It’s summer and that means warm, long, bright and sun-filled days! ?It’s the time where outdoor activities are calling! That said, what better place to channel the summer vibes than in Hong Kong? ?
1. Indulge in yummy summer treats
Mobile SofteeCredit: SecHem Abenaki on Facebook
We all have our favourite ice cream that reminds us of our childhood memories. For Hong Kong natives, Mobile Softee is THE one for them! This brand has been operating around the city, moving about and the only ice cream van you can find in all over Hong Kong! Freshly made vanilla-flavoured soft serve ice cream, nutty drumsticks, large ice cream cups and jumbo orange sherbet are all that you can buy from the van. You can find is literally citywide but you’ll have a higher chance to see them around Golden Bauhinia Square Wan Chai, Star Ferry Tsim Sha Tsui, or near IKEA store next to Sha Tin MTR station.
Lee Keung Kee
The egg waffles at Lee Keung Kee are a hot favourite among the locals and are so good that they are listed on the Michelin Hong Kong Street Food List. Eat it while it’s piping hot!
They have many outlets across Hong Kong but we’ve only confirmed the North Point outlet to be Muslim-friendly.
Monday to Saturday from 11am, Sunday from 12:30pm
492 King’s Rd, North Point, Hong Kong
A1 Tofu Company
For those yearning for a sweet treat, head to A1 Tofu Company in Sham Shui Po. It’s popular for the soft and velvety smooth texture of its bean curd! There’s a wide variety of flavours to choose from but the locals particularly love the black sesame, horlicks and almond paste.
The best part is that the shop is really easy to find! It’s located right outside Sham Shui Po MTR Station (Exit C2).
G/F, 38 Kweilin Street, Sham Shui Po
I CremeriaCredit: @lifeofjodes on Instagram
Staying true to its fusion concept, I Cremeria serves light and refreshing Japanese desserts with an Italian twist! For first-time visitors, dig into their popular Frutta Crema that’s filled with fresh fruits. Or if you’re hungry for more, get your hands on one of the premium treats from their Giapponese Crema menu.
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And oh, did you know that they have gold ice cream as well? Talk about Instagrammable desserts ?
: The ice cream products are alcohol-free, however they do have a separate menu of non-halal dishes, so do dine at your discretion!
: Shop F-9, 1/F, 11-19 Great George Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay
: Daily, 12pm – 11pm.
: +852 28971118
This dessert kiosk serves vegan and Halal-certified milkshakes and ice cream. The best part is that it’s conveniently located right next to the Observation Wheel! Choose from their wide variety of flavours – from Ying Yang Sesame (a signature local flavour) to Pina Colada (alcohol-free!). Enjoy your ice cream on the lawn in front of the shop, as you take in the gorgeous view of Hong Kong around you. It’s really the perfect way to relax and unwind.
: Outlets in Harbour City, Langham Place, Fashion Walk, Sogo.
: Daily, 11am – 11pm
: +852 2897 1118
2. Be part of exciting themed events
When it comes to summer, it’s all about having fun with your loved ones. It’s the perfect time to absolutely immerse yourself in what the season has to offer, you name it - beach activities, theme-park hopping and fun events!
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SUMMER CHILL” Summer Party at Harbour City! If you don’t already know, the popular Harbour City has been temporarily transformed into a “beach” from July 5th until August 5th! Wonder what a [email protected]
is? It’s a cross between LEGO and a bear. These block-style figurines are pretty popular on the market today and Hong Kong is bringing them to life by bringing 8 brand new summer looks to join the beach occasion! You can find them playing hide-and-seek on the beach while others are sunbathing under beach umbrellas.
Ocean Park is turning the summer into a fiesta with its Summer Carnival from June 30th until September 2nd! This huge event features a host of exciting activities from day and night!
Credit: Ocean Park Hong Kong on Facebook
The summer-themed festivity sees more than a hundred performers from all over the world donning in vibrant costumes for the grand parade! Visitors will also get to witness authentic Caribbean and Brazilian cultural performances.
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Water Play Street Summer Party at DisneylandCredit: Hong Kong Disneyland on Facebook
Hong Kong Disneyland always has something up its sleeve for every season and this summer, they’re flaunting their first-ever Pixar Water Play Street Party. Yes, that means you’ll see plenty of Disney and Pixar stars teaming up together to celebrate the warm season.
Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland on Facebook
From Mr. and Mrs. Incredible to Woody and Buzz Lightyear, celebrate summer together with your favourite characters and have a blast!
3. Channel your #summervibes at Hong Kong’s popular beaches and island
Shek O & Lamma IslandCredit: @fashionyuan on Instagram
Spend your summer the only way the locals know how - by chilling at Hong Kong’s popular Shek O Beach! Boasting scenic views, you don’t only get to enjoy the beach life around, you also get to witness the other side of bustling Hong Kong; the side where skyscrapers are nowhere in sight. Besides the sandy beach, the island is adorned with rolling hills and greens.
Credit: Sea Kayak Hong Kong on Facebook
If you’re a water sports enthusiast, hop over to Lamma Island, Shek O’s rugged neighbour. Make the most of your day with. various activities like soaking up the sun, surf the waves and snorkelling.
4. Stay at unique accommodations
Speaking of hotels, Hong Kong offers versatility to suit all types of travellers. That said, you’ll find many hotels around ranging from modern to hipster.
Boat MokshaCredit: HKOasis on Facebook
For a good view of Aberdeen Harbour, consider a stay at Boat Moksha. Bringing the life-on-a-boat concept to life, this cozy houseboat offers 360-degree sea views coupled with modern facilities and comfortable rooms. Built in the 90s, the Chinese wooden-junk boat was restored and transformed into a comfortable lodge.
Credit: HKOasis on Facebook
Enjoy features like contemporary kitchen, bathrooms and an open deck where you get to enjoy your morning with a cuppa while catching the sun rise over the hills.
WontonmeenCredit: Wontonmeen on Facebook
Not to be confused as an eatery, Wontonmeen is actually a youth hostel in Sham Shui Po! This unique hostel was originally a cluster of 30 flats with cheaper rents to artists. Today, it becomes a hub where Hong Kong’s artists spend their time in a diverse living space.
Credit: Wontonmeen on Facebook
A fully collaborative community, Wontonmeen regularly holds artist galleries, exhibitions and even music concerts. You can also get free bicycles here to travel around the city!
So there you have it! If you’re looking to spend your summer elsewhere, Hong Kong is your best bet! It’s a place where you can indulge in some of the coolest (not to mention Muslim-friendly) activities in town, so whether you’re looking to just chill or have fun, Hong Kong has something planned for everyone.This article was brought to you by Hong Kong Tourism Board.