Hong Kong's Best Take-Outs: A Guide to Eating on Your Feet

Here's an amazing fact. In Hong Kong, McDonald's is judged to be a cool spot for a first date. Air-conditioned, inexpensive, it's neutral territory yet slightly exotic. Do you want first base, er, fries with that?

Take out is a way of life in Hong Kong, especially as many people live in small apartments with kitchens not much bigger than a closet. And to make things easy, there are numerous web-based services such as Foodpanda and Deliveroo who'll bring a meal to your door. Even the more humble restaurants have a stack of boxes and a guy who'll deliver in response to a phone call – they do a roaring trade at lunchtime.

For anyone fancying eating al fresco, there is a slight problem in that public seating is sometimes hard to find in Hong Kong. In Central, the roof of the IFC mall is a good spot, while there are shady corners in Kowloon Park in Tsim Sha Tsui.

So whether you want to splash out, at somewhere like Bombay Dreams or simply pick up something cheap and cheerful from the likes of Cafe de Coral or Jaspa's, there's always a restaurant in Hong Kong glad to save on washing dishes and laundering table cloths.



New Punjab Club
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Put simply, this is one of the most fabulous restaurants to have opened in Hong Kong for years. The location is neat, the decor arresting, the seating inviting, the food Punjabi of course and really surprising and stimulating to boot. But best...  Read More

Orange Tree
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This intimate little Dutch restaurant thrives in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong. The owner imports much of his seafood from Holland, and maintains a dedicated hands-on attitude in the kitchen. The restaurant is light and cheery, and lunches start...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Jaspas

Whether you're headed out to hike or surf in the country park, going on a boat trip, or simply exploring Sai Kung town (one of the most characterful in the New Territories) the place to pick up your take away breakfast, lunch or dinner is...  Read More

Wan Chai
22 Ships
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22 Ships, a project by Michelin star chef Jason Atherton, has a hip ambiance and comfortable neighborhood attitude. It is set to bring a unique flavor and vibe to Hong Kong, complementing Ship Street's casual and easy-going nature. The buzz...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Isola

Hong Kong is not lacking when it comes to restaurants with a view, so a place needs to be truly exceptional in some other way to distinguish itself from the pack. But its food is stellar from appetizer to dessert. Start with baked mozzarella in...  Read More

Classified Cheese Room
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Classified is part of a chain that has rapidly spread across the city and is a classic Hong Kong success story. Founded by three friends who had studied abroad and reckoned that their native HK needed a slightly more sophisticated yet casual...  Read More

Bombay Dreams
Photo courtesy of Bombay Dreams

Indian food is very popular in Hong Kong, given the city's substantial Indian population, so purveyors of the piquant cuisine are a dime a dozen. Bombay Dreams earns high marks, though, for its exceptional cooking. A wide variety of appetizers...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui
Photo courtesy of Delaney's

Ireland's colonized the world with its pubs, serving up good cheer as well as good food and drink. Delaney's has been going in Hong Kong for the best part of two decades (there is another branch in Pok Fu Lam) and its popularity is as much down...  Read More

The Flying Pan
Photo courtesy of The Flying Pan

Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine, Eggs Maharajah, Eggs Oscar, Eggs Norwegian, Eggs Nantucket ... you get the idea. Just about every breakfast combo is up for grabs here, in significant portions in relaxing surrounds. They serve alcohol, there's a...  Read More

Cafe de Coral
Photo courtesy of Cafe de Coral

It's very hard to fault Cafe de Coral. It's by no means gourmet, but for a handful of dollars you get a full meal that looks and tastes good. No wonder there are lines at all its branches at breakfast, lunch and dinner and quite a lot of the...  Read More


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Ed Peters has been based in Asia for much of his life.