November’s here – which means we’re looking forward to the holidays and to breaking out the jackets we’ve stowed away during Hong Kong’s long, hot summer.
West Kowloon hosts the Freespace Jazz Fest (9-10 November) with headliners GoGo Penguin and multi-Grammy-winning Robert Glasper Trio.
Expand your mind at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival (1-10 November) by attending talks with celebrated writers including Hong Kong poet Kit Fan, The Book Thief author Markus Zusak, survivalist Miriam Lancewood and travel writer Pico Iyer. Or expand your consciousness with a gong bath, meditation class or tranquil yoga session at retro-trendy Eaton HK hotel in Jordan. It puts on a diverse lineup of arts, music and wellness events throughout the month.
For our US cousins, November means Thanksgiving. But you don’t have to be red-blooded American to enjoy hearty plates of turkey and all the trimmings: tuck into special Thanksgiving menus at Posto Pubblico in SoHo, Three Blind Mice in Wan Chai and Commissary in Admiralty’s Pacific Place. Kinship also serves up a special set menu of holiday classics on 28 November.
There are plenty of new openings to be thankful for. Lee Lo Mei on the corner of Central’s Lyndhurst Terrace sports a new look along with nostalgic Hong Kong flavours given a contemporary twist. Enjoy modern Malay street food dishes in a playful dining room on Peel Street at Jalan; and get stuck into dim sum and Chinese cuisine under the glow of red lanterns and calligraphy-painted walls at Nove on Central’s Li Yuen Street East. Nearby, the newest resident in glitzy LKF Tower, Poem, brings the flavours of Bali to Lan Kwai Fong with options like batik lobster and coconut smoked duck.
Continue eating your way through November with a tasting tour of nouveau European dishes and wines at Senti. Chef Alex Law, who honed his craft alongside Donovan Cooke at Melbourne fine dining institutions The Atlantic and Ryne, brings a deft creative touch to classic dishes like seared pigeon and juicy lobster (served fried and as a bisque styled as a cappuccino), paired with bold Burgundy, Bordeaux and Italian wines.
Rosewood Hong Kong also debuts two new restaurants in November: Henry, a polished steakhouse celebrating all things charcoal grilled; and Bayfare Social, where chef Álvaro Ramos marries the style of his native Spain with Asian influences.
The local cultural scene also gets a shot in the arm with the reopening of the Museum of Art this month. The three-year facelift and renovation adds brand new galleries, exhibitions and two new dining destinations in modern Australian restaurant Hue and ground-floor seafood specialist Ink, both from the Woolly Pig hospitality group.
Elsewhere, the colonial-era police station-turned-cultural hub Tai Kwun hosts Projekt Berlin (4-17 November) – which celebrates the German city’s creativity through installations, live concerts (don’t miss cabaret performer Ute Lemper), film screenings (’90s action thriller Run Lola Run anyone?) public art and more.
Now to pop-ups: Off Menu (15-17 November) serves special menus from local and visiting chefs (including Amber’s Richard Ekkebus and Tate Dining Room’s Vicky Lau) alongside cocktails, coffee and live music. And three chefs battle it out to produce the ultimate sando at Time Out’s Battle of the Sando on 6 November at izakaya Silencio.
And for a nightcap, make your way to Tell Camellia, a new speakeasy bar hidden off Pottinger Street and offering a menu of ‘teatails’.
Hong Kong Hotel Deals
Don’t sleep on great hotel deals offered throughout November: perfect for a staycation, if you’re a local, or for a last-minute visit.
Le Meridien Cyberport’s South Escape Staycation package invites you to explore Hong Kong Island’s quieter southside: a Tesla will whisky you away to a welcome treat of eclairs and sparkling wine, with daily breakfast buffet included as well as HK$200 food and beverage credit per stay.
To the east, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong’s Centric Staycation comes with outdoor infinity pool, virtual fitness Icaros flying machine (probably the most fun core workout you’ll ever have piloting a VR flying game) and an upgrade to a Harbour View Deluxe room (as well as HK$800 food and beverage credit).
Back in Central, indulge in a pampered stay with The Murray Rejuvenation Experience, which comes with meditation classes, Dr Barbara Sturm Instant Glow facials and access to the vitality pool, swimming pool and gym.
Say hello to in-room treatments, al fresco yoga, sound meditation and a revitalising menu at Café Gray Deluxe as The Upper House extends its partnership with British lifestyle brand Bamford to launch a Wellness Retreat package.
Or rise above it all with Ovolo Central’s Sky’s the Limit offer, which comes with a helicopter ride over the city.