At first it is difficult to know what Hong Kong food to look out for. There simply are so many unique and yummy dishes and Hong Kong restaurants!
And to be sure, sightseeing Hong Kong in only a few days can get overwhelming easily. To spare you the pain of research and pair it with locals’ tips as well, I have compiled the best dishes and places to eat in Hong Kong.
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Super Low Budget
Sure, McDonald’s has an insanely cheap burger menu on offer for just 21 HKD and instant noodles cost barely nothing with 3 HKD. You could snack on that but then move on to the real deal and good food in Hong Kong.
Best Dim Sum
First, pay a visit to the Lin Heung Tea House for traditional dim sum. In the morning, you will see an elderly clientele that will happily share stories about the good old times under whizzing ceiling fans and caged fake birds that area reminder of the days when people brought their pet birds with them for company. In the afternoon, the menu changes to a more modern selection as well as the thus targeted age group. It is an absolute must for sampling the best food in Hong Kong!
Address: 號, 162 Wellington St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 6am – 11pm, daily
A really unique dim sum dining spot in Hong Kong is Tim Ho Wan. To be honest, it is more of a hole-in-the wall but earned a Michelin star because it is that good! Waiting for two hours is normal, so come early to eat in time for noon, for instance.
Address: Tim Ho Wan, Olympian City 218, Hoi Ting Rd, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm, daily
You might have seen the adorable dim sum picture with cute faces on instagram already. If you were wondering where you could snatch those as well and have a bite, check out this Hong Kong local food with a twist at Yum Cha. It’s a little bit outside but the views will amaze!
Address: Yum Cha, 3/F, 20-22 Granville RoadTsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm, daily
A similar cuteness factor is dished out at Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine. You guessed it, the dim sum here comes in the shape of Helloy Kitty faces
Address: Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine, Lee Loy Mansion, 332-338 Canton Rd, Jordan, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 11am–3pm, 6–11pm, daily
Milk Tea and Coffee
To get your afternoon tea fix, you absolutely must try the Hong Kong speciality of Cream Tea and their version of French toast. The tea is comparable to British black tea with milk, but is so much better. The best can be found in Lan Fong Yuen. An alternative in case you want to dine in Mong Kok is Kam Wah Cafe.
Address: Lan Fong Yuen, 2 Gage St, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7:30am–6pm
Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳, 47 Bute St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 06:30–23:30, daily
To get your caffeine fix, try the Japanese Omotesando Koffee store. It is so popular, you can find their chains in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Kyoto, to name a few. Their coffee shop design is pure Japanese minimalism as are their mini pastries to go with your espresso.
Address: Omotesando Koffee, 200, 24-25 Queen’s Rd E & Lee Tung St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 8am–8pm, daily
Hong Kong cuisine loves roasting meat. For the traditional roasted goose, check out Michelin star-rated Yat Lok restaurant or Yung Kee restaurant. Similar Hong Kong chinese food can be had at Yau Wun Roast Meat with their delectable Roast Pork and boiled chicken.
Address: 樂燒鵝, Conwell House, G/F, 34-38 Stanley St, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 10 am – 9 pm on Monday – Saturday and 10 am – 5:30 pm on Sunday
Address: Yung Kee, Yung Kee Building, 32-40 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 11 am – 11:30pm, daily
Address: Yau Wun Roast Meat, 有運燒味飯店, 985 King’s Rd, Hong Kong
To try roasted pork in a typical Cantonese style that is somewhat on the sweet side, try Char siu. Since it is classic Hong Kong food, you can get it in most places, such as Kwan Yu Roasted Meat or Joy Hing.
Address: Kwan Yu Roasted Meat, G/F, 102 Electric Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 9am–10pm, daily
Address: Joy Hing’s Roasted Meat, Chong Hing Building, 265-267 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 10 am – 10 pm, daily
Hong Kong Street Food
An old-school classic among street food in Hong Kong is Bo Lo Bao, which is a pineapple bun. But don’t actually expect pinapple. They weren’t originally in it. Try to find it in bakeries and cha chaan tengs. An exciting French-Chinese blend is the Ball Law Cossant as served in URBAN Bakery Works. A more traditional version can be had at Kam Wah Cafe.
Address: URBAN Bakery Works, Room 322, 3/F The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30am – 8pm Sat, Sun: 8.30am – 8pm
Address: Kam Wah Cafe, G/F, 47 Bute St, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 12am, daily
For those wanting to cook their own Hong Kong food, the Graham Street Market is the place to be, where there is everything to be had from freshly butchered meat, variety of fermented beans and sauces, as well as living frogs, dried fish and fermented eggs.
Some advice: One should definitely have a strong stomach coming here. Still, it being the oldest operating street markets in Hong Kong, it is an experience in itself.
Address: Graham Street Market, Graham Street, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Food from the Sea
If you want to sample absolutely divine fine dining in Hong Kong, a local tip is the Japanese-style bar Ronin. They serve delectable but expensive meals that are totally worth it. Just don’t forget to reserve in advance.
Address: Ronin, 8 On Wo Lane, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 6pm – 12am
The ultimate Hong Kong dessert according to my local friends is egg tart. You can get them at any bakery, but try Tai Cheong Bakery or Cheung Heung Yuen Restaurant for starters.
Address: Tai Cheong Bakery, 31 Lor Liput, Singapore 277742
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm, daily
Address: Cheung Heung Yuen Restaurant 祥香園茶餐廳, 107 Belcher’s St, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 6am-5:30pm, daily
More insta-worthy however, are egg waffles. Get the fresh egglets with curry fishballs and sausages at North Point Egglet.
Address: North Point Egglet 利強記北角雞蛋仔, 178 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 11:30–23:00, Sun 12:30–23:00
There are plenty of fruit-based jelly desserts as a typical Hong Kong food staple. If you are a mango fan, head to Hui Lau Shan Healthy Dessert for mango sorbet.
Address: Hui Lau Shan Healthy Dessert 許留山, 180 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 12:30pm–1am, daily
A cute rainbow twist with Thai tea infusing, the Thai Milk Tea ice cream sandwiches of Elephant Grounds are simply great.
Address: Elephant Grounds, 8 Wing Fung St , Hong Kong
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8am–9pm, Fri-Sat 8am–10pm, Sun 9am-9pm
Thanks to its absolutely adorable, pastel-coloured cakes and macaroon creations, Vive Cake Boutique will serve you new favourite things to eat in Hong Kong.
Address: Vive Cake Boutique, 05-06, Basement Shop, 200 Lee Tung St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 11am-8pm, daily
Which Hong Kong Hotels Foodies Should Stay At
To stay close to the best food to eat in Hong Kong, foodies should be looking at hotels on Hong Kong island. Victoria Boutique Hotel is an ideal starting point of venturing out around Causeway Bay. The MTR is close by, so you can get around Hong Kong in no time.
Address: Butterfly on Victoria Boutique Hotel, 33 King’s Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
If you have both an appreciation for Hong Kong food and instagramworthy places, check out attitude on Granville, in Tsim Sha Tsui. Every room is super photogenic, so maybe bring a few Hong Kong treats with you to take a photo?
Address: attitude on granville, 20 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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