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Louise
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Best restaurants in Hong Kong with outdoor seating

Take refuge at these open-air spaces, rooftop terraces, and waterfront decks

By Time Out Hong Kong and Fontaine Cheng
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There's just something about the combination of food and fresh air that makes us all want to dine al fresco. Luckily in Hong Kong, there are a fair few restaurants with outdoor seating, and sometimes even a terrace or rooftop, where you can get plenty of fresh air and safely comply with the current social distancing regulations too. So, here we go, keep scrolling for our pick of the best spots to do exactly that.

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Best restaurants in Hong Kong with outdoor seating

Arcane
Arcane
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Arcane

Restaurants Contemporary European Central

If you’re looking for a secluded spot, while still being able to enjoy the breeze, Arcane should be at the top of your list. Wedged between two buildings in Central, this restaurant holds an inspired garden sanctuary. Plus, award-winning chef Shane Osborn is there to offer modern European dishes amidst these supremely lush environs.

al fresco Babacio
al fresco Babacio
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Babacio

Restaurants Pizza Central
Occupying the space where pizzeria Kytaly used to be located, Babacio is a casual eatery that serves up traditional Neapolitan pizzas and other Italian favourites, including salads and gnocchi for good measure. The atmosphere is breezy, with green plants dotted around the place, and great views down on Tai Kwun. The pizza menu offers favourites from parma to funghi, and make for a perfect place to come and chill and relax. 
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Between Coffee
Between Coffee
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Between Coffee

Restaurants Cafés Central

Although technically a coffee shop, Between Coffee also offers up some great Japanese-style bites that are worth sampling too. Located in Tai Kwun, where the restaurant Old Bailey used to be, Between Coffee has an expansive space and a great open-air terrace area overlooking the heritage and arts centre. The menus feature top-quality coffee and a variety of Japanese cafe-style dishes and creative snacks, such as Japanese set meals, sandos, and pasta along with sweet bites and dessert.

Cabana Breeze
Cabana Breeze
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Cabana Breeze

Restaurants Tung Chung

This all-day dining restaurant is located in Tung Chung T Bay's waterfront retail space (which is right by the Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung hotel) and features indoor and outdoor seating, making it an ideal venue for casual get-togethers with friends and family, and it’s also pet-friendly too. Enjoy al fresco dining with fresh and grilled seafood items on the menu, along with comforting pasta and pizza dishes, all with a touch of Mediterranean coastal flavour. All you need to do now is grab a seat in one of the cabanas, recline with a cocktail in hand, and enjoy the spring’s breeze.

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Cruise at Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour
Cruise at Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour
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Cruise

Restaurants North Point

This rooftop restaurant and bar serves up modern Asian fare, as well as good vibes, drinks and views to match. Its impressive outdoor terrace overlooking Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour is the perfect setting for a business lunch, a romantic dinner under the stars, or happy hour with friends.

The dishes from the South East and North East Asian-inspired menu are designed to be shared. The food here aims to bring the best of time-honoured recipes passed down from generation to generation, combining modernity with a respect for tradition.

Time Out Hong Kong in partnership with Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour 

Duddell’s terrace
Duddell’s terrace
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Duddell’s

Restaurants Chinese Central

A mix of fine art and fine dining, this expansive Central restaurant leaves most of its appeal to mystery. Boasting elegant, cosmopolitan interiors and an award-winning Cantonese kitchen, Duddell’s also houses a trendy, garden-themed outdoor terrace and ‘salon’ bar. Grab one of the comfortable, cushy seatings and enjoy the cocktails, dim sum, and snacks.

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Feather & Bone
Feather & Bone
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Feather & Bone (Tsuen Wan West)

Restaurants Tsuen Wan

Enjoy the ocean breeze when you visit Feather & Bone's Tsuen Wan West outlet. Perfect for family brunches, a quiet coffee, or a simple but satisfying meal, the restaurant's huge waterfront terrace offers its guests a lesser-known but equally breathtaking view of Hong Kong's harbour. Don't miss the expansive butcher's counter where guests can handpick their steaks, carved cuts, and homemade sausages to enjoy at home or the restaurant.

Harbourside Grill
Harbourside Grill
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Harbourside Grill

Restaurants Grills Tsim Sha Tsui

Located on the edge of Ocean Terminal at Harbour City, Harbourside Grill will give you views for days. The restaurant's expansive terrace is a spectacular setting for any occasion, offering panoramic views of the Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island's glistening skyline. Even if you are dining indoors, the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows mean that your view will be completely unobstructed. Pair that with dishes from the restaurant's grill-centric menu tempered with French influences, and you've got yourself a rather unforgettable dining experience.

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Ichu Terraza
Ichu Terraza
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Ichu

Restaurants Central

Inspired by the breathtaking mountainous terrain of Peru – from its choices in furniture design made to resemble natural rock formations to its urban jungle theme – Ichu's terraza is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life in Hong Kong. The spacious outdoor terrace attached to the restaurant is decked out like a high-end beach shack, making it a great place for an intimate meal or drink. It's bright yellow lighting, and lush greenery gives major secret garden vibes, creating the perfect outdoor environment to compliment the surrounding city view. Along with a wide variety of cocktails, happy hour deals, and bar snacks available on the terrace menu, the atmosphere of the place make the terrace feel like a whole other world to drink and dine. 

Komune

Restaurants Aberdeen

It's hard not to love Komune. From the colourful, laidback terrace to the casual dining room that extends to a sequestered dining area, the restaurant's fluid layout results in a fun but chic, roomy yet cosy environment that would be a fit for family brunches or casual drinks with the crew.  

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La Rambla
La Rambla
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La Rambla

Restaurants Spanish Central

La Rambla dishes out avant-garde Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine with a pretty sweet view to boot. While they do have indoor seating, La Rambla’s expansive terrace offers panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the Observation Wheel. It's a great place to catch the sunset and enjoy a delectable afternoon tea, drinks, or nibbles.

Louise
Louise
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Louise

Restaurants French Sheung Wan

With a ground-floor patio and a small terrace on the upper floor, Michelin-starred restaurant Louise boasts a stylish and elegant space that will make you feel right at home – if you owned a plantation and this was French Indochina, that is. The interiors here were curated by high-profile Hong Kong designer André Fu, so you can be sure that you'll be surrounded by stylish elements all around. Having said that, Louise still has a laidback, casual air about it that allows diners to sit back and take a breather while digging into fine French fare.

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Maison Libanaise
Maison Libanaise
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Maison Libanaise

Restaurants Middle Eastern Soho

Hidden beside the escalator in Soho, Maison Libanaise is full of surprises. One such surprise is its killer alfresco rooftop. Dubbed La Buvette, the rooftop dining space – complete with retractable canopy – offers a fantastic way to escape the city without leaving the Central bubble. The food is on point, in particular the grilled lamb dishes and Levantine dips like the baba ghanoush, hummus, and labneh. 

Ruam outdoor terrace 2020-3-18SE
Ruam outdoor terrace 2020-3-18SE
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Ruam

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. Thankfully, we do know and recommend sitting down and dining amongst casual vibes, while smugly taking in the views of the street below.

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Portico at Spiga
Portico at Spiga
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Spiga

Restaurants Italian Central

Set deep in the heart of Central, Spiga is a clear celebration of Italian vintage aesthetic and glamour. Marrying contemporary dining and authentic Italian dishes with stunning design work by Joyce Wang, who was inspired by the cinematic splendour of the 1950s, the restaurant brings together one of the most impressive dining experiences one could find in Hong Kong. The beautiful adjoining terrace, or Portico, is filled with greenery and open space all around, allows an out of this world experience brought right to your table. Whether dining inside or out, you’ll get a meal with a view for sure.

The Chop House Tsim Sha Tsui
The Chop House Tsim Sha Tsui
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The Chop House

Restaurants Tsim Sha Tsui

The Chop House is all about its casual setting, excellent steaks, burgers, and pasta. But the biggest draw to its Tsim Sha Tsui branch is the gorgeous garden space with greenery and vertical gardens. Enjoy the food and signature draft beers surrounded by the bright lights of Kowloon. 

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The Peak Lookout
The Peak Lookout
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The Peak Lookout

Restaurants Contemporary European The Peak

Perched up on The Peak, this sky-high hotspot provides seating in either its cabin-esque interior or its outdoor garden. The garden is a great open area to catch some rays, while the terrace offers a romantic space illuminated by candlelight. Either way, the warm ambience is perfect for an intimate meal or leisurely lunch with friends. The extensive menu features Asian favourites, classic Western dishes, a raw bar, open-flame charcoal barbecue, and great burgers.

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