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Best things to do in Hong Kong this May

Your ultimate guide to all the best upcoming events throughout the month

By Time Out Hong Kong
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It's hard to believe that we're already stepping into the month of May. Without a doubt, Mother's Day is this month's biggest day where you get to treat the special lady in your life to a delicious feast and some gorgeous sweet treats. Aside from that, there are also tons of great events happening both online and offline all over the city. All of the offline events are held over an extended period too, so you can visit them when it's safer for us to roam the city. This is your guide to all the best things to do in Hong Kong in May. 

RECOMMENDED: If you prefer to stay at home, here are some fun things you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home

Best things to do in Hong Kong in May

The Upper House, Cafe Gray Deluxe, Cookie Department, Hong Kong
Photograph: Courtesy The Upper House

Cookie Department x The Upper House pop-up and afternoon tea

Things to do The Upper House, Admiralty

Good news cookie monsters! Serving up all their signature cookies as well as limited-edition flavours, Cookie Department is back once again with a brand new pop-up at The Upper House from now until August 30

Apart from classic cookie creations such as brownie-filled chocolate chip, peanut butter, and Funfetti, the pop-up will also be offering freshly brewed coffee and lemonade (available daily 11am to 7pm) for the very first time ever. Throughout the months, Cookie Department will also make surprise announcements for a variety of limited edition flavours including an earl 'gray' cookie, designed especially for The Upper House.

Aside from the pop-up, those with a sweet tooth can also indulge in the exclusive afternoon tea set available at Cafe Gray Deluxe starting from June 1 to July 31 (3.30pm to 5.30pm). The set features heavenly creations from Cookie Department including earl 'gray' cookie, Sabatino black truffle cheddar biscuit, mini red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting, as well as other delicate pastries from Cafe Gray Deluxe

Priced at $285 per person and $480 for two, the afternoon tea also includes a choice of Jing tea or illy coffee. So, reserve a spot for your best dessert buddies now! Those who book the afternoon tea with the promotion code TUHCookieDPT can also receive a special gift from Cookie Department (available while stock lasts).

Art gallery
Photograph: Deanna-j/Unsplash

Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong

Art Asia Society Hong Kong, Admiralty

Coinciding with Asia Society's 30th anniversary in 2020, ASHK has unveiled its latest exciting art exhibition. Next Act: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong focuses on the theme of convergence and engages with the shared history and collective memories of Hong Kong so as to encourage visitors to rethink their perception of the past and present and open up their imaginations towards the future. The exhibition will showcase the works of various Hong Kong artists, and is another exciting exhibition for art fans to check out at a time when art seems to be reemerging in the city.

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Human Rights Art Prize 2020, Kenji Wong
Photograph: Courtesy Bok Photography/Kenji Wong-In front of the water cannon: Hong Kong People

Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2020

Art Multiple venues

The Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2020 has just announced this year's winner, as well as the return of its art exhibition featuring works by this year's shortlisted artists. Held from May 12 to June 6, the show gives both established and emerging artists a platform to share their perspective on human rights issues.

All shortlisted and winning artworks are now on view at the venue, but audiences can also join a virtual walkthrough of the exhibition on the Justice Centre Hong Kong Facebook pageAll works will be available to purchase via online auction, from which all proceeds will go towards the prizes for the winning artists and support the important non-profit work of Justice Centre Hong Kong.  

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Photograph: Courtesy Andrew Thomas Huang/Para/Site

Para/Site presents Garden of Six Seasons

Art Para/Site Art Space (Quarry Bay), North Point

Para/Site, one of Hong Kong's leading contemporary art institutions, is teaming up with Soho House to present its new Garden of Six Seasons exhibition. The exhibition will showcase the works of artists from Hong Kong, Mainland China, and the rest of the world at both Para/Site's two-floor art space in Quarry Bay, and in a larger exhibition space on the eighth floor of Sheung Wan's Soho House.

The exhibition is named after the English-style garden built by the Nepalese King in Kathmandu 100 years ago. Through art it explores the historical propensity of humans to create artificial environments that map their visions of the world. As well as the art itself, the exhibition will also include a VR viewing room and live panel discussions with the curator and the exhibiting artists. Billed as a precursor to the Kathmandu Triennale, which will begin at the end of the year, this is certainly an exciting event for Hong Kong's culture buffs and contemporary art appreciators. 

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Photo: Matchali

Matchali opens pop-up cafe at Landmark

Restaurants Landmark, Central

Summer has just arrived, and what better way to cool down than with an icy matcha bevvie from Hong Kong’s home-grown contemporary matcha brand Matchali. Matchali founders Cara and Lara work directly with a fifth-generation tea-processing facility in Uji, Kyoto, a place that is known to be the birthplace and capital of matcha. The brand focuses on the beauty of ceremonial-grade matcha made without refined sugar. Tea is mixed with tried-and-tested plant-based milk alternatives, and add-on health boosters like collagen.

Check out their brand new pop-up and exclusive summer drinks at Landmark available from May 9 until October 31. The pop-up is offering innovative flavours such as Grey Latte, Starburst Matcha, or Watermelon Passionfruit Matcha. 

Duddell's
Photograph: Courtesy Duddell's

All-you-can-eat 80s dim sum night at Duddell's

News Eating

Starting from May 6, every Wednesday to Friday (6pm onwards), Michelin-starred restaurant Duddell's is hosting a new series of all-you-can-eat dim sum nights available for $268 per person! The all-you-can-eat menu features over 30 varieties of newly created and signature dim sum items that pay homage to the golden era of Hong Kong in the 80s.

Guests can expect handcrafted old-school classics such as shrimp dumpling with bamboo shoots and traditional saucy chicken feet, baked and fried delights like prawn spring rolls and classic egg tarts, and a slew of Hong Kong street food snacks including imitation shark fin soup, fish balls, and much, much more. And if all the munching has got you feeling thirsty, wash it all down with a two-hour free-flow drinks package (unlimited house wines, selected spirits, soft drinks and house beer) for an extra $148 per person. We'll drink to that – cheers!

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Unko Museum Tokyo
Photograph: Courtesy Unko Museum Tokyo/ Mitsui Fudosan

Experience Japan's poop museum online

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A museum dedicated to poop - do we need to say more? Hongkongers have always been obsessed with anything Japan, and it’s not just all the amazing food the country has to offer.

First opened in Odaiba, Japan in 2019, the Unko Museum – a museum entirely themed around poop – quickly became one of the most Instagrammable spots for Hongkongers to visit. And now, the museum is taking things online! Browse through the museum's collection of poop art and drawings, try your hand at an interactive game involving flying neon turds, and you can even download a few poopy wallpapers to use during your video chat sessions.

Last but certainly not least, round off your crappy experience with a trip to the online shop where you’ll find a slew of fun, poop-themed gifts and souvenirs too. And yes, they ship to Hong Kong. Click here to start exploring, we promise it won’t stink!

chocolate cake
Photograph: Courtesy Butterfly Patisserie

Butterfly Patisserie meal donation

News City Life

From now to June 13, Rosewood cake shop Butterfly Patisserie is donating a lunch box for every or noir tart ($68) sold, both in store and online. The patisserie, helmed by world-renowned chef Holger Deh, is celebrated for employing unconventional techniques to create top-notch cakes and pastries, and so this promises to be a delicious way to help those in need! 

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Sailor Moon YouTube
Photograph: Courtesy © Naoko Takeuchi

Free reruns of Sailor Moon on YouTube

News Film

Move over Netflix – Sailor Moon has arrived. From world-class theatre shows to Disneyland performances, all forms of entertainment have taken their stages online. And now, Sailor Moon is joining in too! 

Created by Naoko Takeuchi, Sailor Moon was (and still is) an intrinsic part of every Hong Kong 90s kid who grew up watching the cartoon. Whether your favourite character was Luna the talking cat, Sailor Mercury, Mars, or Jupiter (our favourite is Pluto!), or the devilishly handsome Tuxedo Mask, you'll be happy to hear that the Sailor Moon official YouTube channel is releasing all three of its series online!

Fans of the show can catch the monster-killer sailor guardians back on our screens starting from April 24 all the way to July 23, where 10 episodes will be distributed weekly on the channel leading up to the 2020 movie release of Sailor Moon Eternal – so mark your calendars!

Kim Young Hun
Kim Young Hun

Diamond Mountain – Electronic Nostalgia by Kim Young-Hun

Art Soluna Fine Art, Sheung Wan

Inspired by everything from stripe covered light bulbs to white noise from digital screens, Diamond Mountain – Electronic Nostalgia is a solo exhibition created by renowned Korean artist Kim Young-Hun. Featuring eight vibrantly coloured oil paintings by the artist, the collection explores the transition between the analogue generation, the digital generation, and the ambiguous borders of reality versus digital lives. Given how the current pandemic has essentially forced much of the world to live, work, and connect online, Kim's exhibition is definitely one not to miss.

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