Sap Sann cafe review: Japanese-style sweet house serves aesthetic desserts fit for Instagram, in Hong Kong’s New Brooklyn

Jojo Yuen
  • Sham Shui Po, one of the top three coolest neighbourhoods in the world, is home to this Insta-worthy eatery
  • The minimalist interior and simple furniture are good reminders to slow down
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Sap Sann cafe

Sap Sann G/F, 2 Wong Chuk Street, Sham Shui Po Instagram: @sap.sann
Grub: Cute Japanese-style light meals and desserts
Vibe: Sap Sann is a rare Japanese homestyle cafe in Sham Shui Po. Once inside, we forgot our worries and were able to focus on the food in front of us, free from any distractions other than the tempting plates of treats to choose from.

The serene interior, decorated with modest wooden furniture and minimalist plates and cups, acts as a great reminder to slow down, mull life, and live in the moment.

We definitely appreciated the fine details and beauty of this restaurant.
Who to take: Sap Sann has minimal space and scarce seating, but its small, homey feel makes it a great place for a date, or a catch-up with the closest members of your squad. There are small tables that seat a pair, and four-person tatami coffee tables to accommodate slightly larger groups.
What’s hot: While they have a limited selection of food and beverages, they specialise in every single one.

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The Sap San Toast (HK$72) is the most popular dish with its savoury and rich egg custard. The Caramel Egg Pudding (HK$38) stands out too; this photogenic, thick, full-flavoured dessert comes with caramel syrup and a cherry on top.

Finally, be sure not to miss the Kinako Brown Sugar Soymilk (HK$45), topped with mochi. We also suggest checking out their variety of home-made caneles, cakes and tiramisu.

As a bonus, Sap Sann welcomes dogs and cats, so Fido can take a break after a long, relaxing stroll, and you can dogwatch to your heart’s content.

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What’s not: Sap Sann is on Wong Chuk Street in Sham Shui Po, a district some are calling the “New Brooklyn”. It’s flooded with foodies and bloggers drawn to what was recently named the world’s “third coolest neighbourhood” by Time Out magazine, so expect to queue for a while during peak hours. At least you can keep yourself busy by snapping photos of the old neighbourhood from interesting angles.

Although the restaurant has been open for a few months, it’s still a magnet for Insta mavens who take a while to get the perfect photo – there’s a real chance you’ll be waiting for a table for quite a while.

Beautiful, but way, way too sweet.The Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake (HK$62), while worth hundreds of snaps, is way too sugary and very thickly covered in cream cheese. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you will want to consider other options. Cost: Light treats and desserts are HK$38-HK$72, while drinks range from HK$45-HK$62.

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