With family-friendly hikes, beautiful beaches, international and local cuisine, great shopping and more, could Lamma possibly be the most popular of all Hong Kong’s outlying Islands? Take a trip to this relaxed paradise and discover why people love to visit Lamma Island with kids.
Hong Kong is not short of islands to explore, with more than 250 to whet your appetite. Though one island in particular regularly pops up in conversation when parents are looking for things to do with the kids. Whether you’re visiting friends or family who live there, or your fancy a change of scene from the city to beach life, you’re sure to have an enjoyable trip over to Lamma Island.
Situated Southwest from Hong Kong Island, many choose to live here when starting a family (the extra space and lower rent is a big plus!). The pace of life takes things down a notch so you can actually stop to smell the roses. There are no cars, only the familiar sound of village vehicle’s (VV’s to the locals), regularly moving things from one corner of the island to another. The local bakery asks, “How are the family doing?”, and the gas delivery man is a very familiar face. While only a stones throw from one of the biggest financial hubs in Asia, Lamma life is reminiscent of a small village in the middle of the countryside – something that many will find comforting.
From “digger tours” to hidden farms, family-friendly restaurants, walks and hikes, picnics at the beach, shopping for trinkets, wildlife spotting, staycations and more, Lamma Island with its hippie vibe has plenty to offer families in Hong Kong for a day trip or longer.
Lamma Island Restaurants — Where To Eat With Kids
Let’s get straight down to the nitty gritty: food. Lamma is definitely not short of a place to eat (or drink for that matter), with those from other islands even trekking over to seek out “one of the best burgers” they’ve had in Hong Kong (thanks to The Blue Goose). With local fishermen regularly dotted around the island, you’re sure to get your seafood-fix, and the local dim sum and international options are also worth the ferry ride over.
Not all Lamma Island restaurants have high chairs though (we’ve listed the main ones which do first), so if your youngster is too small for their own chair, or can’t sit still long enough on your knee, a portable high chair could be useful.
Jing Jing Bar And Restaurant – International food with booster seat high chairs
Located in the Main Street of Lamma, the friendly staff will welcome you in. It has a great menu with a mix of options, plus booster high chair seats for the kids. A personal favourite is the veggie lasagna. This is the perfect spot in the summer as the air con makes for a very welcome retreat!
Its sister restaurant and bar, Diesel’s, is located opposite. Here you’ll find a couple of big TV screens to watch sports.
The Waterfront – Sri Lankan and Western dishes, plus a kids’ menu
As you arrive in Yung Shue Wan on the ferry you’ll see a row of bars and restaurants along the shore, The Waterfront is one of them. Here you’ll find Sri Lankan curries alongside Western favourites, as well as a kids’ menu. With high chairs, a great view and beers on tap for mum and dad, this one is always a good choice for lunch or dinner.
Dale Candela (Carlos’) – Spanish restaurant, outdoor seating and high chairs
Dale Candela, or Carlos’ as it’s more affectionately known, is a well-known face on Main Street. Located on the corner as you enter the main stretch of the street, here you’ll find tasty Spanish fare and Estrella on tap. The outdoor benches are a good option to let the kids run around while you sip on a Tinto de Verano – just keep a lookout for VV’s! There’s a well priced three-course lunch menu during the day (including one of the best gazpachos outside of España) and we love the à la carte tapas menu. They also have a couple of high chairs.
Banyan Bay Cafe – All-day breakfast hotspot and Western dishes
The friendly faces at this cafe have welcomed many a Mama for breakfast, lunch or dinner with their little ones. This is possibly one of the best all-day breakfast spots on the whole with generous portions and options for all tastes. The toasted sandwiches, salads, healthy smoothies, burgers and other options are also winners. It also has high chairs.
Bombay Bar And Restaurant – Indian food with kids high chairs
This restaurant in the heart of the town offers a mix of North and South Indian dishes, including a delicious fish korma, lamb rogan josh and excellent vegetarian options (the dal makhani is our go to!). The family who run the place are very welcoming and will give you their recommendations based on what you like. The set lunch menu is one of the best (and possibly the cheapest) on the Island, and they also have high chairs for little ones.
Lamma Grill + Lamma Express – Comfort food with children’s booster seats
The interior reminds us of an English pub and the terrace out the front is one if the best. You’ll find veggie, vegan and meat options in the form of healthy and solid comfort food. You can also order pizza from its other restaurant just down the street, Lamma Express, to enjoy whilst watching the boats go by.
Andy’s Seafood Restaurant – Seafront dining at Power Station Beach
A familiar name on Lamma, this restaurant has recently opened its doors in a new location at Power Station beach. Enjoy a day trip playing in the sand and finish up at Andy’s. It has high chairs and you can bring your own booze if you so wish.
And’s Seafood restaurant, Power Station Beach – walk to the right when looking at the sea along the main path, the restaurant is at the end.
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Sampan Seafood Restaurant – Yung Shue Wan Dim Sum
This dim sum hotspot is a breakfast ritual for many locals on Lamma Island, especially on a Sunday morning. Our Lamma toddler loves choosing her favourite dim sum from the street-side bamboo steamers, before settling in front of the Seaview watching the boats (and people!) go by. In the afternoon, the daily catch makes its mark on the top of the menu. They don’t have high chairs, so if you have a portable one it might be worth bringing it along.
Lamma Rainbow – Sok Kwu Wan
Located on the more remote side of Lamma Island, here you’ll find some of the best seafood in the 852. It’s quite popular, though, so you’ll find a large seating area that’s not quite as intimate as some of its (equally as tasty) neighbouring restaurants. You’ll get a great view of the floating Fishermans village from here and they have high chairs.
Sassy Mama tip: The restaurant offers its patrons free ferry rides to and from Central and TST by confirming your booking with the customer service team. You can even charter your own ferry (with drinks provided on request) but make sure you book in advance.
Beer Shack – F&B by the award-winning Yardley Brothers Brewery
The first taproom by the award-winning Yardley Brothers Brewery, they don’t have high chairs that we know of but kids can run around supervised out the front while you have a local craft beer and order of the food menu.
Nullahs Edge – Modern Italian food on Lamma Island, with children’s high chairs
A newcomer on the Lamma Island food scene, here you’ll find a cracking lunch menu. The à la carte menu is made up of modern Italian fare and comfort food, including pizza and pastas. Now with kids highchairs, this is also a good one to bookmark for a date night once the littles are tucked up in bed (babysitter booked, of course!). Look out for live music nights.
Nullah Edge, Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/nullahsedgehk
Other restaurants on Lamma Island
Melanie’s Kitchen – This authentic Indonesian restaurant (55 Yung Shue Wan Main Street) is a big hit will all Lamma families. There are great vegetarian options and one Sassy toddler can’t get enough of the pork skewers! www.melanies-kitchen.business.site
Little Thai – Just to the left of Melanie’s on Main Street (block B, number 51) you’ll see this Thai food favourite, also loved by many Lamma locals (the pad tai is straight outta Thailand!), www.facebook.com/people/Little-Thai
Hideout – Found at the far end of Main Street, has a good breakfast and burger menu no high chairs though, www.facebook.com/HideoutHK
Lung Kong Restaurant – Proudly stating that it was featured in the New York Times, this is a local food favourite with Chinese/Cantonese dishes, found at 38 Main Street, Lamma Island, with high chairs
Spicy Island – This Indian restaurant close to the ferry pier has high chairs, www.facebook.com/SpicyIslandHK
Corner84 – This bakery is a big hit for kids and parents alike on the island who love the selection of fresh bread and pastries, www.facebook.com/Corner84hk
The Blue Goose Tavern – Known for its awesome burgers and comfort food, this bar is a great spot to eat looking at the sea, with high chairs. However, it’s closing it’s doors in the summer of 2022 so head over now before it’s too late! www.facebook.com/TheBlueGooseTavern
The Palm Tree Beachside Café – Located right on Hung Shing Yeh Beach, the main restaurant at the Concerto Inn is a nice spot to relax while the kids can play in view. It also has booster seat high chairs, www.concertoinn.com.hk
Sassy Mama tip: If you’re looking for breakfast dim sum, head to the Yeung Shue Wan side of the island. One Sassy family did an early morning hike over to Sok Kwu Wan with the hope of har gau (steamed prawn dumplings), only to find zero dim sum restaurants open.
Where To Shop On Lamma Island
Annie H. Eclectic Style – Beach fashion and silver jewellery
A fashion creator and artist, Annie has a beautiful collection of clothes for Mamas (shown above) that are also perfect for Mamas-to-be. There is also a few cute dresses for little girls, tweens and teens as well. Think floaty cottons perfect for the summer heat! She also has a selection of beautiful silver jewellery with semi-precious gems stones that make perfect gifts. Keep going straight along Main Street when you come to cross roads in the town centre. You’ll find Annie’s just near the bakery, Corner84.
Annie H. Eclectic Style, 85 Main Street Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 9442 1741
Lamma Corner – Eco-friendly items and local designers
Concept store Lamma Corner has a cornucopia of eco-friendly knick-knacks and souvenirs perfect for gifting (or keeping for yourself!). The shop also hosts a range of workshops and clean-ups around Lamma Island to promote protecting and preserving Hong Kong’s natural environment.
Tigra Da Lua – Silver jewellery and clothing
You’ll pass this little shop on your way to the beach. There’s a selection of clothes outside but if you venture inside there’s a lovely range of silver earrings, rings, bracelets and more.
Tigra Da Lua, 55 B, Tai Tuen Village (main path towards the beach), Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Sun’s Collection – Aromatherapy oils and diffusers
A useful one if you’re on the look out for essential oils. Alongside candles and aromatherapy essentials you can get your hands on oil water diffusers (that double up as night lights) to help clear out stuffy noses at bedtime.
Sun’s Collection, G/F 89 Main St, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Lamma Vinyl Record Store – Vintage record store Hong Kong
Run for over seven years by owner Ming Ho, the island’s independent used record store is a place where you can spend hours digging through a wide selection of music. Not so much one for little kids but defo one if you want to educate your tweens and teen on music!
Other shops to look out for on Lamma Island
Look out for the lady selling ornaments and hanging mobiles made out of beach waste and glass (she’s usually on Main Street or the path through Tai Tuen Village towards the beach), Nick The Bookman (of course) seated on the main cross road of Main Street in the town centre with a range of second-hand books. There are also various second hand pop-up markets along Main Street on the weekend and things for sale as you walk to the beach.
Don’t miss SHOP 80 on Yung Shue Wan Main Street for fresh fruits and snacks, Lamma Gourmet delicatessen opposite for freshly made hummus, a wide selection of meat, cheese and wine, and Corner84 for pastries and fresh bread.
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Things To Do On Lamma Island With Kids
Hiking – Family-friendly walks on Lamma
There are many hikes to be had ranging from easy to challenging. The most famous walk with kids in tow is the Family Trail that takes you from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan. It takes around 1 hour with kids. Tweens will be fine, though younger kids will need some help (dig out your hiking carrier). There is a path but it’s quite bumpy in places so a stroller isn’t ideal.
The hike up to the Lamma Winds windmill is also great with kids. While it’s quite a trek, the path is easy to navigate, perfect for little feet. Look out for the pavilion, just before you reach the windmill you’ll see some steps to the right, where you’ll find some lovely ocean views from the lookout point. From the Main Street, you can follow the street signs to point you in the right direction.
There are also lots of smaller, paved, walks in Yung Shue Wan behind the shops and houses. Some are ok for pushchairs while others have steps so you may need a carrier if your tot it too little to walk on their own.
North Lamma Public Library And Cultural Centre
Explore the cultural centre to learn all about Lamma Island and its history. Then head upstairs to the library to check out the children’s books.
Football Court And Playgrounds
Though these are currently closed due to the restrictions, you’ll find a children’s playground with climbing frames at the top end of the Main Street in Yung Shue Wan. If you hike over to Sok Kwu Wan there is also a great adventure playground there with a good slide.
The football court is opposite the Tin Hau Temple and is a great open space for the kids to take their scooters, footballs and bikes. Regular kids sports and football classes are also held here, notably the Lamma Tigers Football Academy and Island Sports HK.
Yung Shue Wan Playground and Sok Kwu Wan Playground, www.lcsd.gov.hk
Football Court, 99 Yung Shue Wan Main St, Lamma Island
Lamma Tigers Football Academy, www.facebook.com/Lammatigersfootballacademy
Island Sports HK, www.islandsportshk.com
Hung Shing Yeh Beach And Power Station Beach On Lamma Island
Grab your swimwear, sunglasses and sun cream! But if you forgot your bucket and spade or beach mat, don’t worry! You can get everything you need from Lamma’s well-stocked village stores dotted throughout and on the way to Lamma’s beaches.
Hung Shing Yeh Beach has full shower and toilet facilities, restaurants and even BBQ pits, though with the COVID-19 situation it’s currently closed. Power Station Beach, while it might not have the facilities, is always open so you can enjoy the sound of the sea. It is patrolled during the COVID-19 lockdowns though, to make sure that there are not big crowds gathering.
Lamma Art Collective – Art classes, African Drumming workshops and more
The community art centre hosts a range of art classes, exhibitions, talks and events, where creative juices and new ideas flow freely. The collective also recently opened Art Kiosk, where you can purchase art materials, creativity books, items from Liz Fry and more. It also hosts a range of children’s groups for the Lamma babies, including African drumming, Spanish playgroup, kids art classes etc.
“Digger Tour” – See how many you can find!
While a non-official tour, many Lamma Mama’s take their kids on the local “Digger tour” to get out and about. Throughout the island you’ll find small JCB (and other brand) diggers dotted around, much to the delight of little ones! Hot spots include: a digger close to the main playground at the end of Main Street, another towards the helicopter landing site near the police station (also close to the main play ground), and some can also be spotted on your way to Power Station Beach.
Other things to do on Lamma Island with kids
Visit the floating fishing village over in Sok Kwu Wan, keep a look out for the tiny fire trucks that sometimes pass through the village, or explore the many temples found on the island (the Tin Hau Temple mentioned above is a good place to start).
Where To Stay On Lamma Island — Lamma Island Hotels
Man Lai Wah Hotel, a short walk from the ferry pier, Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island, 2982 0220
Bali Holiday Resort, 8 Yung Shue Wan Main St, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, 2982 4580
How to get to Lamma Island
Located Southwest from the main Hong Kong Island, Lamma is just a short 25-30 minute ferry ride away from Central or Aberdeen.
Ferries to Lamma Island from Central:
Head to Central Ferry Pier 4 where you’ll find two ferry options to Lamma Island:
- Yung Shue Wan ferry – Which will take you to the livelier (and most familiar to tourists) shopping and restaurant side of Lamma Island
- Sok Kwu Wan ferry – Which arrives on the quieter side of the Island
You can find the ferry schedules and prices here (click on the time table you want for the price).
Ferries to Lamma Island from Aberdeen:
You can also take a ferry from Aberdeen to Sok Kwu Wan, though these are less frequent.
You can find the ferry schedules and prices here.
Editor’s note: A special thanks to fellow Lamma Mama’s who helped with the research, especially long time Lamma resident and mama Denice Hough.