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Best places to eat in Tai Wai

Take a bite out of Tai Wai

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Tai Wai is one of those off-the-grid places that people rarely ever stop to explore. Known to many as merely an MTR stop before reaching Sha Tin, this heritage-filled, old-school village is not a popular dining destination – and that’s all the more reason why you need to visit. From tasty and affordable Japanese food to cool hangout spots to stop for coffee, Tai Wai is home to an assortment of amazing restaurants and cafes. It's also a great place to visit if you’re looking to support local businesses and try out something new. By Jessica Luisa Chan

RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for more places to grab a bite, check out some of our favourite cafes and coffee shops in New Territories.

Best places to eat in Tai Wai

  • Restaurants
  • Sha Tin

Just a short four-minute walk from Tai Wai Station, Dear Coffee and Bakery is a quirky, unassuming cafe that offers an assortment of delightful baked goods and exquisite coffee. Try one of their all-day breakfast dishes or go for the popular mochi-stuffed bagels, purple potato bun, or the salted caramel cinnamon roll. Top off your meal with a cup of latte served in a beautiful vintage cup. If you do decide to visit, know that there’s almost always a queue outside the cafe, so be sure to get there early and avoid rush hours!

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Sha Tin
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If you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine, FuRyu Izakaya is a fantastic place to stop and grab a bite. Serving up fresh Japanese food, the restaurant has a menu packed with udon, skewers, sushi, and a variety of fresh seafood. This small and cosy restaurant is located on Third Street in Tai Wai and is one of those places you’re bound to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Their affordable lunch deal is incredibly popular with locals and with meals available for under $80, their dinner menu is just as much of a hit. Make sure to call up and book a table if you’re looking to give it a try as the restaurant is small and seats get filled quickly. To top things off, you can even order their food for delivery via UberEats or Deliveroo if dining in isn’t what you’re feeling right now!

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Sha Tin

In the mood for some classic, well-stuffed dumplings? Check out Grandma’s Dumplings for a hearty dose of Beijing cuisine. Their spicy Sichuan dishes are popular but of course, the dumplings are what we’re here for. Thinly wrapped and tender, these dumplings are stuffed with a perfect balance of meat and vegetables. Enjoy them fried crispy or steamed and served with a delicious broth. You can even buy them raw and do the cooking yourself!

  • Restaurants
  • Sha Tin

Tai Wai has an abundance of local Asian restaurants and cha chaan tengs where you can have a quick and filling meal with no issue. But, for those of you looking to indulge in western fare, we recommend going to M3 Italian. This cosy, family-friendly restaurant holds its expertise in Italian-style fusion cuisine, featuring all kinds of quality dishes from steak to seafood. Try their grilled rib-eye steak or freshly shucked oysters, and you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Restaurants
  • Sha Tin

If your sweet tooth is your biggest weakness, then we’ve got just the place for you! Ocio is a rare gem that plates up some of the most amazing desserts you could imagine. Settle down inside the stylishly decorated store and enjoy a scrumptious range of sweet treats. From milkshakes and waffles to cartoon-like cakes and pies, this cafe is bound to please every visitor! Even if you’re not a fan of desserts, Ocio also offers a variety of western cuisine that is just as delicious.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Sha Tin

Located deep in the centre of Tai Wai Village, Uchi Coffee is a great place to visit for a drink or dessert break. Inspired by Japanese and Taiwanese culture, the cafe boasts a minimalistic, wooden tone and serves up a unique selection of coffee and food to enjoy. From udon to unique desserts, and just a five-minute walk from the station, this is a great place to eat and enjoy the beautiful interior whilst tucked away in the local village of Tai Wai. If you’re looking for delivery options, Uchi Coffee is available on Foodpanda or Deliveroo for you every need!

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