Hong Kong Island is this great city's beating heart; it’s where they grow the skyscrapers, where the banks roll the roulette wheel and where much of the city's nightlife happens. It’s also home to most of the best restaurants.Below you’ll find top tips on where to eat on Hong Kong Island from the heavy hitting, award winning restaurants to Hong Kong’s street food.
Hong Kong Island and Mr Michelin
Quite simply put Hong Kong Island has the best selection of restaurants in Hong Kong – from five star French to plump Beijing dumplings and plenty of Cantonese in between.
Almost all of Hong Kong’s best western food is on Hong Kong Island – mostly housed inside five star hotels – and many of these have Michelin stars hanging over the window. You’ll find the great and the good mostly in Central with the Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental and Landmark Mandarin Oriental all home to top restaurants.; both Chinese and Western.
Lan Kwai Fong and Central
Of course you don’t need to shell out for a celebrity chef to enjoy good western food in Hong Kong and the neighbourhoods of Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai are packed with American, Mexican and European restaurants that can throw together a decent fajita or some tasty tapas for not a lot of money.
Particularly popular in Lan Kwai Fong is Wing Wah lane, invitingly known as Rat Alley, where you’ll find a collection of cheapish, al fresco Indian, Thai and Vietnamese restaurants. The restaurants here are raucous and open late to cater to those filling up on booze at nearby bars.
In Central expect high end food – both European and Asian – especially in the five star hotels. One of the emerging foodie districts is Star Street - over in Admiralty – which has become home to a mix of acclaimed private kitchens and hidden foodie favourites.
For something more down to earth don’t miss Graham Street back in Central, where half a dozen of Hong Kong’s Dai Pai Dongs park up. These street carts offer cheap, on-the-go rice and noodle dishes to eat off al fresco benches.
Soho - restaurant central
Hong Kong’s dedicated foodie neighbourhood, you won’t find a wider selection of restaurants in the city than in SoHo. Set in and around the Mid-Levels escalator and Staunton Street there are dozens of restaurants here – mostly western and Asian, although not Chinese, serving up mid-priced fare.
The sheer amount of eateries and stretches of pedestrianized streets has helped SoHo gain a boisterous reputation – one that is enhanced when locals fill up the tables after work and at weekends.
Pub grub and seafood in Wan Chai
Wan Chai has everything you could ever want to eat and just about everything you wouldn’t. There are a spread of western restaurants – usually cheaper than Lan Kwai Fong – as well as a host of British pubs serving up pub grub.
Where to get the best seafood is one of the city’s great debates; some say the islands for freshness some say the higher class restaurants in the city. Both Wan Chai and Causeway Bay have higjly recommended seafood restaurants that have been operating for decades; cavernous restaurants hidden inside blocks and skyscrapers that prove their popularity by the queues that snake outside their doors each weekend.
Chinese food in Sheung Wan and North Point
Kowloon is arguably better for well priced Cantonese food but you don’t neccesarily need to leave the island. Sheung Wan has long – somewhat confusingly – been considered Hong Kong’s Chinatown and these are numerous neighbourhood canteens serving up very good Cantonese cuisine at honest prices as well as a handful of traditional tea houses. There’s no dedicated street but Bonham Strand is a good starting place.
Also worth seeking out is North Point. Historically it’s been the destination for Hong Kong’s wave of refugees; that’s changed now but the district still hosts a comprehensive selection of restaurants representing the dozens of Chinese cuisine with Shanghainese being particularly popular.