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Best things to do in Hong Kong in July

There’s plenty going on in Hong Kong to keep you busy when the heat is rising off the streets

Peak typhoon season has begun, so batten down the hatches, bring a brolly and make a dash for the great indoors – starting with the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Stock up on summer reads at the Hong Kong Book Fair (17-23 July), from chart-topping whodunnits to spiritual self-help guides and educational texts, while catching book signings and literary talks.

Hong Kong July

Next, release your inner geek at the Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong (26-30 July). Expect plenty of colourful cosplay along with limited-edition comics, figurines and other collectibles.

Elsewhere in the city, Star Wars fans won’t want to miss screenings of the original movies accompanied live by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (4-6 July, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Hall); while all dancing queens should report directly to Kowloon Bay for the poptastic Abba tribute performance (3 July, KITEC).

Should you find yourself caught in a sudden deluge, keep these new dining hotspots in mind to shelter from the storm. Popular Yangon pop-up The Pansodan will end its three-month stint in Sai Ying Pun this month: sample the Burmese food and botanical cocktails before it disappears. Another fleeting pop-up takes place at Test Kitchen, where Nyesha Arrington, a Los Angeles chef with Korean and African-American roots, will be cooking over four nights (11-14 July).

Alternatively, head to ex-Nobu chef Sean Mell’s cosy new Japanese izakaya Silencio in LKF Tower. Order a generous wedge of wagyu sando or a ‘French nigiri’ (sea bass crowned with torched foie gras) and wash it down with a selection of junmai sakes.

Hong Kong July

Chef Julien Royer – the man behind Asia’s number one restaurant Odette, in Singapore – has joined forces with JIA Group to present traditional French cuisine at Louise in the gardens of Central’s PMQ heritage building.

Finally, Causeway Bay’s Gosango has a three-for-one offer; three restaurants in one venue, that is. Choose from J Pot, an upmarket hotpot experience, Sensu, a casual all-day eatery, or meaty masterpiece Wagyu Vanne by Vanne Kuwahara, the celebrity chef behind Tokyo’s Yoroniku restaurant.

Hong Kong July

Planning Ahead

2-4, 16-18 July: Chinese Opera Festival

8-11 July: RISE

12-14 Sep: Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance 

15-19 Aug: Hong Kong Food Expo

24 Aug: Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival 

7-13 Oct: Hong Kong Tennis Open

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