Without a doubt, Via Tokyo is the place to go for all things matcha. A cursory glance at their menu will impress upon you green bundles of delight. The matcha affogato – a rich matcha latte poured on an equally rich uji matcha soft serve – is their molten, hot-and-cold signature to die for.
Web or Tel: 2895 1116
Shop 1A–1B, Leishun Court, 106–126 Leighton Road
This Scandinavian dessert café with its uber-modern decor attracts a long queue almost every day. Why? Their attractive array of desserts, including a deconstructed tiramisu with coffee gelée, a chocolate waffle with green tea soufflé, as well as a sakura panna cotta, to name a few. This place is perfect for a little guilty post-dinner treat.
Tel: 2868 2277
Shop 201, 2/F, 2–10 Great George Street
I SEE I SEE HANDCRAFTED ICY DESSERTS
Tucked cosily behind Lee Gardens, this off-kilter, quirky dessert joint is dedicated to the Popsicle. Boasting an ever-changing selection of artisanal ice lollies, I See I See brings a new dimension to the much-loved classic, with flavours such as Earl Grey pistachio and virgin mojito.
Web or Tel: 2337 3361
138 Leighton Road
Hokkaido Milk or Cereal Milk? If you didn’t know the difference, now you do. This chic ice-cream shop only serves these two flavours, with an additional monthly alcoholic flavour (champagne, anyone?). The ice cream is served with dry ice at the bottom, so the sweltering heat won’t get to it first!
Web or Tel: 2370 3205
2/F, Pearl City, 22–36 Paterson Street
MR & MRS CAT CAFÉ
Founded by two cat-loving couples, this cosy café is a safe haven for cats adopted by the owners but also a nice place to enjoy a light meal and some desserts. This café playfully subverts all rules – the cats will interrupt your meal, but you won’t want them to go away.
Web or Tel: 5116 1244
Flat L, 1/F, Po Ming Building, 2–6 Foo Ming Street
FLORI FLOWER & KOREAN DESSERT CAFÉ
The name says it all – this Korean-style coffee shop that combines dessert house with floral workshop is a quiet oasis amid the hectic life of Causeway Bay. A must try is the Hotteok with an azuki-paste filling – a hearty treat to enjoy amidst the flora.
Web or Tel: 2327 8113
G/F and 1/F, Giok San Building, 31–35 Tang Lung Street
Bringing an extra ‘c’ for ‘creativity’ to zucchero, the Italian word for ‘sugar’, this dessert lab combines art and science to create exquisite treats. You mustn’t miss the Rolex ball or the Rainforest!
Web or Tel: 3427 9828
Room 1802–3, 18/F, Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa Street
YEE SHUN DAIRY COMPANY
Hailing from our sister city, this humble chain strips off the glitz and glamour to give you deliciously smooth and fragrant milk custard, which undoubtedly fills the heart of any Hong Kong local with joy.
Tel: 2591 1837
506 Lockhart Road
I CREMERIA DOLCE GIAPPONESE
This chain, which prides itself on its freshly imported ingredients, including their uji matcha, daifuku and melon parfait, is slowly taking over Hong Kong, with new openings popping up all over town.
Web or Tel: 2897 1110
Shop P125, 1/F, WTC More, 280 Gloucester Road
Now more than 100 years old, Juchheim has brought authentic German pastries to the Orient for more than a century. A taste of their Baumkuchen will leave you wishing you were in the streets of Bavaria. The Japanese have taken matters into their own hands, which means that you can choose, amongst others, to enjoy the German pastry in matcha or Japanese apple flavors.
Web or Tel: 2833 8338
Shop 46, B2/F, Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road
This café is exactly how you’d imagine a life-sized dollhouse – it’s kind of cheesy and cliché, but the food tells a different story. Focusing on French cuisine with Asian and Italian twists, this restaurant gives you vibrant yet healthy food without holding back. Their Strawberry Fairy features an edible, princess-pink version of Cinderella’s stiletto. What’s not to love?
Web or Tel: 2866 9062
Shop 7, Upper Floor, Sino Plaza, 255–257 Gloucester Road
Twenty-five minutes before this Taiwanese restaurant opens at noon, a queue of eager diners is already snaking down the stairs waiting. Their signature fruit tea has bits of passion fruit and frozen lemon ice chunks to spice up the classic drink. To complement this, the Melbourne lobster roll is quickly becoming our favorite – the secret is always in the sauce.
Web or Tel: 2493 3033
Room B1–B3, 1/F, Dragon Rise, 9–11 Pennington Street
The name tells all – their signature is literally honeycomb and ice cream put together. It owes its success to its highly Instagrammable shop. With rainbow-coloured cones stacked high and piles of honeycomb under the counter, it’s no wonder people are willing to pay $40 for a soft serve.
Web or Tel: 3525 1264
34 Lee Garden Road
CONG SAO STAR DESSERT
If you’re down for durian, Cong Sao Star Dessert has got your back. This small but authentic dessert joint offers both hot and cold dessert consisting of quintessentially HK ingredients like coconut, mango, tapioca and purple rice.
Tel: 2278 2622
11 Yiu Wa Street
Taking inspiration from Chicago’s Alinea, ATUM utilises molecular gastronomy, artistic plating and table theatre to make unconventional desserts familiar to the Chinese palate. Their ethos is summarised in improvisation: their ever-evolving and seasonally changing free flow of desserts, which includes everything from marshmallow ginger ale to chocolate liquid-nitrogen sorbet.
Web or Tel: 2956 1411
16/F, The L. Square, 459–461 Lockhart Road