Confusion’s food is globally inspired, with everything from Mexican tacos, American burgers, Indian platters, and Chinese spring rolls on the menu. Expect a vibrant selection, all 100% vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, and cruelty-free. The range of healthy, yet hearty lunch offerings will please even the most steadfast carnivores. Our favourite dishes include Confusion’s take on the Beyond Burger served with Tofu Fries, the Hedgehog Mushroom Karage ($75), and the petite caramel vegan cheesecake ($50).
Bonus points: Confusion is also working to be as waste-free and sustainable as possible. All packaging used is biodegradable, and you’re invited to bring your own containers for takeaway.
How much: $$
Confusion, G/F, 103, Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.confusion.hk
This vegetarian bar and grill is right by Discovery Bay beach, and it’s a longstanding DB favourite for long, lazy weekends. Run by proud animal lovers, Hemingway’s doesn’t serve any meat products – opting for alternatives like Omnipork and Beyond Burgers instead. The vegan nachos are crisp, cheesy and piled high, and the nutrition-packed Buddha Bowls are as colourful as they are filling. Grab a table under one of the big umbrellas with a book and a cocktail, or share a table with a group of friends to catch up over some beers. The live music at weekends, and the gin on tap is a bonus!
How much: $$-$$$
Hemingway’s by the Bay, Shop GO9, Block A, Discovery Bay Plaza Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/pg/HemingwaysDB
Kind Kitchen is Green Common’s full-service cafe in Nan Fung Place, serving 100% vegan food and drinks. The menu features a selection of exciting Asian dishes like vegan dan dan meen, vegan Gyoza, vegan banh mi, and HK Milk Tea made with oat milk. We had a chance to try the “Amazing Omnipork Ball”, a deep-fried plant-based pork ball, seasoned with the chef’s secret recipe, and served with homemade tomato sauce. Bursting with rich, savoury flavours of tomato and rosemary, these “meatballs” even keep meat lovers satisfied! Kind Kitchen also offers a grocery store, event space and experimental centre.
Top tip: Keep an eye out for the health talks hosted by Green Monday’s in-house dieticians, as well as new product launches and cooking demonstrations. As one of Hong Kong’s most popular plant-based health stores, it’s great to see the chain expanding into even more new (and necessary!) plant-based concepts.
How much: $
Kind Kitchen by Green Common, Shop 1, 1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.greencommon.com/kind-kitchen
Whether you’re vegetarian or a fully-fledged carnivore, VEDA in Ovolo Central is sure to impress. Though not all dishes are vegan, everything is clearly marked and the accommodating staff are happy to help. Set in the newly revamped Ovolo Central hotel, this is the first venture into the HK dining scene by renowned Australian Chef Hetty McKinnon. You’ll find everything from Chinese congee, Nepalese momos, Indian curry and Middle Eastern spices all making appearances, so there’s something for everyone. The Baked Alo Gobhi Cauliflower and the Fig Cheesecake are favourites of ours.
How much: $$
VEDA, Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.ovolohotels.com.hk/ovolocentral/veda
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Didn’t think authentic Italian food was possible on a vegan diet? Mirror & Vegan Concept will make you think again! With items like White Truffle Risotto, and a Tomato and Sheese platter, it’s no surprise that this relaxed, local spot is our favourite for cheesy vegan comfort food. We had the pleasure of checking this quaint little spot out, and we’d recommend the Mushroom Soup, Pesto Pasta (both the baked, and classic), and the Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese. Each dish brought a unique mix of flavours – sure to leave those cheese cravings at bay. It’s a relief to find vegan cheese options that aren’t pasty or synthetic. Though the atmosphere is stripped back and simple, it’s a place that prioritises homely dishes and comfort food.
How much: $-$$
Mirror & Vegan Concept, 9/F, 118 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/mirrorveganconcept
Gourmet vegan food is hard to find in Hong Kong but Grassroots Pantry is a chic, upscale restaurant that offers refined vegetarian and vegan dishes. The menu is almost 100% vegan, and all dishes are clearly labelled – it even outlines when items are Buddhist friendly. With quick breakfasts, sumptuous set lunches and light dinners, you can head over any time of day. Happy Hour and vegan chocolate cake is always a good idea.
Bonus points: Wherever possible, ingredients are sustainably sourced, local and organic. Grassroots is also a Water For Free location, so you can stop by to fill up your reusable water bottle if you’re walking along Hollywood Road.
How much: $$$
Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2873 3353, www.grassrootspantry.com
Known for wholesome lunches, handmade flatbreads, and rustic vibes, this contemporary spot sets the standard for eco restaurants by operating at zero food waste. Featuring a vegan, vegetarian, raw, and gluten-free menu, it has something for every dietary need. Pick between healthy wraps, tempting veggie burgers and the ready-made salad bar. The organic, fair-trade, vegan coffees are worth trying too.
Bonus points: MANA! only uses biodegradable and compostable packaging for takeaways and deliveries. The packaging is even printed with positive, proactive messages to inspire environmental shifts.
How much: $$-$$$
MANA! Fast Slow Food, 92 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2851 1611, www.mana.hk
The dishes at Sharmajii are fresh and ridiculously good value. You can order traditional sets with curry, rice and naan bread, or choose from a larger menu. Each dish is clearly marked with a V for diners to request a vegan option. Make sure to order a few appetisers to share, and try the veggie samosas and vegan banana pancakes.
How much: $
Sharmajii, Shop A, G/F, Block 2, Hung Hom Garden, 3 Tsing Chau Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
(Directions: from Ho Man Tin MTR, take exit A1 and follow the main road into the town. It’s about a 10-minute walk), www.facebook.com/Sharmaji.HK
Taking veg dining to whole new level, Zen Eat Cuisine has a minimalistic space that conveys traditional Japanese values of meditation and mindfulness through plant-based meals. Head to this cafeteria for a fresh take on Japanese food, with vegan set lunches ($98) prepared to suit your dietary needs. The relaxed space is complemented by the well-presented selection of farm-to-table dishes.
How much: $$
Zen Eat Cuisine, 5/F, Cheung’s Building, 1 – 3 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Zen-Eat-Cuisine
This quaint restaurant is a Thai Buddhist establishment, serving plant-based dishes aplenty. It features no garlic, leek, onion, shallots, or spring onions, but manages to keep the authentic flavours of Thai food on the tip of your tongue. Dishes are bursting with flavour and fragrances, with spices, lime juice and lemongrass generously used. Fresh mango salad, steaming red curry and fresh coconuts await…
How much: $
Thai Vegetarian Food, G/F, 28A Nam Kok Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 6153 7421, www.facebook.com/Thai-Vegetarian-Food
Dim sum is a Hong Kong staple, and thanks to Lock Cha Tea House, vegans and veggie lovers don’t have to miss out. Lock Cha offers a variety of friendly twists on this Chinese tradition, from pickled bean curd skin to vegan siu mai and plenty of veggies. The only requirement is that all diners order a pot of their own individual tea – which is easy, because the tea menu is triple the length of the food menu. The helpful staff will then show you how to best brew your particular pot. It’s a great tea house to bring visiting guests.
How much: $$$ (slightly pricier because of the amount of dishes ordered)
Lock Cha Tea House, Hong Kong Park, Ground Floor, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong
(Directions: Nearest MTR is Admiralty Exit C1. Follow the signs to Hong Kong Park. You will find the restaurant on your right just after the fountain). Closed every second Tuesday of the month, www.lockcha.com
Whether you’re vegetarian or not, this restaurant is worth checking out. As a non-profit social enterprise, Happy Veggies actively recruits staff who have hearing-impairments, striving to provide equal job opportunities in Hong Kong. The restaurant is run in a similar style to a canteen, where you can select two dishes plus rice, soup and a dessert. Though 90% of the dishes are vegan, you may have to double check some dishes don’t have egg. The lunch is particularly well-priced and absolutely delicious.
Bonus points: On top of being meat-free, dishes have less salt, less sugar, less oil and no MSG.
How much: $
Happy Veggies, 1/F, Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2529 3338 www.facebook.com/happyveggies
With its Instagrammable interior and friendly staff, LN Fortunate Coffee offers an entire plant-based udon menu. Think huge, steaming portions of dumplings, vegan meatballs and mushroom varieties. The reasonable menu features plenty of options under $100. It also serves pasta, burgers, hotdogs and baked potatoes. The best bit? This spot is never short on vegan desserts. The vegan waffles and fresh fruit tarts are two we’d recommend.
How much: $$
LN Fortunate Coffee, G/F, 118 Second St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
(Directions: from Sai Ying Pun MTR exit B2, turn right, and it’s on the left just before Pok Fu Lam Road), www.facebook.com/LN-Fortunate-Coffee-HK
This vegetarian neighbourhood café serves fresh, healthy food using personally selected, privately farmed ingredients. The ready-to-go meals are healthy and tasty, and you can mix-and-match to create your ideal lunch box. With options ranging from curried pumpkin and taro chickpeas, to Korean tofu and raw Pad Thai, Fresca is a favourite of ours. Simply choose a base of rice, salad (or both), and either a small or large box. Each is piled high with your favourite extras. Though a couple of the items (like the Greek Salad) do have cheese, the staff are well experienced to cater to various dietary requirements.
Top tip: The gluten-free cupcakes and cookies are made in-house. Try the salted caramel cupcake for a healthier sugar kick!
How much: $
Fresca, 54A, Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.frescahk.com
Decked out with 1950s memorabilia and vintage souvenirs, stepping into Veggie SF will make you feel a thousand miles away from Central. With a varied vegan menu, you can take your pick from vegan fish fillets and beetroot patties, burgers or noodles. For dessert, we’ve heard great things about the plant-based ice-cream sundaes and brownies.
How much: $$$
Veggie SF, 10/F 11 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
(Directions: nearest MTR – Central exit D2. Head straight up D’Aguilar Street and take a right onto Stanley road), www.veggiesf.com
As advocates of fair trade and organic produce, Ohms prides itself in being a healthy conscious café. It serves a variety of drinks, including coffees and tea with vegan soy, almond or cashew milk ($38), and light food including gluten-free pasta ($78) and more. The main draw is the selection of desserts – including caramel cake, brownies, and cashew tarts. And before you leave, try the vegan-approved alcoholic beverages!
Bonus points: Ohms Cafe and Bar is also great for gluten-free dining.
How much: $$
Ohms Cafe and Bar, G/F, Shop A, 192 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/ohmshk2017
Green Veggie believes in fresh and cruelty-free food – something we can definitely support. The chef matches the ingredients to the four seasons, and communicates his care for all living things through his authentic Chinese dishes. The meals are prepared to perfection, and the buffet-style lunch menu is a regular favourite of ours. The homely feel, is paired with a quaint balcony area overlooking one of the busiest streets of Hong Kong. The attentive service offers a quick, convenient dining experience.
Bonus points: Green Veggie partners with different communities and charities to distribute over 200 lunch boxes each week to those in need. Once a month, it invites the elderly to dine together for free. Contact Green Veggie if you’re interested in supporting the initiative.
How much: $
Green Veggie, 3/F, 238 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, 27713260, www.greenveggie.com.hk
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Pure Veggie House: Locally/organically sourced healthy dim sum with quality ingredients and a relaxed vibe.
Posto Pubblico: This all-time favourite Italian-American osteria has launched a farm-to-table, plant-based menu featuring two new vegan macaroni creations, Eggplant Bolognese, Impossible Balls and more.
Olive Leaf: As part of PlateCulture, Olive Leaf offers a private dining experience of Middle Eastern and Israeli food on Lamma Island. You can request an entirely vegan menu.
Veg 6: Japanese, Italian and Western vegetarian food fuse, with mock meats taking a solid place at the table. Any dishes containing egg or dairy are marked.
Isoya Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant: Veg sushi, noodles and dessert in the heart of Wan Chai.
Rawsoever: Healthy and creative raw vegan dishes on Lamma Island. Expect colourful combinations and a relaxed vibe.
The Vegvolution Kitchen: Italian-Asian inspired vegan cafe with a regularly rotating menu of pizzas – plus plenty of pastas, risottos, burgers and desserts.
Loving Hut: You’ll find mock meat in the form of barbecue char siu, chicken noodles and more. The Kowloon Bay location also carries vegan baked goods – including vegan egg tarts!
Gaia Veggie House: A well known chain. Order from the picture menu, and you won’t leave hungry. You’ll have meat-lovers swearing it can’t be mock meat!
InnoVeggie: A quick lunch spot. The buffet features a spread of Asian and Western dishes – but plenty of the dishes have milk or cheese so be sure to double check what’s vegan.
Supabowl: Hong Kong’s first dedicated Acai café, using only the finest veggie ingredients. Think goji berries, chia seeds, flax seeds and coconut.
The Cakery: Gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo-friendly goods are all available. Try “Rabbit Food”, a carrot cupcake with dairy-free cinnamon cream.
Top tip: Whilst some restaurants are still confused by vegan requests, we’ve found that more and more places are happy to accommodate. If nothing else, asking for no fish sauce at your local Thai restaurants is a great way to spark a conversation. It’s particularly exciting to see well-known meat restaurants like Beef & Liberty, Little Birdy, The Butcher’s Club, Honbo and Porterhouse starting to put more plant-based alternatives on the menu.
This store is Hong Kong’s only plant-based retail chain and boasts a wide selection of groceries. Stocking everything from fake eggs, Beyond Burger meat, oatly milk and (arguably) the best vegan cheese – it’s a Hong Kong favourite. Green Common also serves plenty of dishes at its locations.
Green Common, various locations throughout Hong Kong, www.greencommon.com
This is a go-to for vegans and vegetarians in Hong Kong. Some of our favourite treats include Happy Cow’s non-dairy ice-cream and a wide selection of healthy, raw snacks.
Just Green, various locations throughout Hong Kong, www.justgreen.com.hk
SpiceBox Organics, a USDA certified organic store, is an easy place to find health food, environmentally-friendly household products and natural body care products. The socially conscious company ensures that products available are sourced from sustainable organisations, and you can even find traditional medicine and Ayuverda products.
SpiceBox Organics, various locations throughout Hong Kong, www.spiceboxorganics.com
Corner Block stocks a whole range of certified organic produce, including organic baking brand Arrowhead Mills and gluten-free snacks from Dr. Schaer.
Corner Block, G/F, Shop A, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, www.cornerblock.com.hk
Supermarkets like ParknShop and citysuper also offer corn, soy, tofu and tempeh; and places like Yata supply beyond meat and Gardein alternatives.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and was updated on 20 May 2019 by Tania Shroff.