Let’s eat croissants and daydream about being in Paris! This Parisian pastry has been adapted all around the world as the perfect breakfast, brunch, or snack item that is super easy to love. There is an art to making the perfect croissant, so we have rounded up a list of the best croissants in Hong Kong, judged by creativity, lightness, and how evenly the pastry dough is distributed.
Hailing from Japan, Hazukido is the perfect example of how the talented Japanese can always take a product and create a revamped, elevated version. Their croissants are light and fluffy, with creative flavours that give it a Japanese flair, such as the Fish Roe Croissant ($18) or Lemon Sugar Croissant ($18), which remains one of their best-selling products. Croissants are made daily in-store so be sure to show up early—they are known to sell out almost every day!
Gontran Cherrier, fourth-generation French baker and globally-recognised pastry chef, has opened his first boulangerie and restaurant in Hong Kong’s newest retail destination, K11 MUSEA. Famed for the freshest and crunchiest baguettes along with perfectly crispy yet moist croissants, the Gontran Cherrier bakery offers traditional croissants as well as creative variations such as the Hong Kong-exclusive Raspberry Cloud Croissant ($28) that comes with a meringue topping to give your tastebuds a sweet boost!
Gontran Cherrier, Shop B205–B207, B2/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3468 2430
Café Life is a boutique café with a focus on Japanese-style pâtisserie. Their cakes and tarts are usually what springs to mind for most people because of the extravagant ingredients used, such as a mountain of muscat grapes or whole Japanese peaches. However, their baked goods shouldn’t be slighted either: their Croissants ($25) have a much denser interior than the regular fluffy croissants we are used to, and the crust is thicker than usual, giving it even more of a crispy texture. Café Life’s croissants are also rounder as well, and we think this also makes them even cuter!
Cafe Life, Shop B–C, 251 Queen’s Road Central | (+852) 2810 6755
All of the baked goods in Bakehouse are handmade every day with fine flour from the traditional Suire Mill in France by a team of passionate and highly skilled bakers and pastry chefs, led by ex-Four Seasons Patisserie Chef Grégoire Michaud. Their Croissants ($18) contains New Zealand Canary butter, which makes the pastry puff up perfectly. The honeycombed pattern inside extends all the way to both ends of the croissant so that it has the best texture throughout!
Bakehouse, 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai
A celebrity amongst cake shops in Hong Kong, the Mandarin Cake Shop also has an extensive selection of high-quality baked goods. Their head chef was awarded the title of Pastry Chef of the Year at the World Gourmet Summit in 2017, so you know you are in for a real treat. Their Plain Croissants ($22) are baked to a golden crust, and with every bite you take, you get the most satisfying crunch!
The Mandarin Cake Shop, 5 Connaught Road Central | (+852) 2825 4008
Focusing on speciality croissants, Urban Bakery uses A.O.C.-certified French butter to make the perfect folds within their French Croissants ($16). In addition to their classic française version, they are renowned for innovative croissant flavours, such as salted egg yolk, durian, and cheese, just to name a few. They’ve even had a croissant sandwich made with hairy crabs and caviar, priced at $130, which topped the charts as the most expensive croissant in town for that season!
Originally a chain store from Belgium, Le Pain Quotidien has successfully expanded to open stores in France, Spain, America, Japan, and now Hong Kong. Their baked goods maintain their quality despite being in so many different countries and retain their retro-country vibes, where croissants started first started. Sit in their cafés at vintage picnic tables with a Plain Croissant ($23) in hand, and you are instantly transported to the Belgium countryside.
Another household name for French baked goods, Maison Eric Kayser always serves up quality bites. Kayser himself was once a teacher at the National Superior School of Pastry in France and his creations have been passed to multiple shops all over Hong Kong. Their Croissants ($20) are long and light and go perfectly with their coffee. A little bit of expert handling is required to make sure you don’t get flakes all over yourself while indulging!
This local bakery may not draw your attention at first glance, but while you’re walking past their entrance, the sweet homey smell of freshly-baked bread will definitely entice you in. Big Grains pride themselves on their artisan croissants and honeycomb pastry interiors, with creations such as their Sesame Croissant ($32), which has a striped crust and a runny centre. With seasonal flavours and colourful pastry dough, their croissants taste as good as they look!
This world-famous pastry chef has announced his plans to open a dessert shop in Hong Kong and we are literally trembling with excitement! This is scheduled to open in December in Harbour City, and we've already had a preview of their items; expect creations such as a Lemon Tea Box made with ice cream and a Pineapple Bun made with mousse. Dominique's signature creation DKA can be found on the counters, so we are anticipating some awe-inspiring baked goods and some flaky croissant goodness to be coming out of their ovens soon!
Dang Wen Li, Shop OT G63A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui