The Best Cafes And Bakeries For Vegan Desserts In Hong Kong
There's no doubt, Hong Kong is a food paradise. We have a bit of everything here—from Korean comfort food and high-end French delights to Spanish favourites. And on the rise in Hong Kong's dining scene are vegan and vegetarian restaurants.
While vegan pastry is still relatively new in Hong Kong––still outnumbered by the many traditional bakeries in the city––the launch of products such as Omnipork, vegan bubble tea brands and hotels going green are paving the way for plant-based eating. And, if you're on the hunt for vegan desserts, we've got you covered.
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The Cakery will help satisfy your sugar cravings, even if you follow a certain diet.
They offer a range of desserts that are organic, sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Some of these include cupcakes, swiss rolls, tarts and good ol' cakes.
The Cakery, Shop 124, 1/F Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2816 1838, thecakery.com
Founded in November 2020, Dougheyes is an independent dairy-free and vegan digital treats shop founded by Natalie Wong. Tired of not being able to get dairy-free chocolate chip cookies, Wong decided to do it on her own.
It first started with custom vegan cakes and then slowly pivoted to dairy-free cookies. She hopes that the delicious cookies and cakes will provide more options for reasonably priced baked treats despite having dietary restrictions.
Orders can be placed on their official Instagram page with delivery and pick-up options available
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Vego Coffee replaced the former Hkveganshop in Wan Chai, but still provides 100 per cent plant-based treats under a new name.
Although they serve pizza among other dishes, their cake selection proves most popular––made fresh, in-house, vegan-friendly with a little added personal touch. As an extra treat, the cafe is also pet-friendly so feel free to bring your furry friends along.
Vego Coffee, Shop 7B, G/F, Garden Mansion, 154–156 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 6808 3768, hk.vegan.boutir.com
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The Vege Lab
Founded in 2018, The Vege Lab is an online-based vegan pastry shop comprised of a small team who share the same passion to explore the potential of modern vegan pastry and create delicious desserts along the process.
Creating their sweet treats from scratch using organic ingredients provides a flavourful vegan alternative to traditional baked goods. From vegan cakes, tarts, cookies, to seasonal specials, you'll be spoiled for choice here.
The Vege Lab, Room S, 10/F, Everest Industrial Centre, 396 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, +852 5332 6500, thevegelab.com
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Bien Caramélisé is helmed by Jessica Chow, the former Grassroots Pantry pastry chef. The Prince Edward West pastry shop makes use of oats, soy, coconut, buckwheat and more ditching egg, butter and cream.
Chow took the challenge of vegan pastry baking and aims to push boundaries in creating sweets that don't conform to the idea of "essential" ingredients. With creations such as mille-feuille, tarts and éclairs made in-house using unique recipes and finest quality ingredients, put Bien Caramélisé on your radar next time you're craving a vegan sweet.
Bien Caramélisé, Shop D, 1/F, Hentiff Building, 160 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 5239 5198, biencaramelise.com
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Jomo offers the best of both worlds––homemade cakes that use traditional ingredients such as eggs and dairy, and vegan cakes without the eggs, dairy and refined sugar. Taking the time to research vegan cakes, they aim to still offer people with different eating habits delicious options.
Their signature dessert is the chiffon cake, with the soft, moist and light texture capturing the palettes both of its loyal patrons and new diners. If you fancy coffee on the side, Jomo also has a fine selection of special blends from Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia and more.
Various locations, jomocnc.com
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Friends of Years
Friends of Years is a plant-based eatery that provides both savoury dishes and desserts. The quaint eatery boasts a vegan and vegetarian-friendly menu. And while you can get burgers made with Impossible Meat or OmniPork, their homemade sweets also deserve some love.
With three locations spread across New Territories and Kowloon, there's no excuse not to stop by and have your share of sweet treats. Each location has a specific menu, some of which include sweet potato taro tart, tofu cheesecake to cinnamon apple pancakes.
Various locations, yearshk.com
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No doubt, there's a bubble tea craze in the city. For a plant-based alternative, enter Mother Pearl, Hong Kong's first and only vegan bubble tea purveyor that aims to provide a more sustainable beverage option for Hong Kong's savvy consumers.
The menu comprises mostly of drinks from tea to various flavours of bubble tea. But they also some food offerings from cookies, scones and empanada. Hot on the menu is their Molasses Collection just in time for winter. You can try three different textured drinks, Snow on Molasses, Molasses Bomb and Molasses Oolong.
Mother Pearl, G/F, Lyndhurst Building, 23–29 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3596 5100, motherpearl.world
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Raw Bean Bites
Raw Bean Bites launched in February 2018 and their delicious desserts have tickled the tastebuds of many ever since. While they offer a variety of treats from cakes to cookies, their doughnuts are definitely the best. Available in a number of flavours and sizes, you can relish in oreo, lemon and coconut caramel-flavoured goodies.
If you're not sure what to get, opt for the mixed box of raw, baked and fried doughnuts to get you started. If you already have a flavour you want in mind, you can also request for custom bakes. Besides being vegan-friendly, the desserts are also gluten and nut-free, made fresh daily and wrapped in upcycled packaging.
Orders can be placed on their official Instagram page.
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Sweetpea Cafe started off with just a simple breakfast menu when it opened its doors in Sheung Wan but that has now expanded to include lunch options along with a drinks menu––with all of the food made and served vegan, dairy and gluten-free.
Originally an architect, owner Angel Hon had a passion for baking and cooking and made that into reality. While many different treats are on offer, the speciality are the ever-changing array of freshly-baked cakes.
Sweetpea Cafe, G/F, 4 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong +852 3689 7269, sweetpea-cafe-hk.myshopify.com
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Bake to Basics
Spearheaded by the health and fitness-conscious boxing instructor, Keikei Yip, Bake to Basics is the result of Yip's passion for providing delicious and healthy vegan treats.
Their menu focuses on classic American-inspired favourites such as cookies, brownies, cinnamon rolls, doughnuts and cakes. All the desserts aren't just perfect post-meal but also for breakfast, a snack or even post-workout. Various flavours are available but you can also ask for custom ones.
Orders can be made through their official website
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