There are only a handful of chocolate shops spread out across Hong Kong. But where exactly can one purchase chocolate in Hong Kong? These can be found virtually everywhere, with the majority of them available online. After all, Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and it even has a chocolate culture that is just starting to emerge to match its reputation.
Even in a city as diverse and cosmopolitan as Hong Kong, Godiva and other more affordable chocolatiers continue to dominate the market. The rent is not something to make light of, and the community places a high value on imported chocolates. In general, chocolate consumption in Hong Kong is relatively similar to that in Europe; nevertheless, handmade chocolate first appeared in the city a few years ago and has been gradually gaining popularity ever since. After all, the small-batch chocolate store that has the title of being Hong Kong’s oldest has been in business for just two years.
I have organized this guide according to the type of chocolate rather than the locations of the shops because Hong Kong is such a small and accessible city, and most shops are now online anyway. During the time that I have spent compiling chocolate travel guides, I have noticed that an increasing number of people are simply looking for high-quality chocolate in various cities. This way, everyone will be able to find exactly what they are looking for (although, if you are looking for Royce or Godiva in Hong Kong, you won’t find them in this guide).
*If there is an asterisk next to an entry, that means that it is primarily or exclusively available online!
- 1 Hong Kong Travel Tips
- 2 Macao Chocolate Shops
- 3 Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Shops
- 4 Hong Kong Craft Chocolate (Primarily Online)
- 5 Hong Kong Chocolatiers
- 6 European Chocolatiers in Hong Kong
- 7 Hong Kong Chocolate Events & Destinations
- 8 FAQs
Hong Kong Travel Tips
- Something to keep in mind, particularly if you are traveling through Hong Kong on a backpacking trip or just arriving after midnight: Hong Kong is a society that relies heavily on cash transactions, and this includes taxis. As cash is the only accepted form of payment in Hong Kong taxis, you should look for an ATM as soon as you arrive at the airport. If you intend to travel throughout the entirety of the city, it is recommended that you purchase an Octopus Card as soon as you arrive.
- In a similar vein, there is very little public WiFi in Hong Kong, which is why I strongly advise renting a wifi egg before you leave the airport. All of the stands are open for 24 hours, but make sure you remember to return it before you leave!
- The terrain in and around Hong Kong is very hilly. Always make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get from point A to point B, especially when you plan to walk around, especially in the downtown area. Taxis are a viable option; however, you will need to remember to bring cash with you.
- When traveling from Hong Kong Island to mainland Hong Kong, taking the ferry is not only a very convenient but also a very inexpensive way to cross the bay. It will also be faster than taking a taxi and either faster than or just as fast as the metro.
- Even on the weekends, restaurants and cafés are often packed during the lunch hour (from 1 to 2 p.m.), therefore it is best to avoid going to either during that time period.
Macao Chocolate Shops
Before I jump into Hong Kong chocolate shops, I wanted to explain why I didn’t write anything about Macao chocolate shops, despite visiting the island. On my first trip there in 2017, I actually didn’t have a phone or any way to communicate, yet I was still about to navigate both Macao & downtown Hong Kong with no real problems. I find Macanese food to be absolutely delectable, especially the sweets.
However, I’ve found that if you’re looking for good chocolate in Macao, it’s really only worth checking out Janice Wong’s shop in the MGM Hotel, or The Mandarin Cake Shop in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. I’ve sampled chocolates all over the territory, and the best chocolate in Macao is by far at these two locations, though I think the best chocolates are definitely found in Hong Kong. It’s worth the ferry ride, I promise.
European-style bonbons from one of the world’s most famous hotels.
Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Shops
The idea of making chocolate from cocoa beans to finished bars is still fairly novel in Hong Kong. Even though I have listed a lot of the craft chocolate stores in Hong Kong, there are technically a lot more of them than I have listed here; however, the majority of them do not have a very extensive selection. As a result, I have selected a few places by hand where you can find a varied and carefully curated selection of bean-to-bar chocolates sourced from all over the world.
Update: a reader has recommended Great Food Hall in Admiralty for their extensive selection of artisan chocolates; if you are anywhere near Pacific Place Complex between the hours of 10 am and 10 pm every day, it is definitely worth checking out! There is now an additional Hong Kong chocolate maker on the market, and they go by the name “Cacao.”
Hakawa Chocolate is committed to their craft and remains Hong Kong’s only permanent chocolate shop that makes chocolate from beans to bars. Sally and Mandy, the business’s owners, make a variety of beverages, chocolate bars, and nuts that are generously covered in chocolate and use only dark chocolate that they make themselves in-house. The ascent to Hakawa, which is located in Central Hong Kong at the summit of a very steep hill, is unquestionably worthwhile.
The two owners are trilingual, having excellent command of the English, Mandarin, and Cantonese languages. Their iced drinks are extremely popular, but it is important to note that even the sweeter ones are not overly sugary. This is more of a response to the preferences of Hong Kong residents than it is to the owners’ own tastes.
Address: Shop1B, 49-51A Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong (at the top of a very tall hill)
Hours: 1-7pm, Tue-Fri & 12-7pm, Sat-Sun
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This chocolate stop is a little further out there, both figuratively and literally. It is situated on the Sai Kung peninsula, more than an hour’s drive northeast of the central business district of Hong Kong. If you are willing to make the journey out there, however, you will come across a coffee and cacao roaster that is flexing their creative muscles in the form of coffee, ice cream, and for some reason, bagels.
Even though their cafe is open during normal business hours, the chocolate tasting menu is only available to customers who have made a reservation in advance. But even if you are unsuccessful in securing a tasting spot, you should still go there for some ice cream; may we suggest the Sage & Honey flavor? Or Dark Cacao Sorbet? Or the Whisky Mars?
Address: Building 58, G/F 33 Ko Fu, 72 Fuk Man Rd, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Hours: varies; message them on Instagram to schedule an appointment
Both of Sweet World’s locations are shown on the map that can be found further down on this page. In addition to their wall of bean-to-bar chocolate, the shop carries a vast assortment of high-end candies and treats, indicating that the shop’s primary concentration is on chocolates that lean more toward the sugary side of the spectrum.
They only started selling these artisan chocolate bars relatively recently, and they actually have some of the most competitive prices in the entire city. There are several manufacturers there, such as Pump Street, Domori, and Rococo. Take note, however, that they only carry one local chocolate maker from the Hong Kong area.
Address: Shop 343, 10 Chater Rd, Central, Hong Kong (in Landmark Prince’s Building)
Hours: 9:30-7:30, Mon-Sat & 10:30-6:30, Sun
Oliver’s The Delicatessen
Local companies in Hong Kong have been forced to get creative with their location choices as a result of the city’s status as a metropolitan area. For example, Oliver’s can be found on the second floor of a shopping center-like building on Hong Kong Island. Although it is in an unusual location for a deli, the store offers a wide variety of bean-to-bar chocolate options, in addition to a variety of other high-quality foods.
Those who have a craving for imported foods from all over the world, including the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas, will think they have died and gone to heaven here. The assortment of chocolate features brands from much larger chocolate manufacturers such as Cadbury, makers from the middle range such as Michel Cluizel and Akesson’s, and even the Rózsavolgyi Csokoládé brand, which is a Hungarian chocolate manufacturer.
Address: 2nd floor, 10 Chater Rd, Central, Hong Kong (in Landmark Prince’s Building)
Hours: 8am-9pm, Mon-Fri & 8:30am-8pm, Sat-Sun
The chocolate aisle at City Super is a very interesting place to visit. It features an incredible number of international craft chocolate brands, one of which is Timeless Chocolate, which I had the opportunity to interview in 2018, back when it had no distribution outside of Japan. The selection of chocolate is comparable to that of Oliver’s in that it ranges from inexpensive and sugary bars to some 100% chocolate bars that would surprise the majority of taste buds.
It’s likely that there’s a City Super close to wherever you’re staying in Hong Kong because the majority of the stores are housed in shopping malls; if you don’t have enough time to visit one of the local chocolate makers, it’s still worth your time to stop by one of these stores. The address listed below is only for one of the four permanent Hong Kong City Supers, but the locations of all four can be found marked on the map below.
Address: Shop 1041-1049, 1/F, International Finance Centre Mall & Airport Express Hong Kong Station, 8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong
Hours: 10am-10pm, daily
Hong Kong Craft Chocolate (Primarily Online)
Although the city of Hong Kong is home to a number of chocolate boutiques, the vast majority of the city’s chocolatiers sell their wares exclusively over the internet. They process orders from all over the city and send them out the very same day, which is a reasonable expectation in such a compact geographic region as the city. This makes it possible to offer a wider variety of products and gives them the flexibility to set up pop-up shops, which are becoming increasingly common in Hong Kong. A quick aside: Hilda Chan, who has been writing about chocolate in Hong Kong for quite some time, has recently launched her own line of miniature chocolates under the brand name Renaissance Dark Chocolates. Another reader has brought up his newly opened chocolate shop in Hong Kong, which goes by the name Chocolates By RLF.
*Chocolate Club HK
A pairing of chocolate and tea facilitated by Kate Chan of the Hong Kong Chocolate Club.
The Chocolate Club HK is run only by a single individual, much like the majority of other chocolate businesses in Hong Kong. Katie, the company’s creator, is perhaps most known for the chocolate workshops that she hosts at various locations across the city. However, her firm also offers all of those chocolates in their online shop, and in fact, they are the only distributor for a number of different brands of chocolate. This contains To’ak Chocolate, which many people consider to be the most costly chocolate in the world. It comes from Ecuador. Dandelion Chocolate, Bahen & Co. Chocolate, and Fuwan Chocolate are some of the other chocolate companies that Katie promotes.
How To Order: click here for the online store
*Cult De Choco
Jeffrey Lee has been supplying the Chinese populace with craft chocolate bars for well over half a decade at this point. His web store carries close to a dozen different international chocolate brands, and orders can be shipped anywhere in Hong Kong. Although the website for Cult de Choco isn’t being updated as frequently as it once was, he used to host chocolate workshops all over the city.
How To Order: click here for the online store
The husband and wife team that are responsible for Conspiracy launched the business just a year ago, in 2018, and have already been exhibiting at pop-up markets all across Hong Kong. At the present, their product offering is limited to dark chocolate that originates solely in Vietnam; nevertheless, their list of inclusions is continuously expanding and adapts to the changing of the seasons.
Chia seeds, pistachios, and native chili peppers are some of the more recent ingredients included to flavored bars. At the moment, the whole operation is extremely handmade, but I would keep an eye on these two over the next few years, particularly as the chocolate scene in Hong Kong continues to expand. In particular, the growth of the chocolate scene in Hong Kong is something to keep an eye on.
Send them a message on Instagram if you’d like to place an order.
Dedicated Chocolate is one of the lesser-known chocolate manufacturers in Hong Kong, and the company really began as a patisserie. However, in 2017, the company ventured into the handmade chocolate manufacturing industry, but at this moment they exclusively produce dark chocolate. However, they presently provide chocolate bars, truffles, and cakes in the manner of French chocolate made from a variety of diverse sources in their portfolio. Due to the fact that they do not yet have an internet store, the only places where you can see their inventory are on their Facebook and Instagram pages.
How To Order: Message their Facebook for the fastest response
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At the time, Chocobien is recognized as one of the most sophisticated chocolate manufacturers in Hong Kong. They obtain the majority of their cacao from Peru, which is home to a rare local cacao variety known as nacional. After obtaining cacao from Peru, they age the chocolate they produce using that cacao. After the chocolate has been aged, it is blended with other aged tastes and placed in very opulent packaging before being sold.
You may purchase bars and bonbons either online or at one of two stores located in the central business district of Hong Kong. Additionally, the boxes will tell you pretty much everything you could possibly want to know about the chocolate that is contained therein, including the aging and conching periods as well as extremely precise matching recommendations. This is the move to make in order to leave a lasting impression on someone with chocolates.
How To Order: click here for the online store
Hong Kong Chocolatiers
Hong Kong craft chocolate is much more well-known than Hong Kong chocolatiers, who are typically only recognized by the brand names of their products. These kinds of stores are most frequently found in the malls located in the city’s central business districts. Although there are some completely locally sourced chocolatiers in Hong Kong, the majority of the options that you will find are heavily influenced by the processes and flavors that are common in Europe.
Patisserie Jeffery Koo
Jeffery Koo, who works as a pastry chef, has been honing his talents and expanding his repertoire for close to twenty years now. After beginning his career as a pastry chef at the Mandarin Oriental, he went on to work in France for a short period of time and then later at various chocolate shops in Hong Kong. That is, up until the year 2015, when he and his wife were at long last able to launch their very own patisserie and workshop.
Now, Patisserie JK is well-known for the exquisite cakes and bonbons, as well as the edible art works that may be made to request. His bonbons had simple tastes, but all of the fillings were ganaches with a single flavor; there was no complexity or layering to them at all. I have no doubt that he is capable of doing his magic with a coating of caramel or pate de fruits, and it is something I very much look forward to seeing. My personal choice was for the elaborate cakes that were available in a selection of airy taste profiles and were topped in chocolate and fondant.
Address: 18 Hanoi Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong (located in B1 of K11 Mall)
Hours: 11am-9pm, daily
LF (Love & Faith) Chocolates is one of the few Hong Kong chocolatiers that conducts all of its business online. The company does not have any popup shops or physical retail locations, and it focuses primarily on catering to corporate clients. But despite this, the brand has been around since 2013, and it is still going strong. It combines the European techniques that the majority of chocolatiers learn in school with the flavors that they were raised on in Hong Kong. Honey Yuzu, Pineapple Osmanthus, and Tangerine Pu’er are some of the more unusual flavor combinations that can be found in the regular bonbons that are for sale on their website. All of the regular bonbons that are for sale on their website are colorful and circular creations.
How To Order: send them a message on Instagram
Patisserie Tony Wong
ony Wong has worked in the pastry industry for more than 40 years, and the intricate cakes that he is famous for creating are a direct result of this experience. When I went into his shop, however, I only had one thing on my mind: bonbons. Although his creations are available in almost any flavor you can think of, I only wanted bonbons.
The assortment of pastel-colored candies in rainbow colors that Wong has amassed is quite eye-catching, much like a box of crayons. The flavors are clean and pleasant, but they are mostly monolithic and ganache-like. On the other hand, I liked that you could choose the flavors (or colors, depending on the circumstance) that you wanted from the display case. On the map that follows, you’ll find markers indicating each of Tony Wong’s three locations.
Address: 65 Fuk Lo Tsun Rd, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
Hours: 11:30am-8:30pm, daily
Oak by Choco Choco
This establishment is a combination of a coffee shop and a gift shop, and it also sells an interesting assortment of chocolates. Their expertise lies not only in coffee but also in chocolate, but I was more interested in the latter and noticed that they offer one bonbon made of 72% dark chocolate while the rest of their bonbons are all flavored and made of 52% dark chocolate. That is so incredibly kind of you! But if their regular square cut ganaches aren’t enough for you, they also sell flavored chocolate bars and seasonal selections of truffles, so if that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, there are other options.
Address: B33 B1/F, Lee Tung St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Hours: 8:30am-7:30pm, Mon-Fri & 11am-7:30pm, Sat-Sun
Peninsula Hotel Chocolatier
In the same vein as the hotel itself, the chocolaterie at the Peninsula is stunning, but also a little intimidating, not to mention extremely expensive. It was $265 HKD, which is approximately $34 USD, for six bonbons. In addition to the friendly service and flawless communication provided by the woman working the register, I was also given a gift commemorating the Chinese New Year as a token of their appreciation for my business. However, I have not yet come across the bonbon that is nearly six dollars US in value.
The chocolates were expertly crafted, and each layer featured distinct flavors that were easy to appreciate. But these bonbons are most certainly not for individual consumption; rather, they are intended to be given as presents. A helpful hint: when you enter the hotel, go to the door that is off to the left of the main entrance and enter the basement arcade. A few shops in, the chocolaterie will be on your left.
Address: The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon Hong Kong
Hours: 9:30am-7:30pm, daily
At the time of my visit, Vero was only available through its website; however, the company is currently working on establishing a physical location. The bonbons produced by the company are their primary claim to fame and are sold in themed collections throughout the year. But in addition to those bonbons with multiple layers of chocolate, they also sell thin chocolate squares, chocolate-covered candied hazelnuts, chocolate-covered orange peels, and layered lemon chocolates. The company has been around for a considerable amount of time and currently provides customized chocolates to both individuals and businesses.
How To Order: click here for the online store
Mandarin Cake Shop
The majority of customers come for the cakes, which are like exquisite jewels made with European ingredients and European styles, as the name of the establishment suggests. However, I came for the chocolates, which are available in fifteen distinct flavors of bonbons and truffles, with each flavor being described in both English and Chinese. There was a woman working behind the counter, and she responded to all of my inquiries in English and was very cordial to me as a whole.
This was a much more reasonable purchase than the Peninsula box, coming in at $204HKD (approximately $26 USD) for a box of 9 bonbons, and I had the impression that the quality was just as high. In addition, if you go to the Mandarin Oriental, you can take a seat in the lobby with a cup of coffee, a plate of bonbons, and engage in friendly conversation with a companion or spend some quiet time by yourself. Overall, I thought that the Mandarin Chocolate Shop was more deserving of its reputation than its rival, the other famous Hong Kong chocolate shop.
Address: M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong
Hours: 8am-8pm, daily (closes at 7pm on Sundays)
European Chocolatiers in Hong Kong
As was covered in the episode of the podcast devoted to Hong Kong, the origins of Hong Kong’s chocolate culture can be traced back to the territory’s time as a colony of Great Britain, during which time European chocolates were imported and consumed widely there. Because of this, the perception that European chocolate is of higher quality than other types of chocolate is both accurate and widespread. Because of this, as well as the relatively relaxed import regulations, many chocolate makers who are looking to expand their business to other countries now choose Hong Kong as their first location. As a result, there are a great deal of European chocolatiers in Hong Kong.
It is possible that Venchi has the strongest presence of Italian chocolate in Hong Kong due to the fact that they have six full-service locations spread out across the city. Gelato seems to be the company’s most well-known product in Hong Kong, but I’ve been purchasing their little trapezoidal packets of gianduja for years without any idea that they also produced gelato. The company seems to be better known in Hong Kong for their gelato.
The popularity of Ferrero Rocher, on the other hand, is largely responsible for the widespread fondness for hazelnuts and chocolate that exists in Hong Kong. As a result, all of the numerous chocolate and hazelnut creations, in addition to the coffee and ice cream concoctions, are available in cute little boxes at each of their locations, making them a delicious addition to any day.
Address: 183 Queen’s Road East Hopewell Centre, Hong Kong
Hours: 9am-9pm, daily (opens at 10am on Sundays)
Cova from Milan
Cova is an Italian chocolate brand that originated in Hong Kong. They are most well-known for their variety of baked goods and coffee, as well as their restaurant chain. However, in each of their ten chocolate cafes in Hong Kong, they also sell boxes of very sweet truffles and traditional Italian gianduja. It’s nice to have some gianduja when you need a pick-me-up in the middle of the day or as an accompaniment to a cup of coffee, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get some on my own. On the map, I’ve only highlighted one location because I think that perhaps you shouldn’t go too far out of your way either.
Address: Shop G315, Gateway Arcade, Gateway Blvd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Hours: 7am-9pm, daily
La Maison Du Chocolat
When you consider that each item costs around $4 USD, or $27 HKD, La Maison does not skimp on either quality or consistency. In addition to a variety of other La Maison-branded candies and confections, bonbons sent all the way from Paris are available at each of their five shops in Hong Kong (I’ve shown where each of these shops is located on the map that follows).
The climate-controlled display case features their distinctive bonbons and truffles in the middle of the exhibit, with their French macarons serving as a flag on the other side. Their macarons, although having traveled a great distance, have maintained their chewy texture and rich taste, with flavors that are both distinct and robust serving as the glue that holds everything together. Although expensive, my recent visit to the country served to remind me that its chocolate imports are among the best available in Hong Kong.
Address: Shop 114, First Floor, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong-Kong
Hours: 10am-8pm, Mon-Sat.
Agnes B. Delices
Agnes B, the other company on our list that originates in Paris, is one that you have most likely encountered in the form of a clothing brand. However, the designer has expanded his business into cafes, and in addition to the standard coffee and light fare found in cafes, the stores also sell individual boxes of chocolate. The two pieces that I sampled both possessed a flavor profile that was overly sweet, very simple, and monotonous. However, a set of two cost $48 Hong Kong dollars, which is equivalent to about $8 US dollars. I’m sorry to say this, but I’d much rather get a pastry from Agnes B than some chocolate from her.
Address: Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hanoi Rd, 18號K11 Art Mall, Tsim Sha Tsui
Hours: 11am-9pm, daily
Frederic Blondeel HK
Coming straight from Belgium! There is a reason why people all over the world love Frederic Blondeel’s chocolate, and that reason has everything to do with the flavors. In addition to having a fantastic selection of chocolate bonbons in Hong Kong, Blondeel also handcrafts some of their chocolates from the bean all the way up to the bar form. During regular business hours, you are welcome to walk right up to their counter and select from among a couple dozen flavors of bonbons that have been imported from Belgium. Some of my personal favorites include their truffles flavored with praline and the jasmine baton.
Address: B2/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong [not on the map below]
Hours: 10am-6pm, daily
Hong Kong Chocolate Events & Destinations
As is the case in Japan, people in Hong Kong are willing to go quite a distance for an event or dish of high quality. As a result, pop-up style markets have become a popular way to educate people about a new type of product while also increasing brand awareness. However, this idea has also spread to craft chocolate tasting and pairing events, in addition to a few annual chocolate festivals. These are the accounts of their lives.
Harbour City Chocolate Trail
In the month or so leading up to Valentine’s Day, the Harbour City Mall in the Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood of Hong Kong decorates the entire shopping center in accordance with the theme of chocolate. Despite the fact that it advertises itself as a kind of festival, the event doesn’t really have that many celebrations associated with it; however, there is a much more palpable commitment to chocolate.
During the 2019 showing, there was a “Craft Chocolate Convenience Store” located on the basement level. This store showcased craft chocolate brands and items from around the world to the general public. On the other hand, it appears that the main purpose of the event is to make it simpler for people living in Hong Kong to acquire chocolate in time for Valentine’s Day.
The event is held every February.
Where can I buy cheap chocolate in Hong Kong?
Visit the Bestmart 360° if you are in Hong Kong and are looking for a place to purchase chocolates or other treats at very low prices. They are ubiquitous and sell branded chocolates at prices that are significantly lower than those found elsewhere in the country. When we were on our second day in Hong Kong and walking from our hotel to the train station, I first noticed this shop for the first time.
Which chocolate is best?
The healthiest kind of chocolate is dark chocolate because it is the kind that has been processed the least. This means that it retains the highest percentage of the flavonoid-rich cocoa bean.
Is chocolate popular in Hong Kong?
In general, chocolate consumption in Hong Kong is relatively similar to that in Europe; nevertheless, handmade chocolate first appeared in the city a few years ago and has been gradually gaining popularity ever since. After all, the small-batch chocolate store that has the title of being Hong Kong’s oldest has been in business for just two years.
Which chocolate is famous in Singapore?
Because of its attention to quality and flavor, as well as its use of sustainable cocoa beans from throughout the globe, Lemuel Chocolate has emerged as one of the most prestigious chocolatiers in Singapore in recent years. Because each chocolate bar and bonbon set from a single origin comes in a lovely packaging, you won’t have to stress about finding anything to wrap the present in.
Is Thailand cheaper than Hong Kong?
The food in Hong Kong and Thailand is not only different in terms of flavor but also in terms of pricing when compared to one another. Meal and restaurant prices in Hong Kong are typically lower than those in Thailand ($13), coming in at $26. Transport in the Immediate Area Transportation options such as taxis, neighborhood buses, the metro, etc.