Tatum joined Time Out Hong Kong as Editor-in-Chief in 2020 and is currently responsible for the magazine's overall digital and print content. With an insatiable wanderlust, she embarks on thrilling adventures, immersing herself in diverse cultures and trying local delicacies. But it's not just about filling her belly – she has an unquenchable thirst and loves mixology, prowling the city in search of the best tipples. She loves to sing her heart out, although she admits she's often out of tune. In a past life, she's convinced she rocked the stage like a true diva.
What's on: The latest foodie happenings to catch in the city
If you're looking for the latest foodie happenings to end the season, we have the scoop on the latest F&B news in the city. From new menus, new product launches, and exciting events, keep reading to discover some tasty happenings around the city. Save this page for more updates! We'll keep adding the latest news as soon as we hear it! RECOMMENDED: Browse through our picks of the most incredible things to do in Hong Kong!
The best 24-hour and late-night restaurants in Hong Kong
Need to stave off a hangover after a long night of drinking or just want to grab a bite to eat in the early hours of the morning? Our city has some seriously delicious 24-hour and late-night restaurants to satisfy those cravings. Say goodbye to hunger pains with these tasty options.RECOMMENDED: Catch all the latest collaborative menus, bar shifts, and product releases by reading our round up of the latest foodie happenings in Hong Kong!
14 Beautiful places you won't believe are actually in Hong Kong
Our city is instantly recognisable by its claustrophobic high-rises, neon street signs, and the iconic Victoria Harbour, but there are also plenty of lesser-known scenes and streetscapes that might surprise you to discover. From Roman baths to country parks, stunning mountainscapes to a man-made lake, these scenic spots will whisk you away and make you forget about the hectic city – even if it's just for a little while. RECOMMENDED: Looking to get in some exercise while experiencing Hong Kong's outdoors? Check out some of our favourite cycling routes in Hong Kong. Stumbled upon a gorgeous hidden gem? Tag your photos on Instagram with #timeouthk to be featured.
6 Beautiful waterfalls to explore in Hong Kong
Waterfalls have this magical ability to transport you to a whole new world, straight out of a fairy tale. They sprinkle an already beautiful landscape with an extra dose of wonder. These waterfall hikes offer a refreshing escape from the scorching heat and a chance to bask in nature's awe-inspiring beauty. So, even if you're not quite ready to brave the outdoors just yet, reading about these falls will give you something to look forward to. Let's dive right in! RECOMMENDED: For those wanting to get away from people to HK's great outdoors, check out this list of Hong Kong hikes.
30 Best brunches in Hong Kong to indulge in right now
Brunch has always been the ultimate weekend indulgence and there are plenty to choose from in Hong Kong with excellent food and boozy deals galore. Whether you’re a classic eggs benedict bruncher or love a bit of fresh seafood, steak, dim sum, and everything else in between, here is our guide to Hong Kong’s best spots to brunch right now. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Hong Kong (@timeouthk) RECOMMENDED: Grab a bite to eat at the best restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui.
The best LGBTQ+ venues to visit in Hong Kong to celebrate Global Pride
Gay marriage may not be fully legalised yet in Hong Kong, the city remains one of the most welcoming cities in East Asia for members of the LGBTQ+ community. In a major milestone, the government has recently been given plans to legally recognise same-sex unions and the city is even gearing up to host the Gay Games later this year. If you’re looking for places to celebrate Global Pride this month, you’ll be happy to know the city is peppered with bars, nightclubs, and LGBTQI-friendly spots that throw some of the most colourful parties and festivities in town. Whether you want muscly bartenders and karaoke, live entertainment, or just some decent drinks and to meet like-minded people, hit up any of these venues in the city.RECOMMENDED: For other venues in the city, check out our list of the best places to grab a drink or book a table at these establishments for a fine meal. Looking for unique things to do in the city? We’ve got you covered with our list of weird and wonderful experiences to try in Hong Kong.
The best restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is a bustling harbourside neighbourhood with a dense population. Unsurprisingly, with the number of people residing and visiting the area, the district is teeming with fantastic restaurants. Whether you're in the mood for traditional Cantonese cuisine, international dishes, or Asian fusion, from hole-in-the-wall spots to Michelin-starred establishments, you'll discover a wide selection of dining options. To help you navigate through the multitude of choices without feeling overwhelmed, we have curated a list of our absolute favourites, all tried and tested by our editors. Scroll below to see the top restaurants in the area. RECOMMENDED: Explore Tsim Sha Tsui neighbourhood with our guide to all the must-see places and the best things to do in the area.
The best bars in Macau
Renowned for its vibrant casinos and extravagant hotels, Macau is definitely on the list of must-visit destinations in Asia. After a cultural tour and some time spent at the slots, a visit to Macau wouldn't be complete without enjoying a well-crafted cocktail, wine, or dram of whisky at one of the city's best watering holes. Whether you're looking for a casual evening drink or a night of partying, Macau has something to offer everyone. From chic rooftop bars with stunning city views to traditional Portuguese taverns serving delicious wines, Macau's bar scene is diverse and exciting. Here's our pick of the must-visit drinking dens in our sister SAR. RECOMMENDED: Get to know Macao, one bite at a time! Visit this link for a roundup of traditional Macao dishes that you must absolutely try when you're in town.
Hong Kong’s best street food essentials
Hong Kong boasts a plethora of excellent restaurants, but if you want an authentic local experience, you must try the street food scene. Whether you're wandering around Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, Kwai Fong, Sham Shui Po, or any other lively neighbourhood, you're going to stumble upon an incredible selection of mouth-watering goodies being cooked up right there on the street. We're talking spicy fishballs, crispy eggettes, chewy cheung fun, and even some seriously stinky tofu. These tasty treats are not only delicious but also super budget-friendly, so you can fill up without emptying your wallet.RECOMMENDED: If you’re still hungry for more, here's our round-up of the best foodie happenings around town.
The 50 best podcasts to listen to in 2024
What did we do before podcasts? Who knows, because now they’re like a right arm to most of us, making journeys seem faster and chores less painful all over the globe. You know the drill. If there’s a market for it, there’s a podcast about it. But with the incredibly vast world of podcasts throwing up new options every day, how does anyone know where to begin? Well, that’s where we come in. We’ve rounded up our favourites, from political podcasts that look behind the news to comedy podcasts with your favourite funny people, and plenty of those all-important investigative whodunnits to keep you up at night. If you’re looking to dig deeper into one genre, we’d recommend trying our specialist lists on for size (you’ll find them below). But for a full list of good, addictive podcasts of every genre, read on. RECOMMENDED:🎧 The best podcasts on Spotify😂 The best comedy podcasts 🗞️ The best news podcasts💤 The best sleep podcasts🎶 The best music podcasts
The best speakeasy-style and hidden bars in Hong Kong
No one has actually been to a speakeasy, well, unless you're 100 years old and have lived through Prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s, that is. What we call 'speakeasies' in Hong Kong are themed bars inspired by the vestiges of the Prohibition era, bars that are intentionally hidden from plain sight, lacks signage, discreetly located in obscured entrances, and showcasing cocktails and experiences designed to look like you're going back in time. Discovering these bars is already part of the drinking experience, and drinking at these 'hidden' gems can be a magical encounter. And while locating these 'secret' bars is not a daunting task, finding the very best is entirely a different matter. Read on to discover Hong Kong's best-disguised drinking holes and bars-within-bars that serve quality drinks that will keep you coming back for seconds. Check out our quick roundup of these venues in the reel below! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Hong Kong (@timeouthk) RECOMMENDED: Drink your way through our top picks of the 50 best bars in Hong Kong.
The 50 best restaurants in Hong Kong you have to try
Hong Kong’s dining scene is constantly evolving. Week after week, a new restaurant joins the F&B industry, so narrowing down where to actually book a table can be daunting. To help you, we created a monthly Time Out Eat List and handpicked the best eateries in the city. From well-seasoned stalwarts to tasty newcomers, here’s a list of restaurants that we think you’ll be glad to try at least once or return to again and again. Read on for our pick of the 50 best restaurants in Hong Kong right now. Rankings change every month depending on the latest and most creative offerings, so bookmark this page to keep updated 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 this list? Let us know! Tag us on Instagram and use the hashtag #TimeOutEatList. RECOMMENDED: Looking for bars? Whatever drinking experience you’re after, there's a bar waiting for you to explore in Hong Kong. Click here for our list of the 50 best bars to visit right now. Stay in the Loop: Sign up for our free weekly newsletter to get the latest in Hong Kong’s city news, culture, and dining.
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Click the video below for a first look: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Hong Kong (@timeouthk) Situated just across from its sibling bar, Penicillin, Lockdown welcomes guests with a cheeky entrance: a toilet, which sets it apart from the city's more traditionally hidden speakeasy-style bars. It's one of Central's most inviting hotspots, thanks to its convivial and lively atmosphere. A significant part of its charm comes from the cheerful bar staff, who instantly brighten your arrival with welcoming smiles and greetings as soon as you enter the door. Conceived by the award-winning duo Agung and Laura Prabowo, the creatives behind Penicillin and Dead &. At Lockdown, they blend nostalgia with novelty, celebrating the resilience of Hong Kong's cocktail scene during the pandemic's challenging lockdown period. The intimate venue accommodates 30 patrons in a setting that combines Prohibition-era elegance with modern Asian flair, accentuated by terrarium-style seating and a unique rotating bar station designed by Agung. The extensive cocktail menu employs innovative techniques to recreate timeless classics. Guests can enjoy signature drinks like the floral Left Bank, the milk punch-style Silk Stocking Cocktail, and a deconstructed Clover Club. For the adventurous, there are off-menu treasures such as the Guava Negroni and Dirty Martini. The bar also delights aficionados with vintage cocktails crafted from antique and rare spirits, including
Star Plus Aesthetic Centre
Located on the 11th floor of Causeway Bay's Wellable Commercial Building sits a hidden gem that's been pampering patrons for over a decade. Star Plus is your go-to for personalised beauty solutions, from anti-ageing to skin tightening, hair removal, and body shaping. They take a tailored approach, carefully assessing your needs and customising treatments to suit your skin or physique. Their skin consultations kick off with an advanced AI analysis, uncovering any concerns and foreseeing your skin's future, ensuring you receive the right preventive care. The venue offers the latest in skincare innovation, utilising cutting-edge technology from around the globe. A must-try is their popular high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment using the fourth-generation Ultraformer MPT, known for its minimal downtime and risks, delivering targeted firming and rejuvenation for the face, jawline, and neck. They provide seasonal package promotions, so be sure to check with their clinic for the latest offer.
House of Culture
Click below for a sneak peek of their offerings: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Hong Kong (@timeouthk) Despite the challenges of Hong Kong’s competitive dining scene, determined chefs continue to open new venues that sate the unwavering appetite of the city’s food lovers. Chefs like Gavin Chin exemplify the drive and courage to embrace the challenge of our city’s ever-changing culinary landscape. Patrons may know this young chef from the neighbourhood French wine-bar Brut! His new restaurant, House of Culture, which has been almost a year in the making, is finally serving patrons in Sai Ying Pun, a good five minutes walk from his former kitchen. Despite being inconspicuously tucked among bamboo scaffolding, the space’s impression of unfinished construction does not deter patrons, as evidenced by occupied tables on a Saturday night. The term ‘house of culture’ implies a space that highlights diverse cultural expressions. As you walk into the restaurant, the word ‘Culture’ debossed on the wall serves to reinforce this concept. If you are unaware of chef Gavin's Australian roots and his culinary experiences, it is hard to find the anchor of the concept just based on the restaurant’s interior – it’s not immediately apparent what culinary adventure awaits. The muted apricot and salmon colour palette may remind you of a Saharan desert-inspired setting. But, upon closer inspection, the textured wall with flickering light blue lights rese
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The venue officially opened its courts in September. Padel+ is equipped with four padel courts, manufactured by Wilson edition Padel Galis, the official court manufacturer for the World Padel Tour. These top-notch courts can hold international tournaments accredited by the International Padel Federation (FIP). First-time court bookings at Padel+ come with a complimentary 20 to 30-minute coaching session. This session aims to provide players with the basic skills and knowledge needed to get started in padel tennis. Court rentals at Padel+ are priced at $680 for 90 minutes on weekdays after 5pm and all day on weekends. For non-peak hours from 9:30am to 5pm, the rate is $520 for 90 minutes. The venue offers various other amenities to enhance the players' experience. There is a Pro Shop available, where players can purchase their gears, such as balls ($55/3 pieces) and padel racquets (starting at $1,100 for Oxdog Ultimate Court racquets to $2,100 for HEAD Speed Pro racquets). For those needing refreshments, the on-site cafe offers various drinks, including coffee, healthy drinks, soft drinks, and even alcoholic beverages. There are also pastries and nibbles available. Want to try the game and are not committed to investing in the racquet and balls? Rentals are available at $30 per racket, and the ball deposit is $20 per ball. Interested parties can join padel clinics and group classes for $450 for a one and a half-hour session. Players of all ages can get private training with
Click the video below for a sneak peek of their new hairy crab menu: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Hong Kong (@timeouthk) This is the first branch of Osaka's two-Michelin starred Sushiyoshi outside Japan. Chef-owner Nakanoue Hiroki is far from your typical Japanese sushi chef. Not only does he sport vibrant and ever-changing hair, ranging from pink to blue, but he also takes a creative approach to his culinary creations. Seamlessly blending Western ingredients and techniques with traditional Japanese cooking, he offers diners a sushi experience that is both playful and exciting. To experience the full range of Sushiyoshi's offerings, opt for the omakase, which features 17 to 21 courses. In 2023, chef Hiroki permanently relocated to Hong Kong, and his latest creation, the hairy crab omakase menu, is an absolute must-try this season. One dish that stands out is the melt-in-your-mouth hairy crab sushi with toro and Hokkaido sea urchin, where the sushi rice is substituted with hairy crab meat.
Argo is Four Seasons Hotel's multi-awarded bar, started by its former beverage manager and Time Out's 2020 Bartender of the Year, Lorenzo Antinori. The bar docked in Hong Kong in 2021 to challenge the way we think about drinks. As part of the second phase of the hotel's renovation, it replaced the former Blue Bar located in the hotel's lobby. Compared to Caprice bar, located on the sixth floor of the hotel, which has a more formal setting and focuses on wines and cocktails with seasonal ingredients, Argo is more relaxed, highlights innovative spirits, and offers a conceptual cocktail programme. Their inaugural cocktail menu, 'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow,' – Time Out's Best Cocktail Programme winner in 2021 – celebrates six staple ingredients – coffee, honey, rice, cacao, vanilla, and apples – that face an uncertain future because of climate change or the way it is cultivated. Replacing this menu in 2022, the bar launched the second volume of its cocktail menu, Cook Book, inspired by Hong Kong's culinary traditions. The menu features 12 new cocktails using soybean, apricot kernel, XO sauce, vegan char siu, black vinegar, and aged tea. Spirit aficionados can explore unique liquors – available in 50ml shots, tasting flights, or as a classic cocktail – with the help of the bar's spirit bible, 'Field Guide to the World's Innovative Spirits', that highlights each bottle's unique story and origin. Interesting bottlings include the world's first AI-created gin Monker's Garkel, lab-m
Apothecary is a bar with an apothecary theme, conveniently located on Wyndham Street. Behind the bar are familiar faces from the bar industry – co-founder and operations manager Austen Lendrum (formerly of Foxglove) and co-founder and director Lik Hang-fung (formerly of Boba Bear). The bar opened its doors in 2021 with the mission to cure whatever ails you through its botanical-inspired concoctions. The original team included head mixologist Joe Wong (formerly of J. Boroski, and Coa), but he has since been replaced by Kervin Unido (formerly of PDT, Carbon, and Candour). Since its opening, Apothecary has delighted customers with a series of apothecary-themed creations. One of their notable offerings is The Herbalist's Notebook menu, which takes you on an enchanting botanical journey, followed by the Awakening Journey chapter, featuring a selection of milk punch, sours, highballs, and coolers, presented with intriguing names like the tea-based Unstoppable Entanglement and the coffee and vegetal Benevolent Singularity, and smokey-sour Never Blooming Chasm. Their latest menu, Calm Before the Storm, showcases a selection of 12 bold and flavourful drinks, including four expertly remastered classics. Each cocktail is priced at $138. Among the standout options, you absolutely must try the Scallion Ramos Gin Fizz. This savoury yet refreshing creation combines gin, lime juice, egg white, heavy cream, scallion and dill syrup and is topped off with a delightful green apple soda.
早於2010年開業，001為香港隱藏酒吧始祖，它捱得過疫情，但敵不過業主的無情加租，2022年我們忍着淚跟它說一聲 goodbye。時隔一年，001低調回歸，隱藏在中環大館的一個角落。我們穿過如迷宮般的樓梯和走廊，甚至誤以為拉開監獄那扇門便是酒吧入口。好不容易終於找到真正的門口，跟位於嘉咸街的舊舖一樣，門上掛着一個古董鐘，只要按一下，店員就會開門歡迎你。 如果你是這家12年老酒吧的熟客，甫進門就會有一種熟悉的感覺。室內昏暗燈光，保留了藍色、綠色和金色的主色調；絲絨面卡位配搭印有爵士時代幾何圖案的天花和牆身。與舊店相比，新店雖然座位較少，但由於天花板較高，空間感不俗。走廊兩端設有兩台彷古電話，有點像昔日大館監獄中，囚犯與訪客用來交談的電話。 走近吧枱位置， 001的威士忌系列不禁令人眼前一亮，包括有被譽為神級波本威士 Pappy Van Winkle，基礎酒款有10年至20年，索價$700-$1,600/杯。由 Nikka Whisky 香港的創意策劃兼調酒師 Sky Huo 坐鎮，她是001元老調酒師之一。全新酒單包含了10款雞尾酒，當中除了保留了酒吧招牌的 Earl Grey Marteani ($158)，還加入了各種富夏日色彩、充滿熱帶果香風味的雞尾酒。據店主透露，酒單會按季節而轉變。先試試 Earl Grey Marteani，以伯爵茶氈酒加入檸檬汁和蛋白，入口香滑，與伯爵茶香完美融合，記得盡快品嚐，以免蛋白層分離，影響味道。 推介 Piñacillin（$158），這是經典 Penicillin 的變奏，將菠蘿與薑黃滲透入 Johnnie Walker Black 和 Ardbeg 10 年威士忌之中。即使你不是 Islay 威士忌迷，或許你也會喜歡 What We Do In The Shadows（$158） ，由牛奶賓治加入了昆布高湯，帶堅果和泥土香氣。001 的經典 Old Fashioned 和 Negroni 永遠不會讓人失望。然而，Midnight in Sendai （$178）加入了車厘子味的宮城峽威士忌，果味偏甜；Negroni Negroni ($158) 則混合了多種苦酒及氈酒而成，味道稍微偏苦。 食物方面，酒吧也提供多款佐酒小食。極力推介焗蒜泥蛋黃醬蟹肉撻（$128）面頭綴以飛魚子，層次豐富，令人吃不停口。其他分享菜式包括布里芝士配蜜餞白蘭地車厘子醬（$148），伴烤熱麵包來吃。我們還品嚐了他們的蘑菇爆谷（$88），香脆惹味佐酒不錯，略嫌偏鹹；還有烤芝士三文治（$138），特别飽肚。 總括來說，我們很高興看到001 回歸，開業短短數週已門庭若市，甚至週末深夜門外會出現人龍。我們期待他們在不久將來推出的更多酒吧項目。
Watch the video below for a sneak preview of the place: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Hong Kong (@timeouthk) Over the years, we’ve sadly witnessed many of our beloved watering holes shutting their doors. Blame it on the pesky pandemic and the struggles of being cut off from the rest of the world. For others, it’s the eternal battle with Hong Kong landlords. Even 001, Hong Kong’s very first hidden bar, serving the city’s thirsty souls since 2010, couldn’t escape this destiny. In 2022, it closed its inconspicuous Graham Street market location as they face the end of their lease. A year after, the beloved speakeasy-style is back and better than ever. This time, they’ve ditched the underground scene and settled themselves above the historic Tai Kwun. Quite a fitting venue for such an iconic establishment. And just like its previous location, finding the entrance to the bar has always been a thrilling part of the drinking adventure. You’ll find yourself puzzled, scratching your head as you navigate the labyrinthine network of stairs and corridors within Tai Kwun in search of its elusive door. The doors have the exact same colour and composition as the old Tai Kwun prison. We were so perplexed that we even attempted to pull one of the original prison doors, mistakenly thinking it was entry to 001. The only distinguishing feature of their entrance is its distinctive vintage doorbell, similar to the one at the former Graham Street site. Simp
Negroni Week 2023
With the sheer number of bars in Hong Kong, there are plenty of options to enjoy a perfect sip of Negroni. Bitter, strong, and not for the faint of heart, the Negroni is a classic cocktail that has existed since its creation in 1919. The Negroni cocktail has gained long-standing popularity worldwide thanks to the talented bartenders sharing their creations with the world. In Hong Kong, numerous venues offer an unforgettable experience with this Italian aperitivo. Moreover, this month, Negroni lovers will have even more places to choose from as the 11th edition of Negroni Week arrives in Hong Kong from September 18 to 24. Every year, leading bars worldwide participate in Negroni Week and the global charity initiative tied to the programme. The main objective of this event is to raise funds for various causes and charities. Over the past decade, this international initiative has raised more than $4 million for global causes. This year, bars and restaurants worldwide will once again come together to celebrate the iconic Negroni while supporting Slow Food's mission of promoting a fairer and more sustainable world of food and beverages. The money raised during this event will contribute to Slow Food's international strategic goals, which include the defence of cultural and biological diversity, the promotion of food and beverage education, the preservation of traditional knowledge and skills, and the advocacy for more sustainable food policies. The festivities will also mark the u
Suit Izakaya & Sake Bar
Located on Jervois Street in Sheung Wan, Suit Coffee & Sake has transformed into a modern izakaya called Suit Izakaya & Sake Bar. It is a great choice for casual dining, whether it's for lunch or dinner. The eatery offers beautifully presented dishes that can be enjoyed alongside their selection of sake. The menu features a variety of options, starting from finger foods (otsumami) such as crispy tofu skins ($48) and shitake mushrooms on shrimp chips ($48) to vegetable side dishes like charred baby carrots ($88) and aubergine in charcoal with pistachio nuts and yoghurt dip ($118). For dinner, we recommend starting with seafood dishes like the cuttlefish blanket ($138), served on a bed of seaweed salad with tonnato-kiwi dressing. Another excellent choice is the fish mosaic, which consists of slices of half-cooked hamachi wrapped in seaweed and served with wasabi yoghurt and dashi jelly ($168). When it comes to mains, you can indulge in seasonal fish served with sansho peppercorns, grilled shishito peppers, and burnt calamansi sauce ($228). Don't miss out on their signature dish, the yellow chicken rice ($268) marinated in koji and served on a bed of crispy mushroom rice. The izakaya also offers chu-hi cocktails, highballs, and G&T. Those abstaining from alcohol can try their Berry's Fizz, an interesting mix of blueberry, yuzu, and onion with tonic.
Regent Seven Seas’ maiden voyage to Hong Kong
Hongkongers have been on a travel spree since the city reopened last year, and this year looks set to be even more adventurous. In addition to jetting off to nearby destinations, the demand for vacations at sea presents an incredible value proposition for anyone looking for a fun getaway. Cruise ships are excellent vacation options because they often come with all-inclusive packages, allowing you to savour a multitude of amenities, enjoy breathtaking views, and explore iconic landmarks across different corners of the globe, all with the convenience of unpacking just once. Photograph: Tatum Ancheta For those seeking luxury experiences, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is an excellent choice, especially for those willing to splurge. Their vessel, the Regent Seven Seas Explorer, touted as 'the most luxurious ship ever built,' docked in Hong Kong for the first time in February. The ship welcomed aboard 300 individuals, locals and vacationers from across the globe, embarking on the cruise's route from Hong Kong to Tokyo, featuring iconic Asian capitals. Watch the video below for a sneak peek inside the Regent Seven Seas Cruises. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Hong Kong (@timeouthk) Photograph: Tatum AnchetaRegent Seven Seas Explorer's Regent Suite The ship is massive, and though the experience offers land programmes where you can enjoy a local tour before or after your voyage, staying on the luxurious vessel, with amenities to dream of,
XX bar reopens in Rosewood Hong Kong
Aside from DarkSide, you can now add Rosewood Hong Kong’s newly reopened bar XX to your next bar-hopping adventure in TST. The bar originally opened in 2019 as Hong Kong’s first-ever ladies-only speakeasy-style bar. Unfortunately, it closed during the pandemic but has since reopened as Maison Le Cercle, a members-only bar in collaboration with Pernod Ricard. The exclusivity of the establishment required guests to have the right connections to secure an invite, before allowing them to savour a curated selection of cocktails and rare spirits. Photograph: Courtesy XX Starting this month, XX is ditching the exclusive vibes and reopening its doors to everyone. No passwords, no hassle – just walk-ins. Now, folks from all over can kick back in style, surrounded by antique mirrored tables, plush velvet couches, and Hong Kong’s dazzling skyline. Photograph: Courtesy XX For libations, expect an extensive selection of whiskies, fine wines, and seasonal cocktails (starts at $170 per drink) crafted by a talented team of bartenders led by bar manager David Monroy. Photograph: Courtesy XX XX is located on the fifth floor of Rosewood Hong Kong and is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to midnight, with hours extending to 1am on weekends. Recommended stories: Taiwanese bar Draft Land opens second branch in Hong KongWhat's on: The latest foodie happenings to catch in the cityThe best speakeasy-style and hidden bars in Hong Kong Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Thre
Hong Kong ranks among 50 best cities in 2024
Every year, we ask you, our readers, how you feel about your city, and we compile the survey results to gather insights on food, culture, and nightlife quality, affordability, and locals' overall feelings about their city. This year, Time Out partnered with research company Potentia Insight, and the results are in, with our annual ranking of The Best Cities in the World just released. The sixth annual list for 2024 is composed of 50 cities that offer exceptional visitor experiences and vibrant amenities, while also boasting strong community connections and an undeniable atmosphere, ideal for living. Leading the list this year is the famous ‘city that never sleeps,’ New York, followed by the naturally beautiful Cape Town, and Germany's capital city, Berlin. Tokyo ranks as the top city in Asia at number eight, followed by Mumbai at number 12 and Singapore at the 22nd spot. Similar to the fifth edition of The Best Cities in the World, our beloved city has once again secured the second-last position on the list. Although it feels like a distant memory, Hong Kong was one of the last cities to open its doors to the world due to the pandemic. Navigating through the challenges of the past years has left us, Hongkongers, feeling a bit weary, but there's still so much to cherish about our city. This year, the city is thriving, presenting the perfect opportunity for visitors to explore the uniqueness it has to offer. With a plethora of top attractions, a dynamic art scene, and lively r
Hong Kong ranks second to last among 53 best cities in the world for 2022
Remember the Time Out Index survey we rolled out earlier this year where we asked you how you feel about our city? The results are in, and Time Out's annual ranking of the world's best cities has been revealed. This list was put together based on the Time Out Index survey results, where 20,000 city dwellers from all over the world answered questions about life in their hometown, including the current state of the restaurant, bar, and art scene. The ranking highlights cities that are reopening and things to look forward to as people return to travel. This year, 53 cities made it on the list, with Edinburgh nabbing the top spot, followed by Chicago – which took the title of the funnest city in the world (according to locals) – and Medellín taking the third place. Mumbai takes the highest spot in Asia at 14th place, followed by Taipei at number 16. Last year Hong Kong was in the top 20, but with everything that the city went through during the fifth wave of the pandemic, Hong Kong fell to second last among the ranked cities, sitting at 52 just below Bangkok, and inching above Doha which is ranked last at 53. Photograph: TA Hong Kong has been hit hard by the pandemic in the early part of the year, and even after the city opened up to non-residents after two years of closing the borders, flight cancellations and quarantine requirements have posed hurdles. When we rolled out the survey in March, 37 percent of Hongkongers said there was not much to do in the city. Most of th
Mondrian Hong Kong is now open in Tsim Sha Tsui
If you're planning a holiday in Hong Kong and looking for a new hotel to book this season, consider adding the recently opened Mondrian Hong Kong to your must-try list. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, the hotel under hospitality company Ennismore opened on December 18 and is now accepting bookings for the festive season. Mondrian is renowned for its presence in sought-after cultural hubs worldwide, including Singapore, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, London, and Doha. The recently launched hotel in Hong Kong marks the brand's debut in Greater China. Situated conveniently near the West Kowloon Cultural District, the hotel offers breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour and easy access to TST's key attractions. Photograph: Courtesy Mondrian Hong Kong The hotel invites guests to experience contemporary architecture, featuring a visionary lobby design by Karin Krautgartner that showcases innovative art and installations from talented local and international artists. Guests can book from a selection of 324 rooms, including 12 two-bay suites, each thoughtfully designed to evoke a sense of history and pay homage to Hong Kong's rich heritage. Photograph: Courtesy Mondrian Hong Kong Mondrian Hong Kong will be devoted to offering hospitality with art and soul, drawing inspiration from people. This commitment will be reflected in their progressive cultural programming, highlighting artwork that embodies the vibrant essence of the city. Additionally, their 40th floor rooftop space is
Hong Kong ranks as the fifth most expensive city to live in 2023
The cost of living crisis worldwide isn't showing any signs of slowing down. In a recently published Worldwide Cost of Living Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), prices have risen 7.4 percent this year; although a slight dip from the previous year's 8.1 percent spike, this increase remains significantly higher than the trend observed between 2017 and 2021. So if you're living in a big city, well, you're in for a real wallop. Singapore regained the top spot in the rankings for the ninth time in eleven years, known for its high prices in categories like clothing, groceries, and alcohol. Zurich also shares the title of the world's most expensive cities, attributed to factors like the strong Swiss franc and high prices in groceries, household goods, and recreation. On the list, Geneva and New York tied for third place, resulting in the Big Apple losing its previous top spot, while Hong Kong dropped to fifth place. Chinese cities like Beijing and Dalian (tied at #60), as well as Nanjing and Wuxi (tied at #77), have moved down in the rankings due to a slower economic recovery, subdued consumer demand, and currency depreciation. Moreover, two Japanese cities, Osaka (#70) and Tokyo (#60), have significantly slipped down the rankings, influenced by the weakening yen. The Worldwide Cost of Living survey, conducted twice a year by EIU, compares over 400 prices across 200 products and services in 173 cities. Data is collected in March and September by a global team of researc
Farewell, Sevva! Hong Kong’s iconic rooftop bar is closing in 2024
From hosting renowned personalities such as David Beckham and Pharrell Williams, Sevva has been an unrivalled pioneer of entertainment since 2008. However, after sixteen glorious years, this style haven, founded by entrepreneur Bonnae Gokson (proprietor of Ms B’s Cakery and C’est La B cafes), will bid farewell when its lease ends in May 2024. Sevva is the epitome of a city hotspot. Occupying 22,000sq ft of space on the 25th floor of the Landmark Prince, its furnishings effortlessly radiate elegance and timeless style, as if they were pulled directly from the pages of a luxury interior design magazine. One of the reasons for its popularity is its remarkable terrace, which is surrounded by a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Central and Admiralty’s iconic skyscrapers, the picturesque harbour, and the mesmerising Kowloon skyline. This makes it a favourite among tourists and locals, as it offers an unforgettable vantage point to admire the city. Photograph: Courtesy Sevva The city has sadly witnessed the closure of numerous iconic establishments in recent years. The challenges posed by the pandemic have significantly impacted the city’s economy, including its hospitality industry. Like many other businesses in this sector, the enduring effects of Covid-19 have ultimately taken their toll at Sevva. “Sevva is taking stock of its success after more than a decade and a half and will be open to new creative directions. We are enormously proud to have raised the standard of hospita
W Macau is now open on the Cotai Strip
Following a series of hotel launches in Macau, a new hotel destination has just opened on the Cotai Strip. In September, W Macau opened its doors in integrated resort Studio City. Designed by the globally acclaimed Zaha Hadid Architects, the new W Hotel will boast a modern design and provide immersive experiences influenced by Hollywood movies filmed in Macau during the 1950s. Click the video below for a sneak peek at the latest W Hotel opening: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Time Out Hong Kong (@timeouthk) Photograph: Tatum AnchetaThe lobby The hotel offers a total of 557 rooms, which includes 127 suites. In addition to that, it provides various amenities such as a spa, fitness centre, indoor swimming pool, and meeting and event spaces equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. The hotel is also launching its signature recording studio, the W Sound Suite. Photograph: Tatum AnchetaLiving Room Photograph: Tatum AnchetaW Macau's indoor pool According to W Macau - Studio City’s general manager, Adrian Chan, the hotel will offer guests a new kind of luxury that revels in bold ideas and indulges in the unexpected. “Its contemporary design elevates the guest experience through signature features, iconic Whatever/Whenever service, and dynamic programming to give them a fresh perspective of the city’s fascinating cultural legacy, a more contemporary way to stay,” he adds. Photograph: Tatum AnchetaW Macau's Cool Corner Room Expe
Sheung Wan ranks top in Asia as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world
The appetite for international travel has rebounded strongly this year, thanks to the reopening of ports in cities worldwide. This is especially true for cities like Hong Kong, where citizens can finally leave and reenter the city without having to worry about quarantine restrictions. As we rediscover the joys of travelling and start planning our next holiday, Time Out’s annual ranking of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods is back to help you discover the most happening cities for your next destination. This year, Time Out asked more than 12,000 people about the coolest neighbourhoods in their city. The selection is then narrowed down with the insight and expertise of Time Out’s global network of city editors and local experts who know their hometowns better than anybody else. To create and rank the final list, Time Out editors considered factors including community and social ventures, access to open and green space, and thriving street life. In 2022, Wan Chai ranked 22nd among the 51 coolest neighbourhoods in the world, and this year, we celebrate the vibrant Sheung Wan district, which proudly sits at the top for Asia and fifth on the list among 40 other cities in the world. Sheung Wan is one of Hong Kong’s liveliest districts and the only place in Hong Kong where you can find a mix of historic temples, antique stores, and dried seafood stalls alongside contemporary art galleries, Melbourne-style cafes, stylish boutiques, and contemporary restaurants. Once a hotbed for cof
2 Hong Kong bars named in World's 50 Best Bars 2023 51-100 list
Prior to the awards ceremony for The World's 50 Best Bars 2023, which will be hosted in Asia for the first time in Singapore on October 17, the prestigious bars list reveals its extended 51 to 100 list. Encompassing 34 different cities worldwide, the 51 to 100 list comprises 14 bars in Asia, six in the USA, and 17 in Europe. Out of a total of 14 bars across Asia, Singapore claims five spots on the list. Taking the lead at number 59 is 28 HongKong Street, followed by Manhattan at number 63, Nutmeg & Clove at number 64, Analogue Initiative at number 78, and Native at number 83. Hong Kong’s first eco-friendly bar, Penicillin, ranked at number 71, and Rosewood Hong Kong’s flagship bar, Darkside, made the cut at number 97. There are 14 new entries on the list, including Arca from Tulum, El Gallo Altanero from Guadalajara, and Tir Nouvelle Vague from Tirana – all showcased on the list for the first time. Approaching its 15th edition, 50 Best Bars remains committed to recognizing the extraordinary accomplishments of the global bar community. The list is generated through voting by The World's 50 Best Bars Academy, which comprises 680 beverage experts spread across 28 regions. This diverse group includes bartenders, consultants, writers, and cocktail specialists from around the world. Voters are allowed to cast seven votes based on their bar experiences in the previous 18 months, with the option of allocating five votes to their home country if they were unable to travel during that
Two Hong Kong hotels made it to the list of World's 50 Best Hotels 2023
50 Best, renowned for unveiling Asia's and the World's top bars and restaurants, announced the inaugural list of The World's 50 Best Hotels during an awards ceremony held at London's Guildhall on September 19. This new list highlights exceptional hotel experiences with the aim of inspiring travellers, hoteliers, and consumers worldwide as they plan their future trips. The debut edition was compiled from the input of 580 anonymous voters, consisting of hoteliers, journalists, and seasoned travellers from nine different regions across the globe, over a two-year polling period. Every hotel was eligible for votes, and voters were simply asked to share their top seven experiences. Nabbing the number one spot is Italy’s luxury boutique hotel in Lake Como, Passalacqua, followed by Rosewood Hong Kong at number two, one of Hong Kong’s most happening hotels since it opened in 2019 in the surrounding arts and design district at Victoria Dockside. The venue was also the official hotel and award ceremony venue partner of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023. The third spot goes to Bangkok’s Four Seasons Hotel, set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Hong Kong’s The Upper House, a luxury boutique hotel located in the bustling Admiralty district, sits at number four on the list, followed by Aman Tokyo at number five, a famous hotel situated near the Imperial Gardens in Tokyo. Photograph: Tatum AnchetaThe Upper House London is represented by four hotels on the list: Claridge's at number 16, The Con
Hong Kong suspends classes, urges firms to WFH due to weather disruptions
Update: At 3:40pm, the Hong Kong Observatory lowered the rainstorm warning signal to Amber. By 4.45pm, the rainstorm warning has been cancelled. The government is cautioning citizens to remain vigilant as there may still be flooding in low-lying and poorly drained areas. After only a few days of recovery from typhoon Saola, Hong Kong is facing severe weather conditions today, and a black rainstorm warning has been issued for the first time since October 2021. In response, the government has announced the suspension of all school classes, and companies are urged to implement T8 protocols and allow their staff to work from home. The extreme weather conditions may continue until 6pm, and firms are encouraged to adopt reasonable and flexible work arrangements. The black rainstorm warning was issued by the Hong Kong Observatory at 11:05pm yesterday due to heavy rain exceeding 70 millimetres per hour. As a result, commuters can expect disruptions on the road, including the suspension of most bus services and slower train intervals on MTR lines. Long Win Bus, KMB, and Citybus have suspended all bus services, with the exception of airport routes S1, S64C, and S64X, until further notice. Photograph: AFP/Matt Surrusco As for MTR operations, there are currently service disruptions on the Kwun Tong Line due to flooding near Wong Tai Sin Station. Service between Shek Kip Mei Station and Choi Hung Station has been suspended, while trains between Whampoa Station and Shek Kip Mei Station