Hong Kong for foodies
A suggested one day itinerary
Morning: How better to kick off your culinary adventures in Hong Kong than with a Michelin-starred meal? No joke: Tim Ho Wan is the city’s most famous dim sum restaurant, due in part to those Michelin accolades (though it’s worth noting that its prices are far from extravagant). Get up in time to beat the queues and enjoy a local-approved breakfast of steamed pork buns, shrimp noodle rolls, fried radish cakes, and other dim sum staples.
Afternoon: Wander past some of Tsim Sha Tsui’s popular tourist sights for a quick digestion break before continuing on to your next delectable stop (Hong Kong is nothing if not a foodie’s paradise, so you won’t want to miss the chance to dine well). Australia Dairy Company is arguably the best-known of Hong Kong’s cha chaan teng, or quirky, retro diners whose cuisine blends Western and Chinese influences. Here, the lusciously creamy scrambled eggs are a crowd pleaser, as is the steamed milk pudding. Australia Dairy Company is also known for its brusquely efficient service; once you’re finished, swap kitsch for Ritz and indulge in high tea at the Ritz-Carlton. In addition to a sugar and caffeine boost, you’ll also enjoy some of the best Harbour views around — the hotel’s Café 103 is on the 103rd floor, after all.
Evening: After you’ve wiped the last crumbs of scone from your lips, descend to ground level and hop on a ferry over to Hong Kong Island. After all that tea, it’s time to transition to something a little harder. Make your first stop the Roundhouse in Central: one of a new generation of craft beer bars in Hong Kong, it stocks suds from breweries both near and far. Once you feel suitably refreshed, run a comb through your hair and venture to Yardbird in the trendy Sheung Wan district. This much-celebrated modern izakaya shows off Hong Kong’s yen for dining diversity. Once you’ve eaten your weight in skewers of miso-coated chicken, settle your stomach with a splendid nightcap at Quinary, just a quick stumble away. One of the cocktail venues overseen by lauded local bartender Antonio Lai, the menu uses inventive, molecular approaches to give its drinks that extra kick.