Full of quirky cafes, independent boutiques, cosy restaurants and an array of street art, we’ve rounded up the best places to visit in Poho.
With its distinct neighbourhood vibe and sleepy streets, Poho is one of our favourite areas in the city to spend a lazy afternoon exploring. Referring to the area found “above” Sheung Wan, Poho includes the streets of Po Hing Fong and Tai Ping Shan, along with the surrounding area.
“Po” actually means treasure in Chinese, and wandering around the streets of Poho can feel like a treasure hunt of sorts, with its mix of quirky cafes, independent boutiques, galleries, cosy restaurants and array of street art. Here are our favourite places to while away the afternoon…
What to eat and drink:
If you’re looking for relaxed vibes, freshly baked cakes and pastries, and plenty of tea, teakha is the place to head to in Poho. The indoor area is calm and cosy, but the small outdoor space is perfect to spend the afternoon with nothing but a book and a slice of cake (and your furry friend!). Along with a drinks menu of its own single-origin Plantation by teakha teas, teakha serves up baked goods such as salted caramel banana chiffon cake, ginger scones, cream cheese and kumquat chocolate cake and much more. And if you’re looking for brunch, dishes include everything from lemon ricotta pancakes to breakfast avocado tostada, homemade yoghurt and granola, teakha’s quiche Lorraine and more. Don’t leave without trying the masala chai.
Sassy Tip: Diners heading to teakha on weekdays can enjoy a free drink with the order of any breakfast item before 11am, and those looking for an afternoon treat can upgrade your tea order to include a freshly baked scone for just $15 extra.
Teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.teakha.com
Corner Kitchen Café *Now Closed
This two-story sofa-stuffed café feels like your quirky aunt’s home, with something fascinating in every nook and cranny. Corner Kitchen defines comfort food, with all-day-breakfasts, home-baked cakes and a selection of oozy grilled-cheese sandwiches on offer. A perfect spot to work away from the office, or to wind down with its daily happy hour starting at 3pm!
Corner Kitchen Café, 226 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.corner-kitchen.com
For Kee Restaurant
There are many great things on the menu at For Kee Restaurant, but we can’t get enough of the pork chop and rice (pro tip: ask for a fried egg on top for an elevated experience). It’s perfectly savoury, with plenty of soya sauce dousing the white rice and fried pork, and is the ultimate comfort food on a dreary day. Pair it with iced milk tea and a side of veggies, and you’re guaranteed to walk out satisfied. If you need a sweet treat to finish off your meal, the condensed milk thick toast will definitely hit the spot. This is a get in and get out quickly spot, and you will definitely find yourself on a shared table, but that just adds to the experience. We recommend getting there right at noon for lunch, as the lines get long very quickly after.
For Kee Restaurant, 200 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
A relative newcomer to the area, Little Birdy has quickly gained popularity with residents, workers and visitors of the Poho area. We often hit up this chicken shop come lunch time for its great value lunch set ($98 for quarter chicken, rice or chips, detox salad and homemade lemonade or iced tea), but the happy hour also draws us in time and time again, with $3 wings, two-for-one Peroni beers and Aperol Spritz.
Little Birdy, 15-17 New Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.littlebirdy.com.hk
This gem of a craft beer bar claims “Good People Drink Craft Beer,” and it is the absolute perfect all-day outdoor hangout spot. Here you can browse a selection of over 280 international craft beers, and choose to either take away with you, or enjoy your drinks in the small outdoor area. 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, Poho, Hong Kong, www.craftissimo.hk
Serving good French food, cooked by Michelin starred Philippe Orrico, this is where we head to in Poho when we 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
Tucked away amongst the trinket shops on Upper Lascar Row, Man Mo Dim Sum serves contemporary East-meets-West dim sum, hitting the spot with its truffle brie dumpling and foie gras xiao long bao.
Man Mo Dim Sum, 40 Upper Lascar Row, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/manmocafe
Known for serving specialty coffee all over the city, this tucked away The Cupping Room location is perfect for a quiet morning working or out-of-office meetings. Open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, and 9am to 6pm on weekends and public holidays. It’s also a solid choice for brunch in the city, with food items on offer such as avocado on toast, eggs Benedict, house cured salmon on toast, brioche French toast and scrambled or poached eggs on toast.
The Cupping Room Roastery, Shop 8, Silver Jubilee Mansion, 62-72 Po Hong Fong, Poho, www.cuppingroom.hk
Mrs. Pound *Now Closed
This has long been one of our favourite spots. Many years ago, an internationally renowned burlesque dancer named Mrs. Pound disappeared at the height of her fame and was rumoured 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. Disguised with its stamp shop storefront, this Asian fusion restaurant come speakeasy 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.mingfathouse.com
Opened by Michelin-starred Swedish chef, Bjorn Frantzén, Frantzen’s Kitchen serves up modern Nordic cuisine, with an Asian influence. If you’re in the mood to splurge on something a little different, be sure to opt for the Tasting Menu and sit at the kitchen counter for the full chef’s experience.
Frantzen’s Kitchen, 11 Upper Station Street, Tai Ping Shan, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.frantzenskitchen.com
Cycling aficionados will know just how important coffee shop culture is to the world of cycling, and Rapha seamlessly combines both with its minimalist café and cycling store. Serving up coffees and other beverages (priced between $30 and $47), along with food items including homemade cakes and pastries, stop by here for a pit stop and come away with the latest cycling gear, or even sign up to one of its regular group rides!
Rapha, 56 Sai Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/raphahongkong
If you’re looking for cosy, family-style Italian vibes, then be sure to head to Pinco Pallino. The relaxed ambience is only complemented by its casual menu of Mediterranean fare, with the likes of fresh pizza, pasta and daily aperitivos. You can also buy cold cuts and cheeses to take away, if you’re wanting to recreate the relaxed vibe in the comfort of your own home.
Pinco Pallino, 6 Po Yan Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.pephk.com
Previously Trattoria del Pescatore, Chris’ Common Room serves much-loved Italian-style seafood, along with a range of meat and veggie dishes. The menu includes everything from Red Prawn Spaghetti, Red Prawn & Avocado Tartare, Seafood Bouillabaisse, Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek and Roast Whole Australian Free Range Chicken.
Chris’ Common Room, 11 Po Yan Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.ccr.hk
This little coffee shop is located just below the steps leading up to Yoga Bam Bam and Yarn in the Works. The menu features an All Day Breakfast for $118, along with daily cakes for $48, sandwiches for $78 and coffees.
Sp_ce, G/F, 20 Po Hing Fong, Poho, Hong Kong
If you’re partial to an oat milk latte, or prefer soy milk in your flat white, MANA! Poho is where to stop by. Serving up a range of vegan coffees (all served in sustainable and biodegradable coffee cups!) this plant-based café offers up a laid back vibe, perfectly in keeping with the Poho neighbourhood. Feeling hungry? The menu also serves up an array of plant-based offerings, including its popular MANA! Burgers and signature Open Flats.
MANA! Poho, 8 Tai On Terrace, Poho, Hong Kong, www.mana.hk
As Hong Kong’s first hand-brew tea bar, this Japanese-style tea shop serves handmade drinks such as matcha lattes, hand-drip coffee and more, along with its own range of premium sencha tea, which can be ordered hot or cold. Although specialising in tea (and being limited on space!) the tiny café also serves food items that include avocado sourdough toast ($78), red bean matcha waffles ($78) and taro cream toast ($45),
Green Ginkgo Tea, 1A Tai Ping Shan Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.greenginkgotea.com
This tiny ham shop specialises in Bellota Ham. The staff are super knowledgeable and more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for. Opt to enjoy a glass of wine, and a cheese and ham board outside the shop, or take your purchases home with you.
Reserva Iberica, Shop C, G/F, 15 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.reservaiberica.hk
Another Poho favourite that gives us that casual family-run atmosphere, with a home-away-from-home vibe. The food menu is a little limited, but make sure to stop by here for a coffee and a freshly baked goodie – we love the chocolate and cashew nut cookies. For lunch, the café offers up sandwiches and a pasta and soup of the day.
Homei, G/F 22-24A Tai Ping Shan Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Homei-Cafe
The space that used to home to Po’s Atelier, is now the newly opened Capo Bakery. Serving up a range of Italian produce to take away, from fresh bread and pizza, to charcuterie and more, it’s sure to be a hit in the neighbourhood.
Capo Bakery, 70 Po Hing Fong, Poho, Hong Kong
Where to Shop:
The name says it all. This adorable little shop is full of a surprising mix of old and new knick knacks, stocking everything from antiques to modern local designs, including retro posters and prints, to watches, cufflinks, crockery, modern jewellery and more. Perfect for just having a browse, or if you are looking for a unique gift, stop by and get lost in this packed store of unique goodies.
InBetween, 6B Tai Ping Shan Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/inbetweenshop
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. The shop also stocks a small range of other jewellery pieces, all with the same distinct Scandinavian touch as the watches.
Sassy Tip: Squarestreet has now opened a small café at the front of its shop. The coffee shop currently has no licence, so coffees are available for all Squarestreet shoppers and passers-by, and you can tip what you wish (around $30 is recommended).
Squarestreet, G/F, 15 Square Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.squarestreet.se
If you’re after that finishing touch for your at-home interiors, Boxer Rugs is worth checking out. The small shop first caught our eye for the colourful rugs adorning the window display, with plenty more on offer inside, along with an array of handmade ceramics.
Boxer Rugs, 14A, Tai Ping Shan Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.boxerrugs.com
This chic eyewear store will have you covered whether you’re looking to pick up some new sunglasses or frames. The unique designs will esure you stand out from the crowd, with the brands focusing on using natural acetate and metal materials. The Poho flagship store also features a Hazel & Hershey coffee shop inside.
Khromis, 1 Tai Ping Shan Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.khromis.com
Found right next door to InBetween, Mount Zero is one of our favourite spots in Poho. The small bookstore features a cosy reading area upstairs, where guests are invited to take time out and read, with free wifi and cold drinks available. Open from 11am to 6pm daily, Mount Zero also occasionally acts as a local exhibition space, hosting everything from book launches, to locally made ceramics.
Mount Zero, Tai Ping Shan Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/mountzerobooks
No trip to Poho is complete without checking out the stylish and chic Château Zoobeetle. This is the only store in Hong Kong that features the entire collection of the Parisian leather goods brand ZOOBEETLE Paris, along with a hand-curated selection of goods, ranging from music, cosmetics and books, to even stylish, ready-to-wear outfits.
Emma Wallace is a women’s ready-to-wear brand that delivers a seamless blend of Western and Eastern influences. Pop into the Poho store to browse the collection of pieces, featuring the brand’s signature Kimono-style jacket.
Emma Wallace, Shop A, G/F, Po Hing Mansions, 2 Po Hing Fong, Poho, Hong Kong, www.emma-wallace.com.hk
Stocking an elegant range of contemporary jewellery, NJLIDIA’s small shop in Poho is the place to pop into if you’re looking for a new piece to add to your collection or to give as a gift. Along with jewellery, NJLIDIA also holds a small selection of other accessories and clothing.
NJLIDIA, 1 Tai Ping Shan Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.njlidiaseoul.com
If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind fragrance, Parfumerie Trésor is where to head. The Poho shop stocks a huge range of creative and unique fragrances that won’t be found anywhere else in the city.
Parfumerie Trésor, G/F, 18 Upper Station Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.parfumerietresor.com
What to do:
After a different way to spend your weekends? Tung Yao Ceramics offers a range of workshops, suitable for beginners and those who more advanced at ceramics and pottery making. Throwing trial classes start from $290 (plus $180 per extra item), and throwing and glazing workshops are priced at $720 (plus $180 per extra item), with more information available on its website.
Tung Yao Ceramics, 4 Po Yan Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.tungyaoceramics.com
This yoga studio is unique as it operates on a pay-as-you-go basis, with no memberships needed! Dedicated to offering high quality classes, with all classes kept to small groups, the studio offers everything from AcroYoga and Aerial Skills, to Flow Yoga, Hatha and more. And as it’s found right next door to MANA! Café, be sure to stop in for a vegan coffee after your class.
Yoga Bam Bam, 28 Pound Lane, Poho, Hong Kong, www.yogabambam.com
With workshops ranging from crochet and knitting, to recycling and redesign, Yarn in the Works encourages us all to get a little creative. Check out its range of workshops here, or stop by its Tai Pin Shan location and stock up on everything you may need for your next haberdashery project.
Yarn in the Works, 20B Tai Ping Shan Street, Poho, Hong Kong, www.yarnintheworks.com
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Poppy Mason-Watts and was published on 27 April 2017 and was updated on 17 April, 2019 by Annie Simpson.
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