Dotted with beach shacks and flea markets that welcome crowds on weekends, this Southside spot is a quintessential seaside neighborhood. City dwellers come here to escape the downtown bustle, only minutes away from Hong Kong’s CBD by car. From meandering the touristy market to find the best bargains to chilling at an al-fresco restaurant after a day at the beach, here are our top recommendations in Stanley.
The iconic, open-air market pays tribute to the typical flea markets found in Hong Kong. This major tourist attraction gets very busy during peak seasons and offers everything from handmade bracelets to suitcases. But be warned – try not to get ripped off by vendors and remember to avoid the crowds on weekends.
6 Stanley Market Road, Stanley Municipal Services Building, Open every day 10:00am to 7:00pm.
Pirata’s Pane e Latte opened this year delivering traditional Italian panificio to the Hong Kong shores. The aesthetically pleasing venue takes joy in the simple and beautiful things in life, served in the form of artisanal baked goods. Open from sunrise until the evening, this joint is an all-day dining hub for sophisticated pastry appreciators.
G/F, U-C Court, 25 Stanley Market Road, Stanley, 2337-7221. Open every day 8:00am to 9:00pm.
Grab a seat and dine at this joint for casual Chinese and Thai dishes in a traditional setting. The diner spot is popular among families and friends looking for a cheaper option in the area.
52-56 Stanley Main Street, Stanley, 2813-7998.
Occupying the space which previously housed Lucy’s, Henry’s features Mediterranean cuisine. The colorful eatery welcomes with its secret traditional menus that have enticed guests since it initially opened in 1994. Favorites include the salmon fishcakes, feta cheese souffle and pecan pudding.
Henry’s, 64 Stanley Main Street, Stanley, 2813-9055. Open Tuesday to Sunday, times vary.
Restauranteur LQV is famous for its French dishes but it’s also an esteemed wine bar. Swing by this outpost to enjoy the fresh sea breeze while sipping a cold glass of white wine – to go with your cold cuts.
5/F STANLEY PLAZA, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, 2324-9008. Open every day, times vary.
If you’re more of a beer person, King Ludwig is probably the place for you. This upbeat beer hall serves an endless selection of German beers to choose from. Drink at the bar or at one of the main tables.
2/F, Murray House, Stanley, 2899-0122. Open every day, times vary.
This district is surrounded by all things nature making it an ample destination for the outdoors. Take a hike to Violet Hill and Twin Peaks for a challenging but rewarding excursion. There’s also the infamous Rhino Rock and Stone Chair.
Beach bums flock to this district for its abundance of beaches to choose from. Spend the day in the sun at the quiet St Stephen’s or Turtle Cove or follow the crowds to Main Beach.
Basically next door, Repulse Bay is another seaside abode for city escapists in Hong Kong. Retreat to this gem – only moments away from here – to further explore the nation’s Southside.