While we may be able to get our fix of egg waffles, pineapple buns and egg tarts on almost every corner of the city, a top-notch loaf of bread can a be a little harder to come by in the 852. But with new artisan bakeries popping up all the time, we’re rounding up our favourites to give you a little inspo for where to head when cravings hit. Whether you’re picking up a loaf of sourdough for breakfast, or beating the afternoon slump with a patisserie treat, our carb filled guide is sure to hit the spot…
It may be a new comer to the Hong Kong bakery scene, but Bakehouse has already gained an almost cult following. Tucked away on Tai Wong East Street in Wan Chai, head here to pick up everything from freshly baked sourdough, to buttery croissants, quiches and cookies, along with a changing selection of daily specials. With Grégoire Michaud, the former Executive Pastry Chef of the Four Seasons, at the helm of this operation, quality is guaranteed every time.
Must order: We’re partial to the double chocolate cookies here (along with many of the other sweet treats!), but you can never go wrong with the seeded sourdough.
Bakehouse, 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.bakehouse.hk
Just like Bakehouse, all the goodies on offer at Proof are made fresh in house every single day. As well as expertly made and drool-worthy products (just check out its Insta for proof!), we also love the simple and chic monogram branding and interior. Made with no artificial ingredients, go here if you’re looking for fresh bread, patisserie, cakes (and coffee!). And the best bit? Any surplus at the end of each day goes to charity!
Must order: Come Easter time, the hot cross buns are a must-try. Grab them before they go!
Proof, GF, 14 Tsun Yuen Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, www.proofhk.com
We can never resist the aromas of Levain Bakery that waft through PMQ when we pay a visit, and it’s for good reason. The freshly baked breads are made using traditional methods and this is apparent in the taste, texture and presentation of the end result. Along with the vast array available daily in store, artisanal breads and seasonal items can also be purchased via special order, check out what’s on offer here.
Must order: We can’t resist the Chocolate, Cranberry and Walnut Sourdough
Levain Bakery, various locations across Hong Kong, www.levain-bakery.com
With various shop locations across Hong Kong, Passion is a fail-safe option for decent bread and French patisserie in the 852. Stop by here for lunch and enjoy a gourmet sandwich (between $49 and $62), with a range of breads and deli fillings that will leave you spoiled for choice. Just make sure to take a pastry away to enjoy later!
Must order: We’re fans of the Double Almond Croissant
Passion by Gerard Dubois, various locations across Hong Kong, www.passionbygd.com
Another chain that has several shops across the city, and consistent high quality is Eric Kayser. The authentic artisanal French Bakery offers all the breads you could want, from sourdough, to baguettes, rolls, ciabatta and more, along with French sweet favourites, such as eclairs, fruit tarts and financiers. Pop by on your morning commute and enjoy a black coffee and a croissant for just $30 (or $35 for a latte). Throughout the day, you can also grab any drink and a perfect patisserie for $50.
Must order: The classic sourdough is perfect for making at-home avo toast (and is pre-sliced for convenience!)
Maison Eric Kayser, various locations across Hong Kong, www.maison-kayser.com.hk
Bringing traditional Latvian techniques to Hong Kong, Mayse is setting itself apart from the crowds. Run by a father daughter team, it is one of the only organic and vegan bakery’s in the city, offering top-quality artisan products, along with some gluten-free bread and bun options, too. Through its recent partnership with Mana! Fast Slow Food, some products are also available in Central, if Tai Po is a little too far for you to get your carb fix.
Must order: The fresh olive bread is unbeatable, but we also here that the rye bread is some of the best in town.
Mayse Artisan Bakery, G/F No. 64 Tai Mei Tuk, Tai Po, Hong Kong, www.maysebakery.com
Le Pain Quotidien’s location in The Avenue in Wan Chai is perfect for a spot of lunch and people watching, but the baked goods here are worth taking home, too! Using only organic stone-ground flour in its recipes, you can count on top-notch bread. If you’re more into sweets treats, you can’t go wrong with a pain au chocolate and indulgent mud of molten hot chocolate.
Must order: Classic Wheat Bread – eat alongside eggs at home or in store for the perfect morning treat.
Le Pain Quotidien, Shop No G40-41, The Avenue, Lee Tung Avenue, Wan chai, Hong Kong
Le Pain Quotidien, Shop 008, LG1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.lepainquotidien.com.hk
Catering for Hong Kong’s sweet tooth’s for over 25 years, The Mandarin Cake Shop is an institution in our city that has to make the list. Locals and tourists alike will be familiar with the plethora of homemade delicacies here which include breads, pastries and cakes. Eat in, or take your goodies home to enjoy at home – and don’t forget a pot of the famed Rose Petal Jam.
Must order: The 1963 Mandarin Cheesecake is a best seller.
The Mandarin Cake Shop, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/victoria-harbour/fine-dining/cake-shops/mandarin-cake-shop
Tucked away in trendy PoHo, this boutique bakery was started by two French guys, who produce goods with a distinct Japanese and Scandinavian influence. All of the food here is free from any chemical additives or preservatives, and if you want to eat in, head out back, where you can enjoy all the delights alongside delicious coffee at Café Deadend.
Must order: Don’t leave without trying the cinnamon twist!
Po’s Atelier, GF, 70 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/posatelier
If you’re down in Stanley, make sure to check out this little gem tucked inside the Plaza. Stocking everything from freshly baked bread and pastries, to wine, cheese and charcuterie, this shop is so much more than just a bakery. All the French goodies on offer tempt us inside (and are perfect for an evening in!), but the bread especially is not to be missed.
Must order: The baguettes here come highly recommended!
Stan Cafe, Shop 505, 5/F, Stanley Plaza, Stanley, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/StanCafe
It may not be a traditional French patisserie, but the bread on offer at M&S is hard to beat. With a huge range on offer, the bread is fresh daily and the prices are reasonable. With locations all over the city, it’s easy to pop in on your morning commute and pick up a coffee and croissant for $35, or stop by at the end of the day and you may just find some loaves reduced!
Marks & Spencer, various locations across Hong Kong, www.marksandspencer.com