Discovering our city, one neighbourhood at a time…
Whenever I tell new friends that I live in Lohas Park, Tseung Kwan O, they always respond with, “Where is that? Is there an MTR station?” Apparently telling them that it is connected on the purple line from North Point doesn’t help!
TKO is a pet friendly, residential area on the Kowloon East side, and although it’s more known to locals, it has an increasing number of expat residents who are looking for sizeable apartments in a quieter area with greenery views, whilst still being able to hop on a 30-minute MTR ride to Central. For around the same price as a 300 square-foot studio on the island line, you can get a two-to three-bedroom apartment with clubhouse facilities in a modern complex.
If I don’t have any weekend plans in Soho, you can find me contently immersing myself into the below recommended activities and eateries without leaving the neighbourhood.
Where To Eat & Drink:
Don’t fancy queuing in Causeway Bay or TST for your dumpling fix? Try the Michelin Star Tim Ho Wan’s TKO branch for its famous dim sum.
Find it at Shop 49, G/F, PopCorn 2, 9 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 2789 2803, www.timhowan.com.tw
This may surprise you, but TKO has a rooftop bar! Cielo is an Italian restaurant and bar with a lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner menu. I recommend trying its signature mocktail, the TKO Fizz. Cielo is open from 11am to 1:30am daily.
Find it at Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East, 47/F, 3 Tong Tak Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 3983 0406, www.ihg.com
BEANS The Backyard 荳子
Who can say no to an All Day Breakfast?! This café serves a creative menu that ranges from The Backyard Breakfast, to Caramel Baby Pear Cheesecake. You will also be spoilt for choice on what type of coffee to try.
Find it at Shop F95, 1/F, PopCorn, 9 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 5537 7465
PopWalk was opened in 2016 and is a two storey dining and shopping area connected to The Wings residences, as well as Popcorn shopping mall. It offers a more spacious dining experience in that the restaurants are all connected through an open balcony area, some of which offer outside seating.
My personal favourite is Waalah!, which opens from 8am to 11pm daily. Waalah offers a chilled café environment with a western style menu and some Asian dishes. I do recommend its Apple “Pan” cake for lunch, and its Noodle LAH! Seafood LAHksa for dinner.
Find it at PopWalk, 12 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
Find it at Waalah, Shop G03, G/F, PopWalk,12 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, www.waalah.hk
Wai Yip Cafe 偉業特色粉麵茶餐廳
If you’d like to experience a truly Chinese café, then head to this 24 hour café (translated to English as Wai Yip, but does not have an official English name). You will be guaranteed to have a filling breakfast or lunch for under $50, and dinner for under $100. This café has a variety of local dishes such as Chinese “tung fun” noodles, Hong Kong style french toast, five spice beef noodle soup, clay pot meat and vegetables, and of course, the ever so sweet Hong Kong style milk tea!
Find it at Shop 3-3A, G/F, Bauhinia Garden Commercial Complex, Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
Taste Full Kitchen 真味鮮廚
Another truly local restaurant is Taste Full Kitchen, which offers both Chinese dishes and hotpot, and opens until 3am. Be sure to bring a friend who reads Chinese though, as it does not have an English menu! Also, at 3 in the morning, there is also another choice next door: McDonald’s 😉
Find it at Shop 10, G/F, Maritime Bay, 18 Pui Shing Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
What To Do:
Little Hawaii Trail
This beginner trail is around 3 km, and takes around one hour depending on fitness level. It is famous for the picturesque waterfall that you will past along the way. You can start from the Tseng Lan Shue by Clear Water Bay Road, or walk along Po Hong Road in Po Lam, and end up in the other. Besides the waterfall, you will past an old swimming pool that was abandoned many years ago.
This 12,000 square-meter dog park has three gated sections – for large dogs, small dogs, and a third area for any size. It has a car park, toilet facilities, and a shower area for your best friend. The park is also accessible by foot from TKO and Lohas Park MTR station. It is opened from 7am to 9pm daily. Find me there every morning with my pooch!
Find it at Wang Po Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 2791 3100
Of course there is also a mall here! Popcorn houses a cinema, countless restaurants, and local high street fashion brands. Visit Kee Wah Bakery for mooncakes and other traditional snacks.
Find it at Tseung Kwan O MTR Station exit C, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 3543 1273, www.popcorntko.com.hk
Next to the Pet Garden is this beautiful seafront area, where you will find runners, dog walkers, fishermen and dragonboat teams training. The TKO promenade also has a cycle path with rentable GoBee bikes.
Find it at Tseung Kwan O Promenade, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
An alternative exercise location besides the promenade is the TKO Sports Ground. I actually found it when I first went to my Dragon Boat training in TKO and was able to access the locker and shower facilities here for free. Only a 5-minute walk from the Promenade, the sports ground features a 400-metre running track, surrounding an 11-a-side football pitch, as well as a 300-metre running track with a seven-a-side football pitch.
Tsueng Kwan O Sports Ground is open to the public from 7am to 11pm daily. Whist you can access the jogging tracks for free, you have to book the other facilities via the government’s LCSD Leisure Link system here.
Find it at 109 Po Hong Rd, Hang Hau, Hong Kong, 2177 1255
Within walking distance from the Sports Ground is the Velodrome Park, which offers to the public more facilities, including a climbing wall (perfect venue for a corporate team bonding activity!) and a skatepark. Courts include badminton, tennis and basketball. A lot of elderly residents also come here on a daily basis to exercise at the fitness corner and enjoy a view of the large artificial lake.
The velodrome is opened from 7am to 11pm daily to the public, and you can book here to use the facilities
Find it at 105-107 Po Hong Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong