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Over the past couple of years, the subject of veganism has been widely talked about globally. With many health benefits both physically and mentally, many people have been switching to this more sustainable and environmentally conscious lifestyle. Therefore, many places have been popping up or altering their business models in order to cater to this phenomenon. Here in Hong Kong, there has definitely been a gradual rise in eateries, shops, and groceries that either specialise or have some vegan commodities for the public to enjoy. But have you ever wondered where you can find some specific vegan produce and snacks? Well, there is no need to stress out as we have found some exceptionally chic places that conveniently sell various types of vegan produce, snacks, and items.
Located up on Moon Street in Wan Chai, Edgar is a narrow but spacious shop that specialises in a range of environmentally sustainable, natural, and vegan products. They have a kitchen, home, and personal accessories that are all sustainably produced and meant to be sustainable too. Once in the shop, there is an endless selection of nuts, seeds, and grains filled in huge gravity jars for you to fill up on your favourite vegan snacks to munch on. They even have a range of organic, fair trade, vegan tea, coffee, and other appealing drinks for you to pick from.
Edgar, 5 Moon Street, Wan Chai | (+852) 3484 2088
Being the first waste zero stores in all of Hong Kong, Live Zero is a petite store that resembles a boutique shop in the heart of Sai Ying Pun. The store offers and sells a range of “bulk” snacks, foods, and produce, environmentally-friendly and sustainably-sourced. Most of its products do not include any single used plastics as they have a strong philosophy in the use of reusable items.
Products such as toothbrushes, straws, disposable cups, are all sold in reusable materials. Besides the diverse range of reusable products that they sell, the shop also offers a comprehensive array of snacks and dried produces such as nuts, coffee beans, and other dry foods that are either organic, vegetarian, or vegan.
Green Common started off as a grocery that focuses on healthy, organic, and sustainable items. Over the years, they have quickly turned into a leading role model of the health and vegan industry here in Hong Kong, as they have restaurants, stores, and wholesale specialising in vegetarian, vegan, organic, and natural foods. With a handful of locations all over Hong Kong, Green Common is the place to go if you are looking for some healthy substitutes to munch on. Staff members show their passion through their in-depth knowledge expertise in all the products that they sell, making it very helpful if you are in need of any assistance or are confused. In addition, they also have a restaurant in Sheung Wan called Kind Kitchen that is dedicated to making vegan and vegetarian delights.
Reineckea Café is both a restaurant and shop that cooks up and sells healthy organic produces. This fine establishment is located in Sai Ying Pun and offers a range of both Western and Chinese food products—both in the forms of frozen and dried. At Reineckea, they offer a fine selection of imitation meats from different brands and companies for you to bring home and cook up. However, this place is not 100% vegan friendly as they sell both vegan and non-vegan items.
Reineckea Café, Shop 22, G/F, Kwan Yick Building Phase 2, 343 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 5707 1151
With its main goal giving you a more healthy and holistic lifestyle, Food for Life is a health shop that sells all kinds of natural, organic, and vegan products and snacks. From food and skincare to health supplements, this place is truly a gem for keeping you happy and sane in terms of your personal well-being. All the staff and workers here have a well-developed knowledge on all the vegan and health products that they sell. From different vegan milk substitutes to health vitamins and supplements, this place is truly a jewel if you are looking to change up your diet and lifestyle.
Batata Greens attempts to tackle social issues regarding the climate and environment through the promotion of a more sustainable way of eating and cooking. Batata Green has three stores in Hong Kong in all three main regions, selling over 700 types of produces. The produces includes frozen foods, rice, noodles, and others mainly sourced from Malaysia and Taiwan. Besides frozen and dried produce, they also have a variety of different healthy and fresh snacks and beverages that will have you feeling healthy and fresh.