The colourful bar at Djapa, on Lee Tung Avenue, Hong Kong

Yet another reason to visit Hong Kong. The city is a magnet for explorers, adventurers, cultural enthusiasts and culinary fans.

Hong Kong is known for its food. And not just Dim Sum – although if you're a fan, this is some of the best in the whole world. No surprise, as it is a tradition here. But, there are many chefs from the city itself, and all over the world who have been drawn to Hong Kong and its vibrant heritage – of celebrating many heritages, not just Cantonese.

"Hong Kong is a wonderful, mixed-up town where you've got great food and adventure," says intrepid food hunter Anthony Bourdain. "First and foremost, it's a great place to experience China in a relatively accessible way." Bourdain is absolutely right. It's accessible, and it makes some of the best food on the planet accessible to visitors.

The city is a magnet for explorers, adventurers, cultural enthusiasts and culinary fans. It features more than 50 restaurants awarded Michelin stars, and of those, six have three Michelin Stars.

But it's the upstart chefs that are really making the food scene buzz here. We went in search of a few restaurants and bars and their creators that are breaking the rules, with flavour, with presentation and with a flair for the dramatic. And it's not just about the food. The atmosphere of these places makes them true standouts, and most certainly feed the creative juices of the chefs and bartenders.

It's part of the spirit that nurtures Hong Kong in its continual modernity quest. And it's not that unfamiliar to Westerners. "At 13, when I arrived in Hong Kong after leaving China, I made a living by working in a restaurant," says Martin Yan, the famous Chinese cookbook author and television cooking show star. For many of us, Yan was the first introduction to cooking Chinese food. (We all remember Wok with Yan, don't we?)

But Yan's dream is also many other chefs' dreams, too. They come to Hong Kong, they work in restaurants, they break a few rules, and make beautiful food and drink.

Click through for 5 Hong Kong Secret Foodie Hotspots.

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