It’s June, which means Hong Kong’s famously hot and humid summer is in full force. So we’re all looking for ways to cool off this month.
That might mean splashing around Hong Kong’s best beaches (on Lantau Island, drop the kids at Treasure Island’s surf school on Pui O beach, while you indulge in a few cold drinks and snacks) or slinking off on a ferry to windswept islands like Lamma, Cheung Chau or lesser-known Tung Ping Chau with its eye-catching geological formations.
But there are some equally cool things happening in the city – namely indoors, where there’s air conditioning…
Hong Kong is welcoming a fresh batch of restaurants and pop-ups this month. First up, laid-back all-day-dining and drinking spot Mamma Always Said on Central’s Peel Street. Start with a negroni before tucking into comforting classics like country-style ham sandwiches oozing with cheese and a tomato. Better still, email firstname.lastname@example.org for 20 per cent off your bill during the soft launch.
Nearby on Wyndham Street, Black Sheep Restaurants debuts its latest concept – Crown Super Deluxe, a teppanyaki spot inspired by ’60s Tokyo and grilling wagyu beef and other premium ingredients.
Also opening in June is food court concept Base Hall, bringing together several concepts in the basement of Jardine House in Central. Check out tasty morsels from plant-based specialists TREEHOUSE; Japanese-style rotisserie chicken from the people behind Yardbird at Roti Tori; Honbo burgers; Vietnamese street food at Co Thanh; an outpost of Mexican restaurant 11 Westside; local craft brew heroes Young Master Ales; and sweet treats from Cookie DPT.
Meanwhile, modern izakaya Zuma turns 13 and marks the occasion with a Birthday Tasting Menu (12-14 June) reviving dishes from the opening of the original Zuma in London back in 2002. It’s also running a Father’s Day weekend brunch (20-21 June), with the option of free-flow champagne if you really want to spoil dad.
In Admiralty, the Cookie DPT pop-up continues to dominate Instagram stories and draw foodies to The Upper House. The brand’s beloved American-style (and sized…) cookies are available daily at the outdoor terrace of The Lawn on Level 6 until 30 August. Tuck into flavours such as brownie filled with chocolate chip and the ‘Earl Gray’, designed especially for The Upper House.
American import Red Lobster in Causeway Bay is offering an Endless Shrimp promotion for the month of June. For HK$198, you get all-you-can-eat portions of six shrimp dishes including popcorn shrimp, coconut shrimp and shrimp pasta with lobster cream sauce – with unlimited Cheddar Bay biscuits to mop it all up.
In sleepy Tai Hang, The Shophouse has turned a pre-war traditional tong lau into a 4,000 square-foot gallery space, showcasing works by different artists over three of its five storeys. Opening exhibitions include works from ceramist Steve Harrison, fashion designer Kiko Kostadinov and painter Ben Edmunds, and run until 28 June.
Tai Kwun reopens with two exhibitions this summer. Nineteen artists from Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Puerto Rico, Thailand and beyond seek to find common ground in the unfamiliar through exploring themes of understanding, miscommunication and tolerance in They Do Not Understand Each Other (until 13 September), while My Body Holds Its Shape comprises commissioned works by Tap Chan, Thea Djordjadze, Jason Dodge, Eisa Jocson and Pratchaya Phinthong experimenting with concepts of sculpture and form (until 1 September).
To mark the 70th anniversary of Peanuts, K11 Art Mall is hosting a Peanuts Global Artist Collective Pop-up, with limited-edition collectibles and over 40 poster prints and 15 figurines paying tribute to Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang from Charles M Schulz’s beloved comic.
And there’s still time to catch the ongoing Unconstrained Textiles: Stitching Methods, Crossing Ideas, showing until 26 July at the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile at The Mills in Tsuen Wan – including works by Hong Kong’s own Samson Young, Hong Kong-based Japanese artist Kato Izumi and South Korean artist Ham Kyungah. CHAT’s newly launched #museumfromhome initiative also lets you dive into online tours, workshops and artist from the comfort of home.
Shopping with a Conscience
Recently opened 1ofaKind in Yau Ma Tei is a thrift-shop with a strong charitable mission to support by the homeless by providing them with employment opportunities in the shop. It’s a fun place to browse its collection of #kindnessmatters mugs, t-shirts and clothing which supports homeless charity ImpactHK and pre-loved homewares – or simply a place to stop off for a coffee and snacks while explore the bustling Kowloon neighbourhood.
Holidays Close to Home
While we’re all dreaming of our next overseas getaway, staycations in Hong Kong’s best hotels are the next best thing – offering some pampering, pools and good-value dining. Check out the best Hong Kong hotel staycations to book right now.