Hong Kong is blessed with a sub-tropical climate, and luckily we get sunny days a lot of the time. So, it’s no surprise that many restaurants choose an open-air layout to embrace the year-round pleasant weather. Offering dishes from the mountains of Peru to the street vendors of Thailand, here are some of the best alfresco restaurants in Hong Kong to cater to every palate.
Helmed by Chef Julien Royer of Odette in Singapore, Louise is set within the arts hub PMQ for the cook’s second successful venture. Garnering its first Michelin star within less than half a year of opening, this gem is an incredibly popular destination. Rendered in a 1930s-colonial-themed interior, Louise spans over two floors – downstairs for drinks and snacks, and upstairs as the main dining room. Before you tuck into the delightful French menu, however, sip on cocktails at the chic alfresco terrace and embrace the cool summer breeze.
PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, 2866-0300. Open Tuesday to Sunday 12:00pm to 10:00pm.
Inspired by the mountainous terrain of Peru, ICHU TERRAZA takes you on an Amazonian escape in the middle of Central. Waltz into this green space – decked with dozens of lush and exotic plants – to transport yourself away from the city noise. South American tunes fill the air, while the outdoor bar serves innovative cocktails to keep you up all night. If you’re feeling hungry, head back inside to try ICHU Peru‘s scrumptious Peruvian dishes. Don’t forget to take a snap with Pedro the Alpaca, the restaurant’s comical mascot.
3/F, Central H Queens Building, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2477-7717. Open every day 12:00pm to 10:00pm.
With so many beautiful beaches across the city, it’s no surprise that many are filled with alfresco eateries for beach bums on a weekend retreat. Sip Song is a casual beachside getaway in Repulse Bay, serving modern Thai dishes in a trendy, upbeat setting. The restaurant focuses on ‘the big four flavors’ – sweet, spicy, sour and salty. Test your spice tolerance here – or play it safe by asking for less chilis.
Shop 114 & 115, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2328-8385. Open every day 11:30am to 4:00pm, 6:00pm to 9:30pm.
In Tsim Sha Tsui’s Ocean Terminal Extension, HEXA boasts an incredible 270-degree view of the harbor. Specializing in dim sum and Chinese dishes, the restaurant uses premium ingredients in a sophisticated setting to set up its atmosphere. As one of the lesser-known alfresco restaurants in Hong Kong, this spot is a popular haven for date nights, business meetings and cocktail evenings alike.
Shop OTE 101, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2577-1668. Open every day, times vary.
For casual Korean eats, Bib n Hops is part of Quarry Bay’s Tong Chong Street strip that features an abundance of alfresco restaurants. Stop by to dine outside and soak in the energetic vibes. You’ll see many post-work happy hour goers and locals dining at this establishment, where everyone is welcoming and friendly.
33 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay, 2882-9300. Open every day 11:30am to 10:30pm.
Another popular beach eatery, Amalfitana is a heartwarming pizza spot for hungry bellies. Taking inspiration from the Amalfi Coast, the décor is minimal and features an open-air construction to allow the natural breeze to come through. Order a classic pizza and salad to feel the beachside ambiance with your pals.
G/F, The Pulse, 28, 105 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2388-7787. Open every day 12:00pm to 10:00pm.
This Causeway Bay sanctuary showcases stunning views of the city from its alfresco space. ZENG‘s menu features a mix of Asian and Western varieties, with oysters being one of the most popular offerings. To complement the exquisite eats, the cocktail menu is just as noteworthy – be sure to order the Chinese Old Fashioned for a twist on the classic.
Another Thai eatery worth visiting is Mody Road’s Namo Avant Thai, an expansive alfresco diner serving delectable favorites. The fiery dishes make the visit well worth it, with highlights including the tuk tuk tofu and the chef’s signature XLO. Perfect for bigger crowds, this all-day restaurant brings a cheery crowd day-in day-out.
Sai Kung is filled with alfresco restaurants – it was once a fishing village after all. One of the more recent openings, 2084 is a vegan eatery serving contemporary Indian-inspired dishes. Famous orders include the momos and of course, the unmissable peking tacos.
5 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, 3488-0536. Open every day 11:00am to 10:00pm.