Kowloon food culture: Kowloon Food Safari is unique in that it’s about 50% cheaper than the average Hong Kong food tours but does not include in it the cost of food. You pay the restaurants directly only for the food that you want to try, at the quantity that you like. Whether you are a carnivore or a vegetarian, eat a lot or not that much, feel adventurous or prefer to stay more on the safe side, you won’t be wasting money on food that you don’t want or causing food wastage.
Part foodie adventure, part culinary lesson, this Hong Kong food tour will tell you everything you wanted to know about the city’s food culture. You’ll head to Kowloon’s vibrant Jordan District, a working class area that’s a local favorites for its authentic and inexpensive restaurants and food stalls. The entire time, you’ll be eating and drinking like the locals do, stopping at Hong Kong-style cafés (known locally as cha chaan tengs) and open-air food stalls (known as dai pai dongs). Be warned, this is a tour for true food adventurers. We’re steering clear of 5-star restaurants and heading to family-run greasy spoons and chaotic food courts where tourists rarely venture. Sit elbow-to-elbow with locals, learn how to order in Cantonese, and experience the city’s authentic, no-nonsense culinary scene.
You’ll check out Hong Kong’s wet and dry markets where vendors sell fresh and processed produce, and taste treats at a mix of independent diners, street stalls, and food courts with one thing in common: they’ve set the standard for traditional dishes in the city. You’ll taste locals’ favorites, from snacks, to mains, to Chinese desserts — sweet or savory, authentic and tasty! Many of the restaurants you’ll visit will be family-run businesses where the owner is also the head chef and the vibe is deliciously authentic. These neighborhood eateries are considered hidden gems by even locals.
Along the way, you’ll learn plenty of facts about the Hong Kong food scene. Like, did you know Hong Kong has one of world’s highest per capita concentrations of cafés and restaurants? Or that Hong Kongers’ seafood consumption is four times that of the global average? Or that some specialties are listed as part of the city’s official cultural heritage? Sorry, no spoilers here, you’ll have to take the tour to find out the full stories! And don’t worry if you have any food allergies or aversions — your Hong Kong tour guide will help you pick dishes that match your tastes. Our tour is designed so that you pay for your own food along the way, so you won’t have to worry about wasting money on food you don’t want or like, or contributing to any food waste.
After all the food and drinks, and if you are up for it, we can follow Hong Kong tradition and take an after-dinner stroll in the beautiful and tranquil Kowloon Park, which serves as an urban oasis for the dense Kowloon peninsula. And if sleeping early is not your thing, your guide will gladly point out great places to have a few drinks nearby, whether your tastes are local dive bars or glamorous rooftop lounges that offer breathtaking Victoria Harbor views. We promise it will be an authentic Hong Kong culinary experience. So, ready to eat like a local?
Meeting/pick-up point: Yau Ma Tei MTR station, Exit A1.
End point: Temple Street Night Market (near Jordan MTR station).
Duration: Three hours.
Start/opening time: At 6pm.