11 Steamed Bun Spots in London

Buns, buns, glorious buns. There’s nothing quite like a fluffy steamed bun, whether it’s a Chinese baozi, Taiwanese gua bao or Japanese hirata bun.

Although they have different shapes and names, they all have one thing in common: they’re all a very delicate steamed bread with a delicious filling, which can be sweet or savoury.

Here are just 11 places in London you can get your hands on some gorgeous buns (ooh-er).

1. Bao

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No steamed bun list can miss off Bao. With several locations in London, it’s been around since 2015 and still experiences queues. And for good reason, too – the buns are affordable, feature a great variety of fillings, and are incredibly tasty.

2. Baozi Inn

Whether grabbing a bun to go from their little booth on Newport Court or sitting down to a basket or two of them in their newer Romilly Street branch, Baozi Inn has got you covered for all your steamed bun needs.

3. Pho & Bun

Home of the burger bao, Pho & Bun is perfect if you want a bit of a modern take on steamed buns.

4. Bun House

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While the lower level is great for a longer meal, the top level is perfect for a quick bite or takeaway bun. Their savoury buns are all great, but their egg yolk custard buns steal the show in particular, with their silky, slightly salted sweet custard centre. Beware of explosion, so bite with caution! The custard buns are very generously filled.

5. Beer & Buns

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JAPANESE POUTINE with crisp fries, gooey cheese and Japanese curry sauce at pop-up izakaya @beer_and_buns. Fusion steamed buns from chicken karaage and bulgogi beef to fried aubergine and halloumi. Wings. Gyoza. Cheesy Korean fries. More unique Japanese beers than you can shake a stick at. Did I mention the Japanese poutine? You gotta try the Japanese poutine. I really enjoyed the koji-sweet, fruity-fragrant Hitachino Nest Saison du Japon beer, and the dark and rich Coedo Shikkoku lager. The cocktails are pretty class too, using various Japanese spirits to literally mix things up a bit. Going back to the poutine though… just order it. You're welcome. . . . #londonfoodie #instafoodie #izakaya #asianfoosporn #japanesefood #cocktails #instadrinks #instacocktails #beer #craftbeer #japanesebeer #cheers #raiseaglass #drunkfood #barfood #beers #steamedbuns #poutine #cheesyfries #fries #foodanddrink #foodblogger #foodwriter #cheeseporn #wednesdaynight #tastelondon #eatinglondon #lefooding #yougottaeatthis #londonfoodguide

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A retro-vibed spot with great brews, Beer & Buns is perfect for – well. The clue’s in the name. The perfect Friday night.

6. Flesh & Buns

Styled on the Japanese izakaya bar, Flesh & Buns is another great place for a bun and a bevvy. And don’t miss out on the s’mores for dessert!

7. Bun Co

The perfect ‘gateway drug’ for the friend who’s not yet sold on Asian-style buns, Bun Co’s fillings like falafel fried chicken and pulled beef will get them on board.

8. Bao & Bing

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Opened in late 2018, Bao & Bing are newer to the steamed bun scene. Specialising in gua bao and dan bing, this place is perfect for having a taste of Taiwanese street food without having to do the long haul flight.

9. Mr Bao

Based in Peckham, this one’s perfect for South London bao fans. Again focusing on gua bao, this is a Taiwanese-inspired, with a few surprises like the spicy beef brisket bun.

10. Baby Bao

Yes they have the classic pork belly – but the other fillings are what make Baby Bao even more interesting. Tempura soft shell crab? Crispy fried ramen chicken? Katsu squash? The menu is a delight.

11. Chinese Tapas House

This is a great spot for a cheap takeaway bite. No fancy stuff – just good honest baos, and sometimes that’s just what you need.