Smack dab in the centre of the idyllic Sai Kung Peninsula, Sai Kung Town is a laidback neighbourhood with scores of interesting shops, restaurants and bars, and a cool floating seafood market to boot. Its pier and transport links also make it the perfect jumping-off point for boat trips to volcanic rock-studded islets in the Hong Kong Geopark, pristine sandy beaches, or surrounding country parks and hiking trails. While not directly accessible via MTR, Sai Kung is around half an hour away (if there's no traffic jam) via minibus from Hang Hau (101M) or Choi Hung (1A/ 1S) MTR station, and about a one-hour minibus ride from Mong Kok.
Sai Kung’s first Michelin-starred restaurant remains popular among locals for its elevated Cantonese food. Specialties include salt and pepper abalone, spicy crispy-skinned chicken, and clams in XO sauce.
Set right on the waterfront, this independent, al fresco bar-restaurant always draws a crowd. That stems largely from its laid-back, beachy vibe, even if the Sai Kung strip isn't exactly what you would call a beach. Settle in with a local craft beer in hand (Lion Rock, Gweilo, Yardley Brothers, Young Master and more are on draft) and chill out all night to the sound of house music and the pretend sound of waves in your head.
Founded by handicraft artist Hebe Law, Oelili houses an eclectic selection of top-quality handmade goods from locally painted ceramics and bamboo steamers, to cast iron egg waffle moulds, knives, purses to handbags, various accessories, and much more.
Yim Tin Tsai
This little island is a must-visit. Aside from the Yim Tin Tsai Village Heritage Exhibition Centre and the beautiful St Joseph's Chapel, there are also various public artworks around the island. Click here for a map of the artworks' locations.
If you do just one thing...
Eat a pineapple bun – or better yet, a buttered pineapple bun – from the famous Sai Kung Cafe and Bakery. Hong Kong screen legend Chow Yun-fat is said to be a fan, which is a glowing endorsement if we’ve ever heard one.