Stomach-Pleasing Restaurants near Hong Kong's Cruise Ports

Cruising into Hong Kong from the South China Sea is a sensational experience. In the blink of an eye, the unobstructed view of crystal blue is scene-shifted into daunting skyscrapers towering beside Victoria Harbour; and the fresh and slightly salty smell of the sea is replaced by aroma of steaming, sizzling and stir-fry.

One good thing about stopping over in Hong Kong is that the cruise terminals are fairly central, and being a super compact city – 30 minutes by cab can get you from Kowloon Peninsula to Hong Kong Island.

The two major international cruise terminals, Ocean Terminal and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, are on Kowloon side. A 15-minute or less taxi ride from either will get you to top-notch gourmet treats, ranging from decadent dim sum at Spring Moon of The Peninsula Hong Kong hotel or Ming Court at Langham Place to cha chaan teng chain Tsui Wah, the locals' answer to McDonald's.

From Tsim Sha Tsui, the southernmost-tip of Kowloon and a buzzing commercial hub, crossing Victoria Harbour is a mere 10-minute ride on the slow, soothing Star Ferry or five minutes on the super-punctual Hong Kong subway, MTR. Once there, a brand new dining scene rolls out, from the world's first three-Michelin-star Cantonese restaurant Lung King Heen,  to a Chinese molecular gastronomy feast at Bo Innovation.

Hong Kongers love soupy dishes for breakfast or a snack, such as soup dumplings, noodles and congee. The chain restaurant garners much praise for its soup wonton noodles, in which shrimp dumplings are served together with silky and delicious...  Read More

A glass of milk tea accompanied by a pork chop burger or a deep-fried French toast is the best way to experience one of Hong Kong's oldest cha chaan tengs. The bare-bones diner is said to be the origin of Hong Kong's iconic "silk stocking" milk...  Read More

This Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant, located in Kimberley Hotel, serves a fully-fledged Cantonese menu, from dim sum and seafood to clay pot dishes, but numerous diners head there for just one dish: a whole roast suckling pig. This is no ordinary...  Read More

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Steps away from the Maritime Museum, right by Star Ferry and overlooking the harbor, it's only logical that this place should serve fish and chips. For anyone arriving by cruise ship and docking at Ocean Terminal, it's just a short ferry ride to...  Read More

No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a meal at cha chaan teng, a basic food stall selling everything from milk tea to noodles to toast. Tsui Wah is the king of the clan. This most successful Hong Kong cafe chain serves yummy, quick and...  Read More

Mong Kok

The mid-range Cantonese restaurant chain serves a fully-fledged menu with all the typical local dishes, but it's the exquisite dim sum that puts Lei Garden on the map. Har gow is the star item – these crescent shaped and transparent steamed...  Read More

Yung Kee

Hop on the local ferry to discover the roasted meats of your life time. A three-story-high gold-crusted facade and rows upon rows of glazed barbecued meat hung underneath usher visitors into a mesmerizing eating experience on Wellington Street....  Read More

Head to the 68-seat restaurant for mind-blowing Chinese food that doesn't look Chinese at all – traditional ingredients and recipes are prepared in sometimes rebellious experiment, resulting in a meal of rarely seen Chinese-style molecular...  Read More

Mong Kok

Situated in the compact and noisy commercial whirlwind that is Mongkok, this two-Michelin-star restaurant's food stands a cut above the sea of Chinese kitchens in the city. Whet your appetite with cold dishes like Sichuan chicken chops and the...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui

The Cantonese restaurant at Hong Kong's finest and most elegant hotel, The Peninsula Hong Kong, is a haven for fans of Chinese dim sum. Situated in a 1930s Shanghai art deco style (think dark rosewood furniture, oriental rugs and faded...  Read More


Meet Ed Peters

Ed Peters has been based in Asia for most of his adult life, and counts Hong Kong as his second home. While he lives in a farming village on one of the outlying islands, getting to the city center...  More About Ed