Travel Awards

Asia’s Best City for Food

Banh mi, yakitori, bibimbap, dim sum – travellers in Asia are spoilt for choice. Where to begin? Read up on the winner and shortlist for Asia's best city for food in the 2019 Marco Polo Club Members' Choice Awards

Asia’s Best City for Food

Winner: Hong Kong

Osteria Marzia. Photo: Nicholas Wong/Black Sheep Restaurants

Another close call with Tokyo and Taipei, but Hong Kong pipped them both to the post. From cheap local eats and dai pai dongs, to vibrant casual dining and revered high-end restaurants, the city serves some of the world’s finest fare.

‘Hong Kong has it all – East and West alike.’ –Cheuk Lo, head of customer loyalty at Cathay Pacific Airways and part of our panel of travel experts

‘Hong Kong has become an incubator for up-and-coming international chefs, and innovative cuisine from around the world.’ –Cynthia Rosenfeld, award-winning journalist and part of our panel of travel experts

Asia’s Best City for Food Shortlist

Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese favourites shine alongside a distinctive French influence in Vietnam’s southern city where a plethora of food tours reveal the best banh mi (baguettes), banh xeo (Vietnam’s famous pancakes), pho and more.


Home to some of Asia’s best restaurants, it’s not just fine dining that Bangkok is famous for – there’s a dynamic and delicious street food scene that’s not to be missed. The Thai capital has it all.


Taipei’s famous night markets are where distinctive local delights and traditional street foods can be found. Meanwhile, a host of talented chef are making the most of Taiwan’s high-quality produce in high-end restaurants across the capital.


The finest ingredients and the freshest fish, not to mention whisky, wine and sake, make Tokyo a food lovers’ paradise with high quality culinary delights available at casual eateries as well as fine dining establishments.


From its hawker centres to shophouses to high-end restaurants, Singapore offers a melting pot of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian dishes as well as European cuisines that reflect the city-state’s heritage.


Famed for Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu was among the first in the world to be named a Unesco Creative City of Gastronomy. It is loved for the spicy chillies and numbing Sichuan peppercorns that enrich its distinctive dishes.


It’s all about food courts, street vendors and hawker stalls in Malaysia’s capital-of-food, where influences from Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines manifest in myriad dishes and flavours.


Some of the world’s great celebrity chefs have put their names to restaurants in Macao’s resorts, while elsewhere a wealth of eateries serve authentic Macanese and Portuguese delights – it has the best of both worlds.


Vietnam’s capital is a street food mecca. Everywhere you look hawkers and street-side stalls abound, each one offering another Vietnamese delight. Hanoi’s most famous dish – cha ca –has an entire street of restaurants dedicated to it.

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