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Originally published by Catharina Cheung. Last updated by Alisa Chau.
As an international city with a huge expat population, it’s only natural that Hong Kong has its fair share of shops dedicated to global flavours and palates. Your local supermarket may not stock a lovely burrata imported directly from Italy or that one particular type of rosemary-infused extra-virgin olive oil you so love, but it’s likely that these speciality delicatessens across town will. Here is a selection of Hong Kong’s best Western speciality gourmet stores, whether you’re preparing for a dinner party or just craving a slice of home.
Meaning “the beautiful country,” Il Bel Paese is a Hong Kong-grown Italian deli and is generally the place to visit for specifically Italian groceries and delicacies. Aside from alcohol and fresh products like cheeses, hams, and cold cuts, they also sell everything from pasta, Italian oils, and preserves, to couscous and polenta—in short, everything you need to keep your kitchen stocked like one an Italian grandma would approve of. There are six convenient deli locations, mostly on Hong Kong Island, and some of their branches also include dining in.
Pacific Gourmet specialises in chilled meat and seafood imported from Australia and Norway, and also stocks an array of deli items and award-winning wines from around the world. At Pacific Gourmet, the staff is always up for a chat, and we like looking through their selection of antipasti, snacks, as well as pasta both fresh and dried. If you are on the hunt for homemade pasta sauces, look no further: the amatriciana sauce is a definite winner.
It’s weird that even though our close neighbour Macau was a Portuguese colony, not much of their culinary flavours seem to have stuck in Hong Kong. That’s why Bairro á Portuguesa, Hong Kong’s one and only dedicated store for Portuguese foods and culture, is a blessed addition to our culinary options. Our favourite products here include a range of honey, pâtés, jams, and chutneys from Meia Dúzia that interestingly come packaged like squeezy tubes of paint. Plus, you can stock up on a selection of premium Ibérico ham and Portuguese ports!
Bairro á Portuguesa, Shop 171, 1/F, Mira Place 2, 118–130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 6700 3066
Firming believing that “siamo quello che mangiamo” (we are what we eat), Mercato Gourmet—run by the fine folks behind Italian restaurant Giando—sources quality foods from small family farms and producers in Italy that have sustainability in mind. This means that their weekly stock consists of the best seasonal produce, including cheeses, cold cuts, meats, fruits and vegetables, wine and liqueur, and more. We like their selection of cookies and other such snacks, as well as their homemade pasta sauces, in particular the parma ham ragu sauce.
If you have enjoyed dining at award-winning Piedmont restaurant Castellana, then there’s no doubt you’ll also like their online gourmet deli extension, Owl of Minerva. Apart from its cool Greek mythology-inspired name, we’re fans of this gourmet store for stocking a hand-selected range of cheeses, butter, pasta, regional wines and spirits, and more, all sourced directly from the finest producers and industry artisans in the Piedmont region.
We wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves if we didn’t have Monsieur Chatté as a solid lunchtime option at the Localiiz office! Upholding French gastronomical standards, Monsieur Chatté serves excellent petits fours, canapés, artisan cheeses, cold cuts, packed meals to take away and heat up, as well as their famous fresh salad bar, which continues to draw office workers in the Sheung Wan neighbourhood. They are still producing their signature foie gras recipe created when the founders first started business near Paris back in 1949!
Monsieur Chatté, 91 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2515 0478
Feather & Bone is a butcher and delicatessen that is widely popular for good reason, stocking premium meat cuts, dairy products, artisanal pantry products, and even kitchenware. Complimentary dry-ageing is also available if you purchase meat from the in-store butcher counter. Aside from the deli section, most Feather & Bone outlets also come with an eat-in restaurant with a great menu. With eight locations scattered across the territories and more openings in the pipeline, it’s never much of a hassle to find a branch near you.
Although this deli sells considerably fewer types of food and drink than the other gourmet stores on the list, it’s still one of our favourites to stop by regularly for premium cheese. The Netherlands is well-known as a dairy country, and Dutch cheese is now world-famous, so thank goodness we have The Dutch to supply Hong Kong with all the Gouda we can stomach! Their selections of artisanal cheeses with different flavours are all amazing, though we must say we are partial to the cumin and chilli varieties.
The Dutch, 232 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan | (+852) 3543 0081
Sourcing everything from French cheeses to household cleaning supplies, this gourmet store specialises in bringing continental groceries to local homes. Focusing on much-loved Francophile staples, you can spend a good chunk of time browsing L’azur Gourmet’s expansive catalogue and build up a decidedly French-inspired pantry. With two locations in Sai Wan and Tseung Kwan O, in-store purchases are easy and deliveries are available.
Brought to you by the culinary mind behind fabulous steakhouse Chez Raymond de Paris, this French delicatessen presents beautiful ingredients of the highest quality sourced straight out of Europe. With a mouth-watering array of fresh bread, meats, wines, cheeses, baking supplies, and homemade items like foie gras and compound butter, their product selection is always on rotation to ensure optimal seasonal freshness.
Raymond Deli Club, 29 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung | (+852) 6484 1400
Cheese, meats, wine, and dips—the essentials for every dinner party. Keeping the type of product simple, yet offering a massive range within those categories, this artisanal gourmet shop showcases the best that France has to offer. Le Magasin also offers plenty of dinner table décor to spruce up your backdrop, as well as a bunch of handmade soap and organic creams that make for the best goodie bag surprises.
Le Magasin, 12 Sai Kung Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung | (+852) 2791 0292