If you go down to the woods today… or up a hill, or to one of Hong Kong’s glorious beaches… make sure you bring your cool-bag, mama! You can’t beat escaping the city for some fresh (ish!) air and a spot of alfresco dining with the fam. Luckily for us, Hong Kong is packed full of secret (and not-so-secret!) corners to head to when the mercury rises, so be it a wicker hamper of champers and caviar, a string of sausages from Wellcome or a Ziploc bag of homemade cheese sandwiches, make your lunch a little bit special by checking out a few of our fave picnic spots.
Hong Kong Island
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Sai Ying Pun
This spot gets 10/10 for ultimate convenience! Katie recently checked it out for us as a family field trip and we’re adding ‘picnic spot’ to the list of things this park does well. There’s a large area of greenery where you’re free to set up for the day, the facilities are top-notch and it’s right on the doorstep! We love!
Where: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Eastern Street North, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong.
How to get there: Take exit D from Sheung Wan MTR then it’s a short walk westwards along Connaught Road West to the entrance.
Tai Tam Country Park BBQ Pits
Make the most of the great outdoors by picnicking at Tai Tam Country Park, one of Southside’s most pleasant locations. A short stroll downhill from Parkview, to the left down a small paved lane overhanging with trees (conveniently located opposite some well-tended bathrooms) is a huge open space with numerous agreeably-spaced BBQ pits and bench seating. There is plenty of room for the family dog to run around, and for the kids to play in clear sight. Best of all, there is a Fusion at Parkview so you can pick up your entire picnic before heading into the park.
Where: Tai Tam Country Park, Hong Kong.
How to get there: Taxi is by far the easiest option here, as buses (numbers 6 and 61) stop right at the bottom of the hill on Wong Nai Chung Gap Road, leaving you to hike all the way up!
Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
All hail Queen Victoria! The biggest park on Hong Kong Island rules them all, being easily accessible by public transport, having ample picnic blanket space, clean bathrooms and 19 hectares of space to wear kids out in! After lunch, there are football pitches, basketball courts, a swimming complex and tennis courts to explore. The jewels in the crown? An awesome model boat lake and five, yes, five children’s play areas dotted around the park. If they can still keep their eyes open after all that, the marvelous (and Sassy Mama approved!) Toy Library at Central Library is just across the road.
Where: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
How to get there: Take exit E at Causeway Bay MTR station, then it’s a 5 minute walk along Great George Street (where there is also a handy Wellcome to stock up).
Victoria Peak Garden, The Peak
Another Victoria! Head to the very roof of Hong Kong with an alfresco lunch at Victoria Peak Gardens. Miles away (in atmosphere, not distance), from the tourist hustle of the Peak Galleria, this pretty spot is perfect for enjoying some peace and quiet, and a view with your sandwiches.
Where: 40 Mount Austin Road, The Peak, Hong Kong.
How to get there: The gardens are a 15-20 minute walk, or a 5 minute drive from the Peak Galleria; just head on up Mount Austin Road.
Lai Chi Kok Park
Head up to Lai Chi Kok for a full afternoon of family entertainment post-lunch. The three playgrounds – one of which is specifically designed for toddlers – will blow off steam in time for sandwiches then there’s football, basketball and gateball courts for afters. And did we mention the roller rink and skateboard arena? Or chessboards, and peaceful gardens? We nearly forgot to mention the jogging trails, snack kiosk and Amphitheatre. Convinced?
Where: 1 Lai Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
How to get there: Head to Mei Foo MTR station then take exits D or F. You’ll be slap bang in the middle of the park.
Lion Rock Park
In the shadow of the famous Lion Rock are some gorgeous gardens shaded by huge trees, making for a fab spot for a little alfresco dining. There are BBQ pits for those that like their meals hot, and plenty of picnic tables and benches available. Stock up on provisions at Taste in Festival Walk, then walk off lunch on the hiking trail, or let the kids run riot at the play area.
Where: Lion Rock Park, Chuk Yuen Road, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
How to get there: Take minibuses 72 or 73 from Festival Walk at Kowloon Tong MTR and get off at Chuk Yuen Road just after Lung Cheung Road. The park entrance is about 50 metres uphill from the bus stop.
Morse Park is a great spot for a little nature with your nourishment. The Butterfly Garden will keep littlies amused for ages while you find a spot to unfurl your blanket. There is an area of tropical palms and an arboretum that’s perfect for a post-meal meander.
Where: Morse Park, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
How to get there: MTR to Wong Tai Sin Station (exit D), then head along Tung Tau Tsuen Road for around 10 minutes.
New Territories and Outlying Islands
Situated within Plover Cove Country Park in the Northeastern New Territories, this idyllic spot makes quite a change from the Hong Kong norm. The waterfalls feeding Bride’s Pool are at their best after heavy rainfall, when this is a really picturesque place for a picnic lunch followed by an easy, half-hour long stroll along the nature trail, (beware the harmless but huge woodland spiders overhead!)
Where: Bride’s Pool, Plover Cove Country Park, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong.
How to get there: Head to Tai Po MTR station, exit A3, then catch bus 275R to the start of the trail. Note that buses only run this route on Sundays and Public Holidays so plan ahead!
Clear Water Bay Second Beach
Clear Water Bay’s Second Beach is scenic, has great facilities including picnic tables, and a snack kiosk that rents umbrellas so you don’t frazzle, and has showers, toilets, and a lifeguard on site if you fancy a post-prandial dip. Sassy Mama Disclaimer: remember what your mama told you and always leave a good hour after eating before attempting a swim!
Where: Clear Water Bay Second Beach, Tai Au Mun Road, Clear Water Bay, New Territories, Hong Kong.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Plaza Hollywood in Diamond Hill, and then jump on bus 91 to Clear Water Bay Second Beach.
Lo So Shing Beach
While Lamma is known for its seafood restaurants, the scenic Lo So Shing Beach is the perfect spot for a family picnic. Set in a small cove, banked by a thick fence of foliage, it feels like a hidden slice of peace and quiet. Even at the height of summer the weekends aren’t terribly crowded, and on weekdays you’ll probably have the place to yourself. While BBQ supplies can be found at the various small stores on Lamma, we recommend bringing your own food.
Where: Lo So Shing Beach, Lamma Island, Hong Kong.
How to get there: Take the ferry from Central pier 4 to Sok Kwu Wan on Lamma, then it’s a leisurely 40 minute walk.
Siena Park, Discovery Bay
When it’s not hosting the annual Picnic in the Park events, DB’s biggest green space makes a pretty good picnic spot. Head to Wellcome at Discovery Bay North Plaza for supplies, then enjoy the huge lawned area that backs onto Discovery College. Little ones can stay occupied between bites at the large open-air playground.
Where: Siena Central Park, Discovery Bay, Lantau, Hong Kong.
How to get there: From Hong Kong Island, take the Discovery Bay ferry from Central pier 3, then hop on bus 9 at the other end for around 10 minutes.
Ma On Shan Park
Ma On Shan Park sits on the waterfront at Tolo Harbour and has a lovely view of the surrounding mountains. There are extensive playground facilities here, a large lawn that’s just crying out for a picnic blanket, an adventure maze and an attractive Mediterranean-style Plaza area. There’s also a display detailing Ma On Shan’s mining past, which gives an interesting insight into the area and its development.
Where: On Chun Street, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong.
How to get there: The easiest way is to take the MTR to Ma On Shan Station (exit A) and then walk around 10 minutes to the park.
Happy munching, mama!