Restaurants / Bars
THE OPTIMIST – AN UPSCALE SPANISH RESTAURANT & BAR IN WAN CHAI
With chic decor inspired by the bars of Barcelona, complete with vintage detailing and lush greenery, the Optimist’s up-scale environment is a great place for small group or intimate dinners just a stone’s throw from the convention centre, in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai. Try their excellent brunch buffet upstairs or go for à la carte downstairs. Dear diners, please note that reservations are for a dining time of 2 hours only. The Optimist is one of a number of restaurants belonging to the Pirata group in Hong Kong.
239 G/F, Hennessy Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2433 3324
THE WOOLOOMOOLOO ROOFTOP BAR
For drinks with clients, colleagues or friends at the end of the day, the rooftop bar above the Wooloomooloo steakhouse on Hennessy Road – ten minutes’ walk from the convention centre, is absolutely breath-taking. Housed on the 31st floor, the restaurant’s cool and contemporary dining room is fitted with full-length windows that frame the magnificent cityscape. But the biggest draw is the spacious open-air rooftop terrace, a haven for “after show” drinks with wrap-around views of bustling Wan Chai and beyond. Drop by for a drink or book out the venue for an event to remember. The rooftop can house around 100 people (mostly standing) on 120 sq m floor space.
The Wooloomooloo Rooftop Bar
31/F & Rooftop – The Hennessy
256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Reservations: +852 2893 6960
Whatsapp: +852 9258 6522
“A RIDE THROUGH HISTORY”
Hong Kong is famous for its famous Victoria Harbour and city skyline. From the Wan Chai ferry pier next to the convention centre, taking the Star Ferry to the Victoria Harbour port (TST) is a cheap and excellent way to take in some great harbour views. arriving on the Kowloon side, the best place to see the skyline is from Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. Take a relaxing stroll from the ferry station onto the Promenade, where you will find street performers exhibiting their talents on the Avenue of Stars. Every night at 8pm there’s a laser show on Victoria Harbour.
The promenade is likely to be packed with people, but the sight is worth it. To get even more of the local flavour, try watching the light show from the Duk Ling – Hong Kong’s last remaining fishing junk – converted into a tourist vessel, on which one can savour a glass of wine and take in the ambiance. The Duk Ling picks up from Central and Kowloon TST piers.
BIRDWATCHING IN HONG KONG PARK
The Edward Youde Aviary of Hong Kong Park is located just next to the embarkation area of the Peak Tram in Hong Kong’s Central district. The aviary has a raised walkway that allows visitors to walk through the tree canopy, from which they can watch the birds, trees and plants at various elevations and the whole valley from different angles.
The walkway is wheelchair accessible. Display panels with graphic and textual illustrations are erected at the entrance of the aviary to explain the structure and ecology of a tropical rain forest, with particular reference to the bird communities in the aviary. To avoid the presence of unsightly supporting poles inside the aviary, the suspending stainless-steel mesh spanning the entire valley are supported by four giant arches.
The area enclosed by the mesh is approximately 3,000 square metres, with its highest point 30 metres above the valley floor. After walking around the park, why not stop by the adjacent (just opened this year) Murray Hotel, which has several excellent restaurants and a cosy bar.
Opening Hours: The aviary is open from 9am to 5pm, while the larger park area is open from 6am to 11pm. 19, Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong