For Hong Kong couples who don’t know where to dine out, don’t fret, we have got the list for you! Treat yourself to a memorable meal at one of these fabulous new and all-time favorite dining spots in Hong Kong! Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, we’ve got something for everyone, including some great alternatives if you’re just ‘looking for something special’.
Little Steps has wined and dined to seek out 2021's newcomers for a dreamy date night on the town. From heart-warming Italian to classic, minimalistic Japanese settings, check out the latest romantic hot spots in Hong Kong.
The Aubrey – An eccentric Japanese Izakaya will be the hottest spot for date night. Set to open in late January, just in time to sweep your date off their feet – quite literally as it sits on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental. Spoil your dearest with delicious Japanese cuisine, mouth-watering cocktails and stunning panoramic views.
25th Floor, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4001, email@example.com, www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/victoria-harbour/fine-dining/bars/the-aubrey
Man Wah - For Chinese fine-dining, this all-time classic is undergoing a major renovation and will occupy a new space – the old M Bar at the Mandarin Oriental – while featuring a new and fresh look yet maintaining its exquisite, definitive cuisine!
25th Floor, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4003, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/victoria-harbour/fine-dining/restaurants/cantonese-cuisine/man-wah
Masa Hong Kong - Whisk your date away to the likes of Japan in this minimalistic, clean space. Designed with meticulous Kumiko grid-works, experience the feel of Tokyo while indulging in refined, inventive, and savory omakase.
5/F, CCB Tower, 3 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, masa-hk.com
Lucciola Restaurant & Bar – This chic and charming Italian restaurant, oozing of old-world glamor and modernity, is a perfect place to wine and dine your dear ones while relishing in hand-made pasta and hearty favorites with a modern twist.
330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2129 0333, email@example.com
If getting a babysitter is a struggle or you prefer to stay close to home, not to worry. Getting out of the house for a date is fun, but sometimes a date night-in can be even more delightful with a little creativity. So, tuck in the kids, put your face masks away, and get ready for a memorable evening from the comfort and warmth of your own home.
Have A Theme Night – Get those creative juices swinging, and enjoy various activities with your significant other. Simply pick a theme and plan your night around it (Pinterest has loads of ideas). Here are a couple of ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Dreaming of Italy? Bring Italy to you with a home-cooked Italian meal (or just order in) and eat under candlelight while Italian music (from YouTube) serenades you. Finish off the night with gelato while you watch The Italian Job or The Godfather. Or maybe you love a good mystery? Play a game of clue, then watch your favorite mystery movie or show. For dessert, you could feed each other sweets while blindfolded and try to guess what it is. The sky is the limit with this date. Be creative and have fun!
Create A Time Capsule - Sometimes, it feels like time is flying by too fast, but with this date night, you can freeze time for a night by creating a time capsule! All you need to do is find a container (shoeboxes or old food containers work well), and then you and your sweetie get to choose what to fill it with. Here are some ideas to get you started; a list of your current favorites/current happenings, a bucket list of things or places you want to do/go together, a recent photo, a CD with your favorite songs, or love letters you write to each other. When you’re finished adding items to your capsule, seal it up and tuck it away someplace safe. Then set a day to open it up with your honey in one or two or five years for another fun date.
Spa Night - Pamper yourself and your forever-Valentine with this effortless at-home spa date. First, create a spa-like ambiance with low lights, soft music, and lightly scented candles. Slip into some comfy robes and slippers and then take turns giving each other spa treatments such as massages or facials. You could also make your own body scrubs using essential oils and either sugar or Epsom salt. Finish off the night with a hot bath or shower while all the distractions and stresses of life melt away.
There is nothing quite as romantic as dining by the sea, admiring the sun go down in the glistening ocean, and breathing in the salty air. As we live in Hong Kong, we are in luck of being surrounded by the ocean. With plenty of coastal dining options, here are our top picks:
Limewood - With a location overlooking the beautiful Repulse Bay Beach, Limewood is the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious Southeast Asian, Hawaiian, South American and Caribbean-inspired menu against the beautiful backdrop of the moon, sand and sounds of the ocean.
The Pulse, Shop 103&104, G/F, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, +852 2866 8668, www.limewood.hk
Ming Kee @ Po Toi Island - Why not do something different than your standard sit-down dinner and get on a sampan from Stanley to the secluded island of Po Toi, where you’ll find flip-fresh seafood, made in classic Cantonese-style. Settle on a plastic chair, feel the ocean breeze and munch on some scrumptious deep-fried squid, perfect with an ice-cold beer.
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Sip Song - Located in Repulse Bay, is inspired by the beach culture along the southern Thai coast and serves Thai food. Some of the highlights on the menu are roti pancakes with BBQ pork, ube ice cream with coconut and whole steamed mullet fish for the seafood fans!
The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/sipsonghk
Coconut Thai Bar & Grill - A long been a favorite among Southside dwellers, with it being open all day and serving modern Thai cuisine with a killer view!
West Block, Island Road, Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong, Facebook Page
While the weather is on our side, why not be ultra-romantic and opt for an outdoor picnic. The sky is the limit with this one (quite literally, in fact). Bring along some wine, snacks, and a blanket for a dreamy date night under the sun or stars. Here are some of the top places to bring your loved one for a super cute picnic:
Gate Lodge @ Victoria Peak Garden - There is a secret lawn tucked behind the historic Gate Lodge, the groundskeeper’s residence for Mountain Lodge (once the Governor’s summer residence). The Lodge is a little stone Renaissance-style house with blue windows. Go down the stairs beside it and you’ll reach the hidden garden for a truly old-world romantic afternoon.
Opposite at No. 40 Mount Austin Road, The Peak, Hong Kong (20-minute walk from The Peak Tram), Website
Disneyland Inspiration Lake - This huge artificial lake and surrounding grasslands doesn't require admission. Simply sneak into the Mickey Maze at the Hotel for classic romantic strolling while enjoying the open space and fresh air. (featured in photo)
Inspiration Lake, Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau, Hong Kong
Dragon's Back @ Shek O – In the Shek O Country Park section of Dragon’s Back, there are designated picnic areas that overlook the rolling hills of Hong Kong island’s south side and the water in the distance. It won’t take too much time to reach scenic points. So pack a few snacks and take in the views – a great date option for avid hikers!
Shek O Park, Shek O, Hong Kong
French cuisine is quite often the epitome of dining romantically. Pairing delicate dishes with gorgeous French wines is always a winning option. Hong Kong has a number of fantastic French restaurants, here are some of our top choices:
Belon – A lovely Neo-Parisian bistro located in trendy Soho – Belon has been awarded one star in the 2019 Michelin Guide and a place on Asia's 50 Best Restaurant List for good reason. Make sure to go to their "hidden" speakeasy upstairs for eye-catching cocktails. (featured in photo)
Les Papilles HK – For exceptional and gourmet French cuisine that is as appealing to the eyes as it is the taste-buds, head to the newly opened Les Papilles to indulge in an innovative and intriguing dining experience.
G/F, 44 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3114 2389, www.facebook.com/lespapilleshk
Maison ES – It wouldn’t be hard to pass by this romantic restaurant as it looks more like a florist than a French-themed bistro. Their main focus is on simple ingredients done well and they succeed with flying colors.
When you think about romance, Italy comes to mind rather quickly. Italian food has made its way into everyone's lives, whether it’s cooking pasta or pizza at home or going out for a lovely meal, Hong Kong has a fair amount of amazing Italian restaurants! Here are some of our favorites:
Sabatini - This HK Italian classic has been around for a quarter of century for good reason. As the saying goes, “If it ain't broke, why fix it?". This Hong Kong staple serves Roman-style comfort food, ideal if wish to have a fancy dinner but with big portions. (featured in photo)
Grissini – With panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, the views alone are enough to pull off a fantastic date night with the added bonus of authentic Italian wine and food. The contemporary interior design and modern Tony Delapp paintings conjure up the feeling of a stylish New York restaurant. This is also a great option for vegetarians as they have dedicated menus, which is an unusual treat for Southern European restaurants.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, +852 2584 7722, www.hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/restaurants-and-bars/grissini
8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana – It would be hard to mention Italian food in Hong Kong without mentioning the recipient of three Michelin stars in the past years, and a consistent ranking in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Lists. 8½ is one of the best Italian restaurants in Hong Kong without a doubt.
Shop 202, 2/F, Alexandra House, Central, +852 2537 8859, www.ottoemezzobombana.com
Delightful small Spanish plates which pack a ton of flavor – Who could say no to Tapas? Spanish menus will satisfy even the pickiest palate as there is a dish for everyone, here are our top 3 choices for a memorable date night:
La Rambla by Catalunya – Whether date night makes its debut in the day or night, La Rambla will satisfy every diner with options to sit indoors with beautiful interiors inspired by their namesake boulevard in Barcelona or at their gorgeous outdoor terrace overlooking the Victoria Harbor. Along with the views and interiors, regional Catalan cuisines and evolving interpretations of Spanish classics will have you leaving completely satisfied!
22 Ships – Returning from a temporary closure with a brand new look and menu, this restaurant is perfect for date night – serving up authentic tapas dishes, as well as plenty of wines (mostly from Spain) to relish in while taking in the buzzing yet relaxed atmosphere. Maintaining “no reservations, no service charge”, enjoy a cool night on the town and the social sharing vibe of Spain in Hong Kong!
The Optimist – A part of the ever-popular Pirata Group, the Optimist offers fantastic Northern Spanish dishes, perfect for the colder period. Their booths are intimate and comfortable, ideal for cozying up with your loved one on a romantic night out.
Spice up date night with a flavorful Middle Eastern meal. This cuisine is often great for sharing plates and offers plenty of options for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Check out these top 3 Middle Eastern restaurants:
La Maison Libanaise – This vibrantly colorful restaurant spans over three floors which are unique for Hong Kong. Make sure to try their amazing roasted cauliflower and to finish the night off with their olive cake, which is a must, with stunning pale pink rose-infused icing. They only allow walk-ins, but the turnover is quick. (featured in photo)
Sumac – This restaurant has been around for years but is only known by a few for a rather alluring feel. Although tucked away in a corner, it still offers a very central location and has two lovely outside tables if you prefer to take your romantic dinner al fresco. The staff is super friendly and helpful, while the food is authentic and delicious!
Francis - Chef Asher Goldstein draws upon childhood memories of the rotating selection of meze and hearty grilled plates on the vibrant streets of Tel Aviv, Israel, to bring Hong Kong this Middle Eastern restaurant. No booking is required, only want-ins.
G/F, 4 & 6, St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.francis.com.hk
For something more sophisticated and light, why not go for Japanese? Whether you want classic sushi, fun-filled teppanyaki or casual yakitori, this cuisine is ideal for an elevated night while satisfying all your taste buds.
Inakaya - Located on the 101st floor of ICC, the trip up alone will be the start of a memorable date. With the jaw-dropping views and a traditional setup of the robatayaki room, while orders are being shouted in Japanese, the buzz will leave you with quite a cool date-night experience. (featured in photo)
1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2972 2666, www.jcgroup.hk/restaurants/ inakaya
Sagano - For couples who prefer a more minimalistic style, and wish to experience authentic Japanese cuisine, then look no further than Sagano. Seasonal ingredients are crucial to this restaurant, so the menu changes often.
1/F New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, 72 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2313 4222, newworldmillenniumhotel.com/en/dining/sagano
Sushi Hana – For amazing Japanese dishes without breaking the bank – Sushi Hana is the place to be. It was established by one of the top teppanyaki chefs in Hong Kong, whose other venture, IM Teppanyaki & Wine was awarded a Michelin Star two years in a row.
142 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2679 8038, www.sushihana.com.hk
Kaetsu – Located at Grand Hyatt, Kaetsu serves up some amazing Omakase and Osusume including a la carte of Chef's specialties. The restaurant is elegantly designed with Japanese-inspired aesthetics.
1 Harbor Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2584 7722, www.hongkong.grand.hyatt.com
With travel halted, staycations are all the rage these days – and for good reason! Wake up with room service instead of the kids asking a thousand questions at 6am. Luckily there are dozens of charming boutique hotels in Hong Kong where you can check-in for a night of romance, here are our top 3:
Little Tai Hang - The charming neighborhood of Tai Hang, just east of Causeway Bay, has a little hidden design-centric boutique hotel tucked away on a quaint corner on the road of Tung Lo Wan. Rooms in the first phase offer incredible views over the Hong Kong Harbour and Victoria Park, and each room has bespoke artisanal touches that make this enchanting hotel rather unique.
98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3899 8888, Website
99 Bonham - Created by the same developer as The Putman and The Jervois, it displays the same sophistication as the other boutique hotels. 99 Bonham is located in the convenient and dynamic Sheung Wan, which provides easy access into Central. There are three stunning suites with phenomenal views on each floor of the striking glass tower. (featured in photo)
99 Bonham Strand, Hong Kong, +852 3940 1111, Website
Tuve - Tin Hau has an achingly cool boutique hotel known as Tuve. The rooms have a somewhat futuristic feel to them, with themes of metal, pristine white, and precise lines flowing through the entire hotel and creating a soothing effect.
16 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, +852 3995 8800, Website
Check out Little Steps' Best Family-Friendly Staycation Hotels in Hong Kong.
Speakeasies aka "hidden bars", come from the era of Prohibition in America, where these bars were a necessity to not be caught drinking. They were just as vital for the creation of cocktails – all part of the ruse to distract authorities in America during their forced "dry period". Fortunately for us, there is no “dry period” in Hong Kong, yet we still benefit from our share of sleek and stylish bars – you just need know where they are and how to get in. And Little Steps has you covered:
001 - Make sure to call ahead to book a table at this old fashioned yet glamorous bar. The bar is hidden in plain sight like every good speakeasy should be. Just ring the illuminated doorbell behind the market stall.
Shop 1, L/F, Welley Building, 97 Wellington Street, Hong Kong, +852 2810 6969, www.facebook.co/m/001
Foxglove – A hidden, yet popular, Jazz bar on Duddell Street. From the outside you may think it to be an old-fashioned umbrella shop, but awaiting you inside is a fabulous watering hole with sultry live music. To get in, look out for a certain umbrella handle to push down.
2/F, 6 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2116 8948, mingfathouse.com/restaurants/foxglove
Room 309 - This hidden bar serves "invisible" drinks (the invisibility consists of processing ingredients such as whiskey or fruit juice to remove the color) from an "invisible menu" (you have to hold a transparent panel against a dark surface to read the list). To get in, you need to ask for a key card at Lai’s other third-floor bar, The Envoy, and use it as you would for a normal room. (featured in photo). The cool factor is written all over this one!
3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, www.room309.hk