When planning that all-important Valentine’s Day date, it can be tempting to play it safe and go down the dinner and a movie route. But with so many weird and wonderful things to do in Hong Kong, we say why not shake things up and make this February 14 one you and your special someone will never forget — and for all the right reasons.
1. Make ‘Em Laugh
Marilyn Monroe once said, “If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.” Why not take her advice and win over your woman (or man) at one of the city’s vibrant comedy clubs. With fresh-face performances and guest appearances by well-known names popping up every week, there are plenty of opportunities to laugh the night away with your beloved. Catch the Special Valentine’s Day Comedy Show at TakeOut Comedy or swing by The Punchline Comedy Club and laugh the night away.
TakeOut Comedy Club, 34 Elgin Street, Central, (+852) 6220 4436
Special Valentine’s Day Comedy Show, 14 February, (8pm) ($200 per person/$300 per couple)
The Punchline Comedy Club, Tamarind, 2/F Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2598 1222
2. Dine in an Igloo
Okay, we know we said ditch the whole dinner idea, but this one is far from cliché. Igloo is Hong Kong’s first luxurious fine dining beachside rooftop restaurant which invites happy couples to feast on a selection of Asian and Western fusion food from the comfort of their own private igloo. Located on the Pulse rooftop with panoramic ocean views of Repulse Bay, and garnished with plush roses and pink décor, this unique setting provides a cozy retreat in which to enjoy a romantic sunset with your favourite person. The restaurant only allow up to 60 guests to ensure that everyone can enjoy their privacy, so make your reservations now people, because seats will be filling up fast at this Instagrammable hot spot!
Igloo, Sunset Beach Club, the pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, (+852) 9499 9037 (reservation only)
Dinner costs $988 – $1,788 per person
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3. Paint Some Pots
We all know that pottery wheel scene from Ghost, right? Well, why not put your date in a spin at a Loveramics Ceramic Workshop where you get to splash, splatter, doodle, and dab your own designs onto mugs, bowls, and other ceramic goodies. Ok, so you won’t be smooching over the pottery wheel while in Swayze/Moore fashion while the Righteous Brothers blare out in the background, but you will get to enjoy some quality bonding time with your significant other while creating some lovely crockery for your home. All materials are provided, and a selection of locally roasted coffee and organic tea is on hand to keep your creative juices flowing during the two-hour session. Functional and fun, this is a great option for budding artists looking to revamp their kitchenware.
Loveramics, Shop 207, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, (+852) 2994 1289
Shop 21, Ground Floor, Eslite Bookstore, City Plaza 1, Taikoo Shing, (+852) 3419 1139
$400 per ceramic piece (includes one coffee or tea)
4. Cuddle Fluffy Animals
Want to please your moggie mad partner without actually adopting a real cat? Take them to meet the eleven resident kitties at Hong Kong’s one and only cat café, Cat Store. These feisty felines love nothing more than to be stroked, groomed, and spoiled rotten while you sip on a frothy hot chocolate and nibble on a cat-themed snacks and desserts. Prices are pretty reasonable, meaning you and your kitty (yes, there is an ‘order for your cat’ section) can enjoy several treats without breaking the bank for a cute snap or two because when you see the numerous cat murals, photos, decorations, and even Yakult bottle lanterns on display – your Instagram feed will explode.
If bunnies are more your spirit animal then hop on over to Rabbitland Cafe and prepare yourself for a cuteness overload as you step inside the ‘bunny den’ for a play date with 12 fluffy fellas. While you can’t actually pick the bunnies up, you’ll still have plenty of interaction as you stroke them and snap some adorable selfies with the fluffy-headed Donkey and sociable Orea (pictured). Top brownie points all round!
Cat Store, 3D Po Ming Building, Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, (+852) 2710 9953
Rabbitland Cafe, 3/F, 530 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 5281 0280
(Entry is $68 per person/1 hour which includes a drink)
5. Catch Some jazz
What could be more romantic than sipping on martinis and kicking back to some smooth live jazz with your favourite human? Our vibrant city is blessed with fantastic venues that are guaranteed to get your toes tapping and your heart fluttering. If your love is an old soul then treat them to an unforgettable night at Foxglove where you will be transported back to the golden age of cocktails and jazz in an intimate venue inspired by a 1950s first-class luxury liner. For a more casual affair, head to the famous western-style Ned Kelly’s Last Stand in Tsim Sha Tsui where the Dixieland jazz band perform Southern Louisiana sounds with a lot of horns every Tuesday to Saturday night. Nice!
Foxglove, G/F, 18 Ice House Street, 6 Duddell Street, Central, (+852) 2116 8949
Ned Kelly’s Last Stand, 11A Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (852) 2376 0562
6. Have Dinner in the Dark
Can’t stand the sight of your partner? Just kidding. For an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, why not ditch dinner at your favourite restaurant and experience dining in complete darkness? Dinner in the Dark is a fantastic concept which invites you to sharpen your senses as you feast on a three-course meal in served in the pitch-black by a visually-impaired team. You won’t know what the cuisines are before the dinner, meaning you and your date get to have loads of fun guessing what you are eating as you feel your way around your plate (we get to play with our food, yay!).
This Valentine’s Day, the team have something extra special up their sleeves for you and your date in the form of a 75-minute pre-dinner tour where you’ll get to explore a specially constructed pitch-black exhibition with the aid of visually impaired guides. Featuring five different authentic settings that we likely encounter in our every day lives, the tour enables you to ‘see’ the world in a unique and inspirational way. And with a strict no mobile phones policy, there’s no chance that either of you will be glued to your phones the whole evening – something you’ll appreciate after.
Dialogue in the Dark Experiential Exhibition, Shop 215, 2/F Nob Hill Square, 8 King Lai Path, Mei Foo, Kowloon, (+852) 2891 0438
($1,000 per person, includes pre-dinner tour and three-course meal)
7. Enjoy a Boozy Couple’s Massage
Do you and your drinking partner in crime love kicking back with a cool martini? Well now imagine bathing in it! Multi-award-winning spa Sense of Touch knows exactly how to spoil lovebirds this Valentine’s Day with their amazing Couple’s Double Martini Ritual, which invites the two of you to indulge in a 60-minute massage of your choice, plus a soothing facial and a relaxing soak in a tub for two. And with all the gorgeous candles, pebbles, and blissful spa music playing in the background at this gorgeous sanctuary, you can be sure the mood will be set to ‘romance’. If you’d prefer to just treat your significant other, the spa also offers three other alcohol-themed signature treatments which use beer, sake, and wine so you can make them feel like royalty.
Sense of Touch, (locations in Central, Repulse Bay, Discovery Bay, Sai Kung, Tsueng Kwan O, and Cyberport)
Cheers to Beers / For Heaven’s Sake / A Vine Romance – all $1,780 each (2 hours)
Couple’s Double Martini Ritual – $3,480 for two (2.5 hours)
8. Go Art Jamming
If you’re a budding Picasso just dying to show off your artistic skills to your partner, then why not book you both in for an art jamming session at one of the city’s quirky studios? Head to Messy Jam and let your creative juices flow in their airy studio, or venture over to AURA ART or Paint Palette in Causeway Bay where you get to go wild, side by side, with all the acrylic paints you need to create a colourful masterpiece for your home – all the while sipping on some complimentary soft drinks – or bubbly if you want to bring your own. If you ask the staff nicely, they’ll even let you play your own music to inspire you both as you paint away – so get that sexy playlist ready lovebirds!
Messy Jam, Flat D, 2/F, Tai Fat Building, 37 Ko Shing Street, Sheung Wan, (+852) 9366 9836
$600 per person (4 hour session – includes 50cm x 60cm canvas)
AURA ART, 2/F, 18 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2886 2359
$210 per person (all materials provided)
Paint Palette, 3/F, 532 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2575 8830
$220 per person (from Monday to Thursday) and $280 (Friday to Sunday and public holidays)
Or … Don’t Go Out At All
Netflix and Chill
If avoiding loved up couples and cosying up on the sofa with a bottle (or two) of wine is more your idea of romance then you’re in luck because there are some wonderfully cheesy Rom-Coms on the box, and some equally wonderful wine delivery services which deliver straight to your door.
Check out the fabulous Netflix & Chill Wine Box from WINE MOMENTS online store, which includes six bottles for a very reasonable $610, or alternatively opt for their romantic Dinner for Two box ($395) which includes a bottle of sparkling white, red, and sweet wine to pair with dessert.
For all the single ladies (and boys) out there, the Anti-Valentine’s Day Box ($345) comes with three bottles including the brilliantly named Rotten Roses rosé, giving you the perfect excuse to invite all your single friends over for movie night.
If you fancy something a little more premium, then sift through the huge collection of wine at premier wine retail and auction website Bidvino. You can order a bottle online from around $40 to the $3K mark, and if you’re looking for more rare, vintage wines then you’ll no doubt enjoy bidding for their bottles in the weekly auction and enjoying free next day delivery too. Cheers to that!
WINE MOMENTS, (+852) 2111 9291
Orders over $500 are not charged with delivery across all of Hong Kong
Bidvino, (+852) 5803 3054
Buying – free next day delivery with a minimum spend of $800 / bidding – free next day delivery on any purchase