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