With our guide to healthy eating in The 852, you'll 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 healthy eating and well-being, you would have been hard-pressed to find one. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case, there is now a wide selection of salad spots and vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong, such as Green Common and Loving Hut. We’ve selected some of our favourite places where you can eat all the organic, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian fare you can fit in your mouth; go forth and be well.
Healthy eating in Hong Kong
When speaking of healthy eating, it’s hard to not think about delicious smoothies and acai bowls. Opened by a lovely couple, Supabowl in Wan Chai makes a wide range of vegan and vegetarian acai bowls, and with loads of fresh fruits, coconut chips and cacao nibs on top! If you’re looking for something indulgent yet guilty-free as breakfast or lunch (and Instagram-worthy), this is your spot.
Read our full review on Supabowl here
Supabowl, Shop A1, G/F, 4 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 灣仔汕頭街4號地下A1號舖
Offering two types of salad boxes – Fete Box and Fete Lite – where you can pick your own choices of grains, veggies and protein, Fete Up in Sheung Wan is one of the best spots for those that are into healthy eating, whether you’re a veggie or a meat eater. Their choices consists of organic coconut rice, quinoa, roasted tandoori sweet potato, Japanese miso vegan minced, chickpea salad, roasted chicken and more.
Fete Up, LG/F, 182 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 9335 7115, 上環威靈頓街182號低層地下
Not only is SpiceBox Organics a small beloved health food store in Mid-Levels, it is also a deli that serves delicately made vegan and vegetarian treats. Serving an array of healthy and low fat food items on the menu, including freshly baked tandoori roti rolls, mixed bean chili, kale salad and carrot cupcake, SpiceBox Organics is definitely one of the best lunch spots for health-conscious peeps.
Read our full review on SpiceBox Organics here
SpiceBox Organics – Mid-Levels, Shop 1, 137 Caine Road, Golden Valley Mansion, Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, p. 2559 9887, 半山堅道137號金谷大廈地下1號舖
Recently opened in Nan Fung Place in Central, 12Noon is a new cafe and deli that offers handcrafted healthy meals and cold-pressed juices, such as Chicken Fajita Cauliflower Rice, Mexi-Cali Salads and Hummus Wraps. We especially adore their vegan coconut yogurt, which is topped with a generous amount of roasted coconut flakes, nuts and dry oats.
12Noon, Shop No. G7, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, p. 2487 9098, 香港中環德輔道中173號南豐大廈G7號舖
Veggi Monster is the only burger joint in Hong Kong that serves 100 percent plant-based burgers. From their flaming Sichuan-flavoured tofu burger to the refreshing Forest Guardian Burger – which is made of broccoli and potatoes – you’ll be blown away by nutrient-dense deliciousness. Even if you’re not a burger person, they also serve hot penne and healthy salads for a very affordable price. There will always be something for you.
Read our full story on Veggi Monster here
Veggi Monster, Shop 1B, G/F, Cheungs Building, 1 Wing Lok Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2886 0325, 中環永樂街世瑛大廈地下B鋪
Ahimsa Buffet is easily one of the best (vegan and vegetarian) all-you-can-eat buffet places in Hong Kong. Costing only $68 and $118 for lunch and evening hours, you can indulge as much as you want. They serve an array of delicious food, including steamed dumplings, traditional Chinese turnip cake, healthy stir-fry noodles and vegan dessert.
Ahimsa Buffet, Shop B, G/F, Wah Hai Mansion, 10-16 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong, 北角堡壘街10-16號華曦大廈地下B舖
Fresca is a friendly vegetarian eatery located in SoHo, Central. Each day they will prepare a diverse range of warm and cold salads for their customers, with our favourites being their Vietnamese vegetarian noodle salad and marinated spicy tofu. And don’t forget to give their steamed gluten-free muffins a try.
Fresca, G/F, 54A Hollywood Road, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2770 2282, 中環蘇豪荷里活道54A號地舖
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; the epitome of healthy eating. 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.
Read our full review on Grassroots Pantry here
Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong p.2873 3353, 中環荷李活道108號
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, G/F, 35-39 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 27558099, 中環嘉咸街35-39號地舖
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, PLUS they have an outdoor terrace!
Oolaa, G/F, Bridges Street, CentreStage, Soho, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, p. 2803-2083, 中環蘇豪必列者士街聚賢居地下舖
With over 20 locations in both Hong Kong and Singapore, you know that Nood is onto something special in the healthy eating department. 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, 中環蘇豪荷李活道32號建業榮基中心2樓
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, 銅鑼灣Fashion Walk 百德新街58-64號地下C舖
Looking for other healthy eating options that are completely vegan and vegetarian? Check out the best vegetarian restaurants in Central, give the vegetarian menu at Korean restaurants The Joomak a try or grab some zesty salads and veggie burgers at 2DP in TST.