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18 alfresco restaurants and terraces for summer dining

Summer’s not yet over in Hong Kong, and after all those rain showers from the past month, we’re betting you’re ready to enjoy the outdoors in the city’s best alfresco spots. You may have your tried-and-true favourites, but for those itching to try something new, you’ve ended up in the right place.

We’ve lined up 18 terraces and alfresco dining spots to fill up the rest of your warm weather weekends with drinking, dining and lounging outdoors. From Kowloon to the Southside, tapas to afternoon teas, Hong Kong’s new decks and open-air hangouts are as satisfyingly diverse as they are each worthy of a visit in their own right.

Ready to embrace the great outdoors from beneath the awning? Read on. 

Louise: French homestyle comfort

While the old Aberdeen Street Social at PMQ may have been stripped down to make way for the colonial-style fancies of Julien Royer’s Louise (read our review here), the patio framed by swaying plants and trees remains one of the best spots in the neighbourhood to enjoy a drink and nibbles outdoors. Grab a glass of vino at the bar, then lounge back on the breezy patio as you tuck into the restaurant’s signature homemade pâté and Polmard beef tartare, slurp creamy Prat-Ar-Coum oysters, and dive into the wonderful selection of specialty charcuterie and  cheeses from MOF cheese artisan Xavier Bourgon.

Louise, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2866 0300

Bar at Armoury: Thai bites and spritzers

The opening of Tai Kwun has been a boon to Hong Kong’s cultural landscape; the revitalised complex is a rare and beautiful spot to explore and simply enjoy the intersection of culture, history, art and dining in Hong Kong. On one end of the massive open courtyard, you’ll find David Thompson’s elegant Thai fine-dining restaurant Aaharn along with the downstairs Bar at Armoury — both venues featuring alfresco seating for a prime people-watching spot. While Aaharn is wonderful for more formal sit-down dinners, we’ve become regular lunchtime customers at the casual ground-floor bar, where your main dish (HK$128–$138) also comes with a free happy hour drink (you can’t go wrong with an Aperol spritz). 

Bar at Armoury, G/F, Armoury Building, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2703 9111

Spiga: Italian aperitivo by candlelight

Classic cocktails and a relaxed ambience reign at Portico, the outdoor annex to elegant Italian restaurant, Spiga. Renowned designer Joyce Wang has imbued her magical touch into the design of this striking 7,000-sq.-ft. space, and the alfresco patio is the perfect place to imbibe a few pre-dinner cocktails or glasses of wine before moving into the dining room. An eclectic mix of low-slung sofas and bar tables create a cosy ambience, with hanging baskets and plenty of greenery adding to the chilled-out vibes. Try the barrel-aged cocktails which are well-mixed and robust, or opt for a glass of vino — you can’t go wrong with the 350-reference wine list handpicked by head sommelier Maurizio Severgnini.

Portico, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queens Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2871 0055

Maze Grill: Sunset views by the harbour

For a prime view of Hong Kong Island from Kowloon, it’s hard to beat Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill, with a sweeping wraparound terrace jutting out into the harbour from the tip of Harbour City’s Ocean Terminal. We love settling back on one of the cushy lounge sofas and watching the sun dip below the horizon while sipping on a well-crafted cocktail. The London Fog (HK$108) strikes the right balance between sweet and sour, with Earl Grey tea-infused Scotch combined with sweet sherry and caramel, all arriving in a theatrical plume of smoke.

Maze Grill, Shop OTE401, 4/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2765 0890

SHÈ: Healthy nibbles with a view

A green gastronomic paradise within IFC Mall, SHÈ is a safe harbour for those seeking refuge from the stampede of shoppers in Central’s busiest mall. The spacious outdoor terrace offers panoramic views of the harbour and city skyline, while the kitchen serves up a health-conscious interpretation of classic Cantonese cuisine. Tuck into sharing-style dishes that range the gamut from vegetarian bites to Chinese seafood, rice and noodles to delicately made dim sum.

Craving a nibble between meals? Stop by for the SHÈ Signature Afternoon Tea Set (from HK$288 for two), or quell hunger pains with small plates from crispy salt and pepper tofu (HK$78) to caviar shrimp toast (HK$88). A Shanghai-inspired cocktail menu is well worth diving into: We’re particularly fond of the Geisha Punch (HK$118), with its refreshing mix of Hendricks gin, elderflower, maraschino liqueur and apple juice enveloped in a fog of smoky dry ice.

SHÈ, Portion A of Shop 3025-3026 & 3031-3066, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2110 0153

Piqnic: Playful vibes above Central

H Queen’s rooftop hideout Piqniq is the perfect place to drink and graze as the heat subsides and we head towards milder temps. Whether you’re coming for a snack or a full-fledged meal, Piqniq has you covered: an urban oasis where the drinks are plentiful and dishes range from juicy Wagyu sandos and dim sum to curated ‘Piqniq Baskets’ (HK$198–$388) chock-full of charcuterie, cheese and desserts. Décor falls in line with the artsy vibes of H Queen’s with a custom-made bar by Lala Curio and an eye-catching red and white pumpkin sculpture by Yayoi Kusama . Peruse the long list of wines and Champagnes, or opt for a refreshing spritzer to instantly cool off. 

Piqniq, R/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 5200 1683

Kytaly: Pies on the patio

You’ll often find the LSA team three-deep in the pillowy, Neapolitan-style pies at lauded pizzeria Kytaly while soaking in the views of Tai Kwun just across the way. The balmy terrace, with its over-sized planters and rustic wooden lawn furniture, is ideal for sipping a chilled wine while waiting for a taste of Franco Pepe’s world-famous pizzas. Every variation on the menu is fantastic, but we find ourselves returning time and again to the Scarpetta (HK$280), with its luscious three-tomatoes compote; and the Sole Nel Piatto (HK$300), where melted buffalo mozzarella is laced with plump and meaty anchovies for a briny hit.

Kytaly, 77 Wyndham Street Central, Hong Kong, +852 2808 1961

Ichu Terraza: An escape to Peru

Sip an artisanal cocktail and imagine yourself somewhere off in the mountainous terrain of Peru as you while an afternoon away at Ichu Terraza. The alfresco bar of Virgilio Martinez’s Ichu Peru is one of Central’s hidden gems: Bright blue bar stools and colourful throw pillows, all framed by a verdant garden wall, make for a lively place to enjoy a range of delicious bar bites and refreshing craft cocktails. Sip on an Amazonia (HK$120) featuring a bright hit of chlorophyll mixed with Genever (Dutch gin), as you snack away on fried okra, sweet potatoes with chalaca tartar, and mouth-puckering ceviches.

Ichu Terraza, 3F, H Queen, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2477 7717

La Rambla by Catalunya: Tapas on the terrace

We’re big fans of La Rambla’s flavour-packed Spanish fare, best enjoyed on the massive wooden deck overlooking the harbour. From the folks behind Elephant Grounds, this spacious Catalan dining room includes a 100-seat terrace that’s prime for summer. From the set lunch menu, keep your eyes peeled for Catalan-style red prawn paella and the 16-hour slow-cooked Iberico pork ribs, which arrive fall-off-the-bone tender.

If you’re popping by after lunch, the Spanish Afternoon Tea (HK$480 for two from 3–5pm daily) is a worthwhile midday degustation, with picture-perfect plates stacked high with croquettes, bikinis, bocadillos, avocado lobster and more. In the evenings, particularly on weekends, you can expect live music performances to lend an upbeat vibe to this Central go-to. 

La Rambla by Catalunya, 3071-73, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2661 1161

Garden Lounge at The Murray: Posh by the park

Neighbouring the park, botanical and zoological gardens, the concepts within The Murray Hotel are a plush and elegant option for alfresco summer dining. Many of the property’s F&B venues feature open-air terraces to explore. The Tai Pan — a sleek, contemporary European bistro — features breezy outdoor seating with views of Cotton Tree Terrace. Fine-dining Cantonese restaurant Guo Fu Lou, meanwhile, offers 48 coveted seats beneath the courtyard’s heritage tree. Finally, Popinjays is a popular rooftop restaurant and bar soaring above Hong Kong with panoramic views of the skyline.

But for a posh afternoon underneath a canopy of green, you can’t beat The Garden Lounge, a quaint oasis that feels like you’re dining in the backyard of a wealthy friend’s home. Settle down on the greenery-decked patio to sample The Murray Afternoon Tea (HK$295, available two seatings from 2:30–6:30pm): Perfect for a lazy afternoon catch-up, the English tradition takes you back in time not just with its fresh goat cheese tartlettes and sun-dried strawberry scones, but also with its atmospheric, colonial-inspired setting situated atop the old Peak Tram station and across from St. John’s Cathedral.

Garden Lounge, The Murray Hong Kong, A Niccolo Hotel, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3141 8888

Café Claudel: Heritage vibes in a restored landmark

For an easy bite between an afternoon of gallery hopping at Tai Kwun, head to French Creations’ Café Claudel, situated smack dab in the middle of the courtyard. You couldn’t find a better location to absorb the bustle of the place, whilst sipping on a drink or tucking into European classics. If you’re famished, go for the tender-roasted spring chicken (HK$208) or the cod fillet (HK$218), both filling options for a hearty meal. But if you’re simply peckish, the avocado tartine with crunchy radishes (HK$88) should do just fine, followed up by the tempting banana split (HK$98) for a light afternoon indulgence. 

Café Claudel, Shop 1, G08, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2411 1310

Tipsy Restaurant & Bar: Neighbourhood gastronomy

Neighbourhood fave Tipsy in Tai Hang draws diners from far and wide to its hip watering hole. Don’t be fooled by the labels “Tipsy” and “bar”, however, as the gastronomy here is several notches above your average pub grub. Think naturally flavourful Spanish red prawns (HK$188) in sake and sesame oil blistered with a giant flame torch; sea urchin pasta with flying fish roe and fennel foam (HK$288); and charcoal-grilled Australian octopus with beet and fregola ($198). Pick out a cosy seat on the shrub-lined balcony for a prime people-watching spot as you relish in the delicious fare, and perhaps, get a little tipsy.

Tipsy Restaurant & Bar, 1/F, Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2818 8807

Fratelli: Handmade pasta by the beach

Beach lovers, this one’s for you: Fronting Repulse Bay, Fratelli is a laid-back artisan pasta bar from the same group as Rummin’ Tings and pizzeria Amalfitana just a few doors down. Taking advantage of Hong Kong’s pasta obsession, Fratelli’s head chef Michel Degli Agosti brings us his nonna’s pasta recipes complemented by a selection of fresh salads, antipasti and grilled specialties. While it’s indoor seating, the open-fronted restaurant nestled up to the sandy beach will whisk you instantly away to the Amalfi Coast — perhaps where you really wish you were this summer. 

We suggest you skip the meatballs and go instead for the bruschetta burrata (HK$150) with a generous topping of milky cheese and cooked-down cherry tomatoes. As for the pastas, the homemade lasagne ($160) and tagliatelle bolognese ($140) are Fratelli’s bestsellers — and rightly so. Lastly, don’t forget to save some room for dessert: The affogato (HK$70) is an instant pick-me-up with vanilla gelato and espresso, plus the option to add a splash of Amaretto for HK$70 if you’re feeling cheeky. 

Fratelli, 112B, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2887 0082

Paper Moon: Harbourside grazing

Perched on the edge of Harbour City’s Ocean Terminal, Paper Moon almost feels like a restaurant floating between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. Most would make the trip here just for the view, which is especially breathtaking at sunset with red-sailed junk boats drifting right past you. Italian comfort food is on the menu; after all, Paper Moon first came to fame in Milan, where the original restaurant was founded in 1977. The menu is classic Italian to a tee: from the selection of cold and hot antipasti, to tomato- and mozzarella-loaded wood-fired pizzas, and rustic pastas ranging from fettuccine bolognese to spaghetti with clams in white wine sauce. Tuck into the rustic Italian fare matched with accessible wines as you dine on the restaurant’s large wraparound terrace, watching the sun set slowly over the horizon. 

Paper Moon, Shop OTE 301, 3/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2156 2256

Market S.E.A.: Southeast Asian reimagined

Situated beside La Rambla in IFC, Market S.E.A. is best described as contemporary Southeast Asian, with refined takes on timeless favourites such as grilled scallop laksa, Singaporean-style wok fried black pepper lobster and cod fish red currySparkling lights wink at you from Tsim Sha Tsui as you settle into the cushy chairs sprawled out on Market S.E.A.’s harbour-facing terrace. Dishes range from the surprisingly delicious combination of potato gnocchi with poached egg in coconut milk sauce; to the pad Thai with jumbo tiger prawns underneath a featherlight egg net; and the divine desserts including Vietnamese tiramisu and warm mango sticky rice drizzled in coconut milk.

Market S.E.A., Shop 3075, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2624 9228

Old Bailey: Haute Chinoise

Tai Kwun has a number of great alfresco spots, but Old Bailey‘s terrace –from Yenn Wong’s JIA group — might just be our favourite. The modern dining room, library and terrace are outfitted in splashes of colour and contemporary wood furniture, while the menu sings a different tune: centuries-old cooking traditions pay homage to the restaurant’s historic surrounds, with regional Jiangnan dishes ranging from the Ten Treasure Duck (HK$980), to spicy ma la xiaolongbao (HK$98 for four) and the wok-fried mud crab with Ningpo-style rice cakes.

The 3,000-sq.-ft. restaurant is framed by a spacious outdoor terrace with elevated views of the Tai Kwun courtyard — accessed via the Artist’s Book Library, a mixed-use event and exhibition space featuring a collection of Asian Art Books. Equipped with a book, a tea-based cocktail, and a decadent cake provided by local favourite, Teakha, it’s easy to while away the afternoon as you soak in the heritage of Tai Kwun from the terrace, before moving to the dining room to partake in an exquisite meal. 

Old Bailey2/F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2877  8711

Komune: Southside scenery

Komune adds colour to the Wong Chuk Hang neighbourhood with its playful dishes inspired by international classics. The view is an anomaly on this list, providing a perspective dominated by mountains, sky and greenery compared to the rest of the concrete and glass harbour-facing venues. In the kitchen, creative dishes rule thanks to the inventiveness of chef Alvaro Ramos, a Madrid native whose culinary influences draw from around the globe — the West Coast, China, Iberia, the Middle East, South America, you name it. 

Find out what a ‘Fake’ Caesar Salad or ‘McCroque’ is (available on the set lunch, HK$148), or play it safe with the IPA BBQ pork ribs and squid ink linguini studded with baby octopus. Desserts are equally fun and fascinating: the Thai lime cheesecake (HK$78) should satisfy your sweet tooth as you soak in the stunning Southside views. Want an even better vantage point? Head to Above by Komune for their brand new Sunset Hour, with cocktails and a complimentary snack bar available every Wed–Fri from 5–8pm. 

Komune and Above by Komune, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Southside, Hong Kong, +852 3460 8157

Red Sugar at Kerry Hotel: The urban resort

Opened in 2017, Kerry Hotel on Hung Hom’s waterfront has several options when it comes to taking advantage of the hotel’s unique location to soak in panoramic harbour views. The Lobby Lounge, for example, is home to lush gardens, water features and some of the most impressive pieces of the hotel’s art collection. However, Red Sugar on Level 7 is not one to be overlooked; in fact, it’s impossible to do so. With a massive 270-degree wraparound terrace, Red Sugar is a rare green expanse compared to its more constricted Hong Kong peers. You can almost get lost in this resort-style plateau with unobstructed views of the Hong Kong Island skyline from Tai Koo to Central.

Food here consists of bar bites that satisfyingly teeter between Asian and Western favourites: think sliced beef with Sichuan syrup (HK$98), deep-fried tofu bites (HK$88) and Katafi prawn lollipops (HK$98) — all making for substantial bar snacks. For a twist on local street food, try the egg waffles with Gruyère (HK$88) or the Kerry Curry Fish Balls (HK$88). Popping by on the weekend? Check out the Long Lazy Lunch (HK$998 per person) which progresses leisurely from a welcome drink to charcuterie board, semi-buffet, shared starters, main and dessert.

Red Sugar, 7/F, Kerry Hotel Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, +852 2252 5246

Leslie Yeh and Julienne Raboca

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