With café-hopping being a very real thing, patronising a new café every weekend for a scrumptious meal has become a norm for many. However, combing through the streets of Hong Kong to find places that serve healthy eats can be quite the challenge, considering the size of this sprawling metropolis. To aid you in sticking to healthier options, here is a list of the top 10 healthy cafes you can find in one of Asia’s busiest cities.
1. Grassroots Pantry
108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
Using only sustainable and organic ingredients, Grassroots Pantry’s focus is on serving vegetarian cuisine that is both innovative and wholesome. They also cater to other diet types – raw, vegan, gluten-free and Buddhist.
2. Veggie SF
10/F, 11 Stanley St, Central
With its charming 1950s San Francisco theme, it’s no surprise that Veggie SF is often touted as one of the best places for vegetarian dining. Of course, it wouldn’t be the case if the food wasn’t up to par! Some of their menu highlights include Singaporean-style laksa, sushi rice with fried vegetables, and garlicky potato wedges.
11 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Punt
A portmanteau of the words “local” and “farmer”, there are no surprises as to where these guys source their produce from! The locally-grown organic ingredients in Locofama’s food complement their simple, rustic décor to a tee, making it a great spot for low-dinners and casual get-togethers with friends.
4. LockCha Tea House
Hong Kong Park, Ground Floor, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Admiralty
Hong Kong-ers sure do love their dim sum! At this particular branch, aficionados of the small bite-sized potions of food are able to sink their teeth into meatless versions of its regular offerings. Due to the slight decrease in caloric content, you won’t have to worry too much about overeating!
5. HOME – Eat to Live
Shop G01 & 101, Nexxus Building, 77 Des Voeux Road Central, Central
HOME happens to be one of the most popular destinations for healthy eating in Hong Kong, thanks to its range of fresh organic food. Despite majoring in vegan, raw and gluten-free offerings, its menu has been met with praise from diners of all diets.
1 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
True to its name, Supafood uses plenty of bona fide superfoods in their menu, including guacamole, sweet potato and kale. It’s grab ‘n’ go concept is perfect for those busy professionals who are short on time.
22D, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang
From Mediterranean-style salads to ultra-thin-crust pizzas, there’s something for everyone at 3/3rds. Everything on the menu is made in-house; they even grow their own herbs! After your meal, take a nice stroll along their rooftop garden and bask in the natural light.
G/F, 28 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
A frequent contender for the title of “best sandwich spot around town”, Knead is known for putting savoury selections like braised beef brisket, chicken schnitzel, and smoked mackerel between slices of its freshly made sandwiches and salads.
Shop 132, L1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
While Bizou does offer an impressive selection that includes healthy starters and protein-driven mains, it is their salads that are the highlights of their menu. Ingredients like pan-roasted beets, crushed hazelnuts, avocado, and kale are sure to entice even the staunchest of meat-lovers!
10. Mana! Fast Slow Food
92 Wellington Street, Central
Mana! is founded on the principle of sustainable dining, which makes it a draw for eco-conscious diners in Hong Kong. It’s also home to one of the best vegetarian/vegan burgers around town! The aptly named “The Burger” uses halloumi patties topped with tofu, roasted vegetables, Portobello mushrooms and pickles all nestled in a spelt bun.
If you’re deciding between indulging in a palatable lunch or a healthy meal, look no further because you can in fact, have both. Get ready to be impressed by the spread and indulge in the mouth-watering food that’s served at these cafés. Seems like tasty and healthy foods are not mutually exclusive after all!