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Hong Kong restaurants by the sea

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The natural beauty of Hong Kong's islands on a stunning day

Hong Kong is a city surrounded by ocean with a diverse selection of seaside dining that can be as nostalgic or innovative as you desire.

Hong Kong is a river of skyscrapers amongst green parklands, ranges and rocky slopes, and in nearly every direction, you can see the ocean. The city owes much of its history to its many kilometres of beautiful coastline, and the salt, pearl and fishery trades in coastal villages were once the dominant ways of life here. Hong Kong even has its own native species of oyster!

Sheltered harbours and an advantageous geographic location defined early Hong Kong, and today it honours its rich maritime heritage with amazing seaside dining options. Whether it be a designer, glitzy spot overlooking the city skyline or a simple seafood restaurant bordering the ocean, it’s only natural that Hong Kong restaurateurs are perfecting the essential ingredients for a memorable meal by the sea.

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Hong Kong Island

City Hall Maxim’s Palace has a spacious layout with plenty of room for dim sum trolleys

City Hall Maxim’s Palace

Hong Kong is practically synonymous with dim sum and its extensive list of delectable bites. There are very few trolley-service dim sum halls left, and Maxim’s Palace next to Central Harbourfront is the best of all. Showcasing traditional Cantonese cuisine and dim sum with a backdrop of stunning Victoria Harbour, there’s no more quintessential Hong Kong experience than this one.

Address: 2/F, Low Block, Hong Kong City Hall, Central, Hong Kong Island
Phone: 2521 1303

A whole baked fish with herbs, in front of the Shek O beach on a sunny day

Cococabana

Escape the city and get in a Mediterranean mood by the ocean at Cococabana in Shek O. Located directly on the beach with stunning views of the South China Sea whilst surrounded by the hills of Shek O Country Park, the restaurant maintains a friendly village feel with a mix of tourists and locals. Simple, fresh seafood dishes such as grilled sea bream, peri-peri prawns and bouillabaisse are prepared by French chef Jean Paul Gauci, who has spent many years focusing on modern Provençal cuisine. Go early for an ocean swim, then head here for lunch.

Address: G/F, Shek O Beach Building, Shek O Beach, Shek O, Hong Kong Island
Phone: 2812 2226

Fish and chips or chicken and chips with a cold beer on the Kennedy Town waterfront at Fish & Chick

Fish & Chick

You’ll find Kennedy Town at one end of a modern waterfront walkway that extends 10 kilometres across Hong Kong Island all the way to Tin Hau. K-Town has a neighbourhood feel, offering plenty of small, independent restaurants and shops for browsing. Facing the open waterfront view is popular fish and chips restaurant Fish & Chick. Specialising in British-style beer-battered fish and French-style rotisserie chicken, you can choose to eat in or take away to the nearby sitting-out area and drink in the seaside vibes.

Address: 25 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong Island
Phone: 2974 0088

Two of the in-house pastries available at Pane e Latte in Stanley

Pane e Latte

Chilled-vibe chasers love Stanley, located on the southern peninsula of Hong Kong Island. It’s a popular area to have a relaxed day. Visit the beach, browse the market and wander down the seaside promenade in the sunshine to work up an appetite before dropping into Pane e Latte, a gorgeous Italian bakery, cafe and gelateria. Let the weather guide you — choose a gelato sundae, macchiato or one of the in-house pastries crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Julien Zampieri (the croissant bombolini is highly recommended). But, then again, why choose just one?

Address: G/F, U-C Court, 25 Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong Island
Phone: 2337 7221

Kowloon

Floor-to-ceiling windows at Felix result in stunning harbour views

Felix

The historic Peninsula hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui is famous for its luxurious, old-world charm. On the 28th floor of the hotel is Felix, a glossy fine-dining bar and restaurant designed by Philippe Starck featuring floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides and plenty of marble. Spectacular views are everywhere (even, famously, in the washrooms), and in order not to be outdone, Felix presents a contemporary European menu in order to bring you a theatre of the senses.

Address: 28/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, TST, Kowloon
Phone: 2696 6778

A gallery style seating arrangement with harbour view at HUE Dining, at the HK Museum of Art

HUE

Hong Kong Museum of Art underwent four years of refurbishment in order to transform into its current sleek glass-and-steel form. HUE occupies the first floor of the museum, with an entire wall of glass looking out towards breathtaking Victoria Harbour providing gallery dining. Artwork is a strong secondary theme here, and there’s plenty for diners to feast their eyes upon. Whilst the location makes HUE a special dining treat, it’s the modern Australian menu by Executive Chef Wilson Leung that keep guests coming back for more. Expect fresh flavours, lots of seafood and innovative plating.

Address: 1/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, TST, Kowloon
Phone: 3500 5888

New Territories

A view from a drone, of seafood restaurant Yau Ley, with beaches on either side

Yau Ley Seafood Restaurant

High Island in Sai Kung is known for its rugged shores and plentiful fishing, and there you will find a family-owned Cantonese restaurant nestled between two small beaches. Arrive at Yau Ley Seafood Restaurant by boat and alight at the restaurant’s pier or hike down from MacLehose Trail to kick-start your appetite. The restaurant is popular with families, owing to the sheltered beach that’s in full view of diners, and sunseekers enjoying sharing plates of deep-fried or steamed seafood fresh from the tanks.

Address: Lot 359, Sha Kiu Tsuen, Leung Shuen Wan, Sai Kung, New Territories
Phone: 2791 1822

Outlying Island

See sky, islands and ocean through the glass roof and windows of Tai O Lookout restaurant

Tai O Lookout

On the western side of Lantau Island is the centuries-old fishing village of Tai O, with stilted houses built along the waterfront. Jutting from the side of a hill you will find boutique Tai O Heritage Hotel, located in a Grade II historic building that was originally the Tai O Police Station. Tai O Lookout restaurant has a glass roof and overlooks a typically impressive panorama of islands and ocean. Signature dishes you shouldn’t miss include those made with famous Tai O shrimp paste such as the pork chop bun and fried rice.

Address: 1/F, Tai O Heritage Hotel, 14 Shek Tsai Po Street, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
Phone: 2985 8383


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