If you’ve had your fill of Hong Kong’s frenetic hustle and bustle and seen all there is to see in its rich natural and cultural heritage on the outskirts, you might be looking for something fun to do that’s just a little closer to your home or hotel. In that case, Harbour City could be your next staycation destination!
It’s no secret that Harbour City is already a hotspot for self-avowed foodies and discerning diners alike, and that’s just on the inside! For those who prefer dining alfresco, we’ve got plenty of options with outdoor seating to suit your tastes, whichever part of the mall you find yourself in when hunger strikes.
A few months ago saw the new, exciting addition of the contemporary Italian restaurant Palco Ristorante at Ocean Terminal. With renowned chef Ken Lau at its gastronomic helm, the restaurant is among the talk-of-town destinations – to soak in stunning views and indulge in a night of avant-garde Italian cuisines. Go for the Warm Lobster Salad, accompanied with a light Sicilian lemon jam, and work your appetite up to the signature Squid – ink Crispy Chip with Sea Urchin and Lard. The alfresco seafood night is guaranteed to whisk you right to an European fish market, but in style.
Harbourside Grill • Bar • Terrace is true to its name, offers everything you could want in a satisfying open air dining experience with Chef Armand Sablon sizzles up surf and turf staples that include A5 Wagyu steaks and succulent scallops with French flair.
Also inside Ocean Terminal’s Extension, you’ll find HEXA, ANA Ten, Paper Moon. HEXA brings the best of China’s diverse provincial cooking styles and updates them with a contemporary twist. ANA Ten unites modernity and tradition with innovative Japanese dishes and a selection of folklore-inspired cocktails you won’t find anywhere else. For something more homey, drop by Paper Moon for authentic Milanese dishes that have been enjoyed the world over since 1977.
Foodies searching for something as delicious as it is out of the ordinary should head over to Xihe Yayuan for its 40-day aged Peking duck course served three ways. Iconic Izakaya franchise Tsukada Nojo also deserves particular mention for its Bijin Nabe, made with its richly flavored in- house chicken bone broth that’s stewed for over 10 hours. And don’t worry, spice lovers. Fu Rong has you covered by combining traditional flavors, modern approaches and a milder fragrant dose of heat that’s unique to Chengdu cuisine.
Over in the Ocean Terminal is Michelin-starred Amelia, which recently opened in December last year. Helmed by award-winning Chef Paulo Airaudo, Amelia’s menus evolve monthly, delighting guests with modern European cuisine infused with classic Italian finesse.
For those in the mood for something more low-key, the Ocean Centre’s ÉPURE sets the scene with its private partitioned seating, clean lines, and relaxing furniture that result in a modern interpretation of a classic French garden. Its menu brings out the best in every season with its delicate balancing act that express the flavours and textures of light ingredients.
Finally, if you find yourself inside the Gateway Arcade, China Tang whisks you away to turn-of-the-century China with period decor, an elegant bar, outdoor terrace and finest Chinese cuisines.
For those seeking a bit of fresh air and scenic vistas, Harbour City also has several large public spaces for visitors looking to do some sightseeing or snap a few photos. Visiting the nearby Star Ferry Pier is an iconic Hong Kong experience that’s beloved by locals and tourists alike. Take in a majestic view of Hong Kong Island over a fragrant cup of % Arabica Coffee before your ferry ride.
For those driving to Harbour City, go on a quest to find and snap a photo of the infamous pixelated anchor on the rooftop car park by French mosaic artist Invader.
Next is the boardwalk just outside the Gateway Arcade and Ocean Centre. The long stretch provides the perfect place for a leisurely sit or stroll as you experience the harbour and beyond from different angles, perfect for any shutterbugs. If you’re hoping to capture even more, head upstairs and take it all in from the Ocean Centre balcony.
Last but not least is Ocean Terminal Deck and Terrace. These new extensions of the Harbour City complex offer breathtaking views and wide open spaces to leave some of the city’s bustle behind.
The nearby natural grass lawn is the perfect place to sit and enjoy some music or for children to run around and play (though picnics are not allowed). Plan your visit before or after lunchtime as the noon sun can be particularly strong.
Those dropping by at dusk will be treated to a gorgeous romantic sunset best experienced from the Grand Stand.
Since its completion, the Ocean Terminal Deck has become a hotspot not just for the enjoyment but also well-being of our guests. Just last year, we hosted our Wellness in the City series of public group fitness events there, and look forward to sharing similar programmes in the near future.
Until then, feel free to pay us a visit and enjoy all the amazing things Harbour City has to offer, both inside and out!