The results are in! It’s that time of the year again when we celebrate the best things in Sai Kung, as voted by you.
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Winerack wins our very first special online award for “Best Online Food/Beverage Delivery”. The Hong Kong Wine retailer was founded 7 years ago from the two founders’, James Bradshaw and Rob Knightsbridge, frustration with the over inflation of wine prices.
“As we at Winerack are also Sai Kung residents, we are delighted that your readers have taken the time to vote for us. It’s great to know that our teams hard work is appreciated in our local community”, said Knightsbridge.
Winerack does free delivery when buyers purchase six bottles or more or choose to pick up from one of their stores, including the one in Hoi Pong Square.
2433 9929, winerack.com.hk
The Conservatory came to Sai Kung less than a year ago, but it’s already risen to the top to claim both “Best Restaurant” and “Best New Restaurant”.
“The hard work has paid off and I’m really happy to know that the close-knit Sai Kung community has accepted us into their beautiful village,” said Kim who was grateful for the double awards and hopes to continue pleasing Sai Kung diners.
“Thank you so much for voting for us and please keep letting us know what you want to see regarding food and service at The Conservatory.” Among their great menu selection, the creamy brie with roasted garlic & toasted focaccia ($78) and Moroccan spiced lamb cutlets ($128) won your votes for favourite dish.
G/F, 26 Wan King Path, Sai Kung, enotecagroup.com
Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Three Fathoms Cove, one-thirtyone provides guests a unique dining experience not too far from town.
During the day, diners can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. The space also has a large lawn where children and dogs can run around freely. When the sun sets, the space is dimly lit producing an intimate and romantic setting, perfect for a date night.
The food is just as good as its location with Chef Gary Cheuk serving up modern European cuisine with a twist of French food. one-thirtyone also has a small farm next door where herbs and some vegetables are grown and used in its dishes.
131 Tseung Tau Village, Shap Sze Heung, 2791 2684, one-thirtyone.com
Little Cove Espresso
The quaint Australian-style cafe has won “Best Coffee Place” for a second consecutive year. Opened by power couple Adam Keith and Jade Carey back in October 2015, Little Cove has since become the default choice for many locals looking for a great cup of coffee.
Many of you told us you loved its relaxed environment, outdoor seating and great friendly service. Besides the great coffee, Little Cove Espresso also serves delicious pastries and breakfast, including options for vegetarian, vegan and paleo eaters.
G/F, 34 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, 9572 8560, facebook.com/littlecoveespresso
Casa Tapas Bar
Casa has firmly established itself as a local favourite since it opened in 2013, and this year is no different as they manage to claim their title of Sai Kung’s “Best Tapas Bar”.
Among the endless range of drinks on offer, the main emphasis is on the craft beer. Popular favourites are the Pirate Life Session IPA, Little Creatures Pale Ale; and the locally brewed Heroes IPA and Kowloon Bay APA, which is crafted especially for Casa.
Their food menu is kept simple with an excellent value tapas list. All items are $50 or $60 each. Highlights include spicy chorizo, buffalo cauliflower, 5 Day crispy pork belly and beef tataki, each paired with a glass of wine or a pint of beer.
Shop 1, Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, 2440 9228
Woodland Sai Kung Pre-School
Woodland Sai Kung Pre-School wins “Best Preschool” in our Sai Kung Readers’ Choice Award 2017. Located in Marina Cove, the Sai Kung school includes a spacious outdoor play area for children to explore.
“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all readers for voting for Woodland Sai Kung Pre-School. The ‘Best Preschool Award’ is such an honour and most importantly, it’s very encouraging for us to be certain with the quality of early childhood education we provide,” said Angela Chan, Head of Woodland Sai Kung Pre-School.
Sense of Touch
Sense of Touch is no stranger when it comes to winning awards. This year the Sai Kung branch celebrates the incredible achievement of winning the “Best Day Spa” for the sixth consecutive year.
“On behalf of the Sense of Touch family, we are truly honored and very happy to once again win this most coveted award. Thank you so much to our communities in Sai Kung for your loyal support!” says Managing Director Anna Treier.
G/F, 77 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, 2791 2278, senseoftouch.com.hk
Tala’s Hair & Beauty
Tala’s Hair & Beauty Centre has snagged the title of Best Hairdresser every year since the Readers’ Choice Awards was launched, and this year is no exception.
Opened in 1999 by owner Mojdeh Kazemi, Tala’s has attracted a wide and loyal customer base over the years, and Kazemi has become a beloved cornerstone of the Sai Kung community.
Kazemi has big plans for the future; Tala’s is set to relocate to See Chueng Street in September, where they will continue to offer Tala’s existing services with the added perk of an open rooftop where customers can sip a glass of wine.
56 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, 2335 1694, talashair.com
Sai Kung Stingrays
When a few Sai Kung parents organized a children’s rugby group in 2006, they probably didn’t imagine they would win Best Local Sports Team for four years in a row.
However, with the support of club sponsors and enthusiastic players around Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay, the Sai Kung Stingrays have grown to over 800 registered players in teams of all age groups. Both gender-inclusive and open to Cantonese and English speaking players.
The Stingrays will start the new season in late August, and interested parents can register their children online.
9282 6912, saikungstingrays.com
Shun Kee City Houseware (Harrods)
No matter what you’re looking for, you can always rely on Shun Kee City Houseware. The family-run store has been opened for more than 50 years, selling everything from bamboo steamers to inflatable swimming pools. Shun Kee City Houseware has been affectionately nicknamed “Harrods” after the London department store’s motto “All things for all people, everywhere”. Often you will find the friendly store manager, Kenny Wong, perched at the front of the store, smiling at everyone who walks by.
Shun Kee City Houseware has been affectionately nicknamed “Harrods” after the London department store’s motto “All things for all people, everywhere”. Often you will find the friendly store manager, Kenny Wong, perched at the front of the store, smiling at everyone who walks by.
8-10 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, 2792 3145
Sharpe Steps dances its way to the award for “Best After School Activity” this year. Their dance classes provide the perfect introduction to the world of dance, teaching children as young as 1 year old how to boogie. Lucy Sharpe founded Sharpe Steps back in 2013.
“I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Sai Kung community, my loyal Mums, Dads and friends for voting for Sharpe Steps – it really means the world to me to be acknowledged in this way,” Sharpe said after we told her she received an award.
Sharpe Steps hold classes across multiple Sai Kung locations, including two locations along Man Nin Street, Hang Hau and Clearwater Bay School. 9040 6296, sharpesteps.com
#1 Private sampan
#2 The Conservatory
#3 Thai Dao
AFCD Lions Nature Education Centre
A 16-hectare haven of greenery and wildlife, the AFCD Lions Nature Education Centre wins “Most Underrated Place in Sai Kung”.
It’s a popular destination for local schools, and visitors can often see students examining labelled vegetable patches and photographing the abundant butterflies. As a dog-friendly space, it also makes for a tranquil stroll for dog owners and families.
Hiram’s Highway, Sai Kung, 2792 2234, afcd.gov.hk
The Studio Sai Kung
The Studio has reclaimed its title of “Best Workout” in the Sai Kung Readers’ Choice Award 2017. The fitness studio offers a wide range of classes suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness, including pilates, piloxing barre, Zumba and yoga – Tamika’s yoga class, in particular, received many honourable mentions.
Flickie Lapish, Manager of The Studio said, “On behalf of The Studio Team, I would like to thank all your readers who voted for us. We love running The Studio and feel privileged to be part of such a lively and special community in Hong Kong.”
No membership is necessary and walk-ins ($160) are welcome. Packages range from $750 to $1,500.
1/F, 28 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, 2791 9705, thestudiosaikung.com
Dr. Mike Muir, Pets Central
After helping open the first Pets Central clinic in 2006, Dr. Mike has become a household name for pet owners across Sai Kung.
Apart from medical treatment and grooming, the clinic now also offers pet products sold in-store and online, training services, and facilitates adoptions. Dr. Mike, has now been Pets Central’s Director of Veterinary Services for eleven years, and hopefully for many more.
66 Yi Chung Street, Sai Kung, 2792 0833, pets-central.com/hk
Tai Wan wins this year’s brand new award for “Best Sai Kung Village”. Situated along Tai Mong Tsai Road on the very border of Sai Kung West Country Park, Tai Wan is engulfed in lush greenery and just a stone’s throw away from Sai Kung waters.
Many of you told us you loved the village for its friendly people, social community and great canoe club.
How to get to Tai Wan
A 30 minute walk from Sai Kung Town. Follow the waterfront towards Sai Sha Beach before continuing along Tai Mong Tsai Road.
Dragon Boat Festival
Every year, excited crowds gather at the Sai Kung Promenade to cheer on their favourite teams at the Dragon Boat Festival. Voted “Best Annual Event” for the fourth year in a row, the Dragon Boat Festival honours the traditional Chinese Tuen Ng Festival, and is eagerly anticipated every summer.
Thousands of paddlers in over 150 teams represent corporate groups, local sports clubs, and university teams. Although the tournament usually ends in the afternoon, festivities continue into the evening, complete with lion dancing and seafood feasts.
Sai Kung District Community Centre, 8 Mei Yuen Street, Sai Kung, 2792 1762, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sai Kung Waterfront
Though often crowded and boisterous on the weekend, this lively spirit gives Sai Kung Waterfront its character, as well as the awards of “Best Dog Walk” and “Best Place to Take Guests”.
With its range of dining, beauty, and retail options, the waterfront is a favourite destination for guests and residents alike. It’s the heart of town, with sampan ladies, fishermen in wellies, and exuberant children scampering about. And of course, the long walkway with sea views which make a great afternoon stroll with a canine friend.
Once again, Trio Beach has been nominated “Best Beach” and “Favourite Place to Take the Kids”. It’s smaller and more secluded than other well-known beaches, and has been pronounced one of Hong Kong’s cleanest. Fully equipped with a snack kiosk, barbecue pits, shower facilities and a playground, Trio Beach offers a peaceful afternoon for parents and plenty of fun for the kids.
How to get to Trio Beach
A 10 minute sampan ride from Pak Sha Wan Pier. Boats run from 8am-8pm, Mondays to Thursdays and until 9pm on other days.
MacLehose Trail Section 4
Opened in 1979, the 100 kilometre MacLehose Trail starts from Sai Kung and crosses eight country parks to span the entire city, finishing in Tuen Mun.
Along the way it passes vast reservoirs, sandy beaches, dense forests and rugged peaks. Section 4 is one of the most difficult section of the trail. From the top, hikers have a stunning view overlooking Sai Kung town. In 2016, National Geographic listed the MacLehose Trail in its list of World’s Best Hikes: 20 Dream Trails.
How to get there: Take Bus 299X or 99 from Sai Kung Town and alight at O Tau New Village bus stop.
For more of our favourite hikes, see The Sai Kung & Clearwater Bay Hiking Guide, available at hongkongliving.com/product/sai-kung-clearwater-bay-hiking-guide.