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Kowloon Food Safari, Hong Kong tour

Kowloon Food Safari

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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.

*Security Update: We are monitoring the situation in Hong Kong carefully; all our tour routes avoid the areas where protests have been occurring to ensure our customers' and guides' safety. If you have any concerns whatsoever, please contact info@hongkongurbanadventures.com or info@urbanadventures.com.

Highlights:
  • 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

Tour style:Local culture, Food Walking, Local neighbourhood
Inclusions:Local, English-speaking guide
Exclusions:Cost of food and drinks, souvenirs, items of a personal nature
Group size:Maximum 8
Schedule details:
  • Duration:3 hours
  • Meeting point:

    Yau Ma Tei MTR station Exit A1

  • Start time: 6.00 PM
  • Finish point:

    Jordan MTR station


Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.
  • 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.
  • Dress standard: Wear comfortable shoes and come with an empty stomach!
  • 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.
  • Language: English

Also runs from:1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020

Itinerary:

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. You’ll 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.  

You’ll 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, you’ll learn plenty of facts about the Hong Kong food scene. Like, did you know Hong Kong has one of 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 specialities 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. 


Your trip:

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 8 people.

Tipping:

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip — though not compulsory — is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.