Sing Kee

For traditional street-side dining, try local institution Sing Kee. It’s one of the last remaining centrally located dai pai dongs (open air hawkers) and known for its fuss-free stir fried dishes. Arrive hungry and tuck into wok-fried salt and pepper beef, sweet and sour pork, chilli pepper squid, spare ribs and stir-fried crab.

  • +852 2541 5678
  • 82 Stanley Street
    Hong Kong


Tucked in a leafy corner in Sheung Wan is a humble café that is just the ticket when you’re craving brunch staples such as banana pancakes, huevos rancheros and avocado on toast. Yet where this café really stands out is the tea selection. On a hot, humid day, it’s a toss up between the iced chai masala or rose-milk tea. The homemade cakes – think pandan chiffon, tofu ginger cheesecakes and peach paprika pies – give this spot extra bonus points.

  • +852 2858 9185
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  • Shop B
    18 Tai Ping Shan Street
    Sheung Wan
    Hong Kong

Yardbird Hong Kong

This is one of the coolest izakayas in Hong Kong (if not the world), specialising in nose-to-tail yakitori – all the parts from the chicken are on the skewer menu – knees, ventricles, hearts, gizzards and the like. Other plates not to be missed are the scotch eggs, fried chicken and sweet corn tempura. The cocktail list is whisky-heavy and fun. Try the whisky lemonade or “Bloody Kim Jong II”, a spicy mix with vodka, chilli and tomato.

  • +852 2547 9273
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  • 154-158 Wing Lok Street
    Sheung Wan
    Hong Kong

Sun Hing

This self-serve restaurant opens at 3am, so you’ll find a pick ‘n’ mix of university students, tipsy partiers and post-work chefs tucking into baskets of dim sum here. This is very much a local joint with plastic chairs and folding tables. The food is no-frills but authentic with traditional har gow and siu mai dumplings and, of course, steamed molten salted egg yolk buns. The perfect spot for early morning jet-lag cravings.

  • +852 2816 0616
  • Sai Wan
    Markfield Building
    Kennedy Town
    Hong Kong

Happy Paradise

Founded by chef May Chow (of Little Bao), Happy Paradise is a pimped up cha chaan teng, where the music is loud, the waiters are cool and the neons are bright. The food plays homage to Hong Kong classics with sourdough egg waffles with bottarga whip, cold steamed-egg custard and tea-smoked pigeon. Drinks take on local flavours, too – think vodka-spiked Hong Kong lemon tea and chrysanthemum margaritas.

  • +852 2816 2118
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  • Upper Ground Floor
    52-56 Staunton Street
    Hong Kong

Kam’s Roast Goose

If there is one dish that Hong Kong is known for it is roast goose, and for the best and cheapest, head to Kam’s Roast Goose. The tiny, 30-seat, Michelin-starred restaurant serves its goose as it should be: crispy, succulent and moist. Don’t be deterred by the queues out front, it moves fast. This is not a meal to linger over, the waiters will make sure of it.

  • +852 2520 1110
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  • Po Wah Commercial Centre
    Hennessy Road 226
    Wan Chai
    Hong Kong

Sip Song

Located on Repulse Bay, this is the place to come for a casual, spicy seaside feast inspired by Bangkok street food. Here, utensils are optional and it’s all about messy plates basted in sweet, spicy, sour and salty flavour combos – think jungle curry clams, fluffy crab omelettes and barbequed massaman wings. Save room for desserts such as the mountainous boozy “Thai tea” shaved ice and banana roti pancake drenched in condensed milk.

  • +852 2898 3788
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  • The Pulse
    28 Beach Road
    Repulse Bay
    Hong Kong

Mak’s Noodle

A visit to Hong Kong wouldn’t be complete without a bowl of wonton noodle soup, and the best to be had is at Mak’s Noodle. The no-frills little eatery is one of the most affordable Michelin-starred meals in the world – a bowl of hand-pulled stringy noodles with delicate shrimp-and-pork wontons in rich broth will set you back $40HKD (around £4).

Tung Po

If you’re craving a fun time and no-frills dining, head to North Point wet market and dine at seafood restaurant Tung Po. It feels like a big party with loud, crazy waiters, round sharing tables and pop/rock music that blasts post 8.30pm. Tung Po’s menu is all about hearty, seafood-centric grub such as prawns in orange sauce or deep-fried giant groupers with black pepper and toast, all washed down with ice cold “beer bowls”.

  • +852 2880 5224
  • Java Road Municipal Services Building
    Java Road 99
    North Point
    Hong Kong

Mott 32

This is one of the most favoured Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong. It’s famed as much for its opulent setting as for luxurious dim sum (think soft quail egg, Iberico pork and black truffle siu mai, Iberico pork char siu with Yellow Mountain Honey and Peking duck). The char siu and duck are routinely named as some of the best in the city. The restaurant also has incredible, swanky cocktails – the gin trolley is a highlight.

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  • Standard Chartered Bank Building
    4-4A Des Voeux Road Central
    Hong Kong

China Club

This Hong Kong institution, originally founded by Sir David Tang, is hidden at the top of the old Bank of China building. Flamboyantly decorated in 1930s Shanghai style and set across several floors linked by an art deco square spiral suitcase, the impressive draped walls could be seriously distracting for art buffs. You’ll need a member to invite you along and jackets are required for men.

  • +852 2521 8888
  • Bank Of China Building 13-15/F
    2A Des Voeux Road
    Hong Kong


The hottest Thai restaurant in town, not just because of the food’s spice but also thanks to the venue’s bustling open kitchen. Don’t let the hipster décor, trendy staff or the walls covered in graphic prints fool you, this place is serious about their food. Order the gai yung chicken thigh, which is marinated for 24 hours in garlic, pepper and coriander and then grilled until crispy. Don’t go expecting a Thai green curry.

John Anthony

Sustainably-minded, modern Cantonese restaurant with a décor that fuses a British teahouse and Chinese canteen. Come here for innovative Cantonese dishes and non-traditional takes on dim sum. Try the double-boiled soup dumplings and spicy pulled lamb and vegetable “supersize” buns. The bar is a destination in itself with one of the biggest gin collections in Hong Kong, and a cocktail menu that highlights unusual ingredients sourced locally in the city.

  • +852 2898 3788
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  • Basement Level
    Lee Garden Three
    1 Stunning Road
    Causeway Bay
    Hong Kong


In a similar vein to New York’s La Esquina or London’s La Bodega Negra, Brickhouse is Hong Kong’s answer to disappearing down the rabbit hole and emerging somewhere cooler than where you came from. Instead of a burrito truck or a Soho sex shop, the guise is an unlit lane fronted by a hawker selling handbags and DVDs. Playing host to live music acts and local artists, this favourite also serves delicious tacos and ceviches. Try the spicy diabla cocktail.


Synonymous with some of Beijing’s dustiest but prettiest quarters, Hutong – the Chinese term for a small lane linking courtyards, an architectural hangover from dynasties past – serves up fine Chinese food with a north-eastern twist. Dimly lit with scarlet lanterns, the restaurant features a magnificent view over the Victoria Harbour.

  • +852 3428 8342
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  • 28/F One Peking Road
    Tsim ShaTsui
    Hong Kong

22 Ships

At this open-front foodie shop, sit at the bar or along the long wooden counter that spills out onto the pavement of busy Ship Street. Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton describes his menu of Spanish tapas as ‘the deformalisation of dining’. Try the chargrilled ibérico pork and foie gras mini-burgers, or the manchego and truffle toasts with quail’s eggs. TIP: The wines are pricey. The prosecco and sangria are not.

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