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Hong Kong boasts some of the world’s most exciting architecture and a vibrant community of young, adventurous designers and artists. It’s no surprise therefore, that the city lays claim to an array of design-focused restaurants, in which the architecture and interiors are every bit as exciting as the food. Located everywhere from boutique hotels to revivified heritage buildings, these are the top 10 design restaurants in Hong Kong.
Named after New York’s first Chinese convenience store, at 32 Mott Street, Mott 32 in Central takes the ‘East meets West’ concept as its guiding light. Located in the bowels of the Standard Chartered Building, the restaurant’s decor marries icons of both Chinese and American design and is the work of Joyce Wang. Wang met the challenge head on, creating false light sources and breaking the basement space into more intimate areas. The stark spiral staircase and industrial chandeliers of the entrance lobby are reminiscent of New York loft design. This is combined with minimalist Asian elements, such as the wall of Chinese calligraphy pens. In 2014, the restaurant received the World Interior of the Year Award.
A wildly popular local venue, Cafe Gray Deluxe is located on the top floor of Upper House, one of the city’s fanciest design hotels. The restaurant and cafe, boasting a Michelin star, provides diners with amazing views over Victoria Harbour and its twinkling skyscrapers. The restaurant’s interiors mirror the minimalism of Upper House, which was designed by Hong Kong-born interiors expert Andre Fu; working with creamy marble floors and walls, cashmere furnishings and rotating contemporary art installations, Upper House is the epitome of Hong Kong cool and reservations at Cafe Gray Deluxe have to be made weeks in advance.
Inspired by the ‘great cities’ of the early 20th century – think Shanghai, Paris and London – Lily & Bloom aims to capture the excitement of urban street life. To this end, New York design firm AvroKO created a space that is urban, eclectic and a little bit gritty, but with a sophisticated edge. With tiled interior walls, wrought iron fixtures and decadent red leather banquette seating, the atmosphere is redolent of a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Don’t forget to check out the enormous steam punk chandeliers that dangle from one story to another across the open space.