Transport your taste buds to the famous tapas bars and restaurants that dot the streets of Madrid, at Hong Kong’s Pica Pica. Headed by Chef Edgar Barahona, who also owns Michelin-star restaurant BCN in SoHo, the eatery brings modern yet still authentic Spanish cuisine to the bustling streets of Sheung Wan, having just opened doors this month. Dishes include cold escabeche mussels, baby squid stuffed with morcilla sausage and ink sauce, and suckling pig served with sweet potato puree and raw spinach. Groups or families can dig into larger portions such as their signature Pica Pica paella surf and turf, or carabinero rice with foie gras.
Address: Shop G & H, G/F, Kai Tak Commercial Building, 317–321 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan
Opening hours: From 6:00 p.m. (Monday-Saturday)
Israeli-Russian trumpet prodigy Sergei Nakariakov will take to the stage in Hong Kong for the first time, playing one show as part of the 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival. The virtuoso will perform classical numbers such as Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D major“Haffner” and Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat, and debut the world premiere of Crackle, Hiss, Hum and Rumble, commissioned by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and written by Hong Kong composer Steve Hui. The show will be conducted by Alexander Liebreich, Chief Conductor of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Dates: 16 February at 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong City Hall, Concert Hall
All the lights
Marvel at the 18 dazzling light installations of The Hong Kong Pulse Light Festival. Co-organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and the Tourism Commission, the festival features four light installations submitted by local artists and 14 from around the world, and is the largest outdoor light display in the city. Visitors can walk through a portal-like light tunnel, take photos beside futuristic- looking illuminated talking heads – or even change lights themselves. One interactive light installation from the Netherlands allows participants to control its lights by tapping on piano keys. Another light project, called Tapping, uses wind to generate sound.
Date: Until 24 February
Address: Central Harbourfront, 9 Lung Wo Road
Opening hours: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Website: Free admission
Chinese New Year markets
Soak up the holiday season and ring in the year of the pig at Victoria Park’s flower market. Visitors can expect to pick up a variety of colourful and auspicious flowers such as orchids, golden mandarin trees, peach blossoms, winter jasmines, and items such as red packets, Chinese calligraphy and wind chimes, to bring in fortune for the year ahead. Those hungry can head to various snack stalls in between flower and souvenir booths to sample holiday snacks such as peanut powder rice cakes as well as traditional desserts. With its festive atmosphere, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with family and friends.
Date: 30 January – 5 February
Venue: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – midnight (30 January – 4 February), midnight – 6:00 a.m. (5 February)