Where to Shop for Gourmet Food Goodies
Looking for the best places to buy meat, vegetables, deli items, wine and bread, both in store and online? Our ultimate guide to Hong Kong’s highest quality food and drink has you covered.
Round-up of Hong Kong’s Best In-Store and Online Gourmet Food Stores
Food shopping in Hong Kong can sometimes be a challenge with varying quality and supplies from week to week. We thought it was time to give you an updated round-up the best shops and online stores that offer delicious gourmet goodies, perfect for a dinner with friends, a family treat or a special lunch. The list only includes shops and retailers that we personally recommend so you can be sure that quality and service is up scratch!
Meat and Groceries
Hong Kong has some excellent alternatives to the supermarkets both online and in store. If doing the weekly shop in Wellcome or PARKnSHOP is leaving you full of frustrations, then help is at hand with our selection of the best websites and shops that will help you fill your cupboards and fridge with delicious and appetising goodies.
The Fresh Supply Company – This online store features a great selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, restaurant quality meat and deli items. They promise to bring you fresher and tastier produce than you’ll find in a typical HK supermarket because they deliver straight from their suppliers to your door in double-quick time. You can shop for local and imported produce, and there’s a good organic selection. They deliver three times per week on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories and some Outlying Islands (or you can pick up from their store in Wong Chuk Hang), and delivery is free over $398. The nice surprise is that these goodies not only taste great but you can find some good deals on price too. The Fresh Supply Company are offering you all $50 off your first order with the code HKHUB16. Click here to start shopping.
Farmer’s Kitchen – An online meat retailer selling 100% grass-fed beef and lamb, chilled not previously frozen, delivered across Hong Kong. The varied selection also contains hormone and antibiotic-free chicken, sustainable salmon and premium quality sausages. Their aim is to educate people on what they are eating and provide the option of naturally farmed goods over hormone driven goods. Farmer’s Kitchen delivers restaurant quality, naturally farmed produce from Australia to your door. Naturally farmed animals are proven to be better for the environment as well as better for you the consumer.
Southstream Seafoods – The selection of meat, seafood and grocery items available from Southstream is improving all the time. Of particular note are the Australian beef tenderloins which are melt in the mouth tender and the Hellers sausages which are delicious and gluten-free. The seafood includes a special selection just for babies (small filets and deboned) as well as both fresh and frozen options. The minimum spend for free delivery is $500, but orders over $300 qualify for delivery with a charge of $55. Some locations require a higher minimum spend amount or are levied a surcharge, so check their delivery information online for more details.
Pacific Gourmet – Shop online or in store from a wide range of fresh and frozen meat and fish in addition to vegetables, delicious dips and sauces. The focus is on grass-fed and hormone-free meat from Australia, New Zealand and the US, and the fish and seafood is from Australian waters. You can also add wine and beer to your order, like Crown Lager, for any Aussie expats missing their “Crownie”. The minimum delivery charge is $500 on Hong Kong Island and $1500 elsewhere. Alternatively pop into one of their stores located in Happy Valley, Mid-Levels or Horizon Plaza.
Meatmarket – Pick up a fresh, free range Australian chicken or some 100% organic beef fillets as well as fruit and veggie bags in a variety of sizes, pre-made salads, vegetarian sausages, wines, seafood, fresh bread and Aussie milk. A one-stop grocery shop! Bonus: they offer a 10% discount for purchases over $500 on your first order.
Tenderloin Fine Food – The offering from Tenderloin includes organic poultry, meat from New Zealand and Australia, fresh Atlantic salmon, and a range of frozen fish. You can also pick up a well-priced bottle of red or white wine, delicious cheeses, pates and even coffee beans. Oh, and caviar. If you know your Oscietra from your Beluga, this shop is for you.
GREAT Food Hall – The one supermarket that has made the cut into our list because it offers the best range of groceries, meat, fish, vegetables and other gourmet goodies in Hong Kong. Not many grocery stores can brag about having their very own in-house chef (Chef Timothy Broderick), so you can imagine how good the offerings are here.
The Porterhouse – US and Australian sourced chilled (not frozen) beef available for home delivery. The Porterhouse also offers a range of seafood and fish, plus wine, cheese and pantry items. Keep them in mind when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around, as they sell varying sizes of US free range and organic turkey.
The Butchers Club – Shop online for frozen beef, lamb, pork, shellfish or buy your own piece of Prime Black Angus beef and let the butchers dry age it for you. You can also try to replicate their famous burgers (some say the best in Hong Kong) at home with their “Ultimate Burger Set”, complete with dry aged beef burger patties, handmade baps, cheese slices and bacon. Or let them do the work for you and gather your friends together and head to their private kitchen/butchery in Aberdeen for an evening of delicious food and wine where you’ll get to see the chefs at work and try your hand in the kitchen too.
Good Chow – Steak specialists Good Chow deliver American 100% USDA inspected strips right to your door. Choose from their range of rib-eyes, NY or Kansas strip steaks from as low as only $31 per steak. Undeniably great value beef and any order over $500 qualifies for free delivery. If you’re just passing through Hong Kong, no worries: they also deliver to hotels!
Gonzalo Kosher Meat – Beef, chicken and lamb, which are all Glatt Kosher, grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone-free and sourced in Uruguay, the US, Canada and Australia. The product selection is excellent with a wide range of cuts including rib-eyes, hanger steaks, whole and diced chicken, pork steaks and mince. Check out their decent ready meal selection for those lazy nights when you can’t bear to face the stove.
Homegrown Foods – Organic meat, vegetable and fruit delivery sourced from local farms in the New Territories. The range includes vegetable boxes, high quality cuts of meat, delicious jars of tomatoes, chickpeas and beans as well as condiments, wine, spirits and snacks. Delivery is available across Hong Kong. Until the end of February, they’ll give you a free portion of fruit or vegetables on purchases of $500 or more –a great way to jumpstart your New Year healthy eating plan.
Chef’s Choice – Try their grass-fed steaks which are absolutely divine. Chef’s Choice (formerly Chef’s Express) stocks a wide selection of beef, pork, cold cuts, cheese, wine, fresh ground spices and BBQ packs for pick up in store in Tung Chung and Discovery Bay. If you purchase wine or Champagne at the DB Plaza shop, you can indulge in some complimentary canapés too.
Il Bel Paese – Italian gourmet specialities and a heaven for foodies. Their shops sell everything from extra virgin olive oil, to fruits and vegetables directly from Italy. Products are very high quality and fairly reasonably priced at several shops across Hong Kong. Their take-away menu will make your mouth water with hot pasta dishes and extensive dessert options (try the lemon tiramisu).
T.C. Deli Shop – Australian and American fresh meat including steaks, chicken and sausages. An extensive range of bread products is available too, from Turkish spelt loaf to sourdough, made by Knead It Bakery in Australia. Available from their deli in Tseung Kwan O or enjoy one of their amazing steaks cooked to perfection at Lardos Steak House.
Profood – An online retailer specialising in artisanal foods including seafood, cured meats, cheese, oils and vinegars. Their products come from all over Europe (and Thailand) – have a look at their selection of the quirkily packaged Zotter chocolates from Austria. Minimum orders are HK$500 for free delivery with next day delivery if placed before 3pm; available from Monday to Saturday.
RedDeliBox – Whole salmon from Norway, Australian lobster, or if you’re so bold, geoduck clam from California and other live and chilled seafood from around the world can be delivered fresh to your home (free on orders $800 or more). Their website has handy tips on preparation and handling for seafood novices, along with simple recipes.
My Meat Man – Spawned from My Wine Man, the recently-established My Meat Man sells premium Australian beef, lamb, chicken and sausages. They’re serious about their products, which you can see from their detailed website exploring their meat’s provenance. Delivery fee is $100 or free on orders over $1000.
Fruits and Vegetables
If you want fresh and yummy vegetables delivered straight to your door, look no further than our picks for the best that Hong Kong has to offer.
Eat FRESH – Organic, locally produced vegetables delivered straight to your door with recipes devised by Chef Mia who brings her food expertise to give you creative ideas to make the most of your veggies. Choose from either a la carte or a mixed bag with prices ranging from $210 for a seasonal organic green juicing bag to $355 for a bag of seasonal organic vegetables. Free delivery available on orders over $350 on Hong Kong Island ($450 for Kowloon and $550 for New Territories). Eat FRESH also has a line of organic products, such as pantry items including free range organic eggs, gluten-free breads , and an organic living range featuring high-quality organic essential oils.
Tas’Mania – Fresh fruit and vegetables for delivery priced at $300 for a 3 lb “Harvest Box” ($495 for 6 lb) and new this year are premium Tasmania cherries ($600 for 2 kg). All items are sourced from (yes) Tasmania, which is famous for its cool growing conditions, clean soil and fresh air.
EcoFarm – A wide range of vegetables that varies seasonally but unlike many of the organic vegetable suppliers in Hong Kong, you can also order fruit, which is imported from Holland but well priced versus similar produce from the supermarkets. There is also a good selection of local Chinese specialty vegetables, which certainly simplifies the weekly shop.
Green Little Frog – The fresh organic fruits and vegetables from Green Little Frog come from northern Thailand, grown in non-chemical water and soil. Their mixed fruit and veggie bags come packed with your daily basics like cucumber and tomatoes, to more exotic tropical fruits like mangosteen and pomelo. A large bag (about 9-12 Items) costs between $770-790, small bag (about 7-9 Items) $470-490, and are delivered free on Hong Kong Island ($80 for delivery to Kowloon and New Territories).
Evergreens Republic – Aquaponics are the key to how Evergreens Republic grows their USDA organic certified produce. Their greenhouse, located in the New Territories backcountry, grows a wide range of fruits and vegetables year-long which are harvested and delivered within 24 hours. They’ll even throw in free kale for orders over $350.
The Fresh Grower – Seasonal produce bred in fertile volcanic soil on a South Auckland farm are flown in twice a week to Hong Kong, so you can bet on getting fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to your door. Free delivery with a minimum $400 order, or pop into their shops in Wan Chai and Kennedy Town and fill your basket with New Zealand rose apples or sweet stem broccoli.
Regency Spices – This is the place to look for all those unusual spices that your typical Hong Kong supermarket does not stock. They guarantee their products are pure, unadulterated and are freshly selected from this year’s crop so you can expect really fresh and vibrant flavours. Their prices are very reasonable and you can shop online for delivery throughout Hong Kong.
Spicebox Organics – Supplier of high quality, organic products including groceries, spices, supplements, gluten-free goods, condiments, beauty items and more. Shop in-store in their Sai Ying Pun shop or online.
The Truffle Secret – The Truffle Secret specialises in the sale of quality truffle products. Truffle lovers will be in heaven with their wide range of flavourful goodies. Shop online for pure truffle pastes, premium truffle oil, truffle salt, balsamic vinegar, black truffle carpaccio in extra virgin olive oil, black whole truffle in brine and many more. Everything is manufactured by hand using 100% Italian raw materials.
Fu Shing and Sons – Fenwick Pier is not the place you will necessarily think to go to stock up for gourmet groceries, but Tony of Fu Shing and Sons sells delicious and really well priced cheese, hams, condiments, sausages and fish. Head to the second floor of Fenwick pier where you will find large round Brie for only $200 and huge slices of Manchego for only $100. This is a real hidden gem, and Tony is a pleasure to chat to while you are shopping. Also on offer is very reasonably priced wine and spirits.
Monsieur Chatté – French style deli. Shop online or in store at Elements mall, Bonham Strand or the Yata Counter at APM mall and find an extensive selection of wines, cheeses and deli items. French expats and cider lovers alike will be happy to know they now carry La Chouette.
Magnolia – The kitchen of Magnolia isn’t just for private dining with your friends – they also produce a fabulous range of food to eat at home, perfect for entertaining. They have a variety of relishes, whole hams and turkeys, and their famous Pecan pies are a perfect end to any meal.
Terroirs – European delicacies galore from French raclette cheese to Spanish spicy chorizo, everything for your tapas night or wine and cheese party is available to order online. Terroirs does a great farmer cheese platter (serves 8-10) featuring five seasonal farmer cheeses which are flown to Hong Kong at perfect maturity.
Greek Deli – For those with a hankering for the best feta and Kalamata olives, this online deli boasts the largest selection of Greek food in Hong Kong, directly imported from Greece. But despite their name, Greek Deli also carries Argentinian grass-fed beef and Italian gourmet food products. They offer next day delivery in most areas of Hong Kong for $50 or free if you spend $500 or more.
Buonissimo – Specialising in fine Italian food, this online gourmet purveyor is more than a delicatessen. From a long list of cold cuts to choose from, starting at $60 for sliced mortadella, or steeper priced white truffles (from $3100), you are spoilt for choice. Delivery is free if you spend $600 or more, otherwise it’s $60 to have the goodies delivered.
Stanley Cave – This bakery has a wide range of delicious cakes, pastries and artisanal breads. A great option if you are looking for ‘proper’ bread or cakes. Be warned: you may find yourself going in for a loaf of bread and coming out with several croissants and macarons as well.
Levain – Artisan breads including sourdough, pan baked, croissants and brioche. Be on the lookout for their delicious seasonal products, like panettone and stollen at Christmas, and post-Yule Galette des rois (King’s cake).
Maison Kayser – Delicious French bakery serving baguettes, cakes and pastries to eat in (at the Happy Valley location) and take away. The bakery also does beautifully decorated seasonal sweets – their Christmas logs look too good to eat.
Sift – If you are looking for cupcakes that are full of flavour and beautifully presented, then look no further than Sift. These make a great gift if you are visiting friends. They also do an assortment of French pastries and macarons.
Po’s Atelier – We love the bread and pastries at Po’s Atelier. Everything is baked fresh on the premises and is free from nasty unnatural additives. If you are planning a cheese board, then make sure you have the perfect bread to go with it – their oolong fig bread is a great choice.
Tai Tai Pies – Delicious homemade, American-style pies with both sweet and savoury options available, perfect for dessert or for a relaxed lunch with friends. The pies come in two sizes: 9” served in an aluminum tin (4-8 servings) and a traditional 9.5” deep dish version that comes in a glass dish (8-12 servings).
Munchies – Finally, a place to get donuts in Hong Kong! Sure, we always had the Marks and Spencer raspberry jam variety, but we’re talking the proper big, covered in icing and sprinkles, sinful treats. This recently opened bakery in Sheung Wan caters in sweets with a conscience – everything is handmade using organic, GMO-free ingredients and they give back 1% of sales to support non-profit organisations. The display case at Munchies is brimming with a rotation of cookies (oatmeal apple cinnamon, espresso, vanilla bean) and donut balls dripping in frosting and toppings to match their names (apple pie, s’mores). But the big draw is those donuts: simple ones like the original glazed, fluffy ones rolled in cinnamon and sugar, and decadent ones made with maple syrup and sprinkled with walnuts. They also make ice cream, which they can serve with the cookies and donuts, as if you weren’t gorging enough.
Twelve Cupcakes – A rival for Sift in the Hong Kong cupcake scene, Twelve Cupcakes’ treats are on the smaller side, but that means you won’t feel as bad for eating two in one sitting – which we’ve done. Easily. Popular cupcakes on a daily rotation include red velvet and cookies ‘n’ cream, and on a weekly basis they throw in different flavours like lychee martini and salted caramel banana. Already a hit in Singapore, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur, don’t be surprised to see it expand beyond its six locations in Hong Kong.
Tai Cheong Bakery – This Chinese bakery has been churning out their award-winning egg tarts since 1954. First opened at Lyndhurst Terrace in Central, they now have more than 20 locations in Hong Kong which attract tourists on the hunt for that famous egg tart, and locals who pop in for pineapple bread, red bean buns and steamed sponge cake at low prices. Not to be missed is their doughy sugar puff.
Ms B’s Cakery – This is the place to go to when you want to impress on a birthday or anniversary with an eye-catching and luscious cake. They claim that each of their cakes is a work of art, and once you see one you will not disagree – they are stunning. Visit their shop in Central to see for yourself or get one of their creations, which can be made gluten and sugar-free, delivered.
If you are looking to add some healthy options into your menu, or if you are catering for guests with dietary restrictions, here’s our list of Hong Kong’s best stores that offer healthy and delicious groceries and treats.
Little Giant – If you have guests or family members with dietary restrictions, Little Giant carries a wide range of allergy-free products including gluten-free and dairy-free sweet treats. Online ordering is available or visit the store in Causeway Bay.
Kinoa – A wide range of organic groceries including gluten-free pasta, organic cereals and condiments. Delivery is $65 (free on orders from $900) in Hong Kong Island or $20 (free on orders from $500) in Discovery Bay.
Lola’s Ice Pops – Kids craving a treat, but you want to keep it healthy? Lola’s Ice Pops are preservative, artificial colouring and chemical-free and utterly delicious! Some of the flavours they’ve come up with are watermelon basil, mango red chili and green apple caramel. Available at a variety of retailers across Hong Kong, including city’super and The Bottle Shop.
Happy Cow – Another healthy option if you’re craving ice cream, Happy Cow is dairy and gluten-free and uses coconut to achieve a beautiful sweetness that balances well with the interesting flavour options. Our favourite is the cherry almond fudge – yum! – but you can also indulge in more exotic options like hibiscus goji and their newest flavour, yin yang sesame.
Just Green – The go-to shop for anyone trying to source allergen-free food and healthy treats. Their stores also carry Happy Cow ice cream. There are several locations on Hong Kong Island, and stores in New Territories, Lamma Island and Discovery Bay.
Snacking Bird – An assortment of healthy snacks from chewy fruit to crunchy multigrain chips specially packaged and delivered so you always have something on hand to munch on. Starting at $165, with the option to make your own custom boxes for special dietary needs.
Corner Block – This popular Central food shop (formerly O2H) promotes healthy eating and caters to those keen on green living. You can do your entire weekly shop here, as they stock all the cupboard staples like cereal, pasta, jam, as well as an extensive range of gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free products.
Nood Food – A haven for vegans who can find a plethora of tasty sweet and savoury snack options. Their cold-pressed juices are very popular, and are made with organic, sustainable produce. If you’re looking to re-charge your diet and make some lifestyle changes, pop into one of their locations and ask about their juice cleansing programmes, which range from one to six days.
Ice ‘N’ Lean – Healthy and diet-friendly ice cream? It is possible, apparently, as the health conscious team at Ice ‘N’ Lean have introduced the world’s first organic and grass-fed protein ice cream that is low in sugar and fat. Choose from “Choco-Muscle” or “Choco-Lite”, or indulge in their “Paleo Pieces” –organic nut butter cups with a layer of organic dark chocolate. Kids will also love them.
La Cabane a Vins – Hong Kong’s only wine cellar that stocks solely natural wine made from organic fruits as well as minimal chemicals and technology.
Cellarmaster Wines – The Cellarmaster experts sample and savour over 1000 different, award-winning wines each year to ensure they offer you an outstanding range of top quality, value for money wines from across the world. Delivery under $800 is $50, delivery over $800 is free.
Winerack – Online wine retailer that although has a narrow inventory at any one time, offers consistently good wines that don’t break the bank. They offer free delivery on all orders over 6 bottles ($80 otherwise) and you can select a variety of wines or beers.
My Wine Man – Online and in-store wine retailer which has a growing range of wines from Australia, New Zealand, USA, France, Spain and Italy. Free delivery on orders over 12 bottles, or purchase in store.
Castello del Vino – This well-stocked and beautifully-presented shop in Wan Chai specialises in internationally recognised Italian wines, but also carries a good supply of wines from Chile, Argentina and New Zealand. Online orders and delivery is also available.
The 8th Estate Winery – All wine sold at the 8thEstate Winery is made at their Ap Lei Chau headquarters from imported grapes. You can get a better sense of how they do it by visiting the facility while sampling some of their products at the tasting bar. Online purchase is available, but there’s a limited selection of wines listed, so contact them directly for more info.
Enoteca – First opened in Tokyo, Enoteca has six locations in Hong Kong, each one stacked with rows of quality wine from around the world. You’d be hard-pressed to find anything priced under $100, but you will be rewarded with a great selection. Their Champagne assortment is quite impressive.
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Nancy Matos is a lifestyle and culture writer from Vancouver, Canada currently based in Hong Kong and London.