What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on Aug. 10 - 16, 2023
August 09, 2023
Ahh, another week is upon us, and you’re looking for cool things to get up to in the 852! We’ve saved you the hassle with The Beat Hong Kong’s rundown of the best places to hit up and things to do right now—from blink-and-you'll-miss-it pop-up sights and new restaurant openings, to the hottest activities that you shouldn’t miss.
To keep your finger on the pulse of the city, follow The Beat Hong Kong to see what’s best in store for the week ahead.
1. Women Direct. Korean Indies! Film Series at Hong Kong Arts Centre in Wan Chai
The Hong Kong Arts Centre and Seoul Independent Film Festival have joined hands this summer to present a stellar selection from Korean independent cinema, all directed by women. The 2023 edition of this spectacular series tackles personal and societal issues through modern Korean women's perspectives across different genres.
From addressing forbidden love, privacy breaches, workplace challenges, to reflections on motherhood and body image, the narratives delve deep. This weekend features films 'Climbing' by Kim Hye-mi and 'Archaeology of Love' by Lee Wan-min. Enhancing the experience, each screening is followed by a virtual discussion with the directors for a firsthand glimpse into the influences and experiences that make up their ‘female gaze’. Click here for more information on the films and directors.
When: Aug. 11, 13
Where: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Buy tickets here, HK$85 (Concessionary HK$68)
2. The Mills Kids Festival 2023 in Tsuen Wan
Step into a whirlwind of nostalgia and creativity this summer at The Mills' annual Kids Festival. Since its grand reopening in 2018, The Mills has transformed into the ultimate summer destination for families, blending past with the present. This year, delve into the 1960s with your loved ones as we take inspiration from our grandparents' generation, and transform nostalgic elements of Hong Kong into interactive music sessions and a vibrant kid-friendly market. Embark on an enchanting 'Travel Around The Mills' experience that promises fun for all in the form of a unique challenge aimed at homing in on kids’ entrepreneurial skills, as well as cool interactive installations that tell the story of Hong Kong’s once booming textile industry.
In a nod to local talent, The Mills proudly partners with Hong Kong's own illustrator, Cher, who has specially designed the adorable Coumei character, the festival’s mascot. Gear up for a summer drenched in culture and art, with the full schedule of workshops here.
When: Aug. 12 – 31 (Market)
Where: The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Kowloon
How much: Free entry
(Workshops) Buy tickets here, Starting from HK$200
3. Sai Kung Mystery Night Adventure by Encompass HK in Tsui Hang
Uncover the enigmatic nocturnal wonders of Sai Kung on a thrilling night tour. Venture into the secluded and publicly protected Tsiu Hang Special Areas and traverse through diverse habitats like orchards, farmlands, serene ponds, and dense forests. Guided by a seasoned expert from Encompass HK, this tour is an exciting way to come face-to-face with both forest and lowland species, while learning more about the Hong Kong ecosystem.
The night air resonates with choruses from myriad frog species, and you might just spot the tiniest amphibian in Hong Kong! A green van will pick up all participants at the meeting point of Choi Hung MTR station, before kicking off the tour that stretches out along an easy to moderate 4-kilometre walk across a blend of paved and nature paths. Tickets are inclusive of insurance.
When: 7 PM – 10 PM, Aug. 11
Where: (Meeting point) Exit C – Choi Hung MTR Station, Choi Hung, Kowloon
How much: Buy tickets here, HK$320 (child ticket, HK$250)
4. NDSS Brazilian Funday: Samba Percussion & Social Dancing in Wong Chuk Hang
Experience the vibrant rhythms of Rio Carnival with a captivating drumming session. Open to all backgrounds (even the rhythmically challenged), drums are provided for a session of letting go and feeling the joy of music. Later in the evening, join in on Xina's social dance workshop, which emphasizes body control. After mastering some moves, it’s time to flaunt them at the social dance after-party!
There are several ticket options, including options for only drumming or only dancing, with a package for both.
When: Aug. 12
Where: 5678 Studio, #17D, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: Buy tickets here, Starting from HK$53
5. ‘SUPER SUPER MARKET Vol. 3’ Solo Exhibition by Haruka Yamakawa at BELOWGROUND in Central
Inspired by everyday moments and the stories within the aisles of the humble supermarket, Haruka Yamakawa transformed the supermarket scene into a canvas for her artistic expression. In the midst of the 2021 pandemic, supermarkets stood as beacons of normalcy and brief escapes for many, especially in Japan. It's not just about daily essentials. These spaces, with their vast assortment of products perfectly arrayed on shelves, possess an alluring quality, urging patrons to stay a little longer.
Her first "SUPER SUPER MARKET" exhibition in Tokyo in 2021 garnered immense attention, leading to a second instalment in Hong Kong. Now, as the world steps into the light of 2023, Quiet Gallery is elated to unveil Vol.3. Visitors are invited to step into Haruka Yamakawa's enchanting representation of the supermarket world, reminding everyone of the simple joys amidst trying times.
When: Now until Aug. 27
Where: Quiet Gallery HK, Shop 1, B/F, BELOWGROUND, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
6. COOE Coffee with Australian Association at Oolaa Petite in Wan Chai
The Australian Association of Hong Kong, an organization dedicated to fostering connections between Australians in Hong Kong and those with an affinity for Australia, presents their weekly ‘Cooee Coffee’ meetup. This informal coffee morning is an excellent platform for both those new to Hong Kong and long-time residents to mingle and connect.
With no reservations required, attendees can simply arrive, savour delicious coffee a la Oolaa, perhaps indulge in a delightful treat, and engage in lively conversations. Sue Sarelius, a devoted volunteer, hosts the gathering, ensuring that every guest is warmly welcomed and introduced to fellow attendees, especially first-timers! It's a delightful opportunity to bond over shared interests and get the most out of the vibrant Hong Kong community. For more information on the event and the Australian Association, message their organizer here.
When: 10:30 AM, Aug. 11 / Recurring on Friday
Where: Oolaa Petite, Shop 2 Tower 2 Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
7. Happy Paradise by May Chow Pop-up at Little Bao in SoHo
May Chow, one of Asia's most celebrated culinary pioneers, is reviving her famed Happy Paradise dining experience for an exclusive three-night stint at Little Bao. With a global clientele eagerly following her culinary exploits, this event promises to be an unmissable culinary spectacle, showcasing May’s artistry in fusing traditional and contemporary Cantonese flavours.
Happy Paradise remains a testament to May's ingenuity, with her innovative take on neo-Chinese cuisine remaining as captivating as it was on its debut. The exclusive sharing menu boasts signature dishes like the Sourdough Egg Waffle, Yangzhou Siumai, and Porcini Spring Roll. Dive into the opulent Yellow Wine Chicken, enriched with vintage 30-Year Shaoxing, Morel, and aromatic chrysanthemum. The beef tenderloin, enveloped in a spicy Sichuan chilli dressing, promises to be a standout, while the guava, pomelo, and sago sundae offers a palate-cleansing finale.
When: Aug. 8 - 10
Where: Little Bao, 1-3 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Buy tickets here, Starting from HK$880
8. KOKORO Pop-up at Écriture at H Queen’s Building Extended
Chef Shimada, with esteemed stints at the 3-Michelin-starred Azabu Yukimura in Tokyo and Koma in Marina Bay Sands, and Chef Satoshi, a veteran of 3-Michelin-starred Kohaku in Tokyo and 1-Michelin-starred Hato in Tokyo, are introducing a special menu at this now elongated dining pop-up. As the curtains rise for the lead-up to KOKORO, diners are cordially invited to immerse themselves in this culinary spectacle of a seasonally sourced, summer omakase of a gourmet prestige.
The menu provides a glimpse of the exquisite flavors to be featured at KOKORO, including the debut of Hong Kong's 'Kuro Shari' sushi. This pioneering sushi, masterfully curated, incorporates Miyazaki's charcoal-activated black sushi rice, presenting a refreshing deviation from the classic sushi fare.
When: Aug. 6 - 31
Where: Écriture, 26/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Book here, HK$780
9. Michelin-starred Chef Piergiorgio Siviero from Lazzaro 1915 Italy at Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel
Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel's Cucina welcomes the talents of Michelin-starred Chef Piergiorgio Siviero, celebrated for sustainable cooking at his renowned Lazzaro 1915. Crafting an exclusive à la carte menu for Cucina, the exclusive limited selection hones in on bringing out authentic Italian flavours.
Begin with standout dishes like the Seared Apulia Cuttlefish (HK$308) or Raw Sicilian Red Prawn (HK$228). Pasta enthusiasts can delve into the Risotto with Black Truffle (HK$388) or Pappardelle with Duck Ragout (HK$368). For mains, choices range from the Grilled Beef Tenderloin in 'Bismarck Style' (HK$388) to the exquisite Chilean Seabass fillet (HK$458). Desserts, such as the Candied Strawberry and Rhubarb (HK$108) and Vegetarian Tiramisu (HK$108), underscore Piergiorgio’s innovative culinary approach.
When: Aug. 16 - 20
Where: Cucina, 6/F, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
How much: Book here, Prices vary
10. Summer Suckling Pig Show at Quiero Más in Central
As the sun brightens up Hong Kong's skyline this summer, Quiero Más has been setting the brunch scene alight with a Mediterranean feast. Starting at just HK$328, their latest Brunch Menu hits all the classics of the region and brings it to the next level with an all-you-can-eat Giant Paella.
The culinary theatrics don't end there. Head to the penthouse level to witness the grandeur of the Suckling Pig Show. Directly inspired by Castilla's iconic dish from Spain, a six-month-old suckling pig is meticulously roasted in a wood-fired oven, achieving a perfect juxtaposition of crispy skin and juicy meat. The crowning moment is the traditional tableside carving, executed with just a plate, showcasing the dish's exquisite textures - a must-experience for every epicurean with a love for the hog.
When: 12 PM - 2:30 PM & 6 PM – 11 PM, Monday to Sunday
Where: Quiero Más, 20/F, M88, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Book here, Starting from HK$328 per person
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