Hong Kong’s local bakeries are part of the culture and play an integral part in our everyday life. People stop by on their way to work, for a carby snack, or simply for a nostalgic kick. If you’re craving a sweet or salty snack, these bakeries offer the best historic favorites and celebrate the time-honored tradition.
Sai Kung Cafe and Bakery
Breezy Sai Kung is home to some of the best beaches and hikes in Hong Kong. Fuel up for an outdoor trip with the well-loved Sai Kung Cafe and Bakery, which frequently boasts queues of hungry customers waiting to try the famed butter pineapple bun (bo lo bao). Dishing out some of the best-baked goods in town, the cafe is also adored for its toasty Portuguese egg tarts.
G/F, 6-7 Kam Po Court, 2 Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, 2792 3861, www.facebook.com/pages/Sai-Kung-Cafe-Bakery
Tai Cheong Bakery
One of Hong Kong’s oldest bakeries (opened in 1954), Tai Cheong Bakery is embedded in the city’s collective memory. The traditional bakery is well-known for its scrumptious egg tarts and crispy Chinese donut, some of the most popular local snacks. Each baked good is made fresh in the oven every day and its innovative shortcrust pastry recipe coincides with the brand’s long history in the making. Tai Cheong is also famously cited as former colonial governor Chris Patten’s go-to for egg tarts.
Various locations including 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 8300 8301, www.taoheung.com.hk/en/brands/tai_cheong
Ming Wah Bakery
For a bit of old-school nostalgia, Mong Kok’s Ming Wah Bakery is located just off Temple Street and serves comfort treats from coconut buns to hot dog buns. Grab your local favorites, which are served fresh every day, especially the prized red bean cakes.
29 Soy Street, Mong Kok, 2782 5232
Coming from humble beginnings, Wing Wah originated in Yuen Long as a tea house in the 1950s. In the 1960s, it expanded to cakes and bakes, and it now has over 50 retail stores across Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories. The highly praised mooncakes are available year-round, but it’s the pastries, panda cookies, and wife cakes (available in different flavors) which grab our attention. Try a slice of old Hong Kong at Wing Wah to embrace the unique and well-preserved culture.
Various locations including 33-35 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2477 9947, www.wingwah.com
Kee Wah Bakery
Kee Wah started out as a neighborhood grocery store back in 1938, but has now expanded to be a globally renowned traditional Chinese bakery. Made with the finest ingredients, and a whole lot of heart, the bakery stays true to its legacy by serving the most delightful selection of bridal cakes, coconut egg rolls, Chinese tea and more. Indulge in the store’s well-loved mooncakes come Autumn.
Various locations including Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Ave, Kowloon Tong, 2776 3183, keewah.com
ABC Cake House Wan Chai
Relive childhood memories at ABC Cake House, a bakery previously housed in Central back in 1951. After a temporary closure, it then underwent a redevelopment phase and eventually moved in 2015. The founder’s granddaughter continues to pursue the store’s legacy, serving up traditional cakes and pastries, including egg tarts, cookies and pineapple buns. Don’t forget to try the famously delicious nougat with walnuts.
255 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, 2544 0301, www.facebook.com/ABCCakeHouse
Hang Heung Bakery
Venture out to Yuen Long for a day trip – because it’s well worth it for the baked goods. Hang Heung Bakery is nestled away in the countryside where it continues to serve its classic thousand-year egg pastries and wife cakes. Moreover, the Hong Kong traditional bakery withholds years of heritage and stories. Although it now holds outposts out in Hong Kong and Kowloon, its flagship arguably remains the best.
G/F, 66 Main Road, Yuen Long, 2479 2141, www.hangheung.com.hk
Door Door Bakery
With over 40 years of making homegrown baked treats, Door Door Bakery specializes in irresistible treats. These include nougats, butter cookies, and mouth-watering egg tarts. The bakery is located in Mei Foo, and it also serves a range of fluffy buns and quality pastries for a taste of childhood’s best memories.
G/F, 65 Broadway, Mei Foo Sun Chuen, 2370 3880, doordoorbakery.com