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As an international city with a huge expat population, it’s only natural that Hong Kong has its fair share of shops dedicated to Western flavours and palates. Your local supermarket may not stock a lovely burrata or that one particular type of rosemary-infused extra virgin olive oil, but it’s likely that these places will. Here are eight 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. The staff are always up for a chat, and we like looking through their selection of antipasti, snacks, as well as pasta both fresh and dried. The gems here though are their home-made pasta sauces; 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.
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 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 home-made 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. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, they’ve currently got offers for truffle season, where buying Alba white truffle will also get you premium Bordier butter, fresh home-made tagliolini pasta, and bottles of bubbly as free gifts.
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. Indeed, we freaked out a little when they closed for a few days to move to their current larger location, and we wrongly assumed they were gone for good. Upholding French gastronomical standards, Monsieur Chatté serves excellent petits fours, canapés, artisan cheeses and cold cuts, packed meals to take away and heat up, as well as their famous salad bar. 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
This butcher and delicatessen 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 an F&B branch near you.
Feather & Bone, locations across Hong Kong | (+852) 6313 0513
Though this deli sells considerably fewer types of food and drink than the other stores on the list, it’s still one of our favourites to stop by regularly. The Netherlands is well-known as a dairy country, and Dutch cheese is now world-famous, so thank god 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 24-month XO and the chilli varieties.
The Dutch Cheese and More, 232 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan | (+852) 3543 0081