What better place to write about than my own city Hong Kong. No other city in the world has as many restaurants per capita as Hong Kong. Crazy, isn’t it! From humble local eateries, that serves tender barbequed meat and delicious dumplings, to fine dining restaurants. I can tell you that Hong Kong has some hidden food gems which serve the best food in town. Let me reveal a few.
Little Tai Hang
I love this charming little neighborhood of Tai Hang. Sandwiched between Causeway Bay and Tin Hau, it is just a hop away from Tin Hau MTR station. It has a relaxing atmosphere with little lanes dotted with cute little restaurants, bars and shops. Things seem to pop-up fast and close down fast, so a good reason to keep coming back! Best time to visit is in the evening when everything is lit up.
A nice place to eat is PizzaZaZa. The design of this place is simple, but comfortable. It has high ceilings with lot of artwork decorating the walls. They have a nice selection of pizza’s and pasta that go with freshly baked breads and sauces, all home-made.
G/F, 7 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, mmm.hk.com/pizzazaza
If you’re craving for a dessert then this place will be heaven to you. Lab-made is the only vendor of liquid nitrogen frozen ice cream. They change their flavors weekly and sometimes use the most unusual ingredients. I am craving for one right now!
G/F, 6, Brown Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.labmade.com.hk
Going a bit more west towards Wanchai, there are a bunch of little streets centered around Star Street that are filled with eateries for a nice bite. This area is famed for its eclectic restaurants and burgeoning bar life. It is a bit difficult to find at first, but maybe that’s what adds to their charm.
For a nice breakfast or lunch I like Classified. It is a small and cozy place that serves great healthy food, juices and freshly baked cakes and tarts.
31 Win Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.classified.com
One of the hidden gems in this area is Moon Street. For a nice wine go to Italian wine bar Ciacoe. It offers great wines and free appetizers during happy hour. It is a nice gathering of people especially after working hours.
1 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/CiacoeHK
Neighborhood Maya Café, run by Tina and Mina, serves delicious vegetarian, vegan and raw food. The white washed little restaurant has a cozy indoor area and even a small outdoor place for enjoying your lunch or dinner. Try their tasty falafel or their raw chocolate tart. Yummy!
5 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/MayaCafeMediterraneanLifestyle
Trendy Sai Ying Pun
Continuing our journey west, another neighborhood I love is the west part of Sheung Wan that stretches up to Sai Ying Pun, which is fast becoming one of Hong Kong’s trendiest neighborhoods. It has a little bit of an arty feeling with café’s, healthy restaurants and small boutique shops.
Grassroots Pantry is a place I really love! They have an amazing selection of vegetarian food. They use products that are grown locally, organic and in season. The food is amazing and served in a boutique surrounding with an outside sitting area.
12 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.grassrootspantry.com
Light Vegetarian serves up gorgeous food from-the-heart. Their menu ranges from black-bean burgers, homemade soba noodles to vegetarian sausage stir-fry. All food is served in a vibrant, colorful setting – fabulous!
1 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Teakha is a small, cozy tea café tucked away in Sheung Wan. They serve fresh organic teas, coffee, snacks and baked goods. All the teas and other products they serve are organic, handmade or made using traditional methods. A lovely place near Holleywood Road.
18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, Teakha.com
One other place I want to share is not located in a lovely neighborhood, but is definitely worth a visit if you like Indian food. Woodland is really nothing fancy, but the food is just AMAZING. Crispy masala dosa, rich kofta curry, spicy chana masala curry, all are good and for a nice price.
16-17 Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Sanne is the founder of I Like Local an online social, travel platform that enables travelers to book unique, local activities from and with locals in emerging economies and currently living in Hong Kong.