Lose yourself on Lantau
Lantau is a peaceful escape from modern city life, and its 300-year-old Tai O fish market is also a must-visit for lovers of authentic and fragrant food. Once a trading and fishing port, this traditional market is a favourite local spot for buying fresh and dried seafood, and is particularly renowned for its famous shrimp paste. Nestled beside a waterfront, visitors can admire the rustic stilt houses that still inhabit the area, and enjoy platefuls of steaming meat, fish and vegetable dishes, – all tasty, nutritious, and loaded with a robust kick of garlic.
Getting there: Central ferry pier 6 to Mui Wo from Central then hop on the 1 bus to Tai O. Or hop on the MTR to Tung Chung then take the 11 bus to Tai O.
Mui Wo and Mavericks
Dread the beer drinking mayhem of the South Stand? Head over to Mavericks in Mui Wo, and enjoy a frosty Tsing Tao whilst gazing at the soothing ocean and lush mountains of Pui O beach. Or imbibe in classic beach style with their most popular cocktail “Surfer Girl” a prosecco, aperon and soda concoction that’ll have you at ease with the sea, surf and sand. With its urban-surf-shack vibe, Mavericks has established itself as the go-to eatery for warm service and quality food. The menu presents an array of western favourites, including juicy burgers, crispy chicken dippers, meat filled-tacos and cheesy nachos, as well as an impressive kids’ menu. Better yet, Mavericks offers locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, including homegrown veggies and herbs, hormone-free meat, and fresh bread from Lantau’s own artisan baker.
Mavericks HK, Pui O Beach, Lantau, 5402 4154,
Getting there: Central ferry pier 6 to Mui Wo from Central and take bus 1, 2, 3, 3M, 4 or A35.
Bike in Tai Po and visit the art cafe
We love gawking at the creativity and craziness of the Sevens costumes but a visit to Tai Po’s Café de Country Art instead will ensure we don’t miss out on our dose of artistic finesse. With its vibrant pop art printed exterior and selection of homey Italian food, this eye-catching café guarantees a feast for the eyes and the stomach; enjoy a hot bowl of their smoked chicken spaghetti, followed by a gooey melting chocolate lava cake for the ultimate in comfort eating. And if you find that you’ve over indulged (it’s hard not to), then burn some calories with a scenic bike ride along Tai Po’s waterfront.
Café de Country Art, 64B Lung Mei Village, Tai Mei Tuk, Tai Po, 2824 1812
Getting there: Take the KCR to Tai Po Market Station and bus 75K or mini-bus no. 20C to Tai Mei Tuk or bike it!
Aberdeen Floating Village
An oasis away from dry land is the perfect spot to avoid the madness of the Seven’s. It is also home to the largest floating restaurant in the world, aptly named ‘The Floating Jumbo Restaurant’. The three storey high boat is one of Hong Kong’s most unique dining experiences and visitors can enjoy their meal nestled within the restaurant’s intricate Imperial Chinese Palace Interior, whilst overlooking the sampans that adorn the Fragrant Harbour. The food on offer is nothing short of decadent, with a choice of over 100 different fresh seafood dishes (we can’t get enough of the flaky chili crab), as well as traditional Cantonese cuisine and dim sum, all prepared by renowned chefs.
Jumbo Kingdom, Sham Wan Pier Drive, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen.
Getting there: Take the free Jumbo sampan from Aberdeen promenade.
Eat Portuguese in Macau
Hop a ferry over to Macau for a weekend getaway and the chance to walk the history-steeped Portuguese streets and sample an array of culinary treats. For classic Portuguese cuisine, visit Antonio’s (a Michelin-recommended restaurant hidden within the traditional architecture of Taipa Village) or Fernando’s (whose roasted suckling pig with homemade French fries is to die for). The juicy pork-chop buns served at Macau’s renowned eatery Tai Lei Loi Kei (translated to mean ‘Pork Chop Bun Café) are worth queuing for, as are the piping hot hand pulled noodles found at the renowned Cheong Kei Restaurant. For those with a sweet tooth, Lord Stowe’s Bakery in The Venetian is famous for creamy egg tarts and other freshly baked pastries. And since no trip is complete without a caffeine stop, we recommend the warm atmosphere and smooth, full-bodied coffee blends of Terra Coffee Shop.
Getting there: head to Macau Ferry Pier, 3/F Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road Central and grab a ticket. Macau is your oyster!
Escape Hong Kong’s buzzing streets and venture to Sai Kung for a refreshing change of pace. With its peaceful landscape and abundant greenery, Saikung is the ultimate countryside retreat and a great place to enjoy some of Hong Kong’s most underrated food hubs. Start your day at Colour Brown, whose expert baristas offer up mugs of hot coffee created with home-roasted beans. For some hearty food, try Mandy’s Caribbean Bar and Restaurant, which oozes with the zesty spicy-sweet flavours of the West Indies, and has a kitchen boasting over 300 spices. The dishes on offer (including fried chicken, goat curry and coconut rice) are rich and aromatic. If you fancy seafood, Chip In is a traditionally British fish and chip shop, complete with crisp battered cod and vinegary thick-cut chips served in a newspaper cone. Finally, Michelin-recommended curry house JoJo is a great place for rustic Indian food and warm service.
Getting there: Take the MTR to Hang Hau station and hop on minibus 101M.
Indulge your body and your taste buds
Set off for a spa-ntaneous treat to a tranquil oasis in the city. A spa is the perfect place to hide from the fracas of Hong Kong’s biggest sporting event by putting your feet up and giving them some love. Ten Feet Tall serves a lunch set in union with Dragon-i and Locofama – while you’re having your feet massaged. Indulge in a dim sum platter or fresh salad in a private room with apple tv, magazines galore and above all, peace and solitude. The massage lunch special starts at $360.
137-141 Queen’s Road Central, 2971 1010
W Hotel’s Bliss Spa offers up indulgence in the form of a brownie buffet in their relaxation room with fresh lemonade to sate the sweet tooth while you wait for your soak, massage, deep tissue treatment or whichever your pamper of choice may be.
1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, 3717 2222
Or if you want to gather a group, the MiraSpa are offering a “Girls Nite Out” package that includes private use of the Nail Lounge for two hours with a luxury mani or pedi as well as pool passes and then the best part: two bottles of champagne and a high tea bar with sweet and savoury canapes and smoothies for $6,888 for six lovely ladies.
118 Nathan Road, TST, 2368 1111
The newly opened Nail Bar at Four Seasons is also offering a package deal with “Nail Social” that includes five guests receiving two therapeutic treatments each with champagne and either a tea set in the afternoon or hors d’ouevres for evening. $11,888 Monday to Thursday, $12,888 Friday to Sunday for a group of five.
3196 8900, 8 Finance Street, Central
Pop on the headphones and tune out the roar of the approaching Sevens by taking in a classic film and sipping on a tasty cocktail on the rooftop of The Pulse in Repulse Bay. Hushup have unveiled their latest line up of Silent Cinema screenings starting on March 7th and running on weekends throughout the month. The $160 ticket will get you a deck chair, Havianas blanket and a Limewood cocktail as well as a few great movie choices depending on the day you choose such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Pretty Woman, Wayne’s World and a sing-a-long version of Frozen for all those Disney lovers out there.
Getting there: The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay