9¾ Café is a Harry Potter-themed restaurant that will delight any fan of the boy wizard, and has been fitted out with plenty of small touches from the books and movies. Most people come here for a coffee or famed butterbeer, but they do have a limited food menu, featuring burgers, salads and brunch items, each named after a character or element from the Harry Potter universe. To get you in the mood, the candle-shaped lighting and theme tune in the background will have you reciting magic spells in no time.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm
- Location: Shop 404, 4/F Prosper Commercial Building, 9 Yin Chong St, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 9432 6555
Afternoon Tea with Wedgewood
The Langham in London is widely considered as the original commercial afternoon tea experience, so tradition is the main ingredient in this afternoon tea set in Hong Kong. Chinaware from Wedgewood is exclusively used at The Langham, and is served along with dainty cakes and eclairs, miniature shepherd’s pie, and Ronnefeldt tea. More recent additions to the fancy platter are macarons from the world-famous patisserie La Duree in Paris. Harbour views from the lobby lounge present a beautiful backdrop to this elegant treat.
- Opening Hours: Weekdays from 3pm to 5.30pm, weekends from 2.15pm to 4.15pm and 4.30pm and 6.30pm
- Location: 8 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2132 7898
Al Molo Ristorante Italiano
Al Molo is not your ordinary Italian diner. Firstly, the location by the harbourfront is quite spectacular, and their alfresco dining area takes full advantage of the views looking across to the towering city skyline in the background. Although pastas and pizzas do take up a big chunk of the menu, other mains make dining here a much more interesting experience. Creative and altogether more exciting examples include their pan-seared octopus with sour cream, shaved vegetable salad and citrus vinaigrette as well as the braised veal shank, which comes with bone marrow, saffron risotto and sautéed spinach.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 11pm
- Location: Harbour City, Shop G63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2730 7900
Aqua focuses on modern Italian cooking from the south of the country. Located in Kowloon’s groovy One Peking, Aqua has ultra-stylish interiors, stunning harbour and city vistas, and its innovative combination of Italian and Japanese cuisine is quite something. The restaurant is a contemporary tribute to Italian chic with tiered banquette seating guaranteeing an uninterrupted harbour Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 3pm and from 6pm to 11pm
- Location: 29 & 30F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3427 2288
The Chocolate Afternoon Buffet at Café 103 offers the highest of all the high teas – half a kilometre into the sky, on the 103rd floor of the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong. Visiting chocolatiers from around the world are offered at this afternoon tea and the kitchen team present incredible versions of cakes, tarts and biscuits imbued with masses of chocolatey goodness. Hot chocolate is available, too. It’s connected to Elements Shopping Mall, so you can combine a stop at Café 103 afternoon tea with shopping.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 3.30pm to 5.30pm
- Location: 103/F The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Rd W, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +856 2263 2270
Hong Kong’s gorgeous Shangri-La is one of the best hotels about, so it’s no surprise that it’s home to some of the best restaurants, too. Café Kool – compared to the hotel’s more refined Angelini or Shang – is a far more casual affair, offering all-day international dining in an open-plan setting. There’s a mammoth buffet spread, and al la carte offerings include a far reaching array of flavours, from prime ribs steaks and burgers to nasi goreng and Thai seafood curry. Find this Kowloon restaurant on the Mezzanine level of the Shangri-La.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6.30am to 10pm
- Location: Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2733 8753
Cambo Thai Restaurant
The name pretty much says it all: Cambo Thai Restaurant is a popular Thai restaurant where you can enjoy fiery curries. Sample hot and spicy fried curry crab and clear water shrimp sashimi served with a sweet and sour sauce. This place satisfies the most demanding visitor and stays close to its roots, with relatively basic décor concealing hard-hitting fusion flavours.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 11am to 1am, Sundays from 11am to 12am
- Location: 14 Nga Tsin Long Rd, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2716 7318
Charlie Brown Café
This second-floor café in downtown Kowloon is easy to find, thanks to the huge Charlie Brown Café sign. The whole café is filled with oversized Snoopy memorabilia, which makes this a sort of selfie heaven. The menu covers kid-friendly offerings like hot dogs, pasta and waffles. Each dish comes with some cute themed touches. The real highlight is the wide selection of cakes and sweet treats.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Thursday from 9.30am to 10pm, Fridays from 9.30am to 10.30pm, Saturdays from 9am to 10.30pm, Sundays from 9am to 10pm
- Location: 58-60 Fortuna House, Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2366 6315
Gaylord Indian Restaurant
When it comes to classic Indian cuisine, Kowloon’s popular Gaylord Restaurant takes things very seriously. The menu here is packed full of popular dishes, including a range of curries, naans, tandoori meats, rice and desserts. While there’s nothing particularly innovative about the way things are done in the kitchen, quality Indian food like this rarely needs adaptation.
Most side dishes cost less than HK$50 and mains less than HK$100. You can find this sophisticated and affordable Kowloon restaurant on the first floor of the Ashley Centre, in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 11pm
- Location: 1/F, Ashley Centre, 23-25 Ashley Road,, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2376 1001
Harbourside Restaurant at InterContinental
Buffets in Hong Kong don’t get much more impressive than the offering at Harbourside, both in terms of setting and choice of food. True to its name, the InterContinental’s all-day dining venue is located right next to the harbour, and the floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to tuck into your roast beef with a side of sushi and pizza (or whatever takes your fancy) while admiring the views. For a real treat, head here between 11.30am and 3pm on a Sunday for their all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink champagne buffet.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 12.30am
- Location: Lower Level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2313 2323
Along with a superb harbour view, Hutong restaurant presents an inspiring dining space high up over Kowloon, created by moody lighting, ancient Chinese artwork, traditional red lanterns and rustic wooden furniture. In keeping with the décor, food here sticks firmly to classic Chinese, specialising in dishes from the north of the country.
Hot spice is a welcome element throughout the menu, such as in the fiery softshell crab with Sichuan dried chilli or their prawns with dried chilli, Sichuan peppers and Chinese celery. Those with more of a sensitive palate can opt for their ultra-succulent roasted suckling pig. Dinner for 2 at this highly recommended Kowloon restaurant should set you back between HK$600-800 (depending on how much you choose to indulge).
- Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm
- Location: 28/F, 1 Peking Road Shopping Arcade, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3428 8342
Morton's The Steakhouse
For fine steak in elegant surroundings, Morton's The Steakhouse is dependable and has an ever-evolving menu that keeps competitors on their toes. It also has a good wine list and a well-developed drinks menu. This is an American chain of restaurants with a reputation for good food and knowledgeable service. It’s a good celebrity-spotting location, too, though that naturally puts it towards the top end of the price range.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 5pm to 11pm, Sunday from 5pm to 10pm
- Location: The Elegance at Sheraton, 20 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2732 2343
One of the most popular kid’s party destinations in Hong Kong, Mr Tree has a wide-ranging menu of fast food items and a huge sandpit with slides and toys to entertain toddlers. It can get rather busy, so don’t expect a relaxing meal as you’ll struggle to be heard over all the children having fun. The restaurant is bright and clean, making this is a great spot for entertaining toddlers in Kowloon. It’s easy to find, a short walk from Cheung Sha Wan MRT Station.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 12.30pm to 9.30pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9.30am to 9pm
- Location: D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3184 0033
Shang Palace at Kowloon Shangri-La
The Shangri-La’s signature Chinese restaurant Shang Palace, as you might expect, presents a refined and altogether exclusive dining experience not to be forgotten. Round tables fill the grand dining room, which is elegantly designed with traditional Chinese furnishings and colours.
The vast al la carte menu might leave you not knowing where to start, so opt for one of their set lunches or dinners to get a sample of how good the food actually is. You’ll pay about HK$1,500 per head for the signature dinner set, with wine pairing available for HK$650 more.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 12pm to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10.30am to 3pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm
- Location: Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2733 8754
Sing Lum Khui
Spicy and sour pork noodle soup is the order of the day at Sing Lum Khui. A local restaurant just next to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station, it’s a very easy place to find and, despite being in the centre of the shopping area of Kowloon, it’s packed with locals throughout the day.
Your bowl of Yunnan-style noodles can be cooked according to preference by filling in the order sheet and the staff have a working knowledge of English, if you need help. Be careful if you order the spiciest level of broth because it can knock your socks off.
- Location: 1F, 23 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2415 2424
Regularly touted as one of the finest restaurants in Asia, Tenku RyuGin is a swanky Japanese establishment that excels in delectable cuisine as well as stunning views over Hong Kong. Many Kowloon restaurants take advantage of the many skyscrapers facing Hong Kong Island, but none quite like RyuGin, which is found on the 101st floor of the ICC building, the tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong.
Unusual, creative and altogether exciting selections include the black custard with Aori squid, egani crab and Hokkaido sea urchin salad, almond tofu with orange-carrot jelly and the restaurant’s signature ‘ -196°C candy apple with 99°C apple jam’. Reservations (and a hefty holiday budget) are required at this top Hong Kong restaurant.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 9.30pm
- Location: 101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2302 0222
The Lobby at The Peninsula Hong Kong
The Peninsula is the grand old dame of afternoon tea in Hong Kong. Dress in your finest and take a seat in the opulent lobby for a feeling akin to sitting in a period drama. At HK$398 per person, it’s on the pricey side, but the Tiffany china cups, Sheffield silver, live string quartet and genuine Devon clotted cream make it worth the cost. All the classics are here: smoked salmon, cucumber sandwiches, scones and fancy cakes. Smart casual dress code applies.
- Opening Hours: Sunday–Thursday from 7am to 12am, Friday–Saturday from 7am to 1am
- Location: G/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2696 6772
The Market at Hotel ICON
The Market is an all-day restaurant offering international al la carte dishes alongside an enormous buffet spread at Hotel ICON. Produce is fresh and flavours span the entire world, from sashimi, pizza and grilled meat to noodles, seafood, curry, salads and much, much more. Just like many hotel restaurants in Kowloon, The Market is open all day every day.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6.30am to 10pm (Fridays until 11pm)
- Location: ICON, 2/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3400 1388
The Verandah at the Peninsula Hotel
Originally opened in 1933, The Verandah at the Peninsula Hotel was one of the first restaurants in Hong Kong to embrace fine dining. Today, this classy Kowloon spot is still going strong, albeit in some updated, modern surroundings.
The Verandah is all about the buffets; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner spreads every day. The fresh, seasonal ingredients are imported from all over the world and served both fresh and cooked by the expert chefs behind the scenes. The lunch buffet in the week is surprisingly reasonable HK$518 (slightly more on weekends) and dinner is HK$838 every day of the week.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to 10pm
- Location: 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2696 6766