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 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 buffaloes – 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. Here’s what to eat, drink and do while you’re there.
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Where To Eat In Sai Kung
Craving a coffee and something sweet? Pop by Ali Oli for freshly baked breads, pastries, cakes, cookies, homemade jams and more. This is the best spot to take in the hustle and bustle of the famous Sai Kung square (and a great place to pet passing dogs!). Oh, and we hear the breakfast baps are top notch.
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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.
Named after the popular Indonesian street food, Bakso brings tropical beach vibes to Sai Kung with dishes inspired by the owner’s memories of surfing in Bali. Dive into its signature Indonesian Beef Ball Noodle Soup for just $55, or cool off with an icy Smoothie Bowl.
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 the variety of fries make us very happy.
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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 complete 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
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, head down to local fave Chuen Kee – a great spot situated right by the waterfront.
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.
This Sai Kung sweet eatery – Honeymoon Dessert’s original store – is always busy, and for good reason. The menu boasts a huge variety of delicious treats including everything from sweet soups and glutinous rice balls to waffles, puddings and pancakes, available in a rainbow of flavour options. The brand has been around since 1995, and the desserts here really are “handmade for happiness”.
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If you’re craving an exceptional flat white, and mouth-watering, healthy and seriously Insta-worthy food (hello chia bowls!), check out this peaceful little oasis in Sai Kung’s old town. Little Cove Espresso is the perfect place to fuel up before a day of exploring.
This humble local seafood spot located just a few metres from the sea holds the honour of being Sai Kung’s first Michelin-starred restaurant. Bring along your own fresh seafood and leave it to the chef to create your menu. Don’t miss the restaurant’s signature chilli pepper crispy skin chicken, which needs to be pre-ordered ahead of time.
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, look no further.
Man Nin Wah Roasted Meat Restaurant, 28 Wan King Path, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2791 7371
Spread over three floors, this British-inspired waterfront restaurant caters to every occasion. Set up camp on its ground floor for casual beach club vibes, complete with big screens for sports, or make your way to the first floor for something more formal. The roof terrace is perfect for those who wish to indulge in an alfresco feast. Food-wise, pub grub reigns supreme – favourites include the selection of pies, Bangers & Mash and the Sunday roast.
Formerly known to long-time Sai Kung residents as Steamers, this British-style gastropub – now named The Picture House for its 1950s-cinema themed decor – serves up gourmet brunch delights including its famous “No Wasted Beer Battered Cod” and Cumberland Sausage Skillet, alongside lighter salads and flatbreads.
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 packed – 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!
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 join that queue, because it’s worth it. Trust us.
Sai Kung Cafe & Bakery, G/F, 6-7 Kam Po Court, 2 Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 3861
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.
Sawaddee Thailand, Shop 5, G/F, Sai Kung Garden, 16 Chan Man Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2791 6399
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Picky eaters rejoice! This is a hotpot spot where everyone gets their own boiling broth – choose from vegetarian, chicken, pork, beef, hunan and more – on a personal cooker. No more fighting over spice levels, cooking times, or whether or not to include fish balls. The homemade dumplings are a must, and we love the sauce station, where you can mix your own concoction with fresh additions like herbs, chillies and garlic.
Villavilla Gourmet Hunan Stir-Fry, G/F, 51 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2788 3080
Serving up fresh and tasty kebabs, salads, hummus and whole roast chickens, Zeugma is our go-to for a quick a seriously satisfying bite. Have a chat with the lovely owners and enjoy the outdoor tables at golden hour.
Head to this plant-powered restro-bar for its take on the future of food. Its tapas menu covers a range of international cuisines, with Momos, Peking Taco, Laab Wraps, Falafel and ominimeat Katsu Burgers. It also serves a tasty selection of curries which you can wash down with a drink from the bar. Enjoy two for $55 on its Italian house wines and Bavarian lager during happy hour.
Where To Drink In Sai Kung
A fairly new addition to Sai Kung’s coffee scene is this two-storey open-air cafe. Perch on one of the bar stools outside with your pooch or settle yourself in the cosy library-themed space on the second floor. If you’re working remotely, there isn’t a better space to get inspired.
Local Fruit & 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 & Veg Stall, corner of Sai Kung Main and Sai Kung Tai street, Sai Kung Old Town, Hong Kong
This large, open-air bar and restaurant is 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.
New coffee shop on the block No Nationality offers locally sourced brew alongside a produce-driven menu featuring American and Australian-style brunch items, handmade pasta and freshly baked desserts.
For the perfect rainy-day activity, why not opt for an hour or two of bowling at the Tikitiki 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 munch on some sweet potato fries – if that doesn’t make up for landing your ball in the gutter, a cocktail will.
Where To Shop In Sai Kung
Founded by Sai Kung resident Xavier Tang, BeCandle prides itself on sustainable local production and high-quality craftsmanship. Its candles are created with a blend of vegetal and soy wax, and essential oils from Europe, and are housed in hand-blown glass vessels. Got a couple hours to spare? Why not spend the afternoon creating your own fragrant creation at the BeCandle Atelier a minute’s walk away.
BeCandle Shop, 18b Sai Kung Tai Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Introducing your one-stop shop for affordable wines. Drop by for a free tasting and buy your booze in bulk for your next dinner party. The store rotates through different wines each week so there’s plenty of reason to keep coming back!
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 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 0159
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 great spot to stop by before heading to a dinner party.
Zero waste and packaging-free grocery store Live Zero stocks a huge array of organic products including pantry-staples, beauty and home essentials. Forget your container? Use one of the many reusable Tupperware and glass jars donated by the community! Nestled within the store you’ll also find a range of home and lifestyle products from Thorn & Burrow.
Live Zero Bulk Foods, 1/F, 22 Yi Chun Street, WhatsApp: +852 9842 7858, www.livezero.hk
Looking to stock up your pantry? Stop by Raymond Deli Club to pick from its selection of high-quality ingredients, charcuterie, breads and wine (P.S. we especially love the mini choc hazelnut lattice).
Seed gives us zero excuses not to live a more waste and plastic-free lifestyle, providing everything you need to keep the kitchen well-stocked (think spices, cupboard-staples like pasta, dried nuts, fruit and legumes). You’ll also find a range of eco-friendly household cleaning products, beauty, personal items and more.
Shun Kee City Houseware
Whether you need 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.
Shun Kee City Houseware, 66 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2792 9850
Rushing 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), it’s no wonder we love this little store.
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What To Do In Sai Kung
Watersports is one of Sai Kung’s specialities and Ah Kwok Water Sport Centre covers the bases with kayaks, canoes, windsurfing, SUPs and even wakeboarding. Rental prices vary by length of time and sport.
Ah Kwok Water Sport Centre, Sha Ha Beach, 743-751 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: +852 5702 8636, www.facebook.com/AhKwokWaterSportCenter
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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).
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. Head here for more details.
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The annual street art festival is taking over the walls of Sai Kung this year with its larger-than-life murals by local artist. Keep up to date on Instagram and use this handy map to plan your street art scavenger hunt.
HKWalls, around Sai Kung, hkwalls.org
If Sai Kung on a weekend is a little overwhelming, then head over to the Lions Nature Education Centre. A tranquil spot of green, this is the perfect place to take your 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)
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 yourself 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.
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Looking to get fit? 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.
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.
Hire a sampan from any of the little stands next to Sai Kung Pier
What better way to spend your day than with a pack of furry friends? The Sai Kung shelter could always use a helping hand with walking and washing the dogs, preparing their food and just showing them some love. Looking to adopt? There are plenty of pups here waiting for their forever homes.
Sai Wan Stargazing Site
Did you know Sai Kung is a hotspot for stargazing? So much so that the government has constructed a stargazing facility between Sai Wan and Ham Tin Wan where visitors can comfortably lay down and marvel at the twinkling constellations above.
Sai Wan Stargazing Site, walk uphill from Sai Wan along the MacLehose Trail Section 2 for about 10 minutes
Feeling adventurous? Sign up for a fun dive with Sai Kung Scuba or Splash Hong Kong, or take a course to get certified. You’ll be surprised to find what weird and wonderful creatures inhabit the depths of the Sai Kung seas.
Sharp Island/Hap Mun Bay
Nestled in Hong Kong’s UNESCO Global Geopark, Sharp Island is home to two stunning beaches that are well worth your while. We recommend taking a boat (about $30 to $40 for a round trip) from Sai Kung Pier to the first beach, Kiu Tsui. From there, you can see the Tombolo land bridge connecting Sharp Island to Kiu Tau. Take a walk across this very Instagrammable natural wonder at low tide for a short outing. If you have more time, hike the 1.7km over to Hap Mun Bay beach and take a boat back from the pier there.
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 Ham Tin beach, which will also take you to the beautiful Sheug Luk Stream and waterfall. From the start point at Sai Wan 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
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 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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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).
Enlist Rory Mackay from Wild Hong Kong to 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.
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Melissa Albarus on 30 April, 2018, and was updated in May 2021.
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