The Best Late Night Eats in Hong Kong

Burgers and onion rings
Burgers and onion rings | Courtesy of Burger Circus
Sally Gao

It’s late, you’re out, and there’s a rumble in your belly. In a different part of the world, you’d be out of luck. But in Hong Kong, a number of eateries serve fresh, hot, and delicious food well into the night. Here are our top spots for satisfying those late-night cravings.

1. Tsui Wah

Diner, Restaurant, Fusion

You can’t talk about nocturnal dining without mentioning Tsui Wah. This chain of casual eateries is the king of Hong Kong-style cafés. The branch on Wellington Street in Central is open 24/7, while other branches typically close at 2am or 3am. The extensive menu includes noodles, chicken wings, wontons in soup, and more, but for the ultimate midnight snack, we recommend Tsui Wah’s signature toasted bun with condensed milk with a strong cup of Hong Kong milk tea.

2. The Flying Pan

Diner, Restaurant, Bar, North American

2. The Flying Pan
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It’s no secret that breakfast tastes better at night. This all-day American-style diner is your stop for all things breakfast related – think bagels and lox, omelettes, baked beans, pancakes, grilled cheese, waffles, and endless coffee refills. The décor, which consists of tiled flooring, checkered tables, and leather booths, adds an endearingly retro touch.

3. Burger Circus

Diner, Restaurant, North American

3. Burger Circus
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Ever been hit by late-night burger cravings? Burger Circus has your back. It’s all classic, calorie-rich American diner fare here – choose from a variety of juicy burgers, creamy milkshakes, and sides like French fries and onion wings. Closing time is 11pm from Sunday through Wednesday, and 3am on Thursday through Saturday.

4. Cali-Mex

Restaurant, Mexican

4. Cali-Mex
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After a night of knocking back shots, it’s time to put some California-style Mexican food into your belly. Serving burritos, nachos, tacos, quesadillas, and more, Cali-Mex boasts over a dozen branches across Hong Kong, but the Lan Kwai Fong location stays open the latest, with a closing time of 5:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

5. Shanghai Hong Kong Noodle Shop

Diner, Restaurant, Chinese

5. Shanghai Hong Kong Noodle Shop
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This simple diner in the heart of Causeway Bay serves hearty Shanghainese comfort food that warms the insides. Nearly everyone who comes orders a cup of warm soy milk, a childhood staple for many Chinese. Other popular items include the Shanghainese sticky rice rolls (chi fan), soup dumplings, and “salty soybean milk,” which consists of deep-fried bread sticks, scallions, and sauces immersed in a bowl of hot soy milk. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day.

6. Ichiran

Restaurant, Ramen

Ramen at Ichiran
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Originally from Japan, Ichiran specializes in tonkotsu ramen, a pork-based broth that is both rich and savory. Diners customize their orders by choosing their desired noodle texture (firm or soft), broth strength (light, medium, or strong), oiliness (rich or light), as well as various toppings. Ichiran boasts two Hong Kong branches – one in Causeway Bay, the other in Tsim Sha Tsui – and both are open 24 hours.

7. Cafe Matchbox

Cafe, Diner, Restaurant, Fusion, Chinese

7. Cafe Matchbox
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Playing old Cantonese pop songs over the speakers and filled with 1960s cha chaan teng nostalgia, Cafe Matchbox serves classic Hong Kong café items with a fusion twist. It’s the desserts and sweets that stand out here, such as the scrumptious banana pancakes, or the “black and white toast” covered in black sesame and drizzled with condensed milk. Cafe Matchbox stays open until 11pm nightly.

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