The neighbourhood in the spotlight this month is Sai Ying Pun, a residential area with a strong historical vibe, or to be more accurate, a sense of the old and new. I remember when this area was full of industry, car mechanics and shops selling scrap metal and other sturdy useful items!
The MTR arrival last year has really revitalised the area, with more people looking to live in this hispter neighbourhood. Brand new developments have already started to line the streets, but plenty of traditional properties remain helping to keep the charm this West-side neighbourhood is famous for. I particularly love admiring the old Tong Laus (pre-war architecture style properties) and visiting the small local stores.
- The Upton – Newly completed in 2015, this modern block is situated on the waterfront of North West, so most of the units compromise great harbour views!
- Island Crest– So convenient, there is a Market Place supermarket downstairs, just 2-minute walk to Centre Street escalator, and you can get to Sai Ying Pun station in just 4 minutes.
- Soho189– Excellent facilities including a pool, BBQ area and gymnasium.
- Fook On Building – An old building with big windows giving it a loft style feel
- The Summa- has a well-equipped clubhouse, and is very close to Hong Kong University station
Shopping? Yes please!
Although a new on the up area, Sai Ying Pun already has lots of shops stocking everything you could need. It’s all about heading to the wet market and the small local stores, although supermarket chains like Market Place by Jasons and Wellcome always come in handy. Here’s a few my team recommend:
Spice Box Organics- This shop stocks over 300 organic items from local farms, from a variety of spices to healthy herbal supplements, tea and cooking oils. Indian snacks are also available.
Address: 72 Third Street, G/F, Shop K, Fook Moon Bldg, Sai Ying Pun
Sips- Are you a beer hound?! Here you’ll find a huge range of beers from across the globe.
Address: Unit 5, G/F, Island Crest, 8 First Street, Sai Ying Pun
Bikeaholic- Be ready to drool over the fancy bikes they stock here, also good for sourcing bike parts and other bits.
Address: G/F, No. 1, Leung I Fong, Sai Ying Pun
Books & Co. (Coffee. Book)- Rummage through the second hand books, and stop for a coffee.
Address: 10 Park Road, Mid-levels
Where to Eat?
Or where not to eat is the question! There are so many choices available, I haven’t been to all of these but I’m planning on it very soon!
Locofama: A restaurant that helps you sustain a healthy lifestyle, even if you dine out quite often. They offer nutritional organic bites and source fresh fruits and vegetables that are free of pesticides and chemicals. There are also vegan and carb-free dishes!
Address: G/F, 9-13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun
Thai on the High: Only for those that like their Thai food with tongue-numbing spices! sounds like the idea for a chilled weekend dinner. Highlights include pad Thai, pad see eaw and the grilled beef tenderloin salad.
Address: Kam Lun Mansion, 39-41 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
High Street Grill: A chilled-out place that is a perfect for spending your evenings after work with friends and family.
Address: G/F, Hang Sing Mansion, 48-78 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
Metropolitan – Providing French cuisine with a home-style touch. Besides the delicious food, the friendly service and nice French-themed artwork make it an enjoyable spot.
Address: Aspen Court, 46 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
Do you know any secrets about SYP. Let us know if you do!
Have a great week everyone