There's nothing like enjoying beautiful food in equally stunning surroundings, so check out our favourite design restaurants in Hong Kong
From sampling the best local street food to scouting out the hippest restaurants like Kailash Parbat and Hue, it’s no secret that Hong Kongers love to eat. And to be honest, we all fancy beautiful interior designs and interesting restaurant theme ideas. If you’re down to feast your eyes and feed your stomach, then these design restaurants in Hong Kong are just for you.
Design restaurants in Hong Kong
If you’re looking for elegant and contemporary design coupled with traditional elements, then China Tang, designed and conceived by Sir David Tang, is where you want to go. With branches inside Landmark and Harbour City, expect exotic patterns, vibrant colours and expressive motifs that somehow work together to create the perfect location to enjoy the equally stunning food on offer.
China Tang is also on our rundown of our fave Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong: from Shandong to Sichuan cuisine.
Ho Lee Fook
If you’re down for some old-school Cantonese fare in a modern setting, then you’re going to want to head to Ho Lee Fook in Central. Designed by Sean Dix of dix design+architecture, pass the mahjong-tiled kitchen, the rows of waving gold cats, the peacock and descend into the darkness, where artworks by Jonathan Jay Lee can be found, the perfect backdrop to enjoy Jowett Yu’s eclectic mix of local dishes.
Another design restaurant in Hong Kong by NCDA, Foxglove is a speakeasy that takes guests back to a slower time; a time when people travelled by boat or train. Step inside and find yourself onboard a ship with lush blue furnishings and crisp white interiors highlighted with metal elements and, on occasion, big band music that you can jive away to. Or slip into the elegant train carriage/VIP area all decked in red and wood for a different aesthetic. We especially love the portholes on the toilets!
Foxglove also makes our list of romantic spots for date night in Hong Kong, for obvious reasons!
An outpost of the world-renowned Potato Head Beach Club, Potato Head, Hong Kong transports guests to tropical Bali thanks to its bold use of colours and Indonesian furniture. At Kaum, the walls are adorned with over 700 hand-painted panels that are strikingly beautiful, while The Music Room has a more vintage vibe going on, perfect for chilling out for a Sunday session. When it comes to design restaurants in Hong Kong, this one is a keeper.
Tate Dining Room
Blending dreamy pink pastels and metallic finishes, the design for Tate Dining Room was a collaboration between architecture superstar JJ Acuna and Chef Vicky Lau. The entrance experience here is one of the best in Hong Kong, and we are a tiny bit obsessed with geometric lighting on the stairway. Living finishes tucked here and there add another dimension and complement the immaculately presented dishes that the restaurant serves.
One of our favourite design restaurants in Hong Kong, and another project from Sean Dix of dix design+architecture, hex tile floor patterns welcome you at Carbone, a New York-style Italian restaurant in Central that takes you back to the 1950s. Here you’ll find gorgeous chandeliers and wooden furniture blended with vintage Tiffany lamps in a variety of colours and lux velvet finishes (you know you want to touch it!) The art that covers the walls pays homage to the city that never sleeps, and we are particularly fond of the quirky dining plates. Also, don’t miss the uniforms designed by Zac Posen #todiefor.
The first project by Australian designer Ashley Sutton in Hong Kong, Ophelia was created around the story of Mr Wong, an ancient bird collector. Inside this, hidden bar, features cages swinging from the roof, peacock feathers in abundance and hundreds of thousands of hand-painted tiles. To add to the allure, exotic dances are performed throughout the week, taking to a truly hypnotic destination.
Mrs Pound (NOW CLOSED)
Hidden away on the lanes of Sheung Wan, Mrs Pound can be found behind the facade of a chop shop. Once inside, flamingo pink interiors wait for you alongside vintage memorabilia, neon signs and wonderful lights that almost look like gymnastic rings! It’s the perfect spot to pull up a pew and enjoy some delicious cocktails and food away from the madness of Central.
Gough’s on Gough (NOW CLOSED)
British designer Timothy Oulton is famed for his gorgeous antiques and unique furniture and lighting design. Having completed the interior design for locations such as The Blue Room at Los Angeles Athletic Club, Oulton opened his first restaurant in Hong Kong, complete with requisite delights and oddities. At Gough’s on Gough, you’ll find bold geometrics patterns mixed with animal prints and an array of quirky ephemera and vintage furniture. An absolute must-visit for any design aficionado, you’ll spot the place thanks to the antique metal diving suit.