We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to coastal hangouts and Repulse Bay is definitely up there with the best.
Conveniently located on the south coast of Hong Kong Island, Repulse Bay is a long-standing favourite among residents and tourists alike. While the beach might be the main draw, the area has much more to offer than sand and sea. From stocking up on summer essentials to enjoying pizza on the sand, as well as the best happy hour spots, here’s your guide on how best to spend your day at the Bay.
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Editor’s Note: Social distancing regulations are still in place in Hong Kong, so please make sure you follow the latest government advice when out and about.
Where To Shop In Repulse Bay
A great shopping complex to explore while you’re in the area is The Repulse Bay Arcade. It’s right beside the bus terminus and just a short stroll away from the beach. It houses two award-winning restaurants which are excellent choices for a relaxing afternoon tea or romantic dinner date, as well as a gourmet supermarket, day spa and shops galore. Built on the site of the famous Repulse Bay Hotel, visitors can also discover the story behind the Bay through a series of exhibits in the Historical Gallery.
Adventure junkies will already be familiar with Escapade Sports. A one-stop shop for all things sporty, it carries a range of reputable brands that offer a wide selection of sportswear and equipment. Whether you’re into trail running, swimming or yoga, you’ll find everything you need to be on top of your game.
One of our favourite places to hit for fashion is this French boutique store. The simplistically chic and affordable items are perfect for your new summer look.
Looking to throw a beach party with your friends? Mini Party has got you covered. Whether you forgot to bring along paper plates or a candle to top your cake with, your best bet would be to visit this specialised store. Just remember to dispose of your waste responsibly before you leave at the end of the day.
Although your pup may not be allowed on the beach, The Pulse is dog-friendly and one place where they’re especially welcome is The Dog’s Garden. This pet’s paradise is filled with everything you’d need to keep your furry companion happy. The shop also offers grooming and doggy daycare packages, so you can relax on the beach safe in the knowledge that your pooch is getting some relaxed pampering.
What better way to unwind than to get stuck into a good book by the seashore. Luckily for us, this beloved Hong Kong bookstore has a branch down in Repulse. Just remember to top up your sunscreen before getting too engrossed in your new novel!
There’s nothing like a bit of post-meal shopping to help you digest. Luckily, there’s an abundance of places to shop around the area, including board-sports specialists Island Wake. Locally-founded, its shop in The Pulse opened as a pop-up in 2016 and is still going strong four years on. From beach bags to board shorts, you can find all your seaside and summer essentials here.
Where To Eat & Drink In Repulse Bay
Entering the scene in 2019, Sip Song offers a casual and vibrant dining experience. Its classic Thai street food dishes are super fresh and pair perfectly with its selection of summery beverages. The restaurant even caters for canines with its special dog menu! What more could you and your four-legged friend ask for after a day of fun by the sea?
A go-to staple in Hong Kong’s dining scene, Classified is a reliable choice when you’re searching for a bite to eat. With an array of Western favourites on the menu, there is something to satisfy every appetite. We always make sure to ask about the special selection of artisanal cheeses which change every month. It’s also worth noting that the bar does a great happy hour that runs from 5pm to 8pm on weekdays.
This Amalfi Coast-inspired restaurant will transport you straight to Europe with its comprehensive choice of artisan pizzas. Takeaway is also available if you prefer to have your pie on the sand. In contrast to the traditional items on the menu, Amalfitana is pushing boundaries with its drinks selection. There’s nothing like a citrus-infused cocktail to cool you off on a hot day.
Asian eatery Spices has been serving up authentic Eastern dishes since 1987. From Thai-inspired plates to Indian classics, meat lovers will be spoiled for choice. Vegan and vegetarian diners are also catered for with a specialised menu. The luxurious, colonial-style venue boasts a large outdoor seating area – perfect for those long summer nights.
If you’ve got a hankering for innovative fusion food, then look no further than Limewood. The menu here offers a large variety of fresh seafood and BBQ delights. A long-standing Repulse Bay favourite, this restaurant is serving up some serious coastal chic vibes. You’ll certainly feel like you’re on vacay, overlooking the beach with a fruity cocktail in hand. Don’t miss Limewood’s new breakfast offering, available Saturdays and Sundays, from 9am to 11am.
Looking for trendy, local-style eats? Head to Meen & Rice – a casual Cantonese eatery that specialises in modern-day takes on Hong Kong classics. We’re talking noodles, congee, rice and succulent barbecued meats. Located right on the oceanfront promenade, it’s a great place to feast after a long day at the Bay.
What To Do In Repulse Bay
Repulse Bay Beach To Deep Water Bay Walk
It goes without saying that the area’s main attraction is Repulse Bay Beach. So make sure you spend some time on the sand. If you feel like stretching your legs, you can walk over to neighbouring beach Deep Water Bay – after all, two beaches are surely better than one! This gentle stroll offers some beautiful views of the coast and only takes 30 to 40 minutes.
If you’re starting from Deep Water Bay and facing the sea, simply head left along the Seaview Promenade to get to Repulse. Planning on bringing your pup along? Check out our “Neighbour-Hound” Guide video below for our favourite dog-friendly spots!
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your afternoon, head straight to Anastassia’s Art House. Located in The Repulse Bay Arcade, this multi-award winning Russian art academy hosts workshops for adults in everything from watercolour painting to interior design. It even offers party packages for larger groups to enjoy. The best part? You’ll have a lovely souvenir to bring home that you can show off to your friends.
Tin Hau Temple
If you’re keen to soak up some culture as well as some vitamin D, it would be worth checking out this beachside temple. Rumoured to be one of the oldest in Hong Kong, this temple is dedicated to the Chinese Goddess of the Sea who is believed to protect the fishermen and sailors out in the bay. Be sure to also walk across the Longevity Bridge by the temple, which is said to add three days to your life each time you cross.
If the beach is feeling a tad crowded, there’s always the option to go for a little pampering session instead. This award-winning spa offers a whole host of treatments, from your standard massages and facials to bespoke and signature packages. Beautifully decorated in a colonial style with a touch of Moroccan influence, this spa is the perfect spot to get some much needed R&R.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2016 and has most recently been updated in June, 2020.
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Featured image courtesy of Joshua J. Cotten via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of The Repulse Bay Arcade, image 2 courtesy of Excuse My French via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of The Dog’s Garden via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of Island Wake via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Sip Song via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Amalfitana via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of Limewood, image 8 property of Sassy Media Group, image 9 courtesy of falco via Pixabay.