Where to eat and what to do in this hip and lively neighbourhood
I’ve lived on the cusp of Sheung Wan and Poho for over a year now, and I love it more each day. There are quirky cafes, trinket shops, buzzy restaurants, galleries, street art and the renowned dog walker…
‘Po’ actually means treasure in Chinese, and wandering around the streets of Poho can be a treasure hunt of sorts. I’m giving the Sassy gals my personal Poho treasure hunt map of this eccentric and cool area:
(Sassy’s note: If you happen to know a great spot that we’ve missed, please let us know! Email us at [email protected])
What to eat and drink:
A bakery set up by two guys serving French-style bread with a Japanese twist – this is what I consider the only place to buy bread in Hong Kong. While tricky to find – tucked into a leafy cul-de-sac at the end of Po Hing Fong – once you’ve tried the sourdough, it will become a firm favourite. The bread is also served (alongside delicious coffee!) at the boys’ popular café located behind the bakery: Café Deadend.
Po’s Atelier, 70 Po Hing Fong, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/posatelier
Serving good French food, cooked by Michelin starred Philippe Orrico, this is where I head to when I need a cheese and wine fix. The menu has a vast selection of French cheeses and never fails to disappoint. Sit in the window chairs to get the best view of one of Poho’s most well-known street art pieces – the geometric fox by Thai artist Rukkit.
Upper Modern Bistro, 6-14 Elegance Court, Upper Station Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.upper-bistro.com
This rates in my top five dim sum hangouts in Hongkers. Tucked away amongst the trinket shops on Upper Lascar Row, Man Mo Café serves contemporary East-meets-West dim sum, hitting the spot with its truffle brie dumpling and foie gras xiao long bao. You’ve got to try it to understand the magic!
Man Mo Café, 40 Upper Lascar Row, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/manmocafe
This has long been one of my fave spots. Many years ago, an internationally renowned burlesque dancer named Mrs. Pound disappeared in the height of her fame, rumored to have fallen in love with a wealthy Hong Kong man who hid her in his stamp shop – or so the ‘fictional’ story of Mrs Pound goes. This Asian fusion restaurant serves a menu of delicious street food against a backdrop of funky interiors. The Siracha street corn is a must-order.
Mrs. Pound, 6 Pound Lane, Poho, Hong Kong, www.mrspound.com
This café has the best ‘Poho vibe.’ Think freshly baked cakes and pastries, authentic teas and cute stools outside. I can easily while away a Saturday afternoon with a book, a cup of tea and a slice of cheesecake on a stool in the sun.
Teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Hong Kong, teakha.com
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This gem of a craft beer bar claims “Good People Drink Craft Beer,” and it is the absolute perfect all-day outdoor hangout spot. One of the Sassy gals suggests grabbing a keg or a patch of fake grass and having a chat with the good people in the neighbourhood while browsing through the carefully curated selection of craft beer. Featuring regular tap-takeovers from your favourite craft breweries, there are always great deals on hand here.
Craftissimo, Tai Ping Building, Shop D, G/F, Tai Ping Shan Street, Hong Kong, www.craftissimo.hk
In between Sai Ying Pun and Poho, this reasonably priced neighbourhood butchery delivers in prime cut steaks, the freshest and decadently marinated meats, sausages, bacon, poultry, seafood – you name it! Boasting a decent selection of wine, cheese & cold-cuts, it’s your one-stop-shop for an impressive meal, whether your entertaining two or 200.
Chef’s Choice, 88 Queens Rd West, Shop 3 GF, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.chefs-choice-hk.info
The Cupping Room is a Sassy fave (one is located just around the corner from our office!) and this spot is where the coffee beans are roasted to perfection. We couldn’t decided if this was technically in or out of PoHo, but thought it was worth mentioning. You can grab a quick coffee or have a chat in its super cool but cosy café.
The Cupping Room Roastery, Shop 8, Silver Jubilee Mansion, 62-72 Po Hong Fong, www.facebook.com/CuppingRoomHK
This corner shop offers a palatte change in modern Nordic flavours with Asian influences. Sit at the kitchen counter for the full chef’s experience or at one of the other chill spots in the dining room. Check it out if you’re in the mood to splurge on something a little different.
Frantzen’s Kitchen, 11 Upper Station St,Tai Ping Shan,Hongkong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.frantzenskitchen.com
Every neighbourhood needs its cozy little coffee pit-stop, and Lof10 delivers on all fronts. This spot is insta-goals from head-to-toe and is the chill spot for a mood/caffeine boost. It’s also furry-friend friendly, which is always a plus in our books!
Lof10, 1 U Lam Terrace, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Lof10hk
This two-story sofa-stuffed café feels like your quirky aunt’s home, with something fascinating in every nook and cranny. CKC defines comfort-food, with all-day-breakfasts, home-baked cakes and a selection of oozy grilled-cheeses. Escape your home-office and actually get some work done or wind down with their daily happy hour starting at 3pm!
Corner Kitchen Café, 226 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.corner-kitchen.com
Where to Shop:
Hanging out in Poho is not all about the cafés, it has so much more to offer…
I seem to spend hours just browsing in here – often after brunch at Oola. Select-18 stocks a range of vintage clothes, shoes and accessories as well as handcrafted pieces by local designers. If you’re like me and love chunky turquoise rings and retro statement home décor pieces (much to my boyfriend’s dismay) – this is the place to go.
Select-18, Shop A, 18 Bridges Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/select18
We cannot get over how stylish and unique this shop for men’s (and some women’s) clothing and tailoring is. June Woonamy’s whimsical, “Western curiosity meets Eastern exotics” brand of one-of-a-kind clothing is for people who eschew run-of-the-mill outfits, and who like having these special pieces in their wardrobes.
June Woonamy, G/F, 129 Connaught Rd W, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.woonamy.com
On the hunt for some elegant timepieces? You’ve found the right place. Pairing contemporary pieces with minimalist modernity, the wristwatches here are both eye-catching and sophisticated.
Squarestreet, G/F, 15 Square Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.squarestreet.se
Its name says it all. This adorable little shop is full of surprising mixes of old and new knick knacks from retro posters to modern jewellery. Get lost inBetween this packed store of unique goodies.
InBetween, 6B Tai Ping Shan St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, inbetweenshop.com
This eclectic shop hosts a mix of one-of-a-kind vintage and modern pieces in clothes, shoes and accessories. From authentic designers to no-names, they’ve got it all. For the true vintage-lovers, most pieces are paired with price tags indicating its era, giving each item a unique backstory!
Hipster 9, Sheung Wan, Lok Ku Road, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/hipster9hk
Colloquially named, “antique street,” this lane is the perfect alternative to touristy packed markets for visitors or locals alike. It offers authentic Hong Kong goodies and memorabilia from original 60s photographs to jade Chinese jewellery and expertly crafted Mong Kok sets. Get your hands on a freshly painted Chinese hand-calligraphed scroll or just stroll through for a taste of culture.
Antique Street, Upper Lascar Row, Hong Kong
Whether you’re a photography fanatic or just like looking at pretty things, this film-heavy store stocked with gorgeous print photographs, cameras and accessories is always a delight to browse. If you’re in the mood to pick up a new hobby (or refresh your photo skills), the staff is more than encouraging and will help you get on your way. Snap, shop or just take a gander!
Lomography Gallery Store, G/F, 2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.lomography.hk
Not your average flower shop, every Sunday (3pm to 6pm) you’ll find Tallensia’s street packed with enthused flower jammers making art from nature. The craft and passion is prominent throughout the store, check it out for any of your floral needs.
Tallensia, GF, 6 Tai Ping Shan St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/tallensiafloralart
Sassy Tip: If you’re in the ‘hood, you must check out the infamous street art, catch a glimpse of the famed dog walker, browse the many galleries and pop in to Yoga Bam Bam for a rejuvenating yoga sesh. I told you – Poho has a lot to offer!