The weather begins to cool in September, making it a fine time to explore Hong Kong’s outdoor beauty. While away an afternoon in the top local parks, set out for scenic hikes or lesser known trails, or escape to one of Hong Kong’s secret islands.
We’ve also found plenty of reasons to stick around town – though do keep an eye on COVID-19 regulations, as events and indoor dining policies are still subject to change.
Dig into New Restaurants
We’re allowed to dine out in the evenings again – and there’s plenty to look forward to. In Sai Ying Pun, Fat Chad’s makes gourmet sandwiches ready to grab and go or enjoy inside the casual New York-style deli.
Over in Central, Sushi Haru is a new omakase experience from Black Sheep Restaurants. Nab one of eight counter seats and settle in for a decadent 22-course dinner of Japanese delicacies.
New to K11 MUSEA, Soil to Soul offers a contemporary take on Korean temple-style cuisine, helmed by certified temple food master Chef Gu Jin-kwang. His philosophical menu features vegetarian dishes such as sweet and sour shiitake mushroom and blessed tofu skin pockets served with sweet potato noodles. There’s a 10-course temple tasting menu for the full experience.
Duddell’s incredibly popular ’80s dim sum nights are also back from Monday to Thursday (with a weekend brunch option added too). Devour unlimited dim sum and happy hour cocktails – if you can get on the waiting list…
Sample Pop-Up Treats
Ready for dessert? You’re in luck. A wave of sweet pop-ups has swept the city. Make your way to the pink food truck parked in K11 Musea for Flakes & Layers’ signature ooonuts (mille-feuille meets the doughnut), while Ello is also serving up doughnut-inspired creations, from savoury hot dog-styled fried buns to doughnut ice cream sandwiches.
Pop in to The Upper House for the new afternoon tea collaboration with specialist tea cafe teakha: expect cold-brew red oolong tea paired with creamy goat cheese and sweet fig, and honeysuckle notes of apple blossom verbena with cured salmon on Guinness bread.
French Pastry Bar Le Dessert has launched a pop-up in Landmark until 15 October, serving freshly made signature pavlovas and jar desserts, plus a limited-edition pavlova DIY kit to try at home.
Enjoy Gourmet Takeaway and Delivery Offers
Speaking of trying things at home, the COVID-19 measures have inspired a rise of takeaway and delivery services. Michelin-starred restaurants that are normally tough to book are now promoting fine-dining menus for the comforts of your own home. One such restaurant is Roganic with its ‘Simon Rogan at home’ promotion: three-course menus include fresh pea soup with pike perch and pea salad, along with staples like the revered soda bread and roast pork shoulder (dishes subject to change).
Similarly, two-Michelin-starred Ecriture’s Écriture a La Maison delivery service lets you sample chef Maxime Gilbert’s modern French cooking at home. The a la carte menu includes signature caviar and uni tart and the oven-roasted Bresse chicken, served with truffled mashed potatoes.
Explore Art, Culture and Flower Gardens
Tai Kwun presents “On Stage Online” this September, with dance, drama, music and interactive theatrical performances available online free of charge. You can tune in to everything from Russian string quartets to ethnotheatre presentations on what tomorrow will look like.
Art Next gallery in Kowloon’s Kwun Tong neighbourhood has also gone virtual with +VE/-VE, an online exhibition of new works by over 40 local artists that were created in the era of social distancing. They address themes of isolation and concern, as well as celebrate connection and the resilience of local communities.
This month, you can be among the first to experience K11 Musea’s new Art and Culture Centre. The huge indoor museum space will feature inspiring works, such as the writhing tentacles of Yayoi Kusama’s The Moment of Regeneration, while in the outdoor sculpture garden showcases talents such as Katharina Grosse, Tatiana Trouvé and Erwin Wurm.
And don’t miss the chance to visit the flower garden at Harbour North; the glorious display of violet wisteria and lavender hydrangeas create a purple paradise, with the 20-metre wisteria tunnel and enormous butterfly sculpture begging to be featured on the ‘gram.
Book a Staycation Hotel Deal
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 now.