Looking to fill up on plant-based delights? Check out our guide to vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong.
If you’re leaning towards eating less meat, or considering what it means to be vegetarian or vegan in Hong Kong, it’s worth knowing that this shift could be the single biggest way you as an individual can reduce your impact on the planet. Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet “saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square-foot of forested land, 20-pounds CO2 equivalent and one animal’s life”. And the cherry on the (plant-based) cake is that you don’t have to compromise on taste to align with your values. From traditional dim sum to comfort eats and insta-friendly cafe bites, these miss-meat-not vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong prove you can go plant-based without sacrificing on flavour…
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Editor’s Note: Most of the vegetarian restaurants listed will cater to vegans too.
Vegetarian Restaurants In Hong Kong
A favourite of ours, vegetarian neighbourhood cafe Fresca serves fresh and healthy ready-to-go using personally selected, privately farmed ingredients. Expect tasty options like curried pumpkin and taro chickpeas, Korean tofu and raw Pad Thai with a base of rice or salad (or both!).
Green Veggie believes in fresh and cruelty-free food — something we can definitely support! Ingredients are matched to the four seasons by the chef, who creates authentic Chinese dishes, prepared to perfection. We love the buffet-style lunch menu, that comes with an attentive service for a quick and convenient dining experience.
Green Veggie, Shop 11-12, G/F, Tonnochy Towers, 254 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2338 6179
Isoya Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant
Best known for delicacies like sushi and meaty yakiniku, Japanese cuisine traditionally presents limited options for plant-based diners. But not at Isoya. This pick delights with veggie sushi, udon and even nightly kaiseki (traditional Japanese menu of chef specials). It’s perfect for plant-based diners and adventurous foodies alike.
Isoya Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant, 9/F, 83 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 5500 8812
LockCha Tea House
Never miss out on Hong Kong dum sum again! LockCha Tea House offers a variety of friendly twists on the Chinese tradition, from pickled bean curd skin to vegan siu mai and plenty of veggies. Make sure to order a pot of your own individual tea, which is easy, because the tea menu is triple the length of the food menu. The original location is set in the beautiful grounds of Hong Kong Park, found on your right just after the fountain.
Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant
Recommended by many, many members of Team Sassy, this hidden gem brings us a flavourful range of South Indian vegetarian dishes. Think dosa, idli, vada and more, with the menu heavily inspired by the traditional Udupi and Chettinad style of cooking. Make sure to save room for dessert — we’ve heard its sweets menu is a thing of beauty.
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Soil To Soul
Soil To Soul brings us an exciting vegetarian take on traditional Korean cuisine. Led by Chef Gu Jin Kwang, a protégé of renowned Buddhist nun WooKwan, the menu is inspired by the country’s temple food, featuring Korean favourites like dumplings, “Jangtteok” Pancakes and more but made from plant-based ingredients.
Thai Vegetarian Food
This Thai Buddhist establishment serves plant-based dishes aplenty, featuring no garlic, leek, onion, shallots or spring onions! It still manages to keep the authentic feel of Thai food, with dishes bursting with flavour and fragrances thanks to the spices, lime juice and lemongrass generously used.
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With a flagship restaurant in H Code and another location in Taikoo Place, TREEHOUSE is a fantastic grab-and-go plant-based option when you’re out and about on the Island. We love its clear ethos, minimal branding and Christian Mongendre’s chef-driven offerings, that range from sourdough flatbread wraps (with in-house vegan sourdough!) to nutritious grain bowls, filling burgers and desserts.
TREEHOUSE (H Code), Shop 1, G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3791 2277
A little higher-end than some of the other vegetarian restaurants on our list, VEDA in Ovolo Central is great for a work lunch or small-scale birthday dinner. Head here to impress, with its interesting range of fusion-inspired vegetarian and vegan dishes (items are clearly marked on the menu) — the vegetarian Masala Burnt Cheesecake is a favourite of ours.
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Word on the street is that this pick serves up some of the best dosa in town. Specialising in traditional South Indian food, namely Jain and Buddhist fare, the dishes here come without onion, garlic or root vegetables, yet somehow still encapsulate a great depth of flavour. It’s no wonder Woodlands is often touted as the city’s OG Indian vegetarian restaurant.
Vegan Restaurants In Hong Kong
LN Fortunate Coffee
LN Fortunate Coffee boasts an Instagrammable interior, friendly staff, and an entirely vegan udon menu. Think huge, steaming portions of dumplings, plant-based meatballs and mushroom varieties. Rest assured it’s wallet-friendly, with plenty of options under $100. You’ll also find pasta, burgers, hotdogs and baked potatoes and the spot is never short on dairy-free desserts (go for the waffles and fresh fruit tart)!
Ohms Cafe and Bar
As an advocate of fair trade and organic produce, Ohms prides itself on being a healthy, conscious café. It serves a variety of drinks, including coffees and tea with soy, almond or cashew milk, and light food including gluten-free pasta and more. The main draw is the selection of vegan desserts — including caramel cake, brownies and cashew tarts. And before you leave, try the Sassy-approved alcoholic beverages!
Decked out with 1950’s memorabilia and vintage souvenirs, stepping into Veggie4Love will make you feel a thousand miles away from Central. With a varied vegan menu, you can take your pick from plant-based Hainan “chicken” and vegan bibimbap, burgers or noodles.
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Tasty cafe vegan bites set against the backdrop of a stunning minimalist interior? Count us in! From hearty risottos in flavours like Tom Yum to vibrant Buddha Bowls, creative burgers and indulgent sweets, going plant-based has never been easier. Years has four locations to its name — two in Sham Shui Po, one in Tsuen Wan and one in Whampoa — with each branch serving up exclusive specials.
Asian-inspired tapas are the order of the day at this Sai Kung staple. Think lemongrass-infused Laab Wraps, flavourful Aloo Dum, tasty Peking Tacos and more. For something more filling, tuck into the selection of burgers and curries. And don’t miss happy hour, which includes two drinks for $55 (yes, you read that right!) across the restrobar’s Italian house wines and Bavarian lager.
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Restaurants With Vegetarian Or Vegan Menus
Plant-based dining in Hong Kong has come a long way in the past few years, with many of the city’s top restaurants offering vegetarian or vegan menus in addition to their normal offerings. Here are a few of our favourites worth checking out:
- Qi: House Of Sichuan – With an entire Impossible menu and plenty of veggie options, this Michelin-starred spicy spot has something to please everyone. www.qi-sichuan.hk
- Beef & Liberty‘s Leaves & Liberty – Despite the name, this burger joint has great vegan options via its plant-based sister brand, Leaves & Liberty. Swap any of the burgers for the Impossible burger, a vegan bun and vegan cheese, as well as tucking into veggie starters, salads and more. www.beef-liberty.com/leaves-liberty/
- Madame Fù – From its beautiful pink-themed interiors to the balcony seating and free-flow dim sum feasts, there’s a lot to love about Madame Fù. And to top it off, there’s a dedicated veggie menu to boot! www.madamefu.com.hk
- Classified – Your friendly neighbourhood cafe has joined the plant-based revolution with aplomb. In addition to its regular offering, Classified has a separate vegetarian menu with dishes like OmniPork Quesadilla, Beyond Sausage Pizzette, Nachos and more. www.classifiedfood.com
- The Drunken Pot – With its base of meaty broths, hotpot may not typically be your cuisine of choice if you’re trying to eat veggie. However, at The Drunken Pot, plant-based options like rich mushrooms and truffles may just prove to be a game-changer. Load up on homemade bean curd rolls, veggie dumplings and tofu for the full experience. www.facebook.com/thedrunkenpothk
- Mak Mak – Mak Mak’s vegetarian offering is loaded with fresh flavours galore. Enjoy all your traditional Thai favourites, from Pad Thai to Tom Yum and Laab, without any of the meat-induced guilt! www.makmak.hk
- 181 at Fortnum & Mason – Indulge in a taste of England here at 181. We’re highlighting this one in particular for its vegetarian afternoon tea set, which includes finger sandwiches, scones and cakes. www.181fortnums.com.hk
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Editor’s Note: “Your Guide To Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants In Hong Kong” was originally published by Tania Shroff and was most recently updated in January, 2023 by Team Sassy.
Main image courtesy of Years via Facebook, image 1 courtesy of Fresca via Facebook, image 2 courtesy of LockCha Tea House via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of Thai Vegetarian Food via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of LN Fortunate Coffee via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Years via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Leaves & Liberty (Beef & Liberty) via Facebook.