Tai Ping Shan
The Popsy Room
30 Upper Lascar Row, Tai Ping Shan
RISD graduate Jennifer Chung spent her childhood in Hong Kong and Toronto, and began her career as a designer in Paris. The Popsy Room is her experimental art space, which is situated among the galleries and antique dealers on Upper Lascar Row, known as Cat Street. The Popsy Room hosts varied rotating exhibitions that highlight everything from painting and photography to design, sculpture, and music. It also serves as a home for collaborations, workshops and pop-ups—plus a dining space.
206 Hollywood Rd., Tai Ping Shan
Chachawan serves up Thai food in a modern-yet-rustic, super-cool space, with colorful murals on the walls that give it an elevated street-art vibe, and an open kitchen behind the bar. Chef Adam Lee Cliff and restaurateur Yenn Wong run this hotspot for northeastern-Thailand-inspired Isaan cuisine—a rarity compared to the usual/ubiquitous Thai fare in HK. Their dishes are vetted to be authentic, meaning they do not hold back on spice; be sure to make a special request for milder seasoning if breathing fire isn’t your jam.
72 Po Hing Fong, Tai Ping Shan
Nestled in the hipster-bait Sheung Wan neighborhood, this restaurant serves up a unique mélange of French and Japanese cuisine. The outdoor seating is more casual and self-serve—get a table indoors for the full experience. Open for breakfast, afternoon tea, and lunch, their savory sandwiches are delicious—the steak sandwich and B.E.L.T. are popular go-tos—each of which comes on fluffy, springy bread, fresh-baked hot out of the oven next door at their sister spot, incredible Japanese/French hybrid bakery Po’s Atelier. Better yet: Everything is made with fresh, in-season ingredients.