The best things to do in Quarry Bay
Also known as the ‘Monster Building’ for its conglomeration of five incredibly densely stacked residential complexes, Yik Cheong Building and Montane Mansion are probably the most well-known locations in Quarry Bay and definitely among the most Instagrammed spots in Hong Kong. A perfect reflection of our city’s famed urban density, the photogenic architecture has also featured in Hollywood blockbusters like Ghost in the Shell and Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Unleash your inner child at this indoor obstacle course. At its core, Verm City is an indoor rock climbing gym with a 4.5m colourful boulder gym, top roping and leading wall, as well as Asia’s first augmented wall (which uses projected graphics and proprietary body tracking to create interactive games) that’s perfect for beginners. Verm City is also home to the city’s first and only climbing theme park, where visitors can climb, scale and clamber up 19 different obstacles. And yeah, there’s a 6m-high giant slide, too. $180 per hour.
Ryze, Hong Kong Island’s biggest trampoline park, is completely lined with trampolines from wall to wall, with foam pits and rope swings allowing the daring to indulge their ninja fantasies. All visitors must sign a liability waiver but once you’re in, you can bounce, flip and jump to great heights to your heart’s content. It’s a surprisingly decent exercise workout too! Starts at $150 for one hour.
Bring home the freshest local produce at this regular Sunday Market in Taikoo Place. With up to 40 stalls offering everything from seasonal fruits, baked goods and organic food, sample and try out healthy delicious nibbles while learning more about sustainable eating. Though the market is on summer hiatus, mark your calendars for when it returns in November.
Hong Kong’s only neon-themed indoor playground, Crossfire Arena offers patrons glow-in-the-dark bubble suits to bump about in when playing on their indoor pitch. Learn drills and strategies as teams waddle across the pitch in their bubble suits trying to score before inevitably getting smacked to the floor. Aside from bubble football, Crossfire has a whole host of other fun, neon-themed games including archery tag, dodgeball and light-up sabres that are perfect for any Star Wars fans. $225 per person.
This rink has the smoothest, slickest ice around – not to mention, it’s the only rink on Hong Kong Island. Regular skaters are rewarded with a points card which can be used to collect various skating accessories. However, it’s not the best rink to practice your backward arabesque spiral as this and other advanced moves are banned for the safety of fellow skaters. $75 per hour.
The hike up to Mount Parker is one of the most popular nocturnal strolls in the city, providing stunning panoramic views of the Hong Kong’s famous night-time landscape and, more excitingly, fireflies. There are several ways to get up to the peak, but the most straightforward route is to follow the bottom of Mount Parker Road – just five minutes away from Quarry Bay MTR station. Have your cameras at the ready to capture illuminated skyscrapers and fireflies lighting up the scene.
Want to impress your friends and family with your Chinese tea expertise? At MingCha Tea House, you can have as many tea tastings as you want for a fixed price – perfect for tea enthusiasts and culture vultures. By the end of this fun and interactive class, you can learn all about the histories and origins of different teas, as well as knowing how to brew a cup of tea like a pro. Bring home some of the wonderful selection of authentic teas MingCha has on offer, all presented in eco-friendly packaging. $350 per person.
This scenic promenade winds its way alongside the harbour giving strollers stunning views towards the New Territories. Connecting Quarry Bay Park and Tai Koo Shing Park with various children’s playgrounds, rollerblading parks and open spaces — tai chi, anyone? – the promenade makes for a brilliant romantic stroll or spot to jog at night. Quarry Bay Park is also one of the few places in the city to see cherry blossoms during early February – take a snap and watch the Instagram ‘likes’ roll in.
The perfect example of an urban oasis, Quarry Bay Tree Walk is just a few minutes walk away from Kornhill Garden, making it an easy escape from the neighbourhood hustle and bustle. A fairly flat and surprisingly peaceful route, the 1.1km-long stroll takes you through not only beautiful forestry but also remnants of war such as communal stoves and warehouses.
The best restaurants in Quarry Bay
Beijing City’s selection of fresh, handmade dumplings can be ordered fried or served swimming in a rich broth. The spicy noodle soups, pancakes and pork served on rice, are among the other tasty options on offer. It’s an easy, wham bam thank you ma’am Chinese option.
Camper’s is, unsurprisingly, a Camping-themed Japanese restaurant. There’s camping paraphernalia scattered around and wood panels give the interior a distinctly cabin-like feel to the decor. Home-style Japanese dishes are the name of the game here, try the stir fried pork with ginger sauce, or the rice topped with beef and egg, or alternatively, slurp on a bowl of ramen.
Umberto Bombana is the man behind this concept. Bombana is also the man who helms the only Michelin-three star Italian restaurant outside of Italy – 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo. CIAK is a more casual affair, serving hearty and traditional Italian fare. Tuck into fine meats, traditional pork sausages, fresh pastas and pizzas and delectable homemade cakes and pastries for something sweet.
This top-drawer restaurant features French-style glass doors, which open up on to the pavement, giving Eiffel Bistro an authentically Parisian vibe. The menu here features hearty, traditional treats like foie gras with apricot chutney, steak frites and dainty French desserts like lemon tart. If you don’t fancy a whole meal, it’s a great place for a glass of wine or two, with a cheese and charcuterie board to nibble on.
Established by Ambrose Peter Law after he learned the art of coffee roasting in Melbourne, Espresso Alchemy is a small institution that specialises in sourcing and roasting superior Arabica coffee beans from select origins. The Quarry Bay coffeehouse is the only wholesale coffee roaster in Hong Kong to have a Licensed Coffee Grader and a Barista Championship Judge amongst the staff to provide unparalleled roasting quality control, coffee training and bar management. Impressed? Wait till you try the cold brew or any of the barista’s choice.
This relaxed, family-friendly Belgian beer hall is pretty authentic, with benches that encourage conviviality and the alluring aroma of ale seemingly ingrained into the very walls. Frites serves an awesome array of Belgian brews that includes light, dark, extra-strong and fruity brews, among others. Food-wise, Frites is known for it’s, well, frites, and mussels of course.
Inspired by the hawker centres of Southeast Asia, Hawkr serves fresh and healthy grab-and-go street food style dishes with the best ingredients and freshest flavours. Tuck into curries, soup noodle pots, Vietnamese and Thai baguettes and wraps, healthy breakfasts, juices, house-blend coffees and much more.
Occupying three storeys of Taikoo Place Apartments, the casual bottom floor belongs to Mrs Fox and up above is Mr Fox — more of a sit-down affair, showcasing dry-aged Australian Angus beef from the renowned Rangers Valley. The top floor of the establishment is a private dining area that seats 24 people called The Den. Mrs Fox serves up charcuterie, soups, salads and burgers at wallet-friendly prices.
There’s a surprising number of Australian-inspired coffee shops in Hong Kong, but Nutsy Coffee Bar is definitely up near the top. Best known for its single origin coffee in the form of espressos and hand-drip drinks, Nutsy brings Hongkongers some intense and sublime coffee. They sell regular seasonal sweet and savoury items – hot cross buns during Easter, for instance – and are one of the few places that serve vegemite on toast. Show some love by leaving messages and drawings on the giant chalkboard.
Pregio is bonkers for beans. They have 'guest' coffee beans almost daily, which baristas will give you a sample of to smell. They serve everything from a phenomenal flat white, to hand-dripped brews. They even offer food and coffee pairing menus, where different coffees are matched with dishes such as king prawn kebabs with pea brulee and rocket.