Sheung Wan Neighborhood Guide

  • Little Bao’s scrumptious baked Mac and Cheese.

    Little Bao’s scrumptious baked Mac and Cheese.

  • Braised pork belly offset by a light sesame salad between two perfect bao buns.

    Braised pork belly offset by a light sesame salad between two perfect bao buns.

  • The short rib dumpling, a non-bao offering from Little Bao.

    The short rib dumpling, a non-bao offering from Little Bao.

  • One of Little Bao’s desserts, a salted ice cream with caramel sandwich.

    One of Little Bao’s desserts, a salted ice cream with caramel sandwich.

  • Shop the overflowing stalls of Cat Street. Photo by Cindy Chan

    Shop the overflowing stalls of Cat Street. Photo by Cindy Chan

  • A Cat Street stall crammed with wares. Photo by Cindy Chan

    A Cat Street stall crammed with wares. Photo by Cindy Chan

  • Uncle Stezo’s stall—look for the green set-up laden with old kung-fu movie posters. Photo by Cindy Chan

    Uncle Stezo’s stall—look for the green set-up laden with old kung-fu movie posters. Photo by Cindy Chan

  • Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road is lined with antique stores. Photo by Cindy Chan

    Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road is lined with antique stores. Photo by Cindy Chan

  • Chocolate chip cookies done in Po’s Atelier’s style.

    Chocolate chip cookies done in Po’s Atelier’s style.

  • Loaves for sale at Po’s Atelier bakery.

    Loaves for sale at Po’s Atelier bakery.

  • Danishes on display at Po’s Atelier bakery.

    Danishes on display at Po’s Atelier bakery.

  • The spread at Po's with photography by its founder, Jonathan Leijonhufvud.

    The spread at Po's with photography by its founder, Jonathan Leijonhufvud.

  • A view from the Sheung Wan subway stop into its bustling core. Photo by Cindy Chan

    A view from the Sheung Wan subway stop into its bustling core. Photo by Cindy Chan

  • Graffiti plastering the stairway up to Cat Street in Sheung Wan. Photo by Cindy Chan

    Graffiti plastering the stairway up to Cat Street in Sheung Wan. Photo by Cindy Chan

  • A barista brewing.

    A barista brewing.

  • The entry sign for Teakha. Photo by Cindy Chan

    The entry sign for Teakha. Photo by Cindy Chan

  • The entrance to Teakha, a tea house off Tai Ping Shan Road. Photo by Cindy Chan

    The entrance to Teakha, a tea house off Tai Ping Shan Road. Photo by Cindy Chan

  • The interior of XXX, a multi-use space that doubles as a gallery and a nightclub.

    The interior of XXX, a multi-use space that doubles as a gallery and a nightclub.

  • XXX kitted out for an art show.

    XXX kitted out for an art show.

  • The neon-drenched entryway down into XXX.

    The neon-drenched entryway down into XXX.

  • Sweet corn tempura.

    Sweet corn tempura.

  • Open-flame grilled chicken rules at Yardbird.

    Open-flame grilled chicken rules at Yardbird.

  • Chicken thigh yakitori from Yardbird.

    Chicken thigh yakitori from Yardbird.

  • Like a proper yakitori restaurant, Yardbird offers up any part of the chicken you would like on a stick.

    Like a proper yakitori restaurant, Yardbird offers up any part of the chicken you would like on a stick.

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Po’s Atelier

The spread at Po's with photography by its founder, Jonathan Leijonhufvud.

The spread at Po’s with photography by its founder, Jonathan Leijonhufvud.

Po’s Atelier offers an alternative to the spongy, white bread buns of Hong Kong bakeries. Hidden away in the PoHo area of southern Sheung Wan—aptly named due to an abundance of streets starting with Po—the bakery occupies the same building where Sun Yet-sen planned the revolution. Hong Kong native Vincent Cheng and Jonathan Leijonhufvud of Sweden have started a revolution of their own with Po’s, one of the rising varietal baking everything from scratch without preservatives or additives, and all done in-house. The duo wanted a space that reflected their design-oriented sensibilities, as Cheng previously work as an art director and Leijonhufvud as a photographer. “We wanted a bright and airy space where we could be inspired by the vicinity,” says Cheng. And their space certainly stands out from neighboring concrete blocks with its minimalist black-and-white décor and sunlight-flooded windows. Find seating in the neighboring Café Deadend, its sister café that serves up 5 Senses Coffee sourced from Australia. Try the oolong tea-infused fig loafs for a nigh religious experience, or pair their danish of the day or a palmier with a cappuccino. They also specialize in sourdough loaves, an uncommon find in the city.

Danishes on display at Po’s Atelier bakery.

Danishes on display at Po’s Atelier bakery.

62 Po Hing Fong; 852-6056/8005; Po’s Atelier; starting from US$5

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