This tiny café may be in heart of Mid-levels, but take a seat outside on one of the rattan chairs and watch the world go by and before you know it you could easily feel you’ve been transported to the pavements of Provence. The menu includes French classics such as croquet monsieur and quiche, while the décor is rustic and welcoming. The location on one of Mid’-evels’ almost traffic-free, cobblestone streets makes for an almost perfect alfresco spot!
4 Prince’s Terrace, Mid-levels, Central
For the perfect mix of authentic Italian cuisine and an almost-Mediterranean atmosphere, it’s hard to beat Gaia. The terrace may be just above the bustle of Queen’s Road Central but the lush trees and bushes on all sides and the enticing aromas drifting from the kitchen make you feel like you are sitting under the Mediterranean stars rather than the neon lights of Hong Kong.
181 Queen’s Road
Grand Millenium Plaza, Central
This might not strictly be classed as outdoor dining, and it may be in the heart of bustling Sheung Wan, but when they throw open the bi-fold doors and the fans are on full pelt, you could easily transport yourself to a seaside Sydney suburb. Don’t miss the guacamole with pomegranate seeds… to die for!
226 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
The menu may be a strange mix of Thai and Italian, but it’s not really for the cooking that weary office workers are drawn to this Admiralty eatery. L16’s location in the centre of Hong Kong Park is unique; an oasis in the heart of the concrete jungle.
Hong Kong Park, Supreme Court Road
Jump aboard a junk or a ferry from Stanley or Aberdeen (check days and times) and within 30 minutes you will sail into the tiny, sheltered bay of Po Toi. The Ming Kee Seafood restaurant is something of a Hong Kong seafarers’ institution, with its black-pepper squid widely considered the best in the territory. After lunch, take a stroll along one of the coastal paths and keep a look out for the famous Turtle or Supine Monk Rock.
You can’t really beat retreating to the shade of a pergola and enjoying superb contemporary French cuisine in the beautiful setting of One-ThirtyOne’s garden overlooking Three Fathoms Cove. It is a slight trek from Central but you could always land your chopper on the restauarnt’s very own helipad or moor your yacht at the private jetty. Pure class!
131 Tseng Tau Village
Shap Sze Heung, New Territories
Pacific Coffee at the Peak
The menu may be limited to a latte and a Panini, but on a clear day this is certainly one of the best spots for a caffeine fix on the whole island. Once you have managed to fight your way past the tour groups outside Madame Tussauds, grab a chair on the terrace and enjoy almost 180-degree views of Central and across the harbor.
This Hong Kong institution may not currently enjoy the rave reviews of the past but its location (on top of the Peak) and its heritage (it was a former sedan chair shelter) still combine to make for a memorable day out. Choose a seat in the dining room with its fascinating collection of archive photos or enjoy the terrace and garden with panoramic views of the Southside. The menu is a bit hit-and-miss – a mix of Asian and Western favourites, with fresh seafood from the oyster bar – but I’ve been told the speciality tandoori chicken is always a winner!
121 Peak Road, The Peak
Sitting atop the Grand Hyatt in Wan Chai, this is a perfect weekend hangout with a pool bar kind of vibe and amazing cooling breezes coming off the harbor. The barbecue lunch buffet is light and delicious with everything from tiger prawns to rack of lamb grilled to perfection. The mango smoothies are a perfect accompaniment.
1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Saigon at Stanley
The new Stanley Plaza with its selection of outdoor eateries may be the obvious choice for hungry families, but for something a little bit more sedate, choose a table under the fans on the verandah at Vietnamese restaurant Saigon. The food is delicious and authentic and the setting in the splendor of Murray House with views over the bay can’t be beaten/
Shop 101, 1/F, Murray House, Stanley
The Repulse Bay
A roundup of the city’s alfresco eateries had to include two of the old favourites, The Verandah and Spices at Repulse Bay. Sunday is the best day to come, with both of these restaurants laying on sumptuous and family-friendly buffets on either Spcies’ open terrace or under the fans in The Verandah’s colonial-style dining room
109 Repulse Bay, Repulse Bay
Wing Wah Lane
Some call it “rat alley” and some view it with more romantic eyes and see it as a charming, quirky cul-de-sac off Lan Kwai Fong. What you can’t argue about, however, is the quality and authenticity of the food. Choose from Vietnamese, Thai or Malaysian and pick your spot on the row of tables and stools lined up and down the street. A laidback atmosphere and a uniquely Hong Kong experience.
Wing Wah Lane, Central