Sun’s out, guns out. As we welcome in warmer weather and sunnier days, now’s the perfect time to hit up the city’s best rooftop bars to catch some much needed vitamin D. However, if it’s food you’re after with a side of sunshine, the following restaurants are all top spots for both, not to mention excellent brunch options.
Best restaurants in Hong Kong with outdoor seating
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 fine-dining restaurant is an inspired garden sanctuary. Award-winning chef Shane Osborn offers delicate modern European dishes amidst these supremely lush environs.
This beachfront restaurant decked out with white furniture serves fine French dishes in front of the breezy waves of Shek O. With Mediterranean cuisine and seafood as staples, Cocobana also offers an impressive selection of rosé wines too. Whip out your sunglasses, slap on some sunscreen and enjoy the UV rays as you tuck in to well-grilled dishes.
Cfrt Pit originally made a name for itself as a supplier of quality meat to Hong Kong restaurants and as an online retailer. Keen to allow more diners the opportunity to try their products, they now have a tasting room open every Saturday for brunch from 1pm to 4pm. Sink your teeth into awesome sausages, smoked salmon, Reuben sandwiches to die for and much more. Scoff it all down on the spacious terrace that looks over to Lamma Island.
Just a 30-minute ferry ride from Central is popular Lantau getaway Discovery Bay. There, restaurant complex D’Deck has the last word on oceanfront dining. The 180-degree sea vista provides a spectacular view of the waters and the wide array of restaurants here offers almost every kind of cuisine imaginable, including Thai, Korean, Spanish and Italian. This calls for a day trip.
A mix of fine art and fine dining, this expansive Central venue leaves most of its appeal to mystery. Boasting elegant, cosmopolitan interiors and a Michelin-starred Cantonese kitchen, Duddell’s also houses a trendy, garden-themed outdoor terrace ‘Salon’ bar. Grab one of the comfortable, cushy seatings and enjoy the excellent Chinese-inspired cocktails, dim sum and snacks.
Tucked away unceremoniously on Hollywood Road among the myriad of other bars – and with zero signage to indicate its presence – Fu Lu Shou is a low-rise rooftop eatery where you can sit and relax on the outdoor couches that lie in front of a huge traditional Chinese art-inspired mural. Expect a solid menu of locally-inspired cocktails and tasty Chinatown dishes like kung pao chicken and sweet and sour pork.
With sweeping views of the Southside’s lush forestry and Deep Water Bay beach, Komune Above provides access to all the sunshine and fresh air that you’ve been missing. Offering creative cocktails served in paint-splattered vessels – all reasonable prices, too – and street art décor, this Southside rooftop bar comes with cosy terrace seating that also allows you to enjoy Komune’s South American cuisine, from downstairs, in pure comfort.
A small chain, The Chop House is all about its casual setting, excellent steaks, burgers and pastas. But the biggest draw to its Tsim Sha Tsui branch is the gorgeous garden space flush with greenery and vertical gardens. Enjoy the food and signature draft beers surrounded by the bright lights of Kowloon. And once you’re done, you’re only steps away from Knutsford Terrace if you require a nightcap.
Formerly Mijas, Ocean Rock is a tapas restaurant that offers a cool, breezy, beachy atmosphere in the colonial gem that is Murray House. The waterfront eatery serves a wide range of Spanish fare including paella, Iberico ham and all kinds of delightful small plates, but the highlight here is unquestionably the seafood. Order up fresh (or baked) oysters and mussels and wash them down with a few glasses of sangria.
Perched high up on The Peak, this festive hotspot provides seating in either its cabin-esque interior or its outdoor garden. During the day, the garden is a great open-air area to catch some rays, come nightfall, the terrace is a wonderful romantic spot 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.