We’ve all seen the tall buildings that stand proud against a backdrop of lush, green mountains as you take off or arrive at the Hong Kong International Airport. But have you ever wondered what life is like around there? Well, welcome to Tung Chung! Many don’t consider it as a place of entertainment – and it can be deemed as “too far” – when it’s really only a 25-minute MTR ride from Hong Kong station! And there’s definitely plenty to see and do; from braving a hike to the Big Buddha, to hanging out at the Zentro Garden. Read on to find out the best places to eat, drink and explore around this side of town…
Where to Eat:
URBAN City Diner
Think of a fancy bakery and café, and you’ll have URBAN! With a wide range of baked goods, made from premium ingredients and excellent culinary craftsmanship, URBAN delivers a quality dining experience for the hurried Hong Kong lifestyle. It’s popular for its fresh and tasty French A.O.C Croissant series, so don’t forget to try one of these as a midday snack while taking a break from shopping in Citygate!
URBAN City Diner, Outside MTR exit C, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2501 0389, www.citygateoutlets.com.hk/en/Dine/URBAN-City-Diner
Never tried Chiu Chow food? Now’s your chance to experiment as Moon Lok Chiu Chow introduces guests to a cuisine from Chaoshan – the eastern part of China’s Guangdong Province. The restaurant’s menu comprises of three styles of Chiu Chow food: traditional, Hong Kong style, and Nanyang style – so if you’re a fan of authentic Chinese, you won’t be disappointed!
Moon Lok Chiu Chow, Shop 22, G/F, Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2116 8149, www.buick-hk.com
If you’re craving some Vietnamese food, head to Nha Trang for its authentic cuisine. Inspired by traditional Hanoi home kitchen recipes and paired with French colonial-era elements, all the dishes are made using essential ingredients that are imported directly from Vietnam. You’re bound to taste the true locality of this Southeast Asian destination in a contemporary dining atmosphere!
Nha Trang, Shop 25, G/F, Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2234 9199, www.nhatrang.com.hk
A perfect Sunday go-to with the family, Resto Grill is known for its Italian comfort food (pizza and risotto anyone?), but also serves all types of Western favourites – from a generous serving of fish and chips, to a classic burger. If you’re a seafood lover, do try the Grilled Snapper ($178), which comes with mashed potatoes, steamed veggies and special lemon butter seasoning – it’s a personal favourite for a reason!
Resto, G/F, Seaview Crescent, 8 Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2886 3156, www.resto.com.hk
Take the exit from Sasa (1/F, Citygate) onto the bridge, walk straight until you reach a junction, take the left, continue walking straight and take the escalator down.
Considering that the second largest group of Tung Chung residents are Indian or Pakistani, it is no surprise that the district is scattered with Indian restaurants and halal eats! Though it’s just one of many, Mansarover is a favourite because of its unique dining style – what we call a ‘dhaba’ – the Indian term for a roadside restaurant that serves aromatic and affordable local meals. Speaking of which, you cannot miss out on one of the handis (curry pot), that come in many different flavours, whether you’re veg or a carnivore!
Mansarover, Tung Chung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2109 1927, www.mansarover.hk
Conveniently located next to a parlor and the supermarket below, My Thai is definitely a hotspot for many families over the weekends. Its true Thai cuisine (complete with sticky rice and mango dessert and Thai iced tea!) is enhanced when offered with friendly service in a comfortable environment.
My Thai, G/F, Coastal Skyline, 12 Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2907 6918, www.facebook.com/My-Thai-Bar-and-Restaurant
Attempting to satisfy all, Kimos combines an international array of dishes including Turkish, Indian, Italian and Western! The menu carries many bits and bites as well (from mini samosas to hummus platters) if you aren’t feeling up for a full-fledged meal.
Kimos, G/F, Seaview Crescent, 8 Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2886 3646, www.kimos.com.hk
Right across from the MTR station is the local Fu Tung Plaza, where you’ll spot this Western restaurant on the street level facing the road. The small dining area offers Italian fare, including the usual pastas, pizzas and risottos, along with a variety of seafood and oysters, too. You could even choose to pair a dessert and drink for less than $60!
Amante, G/F, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2907 6808, www.facebook.com/amantetc
Where to Drink:
If you’re looking for a place to drink, there aren’t many options around Tung Chung, but Zentro is arguably the most popular bar that most locals head to. This may be because of its pleasant outdoor environment and laid-back vibe. Ideal for a cool summers evening, the bar is surrounded by large plants and trees and has an extensive menu including various finger-foods and specialties such as steaks and more.
Zentro Garden, G/F, Seaview Crescent, 8 Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2802 8000
Ideal for the sports fanatics, The Tavern is a gastro-pub just a few steps down from My Thai, and though it may look quite small, it stocks a pretty comprehensive selection of wines, spirits, and creative beers. Diners can enjoy a set lunch (which range from $78 to $108) on the weekends, while catching a live game, while others may choose to indulge in the happy hour offered all week from 12pm to 10pm.
The Tavern, G/F, Coastal Skyline, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 2907 6822, www.facebook.com/thetaverntc
Treat yourself to an afternoon coffee at Moccato, a café that’s tucked away amidst the high-end designer shops in Citygate, with a wide offering of hot and cold drinks to choose from. It even has a range of desserts for those with a sweet tooth – and if you’re one of them, try the carrot cake because it is to die for…
Moccato, 2/F, Citygate Outlet/Novotel, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong, 3602 8888, www.novotelcitygate.com/restaurants-and-bars/moccato
You can never go wrong with a classic Gong Cha, especially after a tiresome day full of activities, so head to this famous bubble tea joint for a cool, refreshing drink.
Outside Tung Chung MTR Station Exit A
Where to Shop:
As the largest outlet mall in Hong Kong, Citygate is the ideal place for shopaholics and bargain hunters! With over 90 international brands covering fashion, sportswear, homeware, makeup and more, you’re bound to find whatever it is you’re looking for at great deals – with discounts ranging from 30% to 70% off! It’s no surprise that the mall is jam packed on the weekends, so be prepared…
Citygate Outlets, Tung Chung MTR Exit C, Lantau, Hong Kong, www.citygateoutlets.com.hk
Places to go/ Things to do:
Rent a GoBee and cycle around
Whoever says there’s nothing to do in Tung Chung probably hasn’t ever explored the area on a bicycle! If you’re feeling up for some physical activity or an adventure, ditch the mall and grab a GoBee. All you have to do is download the user-friendly app, locate a bike nearby (there are countless bikes scattered all around TC) and you’re ready to ride! With the several kilometres of designated cycle paths stretching throughout the entire area, you can start absolutely anywhere. The best part? You can park the bike anytime and anywhere, totally hassle-free! On a bright and clear day, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, natural sceneries and the tall residential buildings.
Head out from Tung Chung MTR Exit A, cross the road towards Tung Chung Crescent and look for the bike racks against the wall near the traffic lights. Start the trail from under the bridge on your right and just keep cycling!
Tung Chung to Buddha Hike
Want a challenge? Take on the hike to the Big Buddha, one of the most iconic landmarks of Hong Kong! Out of all the hikes I’ve done, this continues to be one of my personal favourites because of its intensity and amazing views (on a clear day!). This three-to-four-hour long hike is pretty much uphill all the way with plenty of steps, the perfect gym replacement (#legday, anyone?). Getting to the actual starting point may be quite confusing for those that aren’t familiar with Tung Chung, so just head out from MTR exit A, cross the road and follow the bike path right next to the rack of bikes in front of you.
Tung Chung Battery
If you’re into history, head to this heritage site for a detour to one of the oldest parts of Hong Kong. It allows you to witness a former artillery battery which was built in 1817, 24 years before the British took over Hong Kong! It’s the ideal spot to lay back on the grassy surface and wind down for a bit. To get there, head out from MTR exit B, cross the water fountain and keep walking until you reach the main road (you’ll see the Tung Chung Swimming Pool right opposite you). Don’t cross the road, but continue walking on your left, until you reach Shun Tung Road, cross the road here and you’ll see stairs going up right ahead. Hike up the mini hill (it’s not long at all) and when you descend, you’ll find the battery on your right!
Other places to go to from Tung Chung:
- Ferry to Tai O
- Bus to Mui Wo/Pui O/Big Buddha
- Bus to Discovery Bay
- MTR to Disneyland
Featured image via Unsplash. Image #1 courtesy of Mashal Mushtaq, image #2 courtesy of Nha Trang, image #3 courtesy of My Thai Restaurant and Bar via Facebook, image #4 courtesy of The Tavern via Facebook, images #5 and #6 courtesy of Mashal Mushtaq.
Author: Mashal Mushtaq
Source: Sassy Hong Kong (What’s on HK category)