There’s nothing worse than heading to the restaurant washroom after a fantastic meal, only to be met with a dingy, unkempt toilet at the back alley of the eatery. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of restaurants in Hong Kong that have stellar washrooms with out of the world amenities, jaw-dropping interior designs and sparkling clean toilet seats. Read on to find out where your next restaurant adventure should be at (and yes, it's based entirely on how beautiful their bathrooms are). By Doris Lam
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Beautiful restaurant bathrooms in Hong Kong
You may come to Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House for their organic, seasonal dishes but it’s the loo that will captivate your attention. Located on the 49th floor, the restaurant dining room features wide windows that overlook Victoria Harbour. Not seated nearby the window? Don’t fret, the amazing views transcend into the bathroom as well. With floor to ceiling windows by the grey marble sink, waterfall taps, freshly folded towels and a few candles placed around the washroom, the ambience is almost as romantic as the restaurant itself.
In case you need another reason to try Roganic, the Hong Kong branch of Michelin-starred restaurant, perhaps their bathroom amenities will persuade you. With only four bathrooms in the restaurant, each one is decorated and stocked with the utmost care. Stocked with mouth wash to kill any trace of bad breath, as well as Aesop hand wash and hand cream to keep you smelling and feeling lush, this bathroom checks all the boxes for us.
Transporting you to the adventures of an English globe-trotter, Foxglove’s luxurious interior pays tribute to the first-class aeroplane cabins from the 50s. The theme continues inside the bar’s bathroom, where you’ll find two rows of nautical white cabin doors, accented with gold handles and round cabin windows. Much like a real cabin bathroom, each stall is equipped with its own sink and toilet, plus extra points for the beautiful gold-toned sink and mirror set.
This one’s for the gals – hidden right next to Mandarin Grill + Bar, the women’s bathroom on the first floor of Mandarin Oriental boasts an entirely different design and feel compared to the rest of the hotel. Decked out in Victorian-esque wallpaper, curtains, cushioned chairs and decor, this bathroom has been a prized room since the 60s. If you have a little one with you, there’s even a hygiene room equipped with baby changing facilities and a comfy chair nearby for breastfeeding.
Did you walk into an art gallery or a bathroom? At Bibo, you’d never know. Not only does the restaurant take French fine dining to a whole new level by whisking in a touch of Singaporean twist – thanks to its executive chef, Nicholas Chew, former head chef of Serge et le Phoque – but it also breaks away from the norm by incorporating modern art pieces into the dining space, making diners feel like they’re immersed in the headspace of famous artists like Banksy, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koon, just to name a few. And you can expect no less from its bathrooms. With a sophisticated combination of dark blue tiles, brass mirrors and rotating art pieces from the likes of Zeus, Dido Moriyama and Stohead, it’s basically Art Basel all year round here.
Nestled on Gough Street, Zagin Soba is often overlooked thanks to the crowd that gathers for the next-door ramen chain, Shugetsu, but the ones who know their ramen would know that Zagin Soba is one of Hong Kong’s best ramen restaurants. After you’re done with your bowl of creamy chicken broth ramen, find the washroom at the back of the shop. Following the rule of quality over quantity, there is only one stall for each gender but it’s worth the slight wait time.
The brightly lit stall is equipped with a bidet which signals the bathroom speakers once someone sits down, playing gentle, relaxing music during the time you’re doing your business. Afterwards, freshen up by using their wide range of toiletries available – from makeup remover, cotton pads, mouthwash to toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair ties and sanitary pads, there’s even an adjustable cosmetic mirror for you to perfect your winged eyeliner. Unfortunately, these amenities only apply to the women’s bathroom stall, but there’s still a sparkling bidet in the men’s room.
This photogenic and modern fusion Cantonese restaurant went viral on Instagram a while back because of its gorgeous pink-and-white front entrance and elegant staircase. Serving one of the best G&Ts in town with interiors that tell a historic backstory about John Anthony, the first Chinese man naturalised as a British citizen in 1805, John Anthony is more than just a pretty face. Strut your best pose on the stairs while sipping on a boozy bubble tea, then treat yourself to a plate of life-changing wagyu char siu.
Afterwards, keep riding on that food high and make your way to the washroom tucked in between the wine cellar and private dining rooms. Decorated in shades of green and blue, the room references the spice trade industry between the British and Chinese in the 18th century. Be sure to admire the green arched ceiling and the recycled plastic linings located on the ceilings of the bathroom stalls and find yourself lost in a moment of history.
Plush sofas, natural sunlight and an all-day light dining menu that offers everything from artisan cheese to French pastries, Louise is the definition of Parisian chic. With palm trees and cacti decorating the two floors, the greenery is further complimented by the beautiful emerald green marble bar on the ground floor. The washrooms aren’t any different – guests can find the mysterious deep green hues on the walls of the upstairs bathroom, contrasted by the white speckled floor and marble countertop. The washrooms on the ground floor are slightly brighter in comparison due to the greyish-white wallpaper and open communal space, but you can expect to find both bathrooms to be equipped with the same refreshing Aesop handwash.
Another restaurant that’s known for its breath-taking views, Sugar is the place to be for late-night tipples or after-work drinks. Admire the sparkling Victoria Harbour from the floor-to-ceiling bathroom windows on the 32nd floor as you wash your hands over the circular limestone designer sink. Don’t want to leave just yet? Take a few moments by the limestone dressing table to take in the beauty of the city.