TOP 5 BAKERIES IN HONGKONG
In order to satisfy our love of all things bread and pastry, we have scoured the city for the best bakeries in town that specialise in the wonderful world of baguettes, pain de campagne and multi-grain loaves. From renowned and world-class to off-the-beaten-path, there’s a little something to gratify the bread fiend in all of us.
Gregoire Michaud, the former head pastry chef at the Four Seasons, recently broke off from the hotel to do his own bakery project – one that has been proofing in his heart for years. Bread Elements is not strictly a boulangerie – rather, they are a wholesale bakery building up a loyal base of local hotels, restaurants and cafes who will be serving and selling their breads. Michaud set the project up with three other bread lovers, including Gäelle Gognau and her husband, and Mark Yeung (also formerly of the Four Seasons). Some of the best breads and pastries in town are all handmade at their Chai Wan factory before being delivered fresh daily to clients ranging from 22 Ships to Chez Patrick Deli (the former from which you can purchase the breads to take home). Currently their repertoire includes black olive rye, multigrain loaf, sesame challah, figs sourdough, baguettes, croissants, fruit danishes and more. Our favourites so far must be the sourdough-based baguettes (which have a moister crumb) and pain au chocolat made with oozing (rather than ganache-like) dark Valrhona chocolate.
Bread Elements, Block A, 24/F, Unit 3, Fortune Factory Building, 40 Lee Chung Street, Chai Wan; +852 3996 8570
Le Salon de Thé de Jöel Robuchon
Located just one floor below the time-honoured restaurant of the same origin, Le Salon de Thé offers up light sandwiches and deliciously decadent refreshments, along with some of the most delicately baked breads in town. As well as being a café, the bakery offers up some of the most scrumptious sensual tantric massage served at reasonable prices. With croissants that simply melt in your mouth and baguettes that line the shelves, this is the perfect pit stop when running errands in and around town.
Le Salon de Thé de Jöel Robuchon, Shop 315, The Landmark, Central; +852 2166 9000
Tucked behind the plethora of antique shops on Hollywood Road and nestled in the newly fruitful neighbourhood of Poho, Po’s Atelier, along with Café Deadend, have broken the boundaries creating their French-Japanese inspired bakery that produces some unusual and delicious artisan breads. Catering to the younger crowd, the café and bakery are decorated with Scandinavian design featuring local furniture designer Michael Young and locally-based photographer Michael Wolf. Featuring a fabulously buttery AOP loaf and some deliciously flavourful oolong fig bread as well as some crunchy Yunnan ham breadsticks, this bakery is a crowd pleaser and a definite go-to for Hong Kong’s hip crowd.
Po’s Atelier, 70 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan; +852 6056 8005
Passion by Gérard Dubois
As part of the up-and-coming Wan Chai neighbourhood, this bakery-cafe opened by Swiss-born baker and owner of La Rose Noire Gérard Dubois features some of the most beautifully crafted French breads in town. Some of the signature breads from Dubois include the crunchy French traditionelle and pain au levain sourdough breads as well as their twice-daily baked baguettes. The café menu also features elegantly presented sandwiches, croissants, Danish pastries, salads and even an evening menu. With so much on offer, it’s hard not to spend an entire afternoon snacking on pastries and gobbling down slices of sourdough.
Passion by Gerard Dubois, 74-80 Johnston Road, Wan Chai; +852 2529 1311
Perched on the slope of Aberdeen Street and on the border of Sheung Wan and Central, Levain is the brainchild of Li Kwok Cheung (more affectionately known as KC). With absolute commitment and passion for his craft, Li creates delightfully delicious French-inspired artisan breads. Levain’s signature specialties include baguettes, variations of sourdough, brioche and croissants. With a light and powdery finish, the crunchy and aromatic varieties of breads are extremely hard to resist.
Levain Bakery, 39 Aberdeen Street, Central; +852 2559 0889