Family picnics? In Hong Kong? You say it can’t be done, mamas, but we’re here to tell you that we’ve cracked the code to a treasured family outing in the 852. We love making the most of the sunshine and escaping the city with the fam for a spot of alfresco dining and luckily for us, Hong Kong is packed full of secret (and not so secret!) grassy and beachy getaways far from the relentless bustle. So dig up your wicker baskets and pack up the sandwiches and juice boxes, it’s time to head over to one of our favourite Hong Kong picnic spots! Read on for the full list, plus picnic tips and tricks for a fun-filled family outing!
Hong Kong Island
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Sai Ying Pun
This spot gets 10/10 for ultimate convenience! We had a fun family field trip here 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 at our doorstep!
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.
Quarry Bay Promenade
Stroll along this lovely promenade and enjoy being by the sea! The wooden flooring makes you feel like you’re far away from the hustle and bustle of the city and there are plenty of little benches along the way where the little ones can sit down and enjoy a bite to eat. We love the sense of community and the greenery that lines the promenade… you’ll feel world’s away from the chaos of Central or Causeway Bay. Make a cultural day of it by taking the kiddies to the Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery and soak in the view of the harbour from the top of the boat!
Where: Hoi Yu Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
How to get there: Take the MTR to either Sai Wan Ho, Tai Koo or Quarry Bay. Take exit E from Tai Koo MTR Station and walk through City Plaza – this should only take about 10 minutes. It’s exit A from Sai Wan Ho MTR Station or a quick five-minute walk from Quarry Bay MTR Station, exit A.
Tai Tam Country Park
Make the most of the great outdoors by picnicking at Tai Tam Country Park, one of the 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 to make yourself comfortable and your hubby can even get to teaching the kids how to play ball as the dog runs about. 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!
This large, public space is part of the Tamar Development Project that includes not only a park but also an amphitheatre and a cool, social enterprise café called iBakery for a cheeky bite. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you’re seriously missing out! The space is huge with lush green grass (a rare find in HK!) and the super convenient location means you don’t have to worry about ferrying the fam around, mamas. Simply hop on the Star Ferry if you’re coming from Kowloon or walk over from Central! The landscaped gardens and modern water features make this one of the best new parks in HK as well as a perfect place for the kids to run around in, so grab your picnic blanket and get out there!
Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
All hail Queen Victoria! The biggest park on Hong Kong Island rules them all, with easy access by public transport, 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 five-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 five-minute drive from the Peak Galleria; just head on up Mount Austin Road.
This gorgeous little spot is a favourite for junk stop offs and is a secluded getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Located to the east of Stanley, Turtle Cove is another secret Southside haven that’s perfect for a more private picnic for you and the family to reconnect. With changing rooms, toilets, showers, barbecue pits and even a soft drinks kiosk, you and your kids will even be able to launch a splash war in the ocean after lunch is done!
Where: Turtle Cove Beach, Tai Tam Road, Stanley, Hong Kong
How to get there: If you’re not junking over, take the bus (number 14) from Sai Wan Ho MTR Station, exit A and get off just after the Tai Tam Reservoir. Look out for the stairs that go down to the beach!
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 afterwards. 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.
Kwun Tong Promenade
We adore the Tsim Sha Tsui boardwalk, but it’s a bit too crowded with tourists and not exactly picnic-friendly! Kwun Tong Promenade is a great alternative, stretching over 7,340 square metres, and aside from its glorious harbour-side views it also has a number of grassy lawns for you to bust out your gingham picnic blanket. If your children tire of basking in the sun, there’s even a playground nearby for them to run around in! Look out for the unique tower landmark which lights up at night, giving the place an enchanting atmosphere. If your littlies are up to it, grab a pack of glow sticks and maybe even a couple of lanterns and have a spontaneous dinner picnic instead!
Where: Southeastern end of the Kwun Tong Public Cargo Working Area, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How to get there: It’s about a 15-minute walk from the Kwun Tong MTR Station or Ngau Tau Kok MTR Station, although we’d simply take the ferry from Sai Wan Ho or North Point… who doesn’t love an impromptu ferry ride?!
Lion Rock Park
In the shadow of the famous Lion Rock are some gorgeous gardens shaded by huge trees, making a fab spot for your family outing. There are BBQ pits for the kiddies partial to their hotdogs and plenty of picnic tables and benches available. Did we mention they have a fab outdoor kids’ area? Stock up on provisions at Taste in Festival Walk, then walk off lunch on the hiking trail!
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 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 and has great facilities including picnic tables and a snack kiosk that rents umbrellas so you don’t get frazzled. There are also showers, toilets and a lifeguard onsite 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.
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.
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.
Picnic Tips and Tricks
- Choose the perfect spot for your family! Take a look at the list above and choose somewhere that’s convenient to get to. When you’re carrying provisions and travelling with your tykes, you want to be able to reach your spot easily and without any extra hassle…
- Look for a space with a bit of shade – we all know how hot it can get in HK! Make sure to remind your kids to stay cool and hydrated too; they’ll probably grumble, but it’s for their own good.
- If you don’t have a beautiful picnic hamper, make sure you bring sturdy tupperware so nothing leaks (we’d also recommend zip-locking/foiling any potential leak-ables!). Why not try using mason jars for salads, which keep them fresh and also make your picnic layout look extra cute?
- Don’t forget cool bags or an ice box if you want to keep things cold! Try this Sassy Mama tried and tested life hack: Wrap your drinks in wet tissue or towels before popping them into the freezer. After only 10 minutes they’ll come out ice cold, and if you keep them in the tissue/towel they’ll still be quite cool when you get to your picnic destination.
- Don’t forget a picnic blanket! You don’t want pesky ants crawling all over you and your little ones while you’re trying to eat, and make sure it’s big enough for your family and your food (of course!). We love this Duxford Blanket from Jack Wills, luxuriously soft and available right here in the ‘Kong at their Causeway Bay store.
- Bring some portable speakers and your iPod for added ambience. Sure, this may mean you’re setting yourself up for yet another impromptu Disney medley, but let it go, let it go, mamas!
- Remember to be environmentally friendly! Using real plates or tupperware means you can reuse them, which is much better than creating extra waste with disposable plates.
- Can’t be bothered with the hassle of planning a picnic meal, mamas? Take care of all your feasting needs in one fell swoop and get someone else to do it for you! (You know you deserve it.) Monsieur CHATTÉ‘s new L’Apero Bag is ideal for grab-and-go with it’s homemade pate, olives, saucisson, baguette, bottle of wine and more for only $398. Invisible Kitchen also provides a huge selection in their epic, 7-course picnic hamper for $250 each (and bonus – you get to keep the basket afterwards!) which is delicious… trust us, we’ve tried and tested it! And if you’re looking for something new, BRICK LANE is launching their brand new picnic baskets soon. With three different baskets (the ‘Baron’, ‘Earl’ and ‘Duke’), you get to choose something that will suit your price range and taste… they have everything from prawn salad and half a roast chicken to black truffle mayo fries and foie gras terrine, and of course there’s some wine thrown in there too! You can also borrow a picnic basket, blanket, glassware and cutlery from them (with a fully refundable deposit of $500) so you’re sorted from start to finish!
Happy munching, mamas!
With special thanks to Kate Farr!