Rainy Day Activities
We all know that when it rains in the 852, it really pours. Although the obvious go-tos for our city may be may be hiking, beaching and chilling at some of the many roof-top bars, just because the rainy season is approaching, it doesn’t mean your social plans need to go out of the window. As long as you have the appropriate footwear (read: have your wellies handy!), there should be nothing stopping you from getting out there and enjoying yourself. From museums to shopping, and, of course, taking the time to get some serious eating done, we’ve lined up a list of activities that are perfect for those days when the sun just doesn’t want to shine. And if all else fails, girls, there’s always Netflix…
You’re not going to want to brave the Ladies Market, or other outdoor markets, but Hong Kong has plenty of swish malls to duck inside when the skies open! Perfect for whiling away the hours, go high end or high street (and be sure to treat yourself while you’re there!). I live over in Kowloon and favour Olympic City or the ever-buzzing Langham Place (both handily also have cinemas!), but of course, there are plenty of malls on HK island too.
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Explore a Hong Kong Museum or Art Gallery
It might not be what our city is known for, but there are a handful of interesting and informative museums out there – perfect for a rainy day! Try checking out The Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Space Museum, or the Hong Kong Museum of History (all in TST). Alternatively, whilst we normally marvel at the 852’s eclectic street art, when the rain is pouring, why not check out one of the cool art galleries around town? If you’re into modern and contemporary art, The Cat Street Galley is a great one to pay a visit to, or Art Supermarket always has exciting exhibitions happening.
Treat Yourself to Afternoon Tea
Pause of your day of shopping and museum hopping for a sophisticated afternoon tea. The perfect rainy day antidote, gather some friends and enjoy a slow afternoon of indulging in pastries, cakes, finger sandwiches and a couple glasses of bubbly! With plenty of high end hotels in Hong Kong, there’s an endless list to choose from to suit a range of budgets. I personally love Wedgewood’s classic afternoon tea at the Palm Court, in The Langham Hotel, or check out some of our other top picks here.
Indulge with a Spa Treatment
And whilst you’re treating yourself…why not go all out with a spa day? Again, many of the hotels all over the city have incredible spa facilities, so whether you’re going for a facial, a massage, or the whole works, there’s plenty of options to choose from! If a rainy day is just not enough of an excuse for you to be splashing the cash, you can always go for a more budget friendly option with one of the many nail or massage parlours dotted around town.
Escape with an Escape Room
For something a little different, escape the rain and the city for a little while with an escape room! Put your brains, brawn (and friendships!) to the test with the fun team building activities, sure to challenge you and make those rainy days a little more interesting. Check out LOST in Causeway Bay, which has seven rooms with pre-set scenarios to escape from!
Pig Out on Dim Sum
Not that we need more of an excuse to pig out on our fave local delicacies, but when the rain pours, why not pitch up at your top spot and not move for a good few hours? Perfect for when visitors are in town as you’ll want to show off the best eats our city has to offer. If the rain won’t stop pouring, you’ll just have to sit tight and order a couple more cha sui bao!
Get Competitive at a Board Game Café
Hands up – who loves a good board game? Harp back to your youth and remember rainy days spent playing Monopoly with HK’s famous board game cafés! There are a couple dotted around town, but try checking out Jolly Thinkers (locations in Prince Edward and Wan Chai) or Painkiller, in TST. Most board game cafes also serve up a selection of snacks and coffees, with just a small minimum price to pay for a couple of hours of competitive fun!
Go For a Boozy Brunch
Come rain or shine, brunch is always a good choice. And we definitely don’t need reminding that there are countless restos offering up incredible and indulgent brunch menus all over the city. When the rain won’t stop, we recommend going for the free-flow options– what better way to spend a rainy afternoon, than by dousing yourself in Veuve Clique?
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Housing local designers, creative agents and shops selling everything from jewellery and gifts to desserts and clothing, PMQ is a great place to explore on a rainy day. A hub buzzing with creative and design entrepreneurs, head over there to refresh and explore new talent. ABC Cooking Studio’s is also located in PMQ, so why not book into a class and brush up on your cooking skills next time the forecast is looking rain heavy?
Just not a fan of the rain? The use those rainy days as an excuse to sit inside all day and do a grand total of nothing. Simply snuggle up with your s.o., catch up on Netflix, watch some of this year’s unmissable movies or read a good book. Sometimes the best plan for a rainy day is no plan at all.