May 11, 2018
Less a shelter and more a cathedral to al fresco drinking in the heart of Hong Kong’s hyper-paced shopping district. So vast is the open-air deck slotted onto the seventh floor of Hysan Place, a recent addition to Causeway Bay’s consumer paradise, that it even has a number of trees to provide a bit of natural shade. Not that it gets much direct sun, sitting in the shadow of the skyscraper above, the archway of which provides cover from the elements and is where the main dining takes place. The full menu of Italian favourites can be sampled from one of the myriad tables that attracts plenty of parties and groups. But if you want a further escape from the hoards, curl up in one of the cabanas, block out the roar of the traffic on Hennessy Road and the flashing signs of nearby Times Square, and order something tropical from the cocktail list. Moscow Mules rule, while there are a number of champagne cocktails for a little extra fizz. An after-work crowd gather around home time, but otherwise the rest of the clientèle range for out-of-towners to locals looking for relief from a hearty shop or the post-dinner crowd. It’s come one, come all, and being on a relatively low story doesn’t look down on the city. In fact it is one of the best places to feel both part of and detached from the Hong Kong’s constant hustle and bustle.