Only 25 minutes from the city, get ready to discover Lamma’s unique local charm with our guide on where to eat, drink, and shop on Lamma Island!
Known by some as Hong Kong’s ‘hippie island’, Lamma has evolved since it’s more bohemian days and has a lot to offer, from cosy cafes to quality restaurants, cool hang-outs and even its own mini-music festivals. Once a traditional fishing village, Lamma is Hong Kong’s third largest island and is only a short 25-minute escape from the city, with boats that go to either of its two sides – the more populated Yung Shue Wan, or Sok Ku Wan. The island’s laid-back vibe, abundant hiking trails and quiet beaches make it perfect for a day of exploring. So hop on the ferry from Central Pier and get ready to discover Lamma’s unique local charm and authentic island life…
Lamma Island Restaurants
Lamma has a number of great authentic local seafood restaurants, but Andy’s Seafood is hands down the best for Cantonese staples done right. Perfect for a post-hike feast, order the minced quail wrapped in crispy lettuce, salt and pepper squid, eggplant hotpot, garlic prawns and a couple of chilled Tsing Taos to satisfy a hungry table. Make sure to call ahead and book the alfresco terrace for a sunset dinner with a view.
Andy’s Seafood, 43 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, 2982 0210
With nutritious breakfast bowls, veggie burgers and tasty curries, Bali Tyche is a good shout at any time of the day. The menu features a wide array of vegan and vegetarian dishes, with Indonesian staples such as Gado Gado and Mie Goreng. You can also pick up some vegan-friendly snacks here to fuel you throughout your day of exploring Lamma Island.
Banyan Bay Cafe
For a wholesome brunch to cure any hangover, head down to Banyan Bay Cafe where you will be looked after with friendly service and generous portions of perfectly poached eggs, golden toasted bread and fresh fruit smoothies. Order the Cath’s Special with avocado and ask to sit around the back for a quiet seaside view.
Bookworm Cafe (BWC)
Keeping with Lamma’s laidback hippie vibe, the bookshelf-lined Bookworm Cafe offers a full, all-day menu of delicious and innovative organic vegetarian cuisine that will satiate even the most die hard carnivore. Breakfast includes favourites such as mushrooms and tofu on toast, while lunch and dinner include Shepherdess Pie, falafel and veggie burgers. Round off your meal with a slice of BWC’s homemade cake.
Just a short walk from Yung Shue Wan ferry pier is local favourite tapas joint, Dale Candela (known affectionately as “Carlos” after the owner). Buzzing every night of the week, the lively vibe here is great for group gatherings over delicious Spanish small plates, and a jug or two of refreshing sangria. Head down on a Sunday for the restaurant’s brunch menu featuring a Paella cooked in a giant “paellera” on the street.
Dale Candela, 23 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/DaleCandelaHK
This cosy, Lamma Island eatery serves up hearty vegetarian fare that does not shy away from flavour. We’re talking mouth-watering mushroom-based burgers, comforting curry fried rice and a well-loved all-day breakfast.
Green Cottage, 26 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/GreenCottage
Homey Hideout offers all your brunch favourites, from waffles topped with crispy bacon, smoked salmon bagel, eggs Benedict and the “everything”, featuring eggs, sausage, bacon, mushroom, baked beans, hash brown, grilled tomato and toast (an “everything veggie” option is also available). You’re sure to leave Lamma Island satisfied.
Kin Hing Tofu Dessert
The family-run stall in Tai Yuen village is a popular spot for a refreshing bowl of tofu fa (chilled silken tofu), on a hot summer day. The hot tofu fa is the perfect winter warmer in chillier months.
Kin Hing Tofu Dessert, 1 Tai Wan To, Tai Yuen Village, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, www.openrice.com/kin-hing-tofu-dessert
Read more: Your Guide To Local Hong Kong Desserts
Pick from a range of toppings to customise your own delicious bowl of noodle soup. With a bowl of two toppings and noodles starting at just $42, and a load of vegetarian toppings to choose from, Lamma’s Kuri Kuri is an easy choice for all.
Kuri Kuri, 83 Main Street, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, www.openrice.com/en/hongkong/kuri-kuri
Formerly known as Rainbow Seafood Restaurant, Lamma Rainbow doesn’t need the word “seafood” in its name to tell you where its specialty lies. Seafood is clearly the order of the day here, with dishes such as the Deep Fried Squid with Salt & Pepper, Steamed Queen’s Clams with XO Sauce and Rainbow Fish (Brown Marbled Garoupa) being popular choices.
Sassy Tip: The restaurant offers its patrons free ferry rides to and from Central and TST.
You won’t miss the “Churros Guy” on the walk from Yung Shue Wan ferry pier to the Main Street. His fried-dough pastries dusted with sugar are the perfect kick-start to your day of exploring Lamma Island.
Lamma Churros, Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/LammaChurros
Open since 2012, Lamma Grill has become somewhat of an institution on the Island. Authentic American grill. gourmet burgers, gigantic wraps, fall-off-the-bone ribs and hand-cut fries are what keeps Lamma locals and visitors coming back.
Opposite the Lamma Grill restaurant is its sister pizzeria, Lamma Express, which satisfies all your carb needs with freshly baked thin crust pizzas piled high with toppings. Go for the Regina topped with egg, or the Vegetarian with aubergine, artichokes, rocket and feta.
Found just around the corner from The Beer Shack, tuck into Turkish delights like Hummus with Pita Bread, Falafel Kebabs and Lahmacun (a round, thin piece of dough topped with minced meat, vegetables and herbs). Wash your meal down with an authentic cup of Turkish coffee or tea.
Lamma’s raw vegan café has a colourful menu of fresh organicdishes, cakes and drinks. Treat yourself to its hot turmeric milk and matcha mousse cake. The restaurant also has a grocery section with raw vegan supplies and eco-friendly products.
Rawsoever, Shop A, 18E Tai Yuen Village, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Rawsoever
Sampan Seafood Restaurant
With queues most mornings, this dim sum hotspot is a breakfast ritual for many locals on Lamma Island. Order your favourite dim sum delicacies from street-side bamboo steamers, and watch the passers-by start their day over a hot cup of cha.
Where To Drink On Lamma Island
The Beer Shack
A stone’s throw away from the beach is this street-side beer shack – the first taproom by the award-winning Yardley Brothers Brewery. If you’re staying for a drink, you’ll find nine taps in total, including limited-release Yardley Brothers beers and guest taps from local and international breweries. Otherwise, pick up a pack of ice-cold locally brewed craft beer and IPA to go with your picnic on the sand.
The Beer Shack, 16B, Tai Yuen Village, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, www.yardleybrothers.hk
The Blue Goose Tavern
Great pub grub and fine British ales abound at Lamma’s The Blue Goose Tavern. Pull up a chair on the seafront terrace of this neighbourhood tavern and watch the sun go down with a cold one.
LaLa mama’s Cafe and Grocery
Stop by LaLa mama’s for a fresh brew or homemade lemonade, and while you’re there, be sure to browse the well-stocked shelf of nuts, pickled goods, pasta sauces and more.
The Palm Tree Beachside Café
Found below Lamma Island’s 14-room Concerto Inn, right by Hung Shing Yeh Beach, The Palm Tree Beachside Cafe is the perfect spot to sip on a cool drink. Pick your poison from a selection of refreshing tropical tipples, classic cocktails and international beers, before heading back to the city.
Where To Shop On Lamma Island
Concept store Lamma Corner has a cornucopia of eco-friendly knick-knacks and souvenirs perfect for gifting (or keeping for yourself!). The shop also hosts a range of workshops and clean-ups around Lamma Island to promote protecting and preserving Hong Kong’s natural environment.
Read more: Your Guide To Beach Cleanups In Hong Kong
Lamma Vinyl Record Store
Run for over seven years by owner Ming Ho, the island’s independent used record store is a place where you can spend hours digging through a wide selection of music. The vintage treasure bins are particularly entertaining for a glimpse into Hong Kong’s vibrant 50’s and 60’s music scene, from jazz and blues to emerging Canto-pop.
At the end of Lamma’s Main Street is design concept store, Mush. Fulfilling all your graphic T-shirt needs, Mush represents local and regional designers as well as its own ‘Lamma Brand’ for die-hard locals.
Nick the Bookman
Undoubtedly Lamma’s most famous resident, Nick the Bookman is a stalwart figure on Yung Shue Wan Main Street, where his second-hand book stall raises money to look after homeless cats and dogs on the island. A resident for more than three decades, the former journalist is also a part-time DJ and music writer.
Nick the Bookman, Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, www.lamma.com.hk/nick
Things To Do On Lamma Island
Lamma Island has some beautiful trails that take you through green jungle terrain and across peaks with stunning 360 views. We recommend going in the morning to avoid weekend crowds. A couple of our favourites are:
Hike from Tai Peng to Lamma Winds
Start from Yung Shue Wan ferry pier and follow signs for Tai Peng Old Village. Once in Tai Peng Old Village, keep an eye out for a village shop called “Regent Store” which is on the corner of a turning on your right. Take that turning and continue along the road past a pretty community garden until you reach a signpost for Lamma Winds. Walk up the hill road and before you reach the top, look out for a dirt track that branches off to the left hand-side. The tree-lined path opens out to stunning 360 views of the whole island. Continue along the path until you reach Hung Shing Yeh Beach.
Hike from Sok Ku Wan to Hung Shing Ye Beach
Take the ferry to Sok Ku Wan, the less inhabited, sleepier side of Lamma Island. Follow signs for the Family Walk which will take you past the 150-year old Tin Hau (Goddess of the Sea) Temple and a hilltop pavilion with clear views of Aberdeen and Repulse Bay. End the hike with some street-side grilled corn and a dip in the sea on Hung Shing Yeh Beach.
Read more: The Best Beach Hikes In Hong Kong
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
Nothing beats a mid-summer sunset barbecue on the beach. Pick up everything you need from Lamma’s surprisingly well-stocked village stores – don’t miss SHOP 80 for fresh fruits and snacks, and Lamma Gourmet delicatessen on Yung Shue Wan Main Street for freshly made hummus, a wide selection of cheese and wine – head to Hung Shing Ye Beach to snag a barbecue pit with a sea-facing view.
Lamma Gourmet, 71 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/lammagourmet
Read More: The Best Lamma Island Beaches
Lamma Art Collective
Join the Lamma Art Collective for an afternoon of arts and crafts with a group of like-minded creatives. The community art centre hosts a range of art classes, exhibitions, talks and events, where creative juices and new ideas flow freely. The collective also recently opened Art Kiosk, where you can purchase art materials, creativity books and more.
Lamma Art Collective, 1/F, 23 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, email@example.com
Lamma Book Club and Kiosky
Yes, believe it or not, Lamma Island does have life after dark thanks to certain groups of Lamma residents who know how to throw a party. For those looking for something a little different to nightlife in LKF, keep an eye out on The Lamma Book Club and Kiosky Facebook pages for jungle parties, beach festivals and one-off parties with local DJ talent.
Lamma Book Club, www.facebook.com/Lammabookclub
Kiosky, WhatsApp: +852 6300 3207, www.facebook.com/kioskyevents
Rooftop Yoga With MuditaJanetYoga
Enjoy some quiet calm at weekly rooftop yoga classes in Lamma’s Tai Peng Old Village. Teaching a mixture of Hatha and Vinyasa, Janet has classes every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings on Lamma Island, check out her website for more info.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Emma Williamson on 20 June, 2018, and was most recently updated by Nicole Moraleda in July, 2021.
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