Home to many of Hong Kong’s best eateries, check out our guide to Sai Ying Pun and discover where to eat, drink and shop in this buzzing neighbourhood.
Close to Central, but far enough from the chaos, Sai Ying Pun is a great place to be. It still has a lot of old school charm, but is now mixed with some of the best eateries in the city. From cafes and coffee shops, to restaurants, bars, shops and more, here’s what to do when you’re there…
Where to Eat:
Helmed by Chef Nate Green, Rhoda is known for its signature bold cooking technique, with dishes cooked over a live fire in the restaurants open kitchen. Although stylishly designed by Joyce Wang, the restaurant retains its down-to-earth feel through Green’s honest cooking style, using unique cuts of meat and sustainable produce to create modern and creative comfort food. The sharing style plates are perfect for a crowd, and don’t miss out on its monthly Whole Hog roasts!
Rhoda, 345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.rhoda.hk
We love Potato Head’s authentic Indonesian food and laid-back, casual space which makes it great for a lively dinner or boozy brunch. Alternatively check out its music room with a nightly programme that ranges from jazz, to disco, and more experimental sound with sit-down, lounge service is available during these events.
Potato Head, G/F, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.ptthead.com/restaurants-and-bars-in-hong-kong
As authentic as you can get, the food at Thai On High feels like you’ve been treated to a home cooked meal. With favourites on the menu that include pad Thai, Green Papaya Salad, Chicken Laab and more, you’ll be happy you made the trek uphill to get here – just remember to bring your own bottle, as the restaurant has no liquor license, though there are plenty of mocktails and even fresh coconuts on the menu.
Thai On High, 41 High St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/ThaiOnHigh
This super cosy place (think comfy chairs and sofas) is a great place to relax and spend day. Be sure to take advantage of its all-day-dining as it is serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails. We say, come for the Eggs Benedict, share small plates with friends, and stay through for happy hour!
The Winery, Shops 8 & 9, Kwan Yick Building Phase 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.thewinery.hk
With beautiful art work adorning its walls, the atmosphere at the Flying Pig is as delicious as the food. Known for serving up hearty dishes such as burgers, fish and chips, brunch favourites and even a Sunday Roast (including all the trimmings and free-flow drinks!) it’s a great place to go with a group of friends.
Flying Pig Bistro, 62 High St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.flyingpigbistro.hk
Combining the essence of Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Bhutan, BlackSalt serves up some seriously delicious dishes, that have us coming back time and time again. Step outside for alfresco dining, or dine in the cosy indoor space, with Chef Taran welcoming you in and ensuring that excellent service compliments the delicious food. Along with unbeatable sharing style mains for dinner, guests can also enjoy BlackSalts’s weekend brunch, complete with Chickpea Pancakes, Roti Rolls, Egg Hoppers and drinks packages.
Blacksalt, 14 Fuk Sau Lane, MTR Exit B2, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.blacksalt.com.hk
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You can’t ask for better Korean Fried Chicken than Uncle Padak’s. Think: crispy pieces of deliciously moist chicken, spicy sauces, rice balls, and even grilled corn with cheese (trust us, it’s awesome), and its signature “Spring Onion Chicken” will satisfy everyone. It’s a tiny spot (and often crowded), so either be prepared to wait, or opt for a take-away.
Uncle Padak, 59 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.unclepadak.com
Fish School serves up creative, out-of-the-ordinary dishes that you won’t find elsewhere in HK. Tucked away on Third Street, this eclectic eatery focuses on fresh, seasonal and organic ingredients.
Fish School, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.fishschool.hk
Named after a bustling street in Brixton, London, this burger joint is one of the coolest eateries in town. Oozing with flavor, everything on the menu is made from scratch – even the sauces. Owner and chef, Andy puts real passion into the food he makes and ensures all his diners leave having experienced the best service possible.
Electric Avenue, 301 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.electricave.com.hk
This relaxed resto first started serving tables of tapas way back in 1993, so you can be sure it caters to all your Spanish favourites. Make the most of what’s on offer and indulge in a bottle of wine and dishes to share (we love the hot and sizzling sautéed prawns).
Rico’s, Aspen Court, 46 High St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/RicosSpanish
Craving some good Chinese eats? If you’re in the SYP area, head to Hometown Dumpling for a selection of authentic noodle, rice and stir-fried dishes, along with plenty of cheap and delicious homemade dumplings!
Hometown Dumpling, 418, 416 Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong
If you’re looking for a laid-back evening with good food, then this is the place to be. This spacious restaurant is vibrant, colourful and fun. You can’t help but feel at home in the lively space, and sangria is sure to be flowing, along with a range of Spanish favourites.
La Paloma, 1 Floor, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.lapaloma.hk
The Hideout boasts itself as a home away from home, where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the city (it’s a hideout, get it?). Housed in a two-story building, it’s open every day and serves up cups of coffee and other drinks, as well as a variety of pastries and light meals.
The Hideout Coffee House, Shop B, G/F, 63 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thehideoutcoffeehousehk
Whether it’s tacos, burritos, quesadillas, or nachos that you’re after, it can all be found at this Mexican Taqueria in Sai Ying Pun! The tasty and fresh tacos here always receive high praise, and the prices are on the cheap side, too.
Taco Chaca, G/F, 119 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/tacochaca
Named and modelled after the iconic metro stations of Paris, Metropolitain is the place to enjoy a hearty taste of France. Cuisine by Chef Frank Lebiez takes after authentic French bistro fare, with all the classics on offer such as beef tartare, onion soup and homemade tarte tatin.
Metropolitain, Aspen Court, 46 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.french-creations.com/metropolitain
This Aussie restaurant sits on High Street and its ambiance is warm and welcoming. We’ve heard great thing about the breakfast here, but diners also rave about the beef Wellington, with everything on the menu from pizza, pasta and steaks, to small plates, salads and dessert.
St Barts, G/F, Hang Sing Mansion, 76-78 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/St-Barts-High-Street
North Viet Pho
If you’re looking to enjoy large bowls of noodles and beef in a delicious broth, or even curry brisket, you’ll be delighted to know these and more are all on offer here. Not only is the service is great and friendly here, but the prices are reasonable, too.
North Viet Pho, Tung Hai Court, 73 Bulkeley Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
The menu at STACK features a range of creative pancakes dishes, including the famous runny honey with honeycomb and mascarpone, along with some savoury creations and brunch dishes.
STACK, 1 Third St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/stackhk
Self described as a “very casual izakaya” found in Sai Ying Pun, the food offered at OKRA includes small plates of charcoal grilled meats, sashimi and more, along with plenty of natural and unpasteurised sake to wash it all down.
OKRA, G/F, 110 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.okra.kitchen
Recommended by the Michelin Guide, this no frills restaurants serves authentic Taiwanese dishes and is ever-busy. Reminiscent of street food stalls in taiepi, expect dishes such as Taiwanese omelette rolls with various condiments, Braised pork rice and Soup noodles with braised beef shin and a hint of Sichuan spiciness.
Qing Zuo, Cheong King Court, 26-38, 26-38 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Locofama offers up delicious and organic bites, with simple food that is unique and packed with flavour. If you’re looking for some fresh, tasty and organic food away from the hustle and bustle of the city, head to Sai Ying Pun for this reasonably priced, cool restaurant.
Locofama, 9-13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Wan, Hong Kong, www.locofama.com
Kwan Kee Clay Pot Rice
Another Michelin Guide recommendation in the area, many would say that Kwan Kee serves up some of the best clay pot rice in the city. Bear in mind that you’re going for the food, and not the atmosphere, and lines are pretty much guaranteed, but if you’re a lover of the dish it’s a must-visit.
Kwan Kee Clay Pot Rice, 253-263 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Situated next door to butcher, Bones & Blades, Quarter Master’s philosophy thinks beyond each ingredient and considers the environment from which it came, and only serves up the quality steaks and burgers.
Quarter Master, 1 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.quartermasterhk.com
Ideal for just about any occasion, Brut! is an intimate, lively space with an open layout that serves tapas-inspired sharing plates. Just about all the wines on offer are natural and sourced from small winemakers around the world, with the food allowing the ingredients to be the stars of each seasonally inspired dish.
Brut!, Shop C, G/F, Tung Cheung Building., 1-11 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.brut.com.hk
Every neighbourhood needs an authentic go-to restaurant for Indian food, and Tulsi has got be SYP’s answer. The extensive menu features favourites such as samosas, onion bhajis, and a range of curry’s, along with a selection of Indian breads and rice dishes.
Tulsi Indian Restaurant, Flat/Rm 10-11 Lower G/F, Bonham Mansion, 63 Bonham Road, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.tulsi.com.hk
Another authentic Thai restaurant to try out in the Pun is Krua Walaiphan. All food here promises to be MSG-free, and the generously sized portions are full of flavour and are reasonably priced; making it a winner in our books!
Krua Walaiphan, G/F, Ko Wang Court, 29 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/kruawalaiphan
The demand for this Taiwanese place is pretty high, so you’ll often find queues here, but customers have raved about the oyster noodles and chicken rice, as well as the wide variety of bubble teas on offer.
Yuan Is Here, 73 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/pages/Yuan-is-Here
Where to Drink:
Ping Pong 129 is a Spanish Ginotería (a gin and tonic bar) set in a spacious, high-ceilinged industrial space that was formerly used as a ping pong hall. The speakesy style bar is full of creatives, hipsters and anyone who just loves a good G & T, and coupled with its 40 plus gins from around the world and its retro cool feel, you can’t go wrong with its drinks or the atmosphere.
Ping Pong 129, 129 Second Street, L/G Nam Cheong House, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.pingpong129.com
Dotted across HK with three locations – Sai Ying Pun, SoHo and K-Town – Craft Beer & Co.’s has made its presence known in the 852, with its 15 rotating brews from around the world on tap, including its own locally brewed ale. The beer menu is changing constantly so keep an eye on its FB page for details of what’s on tap!
Craft Brew & Co., 36 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.craftbrew.com.hk
Our pick for a quiet Saturday morning coffee, Polygon Café serves up a great selection of coffees and teas, but what we really love is its hidden private garden. The perfect spot for a coffee catch up, or just a place to enjoy a good book on your own – just what we need in this ever-bustling city.
Polygon Café, 14 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/PolygonCafeHK
Another cute coffee shop to know about in SYP is Coffee by Zion. Along with serving coffees and other beverages, the shop also offers bagels, sandwiches and more breakfast-friendly options. Although small, we like it for its quirky vibe and cute, Instagrammable touches.
Coffee by Zion, 87 First Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/coffeebyzion
A favourite coffee shop of ours in the city has got be Winston’s. It has recently opened a second location in Kennedy Town, but the branch in SYP is the original. Found right by Sai Ying Pun MTR Exit A1, we can’t get enough of the Aussie, hipster vibes and great coffee and food. The best bit? Winston’s isn’t just reserved for your morning commute! Head here later in the day and enjoy one of its famous espresso martinis or other cocktails.
Winston’s Coffee, 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.winstonscoffee.com
Where to Shop:
Tak Chong Sum Kee Bamboo Steamer Company
This delicate yet hectic little shop, situated on Western Street, is one of the very few standing shops left where all the items are still made by hand. This dying craft mesmerises us every time we enter this treasure trove. If you’re looking for a little bit of HK for your kitchen then head over to this store and marvel at a craft that is slowly being lost.
Tak Chong Sum Kee Bamboo Steamer Company, Hong Kong, 12 Western St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
As Hong Kong’s first, completely zero waste and packaging-free grocery store, Live Zero stocks a huge array of organic products such as: flours, grains, legumes, nuts, oats, granola, herbs, spices, pasta, oils and vinegar (to name but a few!). On top of pantry staples, the store also sells everything you need to reduce your plastic consumption, such as shampoo and conditioner bars, cleaning products, reusable cups, lunch boxes and cutlery, as well as stainless steel straws.
Live Zero, 24 Hugh Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.livezero.hk
Whether you live in Sai Ying Pun, or are just passing by, Bones and Blades is a great spot that is is worth knowing about. A butcher and delicatessen for conscious carnivores who want to bring home quality meat, it stocks a wide range of cuts, from chicken, to sausages, beef rib, lamb rack, pork belly, sirloin steaks and more.
Bone and Blades, 1 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.bonesnblades.com
This cool and decorative home goods store has everything from rugs and home décor, to furniture, textiles and more. Tried and tested, it’s a Sassy favourite for all things interior design.
Thorn & Burrow, 1/F, 30 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, www.thornandburrow.com
A wine shop so good, we almost want to keep it for ourselves, at French Flair you can discover a range of wines from the Champagne region, as well as a selection of expertly selected house bottles. You can also mix a case of three bottles from different profiles, and the prices are too good to pass up.
French Flair, G/F, 20 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.frenchflair.hk
If organic veg is what you’re after then head over to this dynamic duo’s hangout in the Sai Ying Pun Market on Centre Street, where they are always on hand to help you find what you are looking for.
A-Tao’s Vegetables Organic Corner, Sai Ying Pun Market, 43-47 Centre St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/ataosvegetables
What to Do:
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park
If you’re looking for a spot to enjoy some fresh air, have a picnic, or take a walk, Sun Yat Sen is where to head. The grounds are sprawling and include top-notch facilities like basketball courts, a swimming pool complex and a football pitch, but we like just taking a stroll and enjoying the fresh sea breeze, before find ourselves a relaxing spot on the grassy lawn, near a statue of Mr. Sun Yat Sen himself.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, 16 Eastern Street North, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
URSUS is where to go if you’re looking for some tires to flip, or heavy weights to carry. The staff are excellent, and highly skilled, with the gym also offering amazing boxing and Muay Thai classes, taught by people who know what they’re doing, and who will be sure to guide you in technique, while still giving you a great workout. Not into weights and boxing so much? The Gym also has cardio focused classes for those who are looking for a killer HIIT workout.
URSUS Fitness, 64 Pok Fu Lam Road, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.ursusfitness.com
With branches in Kennedy Town and Happy Valley, along with a location in Sai Ying Pun, utime Fitness is open 24 hours, and offers flexible membership for just $599 per month.
utime Fitness, 2nd & 3rd Floor, No 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.utimefitness.com
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Roxanne Dowell and published on 17 May, 2017 and was updated on 18 July, 2018.
Featured image property of Sassy Media Group. Image #1 courtesy of Potato Head HK via Instagram, image #2 courtesy of The Winery via Instagram, image #3 courtesy of BlackSalt via Facebook, image #4 courtesy of Electric Avenue HK via Instagram, image #5 courtesy of La Paloma via Instagram, image #6 courtesy of Metropolitain via Instagram, image #7 courtesy of Stack via Facebook, image #8 courtesy of Locofama via Instagram, image #9 courtesy of Bones & Blades via Instagram, image #10 courtesy of Krua Walaiphan via Facebook, image #11 courtesy of Ping Pong 129 via Facebook, image #12 courtesy of Polygon Cafe via Instagram, image #13 courtesy of Winston’s Coffee via Instagram, image #14 courtesy of Live Zero HK via Instagram, image #15 courtesy of Thorn & Burrow via Instagram, image #16 courtesy of Wiki Commons