Hong Kong is practically synonymous with dim sum and its extensive list of delectable bites. There are very few trolley-service dim sum halls left, and Maxim’s Palace next to Central Harbourfront is the best of all. Showcasing traditional Cantonese cuisine and dim sum with a backdrop of stunning Victoria Harbour, there’s no more quintessential Hong Kong experience than this one.
Address: 2/F, Low Block, Hong Kong City Hall, Central, Hong Kong Island
Phone: 2521 1303
Escape the city and get in a Mediterranean mood by the ocean at Cococabana in Shek O. Located directly on the beach with stunning views of the South China Sea whilst surrounded by the hills of Shek O Country Park, the restaurant maintains a friendly village feel with a mix of tourists and locals. Simple, fresh seafood dishes such as grilled sea bream, peri-peri prawns and bouillabaisse are prepared by French chef Jean Paul Gauci, who has spent many years focusing on modern Provençal cuisine. Go early for an ocean swim, then head here for lunch.
Address: G/F, Shek O Beach Building, Shek O Beach, Shek O, Hong Kong Island
Phone: 2812 2226
You’ll find Kennedy Town at one end of a modern waterfront walkway that extends 10 kilometres across Hong Kong Island all the way to Tin Hau. K-Town has a neighbourhood feel, offering plenty of small, independent restaurants and shops for browsing. Facing the open waterfront view is popular fish and chips restaurant Fish & Chick. Specialising in British-style beer-battered fish and French-style rotisserie chicken, you can choose to eat in or take away to the nearby sitting-out area and drink in the seaside vibes.
Address: 25 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Island
Phone: 2974 0088
Chilled-vibe chasers love Stanley, located on the southern peninsula of Hong Kong Island. It’s a popular area to have a relaxed day. Visit the beach, browse the market and wander down the seaside promenade in the sunshine to work up an appetite before dropping into Pane e Latte, a gorgeous Italian bakery, cafe and gelateria. Let the weather guide you — choose a gelato sundae, macchiato or one of the in-house pastries crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Julien Zampieri (the croissant bombolini is highly recommended). But, then again, why choose just one?
Address: G/F, U-C Court, 25 Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong Island
Phone: 2337 7221
The historic Peninsula hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui is famous for its luxurious, old-world charm. On the 28th floor of the hotel is Felix, a glossy fine-dining bar and restaurant designed by Philippe Starck featuring floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides and plenty of marble. Spectacular views are everywhere (even, famously, in the washrooms), and in order not to be outdone, Felix presents a contemporary European menu in order to bring you a theatre of the senses.
Address: 28/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, TST, Kowloon
Phone: 2696 6778
Hong Kong Museum of Art underwent four years of refurbishment in order to transform into its current sleek glass-and-steel form. HUE occupies the first floor of the museum, with an entire wall of glass looking out towards breathtaking Victoria Harbour providing gallery dining. Artwork is a strong secondary theme here, and there’s plenty for diners to feast their eyes upon. Whilst the location makes HUE a special dining treat, it’s the modern Australian menu by Executive Chef Wilson Leung that keep guests coming back for more. Expect fresh flavours, lots of seafood and innovative plating.
Address: 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, TST, Kowloon
Phone: 3500 5888
High Island in Sai Kung is known for its rugged shores and plentiful fishing, and there you will find a family-owned Cantonese restaurant nestled between two small beaches. Arrive at Yau Ley Seafood Restaurant by boat and alight at the restaurant’s pier or hike down from MacLehose Trail to kick-start your appetite. The restaurant is popular with families, owing to the sheltered beach that’s in full view of diners, and sunseekers enjoying sharing plates of deep-fried or steamed seafood fresh from the tanks.
Address: Lot 359, Sha Kiu Tsuen, Leung Shuen Wan, Sai Kung, New Territories
Phone: 2791 1822