Whether you’re trying to impress a new beau, planning a special occasion, or just looking for something different, Hong Kong has plenty of beautiful, art-inspired restaurants to satisfy all your needs. From a vibrantly decorated fusion restaurant to a hip, grungy joint that’s all about tattoos, feast your eyes on these creative local eateries that are guaranteed to serve up some oohs and ahhs – and we’re not just talking about the food.
If classy is the name of the game, then a trip to Junon is in order. As Hong Kong’s very first revolving restaurant, Junon first opened back in 1966, in the heart of bustling Mong Kok. The restaurant eventually closed down in the 1980s, and it wasn’t until early 2018 when it reopened in Wan Chai, in collaboration with Cantopop singer, Hins Cheung. Located in Wu Chung House, the restaurant façade alone screams “classic European”, and of course, the inside is just as grand. From its stained-glass ceiling and giant chandelier, to delicate pieces of antique and vintage-style photography, the restaurant is fabulously over the top, to say the least – and we love it. There is even a small theatre stage in the restaurant where diners can expect a series of piano and singing performances throughout the night. Great food, amazing artwork, and live music, it’s the perfect equation for a fantastic night out!
Junon, 2/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, (+852) 2808 0882
There are many quirky themed restaurants in Hong Kong, but how does a tattoo centric one sound? Setting out to break the stereotype that “tatted guys are bad guys”, Holy Eats has all the edginess of a tattoo parlour but none of the ink and needles (thankfully). Everything in the eatery – from the walls to the placemats – is covered in tattoo-style illustrations and paintings, giving it a counterculture kick that makes the place all the more alluring. Of course, the menu is just as, if not more, attractive. Offering a diverse menu of international foods, sprinkled with an urban mix of music and arts, Holy Eats is a must-go.
Holy Eats, 23 Elgin Street, Central, (+852) 2890 2892
When it comes to food and art, we have to take our hats off to Bibo. Perfectly combining the luxury of fine dining with an explosion of stunning contemporary artwork, this beautiful French restaurant will take you on an exciting gastronomic journey like you’ve never experienced before. Quietly tucked away on Hollywood Road (you’ll need to find a secret button to open the door), the venue is home to a slew of paintings, murals, and installations by some of the world’s most famous artists such as Banksy, Damien Hurst, Aya Takano, and more. The restaurant is high-end so be prepared to spend, but with a menu that’s every bit as beautiful and creative as the art on the walls, we say it’s well worth the splurge.
Bibo, 163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan (+852 2956 3188)
Created by Japan’s national ramen noodle champion, Hayashi Takao, and iconic ramen inventor, Matsumura Takahiro, Ramen Cubism is the culinary duo’s first international store outside of Japan. Aside from serving delicious ramen and flavourful soup bases made famous by Chef Takao’s unique handcraft, diners can also view the restaurant’s stunning graffiti mural, painted by renowned Russian artist, Sergei Rozhnow. Inspired by the parallels between Pablo Picasso’s vibrant creativity and the simplicity of Japan’s minimalist culture, the artwork merges historic ramen masters, as well as the two creators, with Japanese anime characters. In contrast to the authentic and sleek Japanese interior, the restaurant’s shopfront mural is a sure standout amongst other wall art in the area.
Ramen Cubism, Basement, Yuen Yick Building, 27 – 29 Wellington Street, Central, (+852) 2399 0811
Step inside Djapa and you’ll instantly be welcomed with all kinds of crazy and colourful art. Paintings, graffiti, posters, sculptures, murals – you name it, it’s all here. With a special focus on Nipo-Brasileiro cuisine, the restaurant brings together all the excitement of bold Brazilian flavours, along with the intricacy of fine Japanese cuisine. You can choose to dine upstairs while surrounded by beautiful artwork from all over the world, or sit back with a drink in hand on the ground floor’s colourful open lounge. The best thing about Djapa is the location. Situated in the heart of Lee Tung Avenue, where there are often art installations and plenty of festivities during the holidays, Djapa gives you a front and center seat to some of the best creative happenings in town.
Djapa, Shop 18-20, G/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, (+852) 2617 2900