It’s a tricky business navigating the innumerable Korean restaurants on offer in this truly global city, from endless fried chicken joints to the famous BBQ spots along Kimberely Road’s Little Korea. If you’re specifically craving tabletop-grilled slices of smoky meat and veg, check out the best Korean BBQ, or if you want a spicy bowl of rice, kimchi, meat and veggies, topped with a wobbly egg, delve into the best places for bibimbap. For a higher-level guide to the best Korean food in town, this list features the very best Korean BBQ spots, fried chicken shops and higher-end establishments, as well as restaurants that stay true to tradition. If you like your kimchi live and fiery, your chicken crisp and succulent and your soju constantly topped up, you’ve come to the right place. By Sam Sinha RECOMMENDED: Don’t forget about all the great local food there is to eat in Hong Kong.
From the steaming soups of Saigon, all the way to Hanoi’s smoky street food, Vietnam’s much-loved cuisine is well-represented in our city. Unlike Kowloon City, where you’ll find the best Thai food, Chungking Mansions, where you go for a cheap and tasty curry, or your local Cooked Food Centre serving up great Cantonese food, there’s no one area to head to, though. The best Vietnamese options are found all over the territory. Vietnamese food is all about the balance between smoky meats, funky fish sauce, tangy nuoc mam, mountains of fresh herbs and the warmth of fresh chillies. The quality on offer has improved exponentially in recent years, making Vietnamese food one of the city’s most popular cuisines. Here’s where you can taste the best of the best. By Lisa Cam and Sam Sinha RECOMMENDED: Keep expanding your palate and get a taste of the Indian subcontinent.
Here in Hong Kong, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to bars and restaurants – which makes it all the more impressive when a new opening manages to catch our attention. DarkSide, a sophisticated jazz bar at the Rosewood Hong Kong, has only been open since March, but it’s already established itself as the jewel in the hotel’s crown. With its dark, plush interiors, expertly curated drinks menu, and live jazz trio, DarkSide pays homage to Old World hospitality. Every choice – from the extraction of a cask-aged Pierre Ferrand cognac down to the bespoke fabric wallpaper in the bathroom – has been carefully thought out, giving the bar a sense of refinement and polish that belies its short history. Read on to find out why you should ditch the cheap and cheerful happy hour spots and spend an evening luxuriating at DarkSide instead.
Even though our stomachs haven’t quite fully recovered from feasting during June’s Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and its promises of endless mooncakes are upon us once again. Every year, the creative flavours and phenomenal packaging lure us in, and this year is no exception. Whether you’re craving the traditional white lotus seed paste and egg yolk version from Cuisine Cuisine or are looking for something more adventurous from the likes of John Anthony and The Cakery, there will surely be something that will perk up your tastebuds in our selection of the 11 best mooncake gift boxes this Mid-Autumn Festival. By Mabel Lui RECOMMENDED: For some of Hong Kong’s best foods, have a look at the best restaurants you have to try and the best cheap eats in Hong Kong.
Do you find yourself constantly perusing Pacific Place and Landmark for the latest collections? Can’t stop watching Project Runway or Fashion Master? If this sounds like you, then you’re in luck. Centrestage, Asia’s premier fashion event, returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre September 4-7, bringing fashionistas up close with the most sought-after brands and names in fashion. Essentially Hong Kong’s answer to the Fashion Weeks in Milan, Paris and New York, Centrestage doesn’t just showcase hot new collections from top brands. The event also shines the spotlight on exciting debuts from up-and-coming Asian designers and delivers an action-packed itinerary that fills the city with fashion all month long. Here’s what you need to know about Hong Kong’s most exciting fashion event before it opens to the public on September 7.
From sushi to cart noodles, this is the best of the best in our food-obsessed city.
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.
Lukewarm towards Lamma? Cheesed off with Cheung Chau? Discover the best things to do on Hong Kong’s outlying islands.
Tired of the Morning Trail to the Peak? Here are some less well-known hikes great for exercise and with some stunning views.
Escape above the hustle and bustle of the city at these bars with fantastic views and fantastic drinks to match.
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.
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?
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.