Summer living is a picnic

By YP cadets Jennifer Chiu, Pooja Antony, Joshua Hung and Kate Rawson

An enjoyable picnic doesn't have to be expensive. Here are four scenic spots where you can enjoy tasty snacks with a friend for under HK$100.

By YP cadets Jennifer Chiu, Pooja Antony, Joshua Hung and Kate Rawson |

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West Kowloon Cultural District has great views of the harbour.

Lunch with a view 

The rooftop of IFC is perfect for an elegant summer picnic. Along with your food, you'll get to enjoy a beautiful view overlooking the harbour, and escape the crowded streets of Central.

City'super and Starbucks are both in the building, so you won't have to go far for some delicious treats for under HK$100.

Where: IFC rooftop, 4th floor

Getting there: Hong Kong Station, exit F. Reach the roof via the escalators in the IFC Mall, and grab one of the outdoor tables.

We ate: Emmental cheese (HK$19.80), Carr's Table Water Crackers (HK$12.50, on offer), Arizona Iced Lemon Tea (HK$16) and Arizona Raspberry Iced Tea (HK$16), all from City'super IFC. Two chocolate doughnuts (HK$32) from Starbucks IFC.

Cost: HK$96.30


Tranquil tea-break  

 

Just a 10-minute walk from Kowloon Station MTR, you'll find the West Kowloon Cultural District. The area is calm and relaxing, surrounded by green trees for you to enjoy your picnic with nature. 

Where: Western Kowloon Cultural District 

Getting there: Take exit D out of Kowloon Station, onto Nga Cheung Road and walk 10 minutes to the waterfront. 

We ate: Tao Ti honey green tea (HK$20.80 for 3), egg, crab and cucumber Hosomaki combo (HK$25.60 for two) and crab sushi wrapped in egg Hosomaki combo (HK$14.80), all from ThreeSixty in Elements. Swiss rolls (two for HK$28) from Maxim's at Kowloon Station MTR. 

Cost: HK$89.20 


Hungry for some history 

Here's another option if you want to escape the chaos of Central. You can lie down on a patch of lush grass in the shadow of the 165-year-old St John's Cathedral. 

Make the most of the chance for a little meditation and relaxation while you snack. If you're lucky, you might even spot a squirrel or two! 

Where: Central 

Getting there: Central MTR exit D2. Walk along Pedder Street to Queen's Road, then up Battery Path footpath to the Court of Final Appeal. 

We ate: Orange and multi-fruit juice (HK$12) and Calbee Veggie Sticks (HK$32 for two) from City'super IFC. Club sandwiches (HK$44 for two) from Pret a Manger. 

Cost: HK$88 


Life's a beach

What could be better than the sand between your toes and the sea air in your lungs? Well, having a delicious ice cream to eat, too.

No day at the beach is complete without some good food. Repulse Bay isn't too crowded, so after eating you can relax with a dip in the sea or some serious sunbathing. 

Where: Repulse Bay

Getting there: Take the number 260 from Central Bus Terminus.

We ate: Dreyer's mango and tiramisu ice cream (HK$26) and a smoothie (HK$14) from 7-Eleven. Strawberries (HK$55) from City'super.

Cost: HK$95