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Best Japanese snack stores in Hong Kong

Forget about how much you're missing Japan one snack at a time

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Who doesn’t love Japanese snacks? From oddly shaped candies to uniquely flavoured crisps, Japan has some of the most innovative, quirky, and tasty nibbles in the market. Luckily, there are plenty of places where you can get your hands on them in the city! Here are some of our top recommendations on the best Japanese stores to visit to satisfy your snacking needs. By Erika Yip

RECOMMENDED: Have all your favourite snacks delivered to your doorstep from the best online snack shops in Hong Kong, or go for a full meal at some of Hong Kong's best Japanese restaurants.

Best Japanese snack stores in Hong Kong

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  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Currently with four locations across the city, this Japanese megachain is filled with everything a snack lover needs. From nostalgic soda candies to seriously addictive Hokkaido cheese puffs, Don Don Donki adds a fun variety of Japanese flavours to your snack cupboard. In addition to snacks, the massive store also has readily available meals, beauty products, homeware, and even an adult section. 

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If you’re looking for a healthier snacking alternative, Guu San has you covered. The store is divided into three sections – Sawaya, where you’ll find non-packaged food and Japanese groceries; Kome Korner, which offers hot Japanese dishes freshly prepared each day; and The Salfee Bar, a salad bar-slash-cafe with a rotating menu. Apart from providing a range of guilt-free snacks such as dried mango slices or pumpkin seeds, Guu San also imports fresh fruits, vegetables, and dried goods directly from Japan.

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  • Kwai Chung

Unlike other Japanese snack stores on this list, Maniaj offers some of the quirkiest local Japanese snacks – matcha chicken instant noodles, poop-shaped candy, mayonnaise-flavoured rice crackers, salted instant soy milk – the list goes on. The store also has a small food stall that serves up tasty bites like wagyu potato bombs or cheesy potato rice cakes. 

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  • Kowloon Bay

From instant curries to matcha chocolate covered strawberries, to baked cheese with dried fish (it tastes better than it sounds, we promise), Muji creates and reinvents traditional Japanese snacks to fit their minimalist philosophy. If you’re constantly on the go, try their light instant meals that come in a variety of pasta, risotto, soup, noodles, and more. 

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  • Whampoa

M’mart sells exclusive Japanese food products that are hard to find anywhere else in town, from fresh Japanese produce to meats – they keep a calendar to let customers know which days fresh vegetables arrive from Japan – to lesser-known, authentic Japanese snacks. While the variety of what’s available is relatively limited compared to giants like Don Don Donki or Guu San, you can be sure that they are quality guaranteed.

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