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? Thanks to the explosion of independent artisanal bakeries and global chains that have set up shop across the city in recent years, finding that wholesome sourdough or perfectly crusty baguette to satisfy your craving has become all the more convenient – and confusing. Lucky for you, we’re more than happy to help out on that front with our list of the best bakeries in Hong Kong.
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 items featuring both unique and classic flavours. We recommend pairing your sweet treat with a flavourful Redback espresso coffee. And don’t forget to snap a pic – Proof’s minimalist chic exterior was practically made for the ‘gram!
Sassy Perk: Simply mention Sassy to receive a free Earl Grey snickerdoodle cookie with your order.
Proof, 14 Tsun Yuen Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, 6542 9788, [email protected], www.proofhk.com
Tucked away on Wan Chai’s Tai Wong East Street, Bakehouse rose to cult status almost as soon as it opened. This spot serves up a wide range of pastries, including croissants (from $20), scones (from $18), and Danishes (from $20), as well as a changing selection of daily specials – make sure to save some space for the famed double chocolate cookies ($20)! Former Four Seasons Executive Pastry Chef Gregoire Michaud heads this operation 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.
Bakehouse, 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, [email protected], www.bakehouse.hk
Taking its name from the Cantonese rendering of “Dominique”, Dang Wen Li is a sleek new project by James Beard award-winning chef Dominique Ansel. Located in Harbour City, you won’t find any cronuts here – instead, Ansel has fashioned a special 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, merging classic French technique with innovative flavours.
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel, Shop OT G63A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2613 8618, [email protected], dangwenli.com
Since Scottie Callaghan opened the first Fineprint on Peel Street in 2016, the coffeeshop has become known for its inexpensive flat white par excellence. With its second location in Tai Hang, Fineprint delights with its very own bakery. Here, the dining menu remains largely unchanged – save for the addition of freshly baked sourdough. Almost all of Fineprint’s dishes – yes, that includes the Avo Toast ($85) – use its in-house sourdough, and you can even grab a loaf ($50) to take home with you.
Fineprint (Central), 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 5503 6880, [email protected]
Fineprint (Tai Hang), 1 Lily Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 5331 5205, [email protected], fineprint.hk
If you really want to treat yourself, look no further than the Four Seasons’ online bakery offering. Featuring a premium selection of celebratory cakes and 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 ($25) or flaky butter Croissant ($25). And we’ve got our eyes on the show-stopping Red Velvet Cake ($395) for our next office occasion!
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3196 8708, [email protected], shopfourseasonshk.com/collections/gourmet-sweets
Born into a family of bakers, French pastry chef Gontran Cherrier launched his eponymous Hong Kong outpost in September last year with great fanfare. And it has happily proven to be worth the hype! Not only are the croissants (from $24) among the best in the city, but there’s also a selection of 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.
Sassy Tip: You can get 10% off your drink with the purchase of any baked good!
Gontran Cherrier, B2, Shops B205–B207, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.gontran-cherrier.com
Like other major chains that have found a home here in the 852, 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.
Le Pain Quotidien, various locations across Hong Kong, [email protected], www.lepainquotidien.com
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 the city 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. 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!
Levain, various locations across Hong Kong, [email protected], levain-bakery.com
Another chain that delivers both convenience and consistent quality is Maison Eric Kayser. There are several locations across the city 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 for $30 (or $35 for a latte). You can also grab any drink along with a pastry for $50 throughout the day.
Maison Eric Kayser, various locations across Hong Kong, [email protected], www.maison-kayser.com.hk
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 ($50), Cranberry Walnut Wheat Sourdough ($50), Truffle & Garlic Ciabatta ($50) and even vegan pizza (from $100) to name but a few. For the most undiluted expression of Mayse’s bread-making philosophy, try the Pure Rye ($80). Pair this dark, caraway-infused bread with anything from smoked salmon to honey.
Sassy Tip: In addition to the bakery itself, Mayse’s goodies are also available for purchase at Live Zero (Sai Ying Pun) and Cheese From Far (Sai Kung).
Mayse Artisan Bakery, G/F, 64 Sam Wo Road, Tai Mei Tuk, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong, 9533 0336 (WhatsApp), [email protected], www.maysebakery.com
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 experience from a number of prestigious Paris institutions. In addition to its signature croissant ($24) 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.
Plumcot, 10A Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2573 6293, [email protected], www.plumcot.co
If you find yourself down in Stanley, make sure to check out this little gem nestled inside the Plaza. Stan Cafe is not just a bakery; it’s an all-in-one bistro, cafe and deli stocking wine, cheese and charcuterie too! The bread here is baked fresh daily with non-GMO flour, and the baguettes are just the right kind of crusty.
Stan Cafe, Shop 505, 5/F Stanley Plaza, Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong, 2324 9008, www.stancafe.hk
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, pick up a pot of the aromatic rose petal jam. And don’t forget to grab a Lord Stow Egg Tart while you’re at it – they’ll be available at The Mandarin Cake Shop until the end of the year!
The Mandarin Cake Shop, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2825 4008, [email protected], www.mandarinoriental.com
Editor’s Note: This articles was originally published on 5 March, 2018 by Annie Simpson and updated in April, 2020 by Aarohi Narain.