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By Faye Bradley | June 15th, 2021

It’s hard to believe that Repulse Bay is only a 25-minute bus ride away from Central. The laid-back, barefoot beauty features a long stretch of sandy beach, an abundance of alfresco eats and an upbeat atmosphere. Although the majority of restaurants here are considered upscale, there are wallet-friendly options too. Here’s a quick guide to Repulse Bay, ideal for a weekend getaway.

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Sip Song

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The Bangkok-inspired Sip Song is a refreshing open-air eatery serving Thai cult classics. Diners flock here from near and far to taste the best of curries, grilled skewers and sharing platters. It gets busy though, so be prepared to line up. Grab a beer while you’re here to transport yourself to the Thai shores.

Shop 114 & 115, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2328-8385. Open every day 11:30am to 4:00pm; 6:00pm to 9:30pm.

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The Verandah

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Exuding charm and grandeur, The Verandah is a sophisticated gem serving traditional Continental cuisine. Located inside the arcade, the restaurant is most well-known for its Sunday brunches and afternoon tea.

109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, 2292-2822. Open every day, times vary.

Shoku Binchotan Grill

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Try authentic Binchotan grill at Shoku, Southside’s Japanese dining destination. Seafood at Shoku is flown in directly from Japan and the menus are seasonal. Some particularly indulgent highlights include the volcano roll and stuffed crab.

28, 109 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2808-2333. Open every day, times vary.

Classified

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Popular brunch restaurant Classified has picked an ample spot – on the beachfront. Perfect for coffee, breakfast and cocktails, the venue is your local cozy abode. Come here after a day out at the beach – a well-deserved treat.

Shop 107, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2351-3454. Open every day, times vary.

Fratelli Artisan Pasta Bar

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Under the same founders of pizza joint Amalfitana (also in the neighborhood), Fratelli is the group’s pasta venture. This casual, family-friendly eatery welcomes Italian cuisine lovers to drop in for a bite anytime of the day. Breathe in the fresh breeze from its open-air setting, ideal for warm summer days.

Shop 112B, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2887-0082. Open every day 11:00am to 9:00pm.

Meen & Rice

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For nostalgic Cantonese comfort food, Meen & Rice serves all the classics. From shrimp wonton noodles to cheung fun, this one-stop restaurant has you covered. Listen to the waves crashing as you tuck into the best of dai pai dong in a modern setting.

The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2668-8970. Open every day 11:00am to 10:00pm.

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Coffee Academics

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Purveyors and roasters of speciality caffeine variations, Coffee Academics delivers aromatic beverages at all of its venues. Grab a cuppa at the Southside location for a taste of the finer brews.

26 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2511-1902. Open every day 8:00am to 9:00pm. 

% Arabica Hong Kong

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Making its mark in the Hong Kong coffee scene quickly after its debut, % Arabica commits itself to elegant design and quality bespoke coffee. The homegrown brand has expanded across Hong Kong and features a chic minimalistic haven in Repulse Bay’s The Pulse.

The Pulse, Shop 205, Level 2, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2625-9338. Open every day 8:30am to 7:00pm.

breeze

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Part of Spices, an ambient pan-Asian restaurant, breeze is an outdoor bar space for discerning drinkers. The spacious, yet intimate, setting makes a beautiful backdrop for sundown drinks.

109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, 2292-2821. Open Thursday to Sunday, times vary.

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Go to the beach

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It’s quite an obvious must on a weekend trip to Repulse Bay but we’ll say it anyway. Take your swimmers on a warm summer’s day and spend it out with the family. If you’re not feeling a dip, stroll along the beach to soak in the toasty sunshine. Alternatively, jog down a few minutes down the road to hit up South Beach, a more quieter gem compared to Repulse Bay.

Indulge in a spa at Sense of Touch

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And finally, what better way to indulge than at one of Hong Kong’s finest spas? The serene Sense of Touch spa on Southside features an expansive outdoor space for post-treatment relaxation. Its Moroccan-inspired design will put you straight into vacation mode.

G211, 1/F, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, 2592-9668. Open every day, times vary.

Around the Block…

If you’re ready to head back to the downtown bustle, Soho is only a short trip away by bus or taxi. Treat yourself to dinner and drinks in Soho for a post-beach night on the town.

Read our neighborhood guide for Soho here

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