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One thing you should know about Hong Kong is the number of bakeries we have. They are absolutely everywhere.
If you go to crowded places like Causeway Bay or Tsuen Wan, you’ll even find that there can be several bakeries on one road.
There are so many different brands from local HK ones to western pastries. Many of them are successful too. But when there are so many to choose from, it’s hard to know which ones are worth eating at.
Today, we’re going to cover the best bakeries in Hong Kong.
1) A1 Bakery
First up is A1, a bakery often inside shopping malls and MTR stations.
If you’re living in HK, you’ve definitely seen this one around. This Japanese bakery have locations all across Hong Kong.
Next to A1 is often a store called Chateraise. They go hand in hand.
Chateraise sell more sweet things like cakes while A1 is mostly bread. A1’s bread options ranges from bread slices to sandwiches to croissants.
My personal favourite is their tomato and cheese bread. It’s a best-seller and it can be difficult to find. It’s always sold out so it’s clearly not only me that likes this. A lot of people also do as well.
As you’re making your way around the city, you’ll see an A1 bakery somewhere eventually. Pop in to see if their bread selection is up your alley.
A staple HK snack is egg tarts and when it comes to egg tarts, you must include Bakehouse. It’s the most famous thing on their menu and there is always a line to buy them.
But what some people might not know is that Bakehouse has other delicious pastries as well like donuts, danishes, and sourdough bread.
There are also heavier things you can order like sandwiches and soup.
Most Bakehouse locations only do takeaway so you’re going to have to head on over to their Wan Chai location if you want to have a proper sit-down meal.
3) Dang Wen Li
Do you remember the time when cronuts were everywhere?
The chef that invented this baked good is a pastry chef named Dominique Ansel.
He now has opened a bakery in Hong Kong called Dang Wen Li (Dang Wen Li is Dominique in Cantonese).
I think it’s cool that he did that because although a lot of HK people have amazing English, saying Dang Wen Li is easier to say than Dominique.
Dang Wen Li really does take HK’s local culture into consideration.
For example, at one point, they were selling these adorable little cakes that look like dim sum. Then, they had a time when the cakes looked like old-school nostalgia HK snacks.
Their cake designs will make you want to whip out your phone so that you can post pictures on Instagram.
There are so many things you must try here like their chocolate chunk cookie (it’s my favourite cookie here in HK), almond croissant, and DKA (caramelized croissant).
If you’re feeling hungry, go for something more filling like their silk egg katsu sando, BBQ pork egg croissant or corned beef egg sandwich. I even like their lobster bisque.
Dang Wen Li changes up the menu so the public comes back wanting to see what new items they sell. Plus, they have good pastries. No wonder they are a hit with locals.
All in all, there are too many delicious things here to eat. You have to come here to try their food.
4) Maison Krayser
Maison Krayser is another international chain bakery that has locations in Hong Kong. Those who are into French pastries will certainly be happy that you can buy European bread in the city.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of their financiers. Many other bakeries sell financiers, but Maison Krayser stands out because of its size. Financiers usually come in small rectangular shapes but at Maison Krayer, they are muffin sized.
That’s more like it!
I can take bigger bites of financiers and eat more. How awesome is that?
Maison Krayser also sells things like cookies, danishes and banana bread. There are also breakfast foods like yoghurt and granola and sandwiches. People who want healthier options can opt for a salad.
5) Big Grains
Most of the bakeries I’ve talked about so far are international chain bakeries. This one called Big Grains is a local one.
Although Big Grains is a local HK bakery, you can’t really tell with the selection they have. They have all kinds of Western baked goods from scones to canelé to tarts.
I usually go to their Tsuen Wan location and in the mornings, there’s a fresh selection of bread that include bagels and croissants. Then there are more unique flavours like truffle mushroom bread, taro bread, and chicken and mushroom bread.
What you need to know about Big Grains is that they add things throughout the day.
For example, their caneles and scones only come out in the afternoon. If you go in the morning, they won’t be available for sale because they didn’t make it yet.
This is also another kind of bakery that change up their bread often enough so customers are willing to come back to try their new products. So keep checking back to see what new items they’ll make next.
6) Ryoyu Bakery
Ryoyu Bakery is another Japanese bakery you need to know about.
They have fried buns which are different from your usual bakery. When I tried it, I thought it was weird (in a good way). They also have warm cheese tarts which are worth a try.
What I like to get here is their cheese and ham bread. It’s huge so it’s filling if you eat one piece alone for lunch. It reminds me of a pizza because there’s tomato sauce as a base.
There’s usually a Ryoyu Bakery near YATA, a department store chain here in Hong Kong.
At their Tsuen Wan location, there is also a Sanrio nearby and it’s absolutely wonderful. You get to look at cute gifts and buy mouth-watering bread. All within a few steps in the same shopping mall.
7) Little Mermaid
When there’s a City Super, Little Mermaid is right next to it.
Little Mermaid is a bakery connected to Citysuper, a supermarket chain store across the city.
They’re great at picking locations because these three districts are always filled with people.
When you visit the Little Mermaid bakery, watch out for the sign that tells you what came fresh out of the oven. Warm pastries are the best so consider yourself lucky if you can snatch something you want that just came out of the kitchen.
They have quite a variety too yet still change up the menu to keep things fresh so it’s not always the same old stuff.
This bakery may not be as many locations but it’s convenient because you can grab fresh and warm bread when you go for a grocery run.
8) Gontran Cherrier
Gontran Cherrier is a French bakery in the basement of K11 Musea, a mall in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Their croissants are what people usually go for.
To be honest, I’m not too crazy about their regular croissants. On the other hand, their almond croissants are too good.
The dough is fluffy and it’s extremely satisfying to hear the crunch when you break it apart.
There is always a line for their baked goods, especially on the weekends. Their long line might be discouraging but it moves fast.
Gontran Cherrier is also smart because they continue to bring out freshly baked goods as people are lining up to buy some (the store is pretty small). If you’re lucky, you can even grab one warm.
Unfortunately, there’s only one store but it’s still very convenient to visit because it’s in Tsim Sha Tsui. In this district, they have everything from fried chicken restaurants to shopping for affordable clothes to various malls.
The mall itself Gontran Cherrier is inside of, K11 Musea is worth checking out because it’s so pretty. I’ve even had people tell me this is their favourite mall in HK because of the interior design.
Final Thoughts – Best Bakeries in HK
Although there are many bakeries in the city, most people living here know most of these bakeries on this list. They’re that famous! HK people go crazy for food.
Buying bread from one of these places will make you understand why bread is so well-loved in Chinese culture.
Hong Kong people love to eat bread – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, you name it. You’ll never have to worry about not finding bread in Hong Kong because they are everywhere.
No matter where you are in the city, it is almost guaranteed one of these bakeries will be nearby.
The only tip I have is to go early to these bakeries because their best-selling items get snatched up fast. If you go later in the day, they’re gone and even if you want to buy some, it’s not available anymore. There’s always the next day though.
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