Sai Kung Neighbourhood Guide: Living in the City’s Green Lung

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Neighbourhood guide - Sai Kung

Thinking of living and investing in Sai Kung? Here’s the lay of the land.

A Hongkonger’s favourite when it comes to weekend outings and an area best known for its prolific hiking trails, beaches and opportunities to get out on the water, Sai Kung is the place to live if you have a strong affinity for the city’s green lung, just 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Whether if you prefer sleepy village hamlets or the elegant new residences that are defining the area, Sai Kung gives off a relaxed small-town feel, balancing its bustling town centre and famous seafood street with plenty of green spaces and community businesses.

Residences to know 

133 Portofino

Slated for completion by mid-2020, Sino Land’s upcoming development 133 Portofino on 133 Hong Kin Road stands on one of Sai Kung’s most exclusive plots of land, overlooking Hebe Haven and Sai Kung Bay on both sides. Impeccable sea views are naturally the draw here looking out on the stunning aquamarine bay. The property comprises seven five-storey houses and 26 condo units ranging from 704 to 3,491 sq. ft. 

133 Portofino, 133 Hong Kin Road, Sai Kung

The Mediterranean

In the same vein as its aspirational moniker, Sino residential development The Mediterranean is all about the sunny seaside lifestyle of our Continental counterparts. The complex’s wow-worthy swimming pool may create a lofty impression, though the four-block, 297-unit apartment complex comprises mainly small to medium homes, ranging from about 500 to 1,100 sq. ft. At the same time, there are also 52 special units — 35 come with gardens and 13 with rooftops — and four ultra-luxe homes for those seeking a cut above the rest.

The Mediterranean, 8 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung

Mount Pavilia

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New World Development’s stunning residential project Mount Pavilia lies on the cusp of Clear Water Bay and Sai Kung, and like the group’s other properties, prizes art and culture in its thoughtfully considered surrounds. Billed as a residential sculpture park, the property features 680 units, ranging from flats in low-density apartment blocks up to a penthouse triplex, interspersed with pieces by Tatiana Trouvé, Gao Weigang and more. There’s also an art museum Chi Art Space regularly exhibiting world class pieces, and St Barts, a sunny cafe popular for brunch that’s open to visitors and residents alike.

Mount Pavilia, 63 Clearwater Bay Road, Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong

Where to Eat & Drink

Chuen Kee

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Sai Kung’s waterfront promenade bombards you with seafood restaurants and touts for sampan and kaito rides at every turn, but you definitely can’t miss Chuen Kee, a monolithic seafood institution recognised in the Michelin Guide for 11 years in a row. Widely successful with two massive family-run branches, take your pick from one with alfresco seating or a quieter venue further south. But at either, you’ll want to pick your meal from the tank, with a wide and lively selection of seafood — from lobster and leviathan-scaled garoupa to bivalves and crustaceans. Don’t miss the mantis shrimp fried with peppered salt.

Chuen Kee, 53 Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2791 1195

Sing Kee

Being awarded the Michelin star for four consecutive years since 2015, Sing Kee is a popular choice for exceptional Cantonese seafood, a red cottage tucked into the side roads of Sai Kung town. But by no means has the eatery been resting on its laurels — particularly skilled at various abalone dishes and age-old recipes, Sing Kee is still as popular as ever whether by word of mouth or from its media limelight. For something other than seafood, don’t sleep on the spectacular crispy chicken.

Sing Kee (website in Cantonese), 39 Sai Kung Tai Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2791 9887

Loaf On

Looking for classic Cantonese seafood with a twist? Head to Loaf On, currently the only restaurant in Sai Kung that holds an esteemed Michelin Star for 2020. Elegant, bright surrounds meet well executed recipes that play to the freshness of the seafood. Don’t miss the popular black pepper crispy chicken, which needs to be pre-ordered at the time of reservation.

Loaf On, 49 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2792 9966

Little Cove

If you’re hoping for something other than seafood to sate your appetite after a long day of exploring Sai Kung town, this Instagrammable nook on the side of the Sai Kung waterfront promenade dishes up gorgeous plates of Aussie-style brunch and excellent coffees. When the weather gets hot, grab a bench at its dog-friendly alfresco picnic tables for an icy acai bowl or a few chilled beers.

Little Cove, Sai Kung Town Villa Block A, Siu Yat Building Block A, Shop 1&2, G/F, Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 9572 8560

One-ThirtyOne

A French fine dine mainstay tucked in a colonial-style building in Tseng Tau Village, One-ThirtyOne was opened by European cuisine enthusiast chef Gary Cheuk. Offering a four-course lunch and six-course dinner menu that changes monthly, the restaurant uses fresh organic produce from its neighbouring farm where it can. With its romantic atmosphere, the restaurant is a perfect place for special dates and celebrations, particularly weddings.

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

Ali Oli Bakery

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An institution for fresh-baked European-style breads and pastries since 1986, Ali Oli Bakery is the expert you’ll want to turn to when you’re looking to carb-load with a discerning palate. Think fresh rolls, baguettes meet shiny glazed tarts and pies — they also do event catering and celebration cakes by order. The deli counter is also a great place to shop for homemade pates, sauces and oils to go along with your bread.

Ali Oli Bakery, G/F, 11 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2792 2655

Tiki Tiki Bowling Bar

Not your average bowling alley, the Tiki Tiki Bowling Bar is Sai Kung’s whimsical gathering place for families, friends and couples alike. With its playful Polynesian theme, 10 professional hardwood Brunswick lanes, live music, fun cocktails, live music and UV lights, it’s the ultimate venue for parties and social gatherings.

Tiki Tiki Bowling Bar, 4/F, Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2657 8488

Momentai Bar & Restaurant

A buzzing, open-air space along the Sai Kung Waterfront, Momentai exudes a relaxed, beachy vibe (if it isn’t already apparent in the name — ‘mo men tai’ means ‘no problem’ in Cantonese) with its sunny interiors, billowing draped ceiling and pool tables. Kick back and settle in for an afternoon of people-watching with its well considered list of local craft beers.

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

Padstow Restaurant & Bar

Formerly the beloved Hebe 101, a fresh lick of sky blue paint and a rebrand has transformed the former watering hole to a convivial family-friendly British diner under the folks behind Kennedy Town’s Shoreditch. If you’re craving British pub grub, this is the place: Padstow’s is popular for its Sunday roasts, fish and chips and classic pies.

Padstow Restaurant & Bar, 112 Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung, +852 2335 5515

What to See & Do

Hebe Haven Yacht Club

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Built in 1963, the Hebe Haven Yacht Club prides itself on its friendly, relaxed atmosphere, and is one of few mooring facilities in Hong Kong especially popular with sailing and watersports enthusiasts. Boasting a busy racing calendar throughout the year, the Club’s biggest events include the 24-hour charity dinghy race and the Typhoon Series, the largest summer regatta in Hong Kong.

Hebe Haven Yacht Club, Hiram’s Highway, +852 2719 9682

Half Moon Bay (Hap Mun Bay)

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Along the Sai Kung promenade you’ll find touts that will offer a quick zip by sampan or kaito ferry to a number of outlying islands dotted across the Sai Kung coast. One popular destination is Hap Mun Bay, also known as Half Moon Bay, named after the pristine beach’s crescent shape. Located on the southern tip of Sharp Island, Hap Mun Bay boasts some of the cleanest waters in Hong Kong (and regularly awarded so), and is equally enjoyed as a barbecue and picnic site as well as for sunbathing and swimming. Hike up to the rocky shores up along Sharp Island for a ferry back to Sai Kung. More information here.

Hap Mun Bay, Sharp Island, Sai Kung, Hong Kong

Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark

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Sai Kung is home to some incredible rock formations thanks to volcanic activity in the area 140 million years ago. Whether you’re a geology buff or not, they are impressive: learn more from the Hong Kong UNESCO Geopark Volcano Discovery Centre located at the Sai Kung Waterfront Park to sign up for land excursions, while several boat tours are available from Sai Kung pier. Keen thrillseekers can also deem to explore the towering column formations up close by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. More information here.

Hong Kong Space Museum Astropark

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Located in the Chong Hing Water Sports Centre at High Island Reservoir, the Hong Kong Astropark is an open air park with stargazing facilities for you to admire the night sky at its full glory — a rarity in the concrete jungle that is Hong Kong. It’s best to head there by public transport or taxi, or you can also apply for a vehicle license to access the park.

More information here.

Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy

Looking to improve your swing? Your backhand, perhaps? The Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy is the first of its kind in the city, combining the coaching methods by Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf and Barcelona’s Bruguera Tennis Academy under one roof. Patrons can make the most of a driving range and six-hole training green, or a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor tennis facility, on top of high-tech equipment and coaching that will help you scientifically improve your playing. Guests can also book in for overnight retreats or treat themselves to a spa session after a long hard day of training.

Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy, 81 Tai Chung Hau, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 3187 8900

Evelyn Lok
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. She covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.