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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Restaurant & Bar, 112 Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2335 5515
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
Another firm favourite on Repulse Bay promenade, Sip Song whips up a whole host of sensational Thai staples and refreshing cocktails. Its relaxed, beachy vibes and colorful interior whisks you away to the white sandy beaches of Thailand. Also dog friendly, enjoy a Pad Thai with your pup as the sun sets over Repulse Bay Beach.
Sip Song, Shop 114 & 115, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2328 8385
Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant
Perched on Poi Toi island is renowned seafood restaurant, Ming Kee. Sought after for its fresh daily catches and calamari, this is the perfect spot for a feast with friends and an ice cold Tsing Tao.
Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant, Poi Toi Island, Hong Kong, +852 2849 7038
Treasure Island Beach Club
Taking over from where Mavericks used to be, Treasure Island Beach Club serves up the same chilled, beachy vibes and surf grub. With plenty vegetarian and vegan options also on the menu, alongside live music and plenty of cocktails, set up for a sunny day on the terrace.
Treasure Island Beach Club, Pui O Beach, Lantau, Hong Kong, +852 5236 7016
Hing Kee Beach Bar
A chilled spot on Cheung Chau, Hing Kee cooks up homemade meals and offers plenty of craft beers to crack open beachside. The perfect pitstop after a long day of water sports and sun soaking, this 70-year-old bar may be a hole-in-the-wall but remains a favourite amongst locals and those in the know.
Hing Kee Beach Bar, 31 Cheung Chau Sports Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, +852 2981 3478
Ben’s Back Beach Bar
Frequented by beach-goers seeking a quieter place to lay down their towel, as well as those with pups in tow, Ben’s Back Beach Bar is run by a friendly local happy to serve snacks and a wide selections of beers and drinks to thirsty customers. Also available to book for barbecues, make a stop here post-hike or simply set up for sundowners.
Ben’s Back Beach Bar, Shek O, Hong Kong
This post was originally published on 25 May 2020 by Faye Bradley and updated on 14 April 2021 by Lifestyle Asia team.