Make the most of what Sai Kung has to offer, and explore where to eat, drink and shop in this beautiful little town…
The past 20 years have seen quaint little Sai Kung transform into to a vibrant, bustling area. With restaurants from across the globe, some of Hong Kong’s most beautiful hikes, an abundance of fun activities and the occasional herd of cows – yes, it’s a bit of a trek from the island, but we dare you not to fall head-over-heels for this little town.
Where to Eat:
A new addition to Sai Kung, this little Mediterranean restaurant is not to be overlooked. Serving up fresh and tasty kebabs, salads, hummus and whole roast chickens, Zeugma is the place to go for a quick a seriously satisfying bite. Have a chat with the lovely owners and enjoy the sunshine that falls on the outdoor tables.
Zeugma, 74 Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2706 0622, www.facebook.com/ZeugmaHK
If you’re feeling peckish and in need of a late-night snack, there’s really only one place to go: family-run Sawaddee Thailand. Located in the alleyway behind the taxi stand by the pier, the pork neck rice and fried minced chicken with Thai basil and chili here will take you straight to heaven. Whilst we love the Sawaddee Thailand hidden in the alley behind 7/11 for a late-night bite, there is also a full restaurant serving up the same grub, which can be found on Chan Man Street.
Sawaddee Thailand, The alley behind 7/11 on Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung (near the pier), Hong Kong, 2791 6399
Sawaddee Thailand, No. 4, G/F, Saikung Garden, 16 Chan Man Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, www.sawaddeethailand.iyp.hk
Chez Raymond de Paris is a little cosy steakhouse with a great atmosphere, good service and top-quality meat. Try the Tenderloin Rossini and Ribeye, or opt for one of its many French classics (from duck to foie gras to melt-in-your-mouth lamb). A three-course menu for dinner is about $850, and you can be sure you’re getting the highest grade of meat available in the 852.
Chez Raymond De Paris, G/F 183d Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, 64841400, www.chezraymonddeparis.com
We’re pretty big fans of the Conservatory, which is great at any time of day. There’s something about the tropical decor, friendly staff and delicious menu that makes it the perfect spot, especially for breakfast. Order the skillet for $118 and you’ll get everything you need served in one big, hot pan.
The Conservatory, 26 Wan King Path, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 1105, www.enotecagroup.com/conservatory
Villa Villa Gourmet Hunan Hotpot
Picky eaters rejoice! This is a hotpot spot where everyone gets their own boiling broth – choose from vegetarian, chicken, pork, beef, hunan and others – on a personal cooker. No more fighting about spice levels, cooking times, or whether or not to include fish balls. The homemade dumplings are a must, and we love the soy sauce and vinegar buffet, where you can mix your own concoction with delicious and fresh additions like herbs, chillies and ginger.
Villa Villa Gourmet Hunan Hotpot, 51 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2788 3080
We’re always on the lookout for badass burgers, and big, juicy and bursting with flavour, Burger Deli’s creations never fail to satisfy. Whether you’re in the mood for something classic, vegetarian, fancy, Mexican, cheesy, fishy, Hawaiian or totally different, there’s something for everyone on this menu. And as if that wasn’t enough, the weekday lunch combo deals and their variety of fries make us very happy.
Burger Deli, G/F, Shop 2, Ko Shing House, 9 King Man Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 3689 9052,
Who doesn’t love a big, steaming bowl of fresh Pho? This place knows how to do it right. With the broth made fresh daily, this small and slightly cramped restaurant is always busy – but this just adds to the atmosphere. The vegetarian option is full to the brim with deliciously crunchy veg, and the spring rolls always put a smile on our faces. Still hungry? Next time opt for an extra-large bowl!
Saigon Pho, Shop 19, G/F, King Man Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2788 2028, www.facebook.com/canadapho
Do you ever get an irresistible craving for plain ol’ fish n chips and cracking open a cold one? So do we, so trust us when we say this is the place to go. It’s nothing fancy, but it hits the spot, with fish that’s flaky on the inside with plenty of crispy batter on the outside, tangy tartar sauce, fries that are hot, and beer that’s cold.
Camden Town, 49 Sai Kung Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 9279 3839
Man Nin Wah Roasted Meat Restaurant
Something of a local legend, Man Nin Wah Roasted Meat Restaurant has been around since the 70s. If you’re in the mood for some proper char siu fan, this is the place to go.
Man Nin Wah Roasted Meat Restaurant, 28 Wan King Path, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant and Fat Duck Den
Looking for a breakfast spot to ease a hangover? If you’re after dim sum, then you’re in luck as Sai Kung gives you quite a few options. If it’s not too busy, find a spot by the waterfront (we recommend Chuen Kee) or visit the Fat Duck Den for something a little quieter (and air conditioned).
Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant, 96 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 6938
Fat Duck Den, G/F, 79-81 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2205 0399
Sai Kung Bakery and Café
Is there anything better than a freshly baked egg tart, or a pineapple bun still warm from the oven, melting a thick slice of butter? No. So, suck it up and go stand in that queue, because it’s worth it. Trust us.
Sai Kung Bakery and Café, G/F, 6-7 Kam Po Court, 2 Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 3861
If you’re craving an amazeballs flat white, and mouth-watering, healthy and seriously Insta-worthy food (oh, hello chia bowls!), check out the peaceful little oasis, Little Cove Espresso, in Sai Kung’s old town. It’s the perfect place to refuel after exploring this charming, confusing and constantly changing part of Sai Kung.
Little Cove Espresso, 34 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/littlecoveespresso
Proudly presenting Honeymoon Dessert’s original store. This sweet eatery is always busy, and for good reason: The menu boasts a huge variety of delicious treats – everything from soups and glutinous rice balls to waffles, puddings and pancakes, all available in a rainbow of flavour options. The brand has been around since 1995, and the desserts here really are “handmade for happiness”.
Honeymoon Dessert, 10 A-C Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 4991, www.honeymoon-dessert.com
Craving a coffee and something sweet? Pop by Ali Oli for a homemade pastry. This is the best spot to take in the hustle and bustle of the famous Sai Kung square (plus a great place to pet passing dogs!). Oh, and we hear the breakfast baps are top notch.
Ali Oli Bakery Café, 11 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 2655, www.alioli.com.hk
Where to Drink:
For the perfect rainy-day activity, why not opt for an hour or two of bowling at the Tiki Tiki Bowling Bar? Look out for one of the many deals (ladies drink free on Fridays!), enjoy the retro music videos on the giant screens (slightly distracting but great for dancing), and nibble on some sweet potato fries – if they don’t make up for landing your ball in the gutter, a cocktail will. Guaranteed fun.
Tiki Tiki Bowling Bar, 4/F Centro, 1A, Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, www.tikitiki.hk
On a Friday night, head over to Bacco for a curry and some fantastic live music; Larry and Greg are Sai Kung legends, and if you’re lucky, you’ll also catch local bluegrass band the Pineapple Jam (get ready for some foot-stomping). Feeling adventurous? Raj will set you up with some of his mysterious blue shots.
Bacco, G/F, 21 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2574 7477
This large, open-air bar and restaurant is relatively new but already a popular hangout spot for everyone from locals to weekend tourists. There’s a pool table, lots of comfy seating, a huge selection of craft beers, and best of all, a stunning view of the ocean. What’s not to love?
Momentai, Kiosk 1, Sai Kung Waterfront, Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 8991, www.facebook.com/momentaila
Local fruit and Veg stall
This is a little stall that we very affectionately call the ‘magic witches’; this brilliant mother-daughter duo’s many different juices can cure anything and they’ll generously share taste testers with you. Find them behind the Sai Kung old town, on the corner of Sai Kung Main and Sai Kung Tai street.
Fruit and veg stall, corner of Sai Kung Main and Sai Kung Tai street, Sai Kung Old Town, Hong Kong
Where to Shop:
With its fair share of chain stores, Sai Kung is not completely cut off from the “Dark Side” (i.e. the island). Arguably one of our favourites is Just Green, which will fulfil all your organic lifestyle fantasies (not to mention its selection of feel-good ice creams which – we promise – will hit that sweet spot).
Just Green, 22 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2325 9994, www.justgreen.com.hk
Harrods (Shun Kee City Houseware)
Whether you need Christmas lights, dim sum baskets, a tent, superglue, a teapot, power tools, an ironing board, inflatables, or seasonal decorations, there’s really only one place to go. Affectionately nicknamed Harrods, this shop literally has everything, including super helpful staff.
Harrods (Shun Kee City Houseware), 66 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 9850
Heading to a party and need to pick up a last minute gift? Everyone’s favourite wine shop and their knowledgeable (and lovely!) staff have got you covered. Between the prices, the selection and the al fresco picnic benches outside (if you just can’t wait to pop the cork), well it’s no wonder we love this little store.
Winerack, Shop 5, Kam Po Court, Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2253 6929, www.winerack.com.hk
A true Sai Kung institution, Butcher King has been around since what feels like the beginning of time. Despite what the name suggests, this is actually the place to go for far more than meat: Pick up pasta flour, fresh herbs, candy canes at Christmas and sausages on your way to a BBQ – and perhaps best of all, seemingly always-perfect avocados. Yes, the secret is out. Go get ‘em.
Butcher King, 24 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 682
If you, like us, aimer le fromage, make your way down the winding alleyways of the old town and visit Le Magasin. Stocking everything from delicious wines – hello, chilled rosé – to jams, soaps, beautiful tableware and, of course, cheese, this is another favourite spot to stop by before heading to a dinner party. Whatever you decide to go for, rest assured you’ll be bringing a très sophistiqué gift.
Le Magasin, 21 Sai Kung Tai Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2791 0292, www.facebook.com/LEMAGASIN21
Places To Go:
On a weekend, the Sai Kung waterfront is a lively stretch where teams of dragon boaters do their warm-up push-ups, groups of friends wait (im)patiently for the inevitable stragglers delaying highly anticipated junk trips, and every single dog owner is showing off their pooch. It’s busy, it’s loud, it’s entertaining. Grab a Happy Cow ice cream (or a cold craft brew) from the nearby Bottle Shop and soak in the atmosphere! If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the two famous poodles riding their own electric car (we’re not kidding).
The Bottle Shop, G/F 114 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2791 1600,
Sai Kung is arguably the best place to sleep under the stars, and there’s no better time than the present to find a free weekend, pack some essentials (i.e. marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate) and head out to the Sai Kung Country Park. For those who don’t like the sand, find a private spot among Tai Long Wan’s grassy dunes, and if you can’t be bothered carrying food, grab some of the delicious, crispy-fried squid offered at Ham Tin’s restaurant.
Tai Long Wan, Sai Wan, Ham Tim – we suggest grabbing a green taxi to the Sai Wan Pavilion in the Sai Kung Country Park, hiking from there and then getting a boat back. For a longer hike, take the 94 bus to Pak Tam Au and start from there.
Let Rory Mackay from Wild Hong Kong take you on an eco-adventure tour on his home turf! On land or sea, Sai Kung’s very own wild Scotsman will take you on a trip you’re not likely to forget. Whether you choose to go kayaking from Pak Lap Wan or hiking to Sai Kung via Ngong Ping, this is one of our top ways to take in the beauty of the area.
Wild Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 6087 1439, www.wildhongkong.com
Tina’s Dance Studio: Yoga with Utpala
Local legend Utpala is a rare gem in the yoga world, a teacher who takes the time to focus on each student individually and is constantly applying newfound knowledge. Whether you’re looking to stretch, sweat or salute the sun, Utpala’s got you covered; just get ready for some core work (that’s non-negotiable).
Utpala’s yoga classes at Tina’s Dance Studio, 15 Man Nin Street, Hong Kong, 2791 0511
Ma On Shan
Lace up your hiking boots and make your way up Ma On Shan. This trail not only offers breath-taking views of Sai Kung and Shelter Cove, but culminates in a gorgeous plateau from which you can watch the paragliders take off (or go paragliding, if you’re up for an adventure!). From there, keep hiking for a tougher workout, or make your way down Po Lo Che road to Sai Kung; if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the (now rather large) boars that roam the sidewalks. Just steer clear of feeding them!
Sheung Luk Stream
Hop on a mini bus or grab a taxi from Sai Kung Town to take you out to Sai Wan Pavillion (roughly 20-minutes), and find yourself on the cusp of the great outdoors. Of course, when in Sai Kung there are plenty of hikes nearby to explore, but we like the relatively easy trail that leads down to Sai Wan Town and Ham Tin beach, which will also take you to the beautiful Sheug Luk Stream and waterfall. From the start point at Sai Kung Pavillion, the walk should only take you about 40-minutes, and then a further 15-20 minutes to reach the waterfall. Find out more details and directions here!
Sheung Luk Stream, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Sai Kung has endless options for fitness classes! You might consider joining Outdoor Fitness’ popular bootcamp sessions, try out Piloxing Barre (we love the sound of this combo) or tire yourself out in Action Fitness’ crossfit and Muay Thai classes. You’ll be in pain the next day, but it’ll be the rewarding kind.
Outdoor Fitness, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 9043 4674, www.outdoorfitness.hk/Outdoorfitness/Home.html
There are a few great workout options in Sai Kung, but one of our favourites is Action Fitness. Frankie and Cherry are tough but lots of fun, and there’s a whole range of classes to choose from. For those who really want to break a sweat, try the Muay Thai lessons or their crossfit classes (which take place on the sheltered rooftop).
Action Fitness, 2/F, 14A, 1 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 9646 3676, www.actionfitnesshk.wixsite.com
Rent a Sampan
Junk trips, while one of the most popular Hong Kong summer activities, can get expensive. Why not try a budget-friendlier alternative and rent a sampan instead? Yes, they’re a little noisier and no, you can’t get drinks included, but these little boats will happily take you to a peaceful spot just outside of Sai Kung. Bring some snacks, good music and a few floaties and enjoy bobbing in the blue waters and soaking up the rays for a few hours.
Hire a sampan from any of the little stands next to Sai Kung Pier
Lions Nature Education Centre
If Sai Kung on a weekend is a little overwhelming (sometimes it can seem like there are three cars to any one person), then head over to the Lions Nature Education Centre. A tranquil spot of green, this is the perfect place to take your kids and dogs on a walk, explore the many different veggies grown there, marvel at the butterflies and if you come early enough on a Sunday morning, pop by the organic vegetable market!
Lions Nature Education Centre, Tsiu Hang Special Area, Sai Kung (get off any bus coming into Sai Kung from the Pak Sha Wan side at Pak Kong bus stop)
A firm favourite, this little beach lies at the end of a 10-minute, $10 sampan trip from Pak Sha Wan pier. It’s a great place to go for a swim, build sand sculptures (let’s face it, you’re never too old for a sexy merman with seaweed hair), and have a BBQ at one of the many pits available.
Trio Beach, Sampan from Pak Sha Wan pier, Sai Kung
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