One thing that Hong Kong has to boast about is its amazing views, and combining the stunning vista of the city, ocean, and surrounding greenery with culinary delights is, well, nothing short of perfection…
The city abounds with restaurants that claim to have “the best” view in the area. And yes, most of them are not exaggerating. But, in our humble opinion, the following 5 combine the very best of a lookout along with some of the most delightful food you’ll ever taste.
And they won’t all break the bank, either…
For those who enjoy French cuisine, Azure offers not only some of the best examples from the nation, but a pretty awesome view to take in whilst eating as well.
Found at the very top of the LKF Tower, the view over the city below is definitely one that scores highly in the “world’s best cityscapes” ranking. The decor is ultra-modern, yet comfortable and welcoming, and the food really is excellent.
Choose from dishes that’ll make you believe that you’ve somehow been transported to Paris, or from others with a more international flavour.
The salmon is especially good, and so is the tuna parfait. For those who prefer their dishes less fishy and more meaty, there’s a great selection including pork ribs and some of the most melt-in-your-mouth steak you’ll taste outside of the US.
And if you don’t fancy a full meal, then the lounge is a great place to enjoy a beverage and perhaps a snack. You’ll still benefit from the amazing views, and it’s definitely a place that the good and beautiful of the city congregate…
2. ToTT’s Roof Terrace
“Wow!” is probably the first word that’ll leave your lips as you step out of the elevator to visit ToTT’s. The acronym actually stands for Talk of the Town, but everyone abbreviates it to ToTT’s.
Located at the top of the Excelsior Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Causeway Bay, the best time to visit here is just before sunset. That way, you get to see the amazing view in daylight, followed by the fairytale delight that is the nightly switching on of Hong Kong’s neon…
The restaurant and lounge bar have huge, scenic windows through which you can feast your eyes on the city below. But be sure to visit the outside terrace that will have you feeling like a bird of prey perching on a nest, staring down at the mass of humanity seething below.
Food-wise, you can enjoy a wonderful feast of Western style favourites: pork chops, steak, various fish dishes, and naturally, some mouth melting French fries…
Offering arguably the best view of the Hong Kong city skyline, Aqua never fails to draw people to its lofty heights. Located on floors 29 and 30 of Peking One, in Tsim Sha Tsui, the food on offer is a delight of Asian fusion: Japanese-Italian, to be specific.
The menu is extensive, and we’ve yet to hear of anyone who’s had a bad meal…
Of course, being that this restaurant is many people’s first choice when it comes to dining with a view in Hong Kong, advance reservations are advisable.
However, you might just strike lucky if you visit on a weekday during lunchtime.
Wear a winning smile and a happy attitude – it always works wonders for getting service when things are a little on the busy side…
4. One Harbour Road
Although a little on the “business side,” One Harbour Road is nonetheless a wonderful place to dine on classic Cantonese food whilst gazing out on the delights of Victoria Harbour below.
Located on the 7th and 8th floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, the restaurant’s decor is reminiscent of a 1930’s Taipei mansion. The food is of great quality, and gives you the chance to try out the most traditional of Cantonese dishes.
Of course, you might want to enjoy the view from here, but perhaps chow down on some different food other than Asian. In that case, head up to the poolside restaurant on the 11th floor, known simply as The Grill.
Here you can feast on the barbeque delights of the buffet at both lunch and dinner time, or choose from a better than average a la carte menu. They also serve brunch (think eggs Benedict or scrambled eggs and smoked salmon) on a Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 15:00.
Definitely not cheap, but worth it if you want to splash out. Felix is known not only for its views and food, but also the unique gentlemen’s bathrooms (we won’t spoil the surprise).
Located on the top floor of the Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, this is certainly a place to see and to be seen. The interior decor is designed by Phillipe Starck and the food is a fusion of Asian and European – and it’s pretty good too…
It’s a popular venue (despite the prices), so be sure to phone and book in advance. Dress is the smarter side of casual – no shorts or sandals for the guys. And ladies, this is a classy venue, so if you come in the evening, it’s an excuse to give one of your best frocks an outing…
The view of the harbour is stunning – one of the reasons a table here is so sought after. If you don’t want to eat, head to the cocktail lounge to enjoy the stunning view below – a great place to enjoy the delights of the nightly Symphony of Lights display that takes place at 20:00.
It’s hard to draw a line at only 5 when talking about restaurants with views in Hong Kong. A couple of others you might like to try include Restaurant Petrus at The Island Shangri La, Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Restaurant at The Peak, the Ozone Rooftop Bar at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Kowloon (the highest bar/restaurant in Asia), and Kitchen at the W Hotel, also in Kowloon.