If there's one thing we know, it's the best restaurants in Sai Ying Pun. We've eaten our way through this cool little neighbourhood many a time, and here are our top picks
Each neighbourhood in Hong Kong has a slightly different vibe. From Little Thailand in Kowloon City to artsy Sheung Wan and Mong Kok with its pop culture, we love the diversity of The 852. And one very special neighbourhood is home to Honeycombers HQ: SYP! If you’re looking for the best restaurants in Sai Ying Pun, then you’ve come to the right place. Here they are in no particular order for your eating pleasure.
We’ve found the best restaurants in Sai Ying Pun
Featuring some of the tastiest pizzas in town and an uber cool interior, Homeslice is the place to be after-work in Sai Ying Pun. We love the fact that they serve equally good meat-filled and vegan pizzas, all packed with flavour and unique ingredient combos. If we’re looking for something lighter, we go down the salad route and don’t miss those mighty fine katsu sandos for the win.
Read our full review of Homeslice.
Homeslice, Shop 3, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 3819 4026, 西營盤德輔道西321號
This cool and casual izakaya in Sai Ying Pun quickly became the trendiest place to hang when it opened its doors back in 2015. Since then, it’s solidified itself as one of the best Japanese joints in town, serving up delicious small plates, sashimi and an epic omakase menu. Add to that the exquisite natural sakes on offer and you’ve got the perfect night out.
Okra, 110 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2806 1038
3. Feather & Bone Sai Ying Pun
What’s not to love about Feather & Bone? From the perfectly-brewed coffee to the accompanying grocer that stocks some of the best goodies in town, and the all-day restaurant, it’s the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We love the smashed avo toast, the truffle mac and cheese and the bad-ass beef burger most.
Feather & Bone Sai Ying Pun, Shop 1, G/F Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 3705 0280
SYP is known as somewhat of a French enclave, so it makes sense that a mighty fine French restaurant is close by. We can’t get enough of Metropolitain and it’s ridiculously creamy mashed potatoes #heaven. Go for the baked camembert, stay for the lobster linguine and don’t forget to try the tarte tatin.
Metropolitain, Aspen Court, 46 High St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 6271 6102
5. Northern Dumpling Yuan
On the hunt for dumplings in Sai Ying Pun? Northern Dumpling Yuan makes some of the meanest dumps around, and you can either eat them there or take some raw dumplings home to feast on. Whether you’re a veggie or a meaty, you’ll definitely find a delicious dumpling here, and on top of that, the rest of the menu is stellar too. We’re addicted to the spicy cold Sichuan noodles.
Northern Dumpling Yuan, 1 Water Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2549 9001
6. Soo Viet
If cheap and cheerful Vietnamese is your bag, then Soo Viet is where you’re going to want to go. We live for their cold vermicelli and fresh spring rolls, and their lunch sets are great too. Just be warned, it gets busy here quickly, so plan your visit before or after the 1pm rush.
Soo Viet, 247 Des Voeux West, Sai Ying Pun, Western District, Hong Kong, p. 2858 1855, 西環西營盤德輔道西247號地舖
This little restaurant in Sai Ying Pun may be small on size, but it’s definitely big on flavours and heart. A collaboration between the teams from Brut! and BlackSalt, expect tapas-size platters and home-style favourites at this ode to Pondicherry. A curated list of wines and spirits top off this little gem which is the perfect spot for an intimate dinner out.
Pondi, 14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 6556 4253
8. Po Lin Yuen Vegetarian Food
Welcome to veggie paradise! This is your classic Chinese vegetarian joint, with more mock-meat than you can shake a stick at. This is where you can enjoy your sweet and sour “pork”, lemon “chicken” and Buddha’s Delight to your heart’s content. They even have a takeaway nook at the front filled with tasty veggie bites for when you’re on the go.
Po Lin Yuen Vegetarian Food, G/F, 308 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Western District, Hong Kong, p. 2517 1178, 西環西營盤皇后大道西308號地舖
9. Bingaz Street Food
If it’s cheap and cheerful you’re looking for, then look no further than Bingaz Street Food. Inspired by Asia’s obsession with quick and easy street foods, here you’ll find a selection of BBQ foods, soups and noodles all made with love. We love the speed that you get your food here and the friendly service too. It’s a great place for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.
Bingaz Street Food, 64 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2872 6288
10. Taco Chaca
In the mood for some tasty Mexican food? Taco Chaca is here for you with its selection of tacos, nachos, burritos and more. When we’re feeling decadent, we’ll hit up the stuffed cheese platter, featuring jalapenos, capsicums and mozzarella sticks. But when we’re trying to be healthy, it’s all about the Mexican salad life.
Taco Chaca, G/F, 119 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2559 9519, 西環西營盤第二街119號地下
11. Kaum at Potato Head
If you’re as fussy about your interiors as you are with your food, then you’re definitely going to want to head to Kaum at Potato Head. Step into the beautifully designed space and prepare to feast on the flavours of Indonesia. We love the fried prawn and mackerel dumplings, the grilled fish fillet “Jimbaran-style” and the classic mie goreng, but you can rest assured that whatever you order will be fab. P.S. try a bunch of dishes and get your wine on at their weekend brunch.
Kaum at Potato Head, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2858 6066
This trendy little bar/restaurant is the place you want to go for an after-work catch up with friends. Featuring a wonderfully curated selection of wines and drinks, they also offer a range of tapas-like dishes with something for all diets. We love the fact that every time we visit there’s always something new and delicious to try, plus the service is perpetually A++.
Brut!, 11 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 3460 5863
13. Krua Walaiphan
Tasty and authentic Thai food can be hard to come upon on Hong Kong Island, but Krua Walaiphan is here to change this. Helmed by Chef Walaiphan Hanyut, expect flavourful dishes crafted from the freshest ingredients here, plus it’s all MSG-free. Alongside the classic curries, noodles and salads, we love the Chef’s special menu that includes the likes of crispy barramundi fish salad with cashew nuts and lemongrass.
Krua Walaiphan, 29 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2804 1555
14. Home Town Dumpling
Another five-star dumpling spot in SYP is Home Town Dumpling. They make little parcels of love and the price is super reasonable. Surprisingly, the tomato and egg flavoured ones have become some of our faves and the rest of the menu is full of tasty treats too.
Hometown Dumpling, G/F, 418 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Western District, Sai Ying Pun, p. 2803 0887, 西環西營盤皇后大道西418號地下
15. Electric Ave
If burgers are your thing, then there is only one place to visit in Sai Ying Pun, and that’s Electric Ave. This little joint has been pumping out some of the tastiest burgers in town for years now, and we can’t get enough. Besides your classic options, we love the way they play with flavour combos (48-hour Veal Jus and Bacon Burger, anyone?) and that they offer a range of chicken, lamb, pork, fish and veggie options too.
Electric Ave, 301 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2858 8883