Sai Ying Pun, with its vertiginous streets and meandering charm, is bursting with culinary creativity. But let’s be honest. Whilst it does seem to have everything – escalators, its own MTR station, a great wet market, dried seafood, hip boutiques, wellness centres, and stylish cafés and restaurants – it all comes with a pretty price tag, too. So much so that a day spent eating like a foodie tourist here, can feel like you might as well be eating in SoHo.
So, here is our gentrification-proof shortlist of five eateries guaranteed not only to satisfy your hunger in SYP, but also help your wallet from getting too skinny along the way.
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Opendoor Café + Courtyard – Start here, if you like your eggs with a side of art. The eponymous courtyard is bedecked in lively murals. Bonus: The café is pet-friendly, too. Proceed to chill with four-legged friends. G/F 120 Connaught Road West
STEAM Café – Reward yourself with a toothsome salmon bagel, the perfect snack after a stroll through Sun Yat Sen Park. Enjoy the playful latte art while you’re at it, and Instagram your little heart out. 4/F Si Toi Commercial Building, 62 – 63 Queen Street
Noodies – A welcome addition to Hong Kong’s noodle renaissance, iconic Asian noodle soups like Singaporean Laksa and Thai Tom Yum, are served here in Noodies’ signature purple bowls. That’s a cue to unleash your creativity! Mix and match ingredients, as you like. The broths are made with homemade seasoning and are guaranteed MSG-free. Shop E, G/F Fook Moon Building, 56 Third Street
Tulsi & Wine– Indian food that’s out of the ordinary. This place is Michelin-recommended, and with good reason. Try their Mixed Seafood Grill, or the utterly decadent Grilled Oysters – 18 pieces, with 3 different flavours. G/F, 10 – 11 The Bonham Mansion, 63 Bonham Road
Akari– Creamy, fatty tuna, sea urchin from Kogawa in Hokkaido, charred kinmedai with yuzu juice, aromatic flounder frill, grilled ayu fish, abalone, sazae sea snail, and taraba crab. The sake list boasts more than fifty labels. Should we keep going? Shop A, G/F, 3 St. Stephen’s Lane
Crispy Bistro – True to its cheeky name, Crispy Bistro helpfully points out that “stressed” is “desserts” spelled backwards. And with their selection of sweet treats that'll surely end a day of food tripping on a high note. 32 Second Street
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