So you’ve finally worked up the nerve to ask your non-Tinder crush out. Sure, you could take them to a nice dinner or catch a movie — but for those who really want to knock it out of the park, here are some creative and original first date ideas in Hong Kong to help you score that second date.
Forget about paying the pet store a visit and taking awkward selfies — take your date to meet the Insta-famous Shiba W5 team, a squad of five Shibas often spotted along Tai Ping Shan Street, instead. Afterwards, head to The Cats Tearoom, where you can play with over 30 kitties while snacking on delicious desserts and handmade cookies. Alternatively, go horse riding at the Clearwater Bay Equestrian Center, where you can bond with the ponies whilst enjoying the sweet view of Lobster Bay.
Impress your athletic date with a venture into some of the most innovative indoor sports venues in the city. Put your putting skills to test at Strokes, the new 8,000-square-foot brightly lit space that comes with two nine-hole mini-golf courses. After a game or two, enjoy burgers and creative cocktails at the specialty restaurant at the venue. Or go for a climb in the 20,000-square-foot Verm City, Hong Kong’s biggest rock climbing gym that also boasts a 6.5 meter-high vertical slide. Show off your jumping skills at Ryze, the game-changing trampoline park that is equipped with trampolines, dodgeball, basketball, foam pits and jumping boards.
They’re into the arts and you’re not? We’re here to help. Make a trip to Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, the much-talked-about project that finally debuted after eight years in the making. Tai Kwun, which translates into “Big Station”, was formerly the Central Police Station complex that dates back to the colonial era. Now a center for heritage and arts, the space hosts six to eight exhibitions annually and is a new hub for music and theater. For a feast for the eyes and the palate, dine at Bibo, a fine-dining French restaurant that features stunning works by renowned artists such as Jeff Knoons, Damien and Banksy.
Stroll around Nan Lian Garden, a tranquil park nestled amidst Diamond Hill’s myriad of high-rise apartments. Easily accessible, the scenic space transports you and your date to a serene garden of the Tang dynasty. Think lotus ponds, immaculate bonsai tea plants and bougainvillea. Stop by Chi Lin Vegetarian, a modest veggie diner that offers a range of light and healthy dishes. Rediscover Hong Kong’s roots together by visiting the Tai O Fishing Village, where you can take Instagram-worthy photos by the traditional stilt houses, shop for fresh seafood at the local market, and go for afternoon tea at Tai O Lookout at the Tai O Heritage Hotel.