When it’s time to blow off a bit of steam, Wan Chai, Lan Kwai Fong, and Soho are likely the spots that spring to mind. Yet, if you’re eager to experience new bars and restaurants, Sai Ying Pun may soon become your new favorite district. Just a ten-minute walk from theDesk’s Sai Wan location, Sai Ying Pun is handy for both a quick lunch and post-work drinks. Here are our five favorite hideouts for you and your colleagues to check out.
1. Yuan Is Here
On a narrow, hilly street in Sai Ying Pun, there’s a tiny restaurant that you’d likely miss if you weren’t paying close attention. The minute you walk in, it feels like you’ve been transported to 20th century Taiwan. The wooden walls are plastered with vintage posters, old train tickets, and classic signage.
Yuan Is Here serves authentic Taiwanese and will satisfy your cravings for braised pork rice, oyster omelette, different varieties of bubble teas as well as the infamous bun – gua bao. The daily queue outside the restaurant is all the evidence you need to prove how delicious the food is.
- Hours: 11am – 10pm (closed Mondays)
- Venue: 73 Third Street
- More: facebook.com/pages/Yuan-is-Here
2. Winston’s Coffee
- Hours: 7am – 11pm (closes at 6pm on Monday)
- Venue: Shop 4, 213 Queen’s Road West
- Web: www.winstonscoffee.com
3. Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria
- Hours: 6pm – 11pm
- Venue: L/G Nam Cheong House, 129 Second Street
- More: www.pingpong129.com
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4. Potato Head
The name Potato Head rings a bell for all Toy Story fans. Though to Sai Ying Pun natives, it means something a little different. It represents tempting Indonesian food, heavenly drinks, and an imaginary escape to the stunning island of Bali. Your tropical soul will be set free here.
Not only is Potato Head a restaurant with a spectacular interior, it’s also full of Southeast Asian creativity and the hidden bar at the back will be sure to provide you with a new insight into both music and art.
- Hours: 12noon – 11pm (opens at 11am on Weekends and not until 6pm on Monday)
- Venue: G/F, 100 Third Street
- More: www.ptthead.com
5. Brut! by Pata Negra House
If Asian food and drink aren’t your cup of tea, let’s go further afield on the world map to Spain. This newly opened spot in Sai Ying Pun pledges to provide a brand-new dining experience with its delicate tapas and carefully crafted organic wines.
The two founders are well-experienced cooks who’ve previously worked alongside world-renowned chefs including Michelin Star holder, Lise Deveix. It’s guaranteed to be a gastronomic experience you’ll never forget.
- Hours: 5pm – 11pm (closed on Sundays)
- Venue: Shop C, G/F, 1 Second Street
- More: www.brut.com.hk
The 5 spots above are just a taster of what’s available in the upcoming neighborhood of Sai Ying Pun. There are many more amazing places waiting for you to explore, so next time you need to take a breather from hustle and bustle of theDesk remember – Sai Ying Pun is right on your doorstep!
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