Hong Kong have some great foodie spots to explore and the food is seriously good! Forget about expensive fine dining and instead immerse yourself in some of the cheaper, more affordable, local and authentic hot spots around the city. That’s my foodie advice to you anyway!
I loved walking around the city and discovering new places to eat and I was definitely on a mission to indulge in Hong Kong’s food culture. I purposely avoided the hotel’s buffet breaky for a reason!
Here are some of the places I ate at…not all made the cut but these ones I reckon are worth the mention. And in no particular order….
1/F 34-38 Stanley Street, Central
Best for: Lunch
This place packs out during lunch time but it’s the perfect spot to get your quick fix of Vietnamese, with fast and efficient service. We randomly stumbled upon La’ Taste because their line up to get in wasn’t nearly as busy as others down the street and because we were starving this place was the winner – and a winner it was! We loved it and they serve up some seriously delicious Vietnamese dishes from Pho noodle soups, rice paper rolls, cold vermicelli’s and a selection of curries, rice and grilled chicken and fresh seafood plates (plus more). Because we came here at peak time we were sharing a table with other diners but this is a pretty normal thing to expect in many Hong Kong restaurants!
The Roaster Step by Step
G/F, Wah Koon Building, 26 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Best for: Their gingerbread latte’s!
I really, really wish I had discovered this place earlier in my trip but sadly only found it on my last day in Hong Kong. The café layout is fun and quirky and staff are very friendly and welcoming. I came here wanting a tea but instead tried their gingerbread latte and it was the BEST! They also have a chilli chocolate and mint flavour plus some great tea selections.
Beef and Liberty
Shop G04, G/F, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley
Best for: Lunch/Dinner
If you head out of the city and to the beautiful seaside town Stanley, then definitely hit up Beef & Liberty! They are dubbed ‘Hong Kong’s Best Craft Beer and Burger Restaurant’ and well, they are pretty damn good! They do a great range of burgers including veggie burgers, salads and appetizers like chicken wings, scotch eggs and sweet potato fries (yum!). Pair your meal with a craft beer or mulled wine and you’ve got yourself a winning combination here.
Shop G8A-8B, G/F, Site 2, Whampoa Garden
Best for: Dinner
Came here on a whim for a quick early dinner one night. I have no idea why the restaurant was so quiet because it served up some seriously good Jap food! Although they specialise in a variety of ramen dishes, we picked a selection of appetizers to share which were very good. The menu reads all your favourite side dishes such as garage chicken, gyozas and agedashi tofu etc however there were a few quirkier things that I’d never tried before like the pumpkin and chestnut croquette…which I wanted to try and I’m so glad I did because they were AMAZING! Such an unexpected but fabulous restaurant we were delighted about.
Emack and Bolio’s
G/F, 26 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong
Best for: dessert/snack!
Okay, so this one’s a naughty treat, but they look unreal! Although they do smoothies and ice-cream bowls, it’s their ice-cream cones that are the real deal. They’ve got a selections of wafer chocolate cones or fancy decorated ones with either fruit loops, coco pops, rice krispies and sprinkled cones and then you have the ice cream selection to pick! It’s quite the popular local ice cream spot amongst many.
Fresh Tea by Happy Lemon
Shop 3, G/F, Hung Tat Building, No.55 Dundas Street, Mongkok
Best for: Milk and bubble teas
I was actually in tea heaven here but it was so hard picking just one tea flavour to try! They have such a large selection from freshly squeezed lemon teas to salted cheese teas (I have no idea what that even is?!), milk tea smoothies, freshly brewed and classic teas and finally a list of their ‘signature teas’ that included bubble milk teas, matcha, Orea chocolate and pearl milk tea! After a very long and hard decision, I went for the pearl milk bubble tea! Prices are pretty reasonable here too, starting from $16 HK (approx. $3-4 in aus dollars) for the basics and up to $25 HK (aprrox. $5 in aus dollars) for more special blends.
And for more traditional Hong Kong teas try:
– Lok Yuen
– Tai Hing
– Bing Kee’s
El Taco Loco
7 Staunton St, Hong Kong, China
Best for: Dinner
This place is only small and a little tucked away in Soho district, but the colourful outside was what caught my attention. It’s not fine dining in any way, its only really casual, but for a quick bite of Mexican, this place is great! The menu reads all your favourite classic Mexican dishes plus margaritas and sangria all of which seem to be reasonable priced. I recommend the tacos here as they were sooo good!
18/F, The One, 100 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Best for: Evening Drinks
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ rooftop bar?! After scoping out various rooftop bars in both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, this was our favourite pick. The view is one the best and with a great selection of wine, spirits, beer and classy cocktails to choose from (which are reasonably priced considering the fancy location), Tagagria won over our hearts. It’s located in TST (Tsim Sha Tsui) and has prime views looking over Kowloon and the Hong Kong island and if you time it right, you could catch the ‘Symphony of Lights’ laser show that illuminates over many of Hong Kong’s big skyscrapers.
G/F, 20 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Best for: Dinner or lunch
This Japanese restaurant is worth scoping out for its authenticity, cheap meals and friendly service. I loved that it just felt like such a local favourite, with no visible tourists in sight and the fact that very limited English was spoken the entire meal, I am positive Kyozasa was something special. The meals were also some of the best Japanese food I’ve ever eaten! I don’t usually like going back to the same place twice but it was so good we couldn’t resist coming back for a second time.
Tim Ho Wan
Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui | Olympian City Mall, Hong Kong
You gotta try dumplings while you are in Hong Kong and there are so many different flavours and types, you can go dumpling crazy! There are so many places to try them but Tim Ho Wan has a very good name and are very popular. Their dumplings are really cheap and you can expect a quick and efficient service here due to the popularity of the packed out place.
Hong Kong, UG/F, 66 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Best for: Lunch/dinner
This place serves up some pretty bang on Korean style street food that is equally delish as it is cheap! Seoul Bros serves Korean food with a modern twist with crossover elements in their menu – like their take on Mexican Quesadillas! What a genius idea. Make sure to try the kimchi fries and traditional bibimbap and banh mi dishes too.