Before you head off to Hong Kong to eat everything in sight, consider this your tasting menu.
From street food to the wine-and-dine scene to international fusion, here are some of the best spots to tickle your taste buds.
Modern fine dining: Mott 32
You’re in Hong Kong, and you deserve to treat yourself. Located right in the heart of Central and down the stairs of the Standard Chartered Bank Building, Mott 32 boasts sleek modern decor and upscale local eats. This is a great spot for a business dinner, cocktail night, or date if you’re trying to impress someone!
Michelin-starred dim sum: Tim Ho Wan
You are not the only one to seek out an authentic dim sum experience in Hong Kong, so we recommend making a reso for this place if you plan on coming during peak hours. Now with 45 locations around the world, the Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan originated in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district, and is still one of the city’s best spots for a budget-friendly spot to stuff your face with local eats. Make sure to try the baked buns with BBQ pork or steamed eggcakes!
Food stall central: Stanley Street
Although located right in the middle of the highly developed centre of the city, this street encapsulates the essence of “real” Hong Kong thanks to its open-air food stalls and local street eats. This contrast of old vs. new is what makes Hong Kong so truly unique! Try a scrumptious serving of steamed fish at Sing Kee for a tasty treat.
Address: 9-10 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
Mexican speakeasy: Brickhouse
Hong Kong’s expat scene is thriving, which means its international food scene is next level. A speakeasy-style Mexican restaurant found down a back lane off Lan Kwai Fong, Brickhouse offers a flavourful variety of appetizers, main courses, and cocktails (try the Diabla — jalapeno vodka, raspberries, pomegranate and lemon).
The décor is funky, the atmosphere is upbeat, and the crowd is friendly. Open until 2am Monday-Wednesday and 4am Thursday-Saturday, this place has got your post-partying munchies on lock. Reservations not accepted.
Funky Chinese diner: Happy Paradise
Chef Mary Chow introduced Happy Paradise as a neighbourhood hang out — a re-imagination of a wildly creative yet casual Chinese dining experience. With unique inventive dishes and cocktails in a full neon setting, this is a great spot to come kick back with friends. Culinary adventurers should try the whole tea smoked pigeon; if you get past its eyes and beak, it makes for quite a tasty meal.