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.
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
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.
For more details, check out their website: http://www.arcane.hk/
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.
For more details, check out their website: https://rootseatery.com
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.
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.
For more details, visit their page: https://www.facebook.com/moonkok.hk/
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.
For more details, visit their website: https://ammo.com.hk/
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.
For more details, check their website https://www.cobohouse.com/
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!
For more details, check their website: http://www.dragon-i.com.hk/
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.
For more details, check their website: https://www.peninsula.com/en/hong-kong/hotel-fine-dining/felix
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.
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.
For more details, check their website: https://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.
So, what are you waiting for? Immerse yourself in a merry Hong Kong holiday season!
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