It’s all about the laidback lifestyle in this neighbourhood. Take a day trip to Tseung Kwan O and hit the wide-open cycling trails, try out a waterfront restaurant or use it as a base to hit the great outdoors.
If Central is a microcosm of the bustling streets in New York, Tseung Kwan O (TKO to the locals) would probably be your casual Californian suburb. From public sports facilities to jogging lanes, Tseung Kwan O is a family-friendly hood that promotes a healthy lifestyle.
With MTR stations and bus terminals everywhere, you will find yourself just 30 minutes from the shopping malls in Central, and 20 minutes away from the beach and hiking trails. Great for family outings and that perfect summer tan! Many have also said that TKO is less crowded and has a much cleaner environment than many other parts of Hong Kong. So, if you feel like breathing some fresh air and not being squished by the crowd, it may just be the place for you.
Tseung Kwan O Restaurants
The Pizza Pig
Pizza is always a winner with little ones, and in TKO, The Pizza Pig is the place to go. We absolutely adore the calamari and Signature Piggie pizza, and there is no better way to end the evening than with a dreamily rich tiramisu. Even better, outdoor seating is available, which is purr-fect for families with a fur baby or two.
BEANS the Backyard
How does an all-day breakfast on a lazy Sunday sound? From caramel banana waffles to truffle soft-shell crab pasta, BEANS the Backyard is known for putting a creative spin on your classic faves.
BEANS the Backyard, Shop F95, 1/F, PopCorn, 9 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2777 7009
Tim Ho Wan
Up for some Michelin-level dim sum? Hong Kong’s globally-renowned dim sum specialist is here to offer some steaming Pork Buns and signature Carrot Cake! English menu is available upon request.
Featuring various Asian cuisines, Chilli Lime is a wonderful option for days when you and your little ones all want something different. In particular, we’re in love with the mouth-watering butter chicken (paired with some naan, of course!) and refreshing Som Tam Talay (a green papaya salad from Thailand).
Get ready for a global food exploration at TKO Gateway’s dining street! From gai daan jai (egg waffles) to cart noodles (a local dish served in classic street-vendor style), there is definitely something for everyone.
The Alchemist Cafe
Located in the Hong Kong Velodrome (only a small walk from the Waterfront Promenade!), The Alchemist Cafe is the perfect spot for cooling down after a day out with the kids. With a spacious interior and floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll be able to bask in the sun and still enjoy the scenic view while sipping on a glass of pineapple lemonade inside the restaurant.
Cielo, Crowne Plaza
On the top floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cielo is definitely a place to take in the view over Tseung Kwan O. It is also perfect for those looking for a relaxing afternoon tea after a crazy shopping spree at PopCorn Shopping Mall.
Asam Chicken Rice
Hunting for the best Hainanrice in town? Located in the heart of TKO, Asan Chicken Rice with its tender steamed chicken has the perfect combination of convenience and taste. While you and the kids enjoy the delicious Singaporean Laksa, be sure to order a Teh Tarik, a sweet milk tea beverage originating in Southeast Asia.
Tseung Kwan O Shopping Malls
Metro City Plaza
With international cuisine and renowned restaurants, MCP Central is a one-stop destination for your cravings. Known for its spacious Atrium area, Metro City has held numerous events featuring local celebrities and K-pop idols, so be sure to check out the mall over Christmas and New Year!
PopCorn Mall Tseung Kwan O
Located right above the Tseung Kwan O MTR station and next to the bus terminal, PopCorn is as convenient as can be. With two hotels right next door and a connecting residential estate, this mall caters to both local and international visitors.
East Point City
As the largest multi-function shopping mall in the district, you will easily find anything you’re looking for at East Point City. From your everyday grocery shopping to a once-in-a-while skincare splurge, you will not be disappointed by the variety of shops available.
Tseung Kwan O Plaza
With bubble tea of all sorts and sizzling pan-fried dumplings, Tseung Kwan O Plaza is a go-to hangout spot amongst students, especially during the weekdays. It is also right next to the minibus terminal and Hang Hau MTR Station, so don’t worry about having to carry groceries a long way back to the station.
DON DON DONKI
So it’s not a shopping mall, but with an array of reasonably-priced fresh produce, snacks, and (literally!) everything else, DON DON DONKI has quickly become a Tseung Kwan O neighbourhood staple! From premium quality Maguro nigiri (bluefin tuna sushi) and instant noodles to posture correctors and made-in-Japan kitchen utensils, there is almost nothing one cannot find at DON DON DONKI (Warning: If it’s your first time at DON DON DONKI, you might feel a little overwhelmed by the vast amount of products, but don’t worry, you’ll get used to it in no time!).
Things To Do With Kids In Tseung Kwan O
Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool
With eight swimming pools for all kinds of swimmers and a bunch of water slides (though the slides are currently closed), it is more of a water park in disguise. Also, did we mention the super-affordable ticket price? Admission fees start at $8 per person, and you can pay with your Octopus card!
Wang Po Road Pet Garden
Animal-lovers unite! With pet zones catering to dogs of different sizes, the Wan Po Road Pet Garden is the largest dog park in Hong Kong, and is a great place to give your four-legged friends some “me-time”.
Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground
Catering to runners of different skill levels but the same level of enthusiasm, Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground is a good way to get motivated. Don’t worry if the Sports Ground is booked for the day; the road from here to the Waterfront Promenade is also a classic jogger trail with great views.
Hong Kong Velodrome Park
Located in the heart of Tseung Kwan O, the Hong Kong Velodrome Park features a variety of sports facilities, including bicycle rental and a fitness corner for the elderly. While you are at the skatepark, don’t forget to check out the huge lawn, which is perfect for a summer picnic!
Clearwater Bay Beach
Looking for a one-day getaway? With its outstanding scenery and sparkling sand, Clearwater Bay is nothing like the bustling streets and busy shopping malls. At just a quick 15-minute taxi ride from Tseung Kwan O, it is an easy option. Get your beach towels and frisbee ready because we’re all set for a day at the beach!
Clear Water Bay Beach, Clear Water Bay Road, Clear Water Bay, New Territories, Hong Kong
Po Hong Park
To sum up Po Hong Park in a couple of words: a family-friendly and serene playground. Yes, the two don’t usually go together, but with the children’s play area and multiple resting spots, mamas and papas can take a breather while the kids enjoy themselves at the Roller Skating Rink.
Tseung Kwan O Public Library
From storytelling sessions to adult reading clubs, the TKO Public Library caters to anyone and everyone. It is also just a few steps away from the TKO swimming pool, so get ready to unleash your inner bookworm after a fun splash around!
Hong Kong Design Institution (HKDI)
With art exhibits from all over the world, the HKDI offers more than just courses. Apart from the institution’s seasonal exhibition, you might even spot some masterpieces from students and aspiring designers! Visit its website for more events.
High Junk Peak Country Trail (Starts at Tai Au Mun)
Time for some last-minute hiking and Instagram-snapping before the summer heat hits! While the trail and its steep downward slopes might not be beginner-friendly, we promise the High Junk Peak will not disappoint those who are ready for it.
High Junk Peak Country Trail, Ng Fai Tin, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong, www.lcsd.gov.hk
Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Park
With a picturesque view over the harbour and a spacious activity area, the Waterfront Park is perfect for many physical activities: cycling, jogging, dog-walking, you name it. It is also quite close to TKO’s residential and shopping areas, which is convenient for those who enjoy a good pre-dinner jog.
Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Park, Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2791 3100
Little Hawaii Trail
Even though the Little Hawaii Trial may not give you the most breathtaking snaps, it is definitely less breathtaking (literally!). With gentle slopes and good road conditions, the Little Hawaii Trail is perfect for a relaxing family hike.
Sassy Mama tip: Remember to watch out for slippery moss when hiking near the waterfalls!
Little Hawaii Trail, from Metro City, Tseung Kwan O, to Tseng Lan Shue, New Territories, Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and updated in August 2021.