So, you have a date, huh? While your nerves may be kicking in, your first date sets a lasting impression, so you want to get it right.
But we understand first date ideas are tough – especially amid a pandemic and closures. Should you find somewhere chill and relaxed to talk? Or should you look for some outdoor activities to enjoy together?
Regardless of your style, you want to be yourself and get to know the other person. So, we’ve prepared a list of places where you can take someone on a first date in Hong Kong.
Take in stunning views
In Hong Kong, whether it’s day or night, the views in the city will awe both you and your date, creating a romantic ambiance and perhaps spark deeper conversation.
One great spot to admire the view of Hong Kong is The Peak. If you’re an outdoorsy pair, hike up together; or take the Peak Tram for a relaxing and swift ride up. At the top, you’ll find a mall with numerous cafes and restaurants to visit after relishing in the views.
The Star Ferry is a cheap (around HK$3 per person) journey across the sea, serving as a short trip where you can enjoy the ocean breeze and view. Linking Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, the trip can be a short pass between different locations to chill. On night date, you can also look out for the laser show from Victoria Harbour, “A Symphony of Lights,” to add to the fantastic view.
Hong Kong is famous for its double-decker trams that roam across the city, so get on board any tram for a first date. An affordable start to any journey, you can explore various parts of Hong Kong without finding specific locations. Perfect for both a day date and a night date, a city tour with your partner on a tram is sure to set the mood.
There are also many parks and promenades in Hong Kong offering both a view of Hong Kong’s skyline and a spot to relax. You can visit the West Kowloon Art Park, Belcher Bay Promenade, Tamar Park and more for a picnic, which is fitting for first dates to take in the view and get cozy together.
Have some fun by getting active
If you’re into skating, you can roller skate in a disco setting at Bun’s 2020 or go ice skating at Discovery Bay or Elements. This is the perfect exciting first date where couples can bond while gliding (or struggling).
If skating isn’t for you, you can share your creative side through art jamming. Art Fête is a professional art studio in Kowloon offering couples painting workshops, giving you and your partner a secluded workspace to paint and talk. Art Fête’s “set A” couples package is perfect for a first date and runs around HK$300 for two hours of painting together.
Aura Art is another popular studio in Causeway Bay offering painting workshops and handicraft workshops. This is a practical hands-on class for a unique experience with your date, from creating clocks to lamps to sculpture art.
For animal lovers, Hong Kong has adorable pet cafes worth checking out. Cat lovers can visit The Cat’s Tearoom in Tsuen Wan, a cafe filled with cats that you and your date can interact with. The cafe is also dedicated to helping with stray cat adoption and animal charities, so you can have fun with cute cats while supporting a good cause.
If you’re more of a dog person, check out On Dog Dog cafe in Ho Man Tin. You can chill with the dogs here while indulging in Western cuisine.
Absorb the local culture
Are you looking for an experience sharing some culture? The M+ museum has plenty of exhibitions to pique you and your date’s interest. The museum is a quiet place to stroll around and get to know one another. If you or your date is an art lover, everything around you can be a conversation starter, making it perfect for a first date. Be sure to reserve your entry in advance.
You can also get to know your partner on a first date at Ngong Ping while taking in a refreshing view and learning about Buddhism. Aside from the beautiful view along the mountains, you can visit the Big Buddha. A long staircase up to the Big Buddha leads you to an expansive view of the mountains in Hong Kong and an exhibition of various paintings of the Buddha.
There are also gift shops offering bracelets for luck, health, fortune and more. Learning more about Buddhism together could spark deeper conversations on your first date. To get up to Ngong Ping, you can take the cable car up for an exhilarating view, hike up for some exercise or simply take the bus up from Tung Chung.
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