If eating lots of food whilst being in swimwear isn’t exactly your thing, then Cabana has you covered. Situated on top of The Pulse, Cabana offers guests an incredible view of the beach, delicious drinks to quench your thirst, and lounge chairs to relax on. Cabana also offers a breakfast option (literally, only one choice) for you early risers, “Cabana Bites” to nibble on, and select desserts for those with a sweet tooth. You’ll also find onsen baths (basically, public baths) scattered across the rooftop, if you fancy a dip in the water without getting covered in sand on the beach.
Address: 403-404, 4/F The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd
Tel: 2889 5939
Get ready for a breath of fresh air the second you step foot into Limewood. With its open space and cool summer colors with hints of seabreeze blue throughout, you will certainly feel like you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Limewood is furnished with long tables to accomodate larger groups for a casual meal and comfy couches for you to chill out while sipping on the long list of cocktails. If the decor doesn’t reel you in, then the food certainly will. Utilizing South East Asian, Hawaiian, and Caribbean flavours throughout the menu and specializing in BBQ dishes, the meals are both appealing to the eye and appetizing to the stomach.
Address: 103/104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road
Tel: 2866 8668
Not to be missed when you’re walking along Stanley’s Main Street is the bright blue building on the corner which is home to The Boathouse. Though not right on the beach, the three-storey building overlooks the water, with the outdoor rooftop being a great option for a warm, sunny day. The international menu makes it easy to find something you’ll like and the drink selection won’t disappoint. Resembling the likes of a waterfront restaurant along the East Coast, the interior is modest, making for a comfortable and relaxing environment to enjoy a pint and a bite in.
Address: 88 Stanley Main Street
Tel: 2813 4467
Mavericks is one of the most well-known beachside bars in Hong Kong. Nestled on Pui O Beach, this restaurant/bar takes “chill” to a whole new level with its incredibly laid-back vibe and Californian-inspired decor. Mavericks, which is only open on weekends and public holidays, is far from pretentious; you can stroll up in your flip flops and beach shorts. The drinks (a great selection of craft beers), vibe, and live DJ playing lounge music will keep you going throughout the day and into the night. (Mavericks also has a decent kids’ menu).
Address: Pui O Beach
Tel: 5662 8552
Lower Cheung Sha Beach has gone through quite the makeover and The Beach House is one of the great restaurants that has come from it. Serving up a range of western dishes, the food at The Beach House is sure to satisfy hungry beach-goers throughout the day, not to mention the careful attention paid to the presentation of each dish. Open Wednesday to Sunday (and public holidays), head on over for some lunch before you soak up the sun, or after a long day with family and friends on the beach. Regardless of whether you go to The Beach House for a meal or simply a drink, it’s the views (stay for the sunset!) and beach vibe that’ll have you wanting to stay.
Address: 32 Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Tel: 2504 4788
Only a few minutes’ walk from the Mui Wo ferry pier, Blue Horizon Cafe at Silvermine Beach Resort has spacious outdoor seating overlooking Silvermine Bay. Slightly fancier when compared to the previous two restaurants in Lantau, Blue Horizon Cafe is a great place to spend a few hours relaxing in the shade, while still getting a complete panoramic view of the area. If food is on your mind, the menu is quite diverse, offering everything from sandwiches and pasta, to seafood and noodles.
Address: D.D.2 Lot 648, Silvermine Bay, Mui Wo
Tel: 6810 0111
Zaks is located on Discovery Bay’s waterfront promenade, 2 minutes from the ferry pier, and has enviable views of the beach and hills beyond. Eating at Zaks is a very laid back affair and you can expect decent service and reliably good quality international food. This restaurant is a perennial favourite with DB residents and visitors alike and is great for families and large groups.
Big Wave Bay
Its location right on the beach combined with cheap food makes Eric’s Kitchen the go-to spot in Big Wave Bay. Eric’s Kitchen is a no-frills, self-service restaurant, so head up to the counter to order, with most items on the menu below $50. You can expect your typical beach pub fare with Hong Kong flare. Once you’ve ordered, grab a seat and enjoy the views of Big Wave Bay Beach until your food arrives.
Address: Big Wave Bay Beach (the first restaurant on your right as you walk onto the beach)
You really can’t beat the beachfront location of Cococabana on Shek O beach. The Mediterranean French food goes well with its white and ocean-blue decor and relaxed vibe. Cococabana offers casual outdoor seating as well as indoor seating if you are in need of an escape from the sun. Arrive in the early afternoon and order a Bloody Mary and sit on the outdoor terrace for a few hours while listening to the waves lap up on the beach, before the weekend crowds arrive.
Address: G/F Shek O Beach Building, Shek O Beach
Tel: 2812 2226
Ben’s Back Beach Bar
If you’re looking for a beach bar that’s off the beaten track, Ben’s Back Beach Bar is the answer. Only a five-minute walk through the little houses of Shek O, this unassuming bar is incredibly chilled out and sits right on a beach that is far less busy than Shek O Beach. Friendly service, cheap drinks, and a relaxed vibe keep the people coming back. Ben’s Back Beach Bar’s menu focuses on bar food, so order a burger, and listen to some reggae music while enjoying a $20 beer. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Address: 273 Shek O Village Road
Tel: 2809 2268
On Kee Store
If you’ve ever been hiking to Tai Long Wan, you’ve more than likely eaten at, rented camping equipment from, or passed by On Kee Store. You’ll find this little shop right after you make your way over the rickety wooden bridge. Though clearly a bit of a journey to get to, if you’re in the area already for a hike or to camp out, this restaurant is the place to go. With cheap and delicious western Chinese food on the menu and a fantastic view of the beach, you really can’t go wrong stopping by for a few hours before you catch a boat taxi back.
Address: 13 Ham Tin Wan Village, Tai Long Wan
Tel: 2328 2262
thisgirlabroad is a Canadian expat who found herself packing her life up in the Great White North to move to a city filled with skyscrapers, dim sum, and 7-Eleven’s. She’s been living, loving, and eating her way through Hong Kong for the past four years without any plans to slow down. Between working full time, managing her blog, and freelance writing, you’ll likely find her with a strong cup of coffee in one hand and a jar of crunchy peanut butter in the other.