Planning a birthday party or special occasion? Satisfy your sweet tooth as we give you the skinny on the best cake shops in Hong Kong
While we love chowing down on the best dim sum, ice cream and Mexican food in Hong Kong, is there anything in life more enjoyable than biting into a really great piece of cake? That’s why we took it upon ourselves to go through all the corners of the city to find out where to buy cakes. From new cafes churning out Insta-bait desserts to luxe French patisseries that are the masters of their craft, here are the creme de la creme of cake shops in Hong Kong.
Cake shops in Hong Kong
Jouer literally translates to ‘play’ as apparent in its playful confections. This artisanal cafe does French pastries the right way, but it’s their stunning cakes that keep us coming back for. Signature naked layered cakes come from the comforting flavours from our childhood like sticky toffee pudding, banoffee, s’mores – but its execution is oh so elegant. If that’s not enough sugar for you, Jouer also does macarons, canales, madeleines exquisitely.
Jouer, G/F Sau Wah Fong, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2528 6577, 灣仔秀華坊地下
2. Infiniti C
Serving a range of gluten-free, vegan and keto-friendly options, this cafe is well known for having atypical cake flavours. The blue cake on this Instagram post is the Blue Rose and Keto Earl Grey Cake, which is one of their best-selling cakes. Whether it’s Acai Greek Yogurt or Matcha Goji Berries, you’ll definitely find something special here.
Infiniti C has branches in Kennedy Town and Tsim Sha Tsui
3. Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel
Often referred to as “the Culinary Van Gogh”, Dominique Ansel opened his first store in Hong Kong this year, blending local culture into his desserts. Their desserts look like local savoury snacks, such as dumplings, fish balls and sandwiches. If you try the macaroni-shaped cake, expect a quirky twist in its flavour.
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel has locations in Tsim Sha Tsui and Central
4. Sift Desserts
You can find one of the moistest and most decadent cupcakes here – the flavours range from the classic red velvet, carrot, and pure vanilla to the more modern s’mores, green tea, and salty caramel chocolate. There are also seasonal specials during Christmas, Halloween, and Chinese New Year. They also have a handsome range of whole cakes whether you want to grab one for celebrations or just to satisfy your sweet tooth’s calling. The macaron sets make an elegant addition to celebrations and make a sweet gift.
Sift Desserts has locations across Hong Kong
5. The Vege Lab
Looking for a vegan cake for a dairy-free friend? We can definitely confirm that the cakes from The Vege Lab are sensational. Crafted with love by Yuki Chan, each cake tastes sensational, and we are particularly fond of the pumpkin bundt cake (pictured above) and the hazelnut and chocolate cake. Other options include an earl grey cake, the chai latte salted caramel cake and the passionfruit white chocolate cake – yum!
Read our review of The Vege Lab.
The Vege Lab, Room S, 10/F, Everest Industrial Centre, 396 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, p. 5332 6500, 觀塘觀塘道396號毅力工業中心10樓S室
6. VIVE Cake Boutique
Any sweet tooth knows that Vive Cake Boutique is a dessert lover’s paradise. The pretty pink café offers bespoke confections that are so stunning, you might not want to eat these confections. To go with the Instagram-ready pastel pink backdrop are their Instagram ready confections: here’s where you can order unicorn cake, a galaxy cake, and in the softest.
Read our full review of VIVE Cake Boutique.
VIVE Cake Boutique, Shop 3, 1/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p. 9602 2869, 中環皇后大道中80號H Queen’s 1樓3號鋪.
7. Jomo Coffee & Cakes
Jomo Coffee & Cakes sells home-made vegan pastries. Being named the best chiffon cake in town, the moist cake is slightly crunchy on the outside and topped with a robust layer of cream. Jomo has recently opened their second branch in Tseung Kwan O, where you can visit their gym and head to the cafe outside for a post-workout cake. Bonus: the cafe’s sea view is stunning!
Jomo Coffee & Cakes, No 4 Water Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2762 0258
Jomo Kitchen & Health Hub, Shop G01, Monterey Place, 23 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
8. Sugar Me
If you really want a cake with wow-factor, check out Sugar Me Kissery’s creatively sculpted cakes. Founded by an award-winning sugar artist, the cake shop churns out jaw-dropping creations that look and taste great. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the imaginative sugar work of this patisserie, just name the cake of your dreams and they’ll have you sorted. Some of their most inspired creations include a 40th birthday cake inspired by Banksy, a cake in the shape of the Millennium Falcon and a towering tier shaped like an Hermes shopping bag (and a Kelly to match).
Sugar Me, 83 Bedford Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 6110 8967, 大角咀必發道83號
9. Ms B’s CAKERY
Pure decadence is the name of the game at Ms B’s Cakery. Founded by Sevva’s Bonnae Gokson, this luxe patisserie has signature cakes with names like the choco-holics dream Better Than Sex (a dark chocolate fudge cake with chocolate caramel crunch and salted toffee), Pink Diamond Heart (pretty pink layers of Dom Perignon Rose champagne jelly, white chocolate mousse and French vanilla chiffon sponge – topped with diamonds), Champagne Chocolate and Diamonds (the chocolate version with champagne jelly, white chocolate mousse and French vanilla chiffon sponge – also topped with diamonds), and of course, their famous Million Dollar Truffle Cake (a rich and velvety chocolate truffle with toffeed nuts and topped with 24K gold and dribbled with gold coins). Ms B’s CAKERY also has gluten-free and sugar-free options, so when it comes to cake shops, this one is a winner!
Ms B’s CAKERY has branches across Hong Kong.
10. The Cheesecake Factory
First launched in Beverly Hills in the 1970s, this brand has received loyal support from cake lovers as it has grown across the globe. From Strawberry Cheesecake to Pumpkin Cheesecake, or Hot Fudge Sundaes to Carrot Cake, you can pick from over thirty flavours. They also serve steaks and salads for you to balance out the sweetness.
The Cheesecake Factory, Shop G102, Harbour City Gateway Arcade, 25 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2791 6628
11. The Mandarin Cake Shop
If you feel like splurging a little for someone you love, head to The Mandarin Cake Shop at Mandarin Oriental, one of the most famous cake shops in the city. Their meticulously crafted French pastries are a work of art, and their 1963 Mandarin Cheese Cake is a classic. Don’t miss the chance to pick up a jar of their legendary Rose Petal Jam while you’re at it.
The Mandarin Cake Shop, M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2825 4008, 中環干諾道中5號香港文華東方酒店閣樓
12. Cake in a Cup
Not having a physical store does not stop Cake in a Cup from making some of the most delicious cakes in town. Originally from Singapore, this home baker injects the flavours of Singapore and Malaysia into our fave cupcake: The Malacca, and also makes Kaya to her Grandma’s recipe. If you are a fan of rich buttercream and ganache, you must try their cakes and cupcakes.
Follow Cake in a Cup on Instagram and order their cakes.
13. Lady M
We’re sure by now you’re familiar with Lady M’s exquisite Japanese and French Mille Crepes. If not, you need to get a slice for yourself, stat! Layers upon layers of paper-thin crepes are slathered with the softest pastry cream for a subtle decadence. At Lady M, the Mille Crepes come in Signature, Green Tea, Coconut, Salted Caramel and Rose flavours. Other must-try confections include their Strawberry Shortcake and Banana Mille Feuille.
Lady M has branches across Hong Kong
14. The Cakery
Trying to eat clean but can’t help your sweet cravings? Fret not, The Cakery is a boutique cake shop that specializes in gluten-free, vegan, organic, sugar-free and paleo treats. The Cakery uses organic ingredients and superfoods like chia seeds to whip up a tasty range of desserts for the health-conscious. Signature cakes include their giant Sunflower Cake, a pumpkin sponge with dark chocolate; Aloha Cake, a gluten-free sponge cake layered with pineapple slices and covered in meringue frosting; and Hidden Gem, a gluten-free black sesame cake with black sesame paste and black sesame frosting. Yum.
The Cakery has branches in Central and Causeway Bay.
15. Poem Patisserie
If you’re looking for a stunning cake to wow the pants off your guests, then Poem Patisserie in Sheung Wan should be your first port of call. This is the ultimate haven when it comes to cake shops, with a team that makes cakes that come to life and tell stories. We love the fact that utilise many unique Hong Kong flavours, including a variety of teas, and even craft a cake that looks like a Hong Kong waffle!
Poem Patisserie, G/F, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2555 2550, 港鐵西營盤站 A1 出口, 步行約6分鐘