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The bakeries and patisseries to follow on Instagram for dessert inspiration

Beware of IG-induced belly growls

By Fontaine Cheng
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Just about everyone, and everything, is on Instagram these days. From local cafes, restaurants, boutiques, artists, dogs, and even your neighbour’s little baby makes an appearance every now and then. And now, bakeries and dessert shops are doing the same, and even operating via the social media platform to accept orders and answer enquiries – how’s that for sliding into your DMs for dessert! So, for that sweet inspiration, keep scrolling. But don’t say I didn’t warn you about the belly rumbles.

RECOMMENDED: Prefer Hong Kong-style egg tarts or a classic cocktail bun? Check out our list of the best local bakeries instead.

Best bakeries and dessert shops on Instagram

Fika Time (@fikatime_hk)

Offering 6cm (in diameter) cinnamon rolls, newly launched brand Fika Time offers assorted boxes of treats featuring a range of flavours including classic, lemon, caramel apple, tiramisu, yuzu honey, oreo, and more. Fika Time announces new batches of rolls on Instagram that are available for pre-order while stocks last. You can then pick up your box at the designated MTR station during a specific time slot. 

For more information, check out their Instagram

Ponpon (@ponpon.hk)

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This IG dessert shop takes on the banana pudding made famous by Magnolia Bakery in New York City. Using layers of custard-based vanilla pudding and fresh banana pieces, the desserts are then topped with other flavours including the deep caramel flavours of Lotus Biscoff shortbread, espresso, pumpkin spice, and most recently Bailey’s with cookies and cream. Available on certain dates, pre-orders are required and you can DM for more details.

For more information, check out their Instagram

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Dough by Design (@doughbydesignhk)

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Dough by Design offers doughnuts that are light and fluffy with creative flavours such as black sesame, Baileys Irish cream, and Nutella bombolini, alongside classic glazed, sugar-coated and more. Pre-ordering the doughnuts are required and those that have signed up for early access get first dibs, so make sure you follow the instructions to get your hands on them. 

For more info, check out their website here or Instagram

Croffle Chronicles (@crofflechronicles)

Marrying the classic croissant and beloved waffle, Croffle Chronicles offers this crispy and chewy breakfast/dessert item to Hongkongers on IG. Made fresh on a cast iron waffle maker, the croffles come in different flavours such as sugar-glazed, maple-glazed, Nutella, and peanut butter and pretzel. You can order them for the next day, simply DM for orders. There are instructions on how to reheat them too, so you can get the perfect texture if you don’t eat them immediately.

For more information, check out their Instagram

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Grandma’s Scones (@grandmas_scones)

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If mum knows best, then surely grandma is always going to be a winner. That is when it comes to artisanal scones made by local brand Grandma’s Scones anyway. If the super cute packaging or Instagram-worthy boxes don’t get you, the creative flavours definitely will. From rum raisin, hojicha mochi, blueberry cream cheese to sea salt caramel chocolate, banana pecan, and more, there’s something for every scone lover here.

For more information, check out their Instagram

Shall Make Cake (@shallmakecake)

It’s all tarts, tarts, tarts, and more tarts, at Shall Make Bake. And if you have any inkling of a sweet tooth and an eye for good looking desserts, then this is probably the IG shop for you. From mini versions to normal and larger sized six or ten-inch tarts, the desserts here are dressed beautifully in fruits, sweets and different flavours ranging from purple sweet potato and cheese, mango, chestnut, strawberry, and much more. 

For more information, check out their Instagram

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Endorphins (@koeykoeyt)

Offering a range of desserts and pastries, in particular canelés, Endorphins is gaining popularity on Instagram at speed and it’s not hard to see why. They are currently holding a pop-up store in Lab Concept at Queensway Plaza, which has been extended until April 30, to showcase their talent in creating stunning sweets such as Basque burnt cheesecakes, macarons, snowballs, and more. I mean, seriously, just look at those canelés.

For more information, check out their Instagram

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