The history of the last century for both Hong Kong and China is mapped out in its streets for those who know where to look. Learn more on this tour.
- Eat your way through Kowloon the way the locals do, sampling the neighbourhood’s most beloved dishes.
- Pick and choose what you want to eat — food is at your own cost, so you only pay for what you try.
- Sit side-by-side with locals at family-run diners, street food stalls, and food centres, and learn how to order your dishes in Cantonese.
- Visit the century-old Fruit Wholesale Market and its shophouses, and check out the countless restaurants in the vicinity of Temple Street Night Market.
- Visit an open-air produce market and see the after-work crowd shopping for their families’ dinners.
- People Ages 6+
Kowloon Street Food Tour
Don’t know your dim sum from your wonton? Become an expert in Cantonese cuisine with this Hong Kong food tour that explores Kowloon’s most authentic restaurants, markets, and food stalls.
Be warned: this safari takes you far off the tourist trail, to locals’ favourite haunts in Hong Kong’s working-class community. Sit elbow-to-elbow with locals, learn about the history and traditions of Chinese food, and put your chopsticks to work.
Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide
Exclusions: Cost of food and drinks, souvenirs, items of a personal nature
- Duration: 3 hours
- Meeting point: Yau Ma Tei MTR station Exit A1
- Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///kindest.fragments.ballparks
- Starting time: 6.00 PM
- Ending point: Jordan MTR station
Part foodie adventure, part culinary lesson, this Hong Kong food tour will tell you everything you wanted to know about the city’s food culture. Head to Kowloon’s vibrant Jordan District, a working-class area that’s a local favourite for its authentic and inexpensive restaurants and food stalls.
The entire time, you’ll be eating and drinking like the locals do, stopping at Hong Kong-style cafés (known locally as cha chaan tengs) and open-air food stalls (known as dai pai dongs).
Be warned, this is a tour for true food adventurers. We’re steering clear of 5-star restaurants and heading to family-run greasy spoons and chaotic food courts where tourists rarely venture.
Sit elbow-to-elbow with locals, learn how to order in Cantonese, and experience the city’s authentic, no-nonsense culinary scene.
Check out Hong Kong’s wet and dry markets where vendors sell fresh and processed produce, and taste treats at a mix of independent diners, street stalls, and food courts with one thing in common: they’ve set the standard for traditional dishes in the city.
You’ll taste locals’ favourites, from snacks to mains to Chinese desserts — sweet or savoury, authentic and tasty! Many of the restaurants you’ll visit will be family-run businesses where the owner is also the head chef and the vibe is deliciously authentic. These neighbourhood eateries are considered hidden gems by even locals.
Along the way, learn plenty of facts about the Hong Kong food scene. Like, did you know Hong Kong has one of the world’s highest per-capita concentrations of cafés and restaurants? Or that Hong Kongers’ seafood consumption is four times that of the global average? Or that some specialties are listed as part of the city’s official cultural heritage? (Sorry, no spoilers here — you’ll have to take the tour to find out the full stories!)
And don’t worry if you have any food allergies or aversions — your Hong Kong tour guide will help you pick dishes that match your tastes. Our tour is designed so that you pay for your own food along the way, so you won’t have to worry about wasting money on food you don’t want or like, or contributing to any food waste.
If you’re still eager for more Hong Kong after all that food, your guide will gladly point out great places to grab a few drinks nearby — no matter whether your tastes are local dive bars or glamorous rooftop lounges that offer breathtaking Victoria Harbour views.
We promise it will be an authentic Hong Kong culinary experience. So, ready to eat like a local?
Note: Kowloon Food Safari is unique in that it’s about 50% cheaper than the average Hong Kong food tours but does not include in it the cost of food. You pay the restaurants directly only for the food that you want to try, at the quantity that you like. Whether you are a carnivore or a vegetarian, eat a lot or not that much, feel adventurous or prefer to stay more on the safe side, you won’t be wasting money on food that you don’t want. The average food cost per person is approximately 200 HKD (25 USD). But that can vary depending on how hungry you are! At the end of the tour, we will stop for a bar beverage at your own cost. Alcoholic drinks cost on average 100 HKD.
Dress standard: Wear comfortable shoes and come with an empty stomach!
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 8 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: This tour is subject to weather; if there are rainstorm, thunderstorms, or typhoon warnings issued by the Hong Kong Observatory (www.hko.gov.hk) , please contact the local team Hong Kong Urban Adventures to discuss arrangements.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Ms. Jojo M. from New Zealand travelled on 24 Sep 2019:
Danny was excellent – very knowledgeable, caring and went above and beyond to help us have an amazing, and authentic experience in Hong Kong.
Mrs. Barbara F. from Australia travelled on 04 Nov 2018:
Brilliant experience. Danny was very friendly, helpful and highly informative. Would highly recommend.
Mrs. Catherine O. from USA travelled on 24 Oct 2018:
This was a super tour. Danny did an excellent job of incorporating political history, culture, local laws and culinary info into one trip. The food was great and Danny took care of everything. Do this tour!
Mrs. PAM F. from New Zealand travelled on 18 Jun 2018:
Loved the food tour. Danny’s knowledge was so good
Ms. Louise R. from Australia travelled on 05 Apr 2018:
It was great but on the website the tour was noted as having a maximum amount of 8 people. We ended up having 11 and it was too many people to be trying to walk around the busy streets of Hong Kong as a group and also to ensure everyone could hear everything the guide was saying without getting in the way of members of the public.
Mr. Jens S. from Germany travelled on 02 Nov 2017:
Danke Danny! Die Tour war wirklich fantastisch. Wir haben danach noch viel mehr Street Food probiert. Die Tour hat uns den Mut dazu gegeben.
Mr. Tony L. from New Zealand travelled on 20 Sep 2017:
Danny was fantastic, enthusiastic,knowledgeable, evertything you could ask.
Mrs. Patricia T. from Australia travelled on 13 Sep 2017:
My family of 7 adults loved every minute of our foodie tour with Danny. We learnt about some of the history and culture along with knowledge about the food of Hong Kong. Sampling the unusual items was a highlight. Danny was so knowledgeable and friendly. A fantastic tour guide. If you have a change, take this tour and enjoy the Michelin Star desserts for us. Fantastic tour!!!!
Mr. Julian G. from Australia travelled on 21 Jul 2017:
A wonderful tour. Great advice and guidance from our guide Danny. We actually went back to some of the restaurants again in the few days after the tour. Great food.
Mrs. Stefanie D. from Thailand travelled on 09 Jun 2017:
A greater variety of food / restaurants would have improved the experience.
Mrs. Abigail K. from USA travelled on 08 May 2017:
Our guide, Danny, was professional, knowledgeable and great to hang out with! I ate some amazing food at places I probably wouldn’t have found on my own and learned a lot about Hong Kong culture.
Mr. Paul W. from Australia travelled on 30 Apr 2017:
Danny is a legend and took us on a great food tour of Kowloon! Would highly recommend as both the food and commentary made for an awesome night.
Mr. Marc S. from USA travelled on 19 Apr 2017:
The tour was interesting and informative. Danny friendly, knows his stuff and is clearly very enthusiastic about Hong Kong in general and about its food culture. He was very responsive to questions. I would have liked to have spent a little more time poking around actual street food sources, like all those stalls/restaurants around the night market, for example. Also sources for more exotic foods than just the fruit market: meat and/or fish markets, one of the dried seafood stores, etc. would have been welcome. Also, the meeting site is pretty unattractive. Still, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to friends.
Ms. Carole B. from United Kingdom travelled on 22 Mar 2017:
I woudl defintely recommend this tour with Danny – and indeed already have!
Mr. Seth A. from USA travelled on 19 Feb 2017:
Guide was great at explaining the local culture but I was expecting more of a “foodie” experience – e.g., explaining what’s at the market – vs. going to a few restaurants for it. I enjoyed the food that I tried but it would have been enjoyable to try more.
Mrs. Debra G. from Australia travelled on 09 Feb 2017:
Was one of the best food safaris we have been on anywhere in the world, our guide Danny was terrific, his knowledge and enthusiasm was brilliant- thank you
Mr. Renato Chanyungco C. from Hong Kong travelled on 09 Feb 2017:
Our guide Danny made the tour interesting because of his knowledge of the area, food, historical facts…nice fellow!
Ms. Kathleen Patricia J. from Hong Kong travelled on 23 Jan 2017:
Danny was wonderful, tour was amazing.
Ms. Frances H. from Hong Kong travelled on 16 Jan 2017:
Knowledgeable & amusing guide.
Ms. Kirsti S. from Australia travelled on 10 Jan 2017:
totally enjoyed my food safari – tried new foods, learnt about local history & the city & met some new friends! 🙂
Mr. David F. from Hong Kong travelled on 07 Jan 2017:
Danny was great – knowledgeable, helpful, and flexible. Chose a great itinerary, good mixture of food and culture.
Ms. Hannah T. from Hong Kong travelled on 29 Dec 2016:
Danny was very helpful and made me feel at ease. This is very important as a solo traveller. Loved how he was also keen to engage with various conversations regarding different topics on the walk around Kowloon, and around the dinner table.
Mr. Alex H. from USA travelled on 16 Dec 2016:
Danny was an excellent guide! He provided detailed info on the history of the city, markets, and the changing culture of food as well as the people. Thank you Danny!
Ms. Mary ellen S. from USA travelled on 16 Oct 2016:
Danny was terrific. we had a great time.
my only suggestion is that we start eating sooner ( I was quite hungry by 7:30) and the group size be limited to 6 at most. We were a total of 3 and that was really and ideal number. thanks again, great experience.
Mary Ellen Stone
Mrs. Rose G. from Australia travelled on 21 Sep 2016:
Eva was very entertaining and knowledgeable about history and local culture, it was interesting to taste food Unknown to our culture. We were a small party of three from Australia and US, and it was a very worthwhile tour, thanks Eva.
Ms. Carolyn H. from Australia travelled on 18 Sep 2016:
Danny was a great communicator and very knowledgable. I enjoyed the variety of places we visited and learning about Hong Kong food and culture. Having a local guide that knows the culture, customs and language was invaluable.
Mr. Theo K. from Australia travelled on 11 Sep 2016:
Danny was great on the food tour.
Ms. Kayla H. from USA travelled on 31 May 2016:
Danny was wonderful. We had a great time. This was my fifth time to Hong Kong and I still discovered so much.
Ms. Lou C. from Australia travelled on 29 May 2016:
Great informative tour. Thanks Danny for your enthusiasm explaining not just local foods but the history and a glance into local life.
Mrs. Mandy D. from Australia travelled on 15 May 2016:
Food and locations chosen were excellent. We would have been more able to finish some of the dishes we ordered if we had an idea of the itinerary at the start (e.g. if we knew we were having 3 sit down meals at the best places the end of the tour we would have paced our eating better.
Mr. Henk D. from Netherland travelled on 01 May 2016:
We liked the food tour a lot, specially thanks to the knowledge and enthusiasm of our delightful guide Eva.
Ms. Ashley D. from USA travelled on 17 Apr 2016:
Really enjoyed touring through Kowloon, but I had already sampled many of the dishes we tried. I wished I had booked this tour nearer to the beginning of my trip– my fault!
Ms. Catherine E. from Australia travelled on 16 Apr 2016:
I enjoyed being able taken to resturants that I normally wouldn’t step into.
Mrs. Assia A. from Switzerland travelled on 12 Apr 2016:
Danny was very nice and knowledgeable. I expected we would stop somewhere for a bite sooner than we actually did. So I was quite starving by the time we arrived at the first place where we could eat. But overall a nice and enjoyable experience.
Ms. Catherine P. from USA travelled on 11 Apr 2016:
So fun. Got to try some food and scruffy looking places that we wouldn’t have been brave enough to try on our own. The food was delicious!
Katherine L. from Australia travelled on 03 Jun 2015:
fantastic night food tour in Hong Kong. Learnt so much while enjoying terrific local food
Mr. nitesh s. from South Africa travelled on 11 May 2015:
Danny was an excellent guide in Hong Kong. Highly recommended and a definite must do again
Ms. SARAH E. from New Zealand travelled on 12 Apr 2015:
Danny was a fantastic guide – lots of great information about Hong Kong as well as the great food.
Ms. Rebeca C. from Guatemala travelled on 04 Apr 2015:
I took 3 tours( markets tour, food tour and high vs low) and really enjoyed all te tours. It’s an excellent way to visit many places in a short period of time and get a great overview of Hong Kong and how the local people live. I highly recommend these tours. The tour guide was really energetic and knowledgeable. These tours are a must do if you visit HK.