Grand Stage Restaurant at the Western Market
When it was first erected in 1906, the Western Market, easily recognizable by its clock tower, was just that—a produce market. Since then, this oldest surviving market place in Hong Kong has been transformed into a collection of mediocre fabric stalls and tourist shops on the bottom floors. On the top two stories, however, sits Grand Stage Restaurant. Adorned with chandeliers, bare brick walls, and a large dance floor, the massive restaurant seats more than 500 and is most notable for its 7pm nightly ballroom dancing. Order up a spread of authentic dim sum dishes, and save room for the steamed custard buns for desserts. As a bonus, the small streets leading up the Western Market, including Des Voeux Road West, are famous for selling some of the most exotic Chinese dried goods, including birds nest, sharks fins, and herbal medicines—all expensive delicacies that are a must-have for the Chinese New Year and a great present for party hosts.