A Circular Tour


This circular tour of Hong Kong Island is perfectly feasible to complete in a day, so long as you don’t start too late. From Central, jump on an Aberdeen-bound bus, alighting close to Aberdeen harbour . Haggle for a sampan harbour tour offered by one of the pushy touts on the waterfront. Don’t expect an informative commentary. Keep a look out for Aberdeen’s few remaining houseboats.

Avoid the production-line floating restaurants and opt instead for lunch at Repulse Bay, which is just a 15-minute bus ride away. Enjoy the beach and a swim, then take lunch either at one of the beachfront cafés or the upmarket Verandah . Alternatively, head to the supermarket behind the Verandah and create your own picnic.


Just a short hop further south along the coast, the lovely town of Stanley is certainly worth a visit. If you haven’t yet eaten, the restaurants here are excellent, some with lovely sea views. Lose a couple of hours browsing for clothes and souvenirs in Stanley market , though admittedly it is not Hong Kong’s best market. If you want to get some walking in, take a short bus or taxi ride to Tai Tam country park. A path leads through to Wong Nai Chung Gap, from where buses and taxis head back into the city.

Designer Outlets in Ap Lei Chau

  1. Horizon Plaza

    This shabby, high-rise building on the edge of the island of Ap Lei Chau is home to a number of outlets for discount clothing, warehouse furniture, antiques and home furnishings. A taxi from Aberdeen is probably the simplest way to reach it.

    • 2 Lee Wing St, Ap Lei Chau

  2. Joyce Warehouse

    The extensive selection of clearance designer wear from the stores of Hong Kong chain Joyce are perhaps the main reward for struggling out to Horizon Plaza. You get discounts of 60 per cent on the likes of Armani.

    • 21/F Horizon Plaza

  3. Replay

    A samples and warehouse shop with limited stocks of casual clothes, but great discounts, often around 80 per cent.

    • 7/F Horizon Plaza

  4. Inside

    A modest warehouse outlet of a smart interior furnishings chain. There’s a small range of clearance items at discounts that can be as high as 90 per cent.

    • 16/F Horizon Plaza

  5. The Birdcage

    This one offers mostly original Chinese antiques and curios sourced by the owners of the Birdcage shop on the mainland. Items range from portable antiques and curios to furniture.

    • 22/F Horizon Plaza

  6. Toys Club

    A small shop offering an award-winning selection of educational toys at warehouse prices.

    • 9/F Horizon Plaza

  7. Lane Crawford Outlet

    Slow-moving items and old stock from Hong Kong’s trendy department store are on sale here at much lower than original prices.

    • 25/F Horizon Plaza

  8. Matahari

    Chinese antiques and reproductions, soft furnishings, silk Shanghai-style lamps and hand-painted children’s furniture are crammed into Matahari’s extensive store and wholesale warehouse.

    • 11/F Horizon Plaza

  9. Space

    Take your pick of last season’s bags, accessories, shoes and clothes by the inimitable Italian designer Miuccia Prada. Minimalist décor and layout ensure a true Prada experience.

    • 2/F East Commercial Block, Marina Square, South Horizons

  10. Golden Flamingo

    Lots of smaller knick-knacks alongside the bigger-ticket furniture at Golden Flamingo include a wide selection of attractive Chinese vases, picture frames and lacquer jewel boxes.

    • 27/F Horizon Plaza

Note: Unless otherwise stated, all restaurants accept credit cards

Places to Eat and Drink

  1. The Verandah

    Indisputably Southside’s premier venue, the Verandah, with its candlelight, sea views and old colonial grandeur, is the place for big-budget romancing.

    • 109 Repulse Bay Rd, Repulse Bay

    • 2315 3166

    The Verandah
  2. The Black Sheep

    Stroll the quiet lanes of the bohemian enclave of Shek O on the southeast coast, and this veggie-friendly, organic café beckons.

    • 330 Shek O Rd, Shek O Village

    • 2809 2021

  3. Pickled Pelican

    Reliable, tasty English pub food is served with speciality beers and a wide choice of Scotch whiskies here.

    • 90 Stanley Main St, Stanley

    • 2813 4313

  4. Spices

    One of the best places for al fresco dining in Hong Kong, Spices serves well-executed Thai and Indian curries in a lush garden setting.

    • G/F The Repulse Bay Hotel, 109 Repulse Bay Rd, Repulse Bay

    • 2292 2821

  5. El Cid

    After sangria and tapas on the wide colonial balcony of this upscale Spanish restaurant, Stanley takes on a faintly Iberian edge. El Cid also offers possibly the prettiest views available from the waterfront.

    • 102 Murray House, Stanley Plaza

    • 2899 0858

    El Cid
  6. Saigon at Stanley

    End a satisfying day in Stanley at this atmospheric Vietnamese restaurant. Romantics will gravitate towards the balcony tables at sunset.

    • 101 Murray House, Stanley Plaza

    • 2899 0999

    Saigon at Stanley
  7. Top Deck

    Residents usually avoid the floating restaurants as most of them are tourist traps, but the revamp of Jumbo’s top floor has brought the crowds back. The seafood buffet is excellent.

    • Top Floor, Jumbo Kingdom, Shum Wan Pier Drive, Aberdeen

    • 2552 2331

  8. Pepperoni’s

    Basic but satisfying pizzas, burgers and ribs are served in a casual setting. Children’s portions are available.

    • 18b Stanley Main St, Stanley

    • 2813 8605

  9. Smuggler’s Inn

    Stanley’s gentrification has thankfully bypassed the Smuggler’s Inn, which is a relic of the days when British soldiers from Stanley Fort blew half their wages here.

    • 90A Stanley Main St

    • 2813 8852

  10. Lucy’s

    Perennially popular venue for bistro-style nosh, with Mediterranean influences. Vibes are relaxed, standards consistently above-par. Stanley’s answer to a light, well-bred lunch.

    • 64 Stanley Main St

    • 2813 9055

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