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!
Good news, foodies – Taste of Hong Kong presented by Standard Chartered returns to Central Harbourfront this year for some serious eating, drinking and all-round revelling. Held on March 22-25, the festival is headlined by some of the city’s top chefs – including May Chow of Little Bao and Matt Abergel of Yardbird – who’ll plate up signature dishes as well as all-new culinary creations. To go with the food, the festival also features pop-up bars, workshops, culinary masterclasses and live entertainment. If you want a taste of what’s in store, check out the 10 things you can eat and do during the four-day festival. Tickets start at $120 with up to 36 percent discount for Standard Chartered/MANHATTAN Credit Card holders. Book now through Ticketflap.
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.
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.
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.
There’s no denying that Hong Kong is a growing art hub, home to a wealth of international world-class art galleries and exhibitions. But the city streets themselves are a gallery thanks to artists like Shepard Fairey and Hopare who have turned entire buildings and alleyways into their personal canvases. This is our roundup of the best street art and graffiti locations throughout Hong Kong.Keen to take home a piece of street art instead of admiring from afar? These galleries in Hong Kong can help make it happen.
Looking for the best new movies to see this March? We got you covered! This month sees some high profile releases including director Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest effort, The Phantom Thread, critical hit Call Me By Your Name and giant robo knockabout Pacific Rim: Uprising.And if you’re not sold on any of these, why not check out something more traditional like Hong Kong’s best wuxia movies or simply the top 100 Hong Kong movies ever made.
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.
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.
Hong Kong is a city with one of the highest ratios of restaurants per capita anywhere in the world – and more are always coming. We’ve rounded up the most exciting new restaurants, bars and cafés that have just opened or are opening soon here. Right now, it seems that famous foreign imports are the order of the day with local heroes from Singapore, Tokyo and New York dominating our list. Though, that doesn’t mean that their aren’t some exciting new spots conceptualised here.Intrigued? Hungry? Thirsty? Good. Read on, friend. But just remember – opening dates change frequently – often at the last minute – so always ring first to confirm.
Asia's biggest beach sporting festival featuring rugby, netball, dodgeball, volleyball and football matches throughout the two-day event
One of the biggest charity cycling races that take place on Tsing Sha Highway
Catch a blockbuster film on a rooftop terrace with plenty of snacks and drinks
Dine at more than 150 top restaurants and tuck into specially designed meals at cheaper prices within the 10-day event
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.
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.