Cover These are the best festive pastries and desserts to enjoy in Hong Kong this Christmas 2021 (Photo: Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong)

Christmas is fast approaching, and it’s time to splurge on and indulge in Hong Kong’s best festive desserts and pastries—including warm gingerbread cookies, massive yule log cakes, and many more

From dazzling light displays to festive markets and lavish parties, Hong Kong’s festive season has well and truly begun. In the city’s ever-changing dining scene, five-star hotels and restaurants are launching new menus one after the other to tempt our tastebuds. And as the big day gets closer, it also means it’s time to indulge in one of the most beloved festive traditions: Christmas pastries and desserts.

Scroll down to see the Tatler-approved list of the best, most photogenic sweet treats to order in Hong Kong this Christmas. From traditional stollen to log cakes, chocolate tarts and gingerbread houses, these beautifully crafted seasonal delights will not only serve as the perfect touch to your upcoming feasts, but also make great gifts for your loved ones.  

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Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel

Your Christmas parties wouldn’t be complete without some delicious desserts from Dang Wen Li—the beloved French bakery helmed by award-winning chef Dominique Ansel. This year, Dang Wen Li is offering a wide variety of sweets and pastries that will delight your eyes as much as your tastebuds—including the Hong Kong tram cake filled with Piedmont hazelnut mousse, a Star Ferry tart featuring spiced apple and chestnut compote, tree-shaped vanilla apple pie, as well as almond croissant with gingerbread man cookie.

When: From now till January 3, 2022

The cakes are all available to order online and in every Dang Wen Li store, while the baked goods are only available in-store.  

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Four Seasons Hong Kong

Celebrate Christmas in style with Four Seasons Hong Kong’s premium yuletide treats. Aside from its crowd-pleasing hampers and exquisite gingerbread houses, the hotel has also crafted a special chocolate and winter fruit yule log cake, plus reindeer and snowman-shaped chocolate cakes, alongside a selection of gift boxes featuring chocolates, cookies and mulled wine. Classic festive baked goods are also available, including stollen, cinnamon roll, and pumpkin and festive spice bread.

When: Throughout December

Order online here 

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The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is pulling out all the stops this Christmas with its diverse offerings of holiday pastries and desserts to delight the palate of all sweet-toothed shoppers. The traditional panettone and Dresden almond stollen are must-tries, and if you fancy something that is equally photogenic and scrumptious, the hotel also offers a variety of deluxe praline gift boxes, log cakes in flavours of vanilla chestnut, and cinnamon blood orange, as well as festive cookies that’ll make your Christmas even sweeter.

When: Throughout December

Order online here

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Island Shangri-La Hong Kong

The pastry team at Island Shangri-La Hong Kong is celebrating Christmas the modern way with new flavours in addition to the classic chocolate option. There are five distinctive cakes up for grabs, including the spiced berry-flavoured log cake, 70% chocolate praline and orange yule log, white chocolate and strawberry yule log, Mont Blanc log cake, as well as red velvet with cream cheese trifle log.

That’s not all, as the hotel has also launched a wide array of sumptuous specials that are perfect for sharing with your loved ones, including almond stollen, mince pies, fruit stollen, chocolate bonbons, chocolate cakes, to name just a few.

When: Throughout December

Order online here 

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Date by Tate

Two-Michelin-starred restaurant Tate Dining Room has the ultimate festive pastry box this year—which comes packed with luscious treats to offer you a sweet holiday celebration to remember. Specially created by chefs Vicky Lau and Graf Kwok, the set dazzles us with mouth-watering honey and truffle pear tarts, traditional spiced speculoos cookies, chocolate financiers, truffle and chocolate pound cake slices. There are also two bottles of homemade mulled wine, making it the centrepiece of your holiday party or a perfect gift for the foodies in your life.

When: Throughout December

Order online here

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The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental elevates the traditional Christmas baked goods and desserts with their refined recipes and dedication. This year, the hotel’s bakery is offering a range of festive gourmet treats specially curated by Culinary Director Richard Ekkebus and pastry chef Valentin Mille. Apart from the classic yule log and stollen, there’s also the Christmas kouglof that you’re going to be drooling over—a deliciously spiced brioche with dark rum-soaked raisins, vanilla and almonds that’s traditionally baked in a unique Bundt mould.

When: Throughout December

Order online here 

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The Cakery

Who says you have to miss out on all the festive fun and skip all those delicious desserts to keep your health goals on track? The Cakery, a healthy bakery concept that offers vegan-friendly pastries made from natural sugars, good fats and proteins, has launched a variety of Christmas desserts to satisfy all your sweet cravings this winter.

The Christmas tree cake is a must-try, which is offered in two options of fully vegan or organic in flavours of biscoff or vanilla. If you want to impress your guests, opt for their black forest cake topped with an eye-catching wreath and packed with layers of chocolate sponge and alcohol-soaked cherries. There’s also a selection of colourful fondant cookies and cake pops decorated with snowman, gingerbread man, Santa Claus and many more festive motifs to conjure up your favourite childhood memories.

When: Throughout December

Order online here 

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Butter Cake Shop

A roundup of the best Christmas cakes in Hong Kong would be remiss without bringing up Butter’s decadent creations—once you try their desserts, you’ll be craving more. Aside from the devilishly delicious red velvet cake layered with peppermint cream cheese and candy cane sprinkles, the bakery is also offering a gingerbread honey pound cake and a milk ‘n’ cookies pie that are guaranteed to make bring an extra dose of cheer to your festive celebrations. Just make sure you order in advance because the bakery gets incredibly busy during the holiday season!

When: Throughout December

Order online here  

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Rosewood Hong Kong

The beautiful and delicious desserts crafted by Rosewood Hong Kong’s very own cake shop Butterfly Patisserie has been loved by all for so long since its opening, and we trust them when it comes to Christmas treats. This year, the shop is offering guests a vast selection of items to choose from: classic signature yule log cakes, pecan tart, gingerbread cookies, Mont Blanc, festive candies, and panettone.

If you’re looking to splurge, don’t miss out on their deluxe afternoon tea set hamper which is filled with finger sandwiches, cakes, signature Tahitian vanilla mille-feuille, and freshly baked scones.

When: Available from now till December 26

Order online here 

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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Looking for some traditional pastries and desserts to amp up your Christmas feasts? Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong’s festive offerings are guaranteed to please. In addition to the signature panettones, stollens and chocolate rochers, the five-star hotel has also launched a collection of classic treats that will be lovely additions to any holiday table—including yule logs rolled with dark chocolate buttercream and featuring vanilla mouse and wild berries; chocolate jingle bells; and a chocolate-coated almond and candied orange tree.

When: Throughout December

Order online here 

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Oookie Cookie

For those who’re not quite a fan of traditional log cakes, make sure to grab the lovely holiday-themed treats from Oookie Cookie instead. The bakery is transporting customers to a whimsical Christmas world with its exquisite cookies and mini cupcakes that are packed in a multitude of flavours. Almost too pretty to eat, the treats are offered in shapes such as gingerbread babies, Santa Claus and polar bears to get all the kids (and adults) excited. There are also other tempting festive doughnuts and smaller bites such as shortbread and meringue on offer.

When: Throughout December

Order online here

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Bien Caramelise

We can’t resist a mince pie even before December, but if you want to sweeten the holiday celebrations with some alternative desserts, look no further than plant-based bakery Bien Caramelise’s offerings. Freshly made in-house with unique recipes and the finest ingredients, every treat offered by the brand guarantees an exquisite taste—whether it’s the classic mille-feuille, banana and pandan sponge cake, or the lemon and bergamot tart. Their menu will change seasonally, so be sure to check back for updates if you fancy trying something new after the holiday season.

The bakery is also currently offering a series of Christmas-themed pastry workshops, welcoming guests to get hands-on experiences in crafting spiced apple pie, festive shortbread and cinnamon wreath.

When: Ongoing

Order online here

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Serving some of the finest, most Instagrammable desserts in Hong Kong, Jouer is vying to be your Christmas staple this year. The patisserie house is rolling out a new collection of festive treats to make your celebrations merrier—including chocolate spice granola, milk madeleines, cake truffles, alongside a fine selection of pies such as bourbon pecan pie, sweet potato meringue pie and mince pies.

When: Throughout December

Order online here 

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Lady M

Known for its exquisitely crafted and premium confections, Lady M is welcoming the most wonderful time of the year with a limited-edition red velvet cake, which comes in a new look featuring snowflakes and Christmas bells with icing sugar dusted around the ages, all the better to bring a little white Christmas to your dining table. 

Also on offer are the marron mille crepes that are made up of ultra-thin layers of handmade crepes with chestnut pastry cream, as well as the strawberry shortcake that’s perfect for those who prefer lighter flavours.

When: Throughout December

Order online here 

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Café Life

If you love Japanese-style pastries and desserts, then you will love Café Life’s festive offerings. This Christmas, the bakery is offering an enticing range of sweet treats that are sure to bring some joy to your stomach and your Instagram feed—including the strawberry cream cake, chocolate cream cake, souffle cheesecake, tiramisu yule log cake, as well as the classic stollen.

They have also launched a deluxe cookie set which offers a tempting selection of flavours including dark chocolate, strawberry chocolate and green tea chocolate. It’s sold in a beautiful book-shaped gift box, which makes for a great gift and doubles up as décor beyond Christmas.

When: Throughout December

All the cakes and pastries are available to order online, while the cookie set can be purchased in-store at the K11 Art Mall branch. Follow Café Life on Instagram for more information. 


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