Header image courtesy of Duddell’s
Originally published by Sophie Pettit. Last updated by Jen Paolini and Celia Lee.
When the sun is shining and a breeze blows through the city, the urge to wine and dine in the great outdoors begins to sink in. Lucky, then, that we are blessed with some fantastic restaurants around Hong Kong that offer us spacious terraces, swanky rooftops, and even sandy beaches, where we can indulge in a feast for the senses. Here are some of our favourite alfresco dining spots around Hong Kong.
Newly opened, Terrace by LQV offers visitors of Stanley a taste of the “en terrasse” way of life. Sporting a French Mediterranean menu, expect exceptional wine pairings, cocktails, and spirits from the renowned LQV Group at this location! This is the perfect spot for you and your loved ones to wind down from city life as Hong Kong officially steps into autumn.
You can enjoy panoramic views of Stanley Bay on the outdoor terrace space that overlooks the stunning beach. Dig in with signature dishes on the menu which showcase the best of French cooking, such as vegetable tian ($98) and Pastis flambée grilled prawns ($288), served with equally filling linguine and provençale tomatoes. Terrace by LQV also serves breakfast and brunch for early risers looking for a bite along the coast of Stanley.
Terrace by LQV, Shop 505, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley Plaza, Stanley | (+852) 2324 9008
Located at Eaton HK, Terrible Baby’s alfresco dining experience doubles as a rooftop hideout. Lay back on one of the comfortable deck sofas with a signature cocktail and give the rooftop bar’s award-winning culinary items a taste. Perfectly combining East and West flavours, you can find fusion offerings such as double truffle fries ($95) and okonomiyaki shrimp toast ($105). Don’t miss out on the extensive list of crafted cocktails, wines, spirits, and beers during happy hour every Sunday to Thursday from 2 pm to 7 pm.
Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan | (+852) 2710 1866
A refreshing alfresco dining spot located in the heart of Central, Mr Wolf offers a leafy oasis. Sporting clean Caribbean-feeling architecture with white exteriors and white and blue lawn furniture and surrounded by tall wooden planters with only the tops of skyscrapers visible to patrons, it’s almost as if you’re dining out in a paradise in the skies. Enjoy the cooling weather at Mr Wolf this autumn with signature European cuisine and speciality drinks!
Mr Wolf, 5/F, Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2526 0838
As the adjoining terrace space to the Italian restaurant, Spiga, Portico offers a unique and transcendent alfresco experience for patrons to indulge in. Showcasing a slice of Italian culinary magic, Michelin-starred chef Enrico Bartolini takes the helm at Portico, allowing diners to experience authentic Italian fine dining in a laid-back setting—on Portico’s garden-like terrace. Diners can enjoy a glass of prime champagne in the autumn breeze before your dinner reservation, or a couple of cocktails and dessert wines after your Italian feast, surrounded by the soothing nature and atmosphere of Portico’s terrace.
Portico at Spiga, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2871 0055
A quirky café-slash-izakaya-slash-alfresco-restaurant, Lounge Hakuba appears to patrons in various forms throughout the day, but it never loses its chill vibes! As a café by day and bar by night, you can expect quality Japanese bites on Lounge Hakuba’s menu. Popular items include the hearty beef sando ($128) and the fusion carbonara udon ($128). For those planning on visiting Lounge Hakuba well into the evening, the restaurant has a selection of bar snacks and sharing plates on offer. Don’t forget to try one of Lounge Hakuba’s signature cocktails, which mixes Japanese ingredients with classic spirits and blends.
Lounge Hakuba, Unit 302, Tower 535, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2111 1707
At Babacio, you can find a refreshing twist to Italian dining in Hong Kong. Serving traditional Neapolitan pizzas and all the classics you would expect a premium Italian joint to offer, Babacio is the place to be for foodies craving all things Italian. Babacio’s flagship location in Central overlooks the historical compound of Tai Kwun. Paired with this nineteenth-century view, the culinary offerings are elevated with unique authenticity and history. Be sure to book ahead of time to secure your space on Babacio’s outdoor balcony. Sit back and enjoy the three different types of pizzas al fresco-style above the busyness of Central.
Babacio, 5/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2808 1961
Contemporary Chinese restaurant Madame Fù can be found in the colonial compound of Tai Kwun. Fitting its elegant exterior, you can find a uniquely decorated dining space spanning across the third floor of the old police headquarters. Joined with this artistic restaurant are the beautifully decorated Red and Blue Verandahs that elevate the alfresco dining experience at Madame Fù with their décor. Embracing the colonial grandeur of Tai Kwun, the verandahs are decorated with luxurious lounge seating and exotic flora and fauna. Sink into the comfortable red sofas that line the verandahs and be transported back to the aristocratic grandeur of nineteenth-century Hong Kong as you enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea.
Madame Fù, 3/F, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2114 2118
Located in the elegant Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour is an outdoor bar overlooking the vibrant harbour of Hong Kong. From comfy seats and chairs, atmospheric lighting, and nice views to specially crafted menus and drinks, Cruise Terrace is an alfresco dining spot that’s fit for any occasion. Dig into their gourmet offerings, available from brunch to dinner!
Why not give the seafood tower ($1,100) a try? Piled together and served with Cruise’s famous dipping sauces are fresh Canadian lobsters, seasonal oysters, giant tiger prawns, Hokkaido scallops, Hiramasa kingfish, shrimp, and Cloudy Bay clams. Gathering with a group of friends? Cruise’s cheeky Massaman with braised Sher Wagyu beef cheek ($260) is the perfect sharing plate for the occasion, alongside Cruise’s Asian-inspired cocktails.
Cruise Restaurant & Bar, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point | (+852) 3762 1234
This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant offers indoor and terrace dining at its location at the Harbour Grand Kowloon Hotel. Sit back and lounge on the boutique deck chairs and immerse yourself in the stunning views of Victoria Harbour. Why not pair your boat-watching with a variety of delicacies from Valencia to Venice? Helmed by Spanish head chef Javier Perez, The Bayside presents a menu filled with fresh oysters, refreshing ceviches, a selection of traditional tapas, dry-aged meats, and much more, all alongside happy hour drinks.
The Bayside, Shop G1, G/F, 18 Tak Fung Street, Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom
Calling all nature lovers! Michelin-starred restaurant Duddell’s boasts a stunning 2,200-square-foot Garden Terrace on which to enjoy a menu of authentic Cantonese cuisine. Leafy plants and comfortable, cushioned seating create a serene tropical oasis in the heart of the urban sprawl, where diners can enjoy a range of seafood, meat, dim sum, snacks, and Chinese delicacies from the à la carte or lunch menu. This stylish little getaway is also home to a seasoned collection of art and some beautifully whimsical cocktails such as the Kaffir Collins ($140) and Hemingway Crusta ($140).
Duddell’s, 3/F & 4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central | (+852) 2525 9191
If you fancy a day at the beach, complete with tasty food, then Bathers on Lower Cheung Sha Beach offers delicious food mere footsteps away from the ocean. Showcasing modern British cuisine with a focus on freshly cooked seafood and sharing plates, this casual eatery is often filled to the brim on the weekends when families and friends gather together to enjoy sunny lunches and romantic sunset dinners. Must-order dishes include roasted red snapper, beer-battered barramundi, and cheeseburgers with onion rings. There is also a full range of wines, spirits, cocktails, and craft beers on offer, and if you arrive around 9 am on weekends and public holidays, you can enjoy breakfast too.
Bathers, 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau | (+852) 2504 4788
Perched on the thirty-first floor of the stunning V Point Tower in Causeway Bay, Alto offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong and a spacious terrace on which to enjoy a simple Sky Menu of treats such as crispy pig skins, cheese fondue, chicken satay, and Indonesian spiced chicken wings. The restaurant also boasts a superb range of wines from some of the world’s most respected vineyards and a creative assembly of cocktails to keep everyone topped up as they admire the city views below.
Alto, 31/F, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2603 7181
On the hunt for a new neighbourhood favourite with a gorgeous alfresco dining area? Xuân draws inspiration from literature to create a menu of northern Vietnamese cuisine. Its Wan Chai location is nestled along a quiet street, making this the perfect destination for a lovingly-made meal to be enjoyed over a catch-up with friends.
You can’t miss the classic beef prime rib phở ($138), with slow-cooked Angus prime rib in a rich beef broth. Snag one of the chả giò crispy spring rolls ($128) before they go like hotcakes! Made with fresh grouper, crab meat, fragrant Vietnamese herbs, and homemade nước mắm, this is an appetiser you’ll want to order seconds of.
On days when the sun comes out in full force and all you want to do is soak up the rays with a fruity cocktail in hand, there’s no better spot to do so than at Harbourside Grill. Offering sweeping panoramic views from the Hong Kong Convention Centre in Wan Chai across IFC Mall and all the way over to ICC in West Kowloon, this alfresco dining experience at the very tip of Ocean Terminal is perfect for all occasions.
Modern European cuisine is the focus, with dry- and wet-aged steaks as its stars and an authentic Spanish Josper grill—an important component in achieving high cooking temperatures—at the heart of the operation. From tableside steak tartare with grilled sourdough ($188) to baked scallops with leek and bacon in a champagne sauce ($218), full flavours and rich indulgence with a touch of French flair best describe the culinary experience here. Definitely one to mark down for your next special occasion dinner!
Harbourside Grill, Shop OTE401, Level 4, Ocean Terminal Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Helmed by Virgilio Martínez, the celebrated chef behind the award-winning Central in Lima, Ichu aims to honour Peru’s “no-fuss” dining culture, where the atmosphere is relaxed, the dishes are shared, and the recipes highlight fresh ingredients and traditional flavours. Whilst their land-and-sea-inspired interior is thoughtfully designed and intricately beautiful, it’s their outdoor terrace and greenery vibes that we’re here for.
Tuck into their vibrant quinoa ($120), served on a layer of creamy goat’s cheese, and the punchy sea bream al rocoto ceviches ($170) all while taking in the open sky from a leafy green terrace, surrounded by towering plants along the walls and rustic wooden furniture. With an atmosphere like this, the term “urban jungle” is given a whole new meaning.
Ichu, 3/F, H Queen, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2477 7717
Taking over the old location of Aberdeen Street Social is Jia Group’s precious alfresco baby, Louise. Created in collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Julien Royer, you know you’re in good hands when you step into the airy and botanical downstairs parlour and tuck into honest homestyle fare and all-day French favourites. Ingredients are sourced from speciality producers that echo the rustic comfort Louise provides, with ingredients like frog legs and foie gras coming across as completely unpretentious. Menus change seasonally, so come often to experience new dishes and see what the team’s cooking up.
Louise, G/F, JPC, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central | (+852) 2866 0300
Love the idea of alfresco dining but not the glaring sun and heavy foot traffic that could come with it? Ruam is the answer. A casual Thai eatery surrounded by lush greens, Ruam focuses on family-style food, with a spotlight on lesser-known, authentic dishes that you don’t come across at most other Thai eateries.
For starters, dig into the moo ping ($110), premium Australian organic pork belly skewers served with jim jaew, and the gai ping ($110), chargrilled chicken skewers served with a savoury peanut sauce. Fan favourites like the pad see ew ($138) can be spotted on the menu, as well as pad kee mao nuea ($168) stir-fried flat rice noodles with Australian grass-fed beef. Curries come aplenty—just take your pick the gaeng phed ped yang ($238), a duck leg red curry, and gaeng Penang kung ($178), a creamy coconut-based prawn curry.
And how can you have a Thai meal without wrapping up with a classic mango sticky rice? As a finisher, the khao neeo mamuang ($88) is not to be missed. Pop down and indulge in some of Thailand’s most famed fare with a fresh Up to You ($98) cocktail in hand.
Ruam, Shop 9, 1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 3160 8535
Fancy taking a trip to 1930s Paris? Wander up to Café Claudel, Tai Kwun’s quintessential French bistro, to indulge in traditional and authentic fare from la France. For us, their terrace dining area is the best place to be for a lazy afternoon rendezvous and people-watching. Sate your appetite with a steak sandwich ($168) or a classic croque monsieur ($128), or set your sights on bigger plates like the pan-seared seabass fillet ($228) with ratatouille and crispy Parmesan chips. Finally, quench your thirst with a Chill On the Terrace ($60).
Café Claudel, Shop 01-G08, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2411 1310
Boasting an open kitchen and alfresco seating area, Wooloomooloo Steakhouse is the perfect spot for people-watching and soaking up the buzzing atmosphere of Tsim Sha Tsui’s bustling harbourside promenade. Guests can also expect live music served alongside menu favourites like the signature lobster bisque ($160), classic Caesar salad (starting from $145), and, of course, juicy grilled Australian filet mignon (from $435). From succulent tenderloins to sizzling rib-eyes and the popular wet-aged Australian Wagyu ($655), this is one restaurant carnivores will not want to pass up.
If you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of Central and enjoying a spot of people-watching over lunch or dinner, then the Italian bar and restaurant Enoteca in Quarry Bay is the place to be. A mainstay of the neighbourhood’s dining scene, the casual venue offers Italian pasta and pizzas as well as interesting Mediterranean choices.
A popular post-work watering hole among office workers in the area, and an ideal choice for stress-free weekend dining, Enoteca has the feel of an Italian town piazza where guests can kick back and relax with a glass of wine and watch the world go by.
Enoteca, G/F, 35–41 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay | (+852) 2744 6000
Nothing beats dining against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s iconic harbour, and the outdoor terrace at Spanish restaurant La Rambla by Catalunya is the perfect spot to do just this. Seating up to one hundred guests, the wooden-decked terrace includes a separate outdoor bar where you can enjoy the venue’s infamous Spanish gin and tonic (starting from $110), and tuck into some tasty food from a separate menu from 3 pm till 8 pm daily. Nibbles include classics like patatas bravas ($110) and truffle bikini ($140) sandwiches.
La Rambla by Catalunya, 3071–73, Level 3, IFC Mall, Central | (+852) 2661 1161