A guide to social enterprises in Hong Kong. Be a smart consumer and opt to shop at these local cafes, markets and stores that support different communities that need assistance.
As a city thriving with start-ups and entrepreneurs, like Womb and The Slow Mode, Hong Kong is rapidly growing its social enterprise market and we couldn’t be happier about it. From delicious food and tailor-made clothes to healthy farm-to-table produce, our round up of social enterprises in Hong Kong will allow you to support everyone from the elderly to the hearing-impaired and mental health patients.
Social enterprises in Hong Kong
Located on the rooftop of Pier 8, Café 8 is yet another social enterprise founded by The Nesbitt Centre in a unique collaboration with the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. The cosy café was created to provide a vocational training programme and employment opportunities for their students and those from other local NGOs and organisations.
This hidden gem offers a delicious menu packed with everything from salads and pastries to quiches, sandwiches and pies. If you wish to eat your lunch outdoors, the viewing deck located outside the café offers stunning harbour views. With friendly service, free Wi-Fi and even wine and beers, what more could you ask for?
Café 8, Roof Level, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier No.8, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3791 2158, 中環8 號碼頭香港海事博物館天台觀景廳
Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, this non-profit social enterprise is definitely worth keeping on your radar. With an aim to promote a healthy and environmentally-friendly food culture, Happy Veggies offers an array of delicious yet well-priced dishes that stand by five principles – less salt, sugar, oil, no MSG and processed ingredients.
Run in a similar style to a canteen, the restaurant is especially known for its set lunch menus complete with six dishes for just $50! Choose from a selection of delicious veggie delights including Chenpo noodles with radish and rapeseed tofu, crispy fried gold pies and fresh daily vegetables.
What’s more, Happy Veggies actively recruits the elderly and the hearing-impaired to provide employment opportunities and to promote self-reliance and integration into the community. This is definitely one of our favourite spots to grab a delicious lunch while giving back to the community.
Happy Veggies, 1/F, Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2529 3338, 灣仔軒尼詩道99號彰顯大廈1樓
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Located within the grounds of St. John’s Cathedral, The Nest is a great place to relax while enjoying a delicious coffee. Funded by Operation Santa Claus as well as other local businesses, the social enterprise was founded by The Nesbitt Centre, which provides an English educational programme to support adults with learning difficulties. With the support of Uncle Russ Coffee, Pacific Coffee and other local businesses, students participate in customer service and Barista training programmes before helping out at The Nest on a part-time basis.
Open seven days a week, customers can enjoy a selection of hot and cold drinks alongside delicious pastries and snacks provided by locally sourced Eat My Cakes, Classified and more. Satisfy your coffee (and cake!) craving, all while supporting the community. What’s not to love? This is definitely one of our favourite social enterprises in Hong Kong.
The Nest Coffee Shop, St. John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2789 4833, 中環蘭桂坊15-16號協興大廈4樓
If you’re on the look out for social enterprises in Hong Kong that work in the fashion arena, then Bonham Strand has got you covered. Popular for its quality bespoke apparel for both men and women, the award-winning maker offers a wide range of the finest Italian and English fabrics that are the high-quality, comfortable, durable as well as being stylish.
Each custom-fit suit, shirt or outfit is crafted by master tailors who are not only committed to continuing the traditional style of Hong Kong tailoring, but also sharing their skills with youth-at-risk and physical rehabilitation patients from Caritas and CFSC. Each apprentice is taught how to make neckties and bow ties as they build their confidence and skill-set in garment manufacturing; a great way to kick-start a career in suit making.
So the next time you’re shopping for a tailor-made outfit, a visit to Bonham Strand will not only find you the best fit but also add value to the lives of people.
Bonham Strand, Suite B, 2/F, On Lok Mansion, 39-43 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2811 4768, 中環荷李活道39-43號安樂大樓2樓B室
Farmfresh 330 is a chain of healthy living shops that provide organic vegetables as well as organic meat and healthy, eco-friendly products. The social enterprise is run by the New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, which provides a range of community-based rehabilitation services for people in recovery of mental illness.
The New Life Farm is just one service that was created as a place to teach students how to grow safe-to-eat vegetables without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and produce is then sold at Farmfresh 330 stores.
As the only agricultural sheltered workshop in Hong Kong, Farmfresh 330 not only contributes to an ecologically balanced environment but also supports work and social inclusion for those recovering.
Find Farmfresh 330 at various locations across Hong Kong
Gingko House (NOW CLOSED)
Established in 2006, non-profit organisation, Gingko House aims to provide five-star cuisine with the help of Chef’s who have previous experience working in five-star restaurants. Aside from offering a wealth of delicious Chinese and old Hong Kong style food with the use of organic vegetables grown by the restaurant itself, the social enterprise also promotes senior employment with the hope to relieve pensioner’s depression and to give them a pleasant working life post-retirement. With six different restaurants across Hong Kong, there are plenty of opportunities for you to support this great organisation!
Gingko House, 44 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2545 1200, 中環歌賦街44號地下