Hidden terrace restaurants and cafés in Hong Kong
Wedged between two buildings in the dense urban landscape of Central is Arcane, award-winning chef Shane Osborn’s modern European-inspired garden sanctuary. There are black horizontal blinds here that hide the whole restaurant terrace from the view of the dining room. Eat and drink in the lush green environs of this open area in private. As it should be.
3/F, 18 On Lan St, Central, 2728 0178; arcane.hk.
We used to think this place was only popular for its coffee and its sweet treats, but now we’ve learned that the punters flock to this java joint for the secret terrace out back. Just past an innocuous metal door are a few small tables where you can duck away from the overstimulation of the LED displays around Times Square and rest your heels.
26A Russell St, Causeway Bay, 2892 2927; fb.com/cafecorridor.
This little coffee joint on the slopes of Sai Ying Pun serves up delicious waffles, cakes, cookies and aromatic coffees and teas. What makes this quaint café even cuter is the little open terrace hidden at the back. With only enough room for one table, this is the perfect spot to escape to and wait for the afternoon to melt away.
32 Second St, Sai Ying Pun, 2540 9166.
Opendoor has had its doors open for a few years now. This café is loved by those who adore its individuality and character. Known for hosting independent artworks and events, the serene terrace behind the frosted glass doors here is a wonderfully quiet space. So grab a Nicaraguan honey-processed coffee and gluten-free treat and take a breather.
120 Connaught Rd W, Sai Ying Pun, 3460 3880; fb.com/opendoorcafehk.
This second branch of the Taylor Shellfish Farms restaurant concept from Tai Hang has a little something extra to offer its diners in Sai Ying Pun. Apart from a vast collection of oysters and seafood, there’s a lush open space behind a plain wooden door. Shaded beneath a marquee, the area has a relaxed vibe where you just want to down some champagne and tuck into your shellfish.
Shop C & D, G/F, Lai Yin Court, 80-86 High St, Sai Ying Pun, 2549 3130; taylorshellfishfarms.com.hk.
With a door located next to the bar, it’s easy to miss the terrace entrance at The Fat Pig, especially if you head straight to the dining room and bury your snout in all that pork. The outdoor area is perfect for groups who want to soak up some rays against the backdrop of Causeway Bay.