Art & Lifestyle

Neighbourhood Guide: Sheung Wan

With its eclecticism and cult eateries, Sheung Wan is one of our favourite Hong Kong neighbourhoods. Here’s our list of the best places to eat, shop and see (but mostly eat) 

by Dervla Louli

19 Jun 2019

Eat

Grassroots Pantry

The brainchild of Chef Peggy Chan, this plant-based restaurant’s famous Turmeric Chai Lattes and Cinnamon Rolls are legendary. It fills up fast for lunch and dinner so head there for breakfast on the weekend and try the tofu scramble, acai bowl and chocolate berry smoothie before the afternoon rush.

108, Hollywood Road

Dandy’s Organic Café

Chef and owner Vivi’s healthy and satisfying dishes have made her trendy mural-filled café a popular lunch and dinner spot. The avocado chicken salad with pesto dressing, fish collagen vegetable broth, and green vegan curry are a few must-try items. The shelves are stocked with gluten-free pasta, homemade dressings and health-food products that you can buy and take home too.

32 Upper Lascar Row

Man Mo Dim Sum

This contemporary Dim Sum restaurant brought a Din Tai Fung Master and Robuchon Sous Chef together to create a Chinoiserie-esque food experience in the form of small dumplings full of flavour. The décor is intriguing, the drinks are top notch, and each little morsel will have you coming back for seconds and thirds.

40 Upper Lascar Row

18 Grams

No neighbourhood list is complete without a strong coffee contender, and 18 Grams hits the spot. The world-class barista serves up beautiful locally-roasted beans in every style imaginable. The cold brew bottle is particularly impressive and is a perfect afternoon pick me up.

77 Wing Lok Street

Yardbird

Founders Lindsay Jang and Matt Abbergal have created one of Hong Kong’s most famous restaurants that specialises in Yakitori chicken. Nothing goes to waste here, and every piece of the bird is marinated, spiced, grilled and skewered perfectly for anticipatory diners. The KFC (Korean Fried Cauliflower), Sweetcorn Tempura and Cucumber Salad are a hit with veggie lovers, and the Sake served with a smile always goes down a treat, as does the ice-cream sandwich. You can’t book a table, and the wait is long but worth it so show up early to get a seat.

154-158 Wing Lok Street

Oddies Foodies

The most Instagrammable spot in Sheung Wan is this egg-waffle ice-cream sundae joint complete with a Pepto-Bismol pink wall. The signature Night Wolf features Nutella-filled ‘eggettes’ atop low-fat Italian gelato, chocolate syrup and passion fruit pannacotta. Sounds random, tastes delicious.

45 Gough Street

Shop

Cat Street Curiosities

Upper Lascar Row (also known as Cat Street) is the perfect place to pick up handicrafts like rose quartz jade rollers, real and replica Ming dynasty antiques, light fixtures, Cultural Revolution memorabilia and other second-hand items. If you have a good eye, you will stumble across some interesting ornaments, either for gifts or for your home.

Upper Lascar Row/Cat Street

See

Man Mo Temple

Donate dollars for incense and pay your respects to the God of Literature in one of the oldest and most photographed temples in Hong Kong. Taking in the Qing Dynasty architecture in this spiritual spot is a great way to relax in one of the busiest cities in the world.

124-126 Hollywood Road

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