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Billie Eilish is coming to Hong Kong this summer
News Billie Eilish is coming to Hong Kong this summer

Performing live in Hong Kong for the very first time, teenage sensation Billie Eilish will be taking over the stage at AsiaWorld-Expo on August 30. In case...

One Ok Rock are coming to Hong Kong
News One Ok Rock are coming to Hong Kong

Japanese rock band One Ok Rock has just announced that it will be returning to Hong Kong in the early summer which was to promote their latest album Eye of...

Ocean Park to expand with 20 new attractions over the next seven years
News Ocean Park to expand with 20 new attractions over the next seven years

It's just been announced that our beloved Ocean Park is set to receive $10.6 billion dollars in government funding so that it can revamp its existing...

Thai restaurant Samsen opens second branch in Sheung Wan
News Thai restaurant Samsen opens second branch in Sheung Wan

The famous foodie destination Samsen opens the doors to its second location on Jervois Street in Sheung Wan this evening, serving up what promises to be...

Global sensation Fuerza Bruta is coming to Hong Kong
News Global sensation Fuerza Bruta is coming to Hong Kong

If you missed out on Fuerza Bruta Wayra at MGM Cotai last year, then you'll be happy to hear that this internationally acclaimed immersive theatre experience...

Tong Chong Street Market returns with healthy organic flavours
News Tong Chong Street Market returns with healthy organic flavours

To kick off 2020 the wholesome way, Tong Chong Street Market presents a carefully curated selection of “Healthy, Organic Flavours” as the main theme for...

The Sea by The Old Man announces closure
News The Sea by The Old Man announces closure

It was announced yesterday that The Sea by The Old Man will be closing its doors for good, after less than a year in business. The bar opened back in early...

Eat of the week: crazy chocolate at Sensory Zero
Eat of the week: crazy chocolate at Sensory Zero

More than just purveyors of great espressos, Sensory Zero is the go-to place for up-and-coming coffee professionals and bean geeks alike. Led by...

The 2020 holiday guide to help you maximise your annual leave
The 2020 holiday guide to help you maximise your annual leave

Feeling those post-holiday blues? We've got the perfect remedy. Cheer yourself up by planning your next getaway with a bit of hacking and clever planning...

American chain bakery Cinnabon is coming to Hong Kong
News American chain bakery Cinnabon is coming to Hong Kong

On the slim chance that you have never heard of the name before, Cinnabon is one of the most iconic bakery chains in the states, churning out fresh doughy...

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Five of our favourite coffee shops in Sheung Wan
Restaurants Five of our favourite coffee shops in Sheung Wan

Sheung Wan is well-known for being Hong Kong Island’s coffee hub, thanks to its ever-increasing community of great cafés. Whether you’re looking for cold brews or Melbourne-style javas, this part of town has got ’em all. Follow this guide to discover five of the very best coffee shops in Sheung Wan and our recommendations on the best brews to order. By Ashlyn Chak RECOMMENDED: If you're looking to eat after your afternoon coffee, check out our list of best places to dine in groups.

Five Restaurants in Sai Ying Pun that we love
Restaurants Five Restaurants in Sai Ying Pun that we love

Much like the neighbouring Sheung Wan and Central, this trendy part of the Western District is home to a number of delightful restaurants serving up an array of dishes both local and international. From Korean fried chicken to the Spanish paella, here are our top picks of the restaurants in Sai Ying Pun that you need to try! RECOMMENDED: Looking for more to do in Sai Ying Pun? Check out our complete neighbourhood guide.

Best XO sauce in Hong Kong
Restaurants Best XO sauce in Hong Kong

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we say Kung Hei Fat Choi to you and yours! Turnip cake is a staple for many households during the course of CNY celebrations, and it’s a truly luxurious experience when it’s paired with some XO sauce. The Hong Kong invention and local favourite is named after XO cognac, as the sauce mainly consists of the finest dried seafoods, including scallops and shrimps. The spicy and savoury taste comes from frying the roughly-chopped seafood with chilli peppers, onions, and garlic. The many types of XO sauce out there can get confusing – which ones are the best, and where do we get them? Well, look no further, for we have composed a top five list that are worth the trip and the calories! RECOMMENDED: If you’re looking for a place to host your big CNY dinner, take a look at our list of the best Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong.

11 places to donate clothes, books and food in Hong Kong
Things to do 11 places to donate clothes, books and food in Hong Kong

Whether you’re looking to de-clutter with the arrival of a new year, doing a bit of spring cleaning before Chinese New Year, or even moving homes, we often find ourselves faced with a mountain of unwanted junk at the end of a cleanup. So how to get rid of these goods without adding to the landfills? By donating to those in need, of course. There are many worthy charities and non-profit organisations in Hong Kong such as St James’ Settlement and Food Angel that can help redistribute unwanted goods to street sleepers and low-income families. Secondhand bookstores and shopping platforms can also collect and re-sell without wasting resources. If you’re planning to clear out your wardrobes and cupboards, here are the 11 best places and websites in Hong Kong to donate to.  RECOMMENDED: Done away with all the old stuff and in need of some new home décor? Pay a visit to some of Hong Kong’s best furniture and homeware shops and independent stores. 

Hong Kong’s biggest Chinese New Year traditions
Things to do Hong Kong’s biggest Chinese New Year traditions

Chinese New Year can be a mine field. There’re so many things to do during CNY it can be hard to know where to start. There are annoying relatives to deal with, rules of etiquette to obey. Even the flowers are loaded with meaning. And that’s without getting into the many superstitions that abound in our city. If you want to maximise your luck this CNY, however, you’d best pay special attention to these 10 customs.

Where to go and what to eat when you're hungover in Hong Kong
Restaurants Where to go and what to eat when you're hungover in Hong Kong

So, things got a little crazy last night and now you’re curled up in your bed with a pounding head, a dry throat and a growling stomach. Yep, it’s certainly a hangover, but don't worry too much, we've all been there. The morning after the night before comes with what are surely among the worst feelings in the world, so we've put together a list of the best things to eat and drink to perk yourself up after a heavy night, and where to find them in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: Take it easy next time and opt for these best Hong Kong bars for mocktails and low alcohol drinks instead.

Try Something New In 2020
Things to do Try Something New In 2020

Very rarely do we make it a point to veer off track from our standard routine and try something new. Although it may seem daunting to some, experimenting outside of your comfort zone can stimulate creativity or simply act as an edifying experience that enables you to learn something worthwhile. We’re here to help with a selection of the best places to try new things without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed. Enjoy these activities with long-time friends, as a means to get to know someone new or even to try solo for an exciting, inspirational and enlightening adventure. By Carina Fisher   RECOMMENDED: check out out list of Best Events in 2020, or in-line with doing new things, maybe this is your year to do things at the weekend that don't involve drinking!

The best restaurants for group dining in Hong Kong
Restaurants The best restaurants for group dining in Hong Kong

There’s no better way to celebrate a special occasion than over a good meal, and while there are plenty of restaurants for you to choose from in Hong Kong, not all of them are suitable for dining in big groups – luckily, you've got us. Whether it's a sophisticated restaurant with a gorgeous view or a down-to-earth dai pai dong gathering, we've rounded up some of the best places in Hong Kong that are perfect for big group dining.  RECOMMENDED: Consider yourself a bit of a lone wolf? There are lots to do in the city even when you're alone.

Wine and dine at Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Centre this Chinese New Year
Things to do Wine and dine at Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Centre this Chinese New Year

With Christmas season drawn to a close, the red and green tinseled town transforms yet again to prepare for another celebration. This Chinese New Year, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Centre are offering the perfect excuse to spend some cash on new things for a fresh start in the Year of the Rat.   From now to February 8, the shopping centres will take part in an exciting light show (taking place each evening from 6pm to 11pm, with extended performances on January 24 and 25). And if Christmas shopping proved more stressful than therapeutic, Chinese New Year is the perfect time to indulge in a little retail therapy. Until January 24, those who spend $400 or more in a single electronic transaction can redeem a set of lai see packets. But, if it’s the food you’re after, then look no further because each of these following restaurants is offering exclusive lunar celebration dishes and deals all month long.  RECOMMENDED: While you're there, hit up some of the spots in our ultimate guide to TST.

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Film review: Little Women
Film Film review: Little Women

Greta Gerwig has directed only two films that are solely her own but she’s already become a brand. That’s in evidence within the first five minutes of ‘Little Women’, a huggably self-deprecating take on the Louisa May Alcott classic. Brashly confident Jo (Saoirse Ronan, from Gerwig’s debut film ‘Lady Bird’, still uncorking those soulful stares that outclass the competition) sits in the office of a New York publishing house. Because it’s the 1860s, she has to pretend she’s trying to sell the work of a friend. But a parental editor (Tracy Letts, also from ‘Lady Bird’) sees through this and has mercy on her. He reads, pencil in hand. ‘Make sure she’s married at the end – or dead,’ he concludes, somewhat approvingly. Jo, elated, runs down a city block, just like Gerwig did in ‘Frances Ha’. If this isn’t the ‘Little Women’ you remember, either on page or screen, that’s understandable. But it’s likely the one you felt, and that’s more important. Gerwig, who should be celebrated as both an evolving screenwriter (the bold adaptation is hers) and a shrewd formal stylist, cuts to the thematic essence of the novel – sisterhood and coming of age, but also nostalgia and mourning your own past – and finds a visual language for it. Alcott’s saga of the four March sisters has been divided and restitched by Gerwig into two interwoven halves. Girlish energy suffuses the warmly lit scenes of their Massachusetts teenhood (Daddy’s away, fighting the Civil War), days chockablock with attic theatr

The best co-working spaces in Hong Kong
Things to do The best co-working spaces in Hong Kong

We all know how expensive rent is in Hong Kong – even for commercial spaces. If renting your own office is looking too costly, thankfully, Hong Kong is awash with co-working spaces you can use as an alternative base. Head on over to one of these convenient spots for the perfect answer to your spatial needs.RECOMMENDED: Have the four walls of your office become a bit suffocating? Head out to these quiet outdoor places for a change of scenery or pop along to one of the city’s best cafés for a break.

Emmer Pizzeria & Cafe review
Restaurants Emmer Pizzeria & Cafe review

The team behind burger bar favourite Beef & Liberty quietly opened a new venture in late 2019, but this time focusing more on cheese than beef and subbing out soft buns for bready crusts. The new pizzeria, which came as the first in what turned out to be a spate of recent cheesy openings to bless our city, is located on the leafy 4th level of Pacific Place and proves a worthy addition to Hong Kong’s growing list of quality pizzarias.  The restaurant takes its name from an old type of awned wheat that has been used for centuries in baking, not least by the Romans who utilised it to delicious effect in a dense and nutritious type of ancient bread. The pizza chefs at Emmer today mix the grain with more commonly found flours for a crust that is satisfyingly substantial and bouncy, bearing a unique flavour that immediately sets it apart from that of your average greasy pizza joint. Yes, the guys here certainly know what they’re doing, and they make no bones about showing off all that they do with an open kitchen that allows unobstructed views of the rolling process and the sleek chrome pizza oven that dominates the space behind the counter. To compliment the crust, Emmer keeps it simple by offering just six variations of toppings from Margherita ($98) to Marinara ($118). These are all exclusively rolled to 11 inches in order to make for quite the filling bite, especially when ordered on top of one of the starters, which include cultured nibbles like stracciatella and cold cuts p

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Chinese New Year flower markets
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Chinese New Year flower markets

Although there will be no dry good stalls this year, the Chinese New Year flower markets around town are still great places to go and pick up some blooms....

Crafts Interwoven: Past and Present
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Crafts Interwoven: Past and Present

Exploring the depths of traditional craftsmanship, Crafts Interwoven: Past and Present is an inaugural exhibition held at the newly opened Crafts on Peel, a...

#ddHK
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#ddHK

The annual Design District Hong Kong (#ddHK) returns on January 8, bringing both locals and visitors a dose of vibrant art all around town. From a mega tram...

Flying with Chicanos by Ceet Fouad
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Flying with Chicanos by Ceet Fouad

Back after two years of his debut exhibition at the Amanda Wei Gallery, French contemporary painter and graffiti artist Ceet Fouad is back with his latest...

AIA The Great European Carnival
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AIA The Great European Carnival

Fairground rides, games and circus acts make this huge harbourfront carnival one of the city's main attractions over the holidays.

Banksy: Genius or Vandal
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Banksy: Genius or Vandal

Showcasing over 70 pieces of Banksy’s original artwork, visitors be able to marvel at Banksy's amazing collection of works from over the...

Punk Drunkers: a 20-year retrospective
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Punk Drunkers: a 20-year retrospective

Calling all fashionistas, club kids and hipsters – world-renowned chic icon Punk Drunkers has arrived and he's ready to rock! Funky, whimsy, humorous,...

The New York Times: Carbon's Casualties
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The New York Times: Carbon's Casualties

Presenting a series of mind-blowing photography works by The New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning staff photographer Josh Haner, the exhibition titled The...

Tong Chong Street Market: Healthy, Organic Flavours
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Tong Chong Street Market: Healthy, Organic Flavours

To kick off 2020 the wholesome way, Tong Chong Street Market is back with a carefully curated selection of “Healthy, Organic Flavours” as the...

Au fond des formes by Jérôme De Sousa
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Au fond des formes by Jérôme De Sousa

Ever shared an art piece with your family, friends or even a stranger? We mean share as in literally cutting it up into pieces! Introducing the #SplitMyArt...

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Best Instagram spots in Hong Kong
Things to do Best Instagram spots in Hong Kong

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.

The 52 best restaurants in Hong Kong you have to try
Restaurants The 52 best restaurants in Hong Kong you have to try

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.

Hong Kong’s best independent shops
Shopping Hong Kong’s best independent shops

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.

51 incredible things to do in Hong Kong
Things to do 51 incredible things to do 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.

Secret islands in Hong Kong
Things to do Secret islands in Hong Kong

Lukewarm towards Lamma? Cheesed off with Cheung Chau? Discover the best things to do on Hong Kong’s outlying islands.

The 50 best Hong Kong bars
Bars and pubs The 50 best Hong Kong bars

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.

The best Hong Kong hikes
Sport and fitness The best Hong Kong hikes

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? 

The best rooftop bars in Hong Kong
Bars and pubs The best rooftop bars in Hong Kong

Escape above the hustle and bustle of the city at these bars with fantastic views and fantastic drinks to match.

Hong Kong's best cheap eats
Restaurants Hong Kong's best cheap eats

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.

The best art galleries in Hong Kong
Art The best art galleries in Hong Kong

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.

Hong Kong’s best hidden bars
Bars and pubs Hong Kong’s best hidden bars

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.

The 100 best Hong Kong movies
Film The 100 best Hong Kong movies

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.

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Hong Kong neighbourhood guides

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Lamma Island
Lamma Island

Shek Kip Mei
Shek Kip Mei

San Po Kong
San Po Kong

Sai Kung
Sai Kung

Tai O
Tai O

Tuen Mun
Tuen Mun

Tai Hang
Tai Hang

Lantau Island
Lantau Island

Peng Chau
Peng Chau

Yau Ma Tei
Yau Ma Tei

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