Health is wealth after all.
Do you ever find yourself eating out in Hong Kong because of its convenience when all you are really craving is a nice wholesome dinner at home? But you just don’t know how to source good quality, nutritious, organic foods? We get it, you want to make sure that you’re feeding your family the best produce you can find and, ideally, to ensure your fruit and veg comes from a reliable source and isn’t wrapped in thousands of layers of plastic. The good news is that there are actually numerous companies readily available in Hong Kong that can provide you with fresh, wholesome, organic produce and the vast majority will also deliver straight to your door! Here are some of our go-to organic, green and fresh food spots around the city.
Green Common is a great plant-based one-stop shop where you can stock up on your grocery and personal care essentials. It carries an extensive range of imported plant-based products, some of which are only available in Hong Kong at GC. If you’re after meat substitutes made with plant-based ingredients, you can now find Beyond Meat and Omnipork at Green Common. In addition to the wide selection of product offerings in stores and online, you can also visit one of its six deli shops to enjoy a delicious meat-free meal.
If you are looking for fermented foods, such as miso and sauerkraut to improve your gut health, then FoodCraft is the place to go. Along with its own brand of products, it also offers organic Japanese food products and personal care products. While FoodCraft is solely an online store, some retailers in Hong Kong also carry its brand of products. Shop from the comfort of your home by placing an order of over $600 or you can choose to pick up from S.F. Express on orders over $400.
Organic Plus started out as a convenient pit-stop on the Eastside of Hong Kong for all things organic. This award-winning organic product retailer now has eight stores and is arguably one of the best places to pick up all your health-related and environmental essentials. It sells a comprehensive range of health food items, personal care products and household supplies. Place your order and get free delivery to anywhere in Hong Kong when you spend over $500.
Whether you’re looking for some extra nutritional support, have cholesterol problems, or need sleeping aids – Redwood Nutrition House has got you sorted. With stores in Kwun Tong and Wan Chai, you can find almost everything healthy and organic that your heart desires, from holistic health bites to nutritious snacks (always be sure to stock up on those)! As an awareness-oriented health food store, it builds on the fundamentals of naturopathic medicine. Simply place your order and have it delivered to your door, or opt for self-pickup from one of its stores.
Redwood Nutrition House, G/F, 164 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
This one is for the eco-friendly gods and goddesses! Because not only is it completely environmentally-friendly, but it is also a socially conscious company that sources everything ethically. Aside from providing a wealth of spices (with the option to create your own herbs and spice box), Spice Box Organics ensures health for the mind, body and soul with its selection of traditional meds, household and body care products. You can also place your order online and receive free delivery when you purchase over $500.
Spice Box Organics, 137 Caine Road, Shop 1, Golden Valley Mansion, Caine Road, Mid Levels, Hong Kong, 2559 9887
Spice Box Organics, 39-45 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2191 0886, www.spiceboxorganics.com
Conveniently located in Central, The Store stocks a whole range of health food products at great value. From organic foods to nutritional supplements and sports nutrition-related products, there’s plenty to pick up on the go. The Store also offers a range of skin and personal care products. As many of its items are sourced from overseas, it saves you waiting to receive your goodies in the mail from international retailers. Online shopping has also got easier with The Store as it offers same-day delivery for customers in Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories. You can also get free delivery on orders over $450, but if you don’t spend that much you can still get same-day delivery with a $100 shipping fee.
This local organic online store enables its customers to buy affordable groceries that are fresher and of better quality by sourcing directly from 35 farmers and speciality importers around Hong Kong. You can easily find sustainable and organic produce, from fresh meat and seafood to dairy products, rice and other grains! With seasonal promotions and next day delivery, your online healthy food shopping is made easier. Opt for two-day Green delivery (free on orders over $200, or $60 delivery under) or Signature delivery (minimum orders of $200, free delivery over $400, or $35 delivery under).
We love this restaurant for its delicious and filling organic meals, but did you know it also also an organic speciality store? The Marketplace at Locofama provides sustainably-sourced, organic food – perfect for stocking up on your faves. It offers a good variety of local products like organic soy milk and even organic pet food! It also has a range of eco-friendly home and beauty products.
If you are into cooking Chinese dishes with organic ingredients, then Greendotdot is the place to go. Its retail locations are stocked with a whole range of products like grains, noodles, beans, condiments, cereals and tea. Ready to try whipping up your own Chinese soup? You can find ingredients such as organic wolfberries, organic lotus seeds and organic tigun yam. In addition to having over 20 retail stores in Hong Kong, it also has kiosks located throughout the city. Free delivery is offered for online orders over $400.
Food for Life is another holistic lifestyle retailer in the city. With tons of health foods and supplements to offer, it’s a great choice if you are looking for the latest health products. Order online and your chosen goods will be delivered straight to your door (outlying islands excluded), with free delivery offered for orders over $800. Alternatively, you can also pop into one of the four main stores and affiliated stores in Hong Kong.
If you are a believer of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is all about the body’s yin and yang balance, then you may want to pay a visit to CheckCheckCin. In Cantonese, Check Check Cin means “to check first.” Focusing on Chinese medicinal principles, this store offers an extensive range of Chinese beverages such as rice water and herbal teas that pride themselves on being beneficial for your health. It also has a mobile app which makes food suggestions for your meals based on your body type. You can purchase products at the shops in Causeway Bay and Sheung Wan (the former also has a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic available for consultations).
CheckCheckCin, Shop G14, Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
If you’re the type that’s allergic to various foods or has specific dietary restrictions, opt for user-friendly Nutri Alley, where shoppers are provided with a range of “free from” products to pick from. Whether you’re looking for caffeine-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan or kosher items, you can easily find them with its filter search!
One Vegan Shop is heaven for anyone looking for plant-based alternatives! It offers a wide array of plant-based foods and beverages, beauty products, pet care and household items. The brick-and-mortar store is located in the heart of Yuen Long, but if that’s a bit of a trek for you, you can also make purchases from its online store. The neatly categorised website makes it quick and easy. If you’re also looking for meal ideas, the website has a recipe section for inspiration. Free local delivery is offered on any orders over $300 (limited services are available to certain areas, please check the website).
Certified organic online store, Organic Taste is stocked with a range of products such as superfoods, detox supplements, healthy munchies, energy bars and plenty more. They all carry certifications from around the world such as USDA Organic, EU Organic and others. What’s more, products are all at pretty friendly prices, which would otherwise be quite pricey at any other ordinary retail store!
Hong Kong’s first, completely zero-waste and packaging-free grocery store, Live Zero a huge array of organic products such as flours, grains, legumes, nuts, oats, granola, herbs, spices, pasta, oils and vinegar (to name but a few!). On top of pantry staples, the store also sells everything you need to reduce your plastic consumption, such as shampoo and conditioner bars, cleaning products, reusable cups, lunch boxes and cutlery, as well as stainless steel straws.
Featuring a wide assortment of seasonal tropical and western organic fruits, that have been sun-ripened in French Reunion Island or in the Mediterranean basin before being selected by the finest HK chefs, WHAT’sIN curates fresh, delicious fruits and brings them straight to your door in a practical sized box. We’re especially impressed because its produce is all organic or free from harmful chemicals. Plus, as an added bonus, WHAT’sIN will also deliver fruit boxes on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, ensuring you always have fresh fruit in the house – we love that it strives to use eco-friendly packaging for its deliveries too!
WHAT’sIN, Unit 3B, 13/F, Cable TV Tower, No.9 Hoi Shing Road, New Territories, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, 2178 2229, www.whatsin.hk
Dragontail Farm dedicates itself to harvesting organic foods for locals from locals. Located in Lantau Island, it sells in-season foods and hopes to expose more people to unique and little-known veggies like angled loofahs, silk gourds and water spinach, but it also has a lot more common veggies like tomatoes and cabbage. There is a wide variety of herbs such as mint, oregano, parsley, basil and rosemary, depending on the season. Although it has very few fruits – bananas, mulberries, and passionfruit are occasionally available.
Originally created by three mums, Naoko, Annamaria, and Charlotte, Eat FRESH provides organic foods that are all HKORC-certified and undergo annual testing. The produce is farmed in the New Territories by organic farmers. Currently, two health coaches help run the organisation and regularly produce articles about health and sustainable healthy living, as well as recipes for dragonfruit vegan gelato, minestrone, homemade sauerkraut and eggplant parm. There is a subscription plan available as well as a la carte selections.
A government-run platform helping local farmers right here in the 852! Ordering vegetables grown locally is the best way to give back to Hong Kong. You can either visit the wholesale vegetable market or choose your order online and wait for it to be delivered. Vegetable Marketing Association changes its selection of vegetables every other season. In winter, the vegetables include flowering Chinese cabbage, pea shoots, radishes, Irish potatoes and Chinese kale, amongst others. During the warmer months, you can find an assortment of gourd, cucumbers, string beans and eggplant.
Vegetable Marketing Association, 2387 4164, www.vmo.org
Twice a week, the second level of Central ferry pier 7 transforms itself into a farmer’s market – offering local and organic fruits and veggies! Organised by the Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden and SEED, you can rest assured that the produce here is as natural and fresh as it gets!
Central, Ferry Pier No.7, Hong Kong
If you’re living on Kowloon side and finding it hard to purchase organic produce, head to the farmer’s market in Mei Foo on any Sunday between 11am to 5pm. Take MTR exit B and right next to the wet market, you’ll find fresh veggies ready to be stirred up into a salad!
Mei Foo, Kowloon, Hong Kong
If you’re in the area, check out Organic Veggie Express in Sai Ying Pun’s local market. The locally-grown superfood veggies are handpicked while they’re fresh and ripe. Not only will it benefit your health, but it will also support the local economy!
Organic Veggie Express, 45 Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 25, April 2012 and updated by Alex Purcell Garcia on 28, August 2019. Thanks to Novella Lui for her contribution.