Best independent shops to visit in Hong Kong
With no sales tax, no VAT, and numerous outstanding malls, Hong Kong is rightly famous as one of the world’s greatest shopping meccas. That being said, it can be boring to see the same parade of brands in one mall after another. So, if you’re feeling the need for something different, check out some of our favourite independent local shops below. RECOMMENDED: Want your outfits to have a bit of history behind them? There’s a wealth of brilliant thrift stores and vintage shops in Hong Kong that would suit all your needs.
Best family-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong
Looking to spend some quality time with the family? Well, it's a good thing that Hong Kong has a whole host of fun activities suitable for families of all sizes, from kid-friendly hiking trails to fascinating museums and a bevy of dining options that won't end with your kid screaming in your face because they don't want to eat their vegetables. We're talking ball pits, slides, jungle gyms, colouring books, and food that your little ones will actually want to eat. Keep reading mum and dad, you can thank us later. RECOMMENDED: If the weather permits, pack up a picnic and head to one of these beautiful picnic spots in Hong Kong.
Best cafes and coffee shops to visit in Sheung Wan
Sheung Wan is well known for being HK Island’s coffee hub thanks to its ever-increasing community of cafes and coffee shops. Whether you’re looking for excellent java, a casual meal, or just a photogenic background to add to your #foodpic collection (because why else would you go to a cafe anyway?), this part of town has got them all. Follow this guide to discover our favourite cafes and coffee shops in the neighbourhood. RECOMMENDED: Crossing the harbour? Take a look at our roundup of the best cafes and coffee shops in Kowloon to satisfy your caffeine cravings.
Quirky restaurants and cafes to visit in Hong Kong
For a city that's filled with so many serious foodies and numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, Hong Kong is, weirdly enough, a huge fan of quirky, unusual concepts when it comes to dining – just the number of pet cafés and cartoon themed eateries all over town should give you a fair warning. Here are just some of our favourite ones. RECOMMENDED: Need inspiration for your next cafe-hopping adventure? Take a look at our ultimate guide to cafes and coffee shops in Hong Kong.
Best restaurants in Hong Kong with outdoor seating
Summer is officially in full swing, which means you can do all your favourite outdoor activities like hitting up hiking trails, get involved in exhilarating water sports, and most importantly, dining outdoors without breaking a sweat. Whether you’re looking for terraces and rooftops with magnificent harbour views or secluded spaces with lush surroundings, here are the best restaurants to enjoy outdoor dining in the city. RECOMMENDED: Check out our list of these new restaurants that you need to visit.
11 Best picnic spots in Hong Kong
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than packing up some light nibbles, sweet treats, and maybe even a bottle of bubbly for a good ol' picnic. Blessed with natural beauty and an abundance of parks and gardens, Hong Kong has no shortage of idyllic spots for a leisurely afternoon picnic. From seaside spaces to mountain-top nooks, here are some of the best picnic spots in the city. RECOMMENDED: Enjoy more of the perfect weather at Hong Kong's best rooftop bars.
10 Famous Cantopop songs that evoke a sense of nostalgia
Remember the days of the four Cantopop kings: Andy Lau, Leon Lai, Aaron Kwok, and Jacky Cheung? How about Beyond, arguably the best rock band that Hong Kong has produced? And of course, let's not forget our forever 'gor gor', actor and singer Leslie Cheung. From catchy pop tunes to sentimental ballads, walk down memory lane with our roundup of these classic Cantonese songs. RECOMMENDED: More into live music? Check out the best upcoming concerts and gigs in Hong Kong and Macau.
Best camping sites in Hong Kong
Despite Hong Kong’s urban focus, there are plenty of opportunities to be outdoorsy and athletic in our great city, whether it’s swimming, hiking, or cycling that you fancy. But in case you want more than just a day in nature, we’ve put together a compilation of the best locations where you can pitch a tent and sneak off for a quick camping getaway. RECOMMENDED: Too much trouble setting up your own camp? Go glamping at these spots in Hong Kong.
Best cafes and coffee shops in Sai Ying Pun
Sai Ying Pun is proving to be one of the city's top coffee hubs. Known for its many steep slopes and its New York-like grid design, this Western district is also home to an increasing number of boutique cafes and coffee shops. Whether you’re looking for popular chain cafes like NOC Coffee Co and Winstons Coffee or indie venues like Coffee by Zion, Sai Ying Pun has got it all. Here’s the best of the bunch. RECOMMENDED: Check out our monthly roundup of the best new cafes and coffee shops to visit around town.
Hung Hom: Ultimate guide
What do you think of when asked about Hung Hom? Do you think about the traffic going through the cross-harbour tunnel? Or is it the concerts at Hong Kong Coliseum that come to mind? With the Tuen Ma MTR line now in full operation, getting to Hung Hom has never been easier. But if you’re unfamiliar with the neighbourhood, we’re here to help with an extensive guide on where to eat and drink, and what you can experience in this little slice of Kowloon. Jump to a section: EAT DRINK DO What is Hung Hom known for?Hung Hom is mainly a residential neighbourhood with a number of industrial buildings in the area. Why do we love it?Compared to the rest of the city, Hung Hom is a laidback neighbourhood that’s just bursting with local culture. How do I get to Hung Hom?The MTR would be your easiest option, but for those coming from the Island side, consider hopping on a ferry from Central Pier No.8 on a (roughly) 15-minute boat ride that will take you straight to Hung Hom Pier. Map of Hung Hom If you only do one thing Definitely pay a visit to the Hung Hom Ferry Pier and stroll along the promenade, where you’ll get to enjoy the sea breeze while taking in the incredible views of Hong Kong Island both day and night.
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Gaylord Indian Restaurant
Pamper your belly royally with Gaylord's new Mughlai menu, which features cuisine from ancient Indian aristocracy. These dishes are largely butter-based and filled with dried fruits, giving them a unique texture and richness. Their stuffed capsicum, a deep fried green pepper with mashed potatoes, corn, and peas, and their homemade cottage cheese in cashew nut and poppy seed gravy are fit for royalty. Most recently, the restaurant celebrated its 50th anniversary by collaborating with celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor to create a golden jubilee celebratory menu full of Gaylord’s classic favourites with chef Kapoor’s exquisite delicacies, such as Kerala-style crabs with curry leaf, bay prawns cooked in spiced coconut milk and truffle oil, and spinach roundels stuffed with cottage cheese in smoked pepper makhani.
Liu Yi Shou Chong Qing Hot Pot
With over 500 locations worldwide, Liu Yi Shou Chong Qing Hot Pot is a famous chain from Chongqing that specialises in Sichuan-style hotpot. While they have a small selection of hotpot broths to choose from, Liu Yi Shou is best known for their signature mala spicy soup that's made with beef tallow and plenty of chillis. Aside from the usual hot pot add-ins like sliced meats, vegetables, or fishball varieties; this hotpot spot also offers delicacies like tripe, pig hearts, pig blood and intestines.
La Rambla by Catalunya
A spin-off of Catalunya, La Rambla is a wilder sibling, offering more avant-garde Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine that plays daringly – and deliciously – with a multitude of different flavours and textures. La Rambla's chef - Rafa Gil - was previously a finalist on Netflix's The Final Table, and he infuses Asian-inspired flavours into his classic Catalan dishes. The restaurant itself occupies a pleasant and modern space, with a 4200 square-foot deck outside on which diners can enjoy food and drinks whilst taking in arresting views across Victoria Harbour.
PDT (Please Don’t Tell)
Hidden at the back of MO Bar in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, accessed through a mock phone booth, PDT has established itself as one of the best bars in the city – let alone one of the best hidden bars. The cocktail menu is well-thought-out and serves a wonderful marriage of classics from PDT’s original home in New York and new creations that are sensitive to local tastes and ingredients here in Asia.
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Porterhouse Seafood & Steak
Porterhouse Seafood & Steak boasts a wide-ranging menu which offers succulent steaks using quality meat from all over the world. For those not so meat-inclined, there is also a selection of seafood from octopus, prawns, lobsters, and many more. All of which comes with tasty sauces, as well as additional sides and pairings.
Taiwanese jelly-based bubble tea store Potion House opens in Wan Chai
Potion House, located in the heart of Wan Chai, is the newest addition to Hong Kong’s bubble tea scene. Unlike other bubble tea stores, Potion House specialises in using ‘cha dong’ – jelly infused with milk, tea, or coffee – to intensify the flavour and add a satisfying chewy texture to their Taiwanese drinks. Photograph: Courtesy Potion House Currently, the store offers six signature jellies on their menu with flavours like peach-infused black tea, jasmine green tea, soybean milk, apricot kernel, grass, and coffee. Each of these jellies can be included as an add-in ingredient to Potion House’s drinks to create a unique beverage unlike any other. Photograph: Courtesy Potion House This bubble tea store offers a wide range of drinks that will appeal to all taste buds. Their signatures include milk tea made with high quality black tea leaves and paired with their peach-infused black tea jelly for a contrasting fruity flavour and the rich and creamy magnolia green tea topped with cream cheese foam. Other options on the menu include refreshing Jin Xuan alpine tea combined with dried candied apples and honey, or brown sugar coffee latte – a contemporary take on a Taiwanese classic that results in a caramel finish. Visit Potion House now at G/F, 20 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai.Recommended stories:The Londoner Macao celebrated its grand opening with David BeckhamThe giant inflatable rubber duck returns to Hong Kong after a decadeOwners of Bangkok’s award-winning restaurant Le
Celebrate the inclusive power of arts at Hong Kong Arts Festival’s ‘No Limits’
Because art is for everyone, celebrate the creative collaborations between talented international and Hong Kong artists of diverse abilities at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust’s ‘No Limits’. From now until May 2023, catch various programmes, from film, music, dance, and theatre, via in-venue and online showcases. Those who want to watch in-venue can catch the mesmerising performances of Gravity (and other attractions) by Un-Label Performing Arts Company ($100/person) at Black Box Theatre, Kwai Tsing Theatre and The Super Special Disability Roadshow by Birds of Paradise Theatre Company ($100/person) at Sheung Wan Civic Centre, on March 17 to 19 with post-performance meet-the-artist sessions. Musical performances by Connie Wong on A Wonderful Journey ($80-$150/person) is showing on March 18 at Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, while Adrian Anantawan in concert with Nicholas McCarthy ($60-$100/person) is happening on March 30 at Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall. Photograph: Bibi June SchwithalWithin Sight by Ellen Renton Exclusive complimentary online screenings of concerts, theatres, and films will also be available to the public. These programmes include musical performances of Adrian Anantawan and Leigh McAllister for Beyond Limits Education Concert featuring works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Molly Joyce; the multimedia-infused performance Within Sight by Ellen Renton; and films Imperfect by Regan Linton & Brian Malone and Back
Usher in a brand new year of good fortune at Shatin Racecourse
Looking for an exciting way to start the new year? Look no further than the Lucky Start January 1 Race Meeting at Sha Tin Racecourse. This sensational event promises a day full of thrilling horse racing, live music performances, interactive games with prizes to be won and delicious food around the racecourse. Gather your closest friends to “capture your luck” that’ll last you throughout 2023, making it your luckiest year yet. Photograph: Courtesy Hong Kong Jockey Club Ring in the new year up on your feet as you groove to the live musical performances at the racecourse. You can also participate in a variety of games to win attractive prizes. Join in the fun of the Horseshoe Hunt Game, where you have to capture your luck by looking for lucky horseshoes around the racecourse. The first 1500 lucky individuals to collect the full set of horseshoes stand a chance to win a smartwatch. There are plenty of other opportunities to win – test your knowledge with the Racing Quiz to take home amazing prizes. Photograph: Courtesy Hong Kong Jockey Club Experience the thrill of being a jockey for a day through the immersive VR eSports facilities at Backstage. This state-of-the-art facility lets you try your hand at the various training stations and also tests all the essential skills needed to become an ace jockey. Photograph: Courtesy Hong Kong Jockey Club Alongside these fun-filled activities, the Sha Tin Racecourse has different signature restaurants and hotspots available for booki
Harrow celebrates 450 years of educational excellence through music
This year marks an incredible achievement for Harrow – it’s been 450 years since Queen Elizabeth I granted John Lyon a charter to build a school for ‘local’ boys in Harrow, North London. Since then, the prestigious educational institution has produced a string of world-famous leaders and influential figures including poet Lord Byron, former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, the first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, King Hussein of Jordan and more. This year also marks 25 years since the first Harrow school opened in Asia (Bangkok), and 10 years since Harrow Hong Kong welcomed its first pupils, making it a truly momentous occasion. To commemorate this significant milestone, a slew of events and activities were held across the Harrow International School community, notably the Harrow 450th Anniversary Festival Concert, which took place earlier this month. Photograph: Courtesy Harrow International School Hong Kong Hosted at Harrow International School Hong Kong, the event featured a mix of live and recorded performances, staged by over 600 pupils from Harrow Schools in Appi, Bangkok, Beijing, Chongqing, Haikou, Hong Kong, London, Nanning, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Zhuhai, as well as renowned guest artists like Zense. Audiences were blown away by the impressive performances ranging from chamber music, choir to string orchestra and more, showcasing the pupils’ immense talent and musicality. Guest artists, Zense, an a cappella group comprising Yen Yen Ng, Edis
Taste French recipes from pioneering restaurant group Septime at Preface Coffee & Wine
With the vision of connecting technology communities globally, educational technology company Preface's flagship concept store, Preface Coffee & Wine is a sleek, multi-storey space that focuses on coffee and wine along with a vigorous food program. Aubergine bouillabaisse | Photograph: Courtesy Preface Coffee & Wine Since October 2022, Kinson Tsui, head chef of Preface Coffee & Wine, has been offering a unique dining experience with the launch of their Cookbook Menu series. During this initiative, they will be featuring selected dishes from the cookbooks of influential chefs and restaurants from around the world. The project reflects Preface's ethos of continuous learning by showcasing modified cooking techniques and substituting locally unavailable ingredients; while enhancing the chefs' understanding of significant cookery perspectives and execution variables to deliver honest interpretations of recipes. Bluefin tuna with mushroom reduction and lovage oil | Photograph: Courtesy Preface Coffee & Wine From December to January, guests will be able to taste recipes from the cookbook Septime, La Cave, Clamato, D'une Île, the book that celebrates the decade-long success of the Septime restaurant group, founded by chef Bertrand Grébaut and restaurateur Théophile Pourriat in Paris. Preface's limited-time menu aims to express a reinterpreted delivery of the 'bistronomy' cuisine that restaurants Septime and Clamato have created in the past decade. Selection of traditional terro
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天氣炎熱，Godiva 再次為大家送上黑朱古力凍飲買一送一優惠，以冰涼特飲趕走悶熱暑氣。由9月16日至18日，全港 Godiva 專門店（新都會廣場店、機場及免稅店除外）一連三日推出72%黑朱古力凍飲買一送一限時優惠，每日中午12點限量發售100套，只需$55兩杯！Godiva 招牌黑朱古力凍飲採用頂級比利時72%黑朱古力配幼滑牛奶，入口濃郁細膩。此外門店更推出精選散裝比利時朱古力買一送一及片裝朱古力買10送10優惠，由9月19日推廣至9月30日。按此瀏覽分店地址 繼續看！Shake Shack 首爾直送：韓式甜辣醬炸雞漢堡限定登陸香港Switch「薩爾達傳說 王國之淚」2023年5月12日發售嫩粉小狐狸 LinaBell 登陸香港！老字號勝利牛丸衝出元朗開外賣店 想知道香港最新最精彩活動？立即追蹤我們的 YouTube、Facebook 及 Instagram，或按這裏登記，便可以電郵獲取我們最新的定期通訊
Catch two world-class jewellery shows in Hong Kong this summer
Whether you're getting ready to pop the question, or just shopping to treat yourself to some dazzling jewellery, don't miss the twin jewellery shows happening in Hong Kong this summer. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 38th Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and eighth Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show will run from July 29 to August 2 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) – HALL3. Photograph: Courtesy Hong Kong Trade Development Council The twin jewellery shows will open to the public and showcase over 430 exhibitors, including brands from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Singapore. Jewellery lovers can shop and browse through a plethora of precious items on display. Get to see the innovative jewellery creations from a number of Hong Kong designers from Asia Pacific Creator Association, and head to the special Italian pavilion where 20 exhibitors will display their crafts. Photograph: Courtesy Hong Kong Trade Development Council Some of the pieces on display will make their appearance in Hong Kong for the first time. Browse through Hong Kong International Jewellery Show’s seven highlighted zones which will showcase the World of Glamour, Fine Jewellery, Antique and Vintage Jewellery, Silver and Finished Jewellery, Tools and Equipment and Packaging, Watch Avenue, and Jewellery X Creativity. Must-see displays include the flower-shaped jewels from Zuri Jewelry Company Limited’s
Zuma Hong Kong celebrates 15 years with a special anniversary menu
Following the highly successful launch of the original London location in 2002, Zuma arrived in Hong Kong as the concept's first overseas destination. After bringing its contemporary Japanese cuisine to the city, Zuma has since expanded internationally to Dubai, New York, Rome, Bangkok, and more. To mark the 15th anniversary of Zuma Hong Kong, the culinary team, led by executive chef Quynh Phuong Brown, has put together a 15th anniversary tasting menu ($1,388 per person) featuring more than 10 of Zuma’s most beloved dishes. Available from July 28 to August 7, the menu showcases items from its three kitchens – the main kitchen, the sushi counter, and the robata grill – including sliced yellowtail, Japanese Wagyu tataki, miso-marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf, premium sushi and sashimi platter, to name just a few. Photograph: Courtesy Zuma For extra decadence, guests can add Iberico pork with yuzu koshu and fresh black truffle (additional $120), and premium Japanese Wagya Miyazaki sirloin, A4 Grade (additional $280) to their meal. As a sweet finale, each guest will receive a complimentary R de Ruinart Champagne and Zuma Hong Kong special chocolate cake by Asia Corporate pastry chef Eddy Lee, served just for this occasion. Click here to book Zuma's 15th anniversary tasting menu for lunch or dinner.
Beat the summer heat with creative Chivas Highballs
Summer is in full swing! Fizzy, refreshing drinks are the season’s must-have cocktail and world-famous Scotch blend Chivas Regal knows you’ve got a sure-fire winner in the highball. From now until September 4, Chivas Regal is partnering with 12 top-tier bars in Hong Kong to help you brace the summer mood with invigorating highballs as part of their ‘Rise with Lisa” Chivas High-Ball Campaign. In March, Chivas launched influential K-Pop musician Lisa – a member of the popular girl group Blackpink – with the ‘I Rise We Rise campaign’ as its new ambassador and the first female face of the brand in Asia. Lisa’s inspiring journey to international stardom blends seamlessly with the Chivas ethos of success and elevating those around you. Now breaking international records in her solo career, Lisa aims to inspire the next generation of Scotch drinkers to forge their own path to success. Photograph: Courtesy Chivas I OBP Baby Monster and Sour Candy This summer, Hongkongers are in for a treat as Chivas is offering an array of refreshing drinks and experiences for you to enjoy. Drop by at 12 participating bars OBP, Bar Buonasera, Mizunara: The Library, Five Samurai, Apothecary, Dio, Library Restaurant & Bar, and 25:00, Moonkok (FOCO and K11), Luna Mare, The Pearl, and Sam Fancy, and sip on boozy libations crafted by talented Hong Kong bartenders. Make your pit stop at Korean restaurant OBP and sip on two Korean-themed cocktails crafted by lead bartender Daniel Eun. Inspired by nosta