Hikes and island hopping may be off the cards when it rains in Hong Kong, but there are still plenty of indoor activities to enjoy during rainy season. From spending the day at a board game cafe, to indulging in some retail therapy and enjoying a seasonal afternoon tea—just because it’s raining, doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do.
These Activities Will Keep You Entertained on Rainy Days
- Visit an art galleryVisit an art gallery
- Book a spa dayBook a spa day
- Retail therapyRetail therapy
- Book in for brunch or afternoon teaBook in for brunch or afternoon tea
- Learn about the city's culture and heritageLearn about the city's culture and heritage
- Cafe hoppingCafe hopping
- Binge watch new showsBinge watch new shows
- Visit a board game cafeVisit a board game cafe
- Join a hobby classJoin a hobby class
- Tackle a new recipeTackle a new recipe
Stuck on ideas for what to do when it’s raining in Hong Kong? We have you covered with these 10 indoor activities
2. Book a spa day
Stay dry and indulge in some pampering with a spa day. Look into at-home beauty services from massages, facials or even booking yourself in for a makeup class.
3. Retail therapy
From ifc in Central, to Elements in West Kowloon, wherever you are in the city, there are plenty of luxury malls to hide from the rain in. Not only do the malls provide ample opportunity for some retail therapy, but most also house cinemas and restaurants, which promise to keep you entertained—and dry—all day long.
See also: Tatler Hong Kong Shopping Mall Guide
4. Book in for brunch or afternoon tea
We all know that Hong Kong has plenty of options when it comes to brunch, and we think that a rainy day is the perfect excuse to feast. From Henry's new Southern-inspired brunch offerings, to Chaiwala's Indian-inspired feast and Ying Jee Club's Champagne free-flowing package, there's something for all tastes.
Alternatively, for an equally indulgent indoor activity, book in for a seasonal afternoon tea to avoid the rain.
5. Learn about the city's culture and heritage
While you may not want to be exploring the city's eclectic neighbourhoods when it rains, you can still learn all about Hong Kong's heritage and culture whilst staying dry.
6. Cafe hopping
When it starts to pour in Hong Kong, you don't want to be caught outside so it's always worth knowing the best cafes to take refuge in.
Take a look at our guide where to find the best coffee and the top spots for a cup of tea, and come rain or shine you'll know where to head to. Just make sure you have a good book in your bag so you can settle in for a few hours and avoid the showers.
7. Binge watch new shows
As much as we love getting out and exploring the city, sometimes there's nothing better than staying in and bingeing the latest Netflix releases.
8. Visit a board game cafe
Want to spend the day with friends but got nowhere to go? Boardgame cafes generally welcome walk-ins, making it the perfect spot to hang out after a boozy Saturday brunch. Bring out your competitive side and challenge your friends to a classic game of Monopoly at one of Hong Kong’s board game cafes such as Wheat & Wood in Kennedy Town, or Jolly Thinkers in Prince Edward and Wan Chai.
9. Join a hobby class
Get your hands dirty at one of Hong Kong’s many hobby classes. For those who want to slow down, try an art jamming class that’ll allow you to channel your inner Picasso, or sign up for a pottery class where you can make your own ceramic mug. Feeling active? Make your way to one of the city’s best bouldering gyms, or give a new workout such as dance and hot yoga a try by following a YouTube video.
10. Tackle a new recipe
Skip food delivery, this is the perfect time to try and tackle some of the recipes you’ve been meaning to try out. If you’re up for a challenge, search for the hardest dishes to cook and give it your all—you’ve all day, right? From French macarons to the famed beef wellington...or maybe it’s finally time to start the sourdough project that you keep putting off?