Amplify your Instagram game with one of these restaurants for an aesthetically-perfect feed.
There’s no denying it — a few of us are guilty of choosing where to dine based on their Instagrammable-worthy appeal. It’s no longer just the #foodporn we’re looking to post — the dining space and its décor is just as important, too. Hong Kong certainly has its fair share of restaurants boasting artistic interiors and symmetrical layouts, ideal for getting that winning shot. Here are some of the city’s chicest, snap-worthy restaurants in town which will look great on the feed.
The whimsical works of designer Ashley Sutton — the brainchild behind fantasy-themed bars Iron Fairies and Dragonfly — have made him an icon in his signature, dreamlike style and elaborate interiors to catch the eyes (and IG attention) of many. His venture at ifc, Dear Lilly, is no exception — the French-inspired restaurant takes on the notion of romance, taking you to a historical 1990s boulevard in Paris. Perfume bottles, flowers and botanics pack the shelves on the walls and love letters are scribbled wherever you look, in the menu, on the floor and on the placemats.
Envision your Instagram shot at this emporium with a symmetrical angle — for when you look closer around the room, the more you notice in the detail. Lovers can choose to bask in the heart-shaped booths with a fine dining set dinner or embark on drinks out on the terrace with a cocktail in hand.
Dear Lilly, Shop 4010, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2771 6060
Quintessential dining space Sevva by Bonnae Gokson has been on the radar for its stunning aesthetics for some time now, first opening its doors in 2008. After its major refurbishment last year, the restaurant unveiled itself with a stylish update which includes an elaborately-decorated roof boasting a display of chandeliers composed of 76,000 hand-crafted crystals, inspired by a whimsical kaleidoscope.
Step outside for the 360-degree panoramic view of the Hong Kong skyline and iconic city buildings with a colourful cocktail to get your ‘gram shot. Chef Chase Kojima holds the reins over Sevva’s menu, offering fine dining delights combining traditional Asian cuisine and Western influences for a mash-up of crowd-pleasing favourites — as inspired by Gokson’s plethora of travels and experiences.
Sevva, 25/F, Landmark Prince’s, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2537 1388
Based on notions of hutongs (alleyways) from ancient China — hence its name — aqua group’s sky-high restaurant in One Peking is an elegant space built with carved stone archways, extravagant silk curtains and antique-style rickshaws. The Chinoiserie-inspired theme offers a dramatic backdrop for Instagrammers and foodie photographers alike — the Moon Gate Bar, a Chinese bamboo bird cage, being a popular option. As for the food, expect contemporary Northern Chinese with doses of Sichuan and Shandong province influences. The restaurant is also famous for its traditional Peking dishes, so be sure to snap up some insta-worthy shots here — the stunning harbourview panorama view also helps.
Hutong, 28/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3428 8342
Ashley Sutton’s creations are nothing short of fantastical and wonderous — just look at Ophelia, an exotic hive in the heart of Wan Chai. Taking inspiration from old-school Hong Kong, the high-end bar takes a glamorous approach, showcasing performers in cheongsams and plush velvet décor for a peek into the city’s colonial-style opium lounges, reminiscent from back in the day.
There’s plenty of Instagrammable opportunities here worth dressing up for, from the peacock-inspired theme to the burlesque entertainment, sure to keep you occupied with a round of the bar’s delightful cocktails. Sutton’s concept is perfected in the details — peer closely and you’ll notice even the tiles are individually hand-painted, opening a world of discovery for photo-seekers. Signature drinks include the Bitter Bunny (HK$130) and the Golden Feather (HK$130) — to be paired with Ophelia’s “Nibbles” which range from Cheese Platters (HK$188) to the Mezze Platters (HK$108).
Ophelia, Shop F39A & F41A, 1/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2520 1117
Eat Darling Eat
Reviving the nostalgic comfort foods from Hong Kong childhoods, Eat Darling Eat takes a modern approach on quintessential sweet treats. Plastered in upbeat pastel walls and creative interiors, the restaurant follows suit on the menu for a playful twist on nostalgic favourites. Dishes include the Pineapple Bun (HK$38), keeping its crunchy, fluffy exterior, yet updated with a tangy, sweet custard made from lemon peel, orange peels and diced pineapple within the dessert, or the Stuffed Tofu Puffs (HK$58), filled with cream cheese and spring onions in sweet sauce. Snap a photo of one of these imaginative takes on classic dishes, with the fluorescent and shiny interiors reflecting in the background.
Eat Darling Eat, Shop 17, G/F, Fashion Walk, 27-47 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9191
Spanning a generous 8,000 sq. ft. of space on the third floor of Tai Kwun’s Barracks Block, Madame Fù is an Instagrammer’s dream — boasting seven unique, elegant rooms, each with its own concept, designed by Creative Director Christian Rhomberg. The restaurant itself is colonial-themed, tracing back its inspiration from the mysterious Madame herself (believed to be Macanese and Shanghainese) when she fled from Shanghai to Paris at the age of 16 and fell in love with the romance from the city’s elegant cafés, bringing her interpretations from the French to her namesake salon in Hong Kong.
There’s no shortage of photo-worthy opps at the restaurant, with the décor boasting a predominantly European grandeur with an Eastern bygone touch. The ceilings are high with long verandahs and the velvet, cushy upholstery and couches strike a lavish aura. Step into the intricately-designed rooms for a distinct experience in each space — the best-loved for Instagrammers being the Pink Room, a blush-hued lounge decked in plush banquettes with marble-clad interiors. Pair your shot with the Afternoon Tea set which includes favourites from Strawberry Cheesecake to Raspberry Choux.
Madame Fu, Shop 03-101a Block, 3 No.10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2114 2118