Hong Kong for Romance
Ahhh spring is in the air! Powder-pink blossom and birds chirping in the trees, ‘tis the season of love and rebirth. Whether you’re in Hong Kong for Valentine’s Day or beyond, here are a few choice ways to woo your beau.
Start the day the romantic way with breakfast at the character-packed LockCha Tea House. Situated in Central’s Hong Kong Park, this elegant Canton-style house is a tranquil abode to sip and sup à deux. Nibble on freshly-made dim sum (which includes an excellent vegetarian selection) and try one of 100 different teas on offer. The leafy locale keeps things relaxed, while the charming old school fit-out transports you back to yesteryear.
For discreet dining, head to Arcane, Aussie chef Shane Osborn’s Michelin-starred eatery. Starched white linens, oak floors and and a stellar art collection create an effortlessly elegant atmosphere. The mod-European menu stars moreish plates like pan fried seabass with cevenne onion, and tortellini of confit guinea fowl with rainbow chard while the cheese selection is hands down the best in Hong Kong. Retreat to the tropical garden terrace for a private smooch for afters.
If it’s tipples you’re after, then hop over to Felix Bar at the Peninsula. Perched on the 28th floor, the sultry-swank Philippe Starck-designed imbiber with wow harbour vistas is one of the city’s best date night locations. Frock up.
Say it with flowers courtesy of boutique florist Ellerman. Using the freshest of buds and expert design, these green-fingered experts will craft simple hand-tied posies or stunning bouquets with names like ‘Cupid’s Crystal’ and ‘Queen of Hearts’. Bloomin’ marvellous!
Looking for a more enduring way to express your amour? Snap up a vintage timepiece from Berne Horology, long-time purveyor of fine classic watches. Or, add some sparkle to her life with a trip to Elissa Cohen Jewellery. Patronised by celebs and royalty, this HK stalwart’s dazzling joaillerie is guaranteed to gem-erate an I do!
LockCha Tea House / G/F / The K.S. Lo Gallery / Hong Kong Park / Admiralty / +852 2801 7177 / 10am-8pm daily, till 9pm Sat / lockcha.com
Felix Bar / 28/F / The Peninsula Hong Kong / Salisbury Rd / Kowloon / +852 2696 6778 / 5.30pm-1.30am daily / hongkong.peninsula.com
Arcane / 3/F / 18 On Lan St / Central / +852 2728 0178 / lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat / arcane.hk
Ellerman / Lane Crawford Pacific Place Home Store / Shop 126 / Pacific Pl / 88 Queensway / Admiralty / +branches / +852 2118 3518 /10am-9pm daily / ellermanndesign.com
Berne Horology / Shop 168 / 1/F / Peninsula Centre / 67 Mody Rd / Tsim Sha Tsui / Kowloon / +852 2576 8668 / 2pm-8.30pm daily / bernehorologytst.com
Elissa Cohen Jewellery / Suite 209 / Hankow Centre 5-15 / Hankow Rd / Tsim Sha Tsui / Kowloon / +852 2312 0811 / 9am-5.30pm Mon-Sat / elissacohen.com