With our guide to healthy eating in Hong Kong, you will never be short of guilt-free places to eat again
Just five years ago, if you were looking for a cafe or restaurant dedicated to health and well-being in Hong Kong you would have been hard-pressed to find one. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case, with loads of restaurateurs opening up a selection of spots around town where tasty meals can be enjoyed without costing you hours at the gym. We’ve selected ten such places where you can eat all the organic, gluten-free, vegetarian fare you can fit in your mouth; go forth and be well.
Grassroots Pantry is the perfect spot for anyone who enjoys great food, great service and great ambience. Using sustainable, organic ingredients, the chefs here create dishes that look and taste amazing. Try the soft-shelled maki roll made with cauliflower rice or the beetroot gnocchi for a guaranteed flavour sensation, and the home-fermented kimchi is a must. We love the way that the menu is clearly labeled for those with food allergies and dietary restrictions too.
Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong p.2873 3353
Home – Eat to Live
In the mood for a guilt-free vegetarian fix? Home – Eat to Live delivers a selection of hearty earth bowls, burgers, flatbreads and salads, all in the heart of Central. Besides the yummy food treats, these guys also make some mean fresh juices and smoothies; if you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, then you have to try the Nourish which features cold-brew, dates and almonds. Also, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy lunch or dinner with any friends who may have food intolerances such as gluten, lactose or sugar, just be sure to get there early, as the queues can get cray from around 12pm.
Home – Eat to Live, Shop G01-101, Nexxus Building, 77 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2777 4777
Having recently moved to its new location in Sheung Wan, Maya Cafe creates amazing Mediterranean cuisine from fresh, organic produce. The menu includes a rotating choice of goodies including homemade bean burgers, risotto made from cauliflower rice and some banging’ dips such as hummus and baba ghanoush. A range of healthy fresh juices are on offer along with superb coffee (try the coconut milk flat white!), but perhaps the piece de resistance are the brownies and cakes and other sweet treats that are largely sugar free – ole!
Maya Cafe, Shop 7, Ground Floor, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2111 4553
If you had to use one word to describe 3/3rds it would be – yum! This cafe, located on the top floor of an industrial building in Wong Chuk Hang, is the ultimate place to chill with your friends and eat some seriously good food. The salad bar features delicacies such as roast aubergine with saffron yoghurt and chargrilled broccoli with garlic and chili, while the menu also includes a range of healthy sandwiches, pizzas and hearty soups. Enjoy their weekend brunch menu as you sit in the rooftop garden and watch the world go by.
3/3rds, 22d, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, p. 3462 2951
The Restaurant by The Kinnet
Serving up dishes packed with natural flavours and rejuvenating properties, The Restaurant by The Kinnet is actually part of a wellness centre designed to improve physical and mental health while ageing. The restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and dinner, and is the perfect spot to grab a healthy fix if you are working in Central. Choose from a selection of grain bowls, organic meat dishes or opt for delicious cold-pressed juice or smoothie. Get there early to nab a prized spot on the outdoor terrace.
The Restaurant by The Kinnet, 3/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 3968-7623
Pololi was the first poke shack to open up in Hong Kong, and we just can’t get enough of their fresh flavours and laid-back vibe. Simply pick your base (rice, salad or half and half), and then choose from their mouth-watering selection of poke. Spicy mayo ahi tuna is always a good option, but they also have salmon versions if you aren’t a tuna fan, and there’s even a tofu option for vegetarians – what’s not to love?
Pololi, 4 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 3706 5641
If you fancy something that tastes great, but can’t quite make up your mind, then Oolaa is definitely the joint for you. Having made a name for itself in the weekend brunch department, this HK stalwart has one of the most comprehensive menus in town. The set-lunch menu offers a buffet salad bar, choice of main (think pasta, fish or steak) and dessert for just $158, PLUS they have an outdoor terrace!
Oolaa, G/F, Bridges Street, CentreStage, Soho, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, p. 2803-2083
With over 20 locations in both Hong Kong and Singapore, you know that Nood is onto something special. We can’t get enough of their amazing range of freshly pressed juices and especially love the Spring Clean from the Restore Me range. Nood is also the perfect spot for lunch, offering a range of super healthy sandwiches, salads and wraps. And don’t miss their selection of sweet and savoury snacks – yes please, fudge brownie!
Nood Food, 2/F, Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p 8199 8189
Something Wild – The Farm
Something Wild – The Farm is inspired by the “farm-to-table” concept that has become so popular in recent years. Ingredients are sourced locally to create a menu that is both easy on the tastebuds and on the planet. A range of organic meat and seafood dishes are available, as well as a selection of salads, pastas and pizzas, but our favourite is the chicken and quinoa risotto. Be sure to finish off your meal with a delicious sweet potato latte.
Something Wild – The Farm, Shop 201, 2/F, K11 Art Mall, No. 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 3755 4899
If you are looking for a healthy fix after a day of shopping in Causeway Bay, then Cedele has you covered. The all-day brunch offers up favourites such as an acai smoothie bowl, smashed avo on rye and good old salmon and eggs. If you are after something slightly more filling, try the selection of quinoa salads or the tofu nori, which comes with edamame and mushrooms. Located on Fashion Walk, Cedele is also a great location for people watching, and you may even spot a celeb.
Cedele, Shop C, G.F, 58-64 Paterson Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2110 0490