Where to Eat & Drink in Sai Ying Pun
Let's take a walk around Sai Ying Pun, where we've found a fantastic selection of restaurants, cafes, pubs and quaint neighbourhood eateries for you to try.
Behind all of Sai Ying Pun’s quirky second-hand stores, dried seafood shops and traditional Chinese apartments is an area brimming with a huge range of options for your dining delight. Whatever kind of cuisine you’re in the mood for you, won’t have to go far to feel satisfied in Sai Ying Pun.
Head to Krua Walaiphan, a Thai restaurant opened by Chefs Walaiphan Hanyut and Renee Dancel, both formerly of Chachawan, if you’re looking for authentic Thai food. Many items on the menu are similar to those found at Chachawan, and they offer a great-value weekday lunch and weekend brunch menu.
Thai On High has called High Street home for a number of years and offers a solid range of Thai dishes. Although not as authentic as Krua Walaiphan, it’s a good option for Thai food in this area if you’re not too fussy.
Combining the nostalgia of Hong Kong’s cha chaan tengs with hip and modern decor, Cross Cafe is a popular spot for locals and expats alike. You’ll find all of your typical cha chaan teng fare here, along with a number of novel dishes.
One of the hippest-looking restaurants on Sai Ying Pun’s High Street, Flying Pig Bistro brings together a love of art – courtesy of Hong Kong-based artist Malcolm Golding’s design – and all things pork. But if that’s not your thing, don’t worry. They also do beef and fish burgers, pastas, European breakfast, and a mean Sunday roast.
We love that Sai Ying Pun has added another authentic Taiwanese restaurant (after Yuan is Here – read more below) where we can satisfying our cravings without a flight being involved. Qing Zuo is located along the escalators, between High Street and Bonham, and has a decent amount of seats, but you’ll likely still be queuing at peak times. The braised pork rice bowl is fantastic, and they also offer a large selection of hot and cold beverages to wash all that deliciousness down.
Ollies does comfort food and casual vibes in equally good doses. They’re a fan of big portions, so it’s great for dining with families and those who like to share. Chase away the Monday (and Tuesday!) blues with their ‘Special Steak Night’ and dig into a sizzling cut of meat, sides, and a glass of red wine for just HK$198.
Craft Brew & Co. make it clear that their passion is craft beer (“No Carlsberg. No Stella. No San Miguel.”) and they hold tasting sessions to get you better acquainted with their special brews. Pair a pint with some pub food, like grilled artisan sausages and perfectly fried chips.
With its sleek interior design, Sup1 is a great option for dinner and drinks. Their menu is a bit of a mixed bag, including French, Chinese and Japanese, but that just means you’re bound to find something to suit your tastebuds.
If you’re craving noodles, head on over to High Street Cart Noodles to get your fix. As the name suggests, this small shop serves up customisable noodle dishes where you get to choose everything from the broth and noodles, to the toppings and sides.
Aptly named High Street Grill serves up wholesome brunches and dinners in a welcoming environment. The set up is ideal for the whole family and includes a kid’s menu.
Metropolitain is a much-loved staple in Sai Ying Pun. The classic yet modern surroundings make it the perfect spot to enjoy your favourite homely French dishes in style.
Since there seems to be a Jaspas everywhere you turn, it’s no surprise that there’s one in Sai Ying Pun. While Jaspas wouldn’t exactly be our first choice for food, we might make an exception on Monday and Tuesday night’s thanks to their buy one get one free dinners.
Pizzeria Italia has a great range of pizzas available, and they make a mighty good home-made tomato sauce. The ingredients used are fresh, and the results are delicious.
If you are looking for some authentic Italian cuisine, you must try the family run Trattoria Caffe Monteverdi. They offer a range of homemade pasta dishes (including gnocchi!), and serve them up in their rustic inn-like setting.
Uncle Padak is one of the many Korean fried chicken joints that have been popping up around Hong Kong in recent years. And there’s really only one thing on the menu: fried chicken. The plates are huge, the chicken is incredibly crispy, and you can choose from a variety of flavors with some non-chicken Korean side dishes like kimchi and ddukbokki.
The third Castelo Concepts restaurant on High Street is St. Barts. This casual and bright restaurant serves up a range of cuisines (similar to most of their other restaurants), so you’re bound to find something you like on the menu. They also serve a solid breakfast if you’re looking to grab a quick bite before work or are in the mood for a lazy weekend brunch.
You may have trouble finding the tucked-away Fish School, but it’ll be worth it if you’re a fan of all things under the sea. They serve the freshest fish, primarily sourced from small, family-owned fishing boats right here in Hong Kong.
One of our favorite places to eat on Third Street is Yuan is Here. This Taiwanese restaurant serves up an insanely good bowl of braised pork rice. Be sure to arrive early (or late) to avoid the queue.
Potato Head features 750sq m of space offering shopping, music, and what you came here for – food. While away the hours with casual eats and cocktails at the all-day cafe and bar, or dig into a sumptuous brunch against a gorgeous backdrop at Indonesian restaurant Kaum.
“Back to tapas” is the motto at Chico Chica, a cozy and bright tapas restaurant. The menu is simple, focusing on – you guessed it – tapas, making it a great group dinner option.
Stack has shied away from their initial offering of exotic pancakes piled high with everything from pulled pork to fresh cod. The menu has branched out to include more mains and appetisers of the non-pancake variety, but you can still get your fix at brunch, particularly with the ‘Granny Pancake’ – drowned in butter, maple syrup, chopped almonds and ice cream.
In need of a caffeine fix? The Hideout Coffee House is your answer. They have a few seats on the main floor overlooking Centre Street if you’re wanting to people-watch while enjoying your flat white. Otherwise, there’s more seating on their second floor. The Hideout Coffee House also serves a selection of snacks and main dishes.
If you are in the mood for some hot pot, you can’t do better than Together Pot, a local restaurant that’s been around for over ten years. Utilising a huge range of local products, you can tailor make your meal for a perfect Cantonese feast.
Although the interior could use an upgrade, we can’t really complain when a massive (no, literally – it’s huge) bowl of noodles costs only HK$47. Noodies has a range of Southeast Asian noodles on the menu that are all customisable. This place is perfect for a quick meal when you’re on your own or for takeaway.
You may have seen La Rotisserie in Wan Chai or Sheung Wan, but they have a bustling outlet in Sai Ying Pun too. Specialising in French-style rotisserie chicken, they offer dine in and take-away options for both lunch and dinner.
After sampling all of the amazing food in the area, you may be in need of a cleanse. Thankfully, Genie Juicery has you covered. Their store makes a selection of fresh, cold-pressed juices and delicious smoothies, along with a variety of raw and organic meals and snacks.
LN Fortunate Coffee is a large cafe with plenty of natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Aside from their coffee, vegetarians will be happy to know that the food menu is all veggie and vegan.
Quarter Master is carnivore central, with burgers and steak sourced next door from its butchery, Bones & Blades. The meat here is top-notch, imported from family-owned farms where cattle is raised free of growth hormones, pesticides or pollutants.
Recently opened Second Street Comfort Food & Bar has a spacious ground-level dining area that offers various Western dishes. We recommend coming here for brunch (only HK$98 for all dishes) or for their all-day happy hour (from 12:30 pm – 9:00 pm) and cheap cocktails (all at HK$68).
If you’re craving Mexican, pop into Taco Chaca for some on-the-fly nachos, burritos, and, obviously, tacos. Don’t expect anything fancy here – you’ll be wiping the salsa off your face while perched on a metal stool in a small locale – but it sure does hit the spot.
Formerly a ping-pong hall, Ping Pong 129 is our go-to bar in Sai Ying Pun. Its has lofty ceilings coupled with excellent interior design, including a neon sign behind the bar (that translates to Train Your Body) and a fun Chen Fei painting on the wall. This Spanish Gintoneria serves a range of different gins from Spain and throughout the world.
You’ve likely seen Polygon Cafe pop up on your Instagram feed recently and for good reason. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, and serve Intelligentsia Coffee and a range of custom tea blends.
Tucked away in an alleyway off First Street is where you’ll find Electric Ave. This burger joint may be small, but it has a tonne of character. The burgers are huge and they’ve experimented with some fun ingredient combinations that will leave your hands messy and belly full.
Coffee by Zion is another minimal and modern designed cafe. The interior is welcoming and offers a decent amount of tables to sit at if you’re looking to relax and enjoy your coffee with something a bit more substantial (English breakfast, anyone?).
Burger Guys is a fuss-free, simple, and cheap burger shop. The burgers are incredibly good value (a cheeseburger is only HK$47!) and are made right in front of you while you wait. The catch? There’s only a handful of seats outside, so this place is best for takeaway.
Ba Yi is considered a hidden gem for lamb lovers. This Xinjiang Michelin-recognised restaurant is known for its traditional stewed lamb, roast leg and mutton skewers, with most of the meat imported from Xinjiang in northwest China.
Instagrammer’s take note: Chau Kee’s famous French toast with salted egg filling should be on your feed (and in your belly). It’s delicious, and you’ll inevitably find yourself, along with the other snap-happy diners in the restaurant, capturing the sight of the gooey filling gushing out of the crispy bread as you slice into it.
Club Bonito serves up a range of wine and tapas. Get comfortable in their cosy surroundings, and enjoy their signature iberico ham selection.
Fuk Sau Lane
BlackSalt serves up delicious Asian fusion dishes and offers a fantastic laid back brunch. The loft area upstairs is great for private outings and the intimate downstairs contributes to a fun, casual vibe with fellow diners. Expect masalas, sambals and scrumptious home-made chutneys; you’ll be ordering extra roti to scoop it all up.
Locofama strives to use local, organic produce and hopes to inspire its patrons with this healthy way of living. The restaurant is large in size, and it’s nice to sit in their lovely alfresco area when the sun is shining. They also sell a range of organic products through their café.
Queen’s Road West
Okra Kitchen is a casual izakaya with cool music (they feature their Spotify playlist on their website if you want to check in advance to see if your tastes will be offended) and delectable sharing plates prepared with Japanese precision. Get a seat at the long bar in front of the chefs to see them work their magic.
Formerly housed in LKF, Va Bene has set up shop in the Soho 189 building (right beside La Paloma), still serving the usual Italian dishes you love like thin crust pizza and homemade ravioli.
La Paloma calls itself a “sexy tapas bar”. The lively venue serves roast suckling pig made in the “Asador”, a traditional clay oven, and a variety of large paellas. The dining area is large and colorful, perfect for a fun date night or get together with friends.
Quick to become a local favorite, Winston’s Coffee brings together caffeine-lovers over lattes and espresso martinis. If you can’t find a seat in the small space inside, many just take their drinks outdoors to enjoy.
If you are searching for a fully vegetarian restaurant in the area, then Po Lin Yuen is where you want to go. With a huge range of vegetarian dim sum, as well as a large selection of main dishes, all of their food is super-fresh and made with love.
Hidden along David Lane, just off Centre Street, lies Mr. S. Y. Punti, a hip new “local” diner. The dishes here are a fusion between typical local and western ingredients, giving everything a unique twist and the interior design is a minimalist’s dream.
Yuen Kee Dessert is an old school, authentic Hong Kong dessert place. If it’s packed with locals, it must be good, but find out for yourself by going all out and trying a little bit of everything. Favourites are the egg sponge cake and sweet walnut cream soup, washed down with a variety of warm teas.
Keen to try more local restaurants? Check out our guide to eating like a local in Sheung Wan (when you’re an expat) and this guide to iconic Hong Kong street food.
Connaught Road West
Fresh and healthy eating in a bright and welcoming space, The Elephas is situated inside the Warrior Academy, and definitely has a community feel to it. The salads will knock your socks off and they’re serious about coffee too. Try their signature blend composed of beans from India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Test Kitchen presents a unique food experience where no two nights are the same. The dining venue showcases global guest chefs and their culinary talents to hungry diners, who in turn give feedback after happily chowing down. The spacious open kitchen setting means you’re just steps away from an up-and-coming chef slicing and dicing your next dish.
Tucked away in the corner of a building, STEAM Cafe is a tiny cafe with a solid drink menu. If you’re looking to try something different, we recommend the comforting coconut latte.
For healthy drinks and dishes, try Opendoor Café. They also serve up a selection of yummy smoothies and super smoothies for that extra health boost. Their welcoming, interior also acts as a gallery, with art rotating monthly.
Eat, Explore, Enjoy!
We cover more restaurants in this part of Hong Kong in our Kennedy Town & Shek Tong Tsui guides.
thisgirlabroad is a Canadian expat who found herself packing her life up in the Great White North to move to a city filled with skyscrapers, dim sum, and 7-Eleven’s. She’s been living, loving, and eating her way through Hong Kong for the past four years without any plans to slow down. Between working full time, managing her blog, and freelance writing, you’ll likely find her with a strong cup of coffee in one hand and a jar of crunchy peanut butter in the other.