Discover our city, one neighbourhood at a time, with the best of Tseung Kwan O…
Far from the hustle and bustle of the city but only a 30-minute MTR ride from Central, Tseung Kwan O is a great pet-friendly neighbourhood to explore if you’re looking to mix up your weekend plans. With endless dining options to discover and exercise parks where you can burn off your meal(s) afterwards, you can easily find activities to fill your day with around the area. Read on to find out what to do in TKO and where best to eat, drink and shop.
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Where To Eat & Drink
Having landed on the waterfront terrace of TKO’s luxury mall Monterey Place late last year, Pastis Tapas has been drawing in hungry diners with a vibrant array of large and small sharing plates. Sourcing the finest ingredients from Spain, the family-friendly tapas restaurant brings the best of Spanish cuisine, from Basque Country to Barcelona, to the area. Must-try dishes include its signature Mixed Seafood Paella, Truffle Croquettes and Crispy Suckling Pig. With a new weekend brunch menu starting from $98 (add $198 for free-flow drinks) and an all-day dining deal for two which includes three tapas and a Seafood Paella ($438), Pastis Tapas is the perfect spot to share a hearty meal with loved ones. Alternatively, if you feel like grazing, grab a seat indoors or out on the open-air patio and enjoy a cheese platter paired with a tray of Serano or 30-month Iberico Bellota (or both!).
Simplicity meets substance at Sassy favourite NOC Coffee Co., which recently opened its sixth (and first in the New Territories) branch in Tseung Kwan O. Always aiming to give its customers an elevated coffee experience, NOC serves up an exceptional curation of house-roasted coffees and nutritious brunch items for those striving to be more health-conscious. TKO’s NOC Papillons & Bakery stands proud as the brand’s first ever bakery space, serving fresh-out-of-the-oven housemade croissants, egg tarts, basque cheesecakes and other irresistible baked goods. We can’t think of anything better to pair with a hot cup of joe. Want to bring a piece of NOC home with you? Lucky for you, the branch has a handy vending machine that sells individual NOC coffee drip bags and tea bags, and if you bring along your own container you can enjoy 10% off on all coffee beans.
Chilli Lime strikes the perfect balance between “a dash of Pan-Asian cuisine and a pinch of modernity” to create spectacular mouth-watering fusion fare. Sample its extensive menu of fresh Thai, Indian, vegetarian and seafood dishes for a taste of Asia like you’ve never experienced before.
A modern Indian-European fusion bistro, Madira is an alfresco venue that is a breath of fresh air amongst the shopping malls of Tseung Kwan O. You’ll find everything from Beef Rendang wrapped in banana leaf and Seafood Laksa, to Baby Back Ribs, Lamb Shank and more. Opt for one of its signature cocktails alongside a shisha menu compromising of Masala Chai and Orange Seville Coffee flavours.
This plant-based retail chain boasts a wide selection of groceries, alongside a restaurant which serves up delicious vegan meals using OmniPork, Beyond Burger and a vast range of salads, soups and desserts.
Don’t fancy queuing in Causeway Bay or TST for your dumpling fix? Try the TKO branch of Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan for its famous dim sum.
Located on the waterfront, Amare is popular with both locals and those visiting the area alike. Known for its Italian fare, you can expect handcrafted pizza and pasta served on the often packed, pet-friendly patio.
Who can say no to an all-day breakfast?! This café serves a creative menu that ranges from The Backyard Breakfast (featuring smoked salmon eggs Benedict, a waffle, parma ham with melon and more) to Caramel Baby Pear Cheesecake. You will also be spoilt for choice on what type of coffee to try.
Get ready for a global food exploration at TKO Gateway’s dining street! From light and fluffy gai daan jai (egg waffles) to fragrant garlic naans, there is definitely something for everyone.
TKO Gateway, East Wing G/F, TKO Gateway, Sheung Ning Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, www.linkhk.com
PopWalk 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.
PopWalk, 12 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, www.popwalk.com.hk
With its award-winning pork-based broth (directly shipped from Japan) and perfectly seasoned char siu pork, Bari-Uma’s Ajitama-Uma ramen will make you go “Oishi!”.
Passionate about traditional French baking methods, RISE prides itself on its long fermentation process to produce some of the best bread and fine pastries in the area. Its French menu draws in long queues of hungry customers ready to tuck in at this cosy cafe.
Yep, TKO has a rooftop bar! Cielo is an Italian restaurant and bar with a lunch, afternoon tea and dinner menu. Don’t forget to sample its signature mocktail, the TKO Fizz. Cielo is open from 11am to 1:30am daily.
For those looking for an authentic Hong Kong dim sum experience, Ming Garden Restaurant is home to your favourite har gao and siu mai. Don’t forget to bring along a friend who reads and speaks Chinese though, as there’s no English menu.
Royal Ming Garden, Shop 102, 1/F, PopWalk, 12 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, 2388 7133
Wai Yip Cafe 偉業特色粉麵茶餐廳
Head to this 24-hour café (translated to English as Wai Yip, but does not have an official English name) for 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!
Wai Yip Cafe, Shop 3-3A, G/F, Bauhinia Garden Commercial Complex, Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
Another truly local restaurant is Taste Full Kitchen, which offers both Chinese dishes and hotpot, and opens until 3am; bear in mind that the restaurant only has a Chinese menu
Where To Shop
PopCorn houses a cinema, countless restaurants and local high street fashion brands. Visit Kee Wah Bakery for mooncakes and other traditional snacks.
As the largest multi-function shopping mall in the district, you will easily find anything you’re looking for at Easy Point City. From your everyday grocery shopping to a once-in-a-while skincare splurge, you won’t be disappointed by the variety of shops available.
With international cuisine and renowned restaurants, MCP Central is a one-stop destination for your all your cravings. Known for its spacious Atrium area, Metro City has held numerous events featuring local celebrities and K-pop idols, so be sure to stay up to date on all its events here!
With bubble tea of all sorts and sizzling pan-fried dumplings, Tseung Kwan O Plaza is a go-to hangout spot amongst students, especially during the weekdays. It is also right next to the minibus terminal and Hang Hau MTR Station, so don’t worry about having to carry groceries a long way back to the station.
What To Do
Little Hawaii Trail
This beginner trail is roughly 3km, and takes around one hour depending on your fitness level. It is famous for the picturesque waterfall (shown above) that you will pass along the way. You can start from the Tseng Lan Shue by Clear Water Bay Road, or walk along Po Hong Road from Po Lam to go in the opposite direction.
Well-known wellness brand Angsana resides in Alto Residence in Tseung Kwan O, offering residents and those visiting award-winning spa experiences. From massages to beauty and “rain mist” showers, how can we resist?
High Junk Peak Country Trail
While the trail and its steep downward slopes might not be beginner friendly, we promise the High Junk Peak will not disappoint those who are ready for it. Cameras at the ready for your next ‘gram!
High Junk Peak Country Trail, Ng Fai Tin, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, www.hiking.gov.hk
Wang Po Road Pet Garden
This 12,000 square-meter dog park has three gated sections – for large dogs, small dogs and a third area for any size. It also houses a car park, toilet facilities and a shower area for your furry friend. The park is also accessible by foot from TKO and Lohas Park MTR station, and is open from 7am to 9pm daily.
Wang Po Road Pet Garden, Wang Po Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
When summer comes back around, it’ll be time to find a place to beat the heat. With eight pools for all kinds of swimmers and a bunch of water slides, it is more of a water park in disguise. Also, did we mention the super-affordable ticket price? Admission fees start at $8 per person and you can pay with your octopus card!
Next to the Pet Garden is this beautiful seafront area, where you will find runners, dog walkers, fishermen and dragon boat teams training. The TKO promenade also has a bicycle path for cyclists to enjoy.
Tseung Kwan O Promenade, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong (1o-minute walk from Tseung Kwan O MTR station exit B1), www.lcsd.gov.hk
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Within walking distance from the Sports Ground is the Hong Kong Velodrome Park, which offers other facilities to the public, 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 the view of the large artificial lake.
Hong Kong Velodrome Park, 105-107 Po Hong Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/facilities
An alternative exercise area to the promenade is the TKO Sports Ground. Only a five-minute walk away, 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 another large football pitch.
From adult reading clubs to storytelling sessions, the TKO Public Library caters to anyone and everyone. It is also just a stone’s throw away from the TKO swimming pool, so you can unleash your inner book worm after a fun splash around once pools open up again!
With art exhibits from all over the world, the HKDI offers more than just courses. Some recent exhibitions include an interactive art space from the Zurich University of the Arts and the exhibition “Urban Daydreaming” by Parisian designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Visit this page for more events and exhibits!
Looking for a one-day getaway? With its outstanding scenery and soft, sparkling sand, Clearwater Bay is a far cry from the bustling streets and busy shopping malls. Don’t forget to pack your SPF and beach towel!
Clear Water Bay Beach, Clear Water Bay Road, Hong Kong, www.lcsd.gov.hk
Editors note: This post was originally written by Chrissie Lam in October 2017 and was most recently updated in January 2021.
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