Festivals and events

Best things to do in Hong Kong in August

The Hong Kong restaurants, bars and art spaces to head for during the summer heat

Over the past 37 months, your Hong Kong Kind Of correspondent has covered everything from junks and hikes to new restaurants, art and bars. Mainly bars. Do ask me about the newest bar opening. Even better, invite me to it.

Luckily, there’s always something new to see, do and eat in Hong Kong. And drink. Hong Kong must be the only city in the world where you can order a crystal-meth-blue cocktail (The Heisenberg at The Pontiac), then one served in a Spam tin (Jinjuu), before chasing both with a bottle of Gweilo beer (usually at The Globe). I’ve found you can tell a lot about Hong Kong from the bottom of a wine glass.

Which seems like a good place to start. And where else than the brand new Tai Kwun heritage whopper on Central’s Hollywood Road? There’s 1920s Parisian brasserie Café Claudel for coffee after visiting the 100 Faces of Tai Kwun exhibition, then Madame Fu for sexy Cantonese plates. Chase it up with drinks inspired by Peter Pan at Quinary, reimagined classics at VEA or mythical cocktails at The Envoy.

One of this writer’s favourite neighbourhoods (aside from her own Sai Ying Pun) has long been Tai Hang: recently boosted by the opening of Tipsy, where you actually get full eating Atlantic seabass and grilled squid salad rather than bleary-eyed as the name suggests. If you can’t get a table, head one floor up to Bond, whose spaghetti cheese wheel has made it a carb-loading base camp.

More favourites: 12,000 Francs in Soho for a date. (It’s recently updated its menu to include deep-fried pizza and homemade terrine.) Potato Head’s Music Room for out-out drinks. Din Tai Fung in Causeway Bay or Blacksalt in Sai Ying Pun the next day. The roof terrace of Wan Chai’s Wooloomooloo Steakhouse when we have visitors. And if you want to get teary-eyed at leaving Hong Kong: the view at Hutong will do that, if the spicy mapo tofu doesn’t. And its Grüner Veltliner is the best Asian food pairing tipple we’ve come across.

Or if you, like me, are off somewhere else this month, swing by Cloud-sourcing: In Touch with Weather from Land, Sea and Air at Hong Kong International Airport beforehand. Running until November, the HK Observatory’s exhibition celebrates (rather than bemoans) the territory’s changing weather with colourful photos and videos. It’s typhoon season after all…

Further afield

Aug 24-26: E-sports & Music Festival Hong Kong


Aug 26: Ariake Sea Firework Festival, Fukuoka, Japan

Of Japan’s many summer firework shows, this one stands out with its ‘Niagara Falls’ display, which stretches 3,500 metres across and holds the record for the world’s longest pyrotechnic waterfall.

Sep 19: The Killers, Hong Kong 


Sep-Nov: Trekking season, Nepal

Dry and temperate, autumn is the best time for hiking Nepal’s famed mountain routes. Mount Everest is an exception – that’s best during spring.

Sep 13-28: 2018 ACC Asia Cup, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Six Asian cricket powerhouses, including India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, face off in a series of One Day Internationals to see who will take home the continent’s most prestigious trophy. asiancricket.org

Sep 27-30: The Great Food Festival, Singapore

Singapore’s largest food festival is held at the sprawling events venue in Resorts World Sentosa, featuring Michelin-level dishes for bargain prices and stunning dessert creations. tgff.com.sg

Oct 14: Cyclothon

Nov 1-30: Hong Kong Great November Feast

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