Hong Kong – a Food Paradise in the world: What are the Total Number of Restaurants in HK? Where about most Restaurants to go?
Hong Kong is one of the cities in the world with highest density of restaurants. Are you interested to know – what are the total number of restaurants in Hong Kong?
We all know when there are people, restaurants are bound to exist. However, exactly how many restaurants are spread across the city? Where do most of them situate in? Let’s tell you our interesting findings below:
Number of restaurants in HK?
According to Food & Environmental Hygiene Department, total number of restaurants in HK has slightly increased to 15,524 by late July 2019 but remained quite stable around this figure over the year.
On a quarterly basis between 2018 and 2019, there are only minor fluctuations. While some restaurants have closed down and other restaurants have taken up the spaces shortly. Hence, the number of restaurants in HK does not change much.
Which Districts in HK — the Highest Number of Restaurants?
Within different districts, Yau Tsim (which covers 2 districts including Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui) has the highest amount of restaurants. Total number of restaurants in Yau Tsim District is 1,797 by late July 2019.
Wan Chai has slightly less than Yau Tsim District for total number of restaurants. It comes second with 1,695, while Central & Western District comes third with 1,579.
Remark *: Others includes Sham Shui Po, Islands, Tai Po, Sai Kung, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, North, Kowloon City
Source: HK Food & Environmental Hygiene Department
(1) Top 1 District – Number of Restaurants in HK
According to the above chart, Yau Tsim has the highest amount of restaurants, cumulating up to 1,797 licensed restaurants at the end of July 2019.
Yau Tsim comprises of Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui. It is also among the highest populated density places in the world, with 343,000 people crammed into just 6.5 square kilometers.
With lots of residential and shopping areas within this district, no matter tourists or locals, huge amounts of people congregate within the area, hence the demand for restaurants in the area is high.
(2) Top 2 District – Number of Restaurants in HK
Wan Chai ranks second in having the most restaurants by districts in HK with 1,685 shops. Actually, Wan Chai is only slightly less than the number of restaurants in Yau Tsim. Around 22% of total number of restaurants in Hong Kong is concentrated in these two districts.
Similar to Yau Tsim, Wan Chai is a residential and commercial district in Hong Kong. Foodie traffic is thus guaranteed.
Again, high traffic areas are where most restaurants set up. In fact, Wan Chai has highest density of restaurants in Hong Kong Island.
(3) Top 3 District – Number of Restaurants in HK
Central and Western District (including Central, Sheung Wan, Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town) is within the top 3 most restaurant districts in HK.
As Central is the Central Business Districts (CBD) in HK, a number of multinational companies have set up their headquarters within the area. It’s also the area with the largest office crowds as well as the highest spending for food and drinks.
Fun fact, Hong Kong is also one of the cities with the most Michelin stars in the world. And among all districts, Central has the most Michelin star restaurants, while taking up to 49 out of 140 restaurants in all of Hong Kong.
What’s Next for HK F&B Industry?
Over the past few years, restaurant numbers in Hong Kong have increased in a steady pace. Lacrucci has witnessed ups & downs of HK’s food and beverage industry in Hong Kong.
In the recent months, the protests in Hong Kong have caused social discontent and instability within the city. Restaurant business has been adversely affected, since less tourists are visiting Hong Kong and less people are dining out.
While we have not yet seen the end of the turmoils , what should HK restaurants do when protest continues?
Though we don’t want to see any adverse impact to the city, some restaurants and retail shops will probably close down after few months if the protests continues. The market dynamics of HK F&B industry will also change after this event.
Hopefully, things will return to normal soon. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope all will be well.