Over the years, historic Wan Chai has evolved from a seedy, nightlife district into a trendy neighbourhood with no shortage of healthy cafes and eateries. Below, we’ve rounded up seven healthy hotspots for a guilt-free, feel-good meal in the area.
Blend & Grind
The Mid-Levels specialty coffee-smoothie bar Blend & Grind has ventured into the Starstreet Precinct with a semi-open-air venue, serving a variety of healthy brunch options from acai bowls, B&G avosmash, green smoothie bowl, to a sumptuous B&G breaky board that comes with a wholesome avocado and egg toast, wild muesli with coconut and Greek yogurt, berries and seasonal fruits and orange juice.
For your daily dose of caffeine, Blend & Grind serves fresh, quality brews by local specialty coffee roaster Redback Coffee. Or, opt for their signature espresso martinis during happy hour (4pm to 8pm) and until late.
Blend & Grind, 1 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, instagram.com/blendgrindhk
As specific as your coffee preferences may be, there are times when the coffee comes back tasting completely different from what you ask for. This is when coffee tailoring comes in.
APT. Coffee is a bespoke experience curated for coffee connoisseurs, with a well-thought-out menu that allows customers to choose between nutty and fruity flavours, water volume, milk volume and milk foam volume.
The same goes for their toast tailoring, which offers an array of nutritious ingredients to choose from, including salmon, chickpeas, figs, walnuts, beet hummus, avocado spread and more, so you can add all your favourite toppings to create your personalised toasts.
APT. Coffee, Shop A&B, G/F, no. 2-12 Moon Street, Wan Chai, +852 3619 4393, apt-coffee.com
IACA Superfood Bar
Feed your stomach and Instagram feed with IACA’s beautiful cupuaçu, açaí, pitaya bowls, which taste like a beach holiday and are packed with superfood ingredients that will make you feel good about your breakfast or snack choice.
The healthy food cafe also serves healthy raw energy balls, smoothies and a vegan lunch menu featuring an avocado toast and smoothie set, sourdough with vegan Nutella, peanut butter or jam and delicious vegan banana bread.
ÍAÇA Superfood Bar, Shop 4, G/F, Lucky House, 17-21 Burrows St, Wan Chai, +852 2363 3939, iaca-superfood.com
If you come across a beautifully decorated acai bowl presented in a coconut, it’s probably Supabowl’s signature Cocobowl—a tropical treat made of acai with coconut water, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips and granola.
Using only natural superfoods sourced from around the world, Supabowl has a menu of healthy bowls with varied smoothie base options, including acai, acai with protein, pitaya and acai with coconut water, or you can make your own with your choice of toppings.
While granola and coconut flakes are included in all bowls, be sure to ask for a drizzle of their homemade almond butter for a shot of nutrient-rich protein.
Supabowl, Shop A1, 4 Swatow St, Wan Chai, +852 3565 4379, supabowlhk.com
Occupying a spacious venue next to Three Pacific Place, Elephant Grounds’s Star Street location is an ideal all-day dining restaurant-cafe serving healthy food options.
For breakfast, try the “founder’s granola” made with fresh, natural and preservative-free ingredients, included in the morning cereal, mixed wild berry yogurt parfait, cinnamon vanilla poached pear parfait and acai yogurt bowl.
The lunch menu features tasty options of salads, donburi and Elephant Ground’s signature dishes, including organic quinoa pesto fusilli, oyako don and miso black cod.
Elephant Grounds, 8 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, + 852 2778 2700, elephantgrounds.com
Located next to Pure Yoga on Star street, Nood Food’s healthy food offerings are not limited to yogis but all health-conscious individuals.
The lifestyle cafe serves up a wide selection of “healthy-licious” food items including organic juices, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, wraps and a rotating salad bar, which are perfect for a post-workout pick-me-up.
Nood Food, 3-19 Wing Fung Street, Starstreet Precinct, Wan Chai, +852 22985310, allnood.com
The plant-based, zero-waste “fast slow food” cafe’s newest flagship location in Wan Chai boasts a community space that gives a different vibe from its grab-and-go Central and PoHo branches.
Featuring a build-your-own salad bar, a plant-powered V-Coffee bar and an organic booze bar, the Star street location invites diners to enjoy its wholesome food offerings—from flatbreads, plant-based burgers to raw, vegan, gluten-friendly cakes and energy balls—in a relaxing dining space.
Mana!, 8-10 Queen’s Rd E, Admiralty, +852 5501 7591, mana.hk
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