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Sai Kung: ultimate neighbourhood guide

Gorgeous beaches and quality dining options makes Sai Kung one of the best city escapes in Hong Kong

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Sai Kung may not be the most convenient neighbourhood to get to, but its gorgeous beaches and picturesque hikes make it well worth the effort. Sai Kung also offers some excellent outdoor water sports, including see-through kayaking and snorkelling. And that’s not all. The peninsula is home to amazing al fresco seafood restaurants and authentic local desserts too. Don’t know where to start? Read on to learn all the best things to do and eat in Sai Kung.

RECOMMENDED: If you prefer something more nostalgic, try heading to one of our city's best retro restaurants or cafes.

Best things to do and eat in Sai Kung

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BeCandle-23052020
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BeCandle

Shopping Sai Kung

Founded in 2010 by a collective of local artisans, BeCandle is one of our favourite fragrance candle store in Hong Kong. Each product is handcrafted, making them perfect for those wanting to add a personal touch to their home. Visit and pick up one of their scented or decorative candles, or learn first-hand about their craft and make your own candle at one of their bespoke candle workshops.

Blacksmith Coffee Shop
Blacksmith Coffee Shop
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Blacksmith Coffee Shop

Restaurants Cafés Sai Kung

More than just a cafe, Blacksmith is a cool little hangout spot that often showcases different art pieces by local artists as well as a handful of precious gems collected by the shop owner. Mixing art together with cuisine, Blacksmith serves up a mouthwatering selection of dishes such as pulled pork bagel, honey lemon french toast, ratatouille and kimchi chicken pizza.

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Blue Sky Sports Club-standup paddleboarding
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Blue Sky Sports Club

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Taking standup paddleboarding (SUP) to a whole new level, Blue Sky Sports Club offers a variety of classes and tours for paddlers of all levels. If you're new to the sport, ease into it with one of their beginners' classes, or sign up for their training program to get fit and hone in on your paddle techniques. For those looking for more adventure, Blue Sky also has overnight SUP camping events as well as eco-tours. Alternatively, opt for a different kayaking experience with its transparent kayaks, which allow you to see down into the water as you paddle. You'll get to witness the beauty of Sai Kung from a whole other perspective!

The Bottle Shop
The Bottle Shop
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The Bottle Shop

Shopping Off licences Sai Kung

Goodbye, generic commercial beers. Hello, artisanal breweries. The Bottle Shop is stocked with shelf upon shelf of exotic craft beers and ciders sourced from across five continents. The selection can be overwhelming, but everything is meticulously organised and labelled. Whether you’re looking for something hoppy, malty, dark, fruity or barrel-aged, they’re sure to have what you want.

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The Conservatory
The Conservatory
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The Conservatory

Restaurants Mediterranean Sai Kung

Standing alongside other local heavyweights like Jaspas, Classified, and Piccolo’s in Sai Kung, The Conservatory always attracts a crowd with its Mediterranean selection of mezze, tapas, and antipasti. With its classic design and delicate dishes, this laidback eatery has been voted the best restaurant in Sai Kung by residents for the past three years. Brunch is the crowd favourite here on the weekends, where its outdoor area is always packed with locals and visitors alike.

Sai Kung Hoi Ha
Sai Kung Hoi Ha
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Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park

Attractions Sai Kung

Hoi Ha Wan is one of Hong Kong’s most precious protected marine parks. According to the WWF, Hoi Ha Wan is home to 60 types of coral and 120 species of fish. Venture out to the marine park via minibus 7 from Sai Kung Pier and rent kayaks and snorkelling gear from a shop in the tiny village of Hoi Ha when you get there. It takes around 20 minutes of kayaking to reach the main coral colonies. Snorkel underwater and see up close Hong Kong’s beautiful marine life. However, if you do decide to visit, do pay special attention not to damage the parks natural habitats. Feel free to flip through the diving and snorkelling guidelines here.

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Little Cove Espresso
Little Cove Espresso
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Little Cove Espresso

Restaurants Coffeeshops Sai Kung

Located in a lane next to the picturesque Sai Kung harbourside, this peaceful hideaway with minimal decor serves up a great flat white alongside healthy, Mediterranean food offerings. Duck in for the Instagram-worthy avocado toast, a smoothie bowl, or just unwind in the tranquil atmosphere with a quality cup of coffee. We highly recommend sitting outside on a good day!

Moni Stand
Moni Stand
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Moni Stand

Restaurants Cafés Sai Kung

Self-described as a 'coffee bean showroom', Moni Stand is a safe haven for those who have a refined taste in coffee, and a genuine appreciation for vinyl music. Tucked away on a back street, the shop is lined with wall-to-wall shelves carrying a wide range of vinyl records sourced from around the world. Moni Stand also hosts regular workshops for coffee lovers to go learn about things like home brewing and coffee cupping.

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Ninepin Group (Kwo Chau Islands)

Attractions Beaches Sai Kung

This cluster of 29 islands on Sai Kung’s eastern edge is made up of volcanic rock formations – the remnants of an explosion that occurred during the Cretaceous Period. Made up of North, East , and South Ninepin islands (as well as several other smaller landmasses) – the islands got their name from the hexagonal columns on their outer edges, which were said to remind British sailors of bowling pins. As the islands are uninhabited, there is no public transport but private tours can be arranged to visit them.

The Picture House
The Picture House
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The Picture House

Restaurants Fusion Sai Kung

The name of this popular local gastropub hails from the building's previous identity as a former cinema. The interior is reminiscent of the classic British pub, with a large selection of draught beers, reasonably priced wines, and signature cocktails. Easily its biggest appeal is the outdoor garden; perfect for soaking up the sun while enjoying their selection of drinks and classic pub grub.

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Saigon Pho
Saigon Pho
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Saigon Pho

Restaurants Vietnamese Sai Kung

Arguably one of the best pho spots in Hong Kong, this small spot serves up fresh pho with a flavourful broth, made with fresh oxtail, chopped beef, and an array of spices. Its low prices and convenient location have made it a hit with fans of Vietnamese food from all over town.

Sai Kung Cafe & Bakery

Restaurants Sai Kung
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Eat a pineapple bun – or better yet, a buttered pineapple bun – from the famous Sai Kung Café and Bakery. Not sure if it’s worth the trek? Hong Kong screen legend Chow Yun-fat is said to be a fan, which is a glowing endorsement if we’ve ever heard one. Another massively popular order is their Portuguese egg tart, which melts in your mouth when it’s fresh out of the oven. Excuse us while we go drool.

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Sing Kee Seafood
Sing Kee Seafood
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Sai Kung Seafood Street

Restaurants Sai Kung

Sai Kung is a seaside neighbourhood, so it should come as no surprise that there are some top quality seafood restaurants here. Restaurants with fish tanks and water-filled displays of freshly caught seafood line this street, allowing hungry diners to pick and choose what they want to eat before settling down inside. Many of the restaurants here also have a killer harbour view, so you can enjoy the sea breeze while you dig into scrumptious, made-to-order seafood dishes.

Sawadee Thailand
Sawadee Thailand
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Sawaddee Thailand

Restaurants Thai Sai Kung

A Sai Kung establishment, Sawadee Thailand has long been welcoming customers with its authentic Thai flavours after a long day exploring the town. There are two branches in Sai Kung. While the Sai Kung Garden location is more spacious, its other branch, located in an alleyway behind the minibus terminus, is unbeatable for locals wanting a late-night meal.

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Seed zero waste store, Sai Kung
Seed zero waste store, Sai Kung
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Seed

Shopping Sai Kung

Seed is a boutique zero-waste grocery that’s all about promoting a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle. Mason jars are in abundance here carrying all the kitchen staples such as grains, spices, detergents and of course, seeds, including stainless steel reusable coffee capsules and shampoo soaps. Here you can bring your own bottles to take home some of their homemade anti-bacterial handwash and sunscreen. Food-wise, you can also find all-natural, dairy-free noodles and vegan cookies. Best of all, everything here is package-free – though if you find yourself lacking a container bag, Seed does provide eco-friendly cotton bags. 

Sheung Luk Stream

Attractions Sai Kung
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One of the few clean freshwater river pools in Hong Kong, Sheung Luk Stream is located just beyond the beachside village of Sai Wan. It’s a one-hour hike from the village with decent views overlooking High Island Reservoir along the way as the trail winds through East Country Park. You’ll pass through three small basins before reaching a deep river pool. For those looking for a thrill, you can cliff jump into the rock pool, but please do so with caution. Otherwise, simply make it a lazy day and picnic on the surrounding rocks.  

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Tikitiki Bowling Bar bowling lanes
Tikitiki Bowling Bar bowling lanes
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Tikitiki Bowling Bar

Bars and pubs Sai Kung

Are you looking for a change of scenery for your next bowling session? Head over to Tikitiki Bowling Bar for a spot of disco bowling. The venue boasts some serious tropical decor, from palm trees, and rattan furniture to Polynesian decorations, and features 10 atmospheric neon-lit bowling lanes. Chill at the outdoor bar and enjoy delicious exotic cocktails served in coconut shells and adorable tiki mugs while waiting for your turn on the lanes.

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YTT Arts Festival
YTT Arts Festival
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Yim Tin Tsai Salt Pans

Things to do Sai Kung

Given that 'yim tin' is Cantonese for salt pan, there are no prizes for guessing the island's former industry. Early Hakka settlers primarily made their living through salt farming, using flat plains of land to dry the salt before trading. With competition from rapidly growing economies in the 1960s and 1970s, the industry began to decline, and villagers left the now derelict island. In honour of Yim Tin Tsai's rich heritage, a restoration project was launched in 2013 to restore the fields to their former glory. Yim Tin is only a 15-minute boat ride from Sai Kung and has some beautiful sights to see including a historic church, a beautifully restored school, old houses, and of course, salt pans.

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