Hot Dates: Take a Stroll and Slurp Some Oysters
Where to go for your couples’ night out.
Hong Kong Park and Classified
Take a stroll through Hong Kong Park: Start on Kennedy Road and wander through the aviary. Look out for the massive Victoria Crowned pigeons, which are the largest in the world—up to 75cm long. Then meander towards Admiralty and duck under the waterfall fountain, before drying off over a spot of Star Street people-watching and a glass of something cold and white at Classified.
31 Wing Fung St., Wan Chai, 2528-3454
Not-so-secret hipster hangout Sense 99 is open to members only—but you can join for $200 per person, which gives you a whole year’s access. Once you find yourselves inside the 70-year-old pre-war building, order beers ($50 each), listen to awesome live jam sessions and whisper sweet nothings on the top-floor terrace.
99 Wellington St., Central, 9466-4695
Get your slurp on at The Walrus oyster bar, so named for the fantastically cruel oyster-baiting poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” in Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking-Glass.” Owned by the team behind cocktail bar The Woods, TW is a colorful, under-the-sea-inspired venue that serves the briny creatures raw, as part of shots, and many other creative ways besides. There will also be other fresh seafood on the menu to go with the bi-valves.
64 Staunton St., Central
Uptop is the flagship restaurant at newly opened Popway Hotel, and boasts alum from PolyU’s hospitality management program at the helm. Grab your date and dig into a tasting menu with fancy dishes such as Spring Field (quinoa salad) and Summer Paradise (Sichuan pepper ice cream and pineapple dessert), not to mention the signature Uptop Chicken: a chicken roulade dish paired with red dates, chestnuts and endive. Round off a perfect date with a drink at this sky-high venue’s rooftop terrace.
19/F, Popway Hotel, 117 Chatham Rd. South, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2117-3526