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Everyone loves a delicious, comforting egg tart—whether you prefer to enjoy this classic Chinese pastry with buttery cookie or flaky crusts, these are the best places to get your egg tart fix in Hong Kong

While we love cookies, croissants and other Instagrammable cakes as much as the next person, there’s something about classic Chinese baked goods that can’t be beaten. Pineapple buns topped with golden crunchy crusts, fresh-from-the-oven sausage rolls and red bean puff pastry... our city has no shortage of local bakeries churning out a wide selection of delicacies to delight Hongkongers and expats alike—but egg tart is by far the most iconic treat of all. 

Originated in the 1950s, the humble egg tart is valued as an essential part of Hong Kong’s cultural identity and has always been popular with food lovers for generations. The perfect creation—no matter it’s with flaky or cookie crusts, should always be prepared with the right filling-to-crust ratio, as well as smooth, fragrant egg custard.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of places where you can enjoy the best egg tarts in Hong Kong—including cult-favourite Bakehouse to traditional Chinese bakery Tai Cheong, cha chaan teng Kam Fung Restaurant, and more.  

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Bakehouse

This famous bakery needs no introduction. Helmed by acclaimed pastry chef Grégoire Michaud, Bakehouse has garnered a devoted following since it entered the local dining scene in 2018, thanks to its extensive selection of high-quality baked treats. Their most popular offering is undoubtedly the sourdough egg tart, which features a buttery, flaky crust with a slight tang, complementing the silky smooth, delicious custard filling. Never too sweet, every bite into this tart will make you long for more. This is also our go-to place for croissants that are perfectly light and fluffy.

Bakehouse, G/F, 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; bakehouse.hk

Bakehouse, G/F, Asiarich Court, 5 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong; bakehouse.hk

Tai Cheong Bakery

A true local legend, Tai Cheong Bakery has over 60 years of experience in crafting traditional Chinese baked treats. While all their goodies are incredibly fresh, delicious that made without preservatives, the most famous item is their classic egg tarts, which are known for their creamy custard centres and buttery, shortcrust shells. Don’t forget to pick up some old-fashioned treats such as Chinese doughnuts, pineapple busn, and flaky pastries with white lotus seed paste and egg yolk while you’re here—we promise you won’t regret it.

Tai Cheong Bakery, various locations across Hong Kong; taoheung.com.hk/tai_cheong

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Hoover Cake Shop

If you’re after seriously good egg tarts with flaky crusts, Hoover Cake Shop is your best bet. The secret to their egg tart recipe involving using quality flour, French cream and fresh local eggs, to offer creations featuring fragrant, velvety smooth filling, and delightfully flaky crusts. Perfectly buttery and crispy on the outside with a satisfying crunch with every bite, prepare yourself for having more than just one of their signature egg tarts. Other must-try treats include cookies, mochi and Swiss rolls.

Hoover Cake Shop, 136 Nga Tsin Wai Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong, +852 2382 0383 

Gold Garden Café

This unassuming family-run cha chaan teng in Cheung Sha Wan might lie a little out of the way from your normal commute, but trust us when we say that the detour is worth it. With a history of more than 20 years, Gold Garden Café has built a reputation for offering the most delicious puff pastry egg tarts in town. The secret to the thick flaky crust is a special blend of quality puff pastry dough and water dough layered and re-rolled many times, as well as the technique of using large lumps of butter and the right oven temperature to make sure not to over boil the egg filling, but still maintaining a golden tart base.

We heard the competition for Gold Garden Café's egg tarts is fierce, with supplies selling out quickly every day way before the closing time, so do your best to arrive early and grab one while they last!

Gold Garden Café, 314 Castle Peak Road, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2725 6386

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Queen Sophie

The long queues stretching outside Queen Sophie’s front door says more about their baked goods than we could ever put into words. Helmed by a reputed veteran pastry chef, this place prides itself on serving freshly baked egg tarts that are preservative-free and made from the best ingredients, including local flour and French butter. Handcrafted based on traditional techniques from the 1970s, guests can expect mouthwatering puff pastry egg tarts featuring 368 layers of crust, which have a flakier texture and richer egg aroma than the average tart.

In addition to the original flavour, Queen Sophie also offers a wide selection of unique varieties, including soft cheese tart, matcha cheese tart, apple crumble tart and peach pastry tart to impress those with more adventurous palates.

Queen Sophie, G/F, 24 Hau Wong Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong, +852 2333 1728 

Queen Sophie, Shop 5, Basement, Kai Fung Mansion, 2-24 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2333 1729 

Queen Sophie, Shop G1, G/F, Yue Man Square, 33 Hip Wo Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

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Sun Wah Café

What better place to sample delicious egg tarts than at a quaint cha chaan teng renowned for offering top-notch local dishes? Just like their popular items such as satay beef instant noodles, milk tea, and ham and macaroni in soup, Sun Wah Café's puff pastry egg tarts are always freshly made from the kitchen and of premium quality. The creations here stand out for their creamy fillings, and evenly golden, flaky crusts.

Those feeling a little peckish shouldn’t miss out on the other popular classic local baked goods, including cocktail buns, pineapple buns and char siu buns—which are all equally amazing.

Sun Wah Café, 334 Castle Peak Road,, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2387 3698

Sun Wah Café, Shop 113, Ma Tau Wai Estate Rose House, Shing Tak Street, To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2712 6529 

Kam Fung Restaurant

If you want to enjoy an authentic cha chaan teng experience and get a taste of some of the best classic Chinese baked goods in Hong Kong, make your way to Kam Fung Restaurant. Featuring a nostalgic interior and lively atmosphere, this classic cha chaan teng has been attracting customers since 1956 with a plethora of comfort food options that are quick and filling. Among them, the signature egg tart with thin, buttery and flaky crusts is the unbeaten bestseller, alongside the chicken pie and pineapple bun. 

Before you head out, make sure you also try the popular satay beef instant noodles, ham omelette, as well as the silky milk tea for a truly indulgent meal.

Kam Fung Restaurant, G/F, Spring Garden Mansion, 41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2572 0526 

Honolulu Coffee Shop

With its tempting aroma of food and glass display shelves showcasing a tempting selection of baked treats at the entrance, it’s hard to miss this old-school cha chaan teng in Wan Chai and Tseung Kwan O. Honolulu Coffee Shop has been offering authentic Hong Kong dishes since the 1940s, so you know the signature egg tarts here won’t disappoint—which are prepared with a secret recipe featuring a special blend of butter and lard to create airy, flaky crusts.

Their in-house bakery even states that it creates around 200 separated layers in these tarts, and you’ll be wowed not only by how great it tastes, but also by their dedication to traditional recipes with prime ingredients and age-old cooking methods being used.

Honolulu Coffee Shop, G/F & Mezz Floor, 176-178 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2575 1823

Honolulu Coffee Shop, G/F, Maritime Bay Shopping Mall, 18 Pui Shing Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, +852 2701 0301 

Cheung Heung Tea Restaurant

If ever there was a reason to venture to Wan Chai for a day trip, it’s charming neighbourhood cha chaan teng Cheung Heung. Featuring typical cha chaan teng aesthetics—from wooden tables and chairs to tiled walls and an outdoor stall selling all kinds of baked goods, this old-school establishment offers a nostalgic setting for guests to enjoy a truly authentic Hong Kong dining experience.

The oven at this restaurant is always churning out egg tarts throughout the day, which are made in small batches and hand-finished by skilled chefs to ensure their tarts, and also other famous baked goods such as pineapple buns and cocktail buns are consistently good. The egg tarts here are characterised by a crispy buttery cookie crust and smooth, eggy custard centre which yields a perfect balance between flavour and crunch. This place is always jammed even on weekdays, but it’s well worth the wait if you can catch one egg tart fresh from the oven.

Cheung Heung Tea Restaurant, 107 Belcher's Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2855 7911