Hong Kong, the city of skyscrapers, is home to the world’s tallest rooftop bar and some of the best places to see. It is divided into many islands, but the two popular ones are Kowloon and Hong Kong island. Both islands can take over a day each to explore and that’s why we thought we would help you choose the best places to go and enjoy the views of Victoria Harbour, as well as where to dine and drink in this beautiful city. If you have never experienced the Hong Kong weather, you are in for a treat. Most the year you will find it to be warm and humid. There are extreme cases during the summer, where carrying an extra pair of clothing is essential to avoid the sweaty look. But if you are a keen traveller, I would always opt to go between the months of February and April, when the weather is decent and enjoyable. Before we go into detail about the best places to dine and capture that perfect Instagrammable picture, let’s look at some of the city’s best rooftops. Armani Privé – located in Central area of Hong Kong Island. The bar overlooks central Hong Kong’s shopping district. The bar has an uber cool feel of a classy lounge, making it the perfect place to enjoy cocktails or snacks. The terrace area is secluded behind the high rise, making the only view of the streets one to enjoy. The bar turns into a club on certain nights of the week and if partying on a rooftop is what you are looking for then click here to see the venue’s upcoming events.
Cé La Vi – standing tall in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, Cé la Vi is a happening place to be. The terrace area may not be the largest but the music and bar staff make it what it is. Furthermore, the beautiful backdrop of the mountains and views of the skyline looking into Victoria Harbour are amazing. Highly recommend this place for a sundowner and a brunch with friends on a Sunday. The place does offer snacks such as sushi and tempura, but we would say soak up the atmosphere with the drinks rather than with the food.
Eyebar – may have one the best views of Hong Kong island from Kowloon’s rooftops. The bar is located on top of the iSquare Mall off Nathan Road. It’s not easy to find but once you have navigated up the elevator to the 30th floor and walked through a room full of guests dining in a restaurant, you’ll find it! Simple decor and easy on the eye, the terrace is small but spacious enough for at least 50 people we would say to enjoy the views from altitude.
Ozone – it is officially the world’s highest rooftop bar, but other than that I wouldn’t say it offers anything else. The decor inside the bar is a little adventurous and the outdoor space in cooler and windy conditions is not the best place to enjoy the time, especially when the cloud base is covering the top of the building. The menu for both drinks and food is expansive as well as expensive, after all it is in the Ritz Carlton. The views of the city are great, but we feel with the glass windows it is difficult to get a clear picture of the city. In addition, it’s difficult to avoid that reflection in your pictures.
Vibes – Kowloon. If you are looking for a place to hang out with friends this is the place to go. With the bar playing smooth RnB and house music, it’s a place to just to soak up the sun or night sky. Furthermore, the reasonably priced drinks menu and great choice of shisha also adds to the vibe. There is not an actual view of Kowloon or the city in general as it is a courtyard in the midst of the hotel, so with the street noise drowned out, just sit back and enjoy. Sevva – great menu. Awesome food, however if you are not dressed to the nines, you will be made to feel like you stand out. We didn’t really feel the vibe and even though the afternoon tea and dosas are great, I think the service should come with it.
Places to dine : – Ho Lee Fook – This has to be one of the best and most talked about places in Hong Kong amongst tourists, expats and locals alike. The restaurant is located in Soho area of Hong Kong Island, it has a great Asian fusion menu and some of our highlights have to be the ribs and the dumplings. The food is well priced and the servings are more than generous, after all it is a sharing concept restaurant. But if you are on your own, no one will judge you. The restaurant also has a great upbeat atmosphere, the music is great and the experimental cocktails are a must. Be warned that you will have to wait hours for a table on certain days, so don’t be alarmed. It’s worth the wait.
Little Bao – located just a few minutes from Ho Lee Fook, the small kitchen boasts some of the best Bao buns in the city and is truly enjoyable as a snack or as a meal. The restaurant doesn’t have an ample number of tables or seats so it is based on a first come first served basis, but as food is fast out of the kitchen, you won’t be standing on the streets for too long. Yum cha – this is more for the Instagram account. Food is colourful, playful and shaped into animals for you to go crazy with your phones. Don’t be fooled, this dim sum house is also a great place to get some good food! We would recommend the BBQ piggy buns, doggy sausage rolls & bird cage dumplings. (located in Central & Tsim Sha Tsui) Cupping Room – this great little coffee house and breakfast joint is dotted conveniently around Hong Kong island. It’s a great place to start the day with its avo smash breakfast and brewer coffee. Cool Instagrammable hot spots :-
Victoria Harbour (overlooking from Kowloon)
Choi Hung estate
Western District public cargo working area in Sai Wan