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 has plenty 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 & Drink:
With locations in Wan Chai, Admiralty, Central, Sheung Wan, Causeway Bay, Tin Hau and Sai Ying Pun, NOC Coffee Co. is well and truly taking over the 852 coffee scene. The roastery and café in Sai Ying Pun is where the magic happens, as all of its in-house blends and single origin coffees are roasted to perfection here. The large and airy space is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet afternoon working, or to grab a coffee whilst on the go. Expect expertly crafted coffees of all varieties, along with a selection of tasty food items, including brunch favourites, healthy salads and baked goods.
NOC Roastery, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.noccoffeeco.com
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. A 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
Ping Pong 129 is a Spanish Gintonería (a gin and tonic bar) set in a spacious, high-ceilinged industrial space that was formerly used as a ping pong hall. The speakeasy-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
This super cosy place (think comfy chairs and sofas) is a great place to relax and spend the day. Be sure to take advantage of its all-day-dining as it 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
If you’re after pizza in Sai Ying Pun, Homeslice is where to head to. Opened at the end of 2018, this neighbourhood pizzeria serves up Neapolitan-style pizzas, complete with an array of inventive toppings. Opt for classics such as the Quattro Formaggi or the spicy Diavola, or go a little different with the gorgonzola, walnut, pear and honey offering. Along with pizzas, Homeslice serves up a range of sharing plates, desserts, milkshakes, beers, wines and cocktails.
Homeslice, Shop 3, G, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.homeslice.com.hk
A favourite coffee shop of ours in the city has got be Winstons. It also has a 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? Winstons 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.
Winstons Coffee, 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.winstonscoffee.com
With beautiful artwork 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
This butchers shop, deli and restaurant hybrid offers quality products to eat in and take away. The dine in menu serves an array of meaty plates for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the in-house deli stocks everything from oils, spices and herbs, to dairy produce, pasta and much more – not forgetting the well-stocked butcher’s counter – just the thing if you’re hosting at home.
Feather & Bone, Shop 1, G/F Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.featherandbone.com.hk
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
Named after a bustling street in Brixton, London, this burger joint is one of the coolest eateries in town. Oozing with flavour, 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 Ave, 301 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/electricavehk
Capturing the soul of Asia’s rich and fascinating street food traditions, Bingaz is influenced by a range of countries and serves up an array of tasty dishes, including noodle soups and skewers. The cosy spot is open from 11:30am to 10pm daily, so makes a great option for a cheap lunch, dinner or drinks! We love the rich 12-hour slow cooked Wagyu beef brisket noodle soup – which is a bargain at just $78.
Bingaz Street Food, 64 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/bingazstreetfood
Opened in 2019, El Macho is the latest restaurant from Bistro Concept (of Sai Ying Pun local, The Flying Pig). You won’t be able to miss its colourful exterior and the menu of Mexican plates on offer is just as vibrant, with the likes of nachos, quesadillas, burritos, tacos and more available. Wash it all down with a frozen margarita or two and you’ll be set for a good night.
El Macho, 1 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/elmachohk
Read more: The Best Mexican Restaurants in Hong Kong
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), and look out for its nightly happy hours!
Rico’s, Aspen Court, 46 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/RicosSpanish
Home Town Dumpling
Craving some good Chinese eats? If you’re in the SYP area, head to Home Town Dumpling for a selection of authentic noodle, rice and stir-fried dishes, along with plenty of cheap and delicious homemade dumplings!
Home Town Dumpling, 418 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/F, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.lapaloma.hk
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. The 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
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
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, 11 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Wan, Hong Kong, www.locofama.com
This Aussie restaurant sits on High Street and its ambiance is warm and welcoming. We’ve heard great things about the breakfast here, but diners also rave about the Beef Wellington. The menu has everything 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 great, the prices are reasonable too.
North Viet Pho, Tung Hai Court, 73 Bulkeley Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
The Hideout touts 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-storey 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
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 top quality steaks and burgers.
Quarter Master, 1 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/bonesnbladeshk
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
Kwan Kee Clay Pot Rice
Recommended by the Michelin Guide, 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, so 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
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
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 curries, along with a selection of Indian breads and rice dishes.
Tulsi & Wine, Flat/Rm 10-11 Lower G/F, Bonham Mansion, 63 Bonham Road, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.tulsi.com.hk
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 including Pad Thai, Green Papaya Salad, Chicken Laab and more, you’ll be happy you made the trek uphill to get here – the restaurant also allows you to BYOB (with a corkage fee of $100 per bottle), along with featuring 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
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
Read more: The Best Thai Restaurants In Hong Kong
If you’re looking for some homestyle Italian cuisine, head to Trattoria Caffe Monteverdi. Expect authentic dishes and homemade pasta in a relaxed and cosy setting.
Trattoria Caffe Monteverdi, G/F, 6A High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/TrattoriaCaffeMonteverdi
With branches all over the city, French bakery and patisserie Eric Kayser has also set up shop in Sai Ying Pun. Offering a drool-worthy selection of fresh breads, cakes and pastries, along with a range of to-go items such as sandwiches, salads and coffees, it’s a great spot to know.
Maison Eric Kayser, 75 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.maison-kayser.com.hk
Where To Shop:
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 cleaning products, reusable cups, lunch boxes and cutlery, as well as stainless steel straws.
Live Zero, G/F, 20 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.livezero.hk
Following on from the success of sister store, Live Zero, Live Zero Bulk Beauty is the city’s first plastic-free cosmetics store. Sticking to the same principles as Live Zero, the shop stocks only zero-waste and packaging-free products, with everything on offer from makeup and skincare, to feminine products – even stocking biodegradable glitter! Along with its bulk-buy items (you can either bring your own containers or pick up some there from the selection of metal bottles, glass cosmetics jars and vials on offer!), you can also shop an array of eco brands such as Coconut Matter and Elate Cosmetics.
Live Zero Bulk Beauty, 24 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.livezero.hk/pages/bulk-beauty
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
This “French Wine Library” is a great gem to know in Sai Ying Pun. Not only does the shop offer a wide and varied selection of French wines for you to take away, but you can also buy a bottle of your choice and enjoy it al fresco at Premier Cru’s hidden outdoor terrace.
Premier Cru, 15 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.premiercru.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 to 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, 69 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
Places To Go And Things 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 finding 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 tyres 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. They’ll 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
If you’re in Sai Ying Pun and in need of a mani-pedi, head to Lavande Nail Spa. The relaxing space is super clean and offers everything from your tradition manicure and shellac polish, to acrylics, nail art, deluxe pedicures and more.
Lavande Nail Spa, Shop 5, G/F, 64 Bonham Road, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.lavandenailspa.com
Natura Thai Massage & Spa
For a traditional Thai massage, we recommend Natura Thai in Sai Ying Pun. Its combination of acupressure massage techniques and stretching (as well as some good old foot reflexology), provides you with an all-in-one session to relieve muscle discomfort and ligament pain. Unwind with some herbal tea, complete with lemongrass and pandan.
Natura Thai Massage & Spa, 93 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2239 4888
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 17, May 2017 and was most recently updated on 23, July 2019.
Featured image property of Sassy Media Group, image 1 courtesy of NOC Coffee Co. via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of The Winery via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Feather & Bone via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of El Macho via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of La Paloma via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Locofama via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of Quarter Master via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Brut via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of Krua Walaiphan via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of Live Zero via Instagram, image 11 courtesy of Premier Cru, image 12 courtesy of Thorn and Burrow via Instagram, image 13 courtesy of Wiki Commons.