Hidden Gems Hong Kong: Po’s Atelier

This drool-inducing bakery in Hong Kong is hidden high on the twisting residential streets of Sheung Wan. For people who like to indulge after a long walk, this modern patisserie is the perfect hidden gem.

What we love

  • Pastries that haunt our dreams
  • Work off calories getting there
  • Friendly expat vibe

Best for

Travellers who like to walk
Long-term travellers who miss Western baking
Foodies of all stripes
People who still eat gluten

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OK, we’re not gonna lie. Po’s Atelier isn’t some little, hidden café we stumbled upon by accident. It’s very popular with expats in Hong Kong and it was popular long before we ever went there. In fact, the first time we went, there was a line out the door.

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Po’s Atelier without the line-up, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

Even so, it’s hidden in the sense that as a casual tourist to Hong Kong, you probably wouldn’t bother going there since it’s so out of the way. We’re here to tell you that you should definitely bother. Lucky for us, we spent weeks staying in our expat friend’s Sheung Wan apartment, so missing a trip to Po’s was out of the question.

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The first time we tried to go, working our way up the steep hills and staircases that are scribbled around much of Hong Kong Island got our blood pumping and our tummies rumbling.

Sadly, it was Monday and Po’s was closed!

The second time was a charm. As we neared the corner where Po’s Atelier sits, we smelled the baking. Oh my god!

It was like we’d climbed to heaven.

What’s So Great About It?

Other than the steep prices (this will be a splurge day for budget travellers), pretty much everything is perfect at Po’s. We started with a delicate pastry cup filled with creamy dark chocolate. I still dream of this delicious treat.

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For our second purchase, we decided to experiment by getting a Danish filled with petit pois. If Po’s Atelier can make peas taste that wonderful, they can do anything.

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You will probably never see Po’s Atelier this empty, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

After lingering over our pastries while watching a fierce game of women’s volleyball at the nearby park, we got back in line and bought a bag full of chocolate croissants and a loaf of bread to take home. They were also exceptional.

Stephen has been back to Hong Kong a few times since then and when he gets there he heads straight to Po’s.

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Bread fans rejoice at Po’s Atelier, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

For anyone who has been longing for some Western-style baking (to cleanse themselves of the curious desserts and spongy breads of Asia) Po’s is a must-do in Hong Kong.

How to Get There

G/F, 62 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

From Sheung Wan station, follow the map linked above, or just keep heading uphill until you smell heavenly baking wafting through the air.

Got a favourite bakery of your own? Or do you know a hot hidden spot in Hong Kong? Let us know in the comments.

3 comments

  1. Pingback: Hidden Gems Hong Kong: Po's Atelier | My Five Acres

  2. Comment by david de Oregon

    david de Oregon Reply June 6, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Hahaha… You guys, taking on all the “jock” things (running up Mt. Everest, biking the Sahara, swimming across Titicaca, etc..-all in one day) –and then taking me to a pastry shop in Hong Kong! I love it.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane June 6, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      What can we say? That’s just how we roll :).

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