Neighbourhood Guide: What To Eat, Drink And Do in Tung Chung
You might know Tung Chung as "that place near the airport" and while that's true, it's not the only thing you should know about this neighbourhood. Tung Chung offers the best of both worlds—skyscrapers and modern malls that blend in with the lush, green mountains—scenes that we normally see once we've touched down in Hong Kong.
While it's easy to brush off this neighbourhood as being a place too far because of its close proximity to the airport, it's (surprisingly) just a 25-minute ride from downtown Hong Kong, which leaves you no excuses not to explore it. From its myriad of restaurants ranging from Italian delights, Korean comfort food to delicious desserts; countless options for retail therapy at Citygate and its offering to admire its surrounding nature by biking, sunset shopping or seeing the Big Buddha. All these make Tung Chung an ideal weekend getaway or day trip—that's not one of the outlying islands or seaside towns.
To help you find your way around Tung Chung, we break down the best places to eat, drink and what to do in this buzzing neighbourhood.
What to Eat
Urban City Diner
Looking to go for brunch? Urban City Diner it is. This restaurant located in Citygate Outlets offers some of the best brunch choices—from lighter selections of toast and omelette to heavyweight steak, fish fillet and all-day breakfast. If you're still in need of some morning fuel to get you through the day, they also have coffee available as well as tea and juice.
Urban City Diner, Shop 20, G/F, Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, +852 2501 0389
For your fair share of Vietnamese delights, look no further than Nha Trang. This restaurant prepares authentic Vietnamese food with fresh prime ingredients. Boasting over 15 years of culinary experience, all food is made with the comfort of home in mind, you'll want to come back for more. There's a lot on offer but we recommend the beef pho—a must when eating Vietnamese food. This national pride of a dish uses the best ingredients for its filling soup, noodles and beef.
Nha Trang, Unit G25, G/F, Citygate, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, +852 2234 9199, nhatrang.com.hk
Anyone with a sweet tooth should get their hands on the cinnamon rolls at Cinnabon. This finger-licking goodness is available in a variety of sizes so you can always munch it either as a snack or for breakfast. All the delights on offer are freshly based in house using only Makara cinnamon from West Sumatra and complete with creamy frosting. But if something sweet is not up to your alley, you can also get some of their savoury dishes such as the cheese panini rolls.
Cinnabon, Unit 298, Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, facebook.com/CinnabonHK
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Banchan & Cook
No need to book that flight to South Korea to get your Korean comfort food fix. Here at Banchan & Cook, you can enjoy its offering of combined street food and modern Korean cuisine. This light meal restaurant makes use of classic small dishes and mixes it with the main dishes. Since its introduction in Korean royal court, small dishes have become a central part of Korean cuisine and true to that, "banchan" means small dishes in Korean. You can enjoy omurice, Korean pasta, Korean rice and bread made in Korean style here. We recommend their delicious omurice with house beef sauce, Angus steak bibimbap and of course, Korean style fried chicken.
Banchan & Cook, Shop 334, 3/F, Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, +852 2668 1802, banchanandcook.com
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Kimos is a well-beloved go-to restaurant for Tung Chung locals, thanks to its array of dishes ranging from Turkish, Indian, Mexican and western. While it can be dizzying for first-timers to decide on what to get from their extensive menu, we recommend roast lamb quesadilla from their Mexican offerings or the chicken tikka pizza for a blend of Italian and Indian. Or you can always opt for the classic fish and chips or samosa.
Kimos, Shop L, G/F, Retail Seaview Crescent, No. 8 Tung Chung Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, +852 2886 3646, kimos.com.hk
Moon Lok Chiu Chow
As Hongkongers, our tastebuds definitely favour local dishes. At Moon Lok Chiu Chow, you can get classic Chinese dishes from dim sum to Chiu chow favourites. There's a lot to choose from but our recommendations include the deep-fried Bombay duck fish with spiced salt, braised pork belly with preserved vegetables and stir-fried chicken with crispy loosestrife in Sichuan peppercorn. But no matter what you choose, you're sure to leave the restaurant feeling satisfied.
Moon Lok Chiu Chow, Shop 22, G/F, Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, +852 2116 8149
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Handi Indian Restaurant
You know you're in good hands because this restaurant is spearheaded by two people who really love Indian food. Opening in 2006, Handi Indian Restaurant focuses on North Indian style, also known as Punjabi style dishes. The owners and the chef both have a passion for this cuisine and make sure to cater to vegetarian food for Jains and Buddhists as well. Since its inception, the restaurant has garnered a local following but also spread to non-Lantau residents. A plethora of dishes are available from barbecue, lamb, chicken to notable side dishes and includes favourites such as curry, naan, chicken tikka and so much more.
Handi Indian Restaurant, 8 Ha Ling Pei Villiage, Tung Chung Road, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2988 8674, handi.com.hk
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Amante Bar & Restaurant
This restaurant-bar is one of the best in Tung Chung so much so that many locals flock here. And it comes as no surprise given its sizable selection of drinks from wines, beers and cocktails as well as food, focusing on Italian dishes with some variety along the way. To get the most of their offerings, we recommend the seafood platter, whole lobster pasta and Angus rib-eye steak to get you started. If you're looking for more, pasta, pizza, salad and soup are also available. A perfect choice to end the day with good food and drink at hand.
Amante Bar & Restaurant, Shop 1, G/F, Fu Tung Plaza, Tung Chung, +852 2907 6808
Sixa is a quaint restaurant in Tung Chung, with dishes and aesthetics inspired by the gracefulness and gentility of Chinese celadon, channelling the simple spirit and good feelings of the 1960s. With traditional Cantonese feast on offer, combined with ingenious elements, Sixa leaves Tung Chung diners hungry for more. While the easiest food to order are the classic Cantonese favourites, they also have occasional modern fusions such as the adorably-wrapped shrimp dumplings and sesame rolls which deserve a spot on your Instagram feed. The interiors are also adorned with contemporary decor complete with a wide terrace view.
Sixa, Shop 601, 6/F, Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, +852 2382 8633, sixa-hk.com
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Already offering stylish and sophisticated service at SoHo and Wan Chai, Oolaa extends that to Tung Chung. For a dose of dessert after a tasty meal or if you're looking for a breakfast spot, this is the place to be. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or ice-cold drinks together with a sweet muffin or pancakes. It's the best place to start or end your day. But if savoury food is more for your palette, you can also get steak, fillet and pasta.
Oolaa, Unit G30, G/F, Citygate Outlets, 18–20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, +852 2319 2008, oolaagroup.com
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Where to Drink
The Tavern is the go-to drinking spot for Tung Chung locals. This rustic gastropub features a wide range of craft beer and comfort food. Here, you can watch a sports game all while treating yourself to some post-workout drinks.
The Taven, Shop 9B, G/F, Coastal Skyline, 12 Tung Chung Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, +852 2907 6822, facebook.com/thetaverntc
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A Tavola Bar & Grill
Just like its name, A Tavola invites you to eat, but also to drink. A commonly used Italian phrase, A Tavola means "Come eat, your meal is ready" or in a more literal sense, a table. Those looking for a share of Italian delights—from pizza, salad, burgers to al dente pasta—should head over here. But that's not to say it's not a great place for a drink. Choose from either indoor or outdoor seating and be spoiled from their drinks menu ranging from draught beer, cider, vodka, tequila, whisky, wine and so much more.
A Tavola Bar & Grill, Shops E & F, G/F Seaview Crescent Plaza, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, +852 2321 5500, atavola.hk
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Those in need of their daily caffeine fix can head over to Moccato to enjoy a wide range of coffee from latte, mocha to classic Americano. If you visit once a month, you can make use of the monthly coffee special. If coffee's not enough, they also offer delicious oven-baked pastry to go with coffee.
Moccato, Shop 225, 2/F, Novotel Citygate, 51 Man Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, +852 3502 8838, novotelcitygate.com
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What to Do
Shop at Citygate Outlets
Citygate Outlets is a shopaholic's paradise. Being Hong Kong's largest outlet mall, you'll definitely shop till' you drop here. Housing over 90 international brands from fashion, homeware, beauty and more, there'll be at least one of them you'll like. The mall draws in so many shoppers (and diners) that it can be really packed on the weekends.
Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, citygateoutlets.com.hk
Ride a bike
Hopping on your bike might be the best way to explore Tung Chung. We recommend the route from Tung Chung to Sunny Bay where you can enjoy a relaxing and scenic seaside cycle. It's also one of the easier routes as you just need to follow the train tracks. Be treated with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape from the coastal views down to the gleaming tall buildings.
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If you really love nature, then hiking is the best way to go. There's plenty of hike options at Tung Chung Station to choose from, so no matter which trail you take, you won't be disappointed. For those who want to really see the best of Tung Chung, we recommend taking the Big Buddha hike and then continuing on to Lantau Peak to be rewarded with panoramic views of Lantau Island. Or if you're up for a challenge, you can always hike all the way to Tai O, Mui Wo, Discovery Bay and more.
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Explore Ngong Ping 360 and Big Buddha
Did you really visit Tung Chung without seeing the Big Buddha, exploring Ngong Ping Village and taking the cable car? Since we can't fly much these days, your next best (free) bet to see a bird's eye view of Hong Kong is by riding Ngong Ping 360. A visit to the Big Buddha isn't just a must in Tung Chung, but also a must in the city given that it's one of our most iconic landmarks.
Ngong Ping Road, Lantau Island
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1960s-themed Hong Kong Market
Visiting this 1960s-themed Hong Kong Market in Tung Chung is the least touristy and more local thing you can do in the neighbourhood. Located in Yat Tung Estate, the market features vintage memorabilia and decors of old Hong Kong such as a British post box, overhead signs and even an old rickshaw cart. While these are all just for aesthetic purposes, it's a great way to see how it was like in the past. Besides, it'll be a very unique experience when you're just out and about buying fresh produce or meat but feel like you've travelled back in time.
Hong Kong Market (Yat Tung), G/F, Yat Tung Shopping Centre, 8 Yat Tung Street, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
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Tung Chung Battery and Fort
Speaking of travelling back to the past, there's another one you must visit in Tung Chung and that's the Tung Chung Fort. This historical relic of the past was constructed in 1817, even way before the British landed in Hong Kong. The fort has witnessed a lot, from battles that happened in Hong Kong, a former police station and even a school.
Tung Chung Battery, 402 Tung Chung Road North, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
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Sunset at Chek Lap Kok South Perimeter Road
What better way to end your trip to Tung Chung that admiring the beautiful sunset over at Chek lap Kok South Perimeter Road? Travel might be on hold now so there are less frequent aeroplanes flying around but if you're lucky, you might see one up close against a stunning sunset backdrop.
Since the location is a bit remote, we recommend you to plan ahead.
Chek Lap Kok South Perimeter Road, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
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