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The best hidden terrace dining spots in Hong Kong

Escape the hustle and bustle and eat al fresco

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Written by
Time Out Hong Kong
&
Fontaine Cheng
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What's not to love about dining on a terrace? Tasty grub with a side of fresh air, and plenty of sunshine as we sip on a glass of wine, or coffee, with lunch. Thankfully, there are some pretty perfect places around town that offer just this, so you can enjoy a meal without feeling like you're in a busy, enclosed space. Ahead are some of our favourite hidden terrace areas in Hong Kong.

RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for something a bit more intriguing, check out some of Hong Kong's best quirky restaurants and cafes worth a visit.

Hidden terrace restaurants and cafes in Hong Kong

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Global
  • Tai Hang

Neighbourhood restaurant and bar, Tipsy, in the Little Tai Hang Hotel serves up an internationally inspired menu featuring everything from top-quality steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. The interior is chic yet relaxing, but it's the addition of their outdoor terrace that offers excellent casual dining and drinking experiences. Drink-wise, expect new and old world wines and handpicked beers from Europe, plus inventive cocktails with housemade syrups.

  • Restaurants
  • Greek
  • Wan Chai

Artemis & Apollo is a Greek taverna styled as a casual neighbourhood hangout with classic Greek dishes, from mezzes such as taramasalata to grilled meat souvlaki on the menu. The drinks list also features Greek wine as well as an ample selection of ouzo. Another reason great to visit? There's a hidden courtyard in the back with white walls, green vines and lights that make this the perfect spot for a breezy al fresco meal. The/p>

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  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Central

Occupying the space where pizzeria Kytaly used to be located, Babacio is the casual eatery with a gem of an outdoor terrace area that overlooks the iconic Tai Kwun complex. Think antipasti, gnocchi, and a whole lot of tasty Neapolitan pizza to sample. Escape the bustle of the city, which is just downstairs, and get up here for a slice of pie and couple of afternoon refreshments too.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Central

This modern Japanese-style coffee shop is tucked inside Tai Kwun and offers a space for people to step away from city life and think quietly, if only for a moment. Formerly the location for Jiangnan restaurant Old Bailey, it has since been renovated to become a 3,000sq ft coffee bar. In addition to the range of artisan coffees and drinks, the cafe also offers a variety of Japanese-style cafe dishes and creative snacks to enjoy on the terrace with a Central vantage point that overlooks Tai Kwun too.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Causeway Bay

We used to think this place was only popular for its coffee and its sweet treats, but we’ve since 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.

  • Music
  • Mong Kok

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the Mong Kok streets, because this quirky cafe hidden in an unassuming building off Dundas Street has a terrace that is perfect for relaxing and enjoying some of the bites on offer. Take in the very Instagram-worthy mosaic-tiled tables and chow down on a variety of dishes that include salads, pizzas and various pasta dishes.

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Sai Ying Pun

Opendoor has had its doors open for some 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.

  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Wan Chai

This cool spot on Wan Chai's trendy Ship Street is known for serving up appetising Thai eats in atmospheric surroundings. The restaurant is dominated by a breezy outdoor terrace area, and is reached by ascending an inconspicuous staircase that passersby could easily miss if not in the know. For those that do know, we recommend sitting down and dining amongst casual vibes, while smugly taking in the views of the street below.

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  • Attractions
  • Kowloon City

Tucked away in Kowloon City and partially hidden from the road is a cluster of special old buildings dating back to shortly after WWII. The Stone Houses Cafe is based within this charming complex, and it offers a spacious outdoor seating area with quaint surroundings that make you feel as though you're miles away from the bustling streets of Central, TST, and Mong Kok. The java here is good, as is the food, of which there are various dishes including ham and cheese croissants, salads, pancakes, and colourful desserts – so sit back, relax, and take in one of the most unique dining spaces in the entire city.

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