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Thick, creamy, milky, sweet, and ice-cold—a milkshake really is one of the most indulgent beverages to ever have been dreamt up, bless the Americans. As the temperatures are starting to ramp up, we’ve sourced eleven of the best places in Hong Kong to get that sweet, sweet brain freeze. These milkshakes do bring the boys to the yard!
Shake Shack serves up a range of hand-spun shakes ($42), with flavours like vanilla, chocolate, caramel, black and white, strawberry, and coffee to choose from. Add $5 to make it malted (always the option we go for) or add a dollop of whipped cream. Shake Shack has also done a Hong Kong-exclusive flavour, the milk tea shake ($42)—a nod to our famous ice milk tea—made with vanilla frozen custard blended with black tea.
Much loved for its fresh, juicy burgers and delicious Cajun fries, the main thing that endears us most to Five Guys is its abundance of free toppings, meaning you can customise your burger exactly the way you want, giving birth to a robust secret menu creatively dreamed up by fanatic diners. Pro tip: You can do this with the milkshakes, too!
Five Guys’ shakes are hand-spun with vanilla ice cream, and you can then choose an unlimited amount of mix-ins to jazz it up. Our favourite secret shake menu is the classic malted milk, salted caramel, and—wait for it—bacon! It’s a surprising hit combo that builds on applewood-smoked bacon to make your shake the perfect sweet and savoury explosion. You can take things even further and crumble in some complimentary peanuts over the top. Can you tell that our keyboard is covered in drool right now?
Milkshakes are normally part of the casual fast-food group, but The Langham has given American classics an elevated stylish take at Main St Deli. Its classic deli shakes come in five flavours: Caramel Grout ($80) with caramel sauce and honey almond; Vanilla Sky ($80) with vanilla and rainbow sprinkles; Swiss Alps ($80) with chocolate sauce and crispy chocolate toppings; Strawberry Fields ($80) with strawberry sauce and dried cranberries; and yoghurt and honey ($80) topped with cereal bits.
Main St Deli also serves four kinds of tipsy shakes and floats; Berry Good ($98) with Campari, blueberries, strawberries, and yoghurt ice cream; Alabama ($98) with rye whisky, ginger ale, and strawberries; Diablo ($98) with vodka, Baileys, and chocolate; and the Chunky Monkey ($98) with Amaretto, Frangelico, Nutella, and banana.
Main St Deli, Lower Lobby Level, The Langham Hotel, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2132 7898
In line with its American diner aesthetics, Burger Circus serves its shakes in old-school tall glasses for a throwback vibe. Choose from either a vanilla milkshake ($88) or a chocolate milkshake, or push the boat out for an intense sugar rush with the candy shake ($96), with M&Ms, Kit Kat, Oreos, or Reese’s Pieces. You are also more than welcome to request for alcohol to be added to your milkshake for an added $38. Its central location means this is the late-night place to be for cheeky post-drinking sweets!
Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2878 7787
Its legions of fans can’t be wrong; “No Milkshake No Life” should really be the mantra of summer. Its milkshakes, which come in 12- or 16-ounce portions, have been doing their rounds on social media, and luckily, this is one fad that matches its hype. Aside from your standard flavours, options also include the coffee Oreo milkshake ($59), key lime pie milkshake ($69), or the fantastic caramel peanut butter with bacon milkshake ($69). Boozy shakes are also available, such as the Guinness Oreo milkshake ($69) and the popular Baileys coffee milkshake ($69).
We honestly don’t quite know why The Diner even does burgers or other food items because drinking one of these bad boys is already like having a full meal. Each of its nine flavours available is incredibly indulgent, and the most moreish ones are the malted Malteser milkshake ($78)—made with malted milk powder and crushed Maltesers then topped with whipped vanilla bean cream and a Malteser—and the peanut butter milkshake ($78) featuring fresh bananas, peanut butter, ice cream, and Nutella topped with whipped vanilla bean cream and peanut butter chips. We haven’t ever been able to finish one of their shakes with a burger in hand, but hats off to you if you can!
The Diner, G/F, 48 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 3585 7455
You’re not going to get some watered-down shake at Beef & Liberty—what makes these milkshakes stand out is that there is no milk in them; they just use three scoops of artisan gelato with a shot of thick cream! We particularly like the Oreo milkshake ($89), made with vanilla gelato, Oreo crumble, and cream. Alcoholic options are also available, such as the Midnight Wake-up ($99)—Kahlua, chocolate liqueur, cookies, and chocolate gelato—and Southern Slur ($99)—bourbon, caramel syrup, and vanilla gelato.