The Best Dim Sum in Hong Kong – 16 Places We Love

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Want to know where to find the best dim sum in Hong Kong?  

Hong Kong dim sum has been around for centuries; a traditional mid-morning feast for traders ready to hit the Silk Road. Now, you’re welcome to enjoy this communal meal whenever you’re hungry. 

With dim sum in Hong Kong being so deeply ingrained in the culture, you can be sure there are some amazing places to try. We’re going to share with you:

  • Our favorite authentic Hong Kong dim sum restaurant
  • Great value dim sim places you have to try
  • Family-centered Hong Kong dim sum restaurants
  • Vegetarian dim sum in Hong Kong

Plus plenty more of our recommendations. 

Ready to take your tastebuds deep into the bustle of Hong Kong?  

Let’s take a quick look at etiquette first.

How to order and eat dim sum in Hong Kong

There isn’t a completely right or wrong way to eat dim sum, but it is nice to understand how the locals do it. 

Time to eat dim sum

First, the time of day to eat dim sum. Historically, dim sum was a brunchy dish, eaten in the late morning as an accompaniment to tea. This is why you’ll see a lot of places in our list reference tea and serve some really delicious stuff. 

Nowadays, dim sum is available pretty much around the clock in Hong Kong

Eating dim sum with chopsticks

If you really want to do dim sum properly, Hong Kongers would expect you to use chopsticks. This might be easier said than done, depending on how much Asian food you ate growing up!

Learning to use chopsticks is relatively easy – this video is a great place to start:

If you’re eating one of the soup dumplings, lift it onto a spoon with your chopsticks and eat from there to prevent splashes!

Ordering dim sum

This is going to depend on where you’re eating. If you’re in a more traditional place, like Maxim’s at City Hall, you can expect trolleys of dim sum to be wheeled around the restaurant, you stop the wait staff to grab a plate, and they’ll mark off your menu card. 

In other places, you’ll get a tick-box menu, where you tick the dishes you want or write a number next to item indicating how many you would like.

The high-end hotel restaurants, you’ll order with your server like normal. It’s worth checking how many pieces of dim sum will come with each order – a typical serving is three or four, but you never know!

Sharing dim sum

You’re more than welcome to keep your delicious dim sum all to yourself. However, it’s generally accepted that dim sum is a communal meal, like most Chinese meals. 

Don’t be surprised to find someone from your table nabbing a sui mai bao from your bamboo steamer without asking!  

Now you know how to do, here’s where to go.

City Hall Maxim’s Palace – Best Authentic Dim Sum

Price range: $$

Why we go there:

  • Chinese owned and run, this place has authentic Cantonese delights
  • The views over the harbor coupled with the chandeliers and white linen give a taste of old Hong Kong

Be aware of:

  • Waiting times – it’s super popular so you might have to hang around to get seated

All the info:

  • Google Maps 
  • Address: 2/F, Low Block, City Hall, Central, Hong Kong
  • Phone number: +852 2521 1303

Spring Moon 

Price range: $$$

Why we go there:

  • It’s got a Michelin star and it’s got great food with fresh, seasonal ingredients and a certain je ne sais quoi
  • The seafood, on its own or in dim sum form is some of Hong Kong’s finest

Be aware of:

  • The price – the Michelin star and the imported ingredients make the menu something for a special occasion rather than a quick craving

All the info:

Mott 32 

Mott32 is one of the best dim sum Hong Kong restaurants; it's on the high end but its divine!

Price range: $$

Why we go there:

  • The award-winning, innovative dim sum is absolutely delicious, need you know more?
  • The ambiance and atmosphere are amazing – we love the interior

Be aware of:

  • Patchy service; whilst we’ve never had a problem here, some people aren’t overawed by it

All the info:

Tim Ho Wan 

Price range: $-$$

Why we go there:

  • Their confidence to tout themselves as the “best dim sum in Hong Kong” isn’t too far off the mark, we reckon
  • With six locations across Hong Kong, dim sum from Tim Ho Wan is never too far away

Be aware of:

  • The weekends, when it can get super busy and you can’t make a reservation – good luck!

All the info:

Lin Heung Tea House – Old school dim sum

Lin Heung Tea House is one of the best dim sum restaurants Hong Kong.

Price range: $-$$

Why we go there:

  • Eat dim sum in Hong Kong whilst drinking tea is exactly how it should be done, so you get the real world experience here
  • The wonderful char sui, it’s a common dish all over the city, but here it’s something special

Be aware of:

  • The noise – this isn’t a romantic eatery but a bustling, lively place to eat dim sum

All the info:

  • Google Maps 
  • Address: 160 – 164 Wellington St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
  • Phone number: +852 2544 4556

Hutong

Credit: The Loop HK

Price range: $$-$$$

Why we go there:

  • The have a range of classic and fresh takes on dim sum to keep purists and adventurers happy
  • Sun set over the harbor, anyone?

Be aware of: 

  • The interior – it’s getting a little old and tired, so don’t expect perfect luxury

All the info:

Man Ho 

Price range: $$

Why we go there:

  • The home-made dim sum is a perfect treat, with great-tasting ingredients and classic flavors
  • There’s recently been a new chef brought in and they’ve just got a Michelin star so this is one of the trendiest places in town to get your barbecue pork fix

Be aware of:

  • The decor, which feels a little old, although you could say it’s vintage with the 90s feel

All the info:

Lung King Heen 

Price range: $$

Why we go there:

  • The pineapple pork buns are sweet and sticky and a great modern take on dim sum in Hong Kong
  • Excellent service in a great atmosphere, it’s up there with the best in the city

Be aware of:

  • Booking ahead; this isn’t the type of place that can seat a walk-in guest so make a reservation

All the info:

Celestial Court 

Price range: $$$

Why we go there:

  • We can’t get enough of the sea urchin spring roll – make sure it’s part of your order
  • It’s a wonderful-looking place to go for a classy lunch or luxurious dinner

Be aware of:

  • The dinner menu, which doesn’t have dim sum! Lunch is the time to visit

All the info:

  • Google Maps 
  • Address: Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel And Towers, 20 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
  • Phone number: +852 2369 1111
  • Visit website

Dim Sum Square – Great for cheap lunches 

Price range: $

Why we go there:

  • It’s a much more down-to-earth experience than the hotel dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong
  • The Shanghai soup dumplings are delish – be careful how you eat them so you don’t get the soup down your top!

Be aware of:

  • The quick turnaround, it’s less of a long lazy brunch and more of grab, indulge, and go type of place

All the info:

  • Google Maps 
  • Address: 78 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong 
  • Phone number: +852 2851 8088

Dim Dim Sum Hong Kong – Best for quick bites anytime of day

Price range: $$

Why we go there:

  • You can literally get dim sum at 2am in Hong Kong at the Kowloon branch of Dim Dim Sum – brunch meal? Pah!
  • The piggy custard buns, try and thank us later – our comments section is always open 

Be aware of:

  • Navigation, getting to the Wan Chai one can be particularly challenging, but oh so worth it

All the info:

Kin’s Kitchen – Best family-style dim sum

Price range: $-$$

Why we go there:

  • Whilst it’s traditional Chinese-style dim sum, there’s no MSG used in the cooking which is refreshing
  • A bit of fat on pork adds to the flavor, but not too much, and the pork here is on the right side of fatty

Be aware of:

  • The size of the place – it’s pretty small so don’t be expecting to turn up with huge gatherings, keep it intimate

All the info:

  • Google Maps 
  • Address: 5/F, W Square, 314-324 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Phone number: +852 2571 0913

Lock Cha Teahouse – Great for vegetarians

Price range: $$-$$$

Why we go there:

  • This is another place that serves dim sum the traditional Chinese way, accompanied by great quality tea
  • The location, in an art gallery, is absolutely stunning and they host a program of music and cultural events

Be aware of:

  • The dim sum sideshow, this place is really about the tea and the dim sum, although tasty, isn’t the focus of your experience

All the info:

Sun Hing – Late night dim sum

Price range: $

Why we go there:

  • Who doesn’t need to eat dim sum between 3am and 4pm?
  • The atmosphere is great, with sharing tables and old world bustle that you can’t always find in Hong Kong dim sum restaurants

Be aware of:

  • The queues in the morning, like normal morning – you should be ok to not queue for dim sum at 4am

All the info:

  • Google Maps 
  • Address: Markfield Building, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
  • Phone number: +852 2816 0616

Man Mo Dim Sum – Best fusion dim sum

Price range: $$$

Why we go there:

  • The Swiss chef aimed to do an East-meets-West concept and has absolutely nailed it, it’s delicious
  • For the quality dim sum, the price is really reasonable – great for dinner before payday

Be aware of:

  • The inventiveness, if you’re a Hong Kong dim sum purist, you may not be a fan

All the info:

Dim Sum Library – one of the best dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong

Price range: $$-$$$

Why we go there:

  • The spacious environment, which we don’t take for granted in Hong Kong dim sum restaurants! Handy for a party or a work gathering
  • Can’t get enough of the bao, especially the ginger lobster one!

Be aware of:

  • Price vs quality, it’s not the cheapest dim sum but it’s not quite up to the standards of hotel restaurants either

All the info:

FAQs about the best dim sum in Hong Kong  

What is Hong Kong dim sum?

Dim sum wasn’t started in Hong Kong, but it’s a huge part of the foodie culture here. You can find traditional Cantonese dim sum in Hong Kong and innovative, fusion versions all within the city. 

How much is dim sum in Hong Kong?

Prices for dim sum vary widely depending on the place you eat. You can get a plate of dim sum for as little as $20 – $30 and you can pay way over $100 for a plate, too! We’ve included a key from $ – $$$ so you can gauge roughly how much you’ll spend at each place. 

Is dim sum the same as dumplings?

Dim sum is a range of dishes, including dumplings. There are many types of dim sum that are dumplings, but there are also spring rolls, fried foods, and baos, to name a few. Think of dim sum like tapas, where you eat a selection of small plates; some of those plates will include dumplings. 

When should you eat dim sum?

Whenever you want! Traditionally, dim sum was eaten as a mid-morning snack and served with tea, and having it for brunch is a great way to fuel up for a Saturday exploring Hong Kong.

How much dim sum should I order?

How hungry are you?! Remember, you can always order more dim sum, or grab another plate off a trolley as it passes by if you’re in a traditional place. It’s great to eat dim sum with friends because you can try even more plates. As a general rule, eat until you’re full!

 

Finally

There are some amazing dim sum places across Hong Kong. We’ve eaten at a lot of places over the years we’ve been here and you can’t go far wrong with the sixteen we’ve picked out. 

The best dim sum in Hong Kong is really going to depend on your needs – whether you want to go high class at a place like Spring Moon or eat street food style at Dim Dim Sum, there are places to fit your taste, style, and budget. 

You’ll find a lot of dim sum in Hong Kong districts like Sheung Wan and Kowloon. Generally, you won’t go far wrong stepping into a place for a quick bite and pot of tea but book ahead in the classier places to not be disappointed. 

Have we missed one of your favorite dim sum joints? Drop your Hong Kong food hacks in the comments and we’ll make sure to add them to our list!

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