Swap your staple rooftop views for these sunny beach bars and waterfront watering holes the next time you’re looking for a calm respite away from the city.

Who doesn’t love getting away from the city centre for a bit of a breather? Whether you’re escaping the crowds or looking to soak up some much-needed vitamin D on the weekend, Hong Kong boasts an abundance of beach getaways, from Sai Kung to Lantau island, all reachable within an hour. Here are some of the best beach bars and restaurants for a breezy respite in the outskirts of Hong Kong.

Thai Dao

Perched on a thin terrace above the beach, Thai Dao boasts picturesque views of the sandy shores from the comfort of your dining seat. Only a short walk (about 15 minutes) from Sai Kung town, the restaurant offers all your Thai favourites, a friendly ambience and a glorious view. Gaze over paddling dogs and kayakers and listen to sounds of waves crashing—we can already smell the saltwater.

Thai Dao, G/F, 9 Sha Ha Village, Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2792 6189

Amalfitana

After a swim and an afternoon spent in the sun at Repulse Bay, there’s nothing better than a casual bite that satisfies the stomach and the soul. Filled with Italian coastal charm in its decor and its menu alike, Amalfitana is the spot to grab a slice of made-to-order pizzas and quenching Aperol spritzes — all by the same team behind SoHo bar scene mainstay Rummin’ Tings. You can even opt for takeaway to enjoy your pie whilst lounging out on the sand.

Amalfitana, Shop 105, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2388 7787

Momentai

The open-air, waterfront location of Momentai (meaning ‘no problems’ in Cantonese) brings in Sai Kung regulars every day of the week, blessed with a panoramic backdrop of the waterfront where sampans, ferries and fishermen flock. City-goers tend to swing by on weekends for a drink or two, and its expansive list of Hong Kong craft beers are especially worth checking out. Head here during happy hours for a chilled afternoon on the comfy couches after a day at the beach or post-hike — perhaps followed by a game of pool at the bar.

Momentai, Kiosk 1 Waterfront, Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2792 8991

CoCoNuts Thai

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Beach bar and grill Coconuts Thai brings a taste of Thailand’s resort vibes to Deep Water Bay. Inspired by Phuket beach clubs (hence the thatched beach huts) visitors can sate post-beach cravings for pad Thai and a refreshing lime soda before you dig into the gin- and tropical cocktail portion of the drinks list as the sun sets.

Coconuts Thai , G/F West Block, Island Road, Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2812 1826

Cococabana

One of Shek O’s longstanding beach bars, Cococabana offers Hong Kong’s answer to the South of France with its Mediterranean fare and charming, sun-bleached alfresco setting. After a day out in the sun, sit back with a glass of wine whilst waiting for that tan to settle in, or immerse in the inviting ambience for a romantic dinner under a canopy of stars.

Cococabana, Shek O Village, Hong Kong, +852 2812 2226

One-ThirtyOne

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For a unique experience in the outskirts of Hong Kong, One-ThirtyOne is a reminiscent of luxury European chateau — hidden away in this secluded corner of Sai Kung. The restaurant is a three-story converted village house serving delectable contemporary French cuisine. Wine and dine your way through the evening breeze with views over the nearby beachside and bushland.

One-ThirtyOne, 131 Tseung Tau Village, Shap Sze Heung, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2791 2684

Zak’s

Castelo Concept group’s beach bar and restaurant, Zak’s, is the largest eatery on Discovery Bay, spanning over 5,000 sq. ft. of al fresco dining where you can soak in the sea breeze. There’s a resort-like ambience here, with a sprawling international menu accompanied with tropical cocktails to match the island vibe — making for a sweet and easy escape just a quick ferry ride away.

Zak’s, Shop 4, G/F. & Shop 1, 1/F., D’Deck Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2987 6232

Padstow Restaurant & Bar

A family favourite, Padstow (sister restaurant to Kennedy Town’s Shoreditch) is nestled in a quiet cove just minutes before you reach Sai Kung town. Inspired by the Cornish seaside, the dining space is conveniently situated near Hebe Haven, making it a popular haunt for sailing enthusiasts. You’ll find plenty of UK staples here, think steak and stout pies, sticky toffee pudding and even haggis. The Sunday Lunch is a must: think roast rib of beef with a pint of St Mungo Lager — found exclusively in Hong Kong at Padstow and Shoreditch, and also used in the restaurant’s airy fish and chips batter.

Padstow, 112 Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2335 5515

Bathers

Located right on Lantau’s Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Bathers is a serves up comforting international fare to sate your appetite after a day spent out at Hong Kong’s longest stretch of white sand. At this beach bar and grill, Dig into light and scrummy seafood bites and cool summertime desserts, all washed down with your favourite chilled wines and beers. Be sure to stay past 5pm to soak in the idyllic sunset — it’s what makes this destination a romantic (and rather popular) wedding venue.

Bathers, 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau, Hong Kong, +852 2504 4788

Faye Bradley
Faye Bradley is a contributing writer for the food and drinks section of Lifestyle Asia. She is a regular Netflix binge-watcher, G&T enthusiast and will settle for all things dim sum. Besides her passion for travel and writing, she is also an illustrator with her own greeting card brand, Cha Siu Papers. You'll find her at a beach in Bali, Pina Colada in hand.