Rain dampening your weekend plans? Here’s our pick of unique indoor activities and suggestions for what to do when it’s raining in Hong Kong…
Hong Kong’s temperamental climate means that we can often be caught short without an umbrella, left huddling in doorways and quickly abandoning weekend picnic plans. While we’re all for braving that rainy day junk or happy whiling away the hours watching Netflix, there are plenty of indoor activities that we can make the most of even during the dreariest of days.
Unique indoor activities in Hong Kong:
A true test of patience; spend an afternoon ‘locked away’ with friends solving puzzles in a bid to escape intricately themed rooms. With locations in Central, Causeway Bay and Mongkok, LOST HK has been built for the eagle eyed with strict attention to detail in order to create a unique atmosphere for all those who dare…
LOST HK, multiple locations, +852 2892 2393
This fun Tiki-themed bowling alley is a firm favourite for those in the know. Not your average ball and pin jaunt, Tikitiki Bowling merges top-notch food, creative cocktails, and social gaming to create the ultimate entertainment experience. If you’re happy to hail a cab in the rain, its somewhat out-of-the-way location is made up for by its six quirky themed restaurants and bars – even if the weather means that you have to skip out on the outdoor terrace.
Tikitiki Bowling, 4/F Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, New Territories, +852 2657 8488
Wheat and Wood
What better way to while away a rainy day than with a good ol’ game of Catan? Or Connect Four, your choice.
Nestled away on Praya, Kennedy Town, Wheat and Wood is the perfect spot to spend a few hours trialling new board games. With its knowledgable staff on hand to help you learn the rules fast; order a craft beer (or a warming Matcha Latte), top up with light bites like nachos and mini pizzas, and settle in for unlimited play time on weekdays (HK$90) or for an initial two hours (HK$90) on weekends with the option to top up hourly (HK$50) should the rain continue to pour.
Wheat and Wood, Shop 6, G/F Brilliant Court, 28 Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2399 0433
With a boutique studio in Central’s PMQ, Oscary Art is available for art jamming sessions in four hour blocks (HK$200 per person). Suppling all art materials and canvases, the studio has trained staff on hand to help and guide your artistic talents. So, let your creativity flow – with a glass of wine in hand, for a little extra inspiration.
Oscary Art, PMQ, Unit S511, 5/F, Block A, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9588 1514
Not just for children, big kids at heart are welcome to try their hand at one of several customisable group classes or accompany their kiddos as they make their way through its challenging ‘Ninja Warrior’ course. AlphaStep is also open to private events and corporate partnerships if a little ‘team building’ is on the agenda.
AlphaStep, G20 & G21A, Ground Floor, Monterey Place, 23 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, +852 3791 2626
From bouldering, lead climbing and top rope, Verm City opened as Hong Kong’s first “full facility rock climbing gym” in Hong Kong a few years back. With the option to free-climb, or for those new to the sport and feel more at ease in a harness, to use the ‘clip and climb’ area, you can grab a day or session pass for HK$250 and pass the time with a serious arm and leg workout.
Verm City, 4/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2560 8128
The Mixing Bowl
Granted, classes do book up quickly at The Mixing Bowl, however if you check the forecast in advance (or you know we’re likely to be in the middle of rainy season!), you may be able to bag a spot to whip up a feast of baked goods. From traditional Hong Kong treats like pineapple buns and egg tarts, to sourdough and cinnamon rolls, the options for home cooking on a rainy day are endless.
The Mixing Bowl, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2524 0001
Hong Kong Museum of Art
What better way to spend a day indoors than mooching around a museum? With plenty of exhibitions to mull over, take your time making your way through Hong Kong Art Museum using a guided audio tour and stop off at one of its restaurants and cafés for a spot of lunch amidst spectacular harbour views. On the hunt for other indoor activities? Don’t forget about Hong Kong Space and Science museums, if that’s more your thing.
Hong Kong Art Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2721 0116
A fully automated golf-simulator open 24-hours, Bay247 invites golfers of all skill levels and ages to for play or practice, regardless of time of day or weather. A total newbie? Or perhaps just keen to improve under the watchful eye of a professional? Pre-book either an individual or group session with one of its expert coaches.
Bay247, 12/F, First Commercial Building, 33 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 6662 4247
Weather getting you down? Transport yourself to sunnier climes with a unique VR experience in Causeway Bay. Choose your adventure (horror, adventure, battle, arcade or kids) and engage in a highly interactive virtual reality gaming experience where using its specially designed platform, allows you to walk, run, strafe or jump 360 degrees in the virtual world.
VR Arena, Unit A, 23/F, Kyoto Plaza, 491-499 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3482 9545
Hailing as Hong Kong’s first ever indoor skatepark built to actively avoid adverse weather, grab your board and skate in over 3,000 square feet of space, including concrete ramps, banks, rails, ledges, curbs and most importantly, great tunes.
SK85ive2, 7/F D & E Hang Seng Industrial Building, 185 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2573 9872
Cats Tea Room
If tea and cakes are more you speed during a storm, Cats Tea Room in Tseun Wan is the place to be. Surround yourself with over 30 fluffy friends, many of which have been taken in and offered refuge from the streets, and indulge in a dessert and cup of coffee while you wait for skies to brighten.
Cats Tea Room, 45 Tai Ho Road, Tseun Wan, Hong Kong, +852 6633 0790
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