Wine & Dine
Many of the best places to dine and drink can be found clustered together in one of the city’s well-known “hotspots.”
Expats living in Hong Kong take their weekend brunches seriously. On any given Saturday or Sunday, you will see couples, families and groups of friends camped out at various brunch spots catching up on the latest happenings.
A lovely English tradition that has lingered in Hong Kong is the afternoon tea. For anyone unfamiliar, think freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches, and homemade cakes and pastries served alongside your choice of tea.
Coffee consumption in Hong Kong is on the rise; the proof is in the proliferation of global café chains and independent coffee roasters all over the city.
You can’t come to Hong Kong and not eat at a cha chaan teng, or Hong Kong- style café. Its name in Cantonese literally translates to “tea restaurant,” and is where locals go to for meals, snacks and drinks at all hours of the day.
Street food in Hong Kong is an obsession and a way of life. Characterized by shouty street food vendors and a constant tide of customers handing over small change in exchange for hot tidbits in brown paper bags, the city’s street food scene is an experience not to be missed.
Thanks to its position as an international hub in Asia, Hong Kong offers a tantalizing array of Asian cuisines.
The saying that “Hong Kong is a gateway to China” is true in more ways than one - not least in a culinary sense. Besides Cantonese food, diners in Hong Kong have access to cuisines from different regions in China, most of which are well represented here.
Americans missing a taste of home will be impressed by the range and quality of American dining establishments in Hong Kong.
The Michelin Guide recently noted that some of the best Italian restaurants outside of Italy are in Hong Kong.
The word Halal meaning “permissible” in Arabic refers to anything that adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Koran.
There are a handful of restaurants and stores serving and selling kosher food in Hong Kong.
With the exception of guide dogs for the blind, bringing pets to eating establishments is generally not allowed at most restaurants in Hong Kong. But there are a growing number of pet-friendly places in the city.
Every now and then, pizza is the only food that will satisfy. Whether you prefer thin and crispy, or thick and chewy, you can find it how you like it in Hong Kong.
There are countless shops in the city selling ice cream, gelato, soft serve and frozen yoghurt. Although quality speaks for itself, competition between vendors is intense, and with each new store opening a funky new concept is unveiled.
Long before the proliferation of American ice cream shops and Italian gelaterias, Chinese dessert shops were where locals would go to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Hong Kong people are passionate about pastries and cakes and find reasons to buy them for almost any occasion.
Confectionery, especially chocolates and macarons, make popular gifts in Hong Kong. Premium international confectioners race to set up shop here, to satisfy Hong Kong people’s demand for only the finest quality.
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Bored of the usual restaurants?
Why not try dining in the dark, or on public transportation?
Chinese diners eat in groups at round tables from a shared array of mixed entrees, except for rice and noodles, which are usually dished out in individual portions. Single portions are smaller than in the West, although the variety of food is greater.
Tea culture runs deep in Hong Kong.
Eating quickly is a way of life for everyone in Hong Kong. Most office workers get just over an hour, which means that lunch on a weekday is usually a speedy affair.
As if finding somewhere cheap and convenient to eat in Hong Kong wasn’t easy enough already, there is now the wonderful option of ordering food online and having it delivered straight to your doorstep.
The busy working and social lives of Hong Kongers don’t always leave them with enough time or energy to prioritize a healthy, nutritous diet.
Although traditional Hong Kong cuisine is heavily meat-and seafood-based, more and more people are switching to plant-based diets for health reasons.
In response to the growing appetite for organic produce and ingredients, supermarkets, wet markets and food stores have gradually been increasing the variety and novelty of what’s on offer. You will see sections dedicated to organic foods in virtually every supermarket in Hong Kong,
Pop-up farmers’ markets selling organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables are becoming a regular sight in some neighborhoods.
Where food in Hong Kong is concerned, growing your own may not be the first thought that springs to mind. But in light of the global “clean eating” trend and a growing distrust of the mass food industry, many local residents have grown green fingers.
Where to get wine in Hong Kong.
There are many food and drink festivals in Hong Kong, with more being planned and hosted all the time.
With the boom in wine imports, wine storage has become one of the most rapidly developing ancillary businesses of the wine trade.
Learning how to match Asian food with wine is a hot topic here, especially since Asian cuisines have more complex flavors and contain a variety of different ingredients, making wine pairing not such a straightforward task.