Hong Kong may be famed for its local bakeries (which serve scrumptious bo lo bao and dan taat) but the city is also home to a variety of international bread houses. From French patisseries to five-star hotel cake shops, there’s no shortage of quality baked goods to choose from. Rising to the occasion, we round up the best international bakeries in Hong Kong we knead and love right now.
Pastry lovers unite at Gérard Dubois’ Passion bakery, a place that embodies a traditional French cafe. Opening his first shop in 2012, the Swiss-born pastry chef designed the elegant cafe to serve the most well-loved pastries, desserts, and freshly baked bread, using high-quality imported French flour. The signature crispy baguette and sourdough are both baked in a traditional stone oven, whilst the rich Chocolat Chaud is rich in aroma and reminiscent of a homey country cottage. If you’re a macaron fan, you’re in luck – Passion’s handmade French macarons are distinguished and celebrated for their hand-painted shells and delicate pâte-de-fruit filling.
Various locations including 200 Lee Tung Street, Wan Chai, 2833 6778
For an authentic, artisanal French bakery experience, Maison Kayser is quite the expert in all things baking. Founded by Eric Kayser in 1996, the worldwide chain has outposts in over 24 countries, each retaining the freshly baked quality the brand is famous for. With a wide selection of breads, pastries, viennoiseries and baked goods, Maison Kayser has diversified from French classics to unique creations. Come here for a fresh breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a work snack for an energy booster – with a cup of coffee of course.
Various locations including 75 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2650 9928
Inspired by Literature Nobel Prize Winner Pablo Neruda’s famous words, “bread, truth, wine dreams”, Levain’s goal is to provide artisanal European-style bread and pastries to Hong Kongers. Using high-quality ingredients, all the bread is free from additives, synthetic flavoring, and preservatives. A lot of the products are also vegan and contain less gluten than commercially-bought bread, which are typically harder to find in the local market. Some particular favorites include baguettes, sourdoughs, pan bread, brioche, and croissants. Founded by baker KC Li, Levain Bakery also hosts regular baking courses to teach the art of bread making. Check out the Facebook page and online site to find out more.
1/F, PMQ, Hollywood H105 – H107, Mid-Levels, 2559-0889
With 15 years of knowledge accumulated as the Four Seasons executive pastry chef, amongst many other prestigious bakeries, Grégoire Michaud finally took the leap and started his own Bakehouse. Offering a range of the chef’s famed delights, from the croissants to artisanal sourdough loaves, Bakehouse makes everything fresh and in-house, with viennoiseries coming out at 8am and sweet pastries at 11am. Many flock here to grab the goodies before they sell out – so be sure to get the sourdough, as it’s an absolute must.
14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai
To say that Dang Wen Li products are insta-worthy is an understatement. World-renowned for his cute, innovative creations, Dominique Ansel’s Dang Wen Li is the pastry chef’s first Hong Kong outpost. The capsule collection is exclusive to the city, with whimsical lemon tea and bo lo bao cakes, resembling iconic snacks. The bakery also serves a range of viennoiserie including pain au chocolat and Kouign-Amann if you’re craving a sweet treat.
G/F, G63A, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2613-8618
If it’s gourmet cakes you’re looking for, look no further than luxury hoteliers. Mandarin Cake Shop specializes in decadent cakes, chocolates and patisseries, and has been catering for Hong Kong’s dessert lovers for 45 years. Manned by Executive Pastry Chef Christophe Sapy, the Mandarin Oriental’s bakery is frequented by the city’s elite clientele, favored for its occasion-worthy dessert displays. Signatures include the 1963 cheesecake, the homemade truffles, and the iconic rose petal jam. Above all, try one of the incredible cakes designed as a sculpture for a photogenic treat.
M/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2825-4008
One of Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets, Plumcot, is tucked away in the peaceful Tai Hang neighborhood. Set up by Camille Moënne-Loccoz and Dominique Yau, the small bakery offers a selection of bread and pastries, usually serving only a few customers at a time due to its petite space. All products are freshly made in-store. If you’re out on a hot summer’s day, be sure to try the artisanal ice cream.
G/F, 10A Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang
For a taste of Latvian cuisine, Mayse bakery is located just outside Tai Po. The venue features sourdough bread, wheat bread, oat milk bread, challah, gluten-free buns, and more. Bakers ferment the sourdough for up to 40 hours, in accordance with the traditional Latvian way. As a result, the process from the long fermentation gives the bread an intense, tangy flavor. Run by a father-daughter duo, Mayse prides itself on the secret ancient baking techniques, which are unique to Hong Kong.
G/F No, 64 Sam Wo Rd, Tai Mei Tuk Tsuen, 9533 0336, www.maysebakery.com