Being a Vegan / Vegetarian in Hong Kong

Last Updated:
2022-04-25

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It is no news that vegan and vegetarian diets are the talk of the town but many still confuse them. While vegetarian diets also abstain from meat intake and primarily rely on plant-based foods,  vegan diets take a step further and exclude all or most meat, offal and animal products — usually eggs and dairy products.

 

Vegan or vegetarian diet is a healthy dietary practice because it shifts from heavy reliance on meat and animal products to whole foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, nuts and seeds, which provide more fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for your body’s needs.

 

Types of vegetarian diets

Don’t be fooled by the “meat-free” title! Explore the varieties of vegetarian diet as it can be classified into 4 categories:

  • Ovo-vegetarian diet

A diet excluding  all animal products and dairy products, with the exception of eggs. Note that eggs, duck eggs and quail eggs have similar calories, where quail eggs also have higher protein

  • Lacto-vegetarian diet

A diet excluding all animal products and eggs, with the exception of dairy products. Dairy products are rich in protein, in particular cheese has a higher protein content. To have a better control of fat intake, you may choose low-fat or skimmed milk. High-calcium and low-sugar milk powder are also great dairy options.

  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet

A diet excluding all animal products with the exception of eggs and dairy products. In terms of nutritional value, egg-milk vegetarians are less likely to have insufficient protein intake because both eggs and dairy products provide almost all of the essential amino acids (building blocks of protein).

  • Vegan

It is the strictest type of vegetarian diet. As mentioned, all animal products, including eggs, dairy products, meat, and offal, cannot be eaten, same even for foods of animal origin, including bird's nest and honey.

Why you should go vegan / vegetarian in Hong Kong

Whether it is for health, belief, ethical consideration, environmental protection, detoxification, beauty or other reasons, it is beneficial to have a vegan meal once in a while to cleanse your stomach and restore mindfulness.

 

It is a misunderstanding that being a vegan or vegetarian in Hong Kong equates to having limited Chinese vegan food options, e.g. vegetarian dishes, tofu and vegan dumplings. It is equally wrong to think that all vegan foods are bland and unflavorful. Nowadays, there are plenty of plant-based offerings just as mouth-watering as their meat alternatives. Fill up on these veggie delights to liven up your dining experience in the city!

 

From frozen foods including meat substitutes like vegan beef and vegan roasted BBQ pork, to vegan dim sum, canned food and snacks, some vegan/ vegetarian grocery shops offer hundreds of vegan food products (some of which are imported from foreign countries) for you to align with the needs of different vegan diets. “Less is more” really does hold true,  you will be amazed that leaning towards less meat brings you so much more. 

 

Apparently, while veganism/ vegetarianism is gaining ground in Hong Kong, vegan foods are often only available in Western supermarkets on the Hong Kong Island side. But don’t be disappointed yet! Because in this guide, we will walk you through different local and online vegan grocery shops as well as vegan / vegetarian restaurants all over the city.

Vegan / vegetarian grocery shops / supermarkets in Hong Kong

Green Common

They have many branches around Hong Kong, i.e. Hong Kong Island (Central, Wan Chai, Admiralty), Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui, Lok Fu, Mong Kok) and New Territories (Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Tsing Yi, Tai Wo, Fanling, Tseung Kwan O)

 

Batata Greens

They have 3 branches in Hong Kong, i.e. Hong Kong Island (North Point), Kowloon (Prince Edward) and New Territories (Kwai Chung)

 

Food for Life

They have 3 branches, all in Hong Kong Island (Wan Chai, Central, Wong Chuk Hang)

 

Hong Kong Island

FoodCraft

Address: 16/F, Yiuga Factory Building, 62 Victoria Road, Kennedy Town

(Please enter from Sai Ning Street)

Tel: 2884 1299

 

Veggie Labo

Address: Room 503, 5/F, Cheung's Building, 1-3 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan

 

Kowloon

Yes Natural

They have 4 branches, all in Kowloon (Prince Edward, Jordan, Lai Chi Kok, Kwun Tong)

 

廣益行有限公司

Address: G/F, 37 South Wall Road, Kowloon City

Tel: 2716 1033

 

New Territories

ONE VEGAN SHOP

Address: Shop No.1, G/F, Transport Plaza, 2-6 Fung Cheung Road, Yuen Long

Tel: 2471 9575

 

大力譚哥素食專門店

Shop J, G/F, Delya Industrial Centre Block B, 7 Shek Pai Tau Road, Tuen Mun

Tel: 3541 9768

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Vegan / vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong

Green Common

This plant-based retail chain has many branches around Hong Kong, i.e. Hong Kong Island (Central, Wan Chai), Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Kwun Tong) and New Territories (Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Tseung Kwan O)

 

Hong Kong Island

Sofia

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Address: Shop C, G/F, On Fat Building, 28-32 Davis Street, Western District

Tel: 2523 9898

 

POP vegan

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Address: 1/F, 28 Elgin Street, SOHO, Central

Tel: 2628 6211

 

Miss Lee

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Address: G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central

Tel: 2881 1811

 

Sweetpea Cafe

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Address: G/F, 4 Shin Hing Street, Central

Tel: 3689 7269

 

“Local Ginger” Veggie Bistro

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Address: G/F, 8 King Sing Street, Wan Chai

Tel: 9062 8345

 

LN COFFEE

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Address: G/F, Altro, 118 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District

Tel: 2858 3898

 

14 SOUTH LANE

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Address: G/F, 14 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, Western District

Tel: 5744 8390

 

Ahimsa Buffet

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Address: Shop B, G/F, Wah Hai Mansion, 10-16 Fort Street, North Point

Tel: 2528 2368

 

ohms Cafe & Bar

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Address: Shop A, G/F, 192 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan

Tel: 5400 4236

 

Kowloon

Soil to Soul

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Address: Shop 704, 7/F, Victoria Dockside K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tel: 2389 9588

 

Vego Coffee

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Address: Shop 7B, G/F, Garden Mansion, 154-156 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tel: 2833 2838

 

DAMA

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Shop 411, 4/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tel: 9527 2033

 

Moono

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Address: Shop B201-C02, B2/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tel: 4624 2630

 

珍心素食豆漿豆腐花專門店

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Address: Shop C, G/F, 124-128 Portland Street, Mong Kok

Tel: 2781 2987

 

My Meat Run Buddy

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Address: G/F, 28-30 Pok Man Street, Tai Kok Tsui

Tel: 2388 6280

 

Years

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Address: Shop 1, G/F, Fuk Lung Building, 191-199 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po

Tel: 6338 3719

 

The Park by Years

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Address: G/F, 132 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po

Tel: 5336 4000

 

NIZEN

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Address: Shop UG18, UG/F, Kowloon City Plaza, 128 Carpenter Road, Kowloon City

Tel: 3613 0133

 

Chi Lin Vegetarian

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Address: Long Men Lou, Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill

Tel: 3658 9388

 

Veggie Smart

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Address: Shop 13, 17/F, Laurels Industrial Centre, 32 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong

Tel: 2641 4488

 

Sujata Cafe

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Address: Shop 907, 9/F, Wah Shing Centre, 11-13 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong

Tel: 2760 8003

 

THE RECIPE

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Address: Shop 57, G/F, Legend Tower, E Plaza, 7 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong

Tel: 5539 4088

 

New Territories

2084

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Address: G/F, 5 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung

Tel: 3488 0536

 

清心齋

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Address: Shop EF11, Food Lane, G/F, TKO Gateway, 2 Sheung Ning Road, Tseung Kwan O

 

Leisurely Veggie

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Address: Shop G08-11, G/F, Citywalk 2, 18 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan Tel: 2535 1808

 

素悅軒

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Address: Shop 15, 25 Shiu Wo Street, Brighton Place, Tsuen Wan Tel: 3486 4428

 

Friends of Years

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Address: G/F, 20 Sam Pei Square, Tsuen Wan

Tel: 5296 9864

 

Green Entrance

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Address: Shop 237, 2/F, Kings Wing Plaza 1, 3 On Kwan Street, Shek Mun, Sha Tin

Tel: 3590 3570

 

V.W Vegan Cafe

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Address: Shop 227F-06, 2/F, Plover Cove Garden Arcade, 3 Plover Cove Road, Tai Po

Tel: 5466 9854

 

Cong Sao Veggie Express

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Address: Shop 227F-06, 2/F, Plover Cove Garden Arcade, 3 Plover Cove Road, Tai Po

Tel: 2668 6778

 

There’s plenty on the offer to keep you satisfied. Whether you decide to become a vegan/ vegetarian or not, hopefully this list will be handy as you try and discover the benefits of healthy, conscious vegan/vegetarian-friendly spots in Hong Kong.

This article was independently written by Healthy Matters and is not sponsored. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.

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