Savoring the Essence of Hong Kong: A Culinary Exploration

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Advisor - Lizz Callaway
Curated By

Lizz Callaway

  • Hong Kong

  • City Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Food & Wine

  • History

  • Foodie

  • Local Food

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Curator’s statement

Hong Kong holds a special place in my heart as a bustling metropolis where East meets West, creating a vibrant culinary scene like no other. Join me on a gastronomic journey through the streets of Hong Kong as we uncover hidden food havens and indulge in the city's eclectic flavors. From traditional dim sum to contemporary fusion dishes, this five-day itinerary will take your group of foodies on an unforgettable adventure.

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Day 1: Temples & Fine Dining

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Start your day with a traditional dim sum feast at Lin Heung Tea House, a century-old teahouse that has retained its old-world charm. Enjoy a variety of steamed dumplings, buns, and classic Cantonese dishes.

In the afternoon, explore the vibrant streets of Sheung Wan, known for its eclectic mix of shops, galleries, and street art. Visit Man Mo Temple and discover the antique shops along Hollywood Road.

Evening: Head to PMQ, a creative hub housed in a former police headquarters. Indulge in a fusion dining experience at Aberdeen Street Social, where innovative dishes blend East and West flavors.

Day 2: Markets

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Take a ferry to Kowloon and start your day with a visit to the lively Mong Kok neighborhood. Dive into the bustling markets, such as the Ladies' Market and the Temple Street Night Market.

In the afternoon, satisfy your appetite with a street food feast at the renowned Temple Street Food Stall. Sample local favorites like curry fish balls, egg waffles and stinky tofu.

Evening: Experience the vibrant atmosphere of Tsim Sha Tsui's Knutsford Terrace, a lively street lined with bars and restaurants. Enjoy a seafood extravaganza at Hutong, known for its stunning views and authentic Northern Chinese cuisine.

Day 3: Sham Shui Po & Michelin-starred Dining

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Immerse yourself in the local food scene with a guided tour of Sham Shui Po, an authentic and lesser-known neighborhood. Explore the bustling street markets and sample street snacks like pineapple buns and egg tarts.

In the afternoon, visit the Kowloon Walled City Park, a tranquil oasis amidst the urban jungle. Enjoy a picnic lunch with delicious buns and pastries from one of the local bakeries.

Evening: Delight in a unique dining experience at The Chairman, a Michelin-starred restaurant known for its refined Cantonese cuisine. Savor dishes made with seasonal ingredients and traditional cooking techniques.

Day 4: Causeway Bay

A colorful park among buildings.

Start your day with a visit to Causeway Bay, a vibrant shopping district. Enjoy a cup of milk tea and a pineapple bun at a local cha chaan teng (tea restaurant.)

In the afternoon, explore the trendy neighborhood of Wan Chai, known for its eclectic mix of old and new. Visit Tai Yuen Street Market and indulge in nostalgic childhood snacks.

Evening: Head to Yardbird, a modern izakaya specializing in yakitori (grilled skewers) and innovative Japanese-inspired dishes. Pair your meal with craft cocktails from their extensive drink menu.

Day 5: Tai O Fishing Village & Three Michelin Stars

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Take a cable car ride to Ngong Ping Village on Lantau Island and visit the iconic Tian Tan Buddha. Explore the Po Lin Monastery and enjoy the serene surroundings.

In the afternoon, feast on a seafood extravaganza at Tai O Fishing Village, known for its stilt houses and fresh seafood markets. Indulge in seafood delicacies like steamed prawns and salted fish.

Evening: Conclude your culinary journey with a luxurious dining experience at Lung King Heen, the first Chinese restaurant in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars. Indulge in Cantonese delicacies crafted by renowned Chef Chan Yan Tak.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Sophia Hatchitt’s guide, Weekend Itinerary in Hong Kong. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Asia & Southeast Asia.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Asia & Southeast Asia.