Food and drink

Best things to do in Hong Kong in April

Where to eat, drink, watch films and, of course, catch a little rugby

Here’s the short version of this column: Sevens, Sevens, booze, Sevens, food, Sevens, food, booze, Sevens, films.

Here’s the long version.

The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, the world’s most raucous rugby tournament lands at Hong Kong Stadium over the weekend of 6-8 April. The rugby fun actually started at the end of March: in the streets around Causeway Bay’s Lee Gardens area, there’s the Esports Arena (3-8 April) and a Wolfpack Ninja Championship (6-8 April), as well as a live broadcast of the tournament and all sorts of exciting street performances. The StreetMAZE – giant artworks dotted around Lee Gardens – and the Cathay Pacific scrum challenge are also still running until 8 April.

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If you prefer your drink not in a plastic cup and as far away from the stadium as possible, here’s where to go: Mad Men Happy Hour at Central’s Foxglove (try Don’s Old Fashioned and Joan’s vanilla martini); the new Tsim Sha Tsui outpost of La Vache (new location, same steak frites deal); or Wan Chai’s Back Bar for new cocktails inspired by Hong Kong’s cha chaan tengs (local cafes). Dear Lilly in Central’s IFC is design maestro Ashley Sutton’s newest outpost, blending a dreamy Parisian atmosphere with cocktails and views of Victoria Harbour.

But if you need to channel your inner warrior, head to Zuma where Arkadiusz Rybak has created a cocktail menu based on Japanese samurai: try the Honda negroni (includes mancino rosso, shiso and, er, clay).

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Back Bar
Justin Lim-HKKO april
Justin Lim

Or catch the last few days of the Hong Kong Film Festival – guests this year include German director Werner Herzog and filmmaker Bridget Lin; or gorge on the winners of the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards, announced on 15 April.

It’s finally warm: so it’s choose-your-beach time. We’re hiking from Chai Wan and heading for spicy noodles and cheap surfer gear at Big Wave Bay’s Ho Luk Store.

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You can always count on Cirque du Soleil for an artful spectacle. The Canadian company produces shows involving acrobatics, clownery, live music and fantastical stories to immerse audiences in a surreal, colour-drenched world. One of the group’s big tops arrives on Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront to stage Kooza, a production touring since 2007 that features aerial acts, balancing feats and much more. Catch the circus from 19 April to 3 June.

The show is staged from 19 April to 3 June at Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront

"Kooza" by Cirque Du Soleil - Dress Rehearsal
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Further afield

Apr 5-May 6: Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia

Catwalk shows and a celebration of Indonesian cuisine overlap during this extravaganza. The food festival features stalls of traditional dishes and the Wine & Cheese Expo.

May 16-19: Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival, Jindo Island, South Korea

Once a year, a buildup of sand causes the sea to part here. Visitors can walk from Jindo Island in the country’s south to a smaller island nearby on the 2.8 kilometre-long path that opens up.

May 19-20: Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Matsuri, Tokyo, Japan

Revellers don traditional wear in choreographed dance routines as they parade down the roads of bustling Shibuya district. Also highlighted are food and sake from Kagoshima.

May 20: Run to the Beat, Beijing, Mainland China

This is a half-marathon but it’s not just about running. Live music and DJs along the course keep runners entertained and motivated, with the main stage at the finish line.