Perfectly balancing its Asian and European influences, Hong Kong’s culture reflects a fusion that resonates throughout its dining, fashion, arts and entertainment industries.
On the dining front, Hong Kong continues to draw celebrity chefs from around the world.
“Borderline-hipster westernized Asian food is pouring into Hong Kong, mixing and matching global flavors intensely,” says Bill Flora, director USA for the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
Recent entries include chef Gordon Ramsay, who is set to open another location of his London-based Bread Street Kitchen in Hong Kong’s nightlife center, Lan Kwai Fong.
Interest in tapas is growing, as top Spanish chef Martin Berasategui opened two restaurants in PMQ, the former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters now known as a dining and culture center.
Aside from the culinary landscape, Hong Kong’s dining and nightlife setting is expanding.
“Exciting new galleries, independent boutique-size restaurants and bars are flourishing toward the west and south side of the island, where rents are cheaper than the Central Business District,” Flora says. “For MICE visitors, these areas are great for a leisure visit.”
PoHo, located near Po Hing Fong in Hong Kong’s hip Sheung Wan District, is one of the latest hubs for dining and culture. PoHo sits west of SoHo, or South of Hollywood Road, another area for upscale restaurants and bars. Other hot spots include Wong Chuk Hang and Sai Ying Pun.
Opening in phases is the massive West Kowloon Cultural District, which, when complete, will incorporate more than a dozen performing arts venues and over seven acres of open piazzas, as well as M+, a museum focusing on 20th and 21st century art.
Two venues available to groups in the district will include Freespace and the Arts Pavilion, both to be located in the district’s park.