Have you ever heard of White Day or White Valentine’s Day? White Day falls on March 14, one month after Valentine's Day. It is a Japanese tradition that originated in 1978, a day when men give gifts back to women in appreciation of what they received on Valentine's Day. Contrary to Western traditions, in Japan, Valentine's Day is when women give gifts to men. Men return the favour by giving back gifts one month after, during White Valentine's Day.
Today this tradition has spread to other Asian countries and is no longer restricted to specific gender roles. If you missed celebrating Valentine's Day in February, it's your chance to show and reciprocate your love or make it the perfect time to confess your love. Traditionally, popular White Day gifts include white confectionaries like chocolate, marshmallows, candies, cookies, and other treats. But, you don't have to restrict yourself to these as there are varied gifts currently available in the market. It's the thought that counts, right? So celebrate love however you feel like. To give you some ideas, here’s your guide to the city’s most romantic restaurants, soppy spots, love hotels, and much more. And for anyone wanting to shun the loved-up vibes, there are tons of alternative things to do if you want to ditch the sweets, skip the romantic meal and try something different on White Day.
Hong Kong’s best chocolate shops
Chocolates are a must-have for any occasion but instead of settling for any run-of-the-mill supermarket chocolate, we've gathered a list of some more impressive chocs that will surely put a smile on anyone's face, possibly even yours. From decadent truffles to crunchy pralines, follow our guide to discover the best chocolate shops in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: If the chocolate isn't really hitting the spot, try out the city's best alcohol-infused desserts, or explore some more interesting foreign desserts right here in Hong Kong.
Best underwear and lingerie shops in Hong Kong
Undergarment is the most intimate form of clothing, closer to your skin than anything else. Whether you’re looking for day-to-day comfort or flirty lingerie, take your pick between sexy, cute, or minimalistic from these brands in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for something more intimate to surprise your special someone this Valentine's Day, check out these couple-friendly bedroom toys, or step it up with some quirky sex toys you can buy in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s best flower shops
Flowers can always brighten up someone’s day. Whatever the occasion, a beautiful bouquet can make all the difference for your loved ones – so it's handy that there are plenty of florists and cheap flower delivery services to choose from in the city. From well-established spots to modern florists with a hipster spin, here are some of our favourite places to pick up some blooms. RECOMMENDED: Need to pair the bouquet with the perfect gift? Check out these romantic gift ideas under $500, or pay a visit to one of Hong Kong's best chocolate shops. Flower delivery services for some venues may be temporarily suspended due to the ongoing pandemic, please check ahead before placing an order.
Weird sex toys you can buy in Hong Kong
With the number of sex toy shops scattered around Hong Kong, it looks like the city is not shy about experimenting and getting a little naughty in the bedroom. So, we did a bit of window shopping to look at what these shops are actually offering, and checked out the weirdest inventions that sex toy companies are coming up with. Get ready to be amazed – if you haven't seen or used these already (don't worry we are not judging) – or to shop for some fun, otherworldly, kinky toys you might want to explore for yourself or your partner for Valentine's Day – or any day! Who knows, you might discover something that you never thought you actually needed. If not for its function, some of these items deserve to be in a museum just for its design and form. RECOMMENDED: Looking for sex toys that you can share with your partner? Check out these couple-friendly bedroom staples that you can buy in Hong Kong.
Romantic Valentine's Day gift ideas under $1,000
This year's stresses and uncertainty have certainly dampened some sparks in the love sector. For your Valentine's Day, do better than a box of chocolates to give to your significant other and focus on romantic gifts that will rekindle your relationship. To help you keep the sparks flying, we've rounded up a list of romantic gift ideas you can get under $1,000. RECOMMENDED: For sweet gifts that will not burn a hole in your wallet, check out our roundup of romantic gift ideas under $500.
Romantic Valentine's Day gift ideas under $500
For Valentine's Day, say I love you by giving your significant other thoughtful, romantic, and well, sexy gifts. But, we understand coming up with brilliant and thoughtful gifts isn't always easy, so we're here to help. Here's a roundup of gifts that are guaranteed to put a smile on your lover's face and keep the sparks flying. These gift ideas fall under $500, so it will not burn a hole in your wallet either. RECOMMENDED: Go all out and treat yourself and your sweetheart to a little R&R at the sexiest hotels in the city.
6 sex toys to share with your partner
Looking to spruce things up in the bedroom? Lucky for you, Hong Kong has a great variety of sex shops that can help make even the wildest dreams come true. But if you’re not sure where to start or what to look for, then you’ve come to the right place. We paid a visit to Take Toys Hong Kong, the city’s largest sex toy retail chain, and asked Justin Chu, a community sex educator and sex toy ethnographer, to help us find the most couple-friendly sex toys for you and your boo this Valentine’s Day. RECOMMENDED: Complete the steamy night with sexy lingerie from these shops. If you want to keep your gift a little more PG, check out our list of Valentine's Day gift ideas.
The best sex shops in Hong Kong
Ever finished up a hearty session (of sex, let’s be clear, this article's about sex) and thought: "Jeepers, that was great. But I wish I could spruce things up a little bit more in the bedroom." Well, thanks to Hong Kong's ample supply of sex shops, they can help make even the wildest dreams come true. And, with Valentine's day approaching, this should be one stop of many. Head to our guide on Valentine's to plan how to wine and dine and everything else in between to keep your partner satisfied.
The best romantic films to watch with your partner
Ain't nothing going to get in the way of love! Well, maybe social distancing restrictions will a little bit. But for couples staying in, you can still set the mood with the right movie. Be it a gripping thriller, classic rom-com, or a funny film to laugh your way to love, all you need to do is find the right one. So keep scrolling, start streaming, and allow things to get cosy naturally. RECOMMENDED: Have you got some last-minute Valentine's Day things to buy or book, or just looking for inspiration? Check out our ultimate guide and you're sorted.
Where to drink in Hong Kong this March
Spring is finally here, and that means Hong Kong weather is getting misty and damp, so best to welcome the season with a refreshing drink to brighten up your mood. With ongoing social distancing regulations now allowing for some night time activities, our city's restaurants and bars with catering permits can now indulge us with some after-work drinks. So, whether you're celebrating with your special lady for Women's Month or finally getting the time to meet up with a couple of your friends, there's a boozy drink waiting for you in the city. RECOMMENDED: Looking for places to get dinner? Check out the best restaurants in the city to get your next meal.
Hong Kong’s most romantic restaurants
Hong Kong has a fair few romantic restaurants up its culinary sleeve and whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day, commemorating a special occasion with your dearest, or simply looking to impress a potential lover (wahey!), we've got you covered. From elegant fine dining destinations to sensuous spots and intimate venues, we’ve got something for every amorous encounter (including some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants) to make sure love is well and truly in the air. RECOMMENDED: Aside from dining, check out our list of alternative date ideas and the book yourselves in at the sexiest and most romantic hotels in Hong Kong.
The best steakhouses in Hong Kong
Sorry vegetarians, turn back now, this one is for the meat lovers. Luckily for us carnivores, Hong Kong is home to a number of top steakhouses that serve different cuts from different countries, for a range of different budgets. So, whether you’ve got a hankering for a t-bone, or going simple with a sirloin or ribeye, or think you can handle a tomahawk, get your steak knife ready as we share our pick of the best steak restaurants in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: Got a date night coming up? Here are some of the most romantic restaurants in Hong Kong to ensure an amorous atmosphere.
Date ideas that won't break the bank
Ah, Valentine's Day. A celebration of love and a day for candle-lit dinners, big bouquets of flowers, and sweet chocolates to show your undying affection, right? Sure these things are great for those who want grander gestures, but you can still have all the romance with a budget that is a little more wallet-friendly. From romantic picnics in the park and island escapes to street food hauls and active hiking trails, scroll down for our list of the best Valentine's Day date ideas that won't break the bank. RECOMMENDED: For other things to do in our glorious city, work your way through the 50 incredible things to do in Hong Kong.
Alternative date ideas in Hong Kong
Are you looking for new and inspiring date ideas in Hong Kong? Take it from us; you're not alone. The dating game is notoriously tough here. And even when you're lucky enough to meet someone that doesn't fall into one of the usual unappealing Tinder types, there's the risk of it turning stale when you end up at the same restaurants (as much as we do love them) time and time again. So, to help you stand out from the pack, here's a list of uniquely romantic things you can do in Hong Kong that will make your date extra memorable. You can thank us later. RECOMMENDED: If you prefer a more relaxing date, visit one of these romantic places in Hong Kong instead. Prices and availability for experiences below may be subject to change in accordance with the city's current social distancing guidelines. Please call ahead before making a booking.
8 Romantic places to visit in Hong Kong
Hong Kong might not be known as the city of love, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a decent selection of spots that accommodate romance and get the pulses racing. For a romantic day out with your special someone this Valentine's Day, check out one of these locations below. RECOMMENDED: Afterwards, rest up at one of Hong Kong's most romantic hotels, and don't forget to spoil them with a gift!
The sexiest and most romantic hotels in Hong Kong
Hong Kong may not be known as the city of love in the same way as Paris, but we’ve still got plenty of things to help amorous couples set the mood – just look at the Hong Kong skyline, the countless romantic restaurants you can bring a date to, or the many sexy movies you can pick up. But if you're looking for a city escape to rekindle your love, especially if the current situation in the city has been dampening your spark, here's a roundup of the best hotels in the city to book your next romantic staycation. Whether you’re a new couple planning your first-weekend staycation or long-term partners celebrating the holiday break, there’s something for everyone. RECOMMENDED: Looking for more staycation ideas? Check out the best themed hotels in town or take advantage of the holiday staycation deals at these hotels.
13 Best boutique hotels in Hong Kong
In need of some R&R that goes beyond just getting some fresh air? Hong Kong has loads of great hotels that aren’t just for overseas visitors. While the garden-variety big hotels and their staycation deals rarely disappoint, it’s so much more invigorating to check into a hotel that pays homage to Hong Kong’s one-of-a-kind culture. In fact, small hotels can provide that personal touch and sense of intimacy that’s often lost on bigger brands. These boutique spots won’t just leave you feeling refreshed – they’ll have you seeing the city in a whole new light. RECOMMENDED: After you've checked in, rest your feet and make use of our ultimate guide to Hong Kong's best cafes and coffee shops.
5 ways to spend Valentine’s Day at home
It’s that time of the year again when we celebrate time with our significant other through cutesy gifts, snuggles and meals at expensive restaurants. Of course, we're talking about Valentine’s Day, but with all the health and safety concerns popping up recently, going out for a nice dinner might not be what you’re after. That’s okay! Staying home doesn’t mean you can’t still have a romantic V-day with your significant other. There are a lot of things you can do at home, and we’re not talking about re-reading the Kama Sutra. Get your mind out of the gutter. RECOMMENDED: Check out our list of date spots that won't break the bank.
Sign up for Find Me A Date!
In recent times, going out – let alone meeting someone new – has had its difficulties. But it's not like we can trust the dating apps, or even video calls, to sort out the assholes from the angels. So how can we navigate through the current situation, to keep love alive? Time Out Hong Kong is here to help! We want to set you up on date in real life. To participate, simply fill in our form below. We'll try to match you with someone you might like, link you for a first date, and set you up on a romantic dinner with drinks for free, courtesy of Club Rangoon. Afterwards, we'll find out how well the date went, and maybe what went horribly, horribly wrong. Loading... By signing up for Time Out Hong Kong's Find Me A Date column, you agree to the following terms and conditions. 1. The information you have provided is true and accurate.2. You are currently single and looking to make a serious connection.3. You agree to be featured in our magazine, website, and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). This includes an image of yourself and an interview of how the date went.
What to drink to celebrate post-V-Day for the singles and the bitters
So, you deliberately missed Valentine's for several reasons: you're single, you're bitter, just getting over a breakup, or you're just not up for all the cheesy pressure the love month has cast in the air. Well, V-Day has passed, so it’s time to celebrate with an anti-Valentine vibe. What will you drink to ring in the occasion? Recommended: Still getting over a break up and in need for a therapeutic crying sesh? Here’s a list of Cantonese breakup songs to blast on your earphones. Late for V-Day but still need to celebrate with your boo? Check out the best new restaurants and bars to try in Hong Kong
5 depressing Cantonese love songs about breakups
Roses have thorns, and Valentine’s Day doesn’t always mean rainbows and butterflies. Whether you’ve just had a big fight with the person you care about the most, are going through a breakup, or have made the tough decision to end things, this playlist of Cantonese breakup songs will be just what you need for a therapeutic crying sesh. RECOMMENDED: Feel like going out instead? Hong Kong has some banging live music venues.
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How Hongkongers are keeping love alive during these tough times
Across the globe, city life has drastically changed, causing disruptions in couples’ relationships and challenges for singles who are currently dating. In Hong Kong, the city is not in complete lockdown, but people have not been going out as often because of the social distancing restrictions, and fear of the current outbreak in the city. Most couples spend time cooped up in their tiny Hong Kong apartments, weddings have been postponed, and singles are not going out for dates. We have spoken to Hongkongers about the state of their love life and interviewed psychologist and relationship counsellor Astrid Merkt to shed light on how people can cope with the current challenging situation in the city. Whether you're single or in a relationship, read on to get some insights on how to keep your love life alive. RECOMMENDED: If you're looking forward to that romantic date once everything goes back to normal, read about the best things to do on a first date and plan to take your other half on these romantic places in Hong Kong
The 50 best restaurants in Hong Kong you have to try
March 2021: A year on, and our battle against the current outbreak continues. Hong Kong has recommenced with the necessary social distancing regulations, but relaxed enough to allow our dynamic dining scene to operate. In light of this situation, we felt it appropriate to share some positivity and give recognition and support to our pick of the best restaurants in Hong Kong today. Current social distancing guideline: Hong Kong restaurants are limited to dining services until 10pm, and will only be able to seat four people per table while making sure not to exceed 50 percent capacity. Body temperature checks and hand sanitiser will be given to guests upon arrival, and customers must wear masks before and after the meal, and when picking up their orders. Guests must also log into the 'Leave Home Safe' app or register their contact details. Visit this link for regular updates on social distancing regulations in Hong Kong. Be it a brand new restaurant or an established Hong Kong eatery doing what they can to stay relevant, creative and interesting, read on for our 50 best restaurants, and get some inspiration for where your next meal could be. Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Know of a restaurant that should be on here instead? Let us know and share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList
50 Best bars in Hong Kong you should be drinking at this week
March 2021: The Hong Kong government extended the social distancing restrictions until March 17 and that entails closing the city's neighbourhood bars pending further developments. Last year's challenges already caused some of our favourite establishments to close their doors permanently, but we've also seen our favourite bars bounce back amid the struggles, even opening new bars along the way. Currently, most of Hong Kong watering holes have creatively pivoted as restaurants and cafes to stay open and are again offering cocktail takeaway or delivery. Here's our roundup of the best bars in Hong Kong today. Check with their websites and social media platforms for opening hours or bottled cocktails services. Whether you want a fancy cocktail at a speakeasy-style bar, a bottle of biodynamic wine, a hazy IPA at a craft beer joint, a cold fizzy G&T, a dram of IB or NAS whisky, or something else entirely, there’s something for you in our famously crowded and fast-paced city. We’ve put our livers on the line to deliver you a definitive list of the 50 best Hong Kong bars to visit for 2021. RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for ways to help the bar industry, read about the many ways you can still support that don't require being physically present. Visited somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDrinkList. You can also find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews bars here.
50 incredible things to do in Hong Kong right now
March 2021: The month, we fill our March calendars with dates for International Women's Day, St Patrick's Day, and Earth Hour! The easing of social distancing guidelines has allowed many venues to reopen and previously postponed events to finally take place, and we're more excited than ever to go out and explore the city – while still taking safety precautions and following social distancing rules, of course. From tram rides and walks in the park to discovering street art and local bites, how many of these can you check off the list this month? We don't like to brag (ok, maybe just a little), but Hong Kong is truly one of the most unique cities in the world. From bustling street markets to luxurious shopping malls, Michelin-starred restaurants to classic Hong Kong street food, vibrant street art to world-class exhibitions, not to mention, the abundance of greenery found in all parts of the city – whatever you're looking for, there are plenty of places to visit and activities to keep you happily entertained. Follow our comprehensive guide below and discover all the best things to see, do, and eat in Hong Kong. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList. You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world, or take a look at our list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now.