To get the most out of your fitness or health journey, everyone knows eating well is part of the package. The temptation of ditch your diet can be easy to give in to, especially when you’re in a city like Hong Kong where there’s a new restaurant or café cropping up every other week. Luckily for us, healthy eating in the city has never been easier with Hong Kong restaurateurs constantly rising up to the challenge to bring nutritious (and highly Instagrammable) dishes to the table. Here are the top healthy lunch spots in Hong Kong we’re currently raving about.
Catering to practically every diet possible, from paleo to carb-free, Locofama is the newest addition to Sai Ying Pun’s burgeoning health scene. Locofama dedicates itself to being health conscious without sacrificing any of the deliciousness (so forget everything you know about bland, boring diets). Serving up classic comfort foods with a lighter twist, Locofama goes the extra mile, working with local farms to make sure all its ingredients are organically sourced and that all produce is pesticide and chemical-free.
11 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong | locofama.com
For a no-frills, quick and easy option, Fete Up’s Fete Box makes sure you get all your macros in to keep you fueled and energised for the rest of the day. Their boxes are packed with nutritious ingredients, a combination of grains, protein and veggies making it a filling option that won’t give you that dreaded post-lunch slump. A lighter alternative of just protein and veggies is also available for those of you who prefer smaller portions.
Lower GF 182 Wellington Street Central Hong Kong | feteup.com
Also great for on-the-go, Nood Food is the ideal healthy spot for all the fitness aficionados who like to sneak a workout in during lunch. Nood Food’s selection of juices, salads and wraps are available for takeaway and dine-in at select locations. For a desert’-like substitute that curbs the sugary cravings, try out one of their protein-filled smoothies!
Making a name for itself as one of the premier plant-based restaurants in Hong Kong, Grassroot Pantry was born out of a search for eateries that combine wellness with sustainable sourcing and great food. Its founder and chef, Peggy Chan commits to eco-conscious culinary practices in the kitchen, so you can rest easy, knowing that your lunch will make both you and the environment happy.
108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong | grassrootspantry.com
Upper House: Cafe Grey Deluxe
Some restaurants truly excel in creating just the right atmosphere for a great meal. Beyond serving healthy dishes, Upper Houses’ Cafe Grey Deluxe stuns with a panoramic view of the Victoria Harbour. Its dedicated wellness menu is vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free, so you can enterain in style with a simple menu that will keep everyone happy.
Level 49 The Upper House Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | upperhouse.com
Asian cuisine can sometimes get a bad rep for being loaded with sodium and MSG, but those of you who call the city home know that healthy Asian food isn’t hard to find if you know where to look. Michelin-recognised Cafe Siam is your taster to Thai food that’s recently come out with a menu full of light options. You could definitely go for their deep-fried wings, but their vegan and vegetarian-friendly menu sounds just as, if not more, enticing.
Can’t shake the taste of a classic burger? Green Common’s vegan cafe Kind Kitchen has you covered. Their 100% plant-based burger uses Omnipork (only the most buzzed-about food subject right now) which is not only lower in calories but higher in nutrients. The cafe also serves a HK style Oat Milk tea for a late-afternoon caffeine boost.
Shop 1, 1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central
A staple in Hong Kong’s vegan food scene, Mana! makes fast food you don’t have to feel guilty about eating. Their signature flatbreads are really what their known for, but the hipster cafe also serves plant-based soups and salads freshly-prepared. Take it to go or stay and mingle in their cozy laptop-friendly space.
92 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong | mana.hk
For a quick healthy lunch on the go, Youni is an easy and accessible spot for a nutritious meal that won’t break the bank. Head over to one of their eight locations around Hong Kong Island and Kowloon to try their healthy meal plans, or order direct to your door. Its energy bowls use a range of ‘clean meats’ to help you max out your proteins, and each meal includes a calorie count and macro breakdown so you know exactly what you’re eating.
Right around the corner of some of our favourite fitness studios, Fresca’s serves flavourful ready-made meals and a comprehensive salad bar for a quick lunch. For a sweet treat, try their vegan and gluten-free baked goods.
No. 54a Hollywood Rd, Central | frescahk.com
Pop Vegan is where plant-based meets upscale dining. Its elegant ambience makes paired with a hearty plate of pasta makes Pop Vegan that great place for lunch with someone special. Dairy-free, gluten-free, allium-free (garlic, onions, etc) and vegan, the menu is packed with diet and allergy-friendly pasta dishes, salads, burgers, risottos and appetisers, all with an Asian-inspired twist using local flavours.
1/F., 28 Elgin Street, SOHO, Central, Hong Kong | facebook.com
Poke bowls have been a mainstay food trend for a while. The healthy Hawaiian-Japanese fusion is light and refreshing (although you have the option to go crazy with the toppings) and made for the Instagram feed. These protein-heavy salads can be customised to your taste with white, brown or no rice, and tasty toppings of edamame, salmon and tuna in a variety of flavours.
Best known for their pressed-juice cleanses, Genie has just relaunched its meal and snack menu with more than 30 dishes on offer. The clean-eating vegan cafe has a range of dishes from the hearty Oaxaca Bowl to the carb-light version of veggie sushi maki rolls, all which have been approved by resident health coach Jaeden Cheng. If you’re looking for a little clean-eating afternoon snack, too, don’t overlook the Match Balls or super-light Watermelon Jerky.
More than just salads, Confusion makes sure you don’t mistake plant-based for plain unvaried meals. It’s mind, body and soul philosophy implements itself to the nutritiously sustainable dishes they offer and inspired by all types of cuisines, you’ll definitely want to go back for more.
103, Jervois Street, Sheung Wan | confusion.hk