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Restaurants and bars that closed at the end of 2019

Remember the good times as we recount the most notable food and drink establishments to have recently closed their doors

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Written by
Sam Evans
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Although last year generally wasn't the easiest for our city on the whole, the food and drinks scene was thankfully there throughout to lavish us Hong Kong dwellers with merriment, excitement, and – perhaps most importantly – stomachs full of delicious and creative cuisine. Unfortunately, some of our much-loved eateries and drinking holes won't be joining us in this new year and new decade, so grab your tissues, because here's a list of establishments that have recently closed their doors.

RECOMMENDED: If some of these spots were in your upcoming plans, don't despair, check out our guide to the best restaurants in the city, or get inspiration from our 10 food trends that won the decade.

recently closed restaurants

Ce La Vi
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Asian
  • Lan Kwai Fong
  • price 4 of 4

Among our city's favourite rooftop bars will no longer be operating in 2020. After four years at the top – literally – the Hong Kong bar is closing its doors as it reportedly searches for another location in the city. The news is not all bad however for big fans, as the brand just last month opened a venture in Tokyo, and has its sights set on Dubai in the coming months.  

Happy Paradise
  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

The brainchild of Asia's best female chef 2017, May Chow, who also brought us Little Bao and Second Draft, this funky, neon-palace was a space where patrons could sip on Chinese-influenced cocktails while dining on modern takes on Canto classics. Unfortunately, the restaurant is reportedly being changed to a private dining space, and is no longer open in the capacity that brought so many of us its unique brand of Happy-ness.

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Nectar
  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Sheung Wan

It's too bad that we see the closure of Peggy Chan’s award-winning Grassroots Pantry just half a year after it arrived! Plant-based fine dining was its forte, creating holistic, nutrient-dense and seasonal tasting menus using locally-sourced organic ingredients. We truly are sorry to see you leaf us.

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  • Restaurants
  • Central

The Soho Vietnamese joint closed down in late December, much to the dismay of the many that came here on the reg for delicious, coriander-packed lunch. Pho well.

Estiatorio Keia
  • Restaurants
  • Greek
  • Central

A pop-up yes, but that doesn't mean that this elegant Greek restaurant in contemporary space within H Queen's won't be missed. The group behind the popular venture, Bulldozer, have announced that they will be back with more ventures in the future however, and that's certainly something to look forward to!

All that food make you... flushed?

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