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The best restaurants in Sai Ying Pun

Eat your way through the world’s cuisine in this trendy neighbourhood

Written by
Olivia Lai
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Arguments can be made that Sai Ying Pun is on its way dethroning Sheung Wan as Hong Kong’s trendiest neighbourhood, with a helping hand from its growing community of hip cafés and art galleries. But it’s the diversifying range of restaurants that truly make SYP shine. From outstanding Balinese cuisine to a pancake joint, you’ll never go hungry when you’re in Sai Ying Pun.

The best restaurants in Sai Ying Pun

BlackSalt
  • Restaurants
  • Sai Ying Pun
  • price 3 of 4

If you manage to bag a reservation at this tiny, popular spot, you'll be taken on a gastronomic journey through the Indian sub-continent. The food here boasts influences from West-Indies, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Goa and Sri Lanka. Try the camembert masala for a truly indulgent dish or the Kathmandu mos - BlackSalt's take on Nepalese momos. 

Electric Ave
  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • Sai Ying Pun
  • price 2 of 4

This neighbourhood burger joint delivers some of the best burgers in town. The small but colourful corner space has just three patties on the menu, with a few other extras that rotate and change regularly. The fries here are excellent, ranging from ones dusted with rosemary to handcut chips with bone marrow. Rock on down as soon as you can. 

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Flying Pig Bistro
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Sai Ying Pun
  • price 2 of 4

A trendy eatery that offers pan-European cuisine focused on roasted meats – though not neglecting a good mix of salads, starters, pastas and burgers – Flying Pig Bistro is a top-notch spot for some hearty, protein-packed portions. Designed by local artist Malcolm Golding, the interiors are made up of a combination of recycled pallets with metallic elements, creating an urban warehouse vibe. Satisfying for both the eyes and the stomach. 

Fish School
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Sai Ying Pun
  • price 3 of 4

With a mission to source the freshest seafood from local sources, the restauranteurs at Fish School are reinterpreting how local produce can be prepared and plated. With its swish contemporary setting, sample from a menu that includes the likes of lobster popcorn and enjoy a new seafood experience. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Indonesian
  • Sai Ying Pun

The Hong Kong outpost of the renowned Balinese beach club and restaurant, Potato Head offers some authentic Balinese cuisine inside a chilled out venue that feels far removed from the construction-riddled streets of Sai Ying Pun outside. Tuck into classics like gado gado kaum, beef rendang and nasi goreng, paired with a selection of signature sustainable cocktails. The restaurant also sports a not-so-hidden music room for some vinyl record listening experience. 

Krua Walaiphan
  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Sai Ying Pun

You can taste top-notch Thai food without going all the way to Kowloon City at Krua Walaiphan. Established by two former employees of Chachawan, this modest joint features a small semi-open kitchen with a fairly large, casual space where diners can chow down on dishes likes lap moo, pad see ew and some authentic creamy Thai curry. Perfect for summer.

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La Paloma
  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Sai Ying Pun

Finding good Spanish food here in Hong Kong – at least the kind that’s not too high end – can be tough, but La Paloma treats diners to great, wallet-friendly Spanish fare. It should come as no surprise that there’s a lot of tapas on the menu. Take your pick from chrorizo, jamon Iberico and tortillas before ordering up mains like paella and cochinillo grilled in the restaurant's authentic Spanish clay oven.

Stack
  • Bars and pubs
  • Sai Ying Pun

This funky little SYP corner spot dishes up sweet and savoury pancake ‘tapas’ paired with original cocktails. The menu is simple and creative: eight pancakes matched with cocktails, plus a handful of sides. Available in both sweet and savoury flavours, the Running Honey is a definite winner that combines succulently fluffy pancakes with honey butter and plenty of honeycomb shards.

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Taco Chaca
  • Restaurants
  • Sai Ying Pun

This taquería plates up the sort of flavours you’d get from a taco truck on the West Coast or a family-run stand somewhere in southern Texas. It’s casual, affordable and exists purely to serve mouth-watering Mexican snacks. Here, you can order up all kinds of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and enchiladas, as well as nachos. The specialty fries include chilli cheese, chipotle and Papa al Horno (bacon bits with caramelized onion and jalapeños) and should not be missed. 

Uncle Padak
  • Restaurants
  • Sai Ying Pun

Craving some fried chicken that’s not KFC? This Korean fried chicken and beer hole-in-the-wall joint should do the trick. There are a few flavours to pick from: spicy, ranch, barbecue, sweet and spicy, soy and spicy soy. If you can’t make up your mind, just go for the half and half option. Whatever you select, it’s all delicious. For sides, the rice balls and egg rolls are popular choices, and there’s even ramen if you’re in need of some carbs. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Sai Ying Pun

Yuen Kee is a trusted old name when it comes to traditional Hong Kong desserts. Visit for their signature sang ji sheung sweet soup (mulberry mistletoe and lotus seed), almond soup and walnut soup. You can add extra lotus seeds and eggs to any of the desserts but remember to save space for the famous egg sponge cake, which is delightfully light.

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