From milk-tea filled cookie shots at Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel to our favourite egg waffles, Hong Kong is definitely blessed with a wide selection of dessert offerings. But there’s one thing they’re definitely not: healthy. As living a health-conscious lifestyle steadily becomes more mainstream, shops and restaurants are finding innovative, healthy ways to make sweet treats. These five dessert spots in town will satisfy any sugar cravings you have.
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Where to find Hong Kong's most tempting healthy desserts
This uber health-conscious bakery is known for its large variety of cupcakes, cakes, and other sweet treats that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and organic – it doesn’t get any healthier than that. Their keto-friendly mini cheesecakes are a sure crowd-pleaser, but if that's not your thing, perhaps their gluten-free, dairy-free black sesame 'Men In Black' cupcakes (complete with dairy-free black sesame frosting) could tempt you instead.
With a 'eat like it matters' motto, Mana! is known for serving 'fast slow food' in Hong Kong. You probably know all about their signature flatbreads, burgers, chips and dips, but did you know they also whip up heavenly guilt-free desserts? We love Mana!’s raw, vegan, and gluten-friendly cacao coconut cakes. If you’re looking for something smaller, go for their bite-sized cacao, coconut or spirulina truffles. Don't forget to try their vegan oatmeal, cacao butter, or chocolate chip cookies too. Order a nice warm cup of coffee for a match made in heaven.
Dama is a sleek, modern dessert shop that aims to encourage good-eating, holistic wellness, as well as contribute to animal and environmental welfare – all while promoting a vegetarian diet. The most popular item on the menu is no doubt their vegan soft serve. From mango pomelo sago to red dragon fruit, their ever-changing ice cream menu ensures you never get bored of Dama’s icy goodness.
Yo Mama boasts a selection of 98% fat-free frozen yoghurt with a proprietary “Super+” probiotic formulation. Packed with natural, good bacteria that improves digestion, it also increases immune system function, and helps maintain a balanced inner health. Low in fat and high in calcium, its irresistible froyos come in many flavours – green tea, pink guava, peach and mango, pink grapefruit, summer s’mores, blueberry, salted caramel, and more. Just be gentle with the toppings, you never know how many extra calories you’ve piled on until it’s too late.
What began as an online shop selling organic homemade cupcakes, this quaint Soho dessert joint is the perfect spot for health nuts. The shop offers gluten-free desserts with dairy-free, vegan, paleo, and even Keto options. Sweetpea also makes a point of using no artificial flavourings or additives. We suggest going for their incredibly Instagrammable gluten-free Earl Grey and lavender chiffon cake.