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Five of the best sweet treats in Central

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these delicious desserts

Words: Rachel Read

If you’ve got a dessert craving that needs sating, Central’s plentiful array of eateries will have you spoilt for choice. Whether it’s cupcakes, macarons or egg tarts you’re hankering after, here are a few of our favourite places to get your fill of sweet treats galore.

HK-Style Egg Waffles at Oddies Foodies

Lovers of Hong Kong street food should be familiar with gai dan zai – the golden bubble-shaped egg waffles made from a sweet batter, cooked to order in a hot griddle and served fresh to hungry customers. These traditional treats get a modern makeover at Gough Street dessert parlour Oddies Foodies, where the eggettes come in exciting new flavours like brownie chocolate chip, apple pie, vanilla rice pudding and even Chinese sausage. Even more delicious are Oddies’ signature eggette parfaits, an Instagram-ready concoction featuring one of their freshly-made waffles alongside a selection of the restaurant’s homemade gelatos and other irresistible toppings.

45 Gough Street, Central, +852 2750 2111

Cupcakes at Sift Patisserie

Having recently celebrated their tenth birthday, you can trust that Sift Patisserie knows a thing or two about desserts – and in our opinion, their cupcakes are undoubtedly still the best in town. Baked in small batches throughout the day to maintain freshness, Sift’s cupcakes feature light-as-air sponge bases and luscious buttercream frosting in dozens of tempting flavours – ideal for an early morning pick-me-up or teatime treat. Much-loved favourites from this proudly homegrown company include their red velvet, salted caramel chocolate and green tea varieties, but keep your eye out for seasonal specials throughout the year; we’re crossing our fingers for a return of their excellent Hong Kong milk tea flavour.

Shop 240-241, LANDMARK Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, +852 2147 2968

Macarons at Pierre Hermé

Dubbed the “Picasso of pastry” for his patisserie skills, French pastry chef Pierre Hermé has grown his gourmet sweets business into a global empire – and the brand’s iconic macarons are definitely the jewels in its crown. These vibrantly-coloured creations taste every bit as good as they look, delivering a perfectly-balanced combination of crunchy, chewy and creamy. Available in a dizzying array of flavours, each delicate morsel features an airy almond meringue shell filled with a layer of rich, smooth ganache at its centre. Signature varieties include Infiniment Caramel (salted butter caramel), Mogador (milk chocolate and passion fruit) and Infiniment Rose (rose and rose petal), but it’s Hermé’s ever-changing exotic and unusual seasonal selections that keep fans coming back for more – including lemon, honey and orange blossom, and olive oil flavoured creations this summer.

Shop 1019C, Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, +852 2833 5700

Egg Tarts at Tai Cheong Bakery

There’s a reason why there are always queues at this Lyndhurst Terrace bakery; Tai Cheong is something of a local institution, a status compounded after Hong Kong’s last British governor Chris Patten was photographed chewing down on their divine dan tat (egg tarts). Founded in 1954, Tai Cheong has mastered the art of baking the perfect egg tart – think a buttery shortcrust pastry exterior and silky smooth, slightly wobbly yellow custard filling combining to create a wonderful melt-in-mouth moment. Best eaten still warm from the oven, this quintessentially Hong Kong snack somehow tastes good whatever time of day you decide to eat it… although the difficulty is stopping at just one!

Shop C, G/F, 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, +852 8300 8301

Note: Tai Cheong Bakery photo by Rachel Read

Mille Crêpe Cake at Lady M

This New York import has made a big impact among Hong Kong’s dessert connoisseurs – largely due to its world-famous mille crêpe cake, which continues to sell out daily some two years after the boutique first opened in the city. The brand’s signature vanilla variety comprises of at least twenty layers of paper-thin handmade crêpes layered with velvety pastry cream, plus a golden caramelised top (other flavours available include green tea, coconut and rose); the result is a unique cake that’s somehow both feather-light yet beautifully creamy, with an elegant, not overly sweet taste. If you’ve got friends overseas desperate for a bite, earn extra brownie points by ordering a frozen, whole mille crêpe cake to take away for them to try.

Shop No. 2096A, Podium Level 2, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, +852 2865 1099


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