Your ultimate guide to the best restaurants, cafes, shops, and more in Sai Ying Pun…
Located metres away from the hustle and bustle of Central and Sheung Wan, this vertical neighbourhood is home to a range of chic cafes and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a new weekend brunch spot or want to spend a quiet Sunday strolling through the high street, there is something for everyone in Sai Ying Pun.
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Cafés In Sai Ying Pun
Famously known for being home to the best crepe cakes in the city, Shaz Confections consistently puts out delicious and delightfully decorated layered creations made right here in Hong Kong. The cakes come in a myriad of flavours. Think Rose Pistachio, Hazelnut Orange, Baileys Espresso and Hong Kong Milk Tea (is your sweet tooth tingling yet?). A homegrown bakery brand and cafe with roots in Singapore, we also wouldn’t pass on its pandan chiffon cakes which will satisfy any cravings before your next trip to the Lion City. If you’re feeling extra peckish, you can order a cup of tea and pick something off their all-day dining menu to go with your cake of choice.
With locations in Sheung Wan, Ho Man Tin and now Sai Ying Pun, Halfway Coffee is becoming a household name for coffee lovers across Hong Kong. Not only are they popular for their classic Hong Kong-style interiors and porcelain coffee cups, but they also offer a wide selection of classic coffee and tea.
Halfway Coffee, G/F, 17 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/halfwaycoffee
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Winning numerous awards over the years, Winstons Coffee is a Sassy favourite for its hipster vibes and quality coffees. Don’t just stop by on your morning commute, the coffee shop also offers a selection of bespoke cocktails during the evening including its signature espresso martinis.
Known for its incredible latte art, Hashtag Coffee is the perfect place to show off your morning brew. Coffee lovers will be spoilt for choice with the cafe’s range of classic and signature coffee options including, the Black Cat and Affogato, along with non-caffeinated treats such as classic lemonade.
More Cafés In Sai Ying Pun
- NOC Roastery – in-house blends and single origin coffees. www.noccoffeeco.com
- Detour – cafe and wine bar. www.facebook.com/detour.coffee.wine
- Fineprint – Award-winning cafe for responsibly-sourced, high quality coffee. fineprint.hk
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Restaurants In Sai Ying Pun
Specialising in long lunches and weekend brunch, CATCH. is the perfect spot to spend your Sunday afternoons. The neighbourhood eatery serves up a range of fresh seafood including oysters, fried jumbo prawn risotto and a soft shell crab burger served in a true Australian fashion.
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Serving up authentic Thai cuisine, Krua Walaiphan will transport you to the tropical beaches of Thailand one dish at a time. Lovingly prepared by Chef Walaiphan Hanyut, each dish promises to be MSG-free and reasonably priced.
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Call Me Al
Located on the border between Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun, Call Me Al is the latest addition to the neighbourhood, opening at the end of 2022. Taking its name from the song You Can Call Me Al, the restaurant offers American comfort food with European influences.
Call Me Al, 123 Queens Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/callmealhk
More Restaurants In Sai Ying Pun
- BRUT! – tapas-inspired sharing plates in an intimate setting. www.brut.com.hk
- Taco Chaca – Casual Mexican Taqueria. www.facebook.com/tacochaca
- Hometown Dumpling – Local bites and homemade dumplings. 2803 0887
Where To Drink In Sai Ying Pun
Whether you’re looking for a place to sip on famous labels or discover new favourite bottles from lesser-known wineries, head to La Cave for a large collection of French wines to take away or drink on the spot by the glass or bottle. Tucked away on Third Street, this buzzy and boozy hole-in-the-wall is a great spot to mingle with fellow oenophiles, with a selection of cold cuts and cheeses to accompany your vino (and happy hour prices all day long!).
This hidden omakase-style cocktail bar specialises in locally sourced cocktails with an ever-changing menu. From the unique water glasses which guests can select, to literal writing on the wall, this bar gives a personal touch to everyone who walks through their door.
Mostly Harmless, 2/F, 110 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun,Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/mostlyharmlessbar
Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria
Redesigning an old ping pong hall into a modern and stylish speakeasy, this bar has more to offer than meets the eye. Offering over 40 gins from around the world including classic Spanish Gin Xoriguer, this bar is the perfect spot for any gin and tonic fans.
Junels Restobar Filipino Bar and Restaurant
Sing your heart out to Junels classic karaoke hits while enjoying classic cocktails and beers. The bar is well-known for hosting karaoke parties where getting up and dancing is highly encouraged.
Where To Shop In Sai Ying Pun
Helping everyone live a more sustainable lifestyle, Live Zero is Hong Kong’s first zero-waste and packaging-free grocery store. With three locations in the city, the store stocks a huge array of organic products including flours, grains, nuts, spices and herbs. Simply bring your own container or use one of many provided by previous customers to collect your shopping. The brand has also branched out to offer a range of plastic-free cosmetics, skincare, and feminine products, so you can reduce through all aspects of life.
The Polska Traveller
Founded by local designer Yeung Sau-lun during an exchange trip to Poland, The Polska Traveller is filled with artisan trinkets and jewellery inspired by old artefacts found in local markets and second-hand stores on the streets of Poland. From natural gemstone bracelets to silver spoon rings, every piece is one-of-a-kind.
The Polska Traveller, Shop 11F, G/F, 118 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 6211 4426
There’s something magical about exploring a vintage store, you never know what you might find! Vintage 1900’s specialises in vintage watches, bags and jewellery for both men and women, so you can take a bit of history with you, everywhere you go.
Vintage 1900’s, Shop 70 Solo Studio, Lee Wang Building, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, vintage1900s.business.site
Thorn & Burrow
Looking to spruce up your home? Thorn & Burrow has a collection of unique and stylish home décor and accessories sourced from all around the globe. From statement vases to stylish notebooks, this store is the perfect place to pick up a gift or just treat yourself.
Things To Do In Sai Ying Pun
Located just around the corner from Sai Ying Pun MTR Station Exit B3, you’ll find Chung Chiu Street and Ki Ling Lane. Adorned with colourful murals and artwork this street offers the perfect backgrounds for your Instagram outfit snaps.
Art Lane, Chung Ching Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Sun Yat Sen Park
Offering a sanctuary in the city, Sun Yat Sen Park is the perfect spot to get some fresh air and stroll along the waterfront. Pack a picnic or grab a takeaway from one of Sai Ying Puns’ many restaurants and enjoy the sprawling grassy lawn, and top-notch facilities including basketball courts, a swimming pool complex and a football pitch.
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, 16 Eastern Street North, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.lcsd.gov.hk
Tai Sui Temple
For a more cultural experience, pay a visit to Tai Sui Temple where you can marvel at the unique structure, burn incense, and offer prayers to your Chinese zodiac animal.
Tai Sui Temple, Ming Fat House, 9 Tai Ping Shan Street, Tai Ping Shan, 9536 5191
Editor’s Note: “Your Neighbourhood Guide To Sai Ying Pun” was most recently updated by Nicole Slater in April 2023.
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