Eating

By Budget: $

  • Sun Kwai Heung Excellent low-key Cantonese barbecue.
  • Tai Cheong Bakery Serving Hong Kong's favourite egg tarts for half a century.
  • Kau Kee Pull up a plastic pew at this holy grail for beef brisket noodle soup fans.
  • ABC Kitchen The cheapest western food you'll find in Hong Kong, in the incongruous environs of a local cooked-food centre.
  • Yat Lok Michelin-starred greasy roast goose heaven; Anthony Bourdain approved this joint.
  • Chi Lin Vegetarian Refined Chinese veggie dishes in an ornamental garden.

By Budget: $$

  • Choi's Kitchen Masterful take on claypot rice and common Cantonese.
  • Old Bailey Exquisite Shanghainese dishes in an architect-designed space that could come from the pages of a magazine.
  • Black Salt Creative takes on South Asian food, presented as scrumptious sharing dishes.
  • Ho Lee Fook Playful underground diner dishing out its own unique take on retro Chinatown cuisine.
  • Din Tai Fung Beloved Taiwanese chain serving perfectly formed xiǎolóngbāo (Shànghǎi-style dumplings)
  • Spring Deer This old old-timer of Northern Chinese cooking always delivers.

By Budget: $$$

  • Seventh Son Top-notch dim sum and Cantonese fare.
  • Rōnin It's counter seating only at this trendy Japanese bar with inventive dishes and slick, knowledgeable servers.
  • Duddell's Refined Cantonese cuisine paired with excellent sommelier service in a cool, gallery-worthy space.
  • Lung King Heen The Chinese restaurant that upped the game for Cantonese chefs.
  • Bo Innovation Michelin-starred molecular Chinese cuisine with stratospheric prices fit for dedicated foodies.

Dai Pai Dongs

Dim Sum

  • Sun Hing Restaruant Working-class Kennedy Town staple with the best custard buns in town.
  • Yum Cha – Central Instagrammable buns take the limelight at this contemporary dim-sum hall.
  • Lin Heung Tea House Old-school cart dim sum; prepare to fight for your meal.
  • Tim Ho Wan The first-ever budget dim-sum place to earn a Michelin star.
  • Fook Lam Moon Celeb haunt with swanky menu but reasonably priced dim sum.
  • Lung King Heen Three-Michelin-starred dim sum for weekend brunch? Yes please.

Dining Away from the Crowds

Western

  • Bistronomique Yummy down-home Gallic specialities with sea views.
  • 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana Considered by many the finest Italian in Hong Kong.
  • Flying Pan American diner serving 24-hour breakfasts and hangover-worthy grilled-cheese toasted wedges.
  • Little Creatures Aussie-run microbrewery with excellent mod European carb-loaders, tacos, etc.
  • Catch The best place in town for a fancy brunch.
  • Aberdeen St Social Chef Jason Atherton cooks up fancy takes on Brit food inside PMQ.

Japanese

  • Okra Friendly neighbourhood joint in Sai Ying Pun with playful creations and sake pairing.
  • Rōnin Buzzing Soho restaurant with masterful raw and cooked creations.
  • Yardbird Itty-bitty yakitori skewers; a hipster favourite in Sheung Wan.
  • Butao Ramen Queues tell you this Central lunch favourite has the winning ramen formula.
  • Shikigiku Sumptuous sushi, grilled meat and tempura in the Four Seasons.
  • Nagi RamenThere's just four tables at this teeny restaurant where you can customise your noodle broth.

Asian Fusion

  • Bo Innovation Michelin-starred fusion gastronomy from Hong Kong's Alvin Leung.
  • Little Bao If China did burgers they would be made with… bao.
  • Kasa Chinese meat patty Scotch eggs anyone?
  • Man Mo Café Truffled brie and foie gras are some of the French ingredients in these delicious dim sum.
  • Tung Po Seafood Restaurant Lively Cantonese fusion in a wet market; opt for the late sitting.
  • Chifa Dumpling House Peruvian Chinese cuisine is the deal at this laid-back reggae-playing dumpling house.

Noodles

Seafood

Southeast Asian

  • Sabah Enormous roti and other Malaysian delights at this casual spot.
  • Chom Chom Trendy Vietnamese and cocktails next to a slope.
  • Bêp Vietnamese classics in stylish Soho.
  • Chachawan Spicy Thai street food, hipster style.
  • Soul Food Bangkok import that eschews run-of-the-mill dishes for inventions like soft-shell crab pad thai.
  • Samsen Echoes of Khao San Road matched with Hong Kong craft beers.

Spicy Food

  • San Xi Lou Well-regarded Sìchuān in a Mid-Levels tower building.
  • Yu Spicy and cheap Sìchuān noodles.
  • Cheong Fat Spicy Thai in Little Bangkok neighborhood.
  • Woodlands Sweat-producing veggie Indian.
  • Cafe Hunan Earthy dishes from the province known for chillies and Chairman Mao.

Sweets

Cha Chaan Tang (Teahouses)

  • Lan Fong Yuen THE place to sample Hong Kong's famous milk tea.
  • Cheong Kee Above a wet market, some say it has the best thick toast in town.
  • Cafe Match Box Retro decor and fluffy egg sandwiches at this throwback joint.
  • Mido Café A charmingly retro spot overlooking the Tin Hau temple.
  • Cross Cafe Modern take on a cha chaan tang, with red-bean iced teas and truffled scrambled eggs.
  • Chau Kee Locals have been known to queue for the decadent 'lava' French toast with molten custard.

Vegetarian