10 best restaurants in Hong Kong where even celebrities dine

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Wondering where to eat In Hong Kong? From Michelin starred restaurants to the best dumpling eateries in the town, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Hong Kong where even celebs have been spotted dining.

Best restaurants in Hong Kong to try out this festive season. Pic courtesy: Hong Kong Tourism Board
Best restaurants in Hong Kong to try out this festive season. Pic courtesy: Hong Kong Tourism Board

The Pearl of the Orient: Hong Kong is truly the world city of Asia where you are greeted by soaring skyscrapers, streets lined with plush malls and luxury boutiques, high-end hotels and Michelin-star restaurants, and a forever bustling art and culture scene. Hong Kong’s colonial past has contributed immensely to embedding various cultures and traditions in the city’s DNA. The best way to experience the soul of the city is through its food. And, Hong Kong’s food scene is so vibrant, vast and diverse that you can dine at a different restaurant every day for a decade and still have new eateries to explore. In Hong Kong, you find restaurants to suit every palate and budget. While it’s good to choose, sometimes it becomes a daunting task to select the right restaurant. Especially if you visit the city for a few days or during the festive season, such as Hong Kong Winterfest for the Christmas-New Year holidays or Chinese New Year Celebrations. To help you navigate through this web of choices, we’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in Hong Kong. And, sometimes you might just happen to run into some local or international celebrities here.

10 Best Restaurants and Bars in Hong Kong

Arcane

Go for – Their modern European cuisine.

If you are a fan of modern European cuisine, then look no further – Arcane is the place for you. Tucked discreetly in the city’s heart – Central – food here is anything but ordinary. The restaurant reached new heights of success when its Aussie Michelin-starred chef Shane Osborn appeared on reality TV as part of Netflix’s The Final Table. Since then, the popularity of the restaurant and its chef has skyrocketed. Thankfully, the food quality hasn’t dipped at all. Instead, it has gone a few notches higher. 

Arcane serves modern European cuisine presented in an A la carte menu, alongside daily specials and a set lunch menu. Menus are seasonal, utilising the finest produce from Japan, France and the UK. And, if you are a vegan or vegetarian like me, don’t worry. The restaurant features the city’s first vegan and vegetarian fine dining tasting menu, whose preparation you can observe through the open kitchen. 

Decorated with contemporary artworks, this 2000 square feet restaurant features an outdoor English tropical garden terrace. Book in advance to avoid last-minute hassles and check out their special and seasonal menus before booking. 

Arcane is one of the most famous restaurants in Hong Kong
Arcane is one of the most famous restaurants in Hong Kong for modern European cuisine

For more details, check out their website: http://www.arcane.hk/

Roots Eatery

Go for – Their iconic Cantonese flavours with a French foundation

If you are an indecisive eater who can’t choose between Chinese and European cuisine, you can never go wrong with Roots. Located on Sun Street in Wan Chai, the menu at Roots creatively incorporates the city’s global view – East-meets-West cultures. You can choose from small plates or opt for sharing options. The food marries iconic Cantonese flavours with a French foundation. Roots was started by chef Stephanie Wong, who quit her banking job to pursue her culinary dreams. After training in France and then at Amber, Wong set her own restaurant. Eating at Roots is like experiencing the rich Hong Kong food culture through the lens of French culinary art. 

They have launched a special Christmas and New Year menu, so don’t forget to ask for the same and book in advance as it gets filled up very soon. 

Roots Eatery is a perfect find for anyone looking for iconic Cantonese flavours with a French foundation
Roots Eatery is a perfect find for anyone looking foriconic Cantonese flavours with a French foundation.

For more details, check out their website: https://rootseatery.com

001  Bar

Go for – their classic cocktails and excellent whisky collection.

I noticed about Hong Kong that some of the most beautiful restaurants and bars are located in some easy to miss locations. 001 is one such example. While centrally located along with the market stalls on Graham Street, 001 hides behind a featureless black door with a dim spotlight and an antique brass doorbell. As the door opens, you’ll be guided down a flight of steps into a classy vintage gentlemen’s hide-out bar in the basement. The ‘no standing allowed’ policy gives a touch of private members’ club. Wood, green leather armchairs, and velvet furnishings will circle you back to the 1920s. They have some fabulous, well-crafted classic cocktails and excellent whisky collections like its dark and stormy atmosphere. At times you can even find the elusive Pappy van Winkle bourbon in stock, provided you’re willing to pay the high price, of course. Complimenting the drinks, superior snacks, and shareable plates menu needs to be carefully watched by the people on a diet. Occasionally you can enjoy the live music played in the form of a jazz duo or chanteuse. Before you leave the bar, don’t forget to click some pictures of one of Hong Kong’s original hidden cocktail bars and let the prohibition-era vibes take over your Instagram feed. 

10 best restaurants and bars in Hong Kong - visit 001 Bar for their classic cocktails and excellent whisky collection
10 best restaurants and bars in Hong Kong – visit 001 Bar fortheir classic cocktails and excellent whisky collection

For more details, check out their website: http://www.at001.xxx/

Mongkok by Moonzen 

Go for – their beers served in traditional tea houses and Chinese temples setting.

Inspired by traditional tea houses and Chinese temples, local craft brewery Moonzen’s beer bar in Mong Kok on Shantung Street offers glimpses of the olden times. Designed by HEED Studio, the bar’s interior features large vermilion columns and emerald green colours indicative of Chinese temples. The bar serves a great selection of 12 beers on tap – local Moonzen beers and beers from other breweries. Sit by the bar for a cold pint and tasty bar bites and take tons of pictures to post on your ‘gram. The bar is exceptionally LIT and will set your Instagram feed on fire.

Visit Mongkok by Moonzen in Hong Kong if you like beers served in traditional tea houses and Chinese temples setting.
Visit Mongkok by Moonzen in Hong Kong if you like beers served in traditional tea houses and Chinese temples setting.

For more details, visit their page: https://www.facebook.com/moonkok.hk/

AMMO

Go for – their modern Italian cuisine with a Japanese twist.

An acronym for Asia, Modern, Museum and Original, AMMO is an Italian and Japanese fusion restaurant inspired by its botanical surroundings that hope to blend the art of food and nature. The eatery’s copper-clad and cinematic interiors take inspiration from the 1965 film noir masterpiece, Alphaville, which is also about its location on the heritage site of a former 19th-century explosives compound. AMMO’s menu exemplifies the most exemplary fashion for modern Italian cuisine with a Japanese twist. The restaurant is located in Admiralty and demonstrates the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary style.

AMMO has great interiors as well as amazing food to try out in Hong Kong
AMMO has great interiors as well as amazing food to try out in Hong Kong

For more details, visit their website: https://ammo.com.hk/

Cobo House 

Go for – their innovative menus with artistic.

Cobo, which is a short form of the ‘Community of Bohemians’, is a restaurant meant to tantalise the senses where it feels like you are not seeing the visual artworks but having them too in the form of edible art. Hemmed by Hong Kong chef duo Ray Choi and Devon Hou, Cobo regularly surprises its guests with its innovative menus presented with an artistic flair. Their unspoken menu named “The Knife & Spoon” is a journey divided into 9 different chapters. Each chapter features an option of a six to eight-course tasting menu that changes every 6 weeks. Each chapter focuses on a single ingredient as the story’s star – the underdogs of home-grown ingredients. Cobo house has a bright and airy space fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, marble tables, and a natural and earthy colour palette that allows the art to speak for itself.

Cobo is a restaurant meant to tantalise the senses in Hong Kong
Cobo is a restaurant meant to tantalise the senses in Hong Kong

For more details, check their website https://www.cobohouse.com/

Dragon-I

Go for – their ‘all you can eat dim sums.’ 

Your visit to Hong Kong is incomplete without trying its delectable dim sums, and one of the best places to try them out is Dragon – 1. While Dragon-I is a popular Central nightclub after the sun sets, it is home to one of the town’s longest-standing all-you-can-eat dim sum feasts. You can enjoy four hours of unlimited refills of steamed, deep-fried, and baked treats that are made to order all afternoon long. Dim Sum is the main star at Dragon-I’s all you can eat menu, but you can also order Cantonese snacks such as stir-fried string beans with minced pork and deep-fried Bombay duck with salt and pepper as an add-on the dim sum treat. And, don’t worry if you are a vegetarian or vegan; they offer Dragon-I features vegan options and a few vegetarian dim sums now. The restaurant has eclectic interiors and if you are looking to try a lot of different dishes in a fun environment, try out this restaurant! 

10 best restaurants in Hong Kong - Visit Dragon-I for their dim sums and Cantonese food.
10 best restaurants in Hong Kong – Visit Dragon-I for their dim sums and Cantonese food.

For more details, check their website: http://www.dragon-i.com.hk/

Felix 

Go for – an unforgettable romantic evening.

If you want to have an unforgettable romantic evening with your loved one, go to the Peninsula’s Felix. Blessed with a magnificent panoramic view of Victoria Harbour, Felix has long been a city’s favourite restaurant for soaking in the spectacular skyline of Hong Kong. And, during the festive season, they have special menus. But book in advance. Sometimes the restaurant is booked months in advance.

10 best restaurants in Hong Kong - Visit Felix for an unforgettable romantic evening with your loved one
10 best restaurants in Hong Kong – Visit Felix for an unforgettable romantic evening with your loved one

For more details, check their website: https://www.peninsula.com/en/hong-kong/hotel-fine-dining/felix

Bathers

Go for – all-day dining at the beachside restaurant.

Whenever I visit a big city, I make it a point to check out alternative eats away from the town. One such find is Bathers, located conveniently along Lantau’s Lower Cheung Sha Beach. Here you can enjoy all-day dining while taking in the ocean views. Bathers is perfect for sangria sunsets, early morning breakfasts, and family-friendly lunches. You can play on the beach or just relax on the restaurant’s terrace or comfy seats sprawled on the sand to enjoy the best beachside view. Make sure to book ahead to secure a spot, especially during busy, sunny weekends. 

Bathers is great for seaside day-long dining in Hong Kong
Bathers is great for seaside day-long dining in Hong Kong

For more details, check their website: https://bathers.com.hk/

Pane E Latte

Go for – freshly baked artisanal breads, pastries, pizza and other Italian delights by the sea.

Pane e Latte serves artisanal baked goods perfect for breakfast, all-day dining, and takeaways from sunrise till sunset! Stanley is one of my favourite places in Hong Kong to enjoy the beach, and this corner bakery is the perfect stop to make before heading to the beach. The restaurant’s interiors – floor-to-ceiling windows, genuine Italian terracotta Italian flooring, pink columns, soaring drapes and antiques from Milan – reminded me of sitting in Italy and not Hong Kong. This Italian Bakery & Patisserie is a dog-friendly family place.

Pane e Latte serves artisanal baked goods perfect for breakfast, all-day dining, and takeaways
Pane e Latte serves artisanal baked goods perfect for breakfast, all-day dining, and takeaways

For more details, check their websitehttps://www.paneelatte.hk/.

Hong Kong Winterfest

Hong Kong is a very vibrant city, and there is never a dull moment, especially if your visit coincides with the festive season. Currently, Hong Kong Winterfest is going on – from 26 November 2021 to 2 January 2022. A special Christmas Town has been set up amidst the brand-new international art and culture hub of Hong Kong. Throughout the city, Christmas holiday events are happening. All shopping malls, shops, restaurants, hotels and outdoor spaces have brought their ‘A-game’ to showcase their best festive decorations. From gigantic cookie penguins and Disney princesses to whimsical wonderlands, there’s a dizzying array of Christmas displays for you to soak in the festivities this year. Wherever you look, there is an instagrammable spot to shoot. 

Moreover, all hotels, restaurants, and bars have introduced special festive menus to celebrate Christmas and New Year. If you are looking for unique Christmas or New Year brunches or dinners, check out their individual websites or Discover Hong Kong’s website or this post.

2021 Hong Kong Winterfest. Pic courtesy by Hong Kong Tourism Board
2021 Hong Kong Winterfest. Pic courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

So, what are you waiting for? Immerse yourself in a merry Hong Kong holiday season!

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7 Comments

  • Rose Ann Sales says:

    Wow! These are all really great list of amazing restaurants! I would really love to check all of these!

  • Kat says:

    I’ve been to HK several times and the authentic Chinese dishes are mouth watering! I would love to visit Bathers one day.

  • Miss Farah Al Zadjaly says:

    OMMMMMMG this is just what I needed. I am saving this. I hope to travel to Hong Kong next year.

  • Pedro Okoro says:

    Hi Archana,

    Great post!
    I’ve never been to Hong Kong but it’s on my bucket list of places to visit.

    If I was to take a pick from the 10, it would be Felix and that’s because I’d love to go for an unforgettable romantic evening against the backdrop of a magnificent panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. What could be better than a romantic meal while soaking in the spectacular skyline of Hong Kong?

    I totally agree with you that the best way to experience the soul of a city is through its food, and can’t wait to sample some of the finest cuisine available when I visit.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Best,

    Pedro

  • Thena Franssen says:

    This lis is awesome. I’d love to dine at them all as they sound amazing. I can’t turn away good food.

  • Manali Oza says:

    I’ll keep this article in mind, whenever I’ll go to Hongkong. such great information. Thanks for sharing!

  • Naveen says:

    Great blog post. Really exciting. Keep up the good work.

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