Movies and dinner are so 2003, people! Up the ante with these totes romantic (yet unexpected) things to do in Hong Kong.
Maybe you’ve messed things up and are trying to make amends, or maybe Valentine’s Day is coming up, but you’ve been looking to buy romantic gifts, hunt down the best florists in Hong Kong, and plan the perfect date night. Whatever the occasion is, don’t sweat it – we’ve compiled a list of romantic things to do in Hong Kong for you to score big brownie points and create some memories that will last a lifetime.
Romantic things to do in Hong Kong that don’t break the bank
1. Saddle up at Clearwater Bay Equestrian Centre
Is your loved one a pony fan? No, we’re not talking about the Happy Wednesday night Happy Valley racecourse! Instead, head to picturesque Clearwater Bay Equestrian Centre (CEEC) for a fun horse-riding session. The centre is open to both members and non-members. Beginners can hire gear, and there is a shop selling all the necessary equipment.
Clearwater Bay Equestrian Centre, Lung Ha Wan Road, Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong, p. 6398 6241
2. Visit Tai O
Rediscover Hong Kong’s roots with your date by visiting the tranquil Tai O Fishing Village, the historical home to the Tanka boat people. Take Insta-worthy photos by the traditional stilt houses, shop for fresh seafood, and the celebrated shrimp pause at the local market, then go for a scenic and delicious afternoon tea at Tai O Lookout at the Tai O Heritage Hotel. Sounds like a perfect date, doesn’t it?
Read our guide to Tai O.
3. Go Clip and Climbing at Verm City
Looking to find romantic things to do in Hong Kong to impress your athletic date? This 20,000-square-feet climbing playground boasts a 4.5m colourful boulder gym, a top roping and leading wall, as well as a Clip and Climb section that comes with 19 obstacles – we’re pretty sure they are going to love this! Head to the Augmented Wall for adrenaline-pumping thrills, thanks to the special effects created by the projector and motion sensor.
Or, challenge yourself at these other climbing gyms in Hong Kong.
Verm City, 4/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2560 8128
4. Seal your love at the Lock of Love
Who says you need to go to Paris to check out the romantic love lock bridges? Merely a ferry ride away, you and your special one can seal your love at the Lock of love in Cheung Chau. Near the ferry pier, the attraction is a wooden house with an iron fence which allows lovers to attach the padlocks with their names or wishes written on them. In fact, the landmark is a property owned by B&B Cheung Chau, a European-inspired resort nearby which makes an ideal spot for a relaxing getaway – think plenty of wooden features, colourful walls, and an authentic Bavarian-style restaurant.
Check out more beautiful islands around Hong Kong with your boo!
B&B Cheung Chau, 80 Tung Wan Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, p. 2986 9990
5. Indulge in a couples massage at Sense of Touch
Sense of Touch is our go-to spa for the most heavenly couples massage session when we’re in need of some serious R&R. Fancy getting your zen on with your better half? Kick things off with a 60-minute massage – choose from aromatherapy to deep tissue treatments, depending on what your body is yearning for. Next, indulge in facials tailored just for the two of you. The sensitive radiance facial will leave your skin beaming, while the deep cleanse facial rejuvenates his. Cap off the experience by easing into a romantic candlelit bath.
Want the full scoop on the most sensational spas? Check out our round-up of the best spas in Hong Kong!
Sense of Touch has multiple locations across Hong Kong.
6. Enjoy the views at Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
Escape to one of Hong Kong’s highest mountains and explore the beautiful nature and wildlife hand-in-hand with your date. Established by the Kadoorie brothers in 1956, the Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden spreads over nearly 150 hectares of land and boasts streams, woodlands, and vegetable terraces – together with conservation and education facilities.
If you wanna stay in the city, these urban oases will have you covered.
Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, New Territories, p. 2483 7200
7. Master the art of calligraphy at Kalo Make Art
Fancy picking up a new skill with a sprinkle of romance? Kalo Make Art hosts cosy workshops in Central that are perfect for learning the arts of dip pen, brush pen, and cursive writing, so consider bringing along your other half and get artsy together! As you create bespoke cards and heartfelt love notes, you’re bound to swoon over the luxurious calligraphy starter kit – complete with quills, fountain pens, and custom folders with your name in elegant script. The gifted instructor will be on hand to offer top tips for crafting beautiful letters. Plus, you’ll receive handouts so you can continue to hone your skills at your leisure.
Want to discover more enriching classes to feed your mind and bond with your partner? Check out our round-up of creative courses in Hong Kong.
Kalo Make Art Studio, Room 201, 2/F, Ivy House, 18-20 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 6028 1237
8. Go glamping under the stars (and catch the sunrise!)
Do you love your boo to the moon and back? Tuck in together under the stars as you settle into the cosy and luxurious glamping sites in Hong Kong. Before that, you two can hike and enjoy the sunset; or, you can also try to catch the sunrise the next morning. Whichever you go for, this is going to be a quiet and intimate time for you and your lover – definitely one of the most romantic things to do in Hong Kong!
9. Hop aboard and watch “A Symphony of Lights” from the Star Ferry
The Hong Kong Star Ferry does more than just transporting you safely from one side of Victoria Harbour to the other. Come nightfall and you can step aboard the “Shining Star,” a recreation of ferries from the 1920s, and enjoy a harbour tour. If you and your boo wanna marvel at more than just the stars, book the “A Symphony of Lights” tour to watch the nightly multimedia laser show from the open deck. Nothing like smooching under the skyline!
Find out more about the Star Ferry Harbour Tours.
10. Picnic at Tap Mun
There’s no shortage of grassy camping and picnic spots in Hong Kong, but few are as peaceful and picturesque as Tap Mun, also known as Grass Island. Accessible only by ferry from Wong Shek Pier in Sai Kung, Tap Mun is well worth the day excursion to get a reprieve from city life. Nothing says romance like laying out a blanket, popping a bubbly, and enjoying some nibbles – especially in such a tranquil setting. Work up an appetite (or burn off some calories) by hiking around the island and spotting the cute cows!
Planning on staying overnight? Check out our handy guide to Tap Mun!
11. Play with precious pooches at Mame & Shiba Cafe
Prepare for cuteness overload at Mame & Shiba Cafe, where the “aww” factor is off the charts! This fantastic little spot lets you and your date indulge in your love for puppies. Imagine cosy snuggles and the perfect selfie opportunities with the most adorable Shiba Inus. In your 30-minute playtime session, let these charming little puppers shower you with doggy kisses and all the cuddles you can handle. Trust us, these fluffy bundles of joy will make your heart melt. While the food offerings may be simple, this cafe is all about creating memorable moments with your loved one – and some endearingly quirky four-legged friends, of course!
Mame & Shiba Cafe has locations in Causeway Bay and Mong Kok East.
[This article was originally published in January 2020 and updated in 2024 by Catherine Pun.]