the quirky and the downright best independent shops in Hong Kong.
Home to towering skyscrapers and picturesque hiking trails, hong kong is a truly vibrant and beautiful city. Whether you're looking to up your Instagram game at some instagrammable spots in town, in need of some retail therapy at Hong Kong's best independent shops or simply looking to devour all the tastiest cheap eats you can find, there's plenty to keep you happily entertained. Follow our comprehensive guide below and discover all the best things to see, do and eat in Hong Kong! -- Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList. You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world, or take a look at our list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now.
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There are so many outstanding Hong Kong bars that it’s hard to decide how and where to allocate your time, money and rapidly diminishing sobriety. Whether you want a fancy cocktail at a speakeasy, a bottle of biodynamic wine, a hazy IPA at a craft beer joint, or something else entirely, there’s something for you in our famously crowded and fast-paced city. We’ve put our livers on the line to deliver you a definitive list of the 51 best Hong Kong bars. Enjoy! Visited somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDrinkList. You can also find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews bars here.
Bombarded with choices from all the things to do in Hong Kong this weekend and looking to step out of the concrete jungle? A calorie-burning hike with jaw-dropping views is just the cure. Hong Kong has no shortage of amazing scenic hiking trails a short distance from city centre, varying in difficulty and offering everything from amazing bird's eye views of our SAR to stunning sunsets. Head to one of our favourite outlying islands to make it a day trip where you can discover more gorgeous hikes and hidden cultural gems. And if hiking is not quite your thing, why not hop on a bike and cycle along one of the city’s best cycling routes?
Escape above the hustle and bustle of the city at these bars with fantastic views and fantastic drinks to match.
As celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme once put it: you don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. In honour of that adage, the Time Out Hong Kong food team has trawled the islands to sniff out the 51 best bites under 50 bucks. This summer, celebrate the noodle vendors, skewer sellers and eggette experts that make Hong Kong such a wonderful place to eat. RECOMMENDED: Sink your teeth into a spread at some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants.
If you believe Hong Kong is a cultural desert when it comes to visual arts, think again. From the heart of the city to the nooks and the crannies, there’s art everywhere in our metropolis as long as you know where to look for it. You can find works by established and up-and-coming local and international artists working in everything from photography to street art at fine-art gallery hubs like H Queen’s and Pedder Building, as well as at institutions like Tai Kwun. For a taste of the avant-garde, there are many independent art spaces that have popped up all over the city in recent years and there are some fantastic museums, including M+ Pavilion, to satisfy your culture cravings too. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a handy guide to the most interesting art hubs and neighbourhoods to help kick-off your journey as a bona fide culture vulture. RECOMMENDED: Check out our pick of the best art exhibitions in Hong Kong this week and this month for inspiration and discover a plethora of incredible art.
There are many hidden bars in Hong Kong, did you know? Or are they just so well hidden you had no clue? Well, that’s what Time Out is for. In fact, the whole ‘hidden bar’ thing can sometimes feel like a gimmick or a substitute for actually serving decent drinks. The few establishments like that have given the rest a bad name because some of Hong Kong’s very best bars are ones that are a little secretive and not so easy to find. Read on to discover the best.
Despite being such a small, cramped space, lil’ ol’ Hong Kong punches well above its weight. From the city’s top restaurants and their slew of Michelin stars to Hong Kong’s best bars, which are among the most creative in the region, our city proves that size isn’t everything. In fact, at the height of its influence, only the USA and India produced more films than Hong Kong. And our cinema is one of tremendous variety, too. From adaptations of popular Chinese opera, to Johnnie To’s gritty crime noirs, to the tales of repressed heartache that made Wong Kar-wai internationally famous, Hong Kong cinema can do it all. So what are the best Hong Kong movies of all time? Edmund Lee presents his definitive list chock full of some of the best films ever made anywhere on the planet.