Sai Kung may not be the most convenient neighbourhood to get to – there’s no MTR and bus routes there are often slow and winding – but its gorgeous beaches and picturesque hikes make it well worth the effort. Don’t bother planning a trip to Thailand, Sai Kung offers some of the excellent outdoor water sports of its own including see-through kayaking and snorkeling. 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.
Best things to do and eat in Sai Kung
This dinky oasis serves all-day breakfasts and healthy Mediterranean lunch offerings like a haloumi bowl with quinoa, pickled beetroot and lemon tahini dressing. Stop by for nourishing grub and good coffee, as well as comfy couches, fast Wi-Fi and plenty of sockets for your laptop or phone.
Having been subjected to the intense scrutiny of those sage reviewers from the Michelin Guide, this Sai Kung seafood restaurant is now the proud owner of one star. Spread over three floors, the mantis shrimps, crabs and scallops are must order dishes, though the salted fried chicken and seafood soup are also popular. You can even bring your own fish and have it prepared by the kitchen.
It’s a bit out of the way but you just can’t do a Sai Kung food tour without mentioning One Thirty-One. This exclusive private kitchen is located in a gorgeous three-storey Mediterranean-style house overlooking Tolo Harbour, 10 minutes from Sai Kung Town by taxi. The seasonal menu changes regularly, so check in advance before you book.
Passion Drink’s USP is its fruitades: healthy fruit sodas that come in varieties such as salted lemonade and pomegranate vinegar. The refreshingly sour and fizzy flavours are unusual in the best possible way. Also available are a variety of detoxifying pressed juices as well as smoothies and delicious cold noodles.
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. Yum.
Looking for a party venue? Secret Garden is a secluded private outdoor lawn that’s perfect for anyone looking for a more intimate gathering. Surrounded by palm trees and fresh air, the seriously-photogenic venue offers a range of packages from cocktail receptions to buffets and banquet dinner parties.
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 an easy 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 – trust us, it’s very deep – river pool. For those looking for a thrill, you can cliff jump into the rock pool, but go carefully if you do. Otherwise, simply make it a lazy day and picnic on the surrounding rocks.
This Michelin-starred restaurant on the waterfront has an eye-catching crimson facade and a reputation for excellence. Catch anything that lives in water and this Cantonese restaurant will work its magic, whether it’s sautéed clams or braised fish you’re after. The signature deep-fried abalone is a fragrant and juicy must-try, while the crispy chicken deserves almost as much acclaim.
Sai Kung has many beautiful beaches but one of our favourites is Ham Tin Wan's beach on Tai Long Wan bay. The sand is powdery, the water is clear and the infamous rickety bridge over a small inlet is always an experience. To get there, take the MTR to Hang Hau, take exit B and then green minibus 101 to Sai Kung Town. At Sai Kung Pier take a water taxi to Ham Tin Wan.
Looking for a change of scenery come 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 disco 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. Starts from $199 per hour.