Vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong are growing in popularity, along with plant-based foods. People are becoming more aware of the environmental damage the meat industry is causing to the world and also striving to be more health-conscious in this busy city.
A recent study conducted by Green Queen showed that around 44% of participants switching to the vegan or vegetarian diet were doing it for reasons concerning animal rights and ethics. Sustainability and environmental reasons came in second with 24% of respondents, and 23% were doing it for personal health reasons.
Ever since Impossible and Beyond Meat made their mark in Hong Kong, several local companies have started producing and selling their own plant-based products such as Green Monday, whose OmniPork products have already seen immense success through their availability in most convenience stores – and even at McDonalds.
Although vegetarian and vegan diets are surging in popularity in Hong Kong, the availability of plant-based products is still growing, so it can require more money to adopt these lifestyles. 58% of respondents in Green Queen Media’s survey said that being vegan is much more expensive than maintaining their current diets.
The expensive lifestyle for those wanting to live vegan makes the plant-based industry quite lucrative. As such, there are a plethora of vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong to choose from, which almost seems like a dream for Hong Kongers that have been longtime vegetarians. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong to check out. Ranked in no particular order, all of these picks are exclusively vegan or vegetarian.
Labeled “The ‘OG’ Indian Vegetarian Restaurant in Hong Kong,” Woodlands is also the very first Indian vegetarian restaurant in Hong Kong. Preaching vegetarianism since 1981, this restaurant offers a wide range of delicious and authentic Indian vegetarian and vegan dishes. Offering both North and South Indian dishes, Woodland’s is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong if you’re looking to get your money’s worth.
Their mission says it all: “Vegetarianism is neither a fad nor a passing fancy. It is a long and widely established way of life not only for whole communities in the far east and Asia but all over the world among individuals who are making an independent stand for a better, healthier and more compassionate society.”
Address: UG Shop 16 & 17, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Light Vegetarian Restaurant
If Woodlands is considered “The ‘OG’ Indian Vegetarian Restaurant in Hong Kong,” Light Vegetarian Restaurant deserves the title of “The ‘OG’ Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant in Hong Kong.” Located right outside Exits B1/B2 of Jordan MTR Station, Light offers a daily buffet lunch from noon to 3 p.m., an a-la-carte menu and a take-away counter for famous Chinese snacks such as dim sum or spring rolls.
Their menu is mostly vegan, but a few of their dishes do contain dairy. The lunch buffet comes to around HK$150 per person, which can be a little pricey, but is definitely worth it for the vast array of food on offer. You won’t find English-speaking staff here, so better brush up on the local language if you aren’t a native speaker. Light is definitely the place for enjoying popular vegetarian Chinese dishes that aren’t solely mok food.
Address: G/F & 1/F, 13 Jordan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Finding tasty and authentic plant-based burgers can be a challenge in Hong Kong. However, Big Dill offers an exquisite range of vegan burgers and various American foods like French fries, hot dogs and more. Located in Sai Ying Pun, you can enjoy “The Big Dill Experience” and “indulge without the guilt!”
The founders of Big Dill have been on a mission to make “delicious, mouthwatering meals made in-house with high-quality plant-based ingredients.” Big Dill are aware of the rising popularity of veganism, as their slogan reads “the future is vegan, dill with it …”
Address: 123 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
With Woodlands already being an established hot spot in Hong Kong, it is often difficult to get a table without a reservation. However, don’t worry! Located just opposite Woodlands is another Indian vegetarian restaurant known as Sangeetha. Offering the same kind of dishes Woodlands is known for, Sangeetha adds an extra Indian spice (known as gunpowder) into all of their dishes for that extra special flavoring. If you’re a spice lover, Sangeetha is where you’ll find the most amazing Indian spicy dishes.
Address: UG 1-5 & 31, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Mirror & Vegan Concept
Enjoy exquisite plant-based Italian dishes at this deli restaurant located in Central. Although their dishes are pricier, this fine-dining joint is the perfect location for business meetings, romantic dates and private functions. Here you’ll find a wide variety of Italian food from spaghetti to risotto to ravioli.
Mirror & Vegan Concept have engineered their dishes to “coax the most savory, meaty flavors from plant-based produce.” They pride themselves on making customers forget that they aren’t eating meat, and pack in all the flavors necessary to make your dish taste amazing, without any of the guilt.
Address: 9/F, 118 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Located in Tsim Sha Tsui is Kailash Parbat, another popular Indian vegetarian eatery. Unlike Woodlands and Sangeetha, Kailash Parbat specializes specifically in providing the best North Indian food to its patrons. The restaurant also has locations in multiple major countries around the world, including Singapore, India, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States. Their vast selection of chaats, noodles, flatbreads and drinks make this restaurant a must-visit for social gatherings.
Operating in two branches in Hong Kong, Three Virtues offers some of the best mok-food Hong Kong has to offer. Established in 2003, this restaurant incorporates the values and beliefs of the Confucian and Buddhist cultures into their dishes. Their main purpose is to “produce food while lives are preserved.”
Their website reads: “The Three Virtues Restaurant is noted for its good service, cordialities and professionalism. Moreover, the restaurant provides an elegant and cozy surrounding for all customers with good quality of food maintained at reasonable prices. Easiness is assured for all vegetarians in Hong Kong when they consume food in the restaurant.” If you enjoy mok-food, this is the place to go in Hong Kong.
Located in Discovery Bay, this vegan bar and grill offers all kinds of cuisine, from Lebanese to Mexican to Indian to American. Hemingways was first established in 2006 as a Caribbean bar and BBQ restaurant. However, as the restaurant started offering more mainstream dishes and ownership changed, they made a radical change to their menu and became 100% plant-based.
Hemingways use their “plant-based menu to encourage people to try plant-based food without preaching.” Every weekend, the bar and grill hosts live music sessions featuring local bands, creating a fun and lively atmosphere. Their impressive range of different cuisines – all plant-based – makes this the perfect place to enjoy great food and music with friends and family.
Address: Shop G09, G/F, D’Deck, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay
One of the more pricey plant-based restaurants in Hong Kong, this Central restaurant offers healthy plant-based flatbreads, salad bowls, soups and burgers. Perfect for office lunches or mini social gatherings, Treehouse allows customers to fully customize their meals according to their tastes and preferences. It’s the perfect restaurant for picky eaters wanting to adopt a vegan lifestyle. The high level of customization available at Treehouse makes it a worthy try in Hong Kong, especially for vegans that struggle with cooking or just don’t have the time.
Address: Shop 1, H Code, Ground Floor, 45 Pottinger Street, Central
Amitabha Buddha Vegetarian Restaurant
Located in between Whampoa and Ho Man Tin, this restaurant is one of the few vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong which still offer ovo-lacto vegetarian dishes. Most of their offerings are Buddhist dishes, and it’s the perfect place to eat for those wanting to get bang for their buck.
Amitabha holds charity sessions every Saturday where they donate food to the elderly who visit the restaurant, and customers are encouraged and welcome to participate in the event and donate to the cause. Although it is a bit of a walk from the MTR, the amazing dishes and relatively affordable pricing makes this a must-try if you are interested in Buddhist Chinese vegetarian foods.
Address: G/F, 41-43 Station Lane, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon
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