No Hong Kong adventure is complete without dining in a ‘cha chaan teng’, a popular type of restaurant and cafe offering classic local cuisine. Known for its budget-friendly meals, cha chaan tengs bring out Hong Kong’s unique fast-paced environment. They also offer both Chinese and English menus, so you can go ahead and order delicious teas and Ovaltine drinks, various rice dishes and much more.
Not your ordinary humdrum and quiet kind of place, each cha chaan teng’s goal is to create a perfect fusion between Chinese and Western food. From fried chicken and dim sum to milk teas, we’re here to give you charming and delicious cha chaan teng cafe recos that will surely maximize your Hong Kong experience.
Get ready to dine HK style!
Pro-Tip: How To Get Around HK
Pick up an essential Airport Express Travel Pass and MTR Travel Ticket if you plan to explore all the best HK foodie haunts – you’ll get unlimited train transportation for 3 days! From Hong Kong International Airport, hop aboard and arrive in downtown Hong Kong within 30 minutes. Indulge in a feast right away inside these delightful cha chaan tengs:
1. Cafe Match Box
Hidden in the middle of the street within Causeway bay, this modern yet nostalgic place is a fast, affordable, and cheerful find. With decorations that complement the traditional theme, Cafe Match Box supplies you with the greatest local food combinations.
Sample freshly baked condensed bread, whip creamed chocolate sandwich, and the odd yet amusing soup-based spaghetti.
- Best known for: Baked pork chop with tomatoes, onions, and cheese
- Location: Haywood Mansion, 57 Paterson St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Contact: +852 2868 0363
2. Australian Dairy Company
Fast serving fluffy eggs, steamed milk pudding, and sliced ham, this restaurant is definitely worth surprising your tastebuds. Make no mistakes by the name – this is a well-known and traditional Hong Kong eatery that gives, despite lines looking monstrous and tedious, a perfect dine-and-dash vibe.
- Best known for: Legendary scrambled eggs
- Location: 47 Parkes St, Jordan, Hong Kong
- Contact: +852 2730 1356
3. Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery
Fuel yourselves from a busy touring day around Hong Kong by visiting Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery. From early breakfast to a late dinner, this place got you covered with its wide selection of soup noodles, gigantic polo buns, and the best egg tarts that no other place can offer.
- Best known for: Pineapple Polo Buns
- Location: 47 Bute St, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
- Contact: +852 2392 6830
4. Kam Fung Cafe
Milk tea, bubble tea, pearl tea – whatever you call it, Kam Fung’s Cafe will present you (arguably) the best milk tea outlet that you can possibly find around Hong Kong. Apart from its main attraction, people also visit this place is for its historic ambience – drop by and feel the rustic atmosphere for yourself.
Not a fan of milk tea? Kam Fung Cafe also offers soothing noodles, scrumptious chicken pies, and fantastic coffee!
- Best known for: Evaporated milk tea
- Location: G/F, No.41 Spring Garden Lane, Wanchai, Hong Kong, China
- Contact: +852 2572 0526
5. Hokkaido Dairy Farm
Seeking a quiet place to satisfy your hunger pangs? Look no further and head over to Hokkaido Dairy Farm for their desired cheap-eats menu. Although particularly known for their filling breakfast chocolate ice cream waffles, oatmeal pasta, and varieties of coffee drinks, Hokkaido Dairy Farm closes ’til late at night for your midnight cravings.
- Best Known for: Milk products
- Location: G/F, No.111-113 Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, China
- Contact: +852 2794 0191
6. Star Cafe
Spend all your spare change by buying high quality soup meals that will warm your soul with every sip. Located in Kimberly Road, Star Cafe’s perfect blend of food and environment will give you a glimpse of what it feels like to be a local Hong Konger.
- Best known for: Tomato Beef noodles
- Location: Shop No. 36, Champagne Court, 16-20 Kimberley Road, Hong Kong
- Contact: +852 2724 4408
7. Swiss Cafe
If you’re looking for a quick and soothing comfort food, Swiss Cafe is the place to go. Offering full varieties of cha chaan teng menu: different kinds of noodles and toppings, large lists of sandwiches and rice dishes.
- Best known for: Swiss Wings
- Location: No.12-16 Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong, China
- Contact: +852 2111 0841
8. Mrs. Tang Cafe
Located outside Yuen Long town, this cha chaan teng is worth the long walk. Drool over by Mr Tang’s speciality: Tomato and egg pineapple bun. But if the bun isn’t enough to satisfy your taste buds, get a bowl of their delicious tomato noodle soup with chicken wings. And finally, wash all the aftertastes by a bottle of ‘champagne’ milk tea.
- Best known for: Tomato and egg pineapple bun
- Location: Hang Tau Tsuen, Ping Shan, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, China
- Contact:+852 2617 2232
Head to Hong Kong Canteen and enjoy the marvelous theme of ‘East meets West’. Both their food and decor have a westernised look and feel. You can top off your classic hot noodles with rice western-style meats, like sausages and luncheon meat!
- Best known for: Char Sui over rice
- Location: Shop 85-93, 1/F, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong, China
- Contact: +852 2865 6955
10. Sai Yung Kee
Not a fan of noisy cha chaan tengs? Head over to San Yung Ket for that more tranquil experience. Taste heartwarming local cafe food such as wonton noodles while sitting down comfortably after an exhausting day.
- Best known for: Wonton noodles
- Location: G/F, No.129 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
- Contact:+852 2503 2133
Add a handful of these charming cha chaan teng cafes to your Hong Kong journey. Eat your way through HK and let us know which one you loved the most! For more Hong Kong guides, check out our links below: