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Discover the best things to do in Hong Kong, from bars and restaurants to gigs and art exhibitions

The most beautiful buildings in Hong Kong
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The most beautiful buildings in Hong Kong

Our city has no shortage of impressive buildings – after all, what do you think makes up that world-famous skyline? In a concrete jungle that boasts everything from traditional shophouses and neoclassical monuments to glassy skyscrapers and postmodernist towers, it’s no easy feat to find the cream of the architectural crop. Still, we've taken on the challenge to present you a list of the most beautiful buildings in Hong Kong. Enjoy. 

Your fortune in the Year of the Dog
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Your fortune in the Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year is all about maximum luck and prosperity in the year, whether via auspicious meals, flowers and fruits. Learning what to expect and avoid for the new year is also a big part of the celebration, so we asked feng shui master Kellie Ng to give us her fortune predictions for the 12 zodiacs for the Year of the Dog. Scroll down to discover what’s ahead for you this Chinese New Year.  Keen to make the best of the festive celebration? Follow our guide to the best things to do during Chinese New Year.

The 11 best happy hour deals in Hong Kong
Bars and pubs

The 11 best happy hour deals in Hong Kong

Burn your gym kit, throw out the juicer and stop telling everyone how good you feel. Despite our city not always being the cheapest when it comes to having a bevvy, the savvy drinker can land a bargain if they know what they're doing. Of course, we’re referring to the hallowed happy hour. Here are 11 of the best right now.And if you’re going to be spending a lot of time in a bar, you better scrub up on how to hang out in one like a true Hongkonger.  

Black Panther
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Black Panther

For all their global dominance, everybody wants these superhero movies to be better: funnier, smarter, more inclusive, more super. A huge step in the right direction, ‘Black Panther’ is that dream come true. Proudly African – even if its Africa comes in the form of the fictional country of Wakanda, a powerhouse of secret technologies – Marvel’s latest is, from top to bottom, a conscious reversal of racial paradigms. Handsomely mounted by ‘Creed’ director Ryan Coogler and starring an enviable slate of black actors that makes cameoing comics godhead Stan Lee almost seem lost, the film is provocative and satisfying in ways that are long overdue, like its ornate, culturally dense production design and the deeper subtexts of honor, compassion and destiny. Wakanda’s young king, T’Challa (a dignified Chadwick Boseman, well-seasoned after playing onscreen versions of James Brown, Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall), recognizes that the world outside his peaceful realm is a divisive place. Still, even as his own armor-clad excursions as Black Panther set up an internal tension between isolationism and responsibility (yes, this is the rare blockbuster with something on its mind), tensions within Wakanda—fomented by exile-turned-rebel Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan, on fire)—threaten to bring him down. In their script, Coogler and Joe Robert Cole take inspiration from the Black Panther’s 50-year history on the page, including a dazzling current run by author Ta-Nehisi Coates, an

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
10 Shanghai
Restaurants

10 Shanghai

Like all restaurants in 1957 & Co’s collection (Gonpachi, Mango Tree and An Nam, to name a few), 10 Shanghai boasts an impeccable sense of style. Paying homage to 1930s Shanghainese glamour, the restaurant is dressed in a rich palette of royal blues and emerald greens. Art deco embellishments abound, as well as a smooth, circular motif inspired by the moon gates of traditional Chinese architecture.In this setting, 10 Shanghai serves a long list of Huaiyang dishes. At least that’s what’s supposed to happen if the restaurant can better manage its inventory. On the night we visit, almost half of the items we ordered were already sold out by 8.30pm. Fortunately, of the dishes that were still available, most were well executed.The drunken chicken ($88) is meaty and tender, perfumed but not overpowered by aged Shaoxing huadiao wine. We also love the soft-boiled eggs ($48), which arrive in a bell jar under a mist of longjing-infused smoke. The molten yolks are so rich on their own, they don’t need the black truffle pearls that adorn them. In fact, luxury ingredients are superfluous whenever they’re used here, added more for gimmick than taste. Take the mushroom-filled crispy bean curd rolls ($98), for example. These are delicious, even though we can’t taste any of the black truffle it’s supposed to have. The same is true for 10 Shanghai’s take on the traditional turnip pastry ($168). Served on fine bone chinaware with a lobster head and tail, these flaky cocoons are filled with juli

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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The best Hong Kong restaurants

Best Hong Kong restaurants
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Best Hong Kong restaurants

From longstanding favourites to new arrivals on the scene, these are our favourite restaurants right now.

Best cheap eats in Hong Kong
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Best cheap eats in Hong Kong

Treat your stomach like royalty, without the royal price tag.

Hong Kong’s best cafés and coffee shops
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Hong Kong’s best cafés and coffee shops

From Central to the Outer Islands, this is your guide to the best java in Hong Kong.

The best new restaurants in Hong Kong
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The best new restaurants in Hong Kong

The newest restaurants and cafés reviewed anonymously by our critics.

Sustainability in the local food and beverage industry
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Sustainability in the local food and beverage industry

Learn about the sustainability saints reducing waste in our city’s F&B scene.

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Hong Kong’s best bars

The 50 best bars in Hong Kong
Bars and pubs

The 50 best bars in Hong Kong

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.

Hong Kong’s best beer bars
Bars and pubs

Hong Kong’s best beer bars

Hong Kong’s beer scene has gone from first to fifth gear in no time at all. Hongkongers are no longer beer averse and solely interested in fancy cocktails or whisky bars. In fact, it’s fair to say that no matter where you are in the city, you’re never too far from a good beer bar. As such, here are our top picks for the best places around to grab a brew. Cheers!

Know your local bar
Bars and pubs

Know your local bar

A guide to the defining elements of a good neighbourhood bar here in Hong Kong.

The best bars in Wan Chai
Bars and pubs

The best bars in Wan Chai

We count down the top 20 bars in Wan Chai and guarantee no solicitation, just celebrations.

Hong Kong’s best oyster and wine pairings
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Hong Kong’s best oyster and wine pairings

It doesn’t get classier than this. Perfect for date nights.

The best of Hong Kong

The best things to do in Hong Kong
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The best things to do in Hong Kong

These are the essential things to see, do, eat and drink while you’re in town.

The 100 greatest Hong Kong films
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The 100 greatest Hong Kong films

Time Out's definitive 100 best Hong Kong movies.

The best things to do on a rainy day
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The best things to do on a rainy day

A sudden downpour doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun in Hong Kong.

Secret islands in Hong Kong
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Secret islands in Hong Kong

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. 

The best rooftop bars in Hong Kong
Bars and pubs

The best rooftop bars in Hong Kong

Stunning drinks and even better views.

The top ten hiking trails in Hong Kong
Sport and fitness

The top ten hiking trails in Hong Kong

Lace up those boots and get out of the city with the best hikes in Hong Kong.

Life in Hong Kong

The top 10 places to Instagram in Hong Kong
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The top 10 places to Instagram in Hong Kong

Our city is an Instagrammer’s dream. Whether you’re looking to gather new followers or just want to spend a fun day taking cool photos, here’s where to head.

Top 10 unique Hong Kong dishes
Restaurants

Top 10 unique Hong Kong dishes

The dishes native to our city and where to find the best version of them.

Lies to tell tourists
News

Lies to tell tourists

With millions of tourists swarming to our SAR every month, we’ve compiled the best fibs to tell them on arrival. Because sometimes it’s just too entertaining not to

Hong Kong life hacks
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Hong Kong life hacks

Our city is a hub of activity, pretty pricey and flips from scorching heat to torrential rain. Here’s how to deal with it

Hiking trails for families in Hong Kong
Sport and fitness

Hiking trails for families in Hong Kong

Pop your trainers on, slap on some sun-cream and head out for a family adventure.

Hong Kong neighbourhood guides

Wan Chai
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Wan Chai

Wan Chai may be notorious for its red light district but it has so much more to offer. The district houses some of the most interesting architecture, as well as some of the best restaurants and bars in the city. Home to locals and expats alike, there’s not much you can’t find, but here’s our pick of some of the best things to do, eat and drink in this vibrant neighbourhood. The difficult part was deciding what to leave out. Sam Sinha

Kowloon City
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Kowloon City

Pretty much everyone knows Kowloon City is Hong Kong’s Little Thailand, full of some amazing Thai restaurants. But that’s not all this neighbourhood has to offer. The area is also well-known for its spacious public parks, quirky independent shops and dessert stores, and an increasing number of themed-restaurants. Start here to discover the rich history and culture of this local neighbourhood.

Yuen Long
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Yuen Long

Yuen Long may be notorious for parallel trading but the neighbourhood is slowly transforming into one of the more exciting areas in Hong Kong, packed with fun yet cheap things to do, quirky restaurants and seriously Instagrammable street food. Here’s why your guide to the king of the north.

Sheung Wan
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Sheung Wan

Hong Kong’s original hipster neighbourhood is as cool as ever and has lost none of its edge.

Happy Valley
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Happy Valley

There’s more to Happy Valley than just the racecourse – though, a night at the races remains one of the best things to do in Hong Kong. The area is also home to many historic buildings, notable architecture and art institutions, as well as a wealth of local and international cuisines. Looking to discover more neigbbourhoods in town? Check out our other Hong Kong neighbourhood guides to get started.

Kwun Tong
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Kwun Tong

This former industrial area is home to various quirky activities, party rooms and unique indoor sport venues. 

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