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Hong Kong’s best food & drink

  • Hong Kong, China

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 20 February, 2024

To quote the late Anthony Bourdain, ‘in Hong Kong you don’t take the tour bus to find good food. . . just press start’. This is one of the world’s greatest foodie cities, packed with over 15,000 restaurants offering mind-boggling variety and a galaxy of Michelin stars.

And while you’ll find every kind of food imaginable – from Nepalese dumplings to French fine dining – it’s with home-grown, Cantonese dishes that Hong Kong really excels. Seasonal vegetables and super-fresh seafood are key ingredients, and dim sum is not to be missed – the city starts its day with steaming baskets of har gao (shrimp dumplings) and char sui bao (barbecue pork buns).

Who to go with: tour operators

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Lamma Rainbow

  • Hong Kong, China

Iron wok with whole prawns being cooked inside

Experience

This family-run seafood restaurant on Lamma Island runs free ferries from Hong Kong and Kowloon – so you get a harbour cruise and fabulous garlic prawns.

Good for age: 8+

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Luk Yu Tea House

  • Hong Kong, China

Exterior of a Chinese tea house

Experience

This traditional Cantonese restaurant has been around since 1933 and has art deco interiors, septuagenarian waiters in white tunics and wonderful dim sum. Try the British-Hong Kong hybrid roast duck pie.

Adult price: 20

Good for age: 18+

Lung King Heen

  • Hong Kong, China

Lung King Heen

Experience

Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons was the world’s first Chinese restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars for its spectacular takes on local dishes, including barbecue suckling pig, scallops with pear dumplings.

Adult price: 30

Good for age: 18+

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Tim Ho Wan

  • Hong Kong, China

Exterior of the world's cheapest Michelin starred restaurant

Experience

Looking for a Michelin-star spread for less than £10 a head? Head to one of five branches of Tim Ho Wan. Don’t miss the sweet and crumbly barbecue pork buns.

Adult price: 10

Good for age: 18+

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Tung Po

  • Hong Kong, China

A bowl filled with squid ink pasta

Experience

There’s a cooked food centre in almost every Hong Kong neighbourhood, but if you want to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain head to Tung Po in North Point’s Java Road Cooked Food Centre, famed for its squid-ink pasta, giant razor clams and crispy chicken.

Good for age: 18+

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: -

Getting there & doing it

Hongkongers have ridiculously high standards when it comes to eating, which means it’s easy to find fabulous food at prices that won’t break the bank. Dim sum is the first meal of the day, and where you should start your foodie adventure – visit before 12 or after 2pm to avoid having to queue.

Other great spots for authentic local cuisine are the unglamorously-titled Cooked Food Centres. There’s one in almost every district, usually attached to a food market. They are ear-splittingly noisy, but the food is fabulous – think zingy sweet and sour pork, silky beef with crispy noodles and garlic-drenched scallops.

A food tour is highly recommended to get a real flavour of the city.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Secret Food Tour With the Locals in Tin Hau Hong Kong w/ Private Tour Option

  • Hong Kong SAR

Discover the hidden gems in Tin Hau Hong Kong with the locals and the traditional Chinese food modified in their werternised city. During the tour, our guide will take you to experience the local life with visits to temples, a traditional paper shop and local food market to stroll and discover the various kinds of foods which you may have never seen before.

Price HK$825

Min age 3

Rating 4.97 / 5 [218 ratings]

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Hong Kong Food Tour: Sham Shui Po District

  • Hong Kong SAR

Savor authentic Hong Kong delights on a food-tasting tour through the Kowloon neighborhood of Sham Shui Po! Follow an entertaining local guide on foot through this foodie enclave and discover everything from local specialty stores to old mom-and-pop eateries. Stop at six family-run food venues and sample delicious treats – from breakfast to lunch – as you learn about Cantonese flavors and Hong Kong cultural history. Numbers are limited to eight people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group of like-minded food lovers.

Price HK$821

Min age 0

Rating 4.96 / 5 [130 ratings]

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The 10 Tastings of Hong Kong With Locals: Private Street Food Tour

  • Hong Kong SAR

Eat your way through Hong Kong's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items beloved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour will leave every foodie satisfied! Enjoy tastings typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food like Dimsum and Pineapple bun. But that's not it! This tour is more than just food; it's a cultural experience! In between food stops, you'll also find city highlights making this experience a well-rounded tour that will satisfy every foodie. Withlocals The 10 Tastings Private Food Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard.

Price €147

Min age 0

Rating 4.57 / 5 [87 ratings]

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Organic Chinese Dumplings Class From Scratch with Market Walk

  • Hong Kong SAR

*Vegetarian Applicable Hi ! Everyone, I am local from Hong Kong. Cooking has been one of my biggest interests since I was a kid as my Mom taught me how to make different types of Chinese dishes. Especially traditional dumplings in which it is our regular custom that gathers all the family together to prepare, wrap and cook. I would love to share this happy experience with guests from preparation to sitting around the table and enjoying the food. This workshop was broadcasted in Russia TV (Moya Planet) in March 2018. It was also featured in West Australian newspaper in Perth in 04 April 2019

Price HK$715

Min age 5

Rating 4.85 / 5 [35 ratings]

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Kowloon Street Food Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private

  • Hong Kong SAR

You’ll join one of our food loving hosts to explore Hong Kong's food culture in the heart of the colourful Kowloon neighborhood. Game changer - you’ll do so after dark. Eat your way around traditional night markets where you can try everything from steamed crab to fried octopus tentacles or head to Dundas Street and explore the gaai, where you’ll find tiny bars selling drinks ranging from herbal medicines to beers! Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded local host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.

Price £126

Min age 0

Rating 4.33 / 5 [15 ratings]

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