These dating apps in Hong Kong may not guarantee you love and marriage, but they're definitely fun as a social experiment. Down to try anything once?
Sitting at home binge-watching trashy TV shows or classic Hong Kong movies is nice and chill, but so is Netflix and chilling with someone special. Dating is trial and error, after all. There are the cool ones, the quirky ones, the hysterical ones, and the boring ones – and you learn a little bit more about yourself and others, regardless of what actually happens. If you’re looking for fun and useful Hong Kong apps to play with, then these dating apps in Hong Kong will keep you busy.
Which dating apps in Hong Kong should you try?
1. Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel is a dating app in Hong Kong for people who are looking for matches with similar interests. The system shows a number of potential matches on men’s profiles based on the preferences they entered (such as hobbies and music taste), and women receive matches who’ve liked them. If both parties have shown interest in each other, the app gives the duo a seven-day window to chat – and it’s your choice whether or not to proceed afterwards.
Perfect for: meeting the one (or at least trying to!)
2. Feeld (formerly known as 3nder)
If Tinder isn’t erotic and adventurous enough for you, then you should probably try Feeld. Suited to open-minded couples and singles, Feeld facilitates exchange between people who are interested in polyamory, kinks, threesomes, and alternative sexual experience. You won’t be bored, for sure.
Perfect for: kinky minds who want a three-way (or even more)
Hinge is that app your friends won’t shut up about lately when dishing about their dating lives. Unlike Tinder where you swipe hoping someone hot catches your eye, Hinge actually tries to find you a meaningful match by connecting you with friends of friends on Facebook. This dating app does the work to pick out people who already share common ground with your social circle. When you sign up, you fill out a pretty detailed profile, so Hinge can get to know your vibes. Then, everyday at noon, the app shoots you over a shortlist of potentials who match what you’re looking for. This approach makes it way more likely you’ll hit it off, since there’s a foundation to build on.
Perfect for: Fostering meaningful connections that can go the distance, not just casual swiping. Give it a shot if you crave something more than a hookup.
As one of most well-known dating apps for queer women, Her is the oasis for non-heterosexual online dating. By liking pictures of women of your interest, the other person will get notified and can start a conversation with you if she likes you back. What’s cool about the app is that it also offers different LGBTQ-related news and articles!
Perfect for: women who like women
Remember the times when people still look up their missed connections on Craigslist? Now you don’t have to. Every time you cross paths with another happn member, their profiles will automatically show up on your timeline. Get in touch with them if the feeling is mutual, and if you don’t wish to see a person on happn, you can click on the cross button.
Perfect for: those who want to meet someone whom they might’ve noticed on the street
For OkCupid, users are asked to answer a great number of questions, so it ups the chances of you getting a better match (the more you answer, the likelier you meet someone that matches your profile). It’s definitely one of the most engaging and explicit dating apps for all the singles out there, plus you can clearly state your intentions, from hook-ups to marriage.
Perfect for: finding someone you can actually vibe with
You know how on most dating apps, guys usually have to message the girls first, or nothing will ever get started? On Bumble, if the guy and the girl match, girls have to make the move first to talk to the guy. Not really sure if you wanna date? Bumble now offers BFF and Work modes, so that you can meet people platonically and professionally, without having to worry about ulterior motives.
Perfect for: guys who are shy and/or tired of making the first move, and girls who can’t be bothered with creepy lurkers
Designed exclusively for queer men, guys can sign up to Grindr simply by uploading a gorgeous profile picture, answering a few questions, and choosing a “tribe” of your type. It’s a nice app to find like-minded guys in your area and possibly do a bit more than chatting – like meeting up in person (what were you thinking?).
Perfect for: receiving copious numbers of dick pics – both solicited and unsolicited
Paktor is a dating app that puts shared interests first. The name actually means “date” (拍拖) in Cantonese – how perfect is that! When you sign up, you create a detailed profile by answering questions about your job, personality, interests… You name it. Paktor then takes all those details and works their algorithm magic to find folks who just get you. And here’s the cool part: when you first get matched, you won’t see any photos! Instead, just basic details like gender, distance, and occupation are immediately revealed. This way, you can focus on building an emotional connection before getting distracted by looks. Once you start chatting with your matches, only then you’ll swap pics. Pretty refreshing approach, right?
Perfect for: Something real with someone on your wavelength. It was made for folks craving a meaningful match who just clicks, thanks to all you have in common.
Tinder is just Grindr for straight people, duh. Swipe left for people you do not wish to talk to, right for people you’re interested in knowing. And if the feeling is mutual – you’ll get a match! There is also a Superlike feature, where the person you Superliked will know you’re super interested. Oh, and be warned that on Tinder, things can get heated up pretty quickly.
Perfect for: quenching that late-night lust
11. Lunch Actually
Co-founder Violet Lim and husband Jamie Lee first launched Lunch Actually in Singapore back in 2004 and have expanded to Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Thailand since. They provide matchmaking services to those who are looking for a serious commitment whilst being in the workforce, and believe us, the team here is committed to helping you find the one.
Perfect for: those down for long-term commitment
Having a matchmaker listen to all your needs and wants and come up with a profile sure does sound like it will save you a lot of hassle. And, luckily for you, Lovestruck does exactly that. Upon booking an appointment, you will then be matched with potential love interests and you can also receive coaching whilst searching for the one. Heck, you can even live chat if your date is going south!
Perfect for: those looking for a serious relationship
Goodnight keeps it real by having you actually chat on the phone with matches instead of texting. When you get matched, you can call each other up and vibe over a seven-minute convo before even seeing pics. After a few phone dates, you then unlock profile access. Don’t worry, you can bail within the first 30 seconds if it’s not a match – no harm done. Chats are available from 10pm to 4am, in case you’re up overthinking at 2am and need a listening ear. Another plus is Goodnight doesn’t demand a ton of personal info when you sign up, so you can keep things low-key.
Perfect for: A relationship built on emotional bonds, not just looks.
[This article was originally published in August 2018 and updated in 2023 by Catherine Pun.]