When the hunger strikes past midnight…
Creatures of the night, this one’s for you! If the clock hits midnight and hunger strikes, or you’re needing some fuel after a night of drinking and partying, the dilemma is: where can you find something to eat? Just because the hour is late hour doesn’t mean good grub is hard to find. Thankfully, Hong Kong is a foodie haven, with lots of amazing late-night eateries.
So, if you’re partying it up and need some fuel to get through the night, rather than settling for McDonald’s or Tsui Wah, why not try something new? Read on to discover our favourite spots to grab a late-night bite…
Walking into this quaint little restaurant is like going back in time to an old school American diner. The interior of Burger Circus features iconic red leather-bound stools and wooden benches, a classic setting for a late-night bite! The decor is as well thought out as the food, which is served in the same retro and detailed manner. The freshly ground burgers and creamy milkshakes here will definitely be an upgrade from usual late-night eateries!
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 11am to 11pm, Friday and Saturdays: 11am to 3am
Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2878 7787, www.burgercircus.com
Tucked away in the back of Ship Street’s Ham & Sherry, (enter through the “hidden” door on the side street!), the Back Bar comes alive at nightfall, and is a must try for its great cocktails and low-key vibe. Simply open until “late,” this bar is the place to come for great drinks, and, even better, food. The light bites menu features Spanish-inspired items such as chorizo fries, Jamón croquettas, Ibérico pork & chorizo burgers, black garlic, pickles and much more.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 6 pm until “late”
Back Bar, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2555 0628, www.hamandsherry.hk/bar_about
Open for more than 20 years, Under Bridge Spicy Crab started out as a stall and is now a major restaurant, serving some of the best spicy crab in the city. With a full menu of seafood to choose from, it can be tricky deciding what to go for, but you can’t go wrong with its signature Under Bridge Spicy Crab – and don’t worry if you can’t handle the spice, you can choose your heat level here to suit your desire. With three restaurants all within walking distance of one another, you’ll be sure to find one with a free table when hunger hits past midnight!
Openings hours: Daily: 12pm to 6am
Under Bridge Spicy Crab, G/F-3/F, Ascot Mansion, 421-425 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2893 1289, 2834 6818
Under Bridge Spicy Crab, Shop 1-2, G/F, Chinaweal Centre, 414-424 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2834 6268
Under Bridge Spicy Crab, Shop 6-9, G/F, 429 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2573 7698, www.underspicycrab.com
You can never go wrong with pizza (especially after a few drinks!), so after a night in LKF, there’s no better place to head than Ciao Chow. Open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2am during the week, it features high-quality Italian fare. Choose from pizzas, pastas, and a selection of anti-pasti and you’ll be in carb-heaven. Just make sure to order the carbonara pizza, and thank us later.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday and Sundays: 12pm to 2am, Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 4am
Ciao Chow, G/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, 2344 0005, www.ciaochow.com.hk
We’re huge fans of Tokyolima at Sassy, so if you’re looking for a more sophisticated late bite, you must sample this cool and contemporary izakaya. Tucked away on Lyndhurst Terrace, it’s the perfect spot to escape the buzz of Central, and to tuck into some next-level food. Chef Arturo Melendez’s menu of sushi rolls, raw dishes, yakitori sticks and more, served alongside a cocktail or two, is pure heaven. Choose to sit in the expansive restaurant and nab a seat by the impressive open kitchen, or stick to the chic bar, which is handily open until 3am come weekends.
Opening hours: Restaurant: Monday to Sunday: 6pm to 12am / Bar: Sunday to Thursday: 5pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday: 5pm to 3am
Tokyolima, G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2811 1152, www.tokyolima.hk
In the mood for Korean? Edition offers up an eclectic mix of Korean fusion and late-night opening hours (plus a happy hour from 12pm to 8pm on weekdays, if you’re there early!). We love the Bulgogi duck sliders, along with kimchi fries and salt and pepper wings.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 12pm to 12am, Friday: 12pm to 2am, Saturday: 6pm to 2am
Edition, 37 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2336 6695, www.edition37peel.wixsite.com
Found through an alley with a only a trademark lightbulb to mark it on Wyndham Street, Stockton is a sophisticated late night bar and resto. Oozing old-world glamour, with dim lighting, vintage furniture, intriguing antiques and tucked-away private corners, head here for a cosy late date, or to unwind after a night out with friends. The supper menu is served until 12:30am on Monday through Wednesday, and until 1:30am from Thursday to Saturday. Featuring indulgent delights such as Roast Beef Sandwiches, Black Truffle Risotto Balls and Chorizo Scotch Eggs, you can’t go wrong. (Note: Although the music here used to be pretty low-key, a recent visit had us yelling over the thumping beats!)
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 6pm to 2am, Friday and Saturday: 6pm to 4am, closed Sundays
Stockton, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2565 5268, www.stockton.com.hk
If you’re out and about past midnight and are in need of some comfort food, nothing quite sates the appetite like breakfast grub. Lucky for Hong Kongers, down in this retro 1950s diner, you can get breakfast meals at any time of the day. This HK classic serves up morning delights such as Eggs Benedict, omelettes and pancakes 24 hours a day! Never again will you get up late and miss out on breakfast.
Opening Hours: Open 24-hours, daily!
The Flying Pan, G/F 9 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2140 6333
The Flying Pan, 1F/L David House, 37-39 Lockhart Road, Enter on Fenwick, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2528 9997, www.the-flying-pan.com
A gem in both day and night, Ichiran is the king of ramen. With something for everyone in every sense of the word, you can customise your own bowl of ramen, from choosing the spice level, to the consistency and thickness of your noodles! You can tell Ichiran is a Hong Kong favourite when you see the epically long lines out the door…
Opening Hours: Causeway Bay: Open 24-hours, daily! Causeway Bay / TST: Daily: 8am to 4am
Ichiran, Shop F-I, G/F, Lockhart House Block A, 440 Jaffe Road, Causeway bay, Hong Kong, 2152 4040
Ichiran, Entrance Hall on G/F & Shop B, Basement Floor, 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2369 4218, www.ichiran.com
Perfect for the night owls, Sun Hing opens its doors every day at 3am! Despite the hours, Sun Hing is always packed with people, with its popularity rooted in the authentic dim sum that it offers (and the affordability is another gold star). One thing to keep an eye out for is Sun Hing’s ‘lou sah baos’ (aka: the runny custard buns). They’re a Hong Kong dim sum classic and the moment they come out of the kitchen, everyone rushes for a plate. So, if you are lucky enough to see a batch, grab it! You won’t regret it.
Opening Hours: Daily: 3am to 4pm
Sun Hing Restaurant, Shop C, G/F, 8 Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, Western District, Hong Kong, 2816 0616
Another Korean favourite for a late-night bite is Chicken Hof & Soju. It’s time to get your hands dirty with the delicious Korean fried chicken served up here, with five flavours to choose from and big portions (meaning, you get your money’s worth), this place is a winner any time of day.
Opening Hours: 12pm to 6am
Chicken Hof & Soju, Shop C, G/F, Wah Fat Mansion, 405-419 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2176 4598, 2176 4599
Chicken Hof & Soju, G/F, Kam Kok Mansion, 84 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2375 8080
Wing Wah Noodle Shop
Arguably one of the best traditional wonton noodle shops in Hong Kong is Wing Wah. With more than 60 years of experience under its belt, you can be sure the noodles are authentic and the broth will definitely make your taste buds dance. In addition to offering savoury food, it also has a list of sweet Hong Kong desserts.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 12pm to 3am (closed Sundays)
Wing Wah, 89 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2527 7476
Amazake brings a modern twist to Japan’s popular izakaya cuisine, with a range of dishes that include salads, rolls, main dishes, desserts, and sides to sate your appetite. The fun space also offers the chance to play drinking games such as beer pong and rage cage if you fancy getting back on the wagon! Or enjoy a more chilled out end to your evening, and sit down at the bar to sip on one of Amazake’s innovative cocktails. The perfect place to either start or end your night.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 12pm to 2:30pm (lunch), Monday to Saturday: 6pm to 10:30pm (dinner), Thursdays: 11:30pm to 1:30am, Friday and Saturday: 11:30pm to 3am (late night)
Amazake, Shop A, G/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2537 7787, www.amazake.com
Ho Sing Coffee Shop, 豪星咖啡店 (Andy’s)
This tiny open-air kitchen arguably serves up the best fried rice in Hong Kong, hot off the teppanyaki grill. Known colloquially as “Andy’s,” it caters to the early-worker/late-night crowd as it only raises its metal doors at 4am. Waiting for Andy’s to open is the perfect pretext to justify many a late night. Order the “Andy’s Special” for a mixture of runny egg, char siu and other classic Hong Kong flavours or go for the “Jackie’s Special” for a little more spice (both $46). Andy himself also accepts tips in the form of cigarettes, if you are so inclined.
Ho Sing Coffee Shop, 豪星咖啡店 (Andy’s), 87 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong 2527 3856
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Jacquelyn Yuen, published on 30 October 2015, and was updated by Annie Simpson on 15 September 2017.