Hong Kong Food Favorites
Planning a trip to Hong Kong? Add some of my Hong Kong food favourites to your itinerary!
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Hong Kong food…It is seriously some of my favourite in the world. Here you can eat street food, the tastiest noodles for $1 or have multiple Michelin-starred meals. You can have local Cantonese specialties or have some of the best Italian and French food you’ll ever put in your mouth. Hong Kong almost has it all. There has even been a recent emergence of taco bars lately! I’ve made this blog about my Hong Kong food favourites since I always get asked where I eat by my friends when I travel. While this list is not the be all and end all of the dining in Hong Kong, the restaurants and eateries listed here are some of my favourites. I highly recommend them to my friends and travel lovers alike.
Arnette vs Food in Hong Kong
Coffee culture is not the same outside of North America, Australia, and New Zealand. So when I was jet-lagged and dying for some caffeine in Hong Kong at 5 am, my choices were horrible drip at my hotel or McDonald’s (and not even McCafe). Starbucks (God forbid) does not open till 8 am in Hong Kong and other places not till 10 am.
I found The Coffee Academics in Harbour City Mall in the TST area of Kowloon. They make excellent coffee. I ordered a proper flat white there! There are other great coffee shops popping up in town but this one was somewhat close to my hotel, so it was ideal for my caffeine-lacking body.
Harbour City Mall – 3-37 Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui (locations all over Hong Kong)
**If you are looking for coffee on the Central side, Fuel Espresso in IFC Mall is excellent. Grab one of their banana bread loaves too.
For me, Kau Kee is a must. There are long lines, but they tend to move pretty quick. It’s a noodle cafe so it is nothing fancy and you’ll be sitting beside strangers, but I love this place. I cannot stop drooling over their beef brisket noodle soup. If you’re going with a bunch of people order the curried version too if you like a bit of heat!! The noodles cost under $1 US and seriously amazing. Melt in your mouth deliciousness!
Located at 21 Gough Street in Central
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese restaurant with locations in southern California and all over Asia. They have an outpost in Seattle, but it isn’t as good as the others. They have a few locations in Hong Kong and if you have time, I definitely recommend a visit for their famous xiao long bao or soup dumplings. I went to the location with my friends at Silvercord in Tsim Sha Tsui. Put your name down and then walk around the mall while you wait!
My friend who frequents Hong Kong brought me to the location at Harbour City in TST for dim sum. As you can see from our photos, we feasted like queens.
Several locations throughout Hong Kong including Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, and IFC mall.
If you eat duck, Peking duck is a must when you’re in China and Hong Kong. I know there more popular places in Hong Kong, but a place I loved and went twice with friends is Peking Garden. They have several locations and they are all massive so it would be easy to get a reservation or even walk in for a table (maybe not large groups).
Hi! I love anything that is reminiscent of a taco!!
Several locations. I’ve eaten at the one in TST as well as in Central’s Pacific Place Mall
Are you wanting to splurge and have a nice Chinese meal in Hong Kong? I had an amazing 2 Star Michelin lunch at Shang Palace in the Shangri-La Hotel in Kowloon. It was a 5-course lunch and every bite was so refined. A stark contrast to the usual Chinese meals I have and highly recommended.
For more about my meal and my stay at the Shangri-La Kowloon, click here.
In the Shangri-La Kowloon Hotel
My friend Matt and his business partner own Yardbird, Ronin and Sundays Grocery. They grew up in Canada but now are killing it over in Hong Kong. Matt is a very accomplished chef and super talented. Everything is superb. I can’t recommend it enough and no one I know ever goes away unhappy. Yardbird is a Japanese restaurant specializing in yakitori or grilled meat on sticks. Who can say no to meat on sticks? Unless of course, you’re a vegetarian. There are some veggie items on the menu but not a vegan-friendly place sadly. No reservations here and really long lines but definitely worth it.
I would share my own photos for Yardbird, but I always go heavy on my favourite whiskey lemonade and Jolly Rancher cooler when I’m there so I don’t have any good ones.
154-158 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Photos courtesy of YB, collage courtesy of me
I’ll share a photo of my model cousin who had dinner with me at YB just because.
Ronin would be like Yardbird’s older, refined, and less boisterous sibling. With Yardbird, the focus is chicken. At Ronin, it’s all things from the sea + other dishes. Don’t you worry seafood haters, there are items you can eat here too. Besides seafood, Ronin focuses on Japanese whiskey, so if you’re a whiskey lover like me you’re in heaven.
I had eaten dinner before I went to Ronin but could not resist sampling some of the food so I didn’t get to try too many things but of course, everything was top-notch. The space is small and unlike Yardbird, they do take reservations.
8 On Wa Lane in Sheung Wan – nondescript grey door
Chef Matt took my guy friends and me for dim sum one day in Central. The restaurant is called Ka Ho and it isn’t fancy, but the food was good. We went overboard on the pork belly.
1/F – 328 Queen’s Road Central in Sheung Wan
If you’re in Hong Kong long enough, you may start craving other things. If you want some Japanese food and sushi but don’t want to drop the dollars at Ronin or Yardbird, head to Sen Ryo. It’s a kaiten or sushi train restaurant. My local friends brought me
Several locations – I’ve eaten at the one in Causeway Bay as well as IFC Mall
Temple Street Night Market
If you are going to the night markets in Hong Kong, I recommend having dinner down at Temple Street in the Jordan area. My friends from New York who happen to be in town and I went with Chef Matt. We ate at an open-air restaurant where you can pick out seafood and they cook it. It was amazing!! I don’t know the name of the restaurant or even the address, but it’s on one of the streets that line the night market.
Things To Try
While exploring Tai O on Lantau Island, we got hungry and found a bakery. We picked up some snacks including the pineapple bun below! I love Hong Kong for picking up pork buns and pineapple buns to tie me over to the next meal.
While this is a fancy egg tart at two starred Michelin Shang Palace, you can find them all over including at dim sum. My goal is to eventually make it to Macau to try the ones there.
Other restaurant recommendations but I don’t have photos:
- La Cantoche – Casual French bistro in Sheung Wan. The owner David is fun and if you catch him, you may do shots with him.
- One Harbour Road – Upscale Chinese inside the Grand Hyatt in Wan Chai
- Lily and Bloom – Loved this place. Excellent spot for drinks.
- Brickhouse – seriously…for tacos and margaritas in Lan Kwai Fong
- Le Cafe de Joel Robuchon – because sometimes you want a fancy ham sandwich
- Laduree and Pierre Herme – if you can’t make it to Paris and want some macarons
- Landmark at the Mandarin Oriental – fantastic brunch, spendy but lovely
- Tim Ho Wan – cheapest Michelin restaurant in the world!
Well, there you have it! My favourite places to eat in Hong Kong. If I were to pick one or two, definitely don’t miss out on Kau Kee and Yardbird or Ronin. I’ll be adding to this list after future trips to Hong Kong and if you have any recommendations for me, please leave them in the comment section!