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Hong Kong gluten free

Hong Kong gluten free

Hong Kong is an amazing city, and despite my concerns about finding gluten free food, I found that there are actually many more options than I expected.

Due to my concerns, I literally researched for days as I didn’t really know the locations that we would be visiting.  You will find around 75 restaurants and cafes listed in a PDF document on the Restaurant Lists page.

Since I visited, a new 100% gluten free cafe has opened in Central called SweetPea! Click here for a review.

Gluten free at the hotel

We stayed at the Kowloon Shangri-La and one evening we ate at the Tapas Bar restaurant.   The Tapas Bar is on the ground floor of the hotel facing out onto the harbour with great views of Hong Kong island.  As it was so hot, we sat outside taking in the lights, the boats on the harbour and people taking an evening stroll.

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The menu has gluten free marked up and we shared a selection of three items after first filling up in the happy hour of the Horizon Club as part of our accommodation (see more about the hotel here).

Shangri-La HK tapas menu_opt  Shangri-La HK tapas2_opt

I love potato skins and actually rarely find them as an option as commercially made ones usually contain barley.  These were a treat and delicious with melted cheese & jalapeno salsa for a nice kick (HK$95).

Shangri-La HK tapas1_optShangri-La HK tapas3_opt

The meat dishes were also very tasty and nicely cooked.  Above left is spicy lamb meatballs with minted cucumber yoghurt (HK$130) and above right is the pan fried duck breast with caramelised plum & calvados (HK$180).

The hotel has another restaurant called Angelini and I noticed they also had gluten free items on the menu.  It is up a level and also looks out over the harbour, so would be another nice place to eat.

Shangri-La HK Angelini restaurant_optShangri-La HK Angelini restaurant menu_opt

I didn’t enquire about afternoon tea options, but for a review of gluten free afternoon tea at the nearby (very posh!) The Peninsula hotel, click here.

If you are wondering about the hotel location, it is right on Victoria Harbour, not far from both the ferry terminal and the shopping area in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Wondering about you will see signs of the colonial past like the beautiful building below and there is also a huge park which is a great oasis if you need to escape the crowds.

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Gluten free out and about in Hong Kong

In the shopping area, you will find a lot of high end stores as well as cheaper options.  By far the best find for me was a Marks & Spencer Food, which had a good selection of the UK ‘Made without Wheat’ range, including my favourite, cheese puffs!!   You will also find the UK based Pret A Manger stores dotted around Hong Kong which have some gluten free soups and salads.

M&S Food HK sign_opt Hong Kong M&S cheese puffs_opt

One day while out wandering, we needed some lunch and we found a Simply Life in a shopping centre.  I knew from my research it should have some gluten free salad options.  It was super busy and you had to queue up to order and there were no markings at all about gluten free, but I took a punt on the safest looking options to make up a salad.

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Hong Kong railway_optA must do tourist attraction is the peak tram, which is a funicular railway that takes you to the top of Hong Kong island with great views over the city.  At the top is the Peak Tower, where there are a number of shops, cafes and restaurants within the complex.

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I took the photo below at the Peak Tram stop at the bottom of the mountain as I had heard there is a gluten free menu at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, but it wasn’t obvious at the entrance when I walked past.

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Hong Kong has a good transport system, but they also have the longest undercover travelator in the world due to the hilly terrain of Hong Kong island.

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We used the travelator to get to the SoHo district.  Around the Shelley Street/Elgin Street /Hollywood Road area I found another M&S Food, as well as quite a few of the restaurants and cafes I had found in my gluten free research, so I think this would be a good area to stop for lunch if you can plan your day.

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Hong Kong gluten free is possible :-).  I would love to have tried more of the options I found on my restaurant list (see Restaurant Lists page), but will have to save that for another stopover!

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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .


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  1. Pete Stockton says:

    Useful information as I am planning going to HK later this year. Do you know of any gluten free outlets in Tung Chung, Ngong Ping Village and Tai O all on Lantau?

    • The Coeliac Plate says:

      Sorry, Pete, not familiar with those areas. If you join the Facebook group Gluten free In Hong Kong (glutenfreehk), someone local will be able to help you!

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