Rooftop bars are all the rage in Hong Kong. At this altitude, on the top floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building, Ozone Bar is the pinnacle. For extravagant cocktails, luxe interior design and vertigo-inducing heights be sure to stop by.
Duddell’s is a striking two-storey space designed by award-winning Ilse Crawford, with the intention of creating the impression of walking into “an eclectic home of a great art collector”. There’s a chic salon on the upper floor, which looks out onto a leafy garden terrace laced prettily with fairy lights. The arty establishment attracts sophisticated socialites. It is quite simply the perfect spot for sundowers and to linger with a beautifully crafted cocktail. Duddell’s is also home to a two Michelin-star Cantonese restaurant, a cosy members-only library and hosts carefully curated art exhibitions.
Ping Pong 29
Transformed from a table tennis centre to an underground Spanish gin bar, Ping Pong 29 is one of the city’s foremost hipster hangouts. It’s an industrial-style interior complete with retro fittings and racy red lighting. The furniture and art are curated by the owner/architect Hugh Zimmern.
Let your hair down and embrace the relaxed, tropical vibes of Honi Honi. This kitsch bar with a sultry setting decorated with palm trees serves drinks that involve copious amounts of rum.
This classy bar prides itself on an inventive approach to mixology. With renowned bartender Antonio Lai at the helm, expect the finest specialty cocktails and old favourites with a modern-twist such as the Quinary Bloody Mary made with wasabi redistilled Absolut Vodka.
Aberdeen Street Social
Set in the historic 1950’s PMQ building. Aberdeen Street Social offers artsy surroundings and fresh, fragrant cocktails made with herbs from their on-site garden. Michelin-star British chef Jason Atherton runs the venture, so if you’re peckish there is a seriously polished restaurant upstairs.
Off the side of Graham Street and hidden behind a market stall is a black doorway with an illuminated doorbell. Once you’ve found the entry to this elusive speakeasy you can finally settle in to enjoy the delights of this whisky and spirits bar. It’s nailed the atmosphere of old-worldly gentleman’s club. Book in advance if you want to ensure you make it passed the tight door policy.
Lof 10 Distillery
Cosy spot with a comprehensive selection of whisky. Whether you prefer Scotch or sought-after Japanese whisky, it’s a requisite stop for whisky-lovers.
Lan Fong Yuen
Famous for the Hong Kong style milk tea made with a fine sackcloth and a copper pot. It’s strained multiple times through the ‘silk stocking’ to create a rich, velvety tea that is caramel-brown in colour. Lan Fong Yeun has perfected the art after selling the tea for decades and is often credited for inventing the ‘silk stocking tea’. The store was once frequented by local vendors, but is now equally popular with tourists. Grab a takeaway iced-tea or pop into the old-school diner for a classic warm ‘pineapple bun’ (a special local style bread roll) traditionally served with a wedge of butter. If you’re feeling indulgent, the staff thoroughly recommend the French toast slathered in melting butter and sweet syrup. We couldn’t agree more.
The fashionable Wan Chai’s pedestrian strip Lee Tung Avenue is home to cult Japanese coffee shop Omotesando Koffee. The Japanese have a knack for quality and precision, so it’s makes perfect sense that they’ve mastered the art of coffee. The minimalist shop does have seating, but you might as well order an iced-cappuccino to-go and then wander around the hip neighbourhood.
There are a few branches of Elephant Grounds around town as the local roaster has become a solid choice for coffee-loving Hong Kongers. A few of the stores serve up a mean Western-style brunch and a weekly ice-cream sandwich special. The coffee is top notch and they even make a matcha latte for a healthy hot beverage alternative. The cafe has a friendly neighbourhood feel. You’re likely to walk away having met some locals and their French Bulldogs.