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Milk, butter, eggs—desserts are basically a vegan’s nightmare, right? Nope, not necessarily. Vegan food is getting better and more diverse by the day, meaning that you can actually find plant-based mille-feuille, pastries, cupcakes, cakes, and more in the city with relative ease now. Read on for our favourite vegan-friendly pâtisseries and bakeries in Hong Kong.
Traditional French pastries may be known for their butteriness, but Grassroots Pantry alum Jessica Chow has somehow managed to create plant-based mille-feuilles and choux pastry that taste just like the real deal. Besides the signature mille-feuille, Bien Caramélisé is also known for its lemon tarts and gluten-free éclairs with seasonal vegan fillings like roasted hazelnut praline mousseline. The pâtisserie is not taking reservations at the moment, so head there early if you want to grab a seat (and make sure to order whatever you want to try at least 72 hours ahead of time).
Bien Caramélisé, Shop D, 1/F, 160 Prince Edward Road West, Prince Edward | (+852) 5239 5198
Sheung Wan has no shortage of beautiful cafés, but we challenge you to find a single one that ticks quite as many boxes as Suphia’s Functional Foods. Not only does Suphia’s carry raw vegan sweets, but it’s also a comfortable, light-filled space with a huge palm tree-lined terrace.
Everything here, from the cakes to the mooncakes and CBD energy bars, is lovingly made by hand and packaged in biodegradable, compostable materials—there’s nothing guilty about this pleasure. Customers can also place orders on their website to be delivered to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories.
Suphia’s Functional Foods, 3/F, 33–35 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 5223 7573
With its glass counters and premium locations in the Landmark and Lee Gardens, the Cakery might look like any other fancy mall patisserie—but this home-grown company is one of the first and most established bakeries in the city to offer keto, vegan, and gluten-free pastries. There’s a robust selection of vegan cupcakes and pastries (including croissants!), but you’ll have to put in a special order for vegan cakes or cake pops since most of its larger signature cakes contain eggs.
While this Tsim Sha Tsui café does a mean vegan brunch, we’d recommend leaving some room for dessert. Vego Coffee offers brownies, banana bread, and matcha and adzuki waffles as part of their à la carte dessert menu, but the real showstoppers here are the vegan cakes. The selection changes daily, but crowd-pleasers include the elaborately layered seasonal fruit cakes, as well as the dark chocolate and salted caramel cheesecakes. If you’ve had a slice and fancy more, Vego Coffee also makes whole cakes to order.
Vego Coffee, Shop 7B, 154–156 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 6808 3768
Though this little alleyway café has only been around for a year or so, it’s already built up quite the following thanks to its relaxing ambience, a wide range of coffees and teas, and lovely cakes. While the café’s famous chiffon cakes are not plant-based, JOMO does have a dedicated vegan dessert menu. Standouts include the salted caramel apple crumble pie and carrot cake, while dark chocolate lovers are sure to enjoy the raw cacao tart.
JOMO Coffee & Cakes, Shop D, 3 Sam To Lane, 4 Water Street, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 2762 0258
This tranquil café located just off Hollywood Road isn’t entirely plant-based, but two of their signature desserts are suitable for vegans. Sweetpea Café’s sweet potato and coconut cake is a sight to behold with its vibrant purple frosting (piped to look like roses, natch), while the two-layered chocolate cake proves that vegan desserts don’t have to skimp on decadence with its rich chocolate frosting and edible flower toppings.
Sweetpea Café, 4 Shin Hing Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 3689 7269