“The vegan movement is one of the fastest growing social justice movements in the world today.” — Dr Melanie Joy
The focus on healthy eating is rapidly gaining popularity all over the world, not to mention in Hong Kong. Compared to just three years ago, when I first started my vegan journey, the vegan food scene in Hong Kong has grown immensely. From ice cream to chicken nuggets (and even scrambled eggs!), there’s pretty much an vegan alternative to every food you never thought could be made vegan.
I often get asked by non-vegans: Is being vegan hard in Hong Kong? Do you only eat salads when eating out with friends? How do you even do without milk, cheese, and honey? Girl, you’re missing out a lot!
Yep, it’s true that being vegan in Hong Kong is not easy, but my diet preferences definitely did not affect my social life or upset my tastebuds thanks to the abundance of vegan options in my city. Here are some of my favourite vegan restaurants in Hong Kong:
MANA! Fast Slow Food
MANA! is always my go-to place for a grab-and-go lunch whenever I’m in Central Hong Kong. This place is a vegan and raw food heaven, with smoothies, salads, fries and build-your-own flatbread wraps (available gluten-free). Everything in the restaurant is recyclable, so remember to separate the food containers, utensils and straws into different recycle bins in the restaurant! And if you bring your own containers you receive 10% off!
My fav wrap combo is portobello mushrooms, kale, roasted cherry tomatoes and tempeh.
Be prepared to be stunned by the colourful retro and vintage decorations when you first walk into this place! Inspired by international cuisines, Veggie SF serves all kinds of authentic food such as Thai Tom Yum noodles, Korean Bibimbap and Hainan chicken rice (vegan of course!) in a cosy environment full of San Francisco’s 50s antiques and cosy jazz music.
My favourite from their menu is definitely the ‘I Am Fabulous’ burger. The patty is made with beetroot, cashews, lentils, and mushrooms, which is perfect for those who are not a fan of mock meat patties!
This is hands down the best acai place in Hong Kong! A refreshing and colourful acai bowl is perfect on a hot summer day — and for your Instagram feed! Their concept of affordable, healthy delicacy is what got me hooked, not to mention their super friendly staff! After choosing an acai or pitaya base, you get to choose two fresh fruit toppings and one superfood topping. Bring your own container to receive an extra free topping!
Address: 4 Swatow Street, Wan Chai or 41-43 Graham Street, Central
ÍAÇA Superfood Bar
I’m sure that everyone has heard of acai berries and their amazing benefits, but what about capuacu? Being the first to serve capuacu bowls in Hong Kong, ÍAÇA is definitely worth a visit. The taste of capuacu is a hybrid of pineapple and passion fruit, which is super refreshing and energising. Apart from smoothie bowls, ÍAÇA also serves homemade healthy snacks like energy balls and vegan banana bread.
Address: Shop 4, G/F, Lucky House, 17-21 Burrows St, Wan Chai
The craze of milk foam tea has taken over Hong Kong, and as a vegan, I’ve never tried one...because the creamy thick milk foam is obviously not vegan. Nuttea, coming from Taiwan, is the first all-vegan drink shop in Hong Kong. All their drinks, including the milk foam, are made with their homemade cold-pressed nut mylk!
Address: Shop D, 1/F, Maxgrand Plaza, 3 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong or Shop 2, G/F, 36 Hoi Kwong Street, Quarry Bay
Looking for a cafe to relax and chill on a hot day? Holly Brown is definitely the perfect spot for you and your girls to spend a sweet afternoon with VEGAN GELATO (that’s right!!) and coffee. Their rich, creamy, icy treats are oat milk-based, which is quite rare for vegan ice creams as they are always made with coconut milk, which I’m not a huge fan of. It’s important to note that not all of their gelatos are vegan, so check for the ‘vegan’ label!
Address: G/F, 22 Stanley Street, Central or Shop 01, G/F, D2 Place TWO, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok
Known for its entirely gluten-free menu, Infiniti C serves vegan-friendly food as well. A lot of their cakes are free from the common allergy ingredients so that everyone can enjoy them without worries, not to mention they’re super Instagram-worthy!
Address: Shop 6, The Hudson, 40 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Western District
Raw Bean Bites
Owned by the lovely Xaviera, Raw Bean Bites is an online shop which sells raw, baked and fried vegan doughnuts, as well as some other vegan sweet treats. I was lucky enough to try several of them at a PMQ pop-up and they definitely left me in awe. What makes Xaviera even more incredible is her contribution to our planet by using upcycled packaging for her treats!