Hong Kong. A bustling city full of culture and contrast. East meets West. Old meets new. Tradition meets modern. Crazy at times (in fact most times) and home to some of the best dining in the World. It’s hard not to fall in love with her.
I regard Hong Kong as my second home and the city holds a dear place in my heart. I called Hong Kong home for a number of years and have been visiting regularly for the past 10. It’s fair to say I have the culinary scene constantly on my radar. Though there is always a new hot spot opening and that’s part of what makes the Hong Kong dining scene so exciting.
So, follow my foodie tips below for a locals guide to a taste of the best eating and drinking Hong Kong has to offer.
Coffee in Hong Kong has come a long way and these days it is possible to find a decent cup (hallelujah). Forget Pacific Coffee – puhleese!. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, I recommend you seek out these spots for your caffeine fix.
The Cupping Room
There’s a barista champ at the helm and they specialise in coffee. That should make you feel a little more comfortable!
Shop LG, 299 Queens Road, Central / +852 2799 3398 / website
The baristas are passionate about their coffee and their latte art. Bonus points if you score a seat on the alfresco balcony.
1st floor, 1 Sun Street, Wanchai / +852 5489 5330 / website
What started as a small coffee shop in Causeway Bay has turned into a coffee empire. One of the originals but still good. A convenient option with the number of locations.
Wanchai – 10 Johnston Road, Wanchai / +852 2520 5100
Sheung Wan – 77 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan / +852 2327 5557
Causeway Bay – 15 Cannon Street, Causeway Bay / +852 2893 8988 / website
Not quite breakfast, not quite lunch – brunch is a favourite past time in Hong Kong. On weekends locals love relaxing for hours filling their bellies with gourmet goodness and quenching their thirsts with bottomless glasses of bubbles.
Check out my top weekend brunch picks:
Blue Butcher may be famous for steaks, but they also put on a mean brunch. Their brunch menu is part buffet, part a la carte and also can include free flowing Prosecco.
48 Peel Street, Central / +852 2880 0248 / Sat 12 – 2.30pm / Sun 11am – 2.30pm / website
Bread Street Kitchen
Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen serves a British European Menu. An a la carte menu is available for brunch as well as bottomless bubbles.
Mezzanine level, LKF Hotel, 33 Wyndham Street, Lan Kwai Fong / +852 2230 1800 / Sat & Sun 11am – 3pm / website
Traditional and modern British cuisine is served for brunch at The Pawn. A set menu is available as well as free flowing Moet & Chandon. 2 sittings.
62 Johnston Road, Wanchai / +852 2866 / Sat 12 – 2.30pm / Sun 11am – 3.30pm / website
Ladies (and gentleman) love to lunch in Hong Kong. Here are my top picks:
Salon De The
Affordable eats by French Michelin Star Chef Joel Rubuchon. Excellent breads and pastries.
The Landmark, 3rd Floor, 15 Queens Road, Central / +852 2166 9000; and
IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central / +852 2234 7422 / Daily from 8am / website
Killer breads and quality produce are served in this quaint, hidden neighbourhood cafe. Decent coffee too! Cash only.
72 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan / +852 67 16 7005 / Tues – Sun 9.30am – 6pm / website
Dine alfresco for lunch on the terrace in this Cantonese restaurant meets art gallery. Excellent Dim Sum.
3-4F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central / +852 2525 9191 / Daily from 12pm / website
Afternoon tea is a tradition that has continued in Hong Kong long since the British returned to England. Here are my top afternoon tea picks:
The Lounge at Four Seasons
Exceptional food is served at this afternoon tea in the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel.
8 Finance Street, Central / +852 3196 8888 / Daily 3 – 5.30pm / website
Glamorous interiors and stunning habour views make this a top pick for afternoon tea.
25th floor, Princes Building, 10 Charter Road, Central / +852 2537 1388 / Mon – Fri 2.30 – 5pm / Sat 3 – 5.30pm / website
The Lobby at The Peninsula Hotel
Afternoon tea is served in the colonial styled lobby of The Peninsula Hotel. Old fashioned opulance.
Salisbury Road, Kowloon / +852 2696 6772 / Daily 2 – 6pm / website
You are spoilt for choice with restaurants in Hong Kong. In fact, the only difficulty can be narrowing down your choices.
Check out my top picks for dinner in Hong Kong, whether you’re looking for a more casual bite or a night to remember (long after you have forgotten the price – ouch – I warned you!).
Artisnal dry-aged meats – steaks a specialty. Trendy vibe. Also has a bar upstairs which is perfect for a pre or post dinner drink.
48 Peel Street, Central / +852 2880 0248 / Mon – Sat 6.30 – 11pm / Sun 7 – 10.30pm / website
Trendy tapas restaurant by UK Michelin Star Chef Jason Atherton. (The Chef behind Sydney’s Kensington Street Social).
22 Ship Street, Wanchai / +852 2555 0722 / Mon – Sat 6 – 11pm / Sun 6 – 10pm / website
L’Atelier De Joel Rubuchon
The Hong Kong location for Michelin Star Chef Joel Rubuchon’s restaurant. Classic French food (on the fancy side)!
4th Floor, The Landmark, 15 Queens Road, Central / +852 2166 9000 / Daily 6.30 – 10.30pm / website
Cafe Gray Deluxe
Modern European restaurant with stunning views of Victoria Harbour.
Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong / +852 3968 1106 / Daily 11am – 1am / website
Contemporary French cuisine is served in glitzy surroundings in the Four Seasons Hotel with stunning views.
6th Floor, 8 Finance Street, Central / +852 3196 8888 / Daily 6.30 – 10.30pm / website
From glitzy rooftop bars to hidden laneway gems, Hong Kong has bars to suit everyone and every mood. Here are my top picks to get you started:
Drinks are served in glamorous style along with stunning harbour views.
25th floor, Princes Building, 10 Charter Road, Central / +852 2537 1388 / Mon – Wed 6 – 12pm / Thurs – Sat 6pm – 2am / website
Glitzy head turner with stunning views of Hong Kong Island. A great spot to watch the Light Show (nightly at 8pm)
30F, 1 Peking Road, TST / +852 3427 2288 / Daily 4pm – 2am / website
Molecular cocktails and artisanal spirits served in a dimly lit sexy bar.
17 Hollywood Road, Central / +852 2522 0218 / Mon – Sat 6pm – 2am / website
Hidden Japanese whisky bunker bar with an old world, glamorous vintage vibe. Look for the light bulb. Open late.
G/F, 32 Wyndham Street, Central / +852 2565 5268 / Daily 6pm – 4am / website
Mix it with the beautiful people at this long standing late night hot spot.
UG/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central / +852 3110 1222 / Daily 11.30pm – late / website
Luxurious late night den with hot DJ’s and the ‘money’ crowd.
37 Pottinger Street, Central / +852 2324 0200 / Thurs – Sat 10pm – late / website
Of course, all that eating and drinking is sure to wear you out and so here are my top picks on where to rest your head.
I do recommend you stay on Hong Kong Island (rather than Kowloon side) as the area is full of bars and restaurants and is less touristy than TST. Though a word of warning – hotels are not cheap in Hong Kong! Sigh.
The Four Seasons
Glitzy hotel attached to the IFC. Also has an excellent spa and an infinity pool with a stunning view.
8 Finance Street, Central / +852 3196 8888 / website
Boutique hotel in a convenient location with lots of drinking and dining options nearby.
74 Queens Road, Central / +852 2308 3188 / website
Well there you have it! Pretty much all you need to know to eat and drink your way around this fine town in style and like a local.
Oh, and just maybe you might discover a new hot spot along the way. Be sure to let me know if you do!
Cheers and happy travels!