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2019 Hong Kong Airport Dining Guide: Where to Eat & Drink

2019 Hong Kong Airport Dining Guide: Where to Eat & Drink

Grab a good meal before you take off at Hong Kong International Airport with a plethora of dining options to beat.

From the delicious Shanghainese nosh at Crystal Jade to burgers and beer at Beef & Liberty, the dining options at Hong Kong Airport have improved drastically as of late. Here are our best dining picks both outside and inside security.

Outside Security / Departures & Arrivals


Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

With queues out the door, this Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurant focuses on well-executed authentic Shanghai dishes, namely its famous Xiao Long Baos (filled to the brim with juicy minced pork) as well as its own Shanghainese signatures including La Mian in Szechuan Hot and Sour Soup as well as Sauteed Green Beans with Minced Pork. Look for speedy, but excellent service. Reasonable prices, and an ambiance to match.

06:30 - 24:00

Terminal 1, Arrivals Level (L5)

2261 0553


Tai Hing

From its beginnings as a hole in the wall barbeque snack shop to now as one of the most popular restaurant chains, with 100+ outlets in Hong Kong alone, Tai Hing is synonymous with food creature comforts. The standouts here are hands down the roasted meats: BBQ Pork (Char Siu) and Cantonese Roasted Pork Belly (Siu Yuk). Most Hong Kongers grew up on this stuff like most children were raised on dinosaur chicken nuggets, so be warned...

00:00 - 24:00 (24 Hours)

Terminal 1, Arrivals Level (L5)

3118 1325


Maxim’s Jade Garden

With the hustle and bustle below, it’s honestly a bit strange having an “authentic” yum cha meal, but who’s to judge? Peched on the eighth level of T1 means that you get rad views of the madhouse at check-in and the scramble to the gates through security on the other side. Views aside, you’ll get a mix of local Cantonese and Chinese specialties at this Maxim’s flagship outlet. Cheung Fun, Pan-fried Pork Buns, and Har Gow are go-to favourites here.

00:00 - 24:00 (24 Hours)

Terminal 1, Arrivals Level (L8)

2186 6068


Tsui Wah

Yes. Tsui Wah. That post-LKF hangout where everyone is still semi-hammered, but relatively tame. There are actually two outlets in HKIA: one inside security in the food court area, and one just before it (up the escalator just before security). The trick, if you’re still down for a Tsui Wah binge is to get your fixings outside security. Inside, the prices and lines are twice as high, and the menu choices half as much. 

Outside Security

06:00 - 24:00

Terminal 1, Departures Level (L8)

2261 0306

Inside Security

06:00 - 23:30

Terminal 1, Departures Level (L7)

2261 0277

Inside Security / Departures Only


Bite & Bite with Line Friends

This place is so ADORBS. Anybody who’s been to South Korea knows how cray cray Line & Friends have become. Well, they’ve brought their cutes-y goodness to HK with their world’s first Line friends themed restaurant. There are a plethora of dishes to choose from, including the Line Friends Platter (wings, onion rings, all the fixings), Korean-inspired burgers, and more!  

07:00 - 1:00

Near Gate 201 - 230,

Mid-Field Concourse, Departures Level (L7)

2152 1966


Old Town Coffee

Don’t let the name of this joint fool you! Sure, Old Town dishes a mean Singaporean coffee (think: extra nutty coffee mixed with the buttery, velvety goodness of condensed milk). They serve a mean Laska Noodle Soup and a Kaya Toast.

07:00 - 1:00

Food Court Near Gate 40 - 80

Terminal 1, Departures Level (L6)

2261 0750



Named after a coastal town in Fujian province - the owner’s hometown, Putien brings Fujian cuisine to life, with a focus on natural flavors. Make sure not to miss their homemade chili sauce and specialties such as stewed yellow croaker and (for the more adventurous) braised pig intestine.


Food Court After Departures (North)

Terminal 1, Departures Level (L6)


Beef & Liberty

Beef & Liberty’s new airport outlet satisfied that midnight burger craving right before that red eye, thanks to local favourites including the Bacon Cheeseburger and the Notorious P.I.G. There’s also an East meets West angle in some of the dishes here, namely the Milk Tea Creme Brulée and the Macaroni Cheese breakfast sandwich. Delayed? The full-stocked bar closes late. 

07:00 - 1:30 (Bar)

07:00 - 0:30 (Restaurant)

Terminal 1, Departures Level (L7)

2152 1966


Street Food MIC by Alvin Leung

The world-famous ‘Demon Chef’ Alvin Leung, with two Michelin Stars to boot, presents a wide array of dai pai dong snacks with a modern twist, based on “creativity on top of traditional spirits.” Euphemisms aside, their Egg Waffles and Beef Rice Cheung Fan are to die for here.

11:00 - 20:45

Terminal 1, Departures Level (L6)

2261 0658


TamJai SamGor

The citywide obsession with Mixian (a delicious rice noodle broth hailing from Yunan) makes its appearance at HKIA. Grab your noodle fixings with some unique snacks such as Hunan Cumin Chicken Wings, Sliced Pork Belly and Mashed Garlic and Preserved Duck Egg.

11:00 - 20:45

Terminal 2, Departures Level (L5)

2331 2800

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Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop (Jan 2019 - Closed for Renovation)

Personally, this is my favourite hotspot hands down for a quick bite, every time I have some pre-flight downtime. Founded in 1966, this hometown favourite has been awarded multiple awards from the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Michelin alike. But, unlike other wonton shops, the founder of Tasty, Ho Kun-ming traces his roots back to being the protégé of Mak Woon-chi, the founder of Mak’s Noodles, and arguably one of the best noodle shops in the city. I always grab a steaming bowl of Wanton Noodles and a side of Zha Leong (crispy dough sticks wrapped in silky smooth rice rolls).

07:00 - 23:00

Terminal 1, Departures Level (L7)

2261 0101


School Food (Closed)

Famous for its Korean fusion snack foods, School Food provides a potpourri of made-to-order dishes, with fresh and healthy ingredients to match. Highlights here include the Korean Rice Roll ari, Carbonara Topokki, and Grilled Butter Bibimbap.

11:00 - 19:45

Terminal 1, Food Court Near Gate 40-80, Departures Level (L6)

2167 8703


Lady M New York

A relative newcomer to HKIA, Lady M New York already boasts a similar patisserie lineup found in its TST and Central hotspots. The award-winning signature cakes including the Mille Crêpes, Mille-Feuille and Gâteau Nuage are all must-tries. 

07:00 - 23:00

Terminal 1, Departures Level (L7)

2812 1228

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