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Last updated: 20 February, 2024
Expert travel writer: Lee Cobaj

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).

Recommendations

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Lamma Rainbow

Hong Kong, China

Iron wok with whole prawns being cooked inside

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.

Best for ages 13+

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Luk Yu Tea House

Hong Kong, China

Exterior of a Chinese tea house

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

Best for ages 13+

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Lung King Heen

Hong Kong, China

Lung King Heen

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

Best for ages 18+

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Tim Ho Wan

Hong Kong, China

Exterior of the world's cheapest Michelin starred restaurant

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

Best for ages 13+

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Tung Po

Hong Kong, China

A bowl filled with squid ink pasta

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.

Best for ages 13+

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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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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

Small-Group Hong Kong Island Food Tour

Hong Kong SAR

Small-Group Hong Kong Island Food Tour
This half-day food tour of Hong Kong makes five stops where you sample authentic Cantonese cuisine. Taste dim sum, wonton noodle soup, traditionally roasted meat, milk tea, and an egg tart, all eaten at local restaurants. Learn from your guide about the city's mix of British and Chinese heritage, from Guangzhou influences to Western favorites. A maximum of 9 people only makes this the most immersive food tour available in Hong Kong.

Price: H820

Min age: 6

Rating 4.94 / 5 [257 ratings]

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

Hong Kong SAR

Secret Food Tour With the Locals in Tin Hau Hong Kong w/ Private Tour Option
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: H825

Min age: 3

Rating 4.97 / 5 [214 ratings]

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Hong Kong Food Tour: Sham Shui Po District

Hong Kong SAR

Hong Kong Food Tour: Sham Shui Po District
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: H821

Min age: 0

Rating 4.96 / 5 [129 ratings]

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

Hong Kong SAR

The 10 Tastings of Hong Kong With Locals: Private Street Food Tour
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: €133

Min age: 0

Rating 4.55 / 5 [84 ratings]

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Private Food Tour: Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong SAR

Private Food Tour: Hong Kong Island
This private food tour of Hong Kong with a private guide includes five foodie stops where you'll sample authentic Cantonese cuisine. Taste dim sum, wonton noodle soup, traditionally roasted meat, milk tea, and an egg tart, all eaten at local restaurants. Learn about the city's mix of British and Chinese heritage, from Guangzhou influences to Western favorites.

Price: H1,800

Min age: 0

Rating 5 / 5 [63 ratings]

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