The Best Plant-Based Food Spots in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Nov 17, 2020

An advocate of sustainable tourism, Hmlet Member Jaclyn Yost wants more people to be responsible travellers. She shares her favourite places to dine meat-free in Hong Kong.

Consumer movements towards "going green" is gaining traction with the increase  in awareness over environmental and social-related  issues and the recognition that the choices we make in our everyday lives can have an impact on our planet.

As a major Cantonese cuisine capital, it is not always easy to find dining spots in Hong Kong that have a green agenda. If you want to try implementing more plant-based meals into your diet, here are several great places to start.

You'll get to enjoy your meal knowing you're contributing towards making our world a better, more sustainable place.

Treehouse.eco

Source: Treehouse.eco

Treehouse is the newest fast-casual vegan restaurant to hit the heart of Central. Treehouse strives to be “one with nature”, proving that natural, vegan-friendly, wholesome food can be equally delicious and satisfying.

And the best part? Treehouse composts and recycles all excess waste; supports sustainable agriculture; sources from local farmers; and makes all their cold-pressed juices, kombucha and in-house

Address & Operating Hours
Facebook | Shop 1, Ground Floor, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central | 10am - 10pm, Mondays - Saturdays

MANA! Fast Slow

Source: Jaclyn Yost

Pioneers of the vegan fast-casual movement in Hong Kong, MANA! is a Hong Kong veggie favourite. Their slogan “Diet Change Not Climate Change” says it all, as their efforts across all their locations operate as people-friendly, earth-friendly, and animal-friendly as possible.

With their salads, flatbreads, soups, and desserts all made fresh daily, it is clear why MANA! has become so popular with a loyal “tribe” of conscious customers.

Pro tip: bring your own containers from home and you will receive a 10% discount on your order.

Address & Operating Hours
Website
Central - 92 Wellington St | Central: 10am - 10pm, daily
PoHo (Sheung Wan) - 8號 Tai On Terrace | 8am - 6pm, daily except Tuesdays
Starstreet - 8-10 Queen's Rd E, Admiralty | 8am - 9pm, Mondays - Fridays; 9am - 9pm, Saturdays & Sundays

Loving Hut

Source: Jaclyn Yost

Loving Hut is a budget-friendly way to get your fill on Hong Kong classics, without the animal by-products. They are most known for their vegan egg tarts, and while that may sound contradicting, what they pull off is simply amazing. These treats sell out almost daily and to guarantee you’ll get one, it is recommended to show up at their shop as soon as they open.

Address & Operating Hours
Website
Wan Chai - 2/F, Luen Tai Building, 93-99 Wan Chai Road
Kowloon: Shop 21 & 23, E-max, 2/F, KITEC; Shop 21 & 23, 2/F, E-max, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Dr; Hip Lik Industrial Building, Shop 103A, 1/F., Port, 33 Tseuk Luk St, San Po Kong
Hours: Varies by location

DAMA

Source: Jaclyn Yost

Recently opened in TST’s K11 MUSEA, DAMA is on a mission to promote good eating while protecting the Earth. While they do have a limited menu, the nibbles they offer are all-natural.

DAMA’s most popular, crowd-pulling item is the vegan soft serve. Flavours rotate on a daily basis, but with options like strawberry and oat milk, there is no question that, no matter the flavour, it is the perfect pick-me-up on a humid Hong Kong afternoon. Catch them on certain days and some of the earnings per cone will even be donated towards local causes.

Address & Operating Hours
Website | Shop 411 4/F K11 MUSEA No.18 Salisbury Road Tsim Tsui Sha | 10am - 10pm, daily

Confusion Plant-Based Kitchen

Source: Confusion Plant-Based Kitchen

The story behind the name of this plant-based kitchen came about when the owners of this family-run cafe made it their goal to assist customers with getting over the “Confusion” of how they can make more sustainable food choices. They work hard to assure their patrons that all money goes towards supporting good economic, social, and environmental practices.

Address & Operating Hours
Website | G/F, 103, Jervois Street, Sheung Wan | 7.30am - 4.30pm, Mondays to Saturdays

Ohms Cafe & Bar

Source: Ohms Cafe & Bar

This cozy nook in Sheung Wan only uses  organic, vegan, and fair-trade ingredients. While they serve hearty dishes like gluten-free pasta, they are most notable for their wide dessert range and alternative-milk drinks.

P.S. Even the alcohol served at Ohms is verifiably vegan, so cheers to that!

Address & Operating Hours
Facebook | G/F, Shop A, 192 Hollywood Road |12pm - 9pm, daily

Dragon-i

Source: Culture Trip

An all-you-can-eat vegan Dim Sum establishment by day turned club by night, Dragon-i has an extensive menu that takes a vegan spin on all the traditional classics. Better yet? The unlimited flow of food won’t break the bank as this deal is just HKD198 + 10% per head.

Address & Operating Hours
Website | The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street | Opens at 12pm daily except Tuesdays

Pure Veggie House

Source: Happy Cow

This long-lived crowd favourite serves traditional Chinese inspired dishes without any additional preservatives, MSG or dairy products. Proving that you can enjoy meatless cuisine without sacrificing local authenticity.

Address & Operating Hours
Facebook | 6/F, M88, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central | 9am - 4.30pm, 6pm - 11pm, daily

Lock Cha

Source: Time Out

To experience Hong Kong’s art, culture, and heritage in one dining experience, Lock Cha is a premier teahouse whose philosophy is to provide good tea that does not harm the environment or climate, taking every step possible to make certain that each tea leaf going into their product is  of high quality.

The have numerous tea shops around the city, however the location in Admiralty is well-known for offering delectable veggie dishes as well.

Address & Operating Hours
Website | Admiralty, The K.s.lo Gallery | 10am - 8pm, daily

Leaves & Liberty

Source: Leaves & Liberty

This new Deliveroo kitchen concept is great for lazy Sundays when you can’t leave the flat and crave takeaway. Operating out of Sai Ying Pun, this sustainable, vegetarian and plant-based food joint offers a wide variety of alternative dishes from salads to Impossible Burgers.

Bonus: When you order select menu items (such as, the Falafel Burger), part of the proceeds will be donated to local environmental protection campaigns.

Address & Operating Hours
Website | G/F, 58 High Street, Sai Ying Pun | 10.30am - 10.30pm, Mondays to Sundays


Jaclyn Yost (@jaclynyost), our Hmlet Hong Kong member, is originally from the United States but has lived in the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, and has journeyed to 38 countries (so far)! She is the founder of Ecomadic — a trusty bookings and reviews platform for sustainable tourism enterprises. The company is currently in development and is set to launch early 2020.

Jaclyn is undergoing a PhD programme with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she focuses on green-washing within the hospitality and tourism sector. She is also a contributing writer to Green is the New Black. Her monthly column focuses on spreading awareness on sustainable tourism and teaching travellers how they can make more conscious decisions abroad.


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