Today we’re talking about the top 10 places in eat in Hong Kong. How did I come up with this list? Well, I asked all of YOU on Instagram and SOO many of you guys came through with recommendations.
Hong Kong is one of those places you just can’t visit by “winging it.” I mean, you can… but you won’t get the most out of your trip because there’s so much to do, see and taste.
Part of the fun of traveling is completely immersing yourself into the culture. I do this by eating the best food I can find. From high end dim-sum restaurants to hole-in-the-walls to unique experiences…
Like taking a $2 dollar ferry ride to a seafood market where you get to pick your fish and a restaurant of your choosing cooks it right on the spot! Incredible right?
Thanks to all your recommendations on Instagram, my family members in HK, and the concierge at Kerry Hotel … I ate at nearly 20 different places in 1 week with my friend Kelly (@asideofsweet)- you can read her blog post HERE.
YEP… Thats right. TWENTY and I’ve narrowed it down to my TOP 10 must-trys.
But before we get started, let me warn you that this is a LONG post and well worth the read if you’re looking for the best restaurants in Hong Kong.
WITH THAT, lets talk food.
(most fun dining experience ever-!!)
Unless you’re the most boring person in the universe, you don’t leave Tung Po without having the TIME OF YOUR LIFE. From the moment you walk in, you get hit by two senses. The first is the sound of people yelling and singing along to Michael Jackson classics. The second is the smell of delicious fried crab and the freshest seafood you can find. As you look around, you’ll spot the owner (Chef Robby Cheung) going around each table dancing his butt off, doing the splits, drinking with diners, and popping off beer caps with chopsticks. In fact, you may have seen him featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and CNN!
Pro Tip: They only take calls for reservations between 2:30-5:30pm each day.
Municipal Services Building
Java Rd, 99號2/F Java Road
North Point, Hong Kong
+852 2880 5224
(my favorite fine dining restaurant in HK)
Mott 32 is one of those places where I wish I could order the whole menu, take my left overs in to-go boxes and eat it at home for the rest of the week. This is the #1 restaurant I’d recommend to anyone in a heartbeat for a fine dining experience.
From the award winning interior design to the unique interpretation on Cantonese cuisine, Mott 32 has established itself as one of Hong Kong’s most exclusive dim-sum restaurants.
Pro tip: You NEED to make your reservation at least 2.5 weeks in advance. Plan ahead and place an order for the BBQ Iberico pork and the roasted duck (they need at least 36 hours notice).
Standard Chartered Bank Building
4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2885 8688
Have you heard?? Little Bao in SOHO is all the rage. Especially since we got there 15 minutes BEFORE they opened and there was already a line around the corner.
The owner is May Chow, who was named best female chef in Hong Kong last year.
What to order: Sichuan Fried Chicken and Slow Braised Pork Belly Baos.
66 Staunton Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2194 0202
Hip Shing Cooked Food Stall
(Best outdoor hot pot experience)
From the outside, Hip Shing Cooked Food Stall is a small and unassuming restaurant. But once you head towards the back and through the kitchen, you’ll find yourself in an area with open air seating and a bunch of tables with diners throwing food in a hot pot, drinking and having an amazing time.
This is one of the last Hong Kong food stalls that serves hot pot outdoors. Due to recent laws, it is now illegal for anyone to sell food in the streets. This put many places out of business as small food stands could not afford to pay high expensive rent to operate.
In fact, the owner wouldn’t let us into the restaurant (because we had our cameras out) until my uncle told him we were based in the United States. Hip Shing Cooked Food Stall was one of the few food stalls successful enough to have a brick and mortar.
So what is “Hot Pot”??
It’s a fun dining experience (I recommend going with a group of friends) where you order anything from fresh fish, meats and veggies, and you cook it in a hot pot of boiling broth.
Say you want more kobe beef? No prob. Throw it in the pot.
More veggies: You got it.
You make it at your own time!
號 地下, 130 Electric Road
Tin Hau, Hong Kong
+852 2571 2222
(Best beef brisket noodles)
You can’t leave Sister Wah (Michelin-guide recommended) without slurping these bowls of noodles down to the very last sip! I dare you… you wont leave anything behind- IT’S THAT GOOD!
In fact, it was so good that Kelly (@asideofsweet) and I decided to spilt another Cantonese beef brisket bowl in one sitting.
Thats THREE bowls of noodles between us two girls (lol).
13A Electric Road, Tin Hau
Hong Kong, China
Kam Fung Cafe
(best pineapple buns and hong kong milk tea)
You should know these Pineapple Buns are amazing at Kam Fung Cafe. Lather it with a stick of butter and you’ll be in heaven. They’re crunchy on the outside, sweet, warm and buttery on the inside.
Pro Tip: Do as the locals do and wash it down with a Hong Kong milk tea.
Ferry ride to Lei Yue Man Fish Market (Gateway Cuisine)
Are you ready for the BEST seafood experience ever?? I’m all about the experiences (clearly). I was constantly on the search for something more UNIQUE. You know, some local adventures that aren’t taken over by tourists. Shoutout to my family in Hong Kong who took me to a such an incredible dinner!
Here’s what happened: We took a 15 minute Ferry ride ($2USD) from Hong Kong to Lei Yue Man Fish Market and ate at Gateway Cuisine.
Here’s Kelly’s rendition of the experience: “A visit to the Fish Market at Lei Yue Mun is overwhelming to the senses. You’re bombarded by the smells, sounds and sights of a huge fish market with stalls that seem to wind on for miles. The premise of the market is that you pick out your freshly caught fish and shellfish. It is then whisked away to one of the market restaurants where it is prepared on the spot. Other than cooking your food right on the boat, there’s no fresher way to enjoy seafood.”
While there’s MANY restaurants to choose from, my family’s favorite is Gateway Cuisine with floor to ceiling windows and a rooftop with exceptional views of the Hong Kong skyline.
SO GOOD, SO EASY, SO FUN, right?
LEI YUE MUN FISH MARKET
Southeast of Youtang
Kwun Tong District
GATEWAY CUISINE RESTAURANT (At Lei Yue Mun)
Hoi To Road, Lei Yue Mun
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Master Low Key Food shop
(best egg puffs)
First off, do you see the crowd of people? Yup. All these locals are here at Master Low Key Food shop for the egg puffs- which means it MUST be good, right? RIGHT!
For only a few dollars, you can try one of the best Hong Kong snacks on the island. They also have traditional waffles with peanut butter inside that tastes like a PB&J.
Shau Kei Wan Main Street E
Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong
+852 6601 5300
(one of the best Dim Sum restaurants)
A real gem of a restaurant is this contemporary Cantonese dim sum spot called Hung Tong located on the 7th floor of the Kerry Hotel. I was BLOWN away by everything here. In fact, I’ve never seen dim sum look so….. elegant! Have you?!
Not only is everything beautifully made, the tastes and textures of each piece of dim sum was mind blowing and extremely creative. Chef Ken Yu takes traditional Chinese recipes and adds his own spin on signature dishes like the steamed fresh crab claw with truffle and egg white, or the deep-fried sesame balls filled with sweet potato and abalone.
18 Hung Luen Road
Hung Hom Bay, Hong Kong
(an amazing food hall)
Also located inside the Kerry Hotel is this EPIC food hall called Dockyard that caters to everyone’s palate at affordable pricing. Whether you’re craving ramen, boba tea, dumplings, bento boxes, or Michelin Bib Gourmand recommended beef brisket noodles… Dockyard has something for everyone.
To make it even better, Dockyard has its own app where you can browse the different menus from each station, order food and drinks, and pay within the app.
I recommend coming here Thursday through Sunday because they have live music, quiz nights, stand-up comedy and street performances. It’s such a fun place to start off your weekend.
38 Hung Luen Road
Hung Hom, Hong Kong
(unique cocktail bar in Hong Kong)
Lastly, if you’re looking for a unique cocktail bar you HAVE to visit Dear Lilly for a drink. As soon as you walk in, you feel like you’re in an enchanted garden surrounded with flowers, perfume bottles and a moving rose chandelier. I highly recommend coming here during golden hour so you can catch the sunset with a drink in hand. My favorite drink of the night was the Mademoiselle Lily Cocktail (Vodka, Lillet Blanc, lychee liqueur, cranberry juice, lime juice, raspberry purée and homemade hibiscus syrup).
IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2771 6060