Sai Ying Pun, the hottest area in town these days following the opening of its own MTR station, is a foodie haven you do not want to miss! In this drool-worthy Little Steps Family Dining Guide to Sai Ying Pun, we have tracked down the best gems in town, from hidden to popular, from fine-dining restaurants to cozy cafes, and from Taiwanese to French cuisines. Eat up!
Step back in time with the gang at Kam Kee Cafe. Opened in 1967 in Shau Kei Wan, the traditional cha chaan teng relocated to Sai Ying Pun in 2013. Kids will love the vintage vibe reminiscent of old Hong Kong, complete with retro green and white tile flooring, old newspapers, and plastic containers. Help yourselves to milk tea, puffy egg tarts, french toast or borsch soup, all Hong Kong style.
Kam Kee Cafe, G/F, 213 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2254 2010, www.kamkeecafe.com
Knock knock, Yuan is here! Who's Yuan? A hip Taiwanese restaurant thats who! Feast under the light boxes found in Taiwan food markets, with authentic Taiwanese street food including bubble tea, minced pork rice and salt & pepper chicken. Yum! Little Steps tip: Yuan often attracts a long queue, so during the wait, bring the wee ones over to the wet market a block away for an experience to remember!
Sitting next to each other, Grassroots Pantry and Prune are two boutique cafes serving organic and wholesome plant-based dishes, helmed by Peggy Chan. Snap up ready-to-eat meals for busy-bodied parents, or grab an outdoor table with your bub and enjoy a selection of hot meals including soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods. They have plenty of vegan, raw and gluten-free foods, and also run cooking classes and fun and educational workshops.
Grassroots Pantry, 12 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, 2873 3353, www.grassrootspantry.com
Prune, 14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2873 3353, www.prunedeliworkshop.com
Conveniently located across the street from Grassroots Pantry, this quaint restaurant and health food store is adding to the neighborhood's organic food trend. The food here is what organic food should be: hearty, healthy and not frighteningly expensive. See all the cooking action through the open kitchen too! Click here to check out Little Steps' adventure to Locofama!
Locofama, G/F, 9-13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2547 7668, www.locofama.com
Your wellness conscious fam will love The Awakening, a new eatery that serves up high quality meals created from ingredients as close to their original state as possible. The delightful seasonal menu includes salads, pastas and fish to name a few. Everything is made with the finest ingredients, with the likes of Himalayan pink salt, extra virgin olive oil, clarified butter, nut oils, grass-fed beef and cage-free eggs. Click here to check out Little Steps' adventure to The Awakening!
The Awakening, G/F, 1-6 Ying Wa Terrace, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2858 0005, www.theawakeninghk.com
Cupcakes, cookies and treats galore! Eat My Cakes by Pastry chef Charcoal Chu is the hidden gem in Sai Ying Pun, but the word is quickly spreading. The layered Rich Valrhona chocolate cake is as sweet as your kiddo, and for something as sinfully delicious, go for the Death by Chocolate cupcake. You can take your pick from the selection and pack it to go, or sit down for a slice a couple of doors down at Corner Cafe.
Eat My Cakes, 21 Western Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 3480 8842, www.eatmycakes.com.hk
Corner Cafe, 56 Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 3480 8836, Facebook Page
For some gourmet Thai food to whet your appetite, make a beeline to Thai on High. Offering exotic Thai street food dine-in and takeaway, this cool kitchen has curry, noodles, soup, dessert, and lunch boxes options. Bold parents can opt for the spicy Tom Yum Noodle (as pictured), while Pad Thai and Mango Sticky Rice will be the kiddies' fave. Lazy bums? Order online!
Thai on High, 39-41 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2858 7380, www.thaionhigh.com.hk
Brought to you by the same team behind FoFo by el Willy, La Paloma is a modern tapas bar and restaurant ideal for large groups and families. Little ones will have their eyes glued to the open kitchen where the Chefs cook a traditional paella up close, or take a table on the outdoor patio for some good ole' people watching. Parents can sip on Spanish beer or sherry, and spoil little ones with Nutella chocolate brioche buns.
La Paloma, 1 Floor, 189 Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2291 6161, www.elwillygroup.com/en/venues/la-paloma
Originally standing on Bonham Road, the half-century old Czarina 1964 is nicknamed as the canteen of HKU staff and students due to its proximity to the university. The Russian steakhouse has recently reopened its doors in Sai Ying Pun, bringing back the Hong Kong style borscht, sizzling steaks, and beef goulash loved by all. Choose a cosy booth, and start digging! Little Steps tip: wow the kiddo with a Baked Alaska!
Czarina 1964, 50 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2540 2874, Facebook Page
U-Hang is the result of Korean meets American street food. Discover the brand new dining concept by sampling funky and vibrant dishes infused with traditional Korean ingredients like Kimchi Pork Eggs Benedict, U-Hang Burger with kimchi mayo, or the Bulgogi Beef Tacos. Sweet tooth? Order the Sweet Korean Pancake with honey and walnuts.
U-Hang, Shop 6 & 6A, 58-60 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2549 6788, www.uhang.hk
Enjoy homely French fare at Metropolitain. Modeled after the iconic metro stations of Paris, the casual French bistro boasts a rustic vibe with wrought iron gates and high ceilings. The large vintage map of Paris on the wall will surely catch your curious kiddo's eye. Indulge in signatures like beef tartare, onion soup, nicoise salad and more!
Metropolitain, GF, 46 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 6271 6102, www.french-creations.com/metropolitain
For parents craving some spice in their life, look no further than Spice Box Organics, Hong Kong’s first all-organic specialty food store. The shop stocks over 800 products including spices and spiceblends, a wide range of gluten-free products, vegan products, "Tulsi" teas, fresh local vegetables and herbs, superfoods, and many more. There are also a wide selection of eco-friendly cleaning and body products, and herbal supplements.
Spice Box Organics, 72 Third Street, G/F, Shop K, Fook Moon Bldg, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2568 2728 / 2568 2738, www.spiceboxorganics.com
*Ping Pong Gintonería - hip Spanish gin & tonic
*Ping Kee Thai Restaurant - authentic Thai fare
*Glow - quaint seafood restaurant
*4-2nd Pizza - Oven-hot pizzas
*BBQ and BBQ Teppanyaki - skewer, nibbles and cheap beer
*Beans & Dough - cafe, bakery, homemade pizza
*La Rotisserie - Now-famous French roasted chicken + delish sides to go
*Light - Vegetarian and vegan restaurant, great black bean burger
*Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard - Excellent coffee, snacks + toys for kids!
*Uncle Padadak - Korean fried chicken
*Craft Brew - fun Sunday hangout (babes included)
*Sup 1 - Oysters everywhere
*La Voila - fancy date night
*Pizzaria Italia - always a hit!
*Stack Concepts - cool date night hub
Explore what's there to play, learn and shop here at the Little Steps Family Guide to Sai Ying Pun!
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