14 Of The Most Instagrammable Hong Kong Restaurants
These design-forward restaurants are serving up a diverse range of styles that will add flair to your Instagram feed
Hong Kong as a city is beyond photogenic. From lesser-known photo spots, to breathtaking islands and the most luxe hotels to snap a picture in, there are no shortage of options to serve as your next Instagram backdrop. And these design-led restaurants are no different. Not only serving up food that is as delightful to the eye as it is to the palate, they also ensure your surroundings are just as aesthetically pleasing.
In the wood-panelled spaces of The Aubrey, ukiyo-e woodblock prints mingle with Victorian pencil portraits and Belle Époque furniture, all burnished with the muted glow of Tiffany stained glass lamps—a tableau that could easily have been plucked from a salon in 1880s Paris. The restaurant itself opens up like a treasure box, slowly unveiling itself in titillating fashion. Guests enter via a foyer and through a Japanese noren curtain, arriving in the main bar area replete with a four-seat omakase cocktail counter, where mixologist Devender Sehgal and his team curate a journey of the spirits against the backdrop of The Aubrey's sizeable Japanese whisky collection. Around the corner, the atmosphere transitions into that resembling a garden, as lush greenery, mirrored walls and hand-painted frescoes vie for space with cabinets chock full of curious. At the far side of this space is an oyster and sparkling sake bar, and behind it, a private dining room that holds a framed portrait of the restaurant's namesake: 19th-century English writer and illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, who in his short life became one of the earliest proponents of Japonisme.
This stylish private dining space and event venue consists of three distinct sections, each impeccably designed in shades of blue, silver, pink and white. A long marble table commands the centre of the room, where guests dine communally; an aqua-toned feature wall acts as a display for snacks and canapes; and an intimate lounge next to floor-to-ceiling windows is the perfect spot for that pensive portrait shot.
Chef Vicky Cheng's second restaurant is housed just above VEA, and feels worlds apart. Decked in opulent shades of emerald and bronze, Wing offers a vision of Chinese elegance through tactile textures and subtle design accents—the combined effect of the marble feature walls, ruyi knot details and tinted glass panels are at once classic and contemporary.
Madame Fu’s 8,000 square-foot space comprises six tasteful and artfully designed rooms. From the sophisticated Library and The Artist for the perfect hideaway for an intimate gathering, the chic Pink Room for a leisure lunch or afternoon tea to the sprawling, airy terraces adorned with velvet banquettes and ornate lanterns, the restaurant oozes a unique style of charm and elegance that matches with the 1880's colonial building it’s housed in.
Man Wah's dramatic reinvention saw the restaurant bid farewell to its iconic pink colour scheme, which was replaced by a brooding, inky blue with gold accents. Expanded and upgraded at the same time, the space has plenty of corners for photogenic snapshots, enhanced with that stellar vista of Victoria Harbour to boot.
Dang Wen Li
Dominique Ansel’s first Hong Kong outpost unveils not only innovative pastries inspired by Hong Kong’s local culture, but also a bright and playful interior designs that are just as Instagram-worthy as the pastry chef’s creations.
Step inside the photobooth that resembles a fridge stocked with flour, eggs and milk painted in Ansel’s signature orange, or pose with the “Life is Pain Au Chocolat” wall as you enjoy the locally-inspired sweet treats.
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel, Shop OT G63A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; dangwenli.com
Designed by the award-winning Andre Fu and his AFSO studio, it's no surprise that Louise was crowned T.Dining's "Best Interior Design" 2019-2020.
Set in a two-storey heritage house within the gardens of PMQ, Louise welcomes guests with The Parlour, an outdoor oasis ideal for relaxed all-day dining and drinks. Stepping inside, the ivory boudoir dining room is where lunch and dinner are served a la carte.
Vibrant Sri Lankan cuisine is met with colourful designs at Hotal Colombo. It’s hard to miss the restaurant’s pastel-pink facade, adorned with common Southeast Asian snacks and ingredients such as canned coconut milk, Krackjacks and Good Day Biscuits lined up in the windows.
Inside, the quirkiness continues into the dining space, where pastel blue and pink dominate the room alongside wall mirrors that are strategically placed above the seats to expand the narrow space.
Designed by award-winning designer Joyce Wang, the interior of Mott 32 pays homage to the secret history of the Standard Chartered Bank Building basement, which was once a hidden vault where Hong Kong residents' most valuable possessions are stored.
The winner of T. Dining's "Best Interior Design" 2015 boasts an interior inspired by the Chinatown origins of Mott 32, the dining room is dimly lit with a particular shade of blue that evokes the mood and feel of a cloud day in New York.
With a design that leans towards the masculine, Henry pays homage to time-honoured customs of old-school butchery through roaring wood-fired ovens, a blazing charcoal grill and impressive meat locker displays.
The handsome dining space exudes sophistication with semi-circular, dark brown leather sofa seats to match the robust, meat-centric offerings.
Ryota Kappou Modern
Masterfully crafted by proprietor and interior designer Louie Shum, Ryota is outfitted with pairs of grey vintage Italian armchairs next to the windows overlooking the city’s skyline, and, in true kappou style, an open kitchen counter that gives the chef an overall view over the dining room.
The green floating banquette in the far end corner—easily one of the most Insta-worthy spots of the restaurant—is faced by sleek windsor chairs accompanied by a small ficus tree.
Beautifully designed by world-renowned design studio Yabu Pushelberg, the interior design of Epure resembles an elegant French garden with warm gold tones. The circular banquettes along with murals of green, serene, sylvan imagery add a sense of calmness to the dining atmosphere.
Perched on the top floor of the Prince’s Building, Sevva is the perfect venue for a glamorous evening soirée. Not only does the huge outdoor terrace offer some of the best panoramic views the city has to offer, but the interior decor is also something to write home about.
Although open since 2008, the restaurant underwent a major renovation in 2019––unveiling a stunning space complete with an elaborate chandelier-adorned ceiling, featuring 76,000 hand-crafted crystals.
Another favourite restaurant to head to if you're looking for stunning views of the Victoria Harbour, Hutong's interiors also make the Northern Chinese hot spot stand out from the crowd.
While visiting for the weekend brunch is always a good idea, the restaurant comes alive at night. Not only do guests get a front row seat to the lights of city's skyline, but the dark space is dramatically lit with plenty of red lanterns, bringing the Chinoiserie-inspired theme to life. Before you even sit down to eat, be sure to snap a picture by the wishing tree found in the entrance.