Need an escape from Hong Kong’s bustling urban centre? Sai Kung, once a quiet fishing village nestled in cove with pristine waters, remains one of Hong Kong’s best weekend getaways. While it’s known for its seafood, beaches, and hiking trails, this local neighbourhood attracts weekend visitors who also enjoy strolling the local shops. Below are some great community businesses you can check out on your day trip.
Route: Chung Heng Organic Shop → The Bottle Shop → Kuro Vale → Pan Da Cafe →The Dutch →Chiny & Mercury → Vintage HK
Start your day by grabbing a variety of fresh veggies and organic grocery items at Chung Heng Organic Shop , all affordable prices. All you need for starting a healthy lifestyle is in this store, from local organic produce to US organic brand-Trader Joe. Gluten-free products, which can be hard to find in Hong Kong, are also available.
112 Man Nin Street
Fancy a tipple while you chill out? Next door to Chung Heng Organic Shop you’ll find The Bottle Shop that carries the most extensive selection of craft beers in Hong Kong. Shop owner Danny Wong imports his favourite brews and interesting craft beers from around the world. He’ll happily introduce you to the flavour palate of a Californian pale ale, a Belgium dark cherry beer or a cider from a microbrewery down-under. Not interested in alcohol? You can grab a tasty vegan ice-pop in the store!
114-116 Man Nin Street
Looking for some artistic home decor? Continue walking straight along Man Lin Street until See Cheung Street and visit Kuro Vale to see the collection of pottery by local artists from across Asia that the owner, Joanne, has sourced herself! As a long-time Sai Kung resident, Joanne realized her dream of opening this shop in 2012 and still hosts pottery classes for young kids in the studio.
48 See Cheung Street
Getting hungry? Pan Da Café is a comfy cafe hidden by trees at the street corner. Get a taste of 1990s Hong Kong by enjoying your afternoon tea surrounded by toys and comics from that era. The fluffy pancakes taste perfect with the fresh peach jam. There are also plenty of iconic Japanese comic books for sale outside the cafe.
23 See Cheung Street
On Hoi Pong Street, you can shop for a taste of Holland from The Dutch Buy some cheese to complement the wine you bought from The Bottle Shop, or you enjoy a tasting plate at their waterfront bar. They carry a wide selection including cumin and pesto cheeses. Other than cheese, you can also find caramel waffles and other Dutch goodies. The cheese master is happy to tell you a thing or two about the long history of cheese making in the lowlands.
19 Hoi Pong Street
Right next to The Dutch you will find a hip handcraft workshop – Chiny & Mercury. This little store started by Chiny and Mercury, focusing on handmade goods; even the store’s decor are uses their handcrafted products. Material matters a lot in handcrafted products, and the materials they use are certainly unique. Be amazed by the washable, ironable and varied craft paper products: think cardholders, passport holders, wallets, folders etc. Don’t miss the stunning Japanese style fabrics that Chiny and Mercury collected during their travels in Taiwan and Japan. Why not buy a DIY kit so you can get creative and crafty at home?
21 Hoi Pong Street
Walk further along Hoi Pong street to end the day with a little “treasure hunt”. Vintage HK is chockfull of retro finds and cool collectors’ items. This is a true treasure trove for those with a soft spot for Hong Kong in the old days. It is impossible to enter this store without falling in love: art deco lampshades, original leica cameras, antique clocks, vintage handbags and one-of-a-kind jewellery. You’ll find that unique piece to update your wardrobe or home.
10 Hoi Pong Street
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