Want to spice up your palate? You'll be pleasantly surprised by these tapas bars in Hong Kong, as they create delicious and authentic Spanish cuisine.
As much as we love a good salad or a table full of dim sum, it’s refreshing to try some new delicacies. And as tapas are bite-sized appetisers made for sharing, what better place to visit than a tapas bar to make the best out of happy hour with your partner-in-crime? With croquettes, paella, tortilla, and more to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something you fancy among the best tapas in Hong Kong.
¡Qué rico! Best tapas in Hong Kong
1. Quiero Más
“Quiero Más”, which literally translates to “I want more”, is a fitting name for the tapas restaurant with its great vibes, scrumptious food, and delectable drinks. Offering modern Mediterranean gastronomy, the restaurant’s Spanish, French, Greek, and Italian chefs have come together to create a wide range of dishes from the region, such as Pan con Tomate, Bikini Sobrasada, and the popular Ceviche Scallop. Another must-try item is the signature Paella Barcelona, as this classic dish is reimagined with a variety of the freshest market seafood.
Queiro Más, 20/F, M88, 2-6 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2383 0268
With a prime location in the heart of SoHo, Majo serves up affordable and delicious Spanish fare. Inspired by Spain’s social tapas culture, Majo is a vibrant alfresco eatery with Mediterranean vibes. With an extensive tapas and paellas menu, exciting dishes like grilled Spanish red prawn on rock salt and the tender Ibérico pork presa, ribs and green beans paella are available. If you’re looking to unwind, an all-weekend Spanish Brunch is now in session at Majo with a two-hour free-flow package. Alternatively, if you need a pick-me-up tipple after work, daily gin siesta hours go from 3 to 7pm.
Majo, G/F, 22 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2529 3001
3. La Rambla by Catalunya
Perched atop the ifc mall, La Rambla features a variety of dishes inspired by Catalan cuisine, reimagined with an Asian twist. Get transported straight to Spain with the new Seafood Trikini, which is made with Japanese king crab, tuna, and caviar crème fraîche. Other highlights include the Uni Ensaladilla, the Steak Tartare with Avruga Caviar, and Patatas Bravas. To complete the experience, try the Scampi and Pluma Iberica Paella, or go for the classic seafood paella, amongst other options. When it comes to the best tapas in Hong Kong, La Rambla is not to be missed!
La Rambla by Catalunya, 3071-73, Level 3, ifc mall, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2661 1161
4. Pica Pica
A casual tapas bar decorated with brick and wood, Pica Pica gives off a warm atmosphere. It also provides an array of Spanish delicacies with a modern flair, including signatures such as Iberico Ham Croquette and the Wagyu steak tartare on charred bone marrow.
Pica Pica, Shop G & H, G/F, Kai Tak Commercial Building, 317-321 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2811 9880
5. La Paloma
At the heart of Sai Ying Pun, La Paloma provides customers an interactive gastronomic experience, offering views of its bustling open kitchen and its brilliant chefs in action. In addition to its boquerones and patatas bravas, the lively atmosphere make the restaurant a great place for happy hour and post-work drinks. Also, don’t forget to try its churros, which are definitely worth the calories!
La Paloma, 1/F, Soho 189, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2291 6161
6. The Optimist
One of our fave hangouts in Wan Chai, The Optimist offers authentic Northern Spanish cuisine with its mains split into land, sea, and classic items. Must-try dishes include the Beef Cheek, Octopus Leg, and Lamb Tomahawk. You can always order your favourite a la carte items, but if you want to let the experts take the wheel, opt for the “Chef feed me, por favor” option. Stop by anytime, for brunch, lunch, or even afternoon tea.
The Optimist, G/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2433 3324
7. 22 Ships
Refurbished in 2020, 22 Ships features authentic and multi-regional tapas, with highlights such as Uni & Rusa Toast and the Roasted Suckling Pig. To pair with your tapas, head to its snazzy bar to order a sangria or two and feel the buzz. Oh, and note that 22 Ships has a “no reservations” policy, so be sure to get there early!
22 Ships, 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 5723 5668
8. Rustico Spanish Restaurant
A rustic Spanish bar, Rustico serves Catalan tapas with a modern twist. Beloved by locals, you can try the Sauteed Spinach Spicy Chorizo in Sherry Wine Sauce, a selection of Iberico Ham, or the Traditional Roasted Suckling Pig. With brick walls and large windows, Rustico definitely lives up to its name. Offering house-made dry aged meat, you can even opt for the Dry Aged Tasting Menu for a special experience.
Rustico Spanish Restaurant, Shop G01, G/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, p. 2743 4511
9. Tapas Bar, Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong
In search of a bit of luxury? Treat yourself to a wine-and-dine sesh at the Tapas Bar in Kowloon Shangri-La. Not only does this hotel restaurant offer a variety of fine wines to complement your meal, it also features scenic views of the Victoria Harbour in its outdoor seating area. For those looking for a place to relax while enjoying a nice meal in Hong Kong, Tapas Bar will have you covered.
Tapas Bar, Lobby Level, Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, p. 2733 8756
10. Calle Ocho
Pirata Group’s 25th venture in Hong Kong, Calle Ocho is a tapas restaurant and bar paying tribute to Spain’s historic Madrid de Los Austrias neighbourhood. With two stories overlooking Victoria Park, Calle Ocho channels the vibrancy of Iberian culture. The space is alive with Spanish tiling, traditional instruments, and even a Jamon Bar showcasing ready-to-be-carved Iberico ham. Appetising tapas like Croquetas, Spanish Tortillas, and Suckling Pig “Boneless” Terrine are on the menu for your enjoyment. As per the Iberian fiesta lifestyle, don’t forget to order some sangria to liven up your meal!
Calle Ocho, Fashion Walk, 8 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2638 8895