When it comes to food in Hong Kong, you are by no means limited by cuisine types. Being an odd mix of so many different nationalities, there are restaurants from every country across the globe, including absolutely no shortage of traditional Cantonese food. I'll admit that Cantonese was not a high proportion of my diet whilst visiting, but we did try alot of different restaurants, cafes, bars and ice-cream shops, so read our guide on some hot spots to try out whilst in Hong Kong.
BEP Vietnamese Kitchen
A super inexpensive Vietnamese restaurant in Soho, BEP is a tiny wood panelled eatery with really tasty food and perhaps the only friendly waitresses in the whole of Hong Kong. Not only is the food really flavourful and alot cheaper than most restaurants in this bustling area, alcoholic drinks are quite reasonable too. I would definitely recommend trying this place for a filling and cheap eat for dinner.
Yum Cha Hong Kong
If you are looking for a Western-friendly taste of Hong Kong cuisine this is the place. With a huge menu of both small and sharing dishes complete with images of what to expect, Yum Cha is a great way to try out Cantonese food in a social setting, sharing with others and trying lots of different tastes. Is it the best quality and tasting cantonese food I've ever eaten? Probably not. I feel as though the novelty of the animal-decorated buns and the interior decor make this more of an insta-worthy restaurant, rather than one that really delivers on flavors, but it is a mild taster of Hong Kong's cuisine.
A luxiourous rooftop bar located on the wild Lan Kwai Fong strip, CELAVI is located 23 floors above the ruckus below and is accessed by a dizzyingly fast elevator. Comprising of a restaurant, club lounge and sky deck, CELAVI is a glamorous establishment, so make sure you are dressed well in order to gain admission. With this luxury comes a hefty price tag, with a small glass of red wine costing £13 including a service fee, so perhaps treat yourself to one drink to admire the view then move onto another rooftop spot.
Corner Kitchen Cafe
Our favourite breakfast/brunch spot, Corner Kitchen is a reasonably priced, contemporarily decorated cafe serving typical brunch foods such as breakfast wraps, bagels, sandwiches, granola and a range of iced and hot coffee. Reasonably priced, this cafe is really popular so make sure to get in early and you may need to wait around for a table. Don't expect extraordinary service, but this is a really easy option for breakfast and lunch!
7.5/10 Sheung Wan
A cosy Mexican restaurant tucked in Sheung Wan, Cali-Mex is actually a chain with 16 restaurants scattered across Hong Kong. Cali-Mex have a great menu with every Mexican dish you could possibly wish for in addition to huge portion sizes, so bare that in mind when ordering (our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomachs!). You can fully customize your food here, choosing everything from the meat filling, spice and which sides to add. They were a little odd about payment (telling us we couldn’t pay by card because the machine doesn’t work, even though a group sat beside us had just done successfully) so I would recommend bringing cash in case you aren’t as stubborn as we were. A really great Mexican and even better if you’re hungover and starving as we were..
8/10 Sheung Wan
A classy, well decorated cafe-come-restaurant, Classified has a huge range of different western foods such as pizza, burgers, sandwiches and small plates. They also have a great range of coffees which are available for take out and the service is much better than alot of restaurants in Hong Kong. I would definitely recommend this place for a quick bite to eat!
8.5/10 Sheung Wan
Easily my favourite bar that wevisited in Hong Kong, Picniq is a funky rooftop complete with colourful mis-match chairs, decorated with adorable lights and vibrant painted murals. Atop of H Queen's, the bar is host to some interesting art pieces, more of which are housed in this building. Considering it is a popular spot for millennial and those just looking for a panoramic pic of Central Hong Kong, the drinks are reasonably priced (but served in plastic cups due to the bars height).
I was slightly resistant to visiting this place whilst in Hong Kong, expecting it was just a gimmick serving bad quality American diner food, oh how wrong I was. With truely an enormous menu serving everything from Mexican to Italian, small dishes to enormous sharing servings (such as these glorious nachos above), everything we tried was so tasty and flavourful. There was a 30 minute wait at 4pm and the queue was progressing down the street as we left around 6pm, so I would advise making reservations or arriving earlier than peak dinnertime to prevent waiting for hours.
9/10 Tsim Sha Tsui
Emack & Bolio’s
Emack & Bolios is a compact ice cream parlour originally founded in Boston and which has since spread to countries such as Hong Kong and Thailand. With a range of unusual flavours and wafer cones coated in everything from toasted marshmallows to Oreos, this is a perfect place for anyone with a sweet tooth!
Probably up there with one of the best burgers I’ve ever had, Shake Shack has achieved a special place in my heart after this trip. I know what you’re thinking, how good can a burger be? But trust me, Shake Shack really outdid itself in Hong Kong. Not only was this cheaply priced (particularly for an American chain in Asia), the restaurant is located on the roof of the International Finance Centre, meaning there are beautiful views of the iconic Hong Kong skyline from the harbour. If you are particularly craving burgers and fries I would definitely recommend visiting here, or even during the day for the amazing views.
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