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Time Out Love Hong Kong 2018: The frontrunners

Written by
Douglas Parkes

Voting is still open for our Time Out Love Hong Kong campaign, our mega poll to crown Hongkongers’ favourite city spots. Once voting is over, we’ll be naming all the winners – but for now, here are the places in the lead so far. Remember to vote for your faves here.

Best bar

Central cocktail and whisky mainstay Stockton is leading the charge at the moment. Competing for top spot is fellow Wyndham Street haunt Picada and Mong Kok outsider The Oak CraftedVote your favourite bar here.

Best café

Hong Kong’s caffeine kings are in a tight race. Out in front at the moment is Elephant Grounds, but Winston’s Coffee in Sai Ying Pun isn’t far behind, nor is PolygonVote for your favourite café here.

Best club

LKF fave Play has readers most enamoured but scene stalwart Dragon-i is chasing and Wan Chai’s exotically decorated Ophelia is in with a shout too. Vote for your favourite club here.

Best culture spot

Culture vultures seem to favour the leafy surrounds of the Asia Society most at the moment. Both the Fringe Club and Cattle Depot are doing their best to overhaul its current lead. Vote for your favourite culture spot here.

Best hiking trail

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dragon’s Back is in the lead for readers’ favourite hiking trail at the moment. The other popular options are picturesque Tai Tam Reservoir and the Morning Trail hike to The PeakVote for your favourite hiking trail here.

Best late-night spot

LKF’s least secret hidden haunt Brickhouse is top of the pops in this category. It’s facing stiff competition from Wan Chai’s open-all-night Hong Kong Café, though, and refuel spot Burger JoysVote for your favourite late-night spot here.

Best LGBTI Hangout

Newcomer Petticoat Lane is dominating this category. Established acts FLM and Time Bar will have to mobilize all their regulars if they’re to overcome this new rival. Vote for your favourite LGBTI hangout here.

Best live music venue

A surprise leader at this stage, Rock Angel Band House is currently, uh, rocking this category. Another local music scene legend The Wanch trails narrowly, while Music Room at Potato Head is also in contention. Vote for your favourite live music venue here.

Best local landmark

The iconic Star Ferry is currently readers’ favourite landmark. The Peak makes another appearance on this list in at number two. Currently in the bronze medal position sits the Big Buddha. Vote for your favourite local landmark here.
Best park

The expected entries dominate this category. Victoria Park is in the lead but both Kowloon Park and Hong Kong Park aren’t far behind. Vote for your favourite park here.

Best place to drink in the sun

Hongkongers love to escape to the beach when the sun’s out, so it’s no surprise that Limewood is top of the bill here. Classic outer island commuter pitstop The Beer Bay and LKF club Ce La Vi are pushing it close, though. Vote for your favourite place to drink in the sun here.

Best restaurant

Best restaurant in Hong Kong? Otto e Mezzo? Mott 32? No! Burger Joys is currently king, having shoved aside more established names with no regard to reputation. Meat specialist Blue.Butcher and upmarket Japanese restaurant La Bombance are doing their best to scrape past into first place. Vote for your favourite restaurant here.

Best shop

Turns out punters aren’t solely interested in the graffiti round the corner as GOD’s Hollywood Road store is clearly the mecca for shoppers. Big names like Lane Crawford and Zara are also getting in on the action with plenty of votes. Vote for your favourite shop here.

Best spa

Want to look flawless, go to Flawless seems to be the advice from Hongkongers. The one with the cool, trendy name – i-Spa, if you couldn’t tell – currently resides in second, while the one with the literal name, Oriental Spa, sits in third. Vote for your favourite spa here.

Best street food stall

Another surprise leader in a food category, Ho Chuen, this Burger Joy of street food stalls, has been wowing hungry locals in their droves, apparently. North Point fave Tung Po is hot on its heels, while perennially popular Sheung Wan outdoor eatery Sing Heung Yuen isn’t far off either. Vote for your favourite street food stall here.

Voting ends on April 10 – don’t miss your chance to get vocal for your local.

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