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Hong Kong’s best local bakeries

The great Hong Kong bake-off

By Olivia Lai
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Hong Kong bakeries are essential to our local culture. Because let’s be honest, most of us don’t have the time to have a sit-down breakfast. Bakeries are the sacred pit stop many of us visit on our way to work for some much-needed sustenance in the form of a hearty bun. Local bakeries are also purveyors of homemade, carb-tastic traditional Hong Kong pastries like wife cakes and cream cones that you can’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re craving a good old fashioned pineapple bun from a local institution like Happy Cake Shop or the legendary egg tarts from Tai Cheong Bakery and Hoover Cake Shop, these historic Hong Kong bakeries bake up the best bread and buns.

RECOMMENDED: If bread is life, consider being regulars at one of Hong Kong’s best bread bakeries. Or if you can manage time for a sit-down breakfast, there’s no better place than one of these cha chaan tengs.

The best Hong Kong bakeries

A Noy Bakery
Peter Moran

A Noy Bakery

Shopping Bakeries Peng Chau

The Peng Chau local behind A Noy Bakery wakes up at 5am every morning to bake traditional buns and bread for Peng Chau residents rushing off to work or school. Tourists and locals alike flock to this island bakery for the mouthwatering fermented soybean sesame biscuits. These fragrant and crispy biscuits are the size of your palm. Sure, you can find these elsewhere in Hong Kong, but none are quite as large, thin and flavourful as these. It’s only a 30-min ferry ride to the tiny outlying island, so why not make a day of it with the help of our Peng Chau guide?

Door Door Bakery
Angus Ho

Door Door Bakery

Shopping Bakeries Lai Chi Kok

This more than 40-years-old homegrown bakery makes it worthwhile to visit Mei Foo. The egg tarts (both traditional and Portuguese) here are big winners, so are the coconut tarts. There’s a myriad of buns to snack on with tons of fillings like tuna, chestnut and red bean, as well as a surprisingly good and fluffy matcha green tea scone. Door Door is also known to specialise in cookies and nougats – most visitors find it difficult to walk away without at least a pound of cookies in hand.

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Ki Tsui 奇趣餅家
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Ki Tsui

Restaurants Mong Kok

Mong Kok is always packed but Ki Tsui’s goodies are worth braving the crowds for. This Fa Yuen Street bakery is one of a handful of traditional Chinese cake shops still operating in Hong Kong and most of its vintage furnishings remain intact. The store’s iconic baked treats – like its mini walnut cookies, Chinese shortbread and chicken pie cookies – are to die for. Come Mid-Autumn, prepare to fight for an order of the top-notch mooncakes, where the egg yolks are like full moons in velvety lotus paste skies.

Happy Cake Shop
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Happy Cake Shop

Shopping Bakeries Wan Chai

Arguably the happiest place on Earth for bread lovers. Don’t let Happy Cake Shop’s ghetto facade deter you from trying its selection of salivatingly delicious bread and baked goods, which is all laid out on old metal trays. The speciality cream cone  – think of it as a hollowed-out croissant filled with cream – is by far the most popular treat. Its pineapple buns are huge, but you can’t go wrong with any of the classics here, from the luncheon meat bao to its coconut bun or century egg pastry. 

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Ming Wah Bakery
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Ming Wah Bakery

Restaurants Mong Kok

Nestled near Temple Street, the oven at this family-owned bakery is always baking fresh batches of comforting treats like cocktail buns and coconut buns throughout the day. The red bean cakes are a local favourite here, with a helping of the sweet paste sandwiched inside a toasted mochi and topped with roasted sesame seeds. The chicken biscuits are a house speciality too.

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Hang Heung Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Yuen Long

Many Hongkongers eagerly head to the far north of the city to hit up Hang Heung Bakery and sample its fresh-out-of-the-oven thousand-year egg pastries and wife cakes. Even though there are now stores on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon, the Yuen Long outlet is still the best in the business and has become quite the city institution. Its signature baked goods are not only a treat for the tastebuds, but the drool-worthy creations are great gifts as they’re not quickly perishable. 

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Hoover Cake Shop

Shopping Bakeries Kowloon City

It’s not hard to find decent egg tarts in Hong Kong, but Hoover Cake Shop sits up there among the best. Hailed by many as HK’s egg-tart king, Hoover’s tarts stand out since the bakery uses duck instead of chicken eggs to produce a smoother, stronger-flavoured custard filling. The velvety coconut tarts, cream buns and big swiss rolls also draw in the crowds. Prepare to queue – the line can sometimes stretch as far as the next block – but you’ll be hoovering up those egg tarts in no time.

Portuguese egg tart
Colin Lam

Sai Kung Cafe & Bakery

Restaurants Sai Kung

Within Sai Kung sits a not-so-secret hidden gem of a bakery known as Sai Kung Café. There are three main attractions here: the buttered pineapple bun, the Portuguese egg tart and the milk tart. The likes of Chow Yun-fat are said to be fans of the baked goods here. It makes all the difference to get your treat hot out of the oven, so expect some lines, especially during weekends. You can grab the buns to-go while you stroll around the neighbourhood, or take your time at one of the few seats outside the shop.

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Tai Cheong Bakery

Restaurants Central

These legendary egg tarts need no introduction, having been made famous by former governor Chris Patten. The silky smooth yellow decadence of egg custard, glazed with a thin layer of syrup, sits inside a crisp, buttery cookie crust that crumbles in the mouth. Although there are 14 branches across the city, the main branch in Central remains the most popular. The first batch rolls out hot at 9am daily but be warned, they ain’t the cheapest egg tarts in town.

Tai O Bakery

Tai O Bakery

Restaurants Tai O

Tai O ought to be known for more than just its stilted houses and seafood snacks. The Lantau village is also home to a wonderful local bakery, offering a famous sweet treat – sugar-dusted Chinese-style doughnuts. The super-doughy ball is served fresh from the deep-fryer throughout the day, so make sure you wait a bit before taking a bite (yes, we know it’s hard). It’s worth trying other special creations, like the coconut tart and Tai O sesame cookies, while you’re waiting. 

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