Hong Kong’s free-spirited – and third largest – island, Lamma Island, has long beckoned the likes of hipsters and creative souls alike, thanks to its barefoot appeal and plethora of homegrown brands. There are two main villages on the seaside location – Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan, each offering a unique culture which merges an old-meets-new vibe. If you’re heading out for a weekend day trip at this secluded outpost, here are some of the best places to eat, drink and entertain for a memorable island experience.
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With more than 30 years of history, Lamma Rainbow has been serving diners for generations – with clientele ranging from local fishermen to government officials. The seafood restaurant brings fresh catch in creative forms, using traditional Chinese cooking techniques to coincide with its longstanding history. Guests here flock in from near and far – get your scrumptious feast fix any time of the day.
G/F, 23-27, Sok Kwu Wan First Street, Lamma Island, 2982-8100. Open every day (times vary).
Tin Hau Temple at Yung Shue Wan
Housing the distinctive Tin Hau temple – a monument close to Hong Kong’s heart – Lamma Island’s Yung Shue Wan base is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, and is often characterized by its lion statue guards out front. Make a trip to this sacred oasis and pay your respects for an authentic Hong Kong experience.
99 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island.
Satisfy your seafood cravings amid the ocean breeze at Wai Kee Seafood Restaurant where portions are for sharing – meaning the more the merrier. Deep fried squid and a boozy beer are must-orders for beach bums.
Olive Leaf whips up traditional Mediterranean home-cooking – but here’s the catch: it’s vegan. This little gem sources its ingredients from the local market, curating scrumptious meals in an alfresco setting. Many dishes are inspired by Israel and focus on healthy, hearty eating. Share the experience by inviting your family and friends for a unique and wholesome meal at this island getaway.
Pak Kok San Tsuen, Lamma Island, 9723-0459.
Dine in bliss while overlooking the tranquil shores of Lamma Island at The Bay. Serving guests with its signature friendly service, the restaurant continues to live up to its well-earned reputation, with guests flocking in from the city, and locally. Order the light sharing dishes, including the deep-fried seafood basket, and you’ll be ready to head back in for a post-meal swim, refuelled.
No.7 Mo Tat Wan, Lamma Island, 2982-8186. Open every day (except Monday) 11:00am to 10:00pm.
A tribute to hipster-inspired cafes, Bookworm Café serves delightful vegetarian cuisine, with the perfect brew. Whether you’re stopping by for a quick caffeine boost, or a mid-day snack, this bolthole will treat you well for a tasty stopover.
Another coffee spot to add to your list, Coffee Philharmonic serves unique, internationally inspired coffee to perk up your day. Varieties include heartwarming hot ginger latte and classic roasts.
106 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island, 9363-0563.
The Blue Goose Tavern
Those familiar with Hong Kong nightlife may prick an ear at the familiar Blue Goose Tavern, which moved from its Wan Chai location to Lamma Island. Run by duo Colin Clarke and Jessie Cantanero, the crowd favorite continues to exude its pub vibe, uplifted with its beach views. Pop by and play some pool when it’s sundown.
G/F, 47 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island, 9869-1919. Open every day (times vary).
Lamma is surrounded by nature, so it’s no surprise to hear that it is home to an abundance of local agriculture. Herboland is an organic farm and teahouse, which invites guests to explore lush gardens and try out workshops to learn more about the art of tea. Don’t forget to try the tea and of course, take some home with you.
There’s a wealth of unique shopping opportunities at Lamma Island which can’t be found elsewhere – that’s because it’s pretty much all home-grown brands or shophouses which are continuing on from generations before. Get a chic graphic tee from Mush, a traditional garment from Cultural Collections, and for cat lovers, a little knick-knack for your feline from Something about Cats.
Soak in the scenic views on any of the Lamma Island hikes. We recommend the Lamma Island Hike which takes you on an immersive nature trail covering different viewpoints of the island. The trail spans 5km and welcomes dogs on leashes. For something a bit lengthier, try the North Lamma Island hike or the Lamma Island Small Loop.
Around the Block…
Extend your island hopping adventures by heading to Lamma’s sister land, Mui Wo. Located on the eastern coast of Lantau, this coastal treasure is praised for its slow-paced nature and peaceful fishing villages. Head here and explore the historic spots – which were also once home to 1930s pirates.