Hong Kong’s Best Outdoor Restaurants and Bars
Nothing beats sipping a cocktail under the stars at a rooftop bar, except perhaps a indulging in a delicious meal on a leafy terrace hidden away in the heart of the city. From sprawling rooftops to tucked-away terraces, we share our favourite al fresco bars & restaurants in this comprehensive guide.
Hong Kong’s Best Al Fresco Bars & Restaurants
If you want to kick back and relax outside, then we’ve pulled together our list of the best outdoor restaurants and drinking spots in Hong Kong. From fancy rooftop restaurants to chilled out beach front bars, here’s where we’ll be hanging out when the sun goes down.
There are a LOT of al fresco bars and restaurants in this post. So to make it easier we’ve broken it down by area and you can click these links to jump straight to the area you’re interested in. A lot of these restaurants will be happy to serve you just a drink and many of the bars serve snacks or sharing plates.
Al Fresco Eats – Hong Kong Island, Central & Western
Al Fresco Eats – Hong Kong Island, East
Al Fresco Eats – Hong Kong Island, Southside
Al Fresco Eats – Kowloon
Al Fresco Eats – New Territories and Islands
Al Fresco Eats – Hong Kong Island Central & Western
Lush greenery surrounds you as you sit in Arcane’s beautiful English-style outdoor terrace, tucked away in a surprisingly quiet part of Central. Modern European cuisine is served under the helm of multi-award winning Australian chef Shane Osborn, who uses 30 different varieties of herbs, fruits and vegetables grown in the outdoor garden you’re sitting in.
Where: 3/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central
Book: 2728 0178, or
This outdoor lounge high on the 29th floor above Central reminds us of Don Draper’s living room – sleek wooden coffee tables, cushy leather stools and brightly coloured cushions with dark oranges and reds that hark back to the 1960s. They’re known for their modern Mediterranean food, large selection of cheese and an extensive wine list, so you may be there a while, which is no problem as the wraparound sofa is very inviting.
Where: 29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central
Book: 2174 8100 or [email protected]
Sink into the comfy sofas on the terrace of this hip hangout above LKF and listen to music from old school hip-hop to Latin jazz and disco to salsa. The contemporary Spanish tapas menu was inspired by famous London restaurant Barrafina and there’s a creative cocktail list too.
Where: 2/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
Book: 3792 0129
One of Hong Kong’s most famous Italian restaurants, Gaia offers a large amount of outdoor seating where you can watch the streets of Central buzz around you. The lunch buffet is superb and the menu offers a great range of Italian classics.
Where: Unit 01-05, G/F, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Book: 2167 8200 or [email protected]
Snack on sushi, tempura and larger Japanese plates at this modern izakaya with a decent sized terrace. Holding fort across from the old Police Station, it’s a cool locale for knocking back some sake or mellow sips of green tea.
Where: 5/F, 77 Wyndham Street, Central
Book: 2109 1777 or [email protected]
The interior at Isola feels quite chic, with white linen table cloths and chairs throughout, but outside on their spacious terrace the vibe seems more relaxed. Sit by the waterside and feast on quality Italian food – the three-course lunch set of antipasti buffet or soup, main course and dessert is a good option.
Where: Shop 3071-75, Level 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central
Book: 2383 8765, or
Featuring a casual, open-plan restaurant and bar on the ground floor which spills out onto the patio, Aberdeen Street Social specialises in modern British cuisine and is located at Sheung Wan’s coolest venue – PMQ. There’s an extensive brunch menu and the setting plus quality of food makes it another success for Atherton’s ventures in HK.
Where: PMQ, G/F, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Book: 2866 0300 or [email protected]
Book ahead and try and secure the large semi-circular booth with a round canopy for a bit of seclusion among the high tables and sofas on Shore’s 1,800 sq. ft outdoor terrace. In-house, dry-aged steaks are on the menu along with organic vegetables and sustainable produce. Skip the meat and make it a dessert night – we’re dying to try the lemon meringue choux with vanilla ice cream.
Where: 3rd and 4th Floor, the L. place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Book: 2915 1638, or
Azure takes up the top two floors of Hotel LKF by Rhombus, so you’re in for a dazzling view of the city’s lights, even more so on their rooftop terrace. The restaurant serves decent quality international fare and you can forget cheap happy hour cocktails, they do a bubbles hour with buy one get one free Champagne.
Where: 29 and 30th Floors, Hotel LKF by Rhombus, 33 Wyndham St, Central
Book: 3518 9330, or
Despite Sheung Wan’s tall concrete buildings surrounding you, it feels like you’re sitting in your own little oasis on The Kinnet’s terrace. The emphasis here is on healthy, replenishing and nutritious snacks, meals and juices. With lots of plants and large patio umbrellas for shade, it’s a lovely place for breakfast with friends or a casual coffee and a book alone.
Where: 3/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan
Book: 3968-7623 or [email protected]
Tasty Thai cuisine served on a terrace in Wan Chai or rooftop in the Mid-levels makes for a relaxing and reasonably priced midweek meal. The Mid-levels location overlooks the escalators and is particularly good for people-watching.
Where: 1/F, J-Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Book: 3160 8535 (Wan Chai)
Where: G/F, 38 Shelley Street, Mid-levels
Book: 2179 5779 (Mid-levels)
Why not forego the weekend hike up the Peak and instead treat yourself to a lazy lunch from their international menu, surrounded by the trees, or a cold one as you overlook the South China Sea. Welcoming to families and an all-around laid back environment.
Where: 121 Peak Road, The Peak
Book: 2849 1000 or [email protected]
Al Fresco Eats – Hong Kong Island East
If you want harbour views, al fresco seating and little taste of England, then head to the Admiralty branch of Brick Lane. Expect all day breakfasts, comfort food and good coffee all in a relaxed and bright setting. The terrace is huge and as well as being a great place for dinner, it’s also perfect for afternoon or after work drinks.
Where: Shop 404, 4/F, CITIC Tower, 1 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar Site, Admiralty
Book: 2363 2500, or
Modern British restaurant The Pawn spreads over three floors, each with its own stylish interior and function. Balconies on the first and second floors keep you close to the Wan Chai hustle and bustle below, with the odd ‘ding’ of the tram passing by. But the tranquil open air rooftop terrace is a welcome retreat, with some tables in cosy corners and other seating smack beside the skyscrapers.
Where: 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Book: 2866 3444, or
The brainchild of executive chef Olivier Elzer, Seasons has a roomy interior with beautiful decor, but the garden terrace provides a serene space for drinks and indulging in their creative French cuisine. Also makes a nice setting for afternoon tea.
Where: Shop 308, 3/F, Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
Book: 2505 6228 or [email protected]
There’s no fear of hitting elbows here on Seafood Room’s sprawling rooftop lounge, with comfortable and spacious seating perfect for sipping cocktails in, and some of the better selection of mocktails we’ve seen. Take a peek inside at their impressive art collection, or stay for dinner and indulge in an amazing selection of fine seafood dishes, staring at the contemporary works between bites.
Where: 26/F and Rooftop, 535 Tower, No. 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay
Book: 3708 9668 or [email protected]
The only way to eat Thai food, as far as we’re concerned – on a stunning terrace under the stars. Beautifully-presented plates of exotic ingredients from Thailand’s first international celebrity chef Ian Kittichai are served as you relax in colourful cushioned rattan chairs.
Where: 25/F, Soundwill Plaza II – Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
Book: 2154 3048, or
Enjoy this al fresco space which is dedicated to Italian gastronomy. Located at Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, Shelter prides itself on offering largely organic food, in a stunning and very romantic outdoor setting. It’s an ideal spot for a special occasion.
Where: 71-719, 7/F Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
Book: 2778 8398 or [email protected]
With a 5,000 square foot rooftop with stunning views across the harbour, Penthouse is a stylish urban-rustic restaurant featuring an extensive menu of contemporary Western cuisine in addition to a solid wine and cocktail menu.
Where: Level 30, Soundwill Plaza Midtown, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
Book: 2970 0828
The Wan Chai location of this steakhouse has a rooftop bar with fantastic panoramic views of the evening light show. Great for pre-dinner cocktails, as finding a place to sit can be difficult as the night goes on and restaurant patrons file upstairs for a nightcap.
Where: 31/F & Rooftop, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Book: 2893 6960 (Wan Chai), or
If you are looking for relaxed al fresco dining, then DiVino Patio offers an outdoor terrace alongside a warm and cosy restaurant that attempts to recreate the traditional Italian grocery store of the 1950′s. The food is rustic; large hunks of bread and cheese, pizzas, rich pastas and delicious desserts. The restaurant is very child friendly and there’s a weekend brunch available.
Where: Shop 11, 1/F, BRIM28, No. 28 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Book: 2877 3552, or
No harbour views here, but a great find for the Tai Hang locals. In fact, the aim of this spot situated on the second floor of the Little Tai Hang apartment complex is to ‘bond’ the local community with a friendly style and affordable menu. Get to know your neighbour on the outdoor deck with a social glass of wine and some good ol’ Western comfort food.
Where: 2/F, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang
Book: 2155 1777
Featuring an international menu with distinctive French bistro influences, Quayside is the perfect balance of location, cuisine and atmosphere, and the outdoor space is huge.
Where: G/F, Fenwick Pier, Fleet Arcade, 1 Lung King Street, Wan Chai
Book: 2661 6708 / 6790 1676, or
When you’re done pounding the pavement from a Causeway Bay marathon shopping expedition, head up to Hooray’s grand open air terrace for some respite. Stretch out on one of the lengthy sofas and soak in the marina views with and drinks some Italian food.
Where: P502, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Book: 2895 0885 or [email protected]
Al Fresco Eats – Kowloon Side
That popular and hugely successful chef from Essex continues to spread his food empire with a second Hong Kong restaurant. We’re talking about Jamie Oliver, who opened a Jamie’s Italian in TST to go with the Causeway Bay address. The Harbour City location has a roomy outdoor seating area where you can stuff yourself silly with his tempting wood oven-baked pizzas.
Where: Shop 412, Level 4, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Book: 3758 3333, or
When you’re in the mood for luxury, French food and panoramic views, this one ticks all the boxes. Bring your special someone to dine among abundant foliage and flowers on ‘La Terrasse’, or nestle into one of the terrace’s plush sofas with a drink as the harbour lights twinkle behind you.
Where: Shop 403, Level 4, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Book: 3185 8338 or [email protected]
Tuck into your steaks, fresh seafood, pasta and delicious wood-burned pizzas while checking out the harbour views at Wooloomooloo Steakhouse in TST.
Where: Shop 3013C, 3/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Along with a gorgeous grass-covered terrace that spreads over 3000 sq. ft for open air drinks and dining, European casual fine dining restaurant Urban Park also does a unique ‘Picnics in the Park’ experience for a truly al fresco experience. They supply a picnic basket stuffed with salads, corn on the cob, hot mini sliders, chicken wings, sweets, plus a bottle of sparkling water and two glasses of sparkling wine. For an added touch, it’s all served on a checkered picnic blanket large enough for four people. Delightful.
Where: 4/F, 20-22 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Book: 2751 1999, or
Garden patio with stunning mango trees, red lanterns and street culture inspired florescent neon red lights installed alongside two antique French Citroëns, dressed as food trucks. Get craft beers and East meets West street food at this easy-going spot.
Where: 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
Book: 3552 3388, or
Take in the view from TST to Hong Kong at this harbourside Italian eatery. The weekend buffet is extensive and great value, the service attentive and it’s very welcoming to families.
Where: Shop G63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Al Fresco Eats – Hong Kong Island Southside
The food here is delicious, but the curries can feel a bit heavy in hotter weather, making autumn the perfect time of year to enjoy a lazy Indian/Thai/Malay lunch on the veranda before strolling over to Repulse Bay Beach. Reservations are a must, particularly at the weekend.
Where: 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay
Book: 2292 2821 or [email protected]
One for the BBQ lovers who don’t have their own backyard to grill in, head to Crft Pit’s generous outdoor balcony for views of the sea, instead of your half-naked neighbour sunning in a lounger.
Where: Unit 2, 3/F, Harbour Industrial Center, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau
Book: 2476 2800 or [email protected]
Stanley Promenade Restaurants
If it’s shaping up to be a lovely day and you find yourself wishing you’d thought to make a lunch reservation, don’t despair – head to the Stanley waterfront and take your pick of al fresco restaurants for an easy afternoon meal. Menus are displayed outside the restaurants for passersby to peruse – the fare tends toward pub/international cuisine, with several pizzerias. Most (if not all) the restaurants in this location are very family friendly and have high chairs available.
Al Fresco Eats in the New Territories & Islands
Not for the fancy crowd, Casa Tapas Bar delivers local craft beer and of course, tapas, in a chilled out outdoor setting complete with large wooden picnic tables. Perfect for turning up in sandy flip-flops after a long day at the beach in Sai Kung.
Where: Shop 1 & 2, Sui Yat Building, Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung
Book: 2440 9288
Looking for a unique location to celebrate a special occasion? Well, look no further because One ThirtyOne is certain to fulfil that “wow” factor. Located in a three-storey house with a garden overlooking Three Fathoms Cove, this romantic restaurant serves up contemporary French cuisine with plenty of style. Perfect for private parties or even small weddings, One ThirtyOne even has their very own helipad to land your chopper or a private jetty to moor your yacht in case the trek from Central is too daunting! Oh how very James Bond!
Where: 131 Tseung Tau Village, Shap Sze Heung, New Territories
Book: 2791-2684 or [email protected]
Want to escape the hustle and bustle? Head over to Lantau Island and go to Mavericks – a bar, restaurant and board shack located right on Pui O Beach. The award-winning executive chef Austin Fry serves simple, quality beach food and drinks in a dramatic space featuring large scale artworks by some of Hong Kong’s leading young artists.
Where: Pui O Beach, Lantau Island
Book: 5662 8552 or [email protected]
If your party can’t quite narrow down their dining choice, take a stroll around D’Deck in Discovery Bay and check out the many outdoor restaurants on offer. The spacious setting allows for 180º sea views which glow nightly from the Disneyland fireworks. Cuisines ranging from Thai, Korean, Japanese and western flavours in the form of brasseries and bars means there is something for all appetites.
Where: 92 & 96 Discovery Bay Road, Discovery Bay (right beside ferry pier)
Book: Various contacts – check online
Al Fresco Drinks – Hong Kong Island
Max Traverse, the guy behind the tiki lounge favourite Honi Honi Tiki, brings another authentically themed tropical setting with Mahalo Tiki Lounge. The upscale tiki bar located in the penthouse of QRE plaza in south Wan Chai boasts amazing views of Hong Kong Island, which you can take in while sipping on one of many creative, booze-filled cocktails with names like Toko Naki Night and Aloha Nui Loa. There are some nibbles too, like fresh pololi Hawaiian food (not available on weekends) to have while relaxing on the huge outdoor terrace. For a moment you may think you’re in Hawaii…
Where: 29/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queens Road East, Wan Chai
Book: 2488 8750 or [email protected]
Did you know that there is a bar situated atop the Star Ferry pier in Central? Pier 7 offers a cool breeze and harbour views along with a snack menu perfect for sharing over after work drinks.
Where: Shop M, Roof Viewing Deck, Central Pier 7, Star Ferry, Central
Book: 2167 8377 or [email protected]
A stylish setting featuring expertly curated art exhibits inside as well as a large, lush garden terrace perfect for cocktails from the in-house mixologist before a Cantonese meal in the (indoor) dining room downstairs.
Where: Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
Book: 2525 9191 or [email protected]
The rooftop of this Wellington Street tapas restaurant focuses primarily on drinks, but they’re generally happy to bring up dessert if you ask nicely, or arrange a tapas menu for private events.
Where: 20/F M88, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central
Book: 2900 2009 or [email protected]
On the third floor of The Pottinger Hotel you’ll find a welcoming outdoor terrace amid the crowds of Central. Snacks and a limited a la carte menu are available but the main draw here is the wondrous cocktails concocted by mixologist Antonio Lai. Birds of a Feather, a unique blend of scotch, blueberry and pomegranate tea syrup, blueberry puree, malt essence and lemon juice is served in an adorable bird-shaped glass. You have to try one (or many) to believe what they have come up with.
Where: 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Book: 2169 3311, or
The outdoor terrace at Fu Lu Shou has huge, bright graffiti on the wall and comfy sofas make it a great place to head to for after work drinks. Don’t forget to try one of the refreshing and rather potent cocktails. Feeling peckish? As well as the extensive drinks menu, you can also sample Chinese food inspired by the Chinatowns in the UK and US with options for light bites and larger plates available.
Where: L7, 31 Hollywood Road, Central
Book: 2336 8812 or [email protected]
When you’re longing for a tropical getaway but the next public holiday seems ages away…we’ve got your solution. Creative tiki-themed drinks are served in festive glassware or whole fruit (several arrive on fire!), and the sweet tastes/strong pours ensure you’ll forget your woes in no time.
Where: 3/F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central
Book: 2353 0885 or [email protected]
We always bring our visitors to SEVVA for delicious drinks with a view of the city skyline. This upscale rooftop in the heart of Central can be a bit on the pricey side, but it has a swankier feel than most rooftops, making it a great spot for date night.
Where: 25/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central
Book: 2537 1388 or [email protected]
For creative cocktails and tasty sharing platters (oysters, surf & turf, pizzas, and more) with open rooftop views, head a bit outside of Central to the top of EAST hotel. Wednesdays are Cuban nights, featuring specialty mojitos and cuban cigars. EAST’s house DJ is often spinning at night.
Where: 32/F, EAST, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing
Book: 3968 3738 or [email protected]
Breathtaking views high above the city paired with serious cocktails sipped in the beautiful surroundings of the SkyBar rooftop deck. They even have a ‘Head Mixologist’ concocting drinks for your pleasure, best enjoyed Monday through Friday from 3-7 pm as they’re 2-for-1.
Where: 25/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Book: 3700 2300, or
Do pop by at night, not just for the spectacular view of Victoria Harbour all lit up, but the table holding your bespoke cocktail too. A bright blue glow surrounds you as sit on SKYE’s outdoor deck, and drinks are within easy reach at the equally luminescent circular bar.
Where: 27/F, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Book: 2839 3327 or [email protected]
Yes, this is Giorgio Armani’s own exclusive nightclub ‘where Milan’s fashion crowd come to play’, now in Hong Kong. Expect wannabe fashionistas and throbbing DJ beats, plus a cool outdoor bar with plenty of seating to take it all in.
Where: 2/F, Landmark Chater (Chater House), 8 Connaught Road, Central
Book: 3583 2828 or [email protected]
Get away from Central for a change and check out the view from Aberdeen. The aptly-named Above rooftop bar housed in the Ovolo Southside hotel also has hip street art to compete with the southern district views.
Where: 23/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen
Book: 3460 8159 or [email protected]
The IFC Rooftop Garden is a public space with tables and grassy areas open to all. You can BYO, or order drinks and snacks (think quesadillas and chicken wings) from Red Bar.
Where: 4/F, IFC mall, 8 Finance Street, Central
Book: 8129 8882 or [email protected] drinkskowloon
Al Fresco Drinks – Kowloon
A luxury outdoor hideaway located on the fifth floor of the Mira Hotel. DJs, cocktails and shisha pipes make it a great place to kick back and relax after a hard day’s work. Thursdays are Arabic nights, featuring a belly dancer, mezze platters, shisha and Arabic lounge beats.
Where: 5/F, The Mira, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Book: 2315 5599 or [email protected]; WhatsApp for Instant Bookings 9828 3890
Perched on the top floor of iSQUARE in TST, Eyebar is a popular spot for firework viewing, with plenty of chairs positioned opposite the harbour for the best outlook. Sample a long list of signature cocktails, including the Suzie Wong, served in a souvenir tumbler that’s yours for the taking.
Where: 30/F, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Book: 2487 3988 or [email protected]
There’s so much going on here – Maison Eight is a multi-venue affair with a French restaurant, cocktail bar, salon, lounge, and apparently, the world’s first Bollinger Champagne Room. Your bubbles are best taken outside on their terrace, where you can check out the fabulous skyline view.
Where: 21/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Book: 2388 8160, or
A good place to go for after-dinner drinks if you’re having an al fresco dining experience in TST. Deck n Beer is directly on TST Promenade, giving you a great view of Victoria Harbour as you relax in the open-air bar and outdoor seating area, complete with heat lamps for those cooler Hong Kong nights.
Where: G/F, East Promenade, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Book: 2723 9227
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(This guide was reviewed in November 2016.)
Isola photo credit: 10best.com
Deck N Beer photo credit: Travel CNN