Once a humble fishing harbor, Sai Kung has developed into a hub of eclectic eateries and weekend markets, not to mention some of Hong Kong’s most beautiful natural scenery. While the vibrant town has become a popular hangout for locals and tourists alike, “Hong Kong’s back garden” still retains its charming village vibe and offers a quick getaway from bustling city life. By Kate Lok Vintage HK
This second-hand store was founded by a group of photographers, architects, writers, DJs and designers. Browsing the jewelry, bags, clothes and furniture of this eclectic boutique makes you feel like you’re going through your hip grandma’s attic.
G/F, 10 Sai Kung Hoi Pong St., Sai Kung, 2792-0212.
Hebe One O One
This colonial-inspired seaside eatery in Hebe Haven is worth the 10-minute trip from Sai Kung town center. This beautiful waterfront restaurant has it all: alfresco dining, spectacular views, classic English fare and a lively bar. Make sure to try their Sunday roast, a firm favorite among the regulars. 112 Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung, 2335-5515.
AJ’s Sri Lankan Cuisine
Priding itself as Hong Kong’s only authentic Sri Lankan restaurant, AJ proves that Sri Lankan cuisine isn’t just an Indian offshoot. Dig into specialties such as the aromatic black lamb curry and their signature lamprais, rice wrapped in banana leaf. 12-14 Sai Kung Hoi Pong St., Sai Kung, 2792-2555.
Lok Yuk Kindergarten
Built in the 1940s, these distinctive buildings have seen their fair share of history. During the Japanese occupation they were requisitioned by the infamous Kempeitai military police, who refused to surrender at the end of the war in 1945, fighting on against the allies before escaping under cover of darkness. The buildings were later a police station, then a seminary and church. 19E Po Tung Rd, Sai Kung.
This Texas-inspired smoke house serves some of the best American grub in the city. Expect heart attack-inducing crispy buffalo wings slathered in chili sauce, thick prime USDA steaks and devilish ice-cream sundaes. Pair it all with a mug of ice-cold San Miguel. 28 Yi Chun St., Sai Kung, 2791-6113.
Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course
A 15-minute boat ride from Sai Kung,
Kau Sai Chau has three courses covering 250 pristine hectares—so your stroke might be put off by the occasional barking deer. There are classes to suit all levels.
Kau Sai Chau, Sai Kung, 2791-3388, kscgolf.org.hk