Hong Kong is known for its food scene and with the rise of Instagram, any and everyone has become a food-ographer. But if you’ve already tapped out all the regular photogenic joints, don’t worry, we have your back – it’s time to get exploring the New Territories and outlying islands, and we’ve also mentioned some photo-worthy spots on Hong Kong island. From cheerful pastel palettes at Café Library to moody vintage themes at love letter-inspired lounge Dear Lilly, check out our list of the best Instagrammable restaurants in Hong Kong.
Café Library by Espuma — Fusion/Western, Sha Tin
Feeling pretty in pink? You have to visit the whimsical Café Library, tucked in the huge New Town Plaza mall in Sha Tin. Take a bus to Hung Hom, or change trains to the blue line and get of the Sha Tin MTR. There, you will find a fusion restaurant with their striking pink walls adorned with works by French visual artist Eugénie Palaric SmBl. The food is also stunning, and you have to get their special milk cap drink. And before you leave, don’t forget to get your signature picture in front of their cloud corner.
703A, L7, Phase I, New Town Plaza, Sha Tin Centre St, Sha Tin | +852 3971 0201
Kaum at Potato Head — Indonesian, Sai Ying Pun
The Hong Kong flagship restaurant of Kaum, which has since extended to Bali, is part of the artisanal retail-bar-lounge-dining space guaranteeing good times that is Potato Head. With a background of culinary research and travels through the Indonesian archipelago and a commitment to supporting the over 600 native groups found on the islands, you can expect every element of the restaurant to be an ode to Indonesian heritage. Take for example the Bebek Goreng Sambal Tempoyak which is most commonly found in Sumatra, a fermented durian sauce paired with crispy fried duck, and their bespoke wooden wall panels crafted by members of the Batak peoples.
100 Third St, Sai Ying Pun | +852 2858 6066
Fleur — Brunch, Multiple locations
For a floral afternoon, head over to the gorgeous Fleur in The Mills or in Tseung Kwan O. Again, just a MTR ride away, you will find a flower-themed oasis. Both the décor and the food highlight local flora by featuring edible and fresh flowers. The co-founder, Michael Cheng says they “constantly experiment with new dishes, hoping to bring about an exceptional F&B experience. Fleur aims to seek a perfect balance between taste, visual appeal and nutrition.” So be sure to capture the pictures of the beautiful floral coffee and their stunning yogurt dishes!
Shop G08, G/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan | +852 2836 6280
Shop 1B, G/F, Papillons Square, 21 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O | +852 2833 6963
Sixa — Cantonese, Tung Chung
Designed with the story of a rich 1960s Hong Kong businessman who loves to collect and display artefacts, Sixa caters to all our senses. With retro Hong Kong items such as radios, water bottles and family photos, you will have tons to explore and discover. Completing the décor are the green views of the mountains. Their food is not to be surpassed either! Each dish a delight for the eyes (and the stomach!) with their fish-shaped shrimp dumplings and pear-shaped fried sticky rice dumplings stuffed with meat and minced shrimp stealing the show. So bring an empty stomach and a fully charged camera, jump on the Tung Chung line, and enjoy a meal for the gram.
Shop 601, 6/F, Citygate, Tung Chung | +852 2382 8633
Joy Food Lounge — Western, Tuen Mun
Reminiscent of something you would find in wonderland, as you go chasing after Alice, Joy Food Lounge consists of vibrant greenery, eclectic knick-knacks, and their quirky quotes, providing the perfect backdrop for your next photoshoot. It also has great photo-ops for the food bloggers as their artistically plated food is not just a sight to behold but also delicious. You can’t go wrong with their signature beef wellington, and the new beautiful Mixed Fruits Pain Perdu for dessert. So for a feast for your eyes and stomach, hop on the 962X from Central, and within 50 minutes you will be at your Instagram-worthy destination.
Shop 1, G/F, Hong King Garden, 28 Tsing Sin Street, Tuen Mun | +852 2362 6968
Uchi Coffee — Japanese, Wu Kai Sha
For the zen, minimalist coffee vibes, surrounded by green, leafy plants and kitschy décor pieces such as the hand painted face lamps or comfy tatami, check out Uchi Coffee. Located in Ma On Shan, it is just a 3-minute walk from the Wu Kai Sha MTR Station. You might have to wait in line for this popular joint as their food matches up to the décor. Whether you are there for a hearty lunch or just coffee and Japanese dessert, there is lots to satisfy your taste buds. You absolutely have to try one of their soufflés, with flavours ranging from vanilla and coconut to matcha hazelnut oat crumble, and take a boomerang of you relishing the treat!
Shop 4A, G/F, Double Cove, 8 Wu Kai Sha Road, Ma On Shan | +852 2662 0102
Yin Yang Coastal — Chinese, Tsuen Wan
Yin Yang is a garden beach house in Ting Kau Village with glorious views of the ocean and truly delectable eats. If you are looking for a one of a kind experience, head to the private kitchen of ex-designer and celebrity Chef Margaret Xu Yuan. Known for their organic farm-to-table Chinese cuisine, the photoshoot elements are plentiful! Whether you want to capture the beauty of your surroundings or photograph your eye-gasmic food before you devour it, you will not be short of options. Do try their signature Yellow Earth Chicken, which is roasted in the chef’s own design of a terracotta urn.
House 117, Ting Kau Beach (near the Royal View Hotel), Ting Kau Village, Tsuen Wan | +852 2866 0868
Dear Lilly — Western, Central
Australian bar mastermind Ashley Sutton, the designer behind Iron Fairies and Ophelia, opened his romantic fine dining concept Dear Lilly in 2018. The name of the international fare and cocktail lounge is taken from one of the first World War I love letters Sutton ever collected. When you enter, you’ll be immediately greeted by the smell of drief lavender and chamomile wafting from the ceiling, sweet nothings written in flowery script on the marble tiling, and spacious loveseats under heart-shaped gazebos designed to look like open vintage jewellery boxes. While the menu jumps around the world with tzatziki and pita, truffle fries, and buffalo wings, the experimental cocktail menu maintains the flower theme as a throughline.
Shop 4010, IFC, 8 Finance St, Central | +852 2771 6060