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The best Hong Kong outdoor barbecue places

It’s time to stoke up that grill

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Time Out Hong Kong

With Hong Kong well into autumn, there’s no better time to head outdoors armed with your trusty barbecue fork for a good ol’ BBQ session. From beachside spots to sprawling green spaces inside a country park, we explore the best spots to put a shrimp on the barby. By Lisa Cam and Yvonne Lau

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The best Hong Kong outdoor barbecue places

Beach BBQ King
  • Things to do
  • Food and drink events
  • Sai Kung

Barbecue with a view? Look no further than Beach BBQ King. The club overlooks the Sai Kung coastline and you can barbecue under the shade on a sunny day. There’s no time or food limit – so a good few hours out with the family or friends is recommended. The club is situated next to a watersports centre where you can rent equipment and splash about on the beach too.

Butterfly Beach Park
  • Things to do
  • Tuen Mun

Situated on the westernmost tip of the New Territories, Butterfly Beach Park in Tuen Mun is the closest beach to mainland China. This area is an institution when it comes to barbecuing, with 80 pits neatly laid out in a concrete space. There’s a car park and children’s play area within walking distance and it takes only five minutes to saunter over to the frozen meat stalls in Melody Garden to pick up your favourite tuck. If you don’t feel like leaving after the barbecue, you can also set up camp here or make use of the various sports courts.

  • Things to do
  • Clearwater Bay

A breezy area overlooking a peninsula of beautiful greens and emerald coastline, the Tai Hang Tun barbecue and picnic area in Clearwater Bay Country Park is the place to spend your precious days off. This site at Tai Hang Tun is free of charge and offers 72 first come first serve open barbecue pits. After a delicious barbecue, be sure to make use of one of the best places in Hong Kong to fly a kite, or challenge your friends and family with a hike up High Junk Peak.

Tai Mei Tuk BBQ King
  • Restaurants
  • Tai Po

If you want your barbecue experience to just be a small part of your day out, then head to Tai Po’s Tai Mei Tuk BBQ King. You can kite-surf, bike, pick strawberries, pet animals and barbecue all in one day, as all these activities are run nearby. Note that the strawberry farms open only in November and December, and the petting zoo only opens on weekends, but that’s plenty of time for a good barby. 

Shek O Main Beach
  • Things to do
  • Shek O

Shek O is one popular hotspot when it comes to sunny days spent around the barby. With more than 30 concrete pits that are free for public use, people come from far and wide to grill up their burgers. You can also rent a pit from a nearby kiosk if you run out of luck when it comes to the public ones. This private portable pit allows you to barbecue on the sand for that really rustic vibe. Grab your grilling paraphernalia in Shau Kei Wan before you jump on the minibus to Shek O.

Stanley Main Beach
  • Things to do
  • Stanley

For those that want a great barbecue experience but don’t want to saunter too far away from civilization, Stanley is the place to be. With a waterfront promenade of beaches, restaurants, bars and markets packed neatly together, you won’t have to go far to restock or to find another place if you end up with burnt barbecue. Stanley hosts 15 public open pit barbecues at the main beach. If the main beach is full or you’re looking for some peace and quiet, check out Hairpin Beach next door.

Whitehead Barbecue
  • Things to do
  • Ma On Shan

This is truly the ideal barbecue spot for a family day outing – bring the kids, the grandparents, the dogs, the whole family! This site offers barbecue in an idyllic setting with stunning views of the harbour and the peaks of Pat Sin Leng. In terms of barbecue, Whitehead BBQ has everything you need, from the grill to the tools, to fresh and packaged food sans-MSG. You can rent a barbecue site at the 10,000 square foot public area or, if you’re feeling fancy, a private seaside villa complete with karaoke and mahjong tables.

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