The best time to dine al fresco in Hong Kong is spring to early summer – when the weather’s warm and breezy, but not yet sweltering. Restaurants that boast amenities like rooftops, gardens, and patios are rare in this jam-packed city, but they do exist! Here are the best places to dine and drink in the open air.
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Gaia’s charming outdoor terrace looks its best at night, when the fairy lights add a blush of romance to the atmosphere. Located in the heart of Hong Kong, it’s a prime place to enjoy some classic Italian fare, including a tuna and salmon carpaccio with Sicilia citrus, or a comforting pappardelle with rabbit stew ragout. A well-selected bottle from Gaia’s cellar of over 600 French and Italian wines completes a perfect summer evening.
Boasting a 1,500 square foot grassy rooftop terrace, Urban Park lives up to its name — it’s a patch of verdant green in the midst of dense, bustling Tsim Sha Tsui. On weekends and public holidays, the tables and chairs are moved aside and checkered picnic cloths are laid down on the grass. Diners can opt for the “Picnic in the Park” package, which is served in an adorable wicker hamper stuffed with beautifully wrapped salads, sliders, desserts and more. Also included are two glasses of sparkling wine, so you can toast your (temporary) escape from the concrete jungle.
Sophisticated Japanese restaurant Zuma is a popular spot among the city’s high-flyers and business executives. Located in the posh Landmark mall, the stunning terrace is elegantly decorated with potted ferns and elegant white sunshades. It’s the ideal place to woo a new client or land a deal over a salmon tartare with oscietra caviar and split a plate of grilled Hokkaido scallops.
Located in a historic 1950’s building at PMQ, this two-storey restaurant has a ground floor patio as well as an open-air terrace on the upper floor. Here you’ll find modern British cuisine, ranging from pub favorites such as beer-battered fish and chips, to elevated dishes like lamb loin and confit shoulder with miso roasted aubergines. Alternatively, come for brunch for the opportunity to guzzle on five variations on the Bloody Mary, including the “Bloody English,” which involves a secret spice mix and lemon, and the “Bloody Maru,” incorporating sake and lime.
The Beach House sits right in front of a gorgeous stretch of Lower Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau Island, like a scene right out of an island resort brochure. Salads, seafood, burgers and steaks make up most of the menu, including a succulent seafood platter with crispy squid, crab, grilled tiger prawns and octopus. Alternatively, dig into a sublime roasted red snapper with orange salsa or a juicy Australian wagyu steak as you soak up the sunshine and breathe in the salty sea air.