From cult-favourite Bakehouse to newcomer Pane E Latte and homegrown independent outlet Levain, here are the best bakeries in Hong Kong. Consider your bread and pastry cravings sorted.
With a cha chaan teng or Chinese bakery on almost every corner, Hong Kong is home to a range of iconic nibbles – from pillowy soft pineapple and cocktail buns, to internationally influenced treats like egg tarts and French toast. But how about a top-notch loaf of bread, or indulgent flaky pastries? Thanks to the explosion of independent artisanal bakeries and global chains that have set up shop across Hong Kong in recent years, finding that wholesome sourdough, perfectly crusty baguette or decadently rich pastry to satisfy your cravings has become all the more convenient – and confusing. Lucky for you, we’re more than happy to help out on that front with our guide to the best bakeries in Hong Kong.
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Tucked away on Wan Chai’s Tai Wong East Street (with takeaway outlets in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui), Bakehouse rose to cult status almost as soon as it opened. This spot serves up a wide range of pastries, including croissants, scones and Danishes, as well as a changing selection of daily specials – make sure to save some space for the famed double chocolate cookies! Former Four Seasons Executive Pastry Chef Gregoire Michaud heads up Bakehouse in addition to Bread Elements, the wholesale bakery supplying breads and pastries to premier restaurants and hotels in Hong Kong. In other words, quality is guaranteed.
At Big Grains, the mission statement is simple: “to produce tasty breads and pastries that are healthy and creative”. If its ‘gram-worthy pastry creations are anything to go by, we’d say mission accomplished! From chocolate-dipped croissants to mochi-filled doughnuts and squid ink bagels, expect the unexpected.
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel
Taking its name from the Cantonese rendering of “Dominique”, Dang Wen Li is brought to us by James Beard award-winning chef Dominique Ansel. With locations in TST and Central, head here for Ansel’s capsule collection of pastries inspired by quintessential Hong Kong foods. Think chewy Mochi “fish balls”, pink peach mousse “har gow”, a Milk Tea Cookie Shot and more! The results are both visually stunning and pleasing to the palate, with the pastries merging classic French technique with innovative flavours.
Since Scottie Callaghan opened the first Fineprint on Peel Street in 2016, this Hong Kong coffeeshop has become known for its inexpensive flat white par excellence. Now with two further locations in Tai Hang and Sai Ying Pun, the homegrown independent chain is making a name for itself as a bakery too! Almost all of the dishes – yes, that includes the Avo Toast – use its in-house sourdough, and you can even grab a loaf to take home with you.
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
If you really want to treat yourself, look no further than the Four Seasons’ online bakery offering. Featuring a premium selection of fresh pastries by award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Ringo Chan, you can expect only the very best five-star quality delivered straight to your door! The pastries in particular come Sassy-approved – you can never go wrong with a Fruit Danish or flaky butter Croissant after all!
Boasting some of the best croissants in the city, Gontran Cherrier’s eponymous Hong Kong outpost is the reason for queues upon queues snaking around the basement of K11 MUSEA on weekends. In addition to the pastries, we’re big fans of the inventive mini baguettes flavoured with the likes of cuttlefish ink and curry. Feel free to experiment because you’re in good hands here – Gontran Cherrier boasts over 50 bakeries in eight countries including Singapore, South Korea and Japan.
Gontran Cherrier, B2, Shops B205–B207, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.gontran-cherrier.com
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Le Pain Quotidien
Like other major chains that have found a home here in Hong Kong, you can count on Le Pain Quotidien for solid breads, viennoiserie and pastries. In the market for organic spreads, oils or preserves to add to your pantry? Don’t leave without browsing the extensive selection on display here.
Established over a decade ago by master baker KC Li, the story of Levain began with a physics degree and experiments in a home kitchen. Today, Levain remains the first, and still one of the only, bakeries in Hong Kong to use 100% levain in its sourdough – no artificial enhancers allowed here! Each item is crafted using traditional methods and prime ingredients, which is apparent in the taste, texture and presentation of Levain’s breads across the board. Pastry-wise, you’ll find all the classics here, hand-crafted using premium French butter. We can never resist the aromas wafting through PMQ when we’re paying a visit, and we bet you won’t be able to either!
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Maison Eric Kayser
Another chain that delivers both convenience and consistent quality is Maison Eric Kayser. There are several locations across Hong Kong offering classic breads and pastries, including eclairs, fruit tarts, financiers and more. Pop by on your morning commute and refuel with a black coffee and croissant.
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Mayse Artisan Bakery
An unassuming storefront in the lakeside village of Tai Mei Tuk, Mayse Artisan Bakery is a 100% plant-based bakery. Operated by a father-daughter team originally from Latvia, the breads here call on traditional Latvian recipes – and boy do they mean business. There’s a variety of hearty goods on offer, including Cinnamon Raisin Wheat Sourdough, Cranberry Walnut Wheat Sourdough, Truffle & Garlic Ciabatta and even vegan pizza, to name but a few. For the most undiluted expression of Mayse’s bread-making philosophy, try the Pure Rye. Pair this dark, caraway-infused bread with anything from smoked salmon to honey.
Mayse Artisan Bakery, G/F, 64 Sam Wo Road, Tai Mei Tuk, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: +852 9533 0336, Instagram: @mayseartisanbakery
Pane E Latte
Set against the idyllic seaside backdrop of Stanley, Pane E Latte is the Pirata Group’s first and only bakery. Styled as a traditional Italian panificio, it’s worth the trip to stock up on freshly-baked artisanal bread, pastries, focaccia sandwiches and more. If you’re looking to try something new, make sure to get your hands on the Croissant Bombolini – an original Pane E Latte creation consisting of layers upon layers of flaky croissant pastry concealing a soft, pillowy centre filled with delicate orange blossom crema. Pastries aside, the Focaccia Pugliese is the bakery’s signature, but we rate all of its sourdough, baguette, crispy brioche and rye selections. Cameras at the ready when you step into the rustic, light-filled location – every inch of the space is worthy of an Instagram spotlight.
Pane E Latte, G/F, U-C Court, 25 Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong, www.paneelatte.hk
A family-run bakery hidden away down a Tai Hang side street, Plumcot has been delivering some of the finest patisserie and viennoiserie delights to Hongkongers since 2017. Owners Camille and Dominique bring a combined 30 years of pastry experience from a number of prestigious Paris institutions. In addition to its signature croissant and other exquisite pastries, Plumcot also serves up artisanal ice creams. The flavours change on a regular basis, so check beforehand if you can – but the most well-known offering is the blue cheese.
Freshly baked sourdough, sticky cinnamon buns and perfectly flaky twice-baked croissants – if ever there was a reason to venture to Happy Valley by day, it’s charming neighbourhood bakery Proof. Inspired by the bakeries of Europe and North America, Proof’s impressive selection of whole-grain breads, croissants and artisan pastries are made fresh in-house every single day with no artificial preservatives. Look out for the bakery’s speciality pastry items featuring both unique and classic flavours. And don’t forget to snap a pic – Proof’s minimalist chic exterior was practically made for the ‘gram!
The Mandarin Cake Shop
Satisfying Hong Kong’s sweet tooth for almost half a century, The Mandarin Cake Shop is a monument to time-tested pastries. Locals and tourists alike will be familiar with the plethora of cakes on offer; among them, the 1963 Mandarin Cheesecake is the unbeaten best-seller. Before you head out, supplement your pastries haul with a pot of the aromatic rose petal jam.
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Wakey Wakey Bakery
Bagels are the order of the day at this online micro bakery. Everything here is hand rolled in small batches, so you know your baked goods will be made with love. Selections range from the classics right through to more creative options like Sea Salt Double Chocolate and Cheddar Jalapeño. Don’t forget to pick up a loaf of the challah too!
Wakey Wakey Bakery, www.instagram.com/wakeywakey_bakery
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 5 March, 2018 and was most recently updated in July, 2021. With thanks to Annie Simpson for her contribution.