As soon as the heat and humidity wind down in Hong Kong, everyone flocks to the rooftops to take advantage of the glorious fall and winter weather. On your next trip, check out these spectacular perches for tasty treats, tempting cocktails and a bird’s-eye view of the city. Read the full story:
  1. The Lawn
    Tucked away on the sixth floor of Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Upper House hotel in the Admiralty area, The Lawn feels like a garden oasis surrounded by the city’s iconic architecture. During the day, the quiet corner is illuminated by sunlight while candles lead diners into the intimate evening hours. The verdant spot doesn’t serve a full menu, but there are plenty of light bites to sate afternoon cravings and, since you’re at the Upper House, you know the food’s going to be top-notch.
  2. The Backyard
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    A hidden gem on the fourth floor of Cordis Hong Kong at Langham Place, The Backyard transports guests a world away from the chaotic streets of Mongkok below. A beautifully manicured garden of mango trees stretches across 6,000 square feet, with red lanterns adding a touch of authentic Hong Kong. The cocktail menu is as fresh as the surroundings, with a menu featuring champagne, signature sangria and 20 kinds of beer.
  3. Sevva
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    Despite opening in 2008, Sevva — the restaurant’s name is pronounced “savour” and means “to serve from the heart” in Sanskrit — is still one of the hottest rooftop spots to see and be seen in Hong Kong. Meant to resemble a chic apartment with lots of intimate nooks and corners, Sevva has an apt location in Prince’s Building, one of Hong Kong’s most luxurious shopping malls. The rooftop has enormous wraparound terraces and glorious skyline and harbor views.
  4. Sugar
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    Famous for its sweeping views of Victoria Harbour, Sugar has a unique vantage point from the eastern end of the harbor. Perched on the 32nd floor of East, Hong Kong hotel in Taikoo Shing, the lounge offers plenty of seating where you can enjoy wine, sangria, sake and reimagined takes on classic libations. For those who like a nibble with their tipples, the food roster includes gourmet pizzas, Cajun fries, grilled meats and fresh seafood dishes, all for sharing.
  5. Fu Lu Shou
    Hidden in a dingy old commercial building, Fu Lu Shou is one of the best addresses on the rooftop dining and drinking scene. In speakeasy-like fashion, you must check the Facebook page or call ahead to get the daily door code. Once inside, a creaky elevator takes you to the 7th floor. It marries Western Chinese-influenced comfort foods — think Kung Pao chicken and gigantic siu mai dumplings — with creative cocktails. Grab a seat in one of the birdcage-inspired swings.