Looking to fill up on plant-based delights? Check out our guide to vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong.
If you’re leaning towards eating less meat, or considering what it means to be vegetarian or vegan in Hong Kong, it’s worth knowing that this shift could be the single biggest way individuals can reduce their impact on the planet. Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet “saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square-foot of forested land, 20-pounds CO2 equivalent and one animal’s life”. And the cherry on the (plant-based) cake is that you don’t have to compromise on taste to align with your values. From traditional dim sum to comfort eats and insta-friendly cafe bites, these miss-meat-not vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong prove you can go plant-based without sacrificing on flavour…
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Editor’s Note: Most of the vegetarian restaurants listed will cater to vegans too.
Vegetarian Restaurants In Hong Kong
This vegetarian neighbourhood cafe serves fresh, healthy food using personally selected, privately farmed ingredients. The ready-to-go meals are nutritious and tasty, and you can mix-and-match to create your ideal lunch box. With options ranging from curried pumpkin and taro chickpeas, to Korean tofu and raw Pad Thai, Fresca is a favourite of ours. Simply choose a base of rice or salad (or both), and either a small or large box. Each is piled high with your favourite extras.
Green Veggie believes in fresh and cruelty-free food — something we can definitely support. The chef matches the ingredients to the four seasons and communicates his care for all living things through his authentic Chinese dishes. The meals are prepared to perfection and the buffet-style lunch menu is a regular favourite of ours. The attentive service offers a quick, convenient dining experience.
Green Veggie, Shop 11-12, G/F, Tonnochy Towers, 254 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2338 6179
Best known for delicacies like sushi and meaty yakiniku, Japanese cuisine traditionally presents limited options for plant-based diners. But not at Isoya. This pick delights with veggie sushi, udon and even a nightly kaiseki (traditional Japanese menu of chef specials). It’s perfect for plant-based diners and adventurous foodies alike.
Isoya, 9/F, 83 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 5500 8812
Lock Cha Tea House
Dim sum is a Hong Kong staple, and thanks to Lock Cha Tea House, vegans and vegetarians don’t have to miss out. Lock Cha offers a variety of friendly twists on this Chinese tradition, from pickled bean curd skin to vegan siu mai and plenty of veggies. The only requirement is that all diners order a pot of their own individual tea — which is easy, because the tea menu is triple the length of the food menu. The helpful staff will then show you how to best brew your particular pot. The original location, set in the beautiful grounds of Hong Kong Park (found on your right just after the fountain), is a great pick for any visiting guests!
Beyond dim sum, Miss Lee has you covered with modern vegetarian interpretations of Chinese classics, including dumplings, traditional soups, rice noodle rolls and more. Chef Siu Hin Chi, the mastermind behind two Michelin-starred Ying Jee Club, is the restaurant’s culinary consultant, so you know the food is going to be good (not to mention authentic!). In a rush? Grab a bite to go from the street-side deli-counter. There’s also a sumptuous afternoon tea offering for those with time to spare.
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Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant
Recommended by not one but many members of Team Sassy, this hidden gem brings us a flavourful range of South Indian vegetarian dishes. Think dosa, idli, vada and more, with the menu heavily inspired by the traditional Udupi and Chettinad style of cooking. Make sure to save room for dessert — we’ve heard its sweets menu is a thing of beauty.
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Soil To Soul
Found in the well-heeled surrounds of K11 MUSEA, Soil To Soul brings us an exciting vegetarian take on traditional Korean cuisine. The restaurant is led by Chef Gu Jin Kwang, a protégé of renowned Buddhist nun WooKwan. Inspired by the country’s temple food, the menu features all your Korean favourites, including dumplings, “Jangtteok” Pancakes and more, but made from natural, organic and plant-based ingredients.
Thai Vegetarian Food
This quaint restaurant is a Thai Buddhist establishment, serving plant-based dishes aplenty. It features no garlic, leek, onion, shallots or spring onions, but still manages to keep the authentic flavours of Thai food on the tip of your tongue. Dishes are bursting with flavour and fragrances, with spices, lime juice and lemongrass generously used.
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With a flagship restaurant in H Code and another location in Taikoo Place, TREEHOUSE is a fantastic grab-and-go plant-based option when you’re out and about on the Island. Christian Mongendre’s progressive, chef-driven offerings range from Sourdough Flatbreads Wraps to Grain Bowls, Burgers and Dessert. The in-house vegan sourdough is definitely worth loading up on! In addition to the delicious, filling food, we’re huge fans of TREEHOUSE’s clear ethos and minimalist branding.
TREEHOUSE (H Code), Shop 1, G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3791 2277
VEDA in Ovolo Central is sure to impress. It’s a little higher-end than some of the other vegetarian restaurants on our list, so it’s great for a work lunch or small-scale birthday dinner. Head here for a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes (items are clearly marked on the menu), encompassing everything from Avocado Toast to Nepalese momos and Indian curry. The vegetarian Masala Burnt Cheesecake is a favourite of ours.
Word on the street is that this pick serves up some of the best dosa in town. Specialising in traditional South Indian food, namely Jain and Buddhist fare, the dishes here come without onion, garlic or root vegetables, yet somehow still encapsulate a great depth of flavour. It’s no wonder Woodlands is often touted as the city’s OG Indian vegetarian restaurant.
Vegan Restaurants In Hong Kong
Big Dill (CLOSED)
Editor’s Note: Big Dill has closed as of October 2022.
With a mission to make vegan mainstream, Big Dill blurs the line between plant-based and traditional comfort food. Think juicy burgers, gyros and more. The chefs here make all of the meat-free “chicken”, “beef” and “lamb” in house from scratch, using real ingredients to make sure it’s packed with protein. We think this description sums it up: “it’s epic food, that happens to be vegan”.
Sassy Tip: Big Dill is located within the bar Espresso Martini, directly opposite Potato Head.
Whether you’re vegan or not, this restaurant is worth checking out. As a non-profit social enterprise, Happy Veggies actively recruits staff who have hearing impairments, striving to provide equal job opportunities in Hong Kong. The restaurant is run in a similar style to a canteen, where you can select two dishes plus rice, soup and a dessert. Though 90% of the dishes are vegan, you may have to double check some dishes don’t have egg. The lunch is particularly well-priced and absolutely delicious.
Bonus Points: As if being a social enterprise isn’t enough, the meat-free dishes have less salt, less sugar, less oil and no MSG.
Happy Veggies, Yuen Yuen Institute, Sam Dip Tam, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, 2490 9882
LN Fortunate Coffee
With its Instagrammable interior and friendly staff, LN Fortunate Coffee offers an entirely vegan udon menu. Think huge, steaming portions of dumplings, plant-based meatballs and mushroom varieties. Rest assured it’s wallet-friendly, with plenty of options under $100. It also serves pasta, burgers, hotdogs and baked potatoes. The best bit? This spot is never short on desserts. The waffles and fresh fruit tarts are two we’d recommend.
Mirror & Vegan Concept
Love pasta? Check out Mirror & Vegan Concept, which brings plant-based Italian food to the fold. With dishes like White Truffle Risotto and a Tomato and Sheese platter, this local spot is a great option for cheesy vegan comfort food. We’d recommend the Mushroom Soup, Pesto Pasta (both the baked and classic), and the Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese. Each dish brings a unique mix of flavours — sure to keep those cheese cravings at bay.
Ohms Cafe and Bar
As an advocate of fair trade and organic produce, Ohms prides itself on being a healthy, conscious café. It serves a variety of drinks, including coffees and tea with soy, almond or cashew milk, and light food including gluten-free pasta and more. The main draw is the selection of vegan desserts — including caramel cake, brownies and cashew tarts. And before you leave, try the Sassy-approved alcoholic beverages!
POP Vegan (CLOSED)
Editor’s Note: Big Dill has closed as of July 2022.
Handcrafted vegan delights await at POP Vegan. Perched along Elgin Street, this pick boasts a cool industrial-chic interior, along with a menu of trend-led dishes which are made without onion, garlic and leek. The colourful salads in particular are a crowd favourite, though we implore you not to pass up on the spicy Vegan Buffalo Wings to start.
Decked out with 1950’s memorabilia and vintage souvenirs, stepping into Veggie4Love will make you feel a thousand miles away from Central. With a varied vegan menu, you can take your pick from plant-based Hainan “chicken” and vegan bibimbap, burgers or noodles.
Tasty cafe vegan bites set against the backdrop of an insta-friendly minimalist interior? Count us in! From hearty risottos in flavours like Tom Yum and Katsu, to vibrant Buddha Bowls, creative burgers and indulgent sweets, going plant-based has never been easier. Years has four locations to its name — two in Sham Shui Po, one in Tsuen Wan and one in Whampoa — with each branch serving up exclusive specials.
Asian-inspired tapas are the order of the day at this Sai Kung staple. Think lemongrass-infused Laab Wraps, flavourful Aloo Dum, tasty Peking Tacos and more. For something more filling, tuck into the selection of burgers and curries. And don’t miss happy hour, which includes two drinks for $55 (yes, you read that right!) across the restrobar’s Italian house wines and Bavarian lager.
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Restaurants With Vegetarian Or Vegan Menus
Plant-based dining in Hong Kong has come a long way in the past few years, with many of the city’s top restaurants offering vegetarian or vegan menus in addition to their normal offerings. Here are a few of our favourites worth checking out:
Qi: House Of Sichuan: With an entire Impossible menu and plenty of veggie options, this Michelin-starred spicy spot has something to please everyone.
Beef & Liberty: Despite the name, this burger joint has great vegan options via it’s plant-based sister brand, Leaves & Liberty. Swap any of the burgers for the Impossible burger, a vegan bun and vegan cheese, as well as tucking into veggie starters, salads and more.
Madame Fù: From its beautiful pink-themed interiors to the balcony seating and free-flow dim sum feasts, there’s a lot to love about Madame Fù. And to top it off, there’s a dedicated veggie menu to boot!
Classified: Your friendly neighbourhood cafe has joined the plant-based revolution with aplomb. In addition to its regular offering, Classified has a separate vegetarian menu with dishes like OmniPork Quesadilla, Beyond Sausage Pizzette, Nachos and more.
The Drunken Pot: With its base of meaty broths, hotpot may not typically be your cuisine of choice if you’re trying to eat veggie. However, at The Drunken Pot, plant-based options like rich mushroom and truffle may just prove to be a game-changer. Load up on homemade bean curd rolls, veggie dumplings and tofu for the full experience.
Mak Mak: Mak Mak’s vegetarian offering is loaded with fresh flavours galore. Enjoy all your traditional Thai favourites, from Pad Thai to Tom Yum and Laab, without any of the meat-induced guilt!
181 at Fortnum & Mason: Indulge in a taste of England here at 181. We’re highlighting this one particularly for its vegetarian afternoon tea set, which includes finger sandwiches, scones and cakes.
Editor’s Note: “Your Guide To Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants In Hong Kong” was originally published by Tania Shroff in April, 2016 and was most recently updated in June, 2022 by Team Sassy.
Main image courtesy of Years via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of Fresca via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of Lock Cha Tea House via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of TREEHOUSE via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Big Dill via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Mirror & Vegan Concept via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of Pop Vegan via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Years via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of Madame Fù via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of Classified via Instagram.