Bread is available from all supermarkets, with the Western ones stocking more nutritious, wholegrain varieties. However, even the supposed deluxe brands a can be a little dry and tasteless, so Mango Menus recommend Marks and Spencer (Queens Road East, Taikoo Shing and many other locations) for everyday bread. Here you can buy fresh baguettes, bagels, patisseries, multiseed loaves of bread, rolls for children's lunches as well as part baked ciabattas and croissants. And when the boat really needs pushing out, there is only one place: Joel Robuchon...
Joel Robuchon's Salon de Thé - a must if you want to serve decent croissants for a brunch or bread at a dinner party. Nothing beats the multi Michelin star winner's selection in his café in the Landmark, Queens Road East (just past Diane Von Furstenberg) or the newly opened Salon de Thé in the IFC.
Mango Menus also loves:
Tai Tai Pie Pies - wonderful selection of artisanal homemade sweet and savoury pies with buttery crumbly pastry. Look out for the All American Apple Pie, Silky Sweet Potato Pie, Pumpkin and Spice Pie, the Spiked (with dark Rum) Pumpkin and Spice Pies as well as the Wholly Heavens Pecan and Wholly Heavens Chocolate Sin Pecan Pies. From $400 for a 9.5” pie and the option for bite size portions. Order online for delivery 2 days later, visit Great Food Hall in the basement of Pacific Place, Admiralty or add onto your order at Golden Goose Gourmet.
Baked. is a small bakery we met at the Island East Farmers' market one Sunday in Quarry Bay. They offer American nostalgia via their apple, pumpkin, pecan and sweet potato pies. Orders via email at baked.hk@gmail
Levain (G/F, 39 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2559 0889) who use artisan techniques to make some interesting loaves including a six grain loaf (delicious toasted with butter and sliced banana...)
hkBREADBOX, an online delivery service located in Stanley who make loaves, rolls, chocolates and also offer baking classes. Order before Tuesday for delivery on Thurs & Fri. $40 delivery fee for HK island. New customers receive a free bag of sample rolls!
Classified (various branches in Horizon Plaza, Exchange Square, Stanley Plaza, Hollywood Road & Sai Kung).
Mandarin cake shop in the old Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught rd, 2825 4008. Sells high end patisseries.
Ikea (Causeway Bay, Kowloon Bay, Shatin) stocks an excellent mix for pumpernickel bread to which you simply add water and stick in the oven. The flatbreads are also excellent warmed for wrapping up left over roast lamb with mint sauce, peas, redcurrant jelly and lettuce.
Passion Bakery, Shop 1, G/F. Fraser Suites, 74-80 Johnston Road, Wan Chai. 2529 1311. Café and boulangerie selling excellent croissants.
Boulangerie Bistronomique in Kennedy Town, Shop 1, Ground Floor, Grand Fortune Mansion, 1 Davis St, Kennedy Town. Open 8am-9pm.
Stanley Cave, 25 Stanley Market Rd, Stanley, Hong Kong. 2677 7007. Café and bakery with great croissants.
Vanilla Bakery, 33 Mosque St, Mid Levels (on the escalator) 2530 4828.
Aioli Bakery & Cafe, 11 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, +852 2792 2655. Offers healthy selection of breads including dark rye organic grain and low carb whole wheat loaves.
Make your own!
Make your own bread, either with your own bare hands, or in a breadmaker. You can buy all the flours and dried yeast you need in the supermarkets, including the wonderful Duchy's Original brand from the UK, and some bread mixes. These are even cheaper on iherb and you can view all their bread mixes here.
If I have a child's birthday party to prepare for, I always head to Twinsco, 1/F, 137 Johnston Road who stock a vast array of very cheap baking supplies including dairy (butter, cream, cream cheese), Valhrona chocolate (favoured by no less than my idol, Heston Blumenthal), party bags, cupcake cases, jelly moulds and much more. Opens at midday.
Mango Menus' Guide to Bakeries in Hong Kong
Baguettes from HKBreadbox
Wholewheat Pittas from Pita Boon
Available in most large Parknshops. Click to see recipe above!
Make your own Chocolate Croissants
Ideal rainy day activity with the kids. Read all our kiddy cookery recipes.