The heat and humidity have finally subsided, and we're now entering the best time of year to be in Hong Kong with back-to-back cool, sunny days and breezy evenings. Make the most of it by heading to the city's most stylish al fresco venues to wine and dine as you soak in some seriously stunning views:
Spanish restaurant and bar, La Rambla, boasts a sprawling terrace overlooking Victoria Harbour. Ideal for after work drinks, the wine list is a fun read focusing on Spain’s underrated grapes and regions, while the spirits selection features gins from around the world and a dedicated martini menu.
If you're there to dine, the menu comprises a neat selection of tapas and mains. There's also an impressive selection of Josper grilled beef, ranging from Kobe beef sourced from Japan’s Wagyumafia and 90-day dry-aged Galician beef from famed Barcelona steakhouse Lomo Alto.
La Rambla, 3071-73 Level 3, IFC Mall, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2661 1161; larambla.hk
Aberdeen Street Social
Located in a quiet, leafy section of PMQ, Aberdeen Street Social is the brainchild of restaurateur and Tatler 500 lister, Yenn Wong, and renowned English chef Jason Atherton.
It serves classic British dishes with a contemporary twist, which pairs beautifully with its menu of sweet botanical-inspired cocktails.
Aberdeen Street Social, PMQ, G/F, JPC Building, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong;+852 2866 0300; aberdeenstreetsocial.hk
Upstairs at Duddell's is a lush terrace adorned with comfortable garden furniture, perfect for whiling away a lazy afternoon or balmy fall evening. Enjoy the restaurant's signature Michelin-star dim sum and other beautifully prepared Cantonese fare, best paired with bubbles, the restauran'ts impressive selection of French wines or the bar's roster of creative cocktails.
Duddell's wildly popular weekend dim sum brunch is a great way to spend a Sunday, especially if you have guests visiting from out of town.
Duddell's, 3/F, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2525 9191; duddells.co
The elegant rooftop bar and restaurant at The Murray is divided into a bar area, main dining space ands a 420-square-metre outdoor wraparound terrace that captures a panoramic view of the city, all the way from The Peak to Central.
The restaurant’s modern European menu is designed and crafted by chef Didier Quennouelle, while the creative ‘Aviary Collection’ of cocktails are meticulously prepared by resident head mixologist Manuel Saavedra-Ramirez.
Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong; +852 3141 8888; niccolohotels.com
There's a lot to love about Tatler 500 lister Bonnae Gokson's glamorous restaurant, Sevva—from Ms B's otherwordly cakes to its luxurious food and drink menus and of course, the spectacular wraparound terrace that offers what might be one of the best views in Central.
Surrounded by the city's most iconic skyscrapers including the HSBC building, Bank of China, IFC, and overlooking the historic old supreme court, Sevva will surely have you falling in love with Hong Kong all over again.
Sevva, 25/F, Prince's Building, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2537 1388, sevva.hk
Ce La Vi
This Lan Kwai Fong hotspot occupies the top three stories of California Tower. Guests arrive at the 25th floor for the lounge, where a private elevator will take you downstairs for dining and upstairs to its signature rooftop bar.
Ce La Vi serves contemporary Asian cuisine, with heavy influence in Japanese and some South-East Asian elements, and its weekend brunch—with optional champagne and cocktail free-flow packages—is one of the most revered brunches in town.
Ce La Vi, 25/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3700 2300; hk.celavi.com
Attached to Italian restaurant, Spiga, Portico is a large outdoor bar that boasts tropical-meets-Mediterranean vibes in the heart of Central's sea of skyscrapers.
Ideal for pre- or post-dinner drinks, this sprawling outdoor space also serves easy-to-share snacks from Spiga including pizzas and a selection of antipasti.
Portico, 3/F LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong; +852 2871 0055; diningconcepts.com
Housed in a 19th century heritage building that was once a pawn shop, The Pawn boasts a sleek, modern design that’s both sophisticated and comfortable. The same could be said about the menu, which offers familiar British pub fare elevated by high-end ingredients and beautiful presentation.
Spread over two floors, The Pawn boasts two long, colonial-style balconies as well as a rooftop often used for special events.
The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2866 3444; thepawn.com.hk
Located at the top of H Queen's, this whimsical rooftop bar and restaurant is all about fun vibes, refreshing libations and casual dining for the free spirited.
The large terrace is great for a leisurely afternoon soaking up the sun before transforming into a vibrant celebration under the stars and city lights by night.
Piqniq, R/F (Rooftop), H Queen’s, 80 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong; +852 5200 1683; lecomptoir.hk
An exclusive Oasis in the heart of Central, the terrace at Armani/Privé is a stylish staple amongst the city's young professionals for mid-week drinks and laidback weekend afternoons.
The cocktails here are creatively imagined and wonderfully executed, and are worth coming for alone.
Armani/Privé, 2/F & Terrace, Landmark Chater, 8 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3583 2828; armaniprive-hk.com
Following the closure of Bread Street Kitchen, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay opens his next restaurant in collaboration with Dining Concepts, this time bringing his Maze Grill concept (which has three branches in London) to Harbour City.
The impressive space boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to a wraparound terrace facing Hong Kong Island's glittering skyline.
Maze Grill, 4/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; +852 2765 0890; diningconcepts.com
On a clear day or a clement evening, visitors to the 32nd-floor bar at the top of East hotel in Tai Koo can relax on the expansive deck and choose from a good selection of wines hailing from various regions and countries—or perhaps bubbles or the bar's own creative cocktails—while taking in stunning views of Hong Kong’s harbour.
Sugar, 32/F, East Hong Kong, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo, Hong Kong; +852 3968 3738; sugar-hongkong.com
Paper Moon, which hails from Milan but has numerous outlets around the world—including in Istanbul and Beirut—has a stunning terrace that wraps around the restaurant boasting one of the best panoramic views in town.
The restaurant is known for its classic Italian favourites, with a menu that is particularly strong on pizzas and house-made pasta.
Paper Moon, Shop OTE301, 3/F Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; +852 2156 2256; papermoonrestaurants.com
The Peak Lookout
Housed in a 19th century Grade II historical building, The Peak Lookout—formerly the iconic Peak Cafe—is a Hong Kong institution.
This time of year is perfect for enjoying the restaurant's international menu in the garden, which opens up to views overlooking the Hong Kong Island's South Side and the South China Sea.
The Peak Lookout, 121 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong; +852 28491000; peaklookout.com.hk
Skye Rooftop Bar
This vibrant restaurant and bar on the 27th floor of The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel, totals 8,000 sq ft that includes three private rooms a large ourdoor deck with an illuminated bar, where impressive cocktails and a menu of old and new world wines can be enjoyed.
Skye Rooftop Bar, 27/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2293 8888; parklane.com.hk