The Essential Dining Guide to After-Hours Eats

The Essential Dining Guide to After-Hours Eats

New York may be the city that never sleeps, but Hong Kong is the city that always eats

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Foodie  Foodie Your Guide to Good Taste  on 23 Nov '16

Back Bar

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You’ll find this cool speakeasy through a hidden door in the alley beside Ham & Sherry. Aside from their killer cocktails, if you’re dying for some chow, they do a menu of light bites until 2am on weekends that’ll power you through the hunger pangs.

7 Ship Street, Wanchai, 2555 0628


No doubt you’ve walked by this long-standing Lebanese restaurant in LKF and seen many patrons enjoying a shisha on the terrace, but they also serve authentic Middle Eastern cuisine right into the wee hours of the morning. If spicy lamb, velvety hummus, juicy shawarma and grilled halloumi are calling to your belly at 2am, this is the only place to sate that hunger.

27–29 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central, 2804 6611


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Freshly made guac with organic stone-ground chips and a taco platter with fillings like rib-eye, spiced pork belly, fish and cabbage and chicken with black beans would sure hit the spot after a night on the tiles. This cooler-than-cool backstreet eatery keeps its kitchen open until 2am from Thursday to Saturday and midnight for the rest of the week to ensure you don’t go home hungry.

20A D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central, 2810 0560

Burger Circus

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This burger joint has a 50s-style American diner appeal serving up house-made sodas and milk shakes after an evening out on the town. USDA Prime beef burgers, fries, onion rings and spicy jalapeño poppers are all conveniently contained on Hollywood Road. The 80s soundtrack will keep the party going right up until 3am on weekends.

22 Hollywood Road, Central, 2878 7787

Burger Joys

This vibey little 24/7 joint has a huge selection of burgers with interesting add-ons like blue cheese, fried egg, jalapeño and black truffle to add a bit of kick to your patty. All-day American breakfast, salads, wings, and milk shakes are also on offer, as well as a couple of mocktails if you want to sober up but feel like pretending you’re still going strong.

42–50 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, 2787 1288

Cheng Kee Chiu Chow

If Tai Hang is where you like to hang, this casual Chinese resto is always buzzing right up until closing time at 1am. Their huge menu includes congee, goose, noodles, fish, oyster pancakes and blood curds. If offal is what you hunger for, the food here is good, greasy and does the trick.

142 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, 2578 8070

Ciao Chow

Bet you didn’t know this little Italian gem keeps its pizza oven stoked right up until 4am? Well, it does, every Friday and Saturday. The rest of the week they are still going right up till 2am cooking up both thick- and thin-crusted pizzas made with the strict requirements that led to Ciao Chow being the first pizzeria in HK to be certified by the AVPN, which ensures that the art of Neapolitan pizza making is authentic. If a cheesy slice is calling your name and you’re near LKF, set your homing beacon to California Tower and let your nose do the rest.

California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central,   2344 0005

Chicken Hof and Soju

Loud, bustling and serving up Korean fried chicken, 'nuff said? Many rave about the KFC here, but most of those recommendations will have come from those with taste buds affected by many a beverage, so they should also be taken with a spoonful of salt. But you can’t deny this place racks up the queues around the block with its kimchi pancakes, soju cocktails (if you want to keep the party going) and pork ribs, and you can’t go too far wrong with fried chicken after midnight.  

Kam Kok Mansion, 82–84 Kimberley Road, TST, 2375 8080

Shop C, Wah Fat Mansion, 405-419 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, 2176 4599

The Flying Pan

When a night has gone on longer that you expected and breakfast is calling, with thoughts of eggs, French toast and coffee, follow your nose towards the sizzling bacon any old time. Open 24 hours, whether you find yourself falling out of Central or Wanchai, The Flying Pan will be there to fuel you in reaching your bed or carry you on through to the next all-nighter.

9 Old Bailey Street, Central, 2140 6333

1/F, David House, 37–39 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, 2528 9997

Green River

Super-fast service is the hallmark of Green River, serving up HK-café-style dishes like instant soup noodles, macaroni-ham breakfast soup, scrambled egg with garlic butter toast and milk tea. Open all the time, 24 hours, seven days a week, whenever your hunger calls and you’re in North Point.

19A Fort Street, North Point, 2806 8685

Hing Kee

The lip-smacking duck noodles at this late-opening restaurant are the ultimate post-party grub. Their hand-cut noodles are insanely silky and require exactly zero chewing effort, which is important when motor functions are radically depleted. This restaurant is actually famed for its typhoon-shelter crab, which, although a tasty option, requires a bucket-load more work than you may be capable of in the late, late hours.

1/F, Po Wah Commercial Building, 180 Nathan Road, TST, 2722 0022


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Another place that’ll never let you down is this 24-hour ramen shop. There’s little better than a bowl of soupy carbs and a slurping of their flavourful broth to restore balance to your foggy mind for the perfect post-clubbing ramen fix.

Shops H and I, Lockhart House, Block A, 440 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, 2152 4040

Kozy Okonomiyaki Teppanyaki 

This Japanese restaurant is run by Japanese owners along with Japanese chefs, mastering traditional teppan cookery, and is constantly filled with Japanese customers. So, it’s good. Famed for their gooey cheese omelette as well as their okonomiyaki and yakisoba, if you want to treat your late-night self (open till 4am from Monday to Saturday) to something authentic, this is your best bet by far.

9/F, Circle Plaza, 499 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, 2591 1281

來佬餐館 Loyal Dining

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Long the friend of the late nighter, Loyal Dining has a prime spot that makes it ideal for 3am snacks. If your party palate is up for the adventure that is Hong Kong Western-style food like thick toast with condensed milk, Spam and fried egg instant noodles or char siu with foie gras, this is the place. It’s open until 4am on Friday and Saturday and 2am every other party night.

66 Wellington Street, Central, 3125 3000

Paisano's Pizzeria 

Paisano's massive cheesy triangles are available to soak up the booze until 1am on weeknights and 3am on weekends in their Central shop, whereas the Wanchai and Mongkok branches stay open until midnight.

23 Hollywood Road, Central, 2544 4445

San Hing

Opening at 3am Monday to Sunday, San Hing is the best after-hours Cantonese joint. The clientele is a mixture of the inebriated and the elderly (though not typically inebriated elderly) and offers a quintessential Hong Kong dining experience. Their dim sum comes without frills, but everything is freshly made and heaped into a giant bamboo dim sum mountain. They also do a damn fine custard bun that should never be missed.

Shop C, 8 Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, 2816 0616

Tsui Wah

This is the kind of obvious favourite that we probably need not mention, but we’re going to because of the shrimp noodles with XO sauce and the Malaysian curries. It doesn’t matter if it's 2am or 6am, because their doors are always open to serve up what will make you feel good.

G–2/F, 15–19 Wellington Street, Central, 25256338

Wagyu Lounge

After-hours partying need not be a hungry affair. This old dancing fave offers a late-night menu of munchies. It’s posh fare like tuna ceviche, salt-crusted Wagyu strips and platters of fruit, cheese and antipasti.

3–5 Old Bailey Street, Central, 2522 1438

Won Pung Wong

There’s something so great about a hit of kimchi in the wee hours of the morn, which is why if you’re wandering home from TST, this Korean, open until 4am every day, is the place to use their bulgogi to mop up a belly full of beer.

Valiant Commercial Building, 22–24 Prat Avenue, TST, 2721 8730

Yuen Hing

If you want your hit of congee and another beer to boot, Yuen Hing’s got you covered. Sit inside or out and chow down on fried rice, noodles and milk tea and sweat out the booze.

34–36 Gilman's Bazaar, Central, 2545 2219



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