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New Eats: Sri Lankan street snacks, The Upper House’s first Farmer’s Market, and more

From Sri Lankan delights to open-air markets chock-full of new eats, these street snacks and casual bites are sure to wake up the taste buds.

Street Snacks at Hotal Colombo

Looking for something to jolt the senses from a mid-week slump? Head to Hotal Colombo every Tuesday and Wednesday this November for a new dinner menu curated around Sri Lankan street snacks. At HK$300 per person, you can head on a rollicking journey through Colombo’s best-loved street snacks and end with your choice of chicken or fish kari (Sri Lankan-style curry), made from chef Gizzy’s own family recipes passed down from her grandmother. The street snacks on offer are sure to sate any appetite for spice, with a selection of Hotel Colombo’s beloved chilli potato fries to fish cutlets with hot sauce, bowl-shaped hoppers served with the saucy trifecta of kiri hodi, pol sambol and lunu miris and more. 

Hotal Colombo, 31 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2488 8863

‘Rough Bites’ at Vibes

Vibes, one of Tsim Sha Tsui’s best loved al fresco lounges, is offering a revamped menu of moreish bar bites perfect for the hungry after-work crowd. Curated by the hotel’s newly appointed executive chef, Sheldon Fonseca, the menu is a mix of crowd-pleasing favourites such as loaded tater tots to Spanish-inspired classics such as pulpo a la Gallega (grilled octopus with caper leaves and smoked paprika), Japanese izakaya staples such as the fried chicken Sando to a new Impossible burger with barbecue sauce and of course, the Instagram dish du jour — the creamy, caramelised Basque cheesecake. 

Vibes, 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2368 1111

Upper House Farmer’s Market

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When: 14–15 November, 10am–4pm

Every Tuesday to Sunday evening of late, the sixth floor lawn of The Upper House has transformed from café and well-documented yogi hotspot to a dedicated wine and cheese hangout with C’est Cheese, the house fromagerie pop-up.

This weekend, the hotel extends its curated cheese selection to the daytime: It’s hosting an inaugural pet-friendly Farmer’s Market, where you can savour gourmet cheeses, craft spirits, wines and fresh oysters. It’s the perfect opportunity for some early holiday shopping for your epicurean friend or yourself, with workshops on site hosted by The Floristry for you to create your own fresh bouquet.

The Lawn, 6/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

Tong Chong Street Market returns

When: 2–27 November and 1–18 December, Monday to Friday, 8am–3pm

Speaking of farmer’s market, Taikoo Place’s beloved open air market returns in time for the cooler weather with a new two-month-long festival themed around everybody’s favourite morning fuel: coffee. Spanning November and December, the coffee festival brings together some of Hong Kong’s best brewers — including a highly anticipated pop-up by Blue Bottle Coffee, which is serving up an exclusive ‘Autumn Breeze’ coffee beverage featuring non-alcoholic gin and tonic. In the midst of iced drip coffees, coffee bean gift sets and up-cycled products to take home, there’s also a host of delicious new eats and street snacks to try.

Don’t miss Kala Toast’s Instagram-worthy rainbow toast, hearty dishes from Parisian Vietnamese bistro Chez Ba; Cat’s Eye Bistro’s famed demi-glace omurice, and plenty more. Download the Taikoo Social App to skip the line and get your food and drink and delivered with a service powered by OpenRice.

Tong Chong Street Market, G/F, One Taikoo Place, Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.