The Ultimate Foodie Guide To Hong Kong’s 5 Famous Districts
An epic Hong Kong food journey
When you think of Hong Kong, you think of shopping and most importantly, FOOD! A city known for brimming with great eats at every corner, deciding where to eat for every meal can be a dizzying process. The abundance of delicious food choices coupled with convenient public transportation and walkable destinations, a food hunt in Hong Kong is a breeze! So put your loose pants and game face on for a gastronomic pilgrimage you’ll remember for years to come.
Food discovery with the Hong Kong Tramways
Hop aboard the nostalgic 1920s-style tram and embark on a fascinating food hunt tour through Hong Kong. Follow the Tripsle top picks by going along this easy tram route! The tram, also affectionately called “Ding Ding” by locals, runs along 30km through some of the best parts of Hong Kong Island.
The trams are simple to use and travel at a relatively low speed so you can also do some sightseeing while embarking on your food tour. To take the tram, board through the rear door and pay when you exit at the front. The fare is the same regardless of the length of the journey and you can use cash or the Octopus card.
For convenience sake, it’s best to opt for the Octopus Card, which can be used on most forms of public transport, as well as for purchases in convenience stores, fast food shops, supermarkets, vending machines and more. When it runs low on value, you can simply top up at thousands of stores in Hong Kong.
Now that you’ve got the transport settled, it’s time to figure out where to eat, divided into Hong Kong’s 5 famous districts – Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Sheung Wan, Central, Western!
1. Joyful House Dessert
Recommended by the Michelin Hong Kong Street Food Guide for 3 consecutive years, Joyful Dessert House is the place to go for authentic local desserts. With unbeatable prices, you can indulge in various desserts without a worry. Try their crispy-yet-fluffy waffle, cooling parfaits, molten lava cake, and more!
Address: G/F, Diamond Mansion, 464 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday and Sunday 2pm to 12 midnight | Friday and Saturday 2pm to 1am (next day)
2. Tai Woo Seafood Restaurant
Open since the late 1980s, Tai Woo has made a name for itself for its delectable offerings, and recommended by Michelin Guide for nine years! Also having repeatedly won the title of “Best of the Best Culinary Awards” by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, you’re guaranteed a meal to remember. The restaurant’s signature dishes include South African Abalone, Baked Lobster & Fried Vermicelli, and Hong Kong Dim Sum.
Address: 9/F, Causeway Bay Plaza 2, 463-483 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay
Opening Hours: Daily 10:30am to 3am
3. Ghost Bus
Amongst the busy streets and action in Causeway Bay is the Ghost BUS, a popular chain across Hong Kong. Serving authentic Cantonese street food that can be eaten easily while on-the-go, it’s the perfect snack food to stave off the hunger before a meal. With different types of toppings and sauces to choose from, you won’t be getting bored of it anytime soon yet.
Address: Shop 3B, G/F, United Success Commercial Centre, 5 Cannon Street, Causeway Bay
Opening Hours: Daily 1pm to 11:30pm
4. 10 Shanghai
Divulge your senses in the culinary elegance of Huaiyang cuisines at 10 Shanghai. From its opulent dining setting to quality service and excellent food prepared by two reputable chefs with over 50 years of combined culinary experience, it’s truly a dining experience in its own rank. Savour exotic dishes such as Mudcrab Sautéed with Brown Bean Sauce, Mini Eight-Preciousness Duck, and more!
Address: Shop 101, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Lunch – Monday to Friday 11:30am to 3:30pm (last order at 2:30pm) | Saturday and public holidays 11:30am to 4:30pm (last order at 3:30pm)
Dinner – Sunday to Thursday 6pm to 11:30pm (last order at 10:10pm) | Friday, Saturday and eve of public holiday 6pm to 12:30am (last order at 11pm)
5. San Ka La
Tucked away in Causeway Bay, San Ka La translates to the meaning of a hidden and remote location, which is part of the restaurant’s charm. A favourite hangout spot for millennials, this casual cafe turns is also a local brewery when night time comes. Their innovative dishes and indulgent eats are must-try, like the Baked Cheesy Mapo Tofu Fries and Crispy Pork Knuckle!
Address: G/F, 84-86 Morrison Hill Road, Causeway Bay
Opening Hours: Daily 7:30am to 1am (next day)
6. Under the Bridge Spicy Crab
If you’re a seafood lover, Under Bridge Spicy Crab is your haven! The chef goes to the fish market himself at 6am to pick the best and seafood available while the rest are flown in from the world’s top suppliers. So you know you’re getting your money’s worth!
A must-try is their signature Under Bridge Spicy Crab, which is made of meaty chunks of crab, deep-fried and cooked in a special typhoon-style sauce. Did you know, they have also served many celebrities and Anthony Bourdain being one of them!
Address: G/F-3/F, Ascot Mansion, 421-425 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Daily 11:30am to 5:30am (next day)
7. Wing Wah Cake Shop
The legendary Wing Wah Cake Shop has been around for over 60 years and has developed its own signature series based on their best-selling Chinese Wedding and Moon Cakes. Other must-try include their locally-made preserved meat sausages and freshly baked Wife Cake, with an irresistible winter melon spread in the crispy, airy dough!
Address: Shop B34-B35, B1/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 8pm
8. Ming Ming Cart Noodles Bar
Perfect for late night cravings, Ming Ming Cart Noodles Bar is the place to go for a comforting bowl of cart noodles. Slurp down these nostalgic Hong Kong noodles and savour the chewy noodles and flavourful broth. You can even customise them to your liking with various combinations of various toppings, sauces, noodles and more!
Address: G/F, 290 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Opening Hours: Daily 10:30am to 1am (next day)
9. Nam Kee Noodles
An established chain with over 30 years of experience in the local scene, Nam Kee Noodles is not one to hold out on quality! With fresh noodles made daily and each bowl made-to-order according to your preference, you know you’re only getting the best. Affordable and delicious, a couple of their must-try dishes include their Signature Spring Rolls and Signature Pork Bone Soup Noodles!
Address: G/F,1-3 Morrison Hill Road, Wan Chai
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 7:30am to 11pm | Sunday 7:30am to 10pm
10. Emack & Bolio’s
A specialty ice cream shop that originated in Boston, USA in 1975, Emack & Bolio’s can now be found in Hong Kong! Cool off from the summer heat and pick your choice from 100 flavours and different cones. Made only from the best ingredients like organic milk and without the use of artificial colouring, this indulgent treat is great for sharing or as a secret pleasure for yourself!
Address: Shops G09 & G10, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 11pm
11. Lee Lo Mei
Reinventing Hong Kong-style street food by combining innovative techniques with local flavours, Lee Lo Mei pushes traditional cuisine with a modern edge. The restaurant’s unique approach and fun atmosphere is also evident in its name itself. The cheeky play of words with “Lee Lo Mei” turns a profane Cantonese phrase to mean “Lee’s Delicious Food”.
Address: G/F & 1/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 12pm to 12 midnight | Friday and Saturday 12pm to 2am (next day)
12. Kung Lee
Cool off from the Hong Kong heat at Kung Lee, a popular herbal tea and sugar cane juice shop. Made from fresh ingredients and no preservatives, they’re definitely a health boost! The charming and nostalgic interior of Kung Lee sure makes you feel like you’re stepping back in time to 60 years ago.
Address: G/F, 60 Hollywood Road, SOHO, Central
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am to 10pm
13. Tai Cheong Bakery
Enjoy traditional Hong Kong baked goods in Tai Cheong Bakery, a renowned bakery that has been established since 1954! Considered by many as some of the world’s best with, the egg tarts especially have garnered quite the media attentional both locally and globally. With flaky crumbly shell and delicate egg custard interior, a good egg tart is pretty hard to beat!
Address: Shop C, G/F, Lyndhurst BLDG 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am to 9pm | Sunday and public holiday 8:30am to 9pm
14. The Woods
In the famous nightlife scene at Central’s iconic Lan Kwai Fong, The Woods offer its guests with a different kind of flair. This conceptual bar is known for its cocktails using fresh fruits and vegetables, and mixologists who transform each glass of drunk into a delicate work of art. With an elegant interior and thoughtfully crafted recipes, The Woods should be on your must-visit list.
Address: L/G,17 Hollywood Road, Central
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 5pm to 1am (next day) | Friday and Saturday 6pm to 2am (next day)
15. Amber Coffee Brewery
As one of Hong Kong’s hottest new coffee spot in Central, make sure to enjoy an unforgettable cup of coffee at Amber Coffee Brewery. Established by two-time Hong Kong Barista Champion, Dawn Chan, you can bet your cup of coffee isn’t going to be like any other. Feel comfortable in the relaxed setting and escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while.
Address: G/F, 142 Des Voeux Road Central, Central
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 8am to 9:30pm | Saturday 9am to 6pm | Sunday 10am to 6pm
16. 65 Peel
Experience Hong Kong’s developing craft beer scene with various homegrown beers at 65 Peel. A charming bar in the heart of SoHo, it’s perfect for a downtime after a busy day. Feel relaxed at the bar’s easygoing ambience and industrial design. Fill your belly with their fusion snacks and lip-smacking dishes like their famous Smoked BBQ Chicken Wings that pair really well with the locally-brewed beers.
Address: G/F, 65-65A Peel Street, Soho, Central
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 4pm to 12 midnight | Friday and Saturday 4pm to 2am (next day) | Sunday 12pm to 12 midnight
17. Lemon King
Lemon King first started with Tong Kan-pui, selling preserved lemon snacks from a wooden trolley in Wing Kut Street, Sheung Wan in the 1970s. After growing recognition and demand for his lemon snacks, Lemon King was born. As the name suggests, the must-try is the licorice lemon. However, there are also plenty of other yummy preserved snacks made with ginger, plum, olive and more!
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (Closed on Sunday and public holidays)
Address: G/F, 18 Wing Kut Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
18. Souper Authentic
Known for their delicious and comforting broth made without MSG to keep true to its taste, Souper Authentic offers different varieties for different preferences. Made fresh daily and simmered for 6 hours using quality and seasonal ingredients, you know you’re getting the best from the restaurant. For something filling, they also have fried noodles and rice, the perfect pair for the soups!
Address: G/F., 88 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 7:45am to 9:45pm (Closed on Sunday and public holiday)
19. Lung Kee Restaurant
Originating from Dragon Restaurant in Central, Lung Kee is also known for its Siu Mei (roasted meat). This Hong Kong-style barbecue is famous not only amongst locals but also with travellers. The roasted pork slices with crispy skin and tender meat are absolutely addictive and a definite must-try amongst other things!
Address: G/F, Wah Kit Commercial Centre, 300 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan
Opening Hours: Daily 7am to 11pm (last order at 10:30pm)
20. Lin Heung Kui
Travel back in time at Lin Heung Kui as you experience this traditional Cantonese dining experience complete with bamboo baskets and dim sum trolleys – something you may not easily find now in modern restaurants. Also awarded with the Bib Gourmand status from the Michelin Guide for the restaurant’s exceptional good food at moderate prices, you must not miss on the great dishes like Har Gow (Shrimp Dumpling) and the Siu Mai (Pork Dumpling).
Address: 2-3/F, 46-50 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan
Opening Hours: Daily 6am to 9:30pm
Take a trip down memory lane to colonial times in Hong Kong at Congteakafe. This humble restaurant in Sai Ying Pun not only serves local and international all-day breakfast, it also has an exhibition area which showcases contemporary artwork and photography depicting the suburb culture. Reminiscent of Old Town Central, this restaurant cum attraction is great to unwind and take your time to absorb your surroundings.
Address: G/F, 4 David Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Western District
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12pm to 10pm | Saturday, Sunday, and public holiday 9am to 10pm
22. Wing Sang Tong
A special traditional Chinese herbal dessert, Kwai Ling Jelly is known for its subtle bitter taste. Served with sugar syrup on the side to mask the bitter taste, this jelly is known for having some really great health benefits! Wing Sang Tong prides itself in being homemade and using fresh ingredients, it’s a nice health boost from their wide selection of Chinese herbal teas and dessert.
Address: 408 Des Voeux Rd W, Sai Wan
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 11pm
23. Cheung Wo Noodles
Enjoy a bowl of comforting local staple, the wonton noodles in Cheung Wo Noodles. This classic soup noodles consisting of springy egg noodles, clear broth and juicy wontons will leave you wanting more! Aside from wonton noodles, you can also try their Signature Drunken Chicken in Hua Tiao Wine or a popular Qing Dynasty snack, a red date cake.
Address: Shop D, Graceful Court, 35 Hill Road, Shek Tong Tsui, Western District
Opening Hours: Daily 12pm to 9pm (Closed every Tuesday)
24. Artisan Room
Celebrating art and style, Artisan Room is a cafe where you can find an injection of flair in everything that it does. From the true craftsmanship in its dessert to its interior design, the cafe also takes pride in the quality ingredients that they use. Their signature Bavarois Ring topped with jelly, edible flowers, and fresh fruit is not to be missed!
Address: G/F, 8-12 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, Western District
Opening Hours: Daily 7:30am to 7:30pm
25. Sheung Hei Claypot Rice
Watch in awe by the makings of claypot rice, charcoal fires engulfing each pot with its flame. This authentic Cantonese cuisine is full of flavour and requires extensive skills to get it just right. With proper control of heat from the fire, the crispy yet fluffy rice is unbeatable. No wonder Sheung Hei Claypot Rice has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand for being delicious at a great price!
Address: G/F, 25 North Street, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm
Don’t forget your Hong Kong essentials!
Now that you’re all excited for that food hunt around Hong Kong, make sure to also remember your travel essentials. Collect your WiFi device and/or SIM Card at the airport. For the best easy and hassle-free way to get yourself from the airport to the hotel, Tripsle yourself the Hong Kong Airport Express Train Tickets with QR Code Direct Entry! If this list still isn’t enough to satisfy your foodie cravings, check out more of Hong Kong’s F&B heaven on Tripsle.