Tacos, the Mexican sandwich, are an iconic dish of Mexican cuisine and beloved globally. Originating in the 18th century, they are versatile and can be filled with various ingredients. Traditional basic ingredients include tortilla, meat, onions, cilantro, and salsa, with popular fillings like beans, cheese, avocado, and seafood.

Looking for a place on Taco Tuesday in Hong Kong? You’re in luck! The city has a growing Mexican food scene with plenty of options to choose from. From trendy taquerías to gourmet fusion creations, we’ve rounded up the 10 best places to grab a taco and satisfy your cravings.

11 Westside — Kennedy Town

11 Westside in Kennedy Town offers a selection of street-style tacos
Taco lovers should visit 11 Westside for their legit street-style tacos (© 11 Westside)

Helmed by Mexican native chef Esdras Ochoa, also known as the ‘Taco King’, 11 Westside offers authentic street-style tacos made with fresh ingredients and handmade corn tortillas. The Carne Asada, with grilled USDA prime short rib marinated in Mexican ponzu sauce, is a must-try, along with classic options like Al Pastor, Pollo Asado and Mango Shrimp. Vegetarians will also love the California Veggie option. Tucked away in a residential building, 11 Westside is a local favourite. Check out their Taco Tuesday for half-priced tacos!

1/F, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town | +852 9300 8068

Caliente — Tsim Sha Tsui 

Caliente is a lively Mexican restaurant that serves a selection of tacos
Located at Knutsford Terrace, this upstairs joint serves hearty Mexican cuisine (© Caliente)

The colourful and lovely Mexican joint Caliente is a longstanding favourite among foodies, serving everything from nachos, tacos to churros. Try the flavour-packed Taco de Cangrejo, filled with crab claw meat and salmon roe, and the classic taco El Santo with pulled pork and smoked chipotle aioli. Choose between homemade soft or hard shell corn tortillas and enjoy a combo with any three or five pieces. Save room for the delicious Mexican Fried Ice Cream to finish off your meal.

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3/F, 6 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2723 5968

Chicano — Central 

Chicano's menu is inspired by co-founder Gabriel Perez's grandmother
Chicano’s homemade comfort food transports diners to a typical Mexican household (© Chicano)

Chicano pays homage to traditional Mexican cuisine with dishes that honour co-founder Gabriel Perez’s grandmother. From fresh guac to flavourful tacos, the homemade comfort food is sure to have you coming back for more. Be sure to try the Tacos de Lengua, made with beef tongue, salsa verde, and a refreshing squeeze of lime juice. Other mouthwatering tacos, like the Tacos de Pescado and Tacos de Camarones, are also a must-try.

G/F, 15 Gough Street, Central | +852 5595-3334

El Macho Sai Ying Pun

El Macho's decor is inspired by Day of the Dead
It’s hardly missable – El Macho’s fun and vibrant exterior catches the eye from the street (© El Macho)

For Mexican cuisine with a kick, head to El Macho in Sai Ying Pun. The festive decor is inspired by the Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with colourful sombrero hats and inspiring murals. Try their tasty tacos such as El Pollo Loco and Tempura Fish Taco, or the house special El Macho burrito loaded with beef chilli con carne, fried beans, salsa, and guac. And don’t forget to indulge in their churros with hot chocolate for dessert!

1 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun | +852 2523 2488

Limewood Repulse Bay

Enjoy fresh seafood and tasty tacos with a view of Repulse Bay beach at Limewood
The upscale seafood restaurant serves a variety of tacos with a beach view (© Limewood)

Overlooking Repulse Bay, Limewood is an upscale beach shack perfect for a leisurely lunch or a sophisticated sundowner and supper. With a focus on seafood, their dishes are influenced by Hawaiian, South American, Caribbean, and Southeast Asian flavors, all cooked with fresh local produce and modern techniques. Alongside their signature Fried Fish taco with chipotle mayo, braised purple cabbage, and white onion, try their new Boneless Chicken Wings taco with salsa macha and guacamole, and the Charred Span & Pineapple taco with grilled adobo pineapple, lardo, and guacamole. Arrive early or book ahead, especially on sunny days, as this beach-front favourite is always packed.

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Shop 103/104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay | +852 2866 8668

Pablo Modern Mexican Cocina — Tsim Sha Tsui 

The signature Tacos de Barbacoa is a must-try at this Tsim Sha Tsui joint
Pablo Modern Mexican Cocina offers classic Mexican dishes with a Southeast Asian Twist (© Pablo Modern Mexican Cocina)

Named after Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, Pablo brings a Southeast Asian twist to classic Mexican cuisine. The modern Mexican cocina serves a selection of tacos, including the signature Tacos de Barbacoa made with barbecued lamb, guacamole, shallots, and salsa borracha. This Tsim Sha Tsui spot also serves creative cocktails that pair perfectly with the delicious tacos.

66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 3741 2990 or 3741 2899

Taco Chaca — Sai Ying Pun

Taco Chaca is a casual spot perfect for a quick and satisfying taco
This petite taquería at Sai Ying Pun has a menu of over 10 different Cal-Mex-style tacos (© Taco Chaca)

Taco Chaca is a small taquería in the lovely neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun. The casual joint s known for consistently serving some of the best-tasting tacos in town. With over 10 different kinds of Cal-Mex-style tacos, you’ll be spoilt for choice, from Lengua de Rex taco (slow-braised ox tongue) to Dodger Stadium taco (thin-sliced USDA rib eye beef). Their Baja-style fish tacos are a must-try, featuring battered fish and shredded cabbage with a generous amount of sauces on top. It’s a casual, affordable spot perfect for those looking for a quick and delicious bite.

119 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun | +852 2559 9519

Taquería Super Macho — Central 

Taquería Super Macho's menu is inspired by the taquerías of Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas
Black Sheep’s Taquería Super Macho is a fun and lively spot perfect for any gatherings (© Taquería Super Macho)

Taquería Super Macho is a vibrant taquería that brings the flavours of Baja to Soho. Inspired by the laid-back taquerías of Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, the restaurant serves undressed tacos with the toppings on the side, allowing diners to DIY their own unique combinations. Don’t miss their Baja-style Shrimp Taco and the Habanero-marinated Steak Taco, along with other regional specialities. Keep an eye out for limited-time tacos as well. On weekends, the Super Brunch features sharing tacos and free-flowing margaritas and Coronas, guaranteed a good time with your loved ones!

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33-35 Bridges Street, Central | +852 2333 0111

Te Quiero Mucho — Central 

Other than a variety of tacos, Te Quiero Mucho is pride for their guac with tortilla chips
Enjoy the house special tacos from the classic Al Paster to Carne Asada at Te Quiero Mucho (© Te Quiero Mucho)

This authentic Mexican restaurant & artisanal tequila bar offers a tantalizing variety of house special tacos from the classic Al Paster to Carne Asada, loaded with grilled Wagyu steak, raw onions, coriander and salsa verde, and everything in between. You can find Te Quiero Mucho in the Sheung Wan’s Mojo Nomad hotel, where it’s always buzzing with energy throughout the day. Don’t forget to try the classic guac with homemade tortilla chips, it won’t disappoint.

286 Queen’s Road Central, Central | +852 3423 3290

XOCO Mexican Cantina and Bar — Central

XOCO is a cosy Mexican restaurant on Mid-levels
Xoco on Mid-levels serves up generous portions of Tex-Mex tacos (© XOCO Mexican Cantina and Bar)

XOCO, a cosy eatery located on Mosque Street, is known for its generous servings of Tex-Mex delicacies. Their freshly made Tacos a la Plancha are filled with pepper rajas, artisan Jack cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, refried beans, guacamole and sour cream, and it’s served with roja salsa, black beans and Mexican rice, so it’s best to come with an empty stomach. For fillings, they offer organic meats such as Yucatán pulled pork and Gunthorp chicken. Don’t forget to try their frozen margaritas served in adorable cactus glasses!

37 Mosque Street, Mid-Levels | +852 3620 2323

Header image credits: 11 Westside

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Growing up between Hong Kong and various other countries, Renee is a hospitality graduate, an adventure enthusiast, with a newfound passion for writing. When she’s not discovering hidden gems and new eats on Instagram, you'll most likely find her sweating at the gym, sipping on fine wine with friends, solving mysteries in crime movies, or jet-setting to new countries.

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