Asia’s finest food and drink producers come together at Taste of Hong Kong to bring visitors an amazing four-day festival. The event features dishes from some of the city’s best restaurants, including Little Bao, Bo Innovation and Yardbird. And with fantastic drinks and live entertainment, this exciting event should satisfy any foodie! As well as the kitchens, hungry punters can look forward to a gourmet market where they can stock up on some of the finest ingredients in town. If you need lessons on how to put those ingredients to use, look new further than the the exclusive culinary masterclasses over at the Taste Theatre. To make the most out of your time at Taste of Hong Kong, check out our recommendations for the best things to eat, drink and do while you're there.
Hongkongers eagerly anticipating Shake Shack’s first Hong Kong branch in the IFC can stave off their fast food cravings with news that In-N-Out Burger is returning to Hong Kong with a new pop-up. This isn’t the first time the celebrated Californian burger chain has come to Hong Kong – there were previous temporary appearances at Barg and The Glasshouse.This time, In-N-Out is coming to Plato in Yau Ma Tei. Popping up for a scant four hours, 11am to 3pm, this Tuesday, the restaurant will be selling its all too devourable Double-Double (two beef patties, two cheese slices), Animal Style (features extra Thousand Island sauce and mustard grilled patties) and Protein Style burgers (burger wrapped in lettuce rather than a bun). It’ll be first come, first served with limited quantities available, so get in line early!
Coffee culture in Hong Kong is bigger than ever and more and more of the city’s best cafés can be found in Kowloon.
Hong Kong Art Month is finally here and world-class artists and galleries descend into town bringing exceptional and innovative exhibitions and artworks to Hongkongers to discover and admire. Aside from the obvious art fairs like Art Basel and Art Central, there’s also a wealth of exciting new shows all across the city that are worth checking out. Whether you’re a newcomer or a veteran, there’s literally something for everyone. Here’s our pick of the best of the bunch.
While brunch in Hong Kong is the ultimate weekend indulgence, nothing beats an afternoon tea set with its perfect balance of sweet and savoury treats. As we step into spring, restaurants across town have started to roll out new afternoon tea menus to welcome the arrival of the new season. This year, hotels are even collaborating with beauty brands to not only satisfy our stomachs but our skin too. And of course, they’re all pretty Instagram-worthy too. Scroll down to discover our top picks of the best new afternoon tea sets in Hong Kong.
The use of artisanal gins in top-level mixology has gained tremendous pace over the last few years, especially in Hong Kong. Obviously, gin has always been popular, but now discerning drinkers at Hong Kong’s best bars are looking beyond the usual Gordon’s and tonic, increasingly aware the spirit has a versatility that makes it ideal for a creative cocktail. These are the spots spearheading the gin revolution here in Hong Kong.
The phrase ‘March madness’ is no exaggeration when it comes to Hong Kong next month. There’s a ton of amazing events and happenings packed into the month’s 31 days. Top of the bill, Art Basel, the city’s biggest art fair, makes a grand return to the Convention Centre as part of the massive Hong Kong Art Month. That means world-class exhibitions and numerous art events beyond the tent-poll event rolling into town. If art isn’t your thing, fear not. EDM festival Sónar is back at Science Park after its hugely successful debut here last year and Katy Perry and The Chainsmokers complete the exciting line-up of international pop acts coming our way. There’s no shortage of things to do to fill up your calendar in March. Enjoy!
We all know that Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world and sometimes it drives us mad. There are times you need a break from everything – even your friends. And sure, there are loads of great things to do here, but many of them involve battling crowds of tourists and/or locals, which isn’t exactly a recipe for relaxation. Instead, forget any stigma about ‘table for one’ and treasure these occasions when you can relax and do whatever you want, however you want, for as long as you want. Come with us and unplug, unwind and get ready to feel rejuvenated with Hong Kong’s best adventures for one.
Darts – its reputation in Hong Kong is a far cry from the stereotypical image of beer-bellied louts that it’s unfairly garnered abroad. Here, it’s a lifestyle with bars all over the city catering to any level of involvement whether you enjoy clumsily throwing some casual arrows after a few too many or you’re striving to turn it into a career. If none of these spots take your fancy and you’d rather have a quality cocktail, see our list of the best bars in Hong Kong. Or if you’d rather try another indoor sport in Hong Kong, check out this list. If you see one of your favourite spots on the list, why not vote for it in our Love City campaign? Do it.
Chances are you've said or done most of these or a slight variation of them after living in Hong Kong after three months – and if not, feel free to huffily turn your nose up at the article, lean back and revel in being the non-conformist maverick that you are. Bear in mind, this is a bit of fun – we're not total misanthropists. We're all for doing these things. And, if you've managed to knock these all out the park, might be time to move on to the best things to do in Hong Kong or, if you're skint, the best free things to do... in Hong Kong (in case that wasn't clear). Now that we've cleared that up, let's crack on.
Catch a blockbuster film on a rooftop terrace with plenty of snacks and drinks
Special exhibitions, art talks and booze can all be found at this art event.
Hong Kong is a melting pot of different people. Come join a mishmash of unique individuals and listen to their stories.
The city’s biggest art and culture festival returns.
A group exhibition showcasing fun and quirky illustrations of anthropomorphic animals interacting with urban life
Enjoy an outdoor mixed level yoga class in Tamar Park with instructor Adam Weirick. Donations go to HKSPCA.
See groundbreaking and award-winning posters designed by talents from all around the world under one roof.
Hong Kong’s biggest flower show returns to Victoria Park.
This ever-changing list – depending on our personal tastes du jour and the varying performance of restaurants – is home to the best restaurants in Hong Kong. From long time favourites to super newbies, we’ve sorted everything from restaurants in some of Hong Kong’s best hotels to the city’s streetside cheap eats. Basically, whatever serves the best food in Hong Kong at this moment.Think we missed somewhere that demands to be included? Let us know in the comments.
With all the human traffic clogging up the streets it makes perfect sense to dodge the hullabaloo at ground level and escape up when you want a relaxing drink – doubly so when you have rooftops, a skyline and a harbour as fantastic as Hong Kong. While there are plenty of options for sky-high dining with amazing views in our city, not to mention some great hidden terrace dining spots as well, there are just as many bars offering views that’ll have your eyes popping like a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Whether you’re planning a date night to sweep your beloved off of their feet or just looking for somewhere in the clouds to get away from it all, here’s our guide to Hong Kong’s best rooftop bars.
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?
Food is more than a passion in Hong Kong. It’s a way of life. From some of the best brunches anywhere to our humble street food and awesome dim sum, our food scene is tops. But many meals come with a hefty price tag, so we’ve picked 50 of the best cheap eats in Hong Kong under $50 so you can treat your stomach like royalty, without the royal price tag.
Lukewarm towards Lamma? Cheesed off with Cheung Chau? Hong Kong is blessed with hundreds of islands, so it’s time to stop going back to the same old tourist traps. Looking to combine gorgeous sandy beaches, picturesque hikes and free things to do? These islands have got it all. Follow our guide and find out all the hidden gems and activities to do on our territory's outlying islands.
We all know that Hong Kong isn’t a cheap place to live. And with exorbitant cemetery plots, the city isn’t even an affordable place to be dead. But there’s no need to panic when payday still seems far off and you’re down to your last dollars. There’s a wealth of free things to do in our SAR and we’ve rounded up the free gigs in Hong Kong's best music venues, free galleries, best comedy shows and much more to keep you going out every day of the week without having to spend a cent.
We’re spoilt for choice in Hong Kong. Our famously crowded city is stacked and packed with great bars, especially in bustling neighbourhoods like Central and Wan Chai. Whether you prefer to relax over a craft brew, a single malt, a glass of red or a classic cocktail, Hong Kong has an amazing bar guaranteed to have you ordering ‘just one more round’.Let’s get started. And if we miss your favourite, let us know in the comments.
There's no dearth of dim sum in Hong Kong. From humble siu mai, to fluffly cha siu bao and soupy xiaolongbao, we pick out the best dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong.
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.
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.