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Think pink! Love it or hate it, pink is a colour that is bound to catch anyone’s attention. As a city that has its fair share of expertly designed bars and photogenic cafés with interiors formulated specifically for the Instagram generation, there is no shortage of blush-coloured dining spots that will have you tickled pink. Read on to discover our favourite pretty-in-pink restaurants across Hong Kong—and get ready to snap away!
If you have ever wondered what Barbie’s favourite hangout would be if she was a real girl—albeit more grown-up—this would be it! Its name an understatement in describing the rush of hot pink that floods your senses, Blush is a bar that offers up not only cutesy cocktails, but also a variety of bites, drinking games, and quality shisha.
The dials are turned up on this iconic shade of pink that borders on fuchsia, resulting in saucy and bodacious vibes. Bold pops of neon signage set the place afire, casting their glow over geometric art painted on the rosy walls. Settle into the plush pink couches—the velvety centrepieces of the whole space—and watch in awe as the gorgeous drinks are presented with a stunning visual flourish, like the whiskey-based Smokey Eyes ($128) that comes enclosed in a bell jar full of smoke.
Blush, 3/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 3619 3845
Reflecting the sensibilities of the vegetarian Cantonese cuisine on their menu, the retro fittings of Miss Lee merge together playful throwbacks to uniquely Hong Kong aesthetics with clean, modernized simplicity. The gorgeous interiors, which were designed by JJ Acuna Bespoke Studio, contrast the dusty pink shade of the walls beautifully against retro shades of muted brown and dark yellow, with pops of a rich forest green designed to evoke the signature trimmings of the beloved Star Ferry.
Pull back a rattan chair and tuck into their homely plant-based signatures like the sweet & sour mixed mushroom ($158) or the flavourful golden cauliflower ($128). Like stepping back in time, the eatery brings a rose-tinted interpretation of an old-school bistro that has been elevated for a fuss-free experience.
Miss Lee, G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central | (+852) 2881 1811
Stroll along Elgin Street, and it would be hard to miss the bright baby pink walls and gleaming shelf display of the Hotal Colombo shopfront, designed to masquerade as a colourful convenience store. Making for a seriously charming backdrop, there is no mystery as to why this entryway is one of Soho’s most photographed spots. Brought to life by Dix Design and Architecture, it is as if this candy-coloured, whimsical space has been ripped straight from a Wes Anderson film.
Push past the angled front door into a chic reimagining of a Sri Lankan roadside canteen that brings out the zest and spice of casual Lankan-style eats and shared plates, featuring items like kothu (starting from $28) and dosas (starting from $88) spread amongst an array of fresh sambols (starting from $28). Its light pink walls are balanced alongside a complementary shade of pale blue, with a tiled bar seating area that adds a touch of kitsch not unlike that of a tropical resort’s poolside minibar.
Hotal Colombo, 31 Elgin Street, Central | (+852) 2488 8863
Transplanting the seaside air of the Amalfi Coast to the waterfront of Stanley, this pasticceria by day and barroom by night is a rouge pink sight for sore eyes. Patrons are greeted by an expansive countertop display of fresh daily bakes, boasting a range of beautifully tailored pastries and signature bomboloni (starting from $35), as well as luscious gelato selections.
An all-enveloping sense of domesticity seeps from the homely interiors framed with shuttered floor-to-ceiling windows, and roseate walls dotted with vintage paraphernalia sourced from Milan and Torino. Indulge in the decadent signature croissant bomboloni ($42) and savour the mesh of flaky pastry against a rich orange blossom cream centre whilst you get comfortable in the billowy striped cushions that could have been lifted straight from a romantic European summer home.
Pane e Latte, 25 Stanley Market Road, Stanley | (+852) 2337 7221
Pairing dainty shades of pink with a fully floral theme, Séan Cafe is teeming with photo spots that bloom with aureate charm. Its expansive glass windows make for optimised lighting levels, while the accent walls alternate between bright pink and botanic patterns stand under a ceiling of hanging bouquets to imbue the space with a dreamy aesthetic.
Equally stunning (and flower-inspired) is the range of desserts and bevvies, from floral banana pancakes ($80) to handmade cake selections. Watch as a bundle of dried flowers unfurl in a glass of chamomile tea ($52), or if you would like something with a bit of extra dazzle, try the house special Séan de Rose ($88), concocted from vodka with rose and cranberry.
Séan Cafe, Shop 1, G/F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 6676 9679
The sister restaurant of Nara Thai Cuisine, this flagship has roots in the Central Embassy of Bangkok, where similar Thai-style reimaginings of classic Western fare and café bites are plated up. Known for the laidback-yet-vibrant style similar to those found in Bangkok’s coolest urban institutions, the space is awash in a muted shade of blush, with accents of light green and brilliant emeralds. Aside from making use of its first-class view out towards Victoria Harbour, there is a playful (and photogenic) alcove that hosts a rattan swing embellished with lush imitation roses and twirling vines, making for a pretty-in-pink locale to add to your feed.
Aside from speciality desserts and drinks that meld traditional flavours with continental dishes—like the Thai rose tea lava cake ($78) or the butterfly pea latte ($48)—there is a whole plethora of à la carte dishes that shine a spotlight on fusion cuisine done right. For a taste of something totally distinct, try the cheesy krapao nachos ($98) and the lobster tom yum bisque ($138).
Lady Nara, Shop 3303, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2153 3730
Set against the backdrop of colonial Tai Kwun, Madame Fù is a salon that embodies uniquely Hong Kong stylings that draw upon Cantonese influences and continental sensibilities. Divided into themed spaces—each with its own perfectly composed set-ups—the aptly named Pink Room is one of their most popular dining rooms.
Designed in tribute to the fictional Madame Fù, we can only imagine the lavish evenings and glamorous luncheons that would have taken place amongst these couches if she had actually existed. Sample their contemporary Cantonese offerings that have been honed to present a more refined and updated palate, or come for their iconic afternoon tea set and live out your best Anna May Wong fantasies.
Madame Fù, Shop 03-101A, Block 3, 10 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2114 2118
A brighter and pinker branch of its sister café—also named Floom Floom (烏語)—this K11 Art Mall branch of the new wave Asian fusion café emphasises Taiwanese eats and specialities. Its main attraction that draws in eager Instagrammers is its adorable wallpapered corner of pastel-coloured candy hearts dotted with quirky little phrases, which sets aside a space for diners to go into full supermodel mode.
Not only is the shopfront a spectacular sight, but its edible offerings rise to the challenge, too. Arranged to resemble Mount Fuji, their rice with Spanish Ibérico braised pork & peach resin ($98) is a dish that encourages snaps, as well as their colourful range of lattes (starting from $48), with textures so decadent that they border on the mouthfeel of a thick milkshake. Opt for the rose latte with floating marshmallows (starting from $52) and delight in the little marshmallow characters that are (almost) too cute to eat.
Floom Floom (花香), Shop B201, B2/F, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 5500 6239
Bursting with magnificent flowers in every hue of pink, this is a chic hangout spot with walls of pink camellia flowers greeting you at the entrance, giving it the air of a private garden. Nab a booth seat if you can, as the added privacy of the curved arches above the sofas make for a cool framing hack in portraits! Its love for pink bleeds into the creative options on the menu as well—the Camellia Fiesta afternoon tea menu (starting from $488) features rosy-hued homages to the delicate bites enjoyed by French nobles of earlier centuries.
Camellia, Shop 033, G/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2885 2320
Straight from the streets of Seoul, this popular Korean café and dessert shop has brought its beloved pink wonderland to Hong Kong. Decked out in décor that could have been featured as set pieces in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, the pink tones are dialled up to 11, and the main colourway is balanced out with accents of white marble, blue wall panels, and light purple signage. Its refreshments are just as beautiful as the interiors, including the much-raved-about strawberry omelette (starting from $72) that combines creamy egg with the tartness of fresh strawberries, and the pink strawberry latte ($48) that will pop with colour on your feed.
Le Bread Lab, Shop 303, 3/F, Mira Place 1, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 9093 4555