Throw on your novelty pinny and grab some tongs, it’s time to fire up the barbie. Before the summer heat reaches unbearable levels, now is prime time for long al fresco afternoons spent sizzling sausages and flipping burgers with your buddies. From DIY pits to fully catered affairs, we’ve sussed out the hottest barbecue spots around the city.
Free BBQ Pits
There are 50 LCSD barbecue sites across Hong Kong, with mountains of pits at each one – so we really aren’t exaggerating when we say you’ve got hundreds to choose from. To help you find that prime spot first time, we’ve picked our six favourites. Just remember to pick up your own grill tops, charcoal, and lighter fluid before you set off.
Lo So Shing Beach, Lamma
If you’re anything like us and prefer to enjoy your barbecued feast without being surrounded by hoards of other people, then Lo So Shing Beach (pictured above) is definitely one to check out. Gather all your supplies beforehand, hop on the ferry to Sok Kwu Wan, walk for 15 minutes, and stoke your coals at our favourite BBQ spot of them all.
How to get there: Catch the ferry to Sok Kwu Wan from Central Pier 4, join the Lamma Island Family Walk for around 15 minutes until you bear left and drop down onto Lo So Shing Beach.
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Shek O Beach
A firm favourite – and for good reason – the public Shek O pits are only a stone’s throw from the beach, and come complete with picnic tables, umbrellas, and a luscious green backdrop. This is a top spot for a lazy weekend session, plus, you’re in the best place for a pre-feast dip in the ocean while the coals are burning.
How to get there: Ride the MTR Island Line to Shau Kei Wan, head out of exit A3, and hop on bus number 9. Around half an hour later you’ll arrive in Shek O. Make a beeline for the beach and you’ll find the pits.
A personal favourite of our General Manager, Shing Mun’s pits (pictured above) overlook a picturesque reservoir. While you’re in the area, make sure you check out the Shing Mun Redoubt tunnels, which hark back to World War Two – but beware of the area’s chimp population, or else your relaxing barbecue may turn into a monkey’s tea party.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Tsuen Wan, head out of exit A1, and catch minibus number 82. Hop off about 20 minutes later and fire up the barbie.
Pui O Beach
Tucked behind Lantau favourite Pui O Beach, these BBQ spots are perfect for refuelling after a long day on the sand. Why not make a day of it and rent some watersports equipment from the Treasure Island desk inside popular hangout Mavericks? Surf’s up!
How to get there: Catch the ferry to Mui O from Central Pier 6, hop on bus 1, 4, or 3M upon arrival, and ride for around 15 minutes (keep your eyes peeled for Pui O School). Then follow the signposts to the beach – the walk should only take you 5 minutes or so.
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Clearwater Bay Country Park
In addition to BBQ pits, Clearwater Bay Country Park (pictured above) offers a nature walk, geographical rock formations, and a museum. On top of all that, this grassy spot is a popular place for kite-fliers, so don’t forget to bring yours along.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Choi Hung, head out of exit B, and hop on bus number 91 to Tai Au Mun. Wander along family-friendly Clear Water Bay Road for 1km, or alternatively drive right up to the spot if you have a car to hand.
Deep Water Bay
Down on the Southside of Hong Kong Island, Deep Water Bay is a gorgeous coastal location, but not even worth thinking about on the weekends, unless you fancy barbecuing in conditions which are sardines-in-a-can-like at best. During off peak times, however, the picturesque pits are up there with the best.
How to get there: Ride the MTR Island line to Causeway Bay, and jump on bus number 5 on Cannon Street, near SOGO. Times can vary depending on traffic through the tunnel, but normally you’ll be in Deep Water Bay within 15 to 20 minutes.
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Catered BBQ Spots
If you’re willing to contribute some dollars to the cause, you can bag yourself a private BBQ pit in prime position. Whether you’re looking for a basic deal with just a grill top and charcoal, or fancy finding a deal that includes food platters ready to stick on the grill, Hong Kong really has it all.
In addition to BBQ pits, a delicious menu – we hear the Gold Suckling Pig is a must – and picture perfect sunsets, Whitehead Barbecue (pictured above) is something of a happening spot with markets, themed nights, and inflatable playgrounds to take your BBQ experience to the next level. Plus, there’s a driving range in the vicinity to keep dad happy.
How much: Food packages are available for groups of 5 and 10 people, ranging from $600 to $1,430 (with no additional stove rental fee)
Whitehead Barbecue, No. 1950, Whitehead, Ma On Shan, (+852) 2744 8188
Skewers are the order of the day at outdoor BBQ spot Bahia. Veggie skewers, meat skewers, seafood skewers – you name it, Bahia has skewered it. With 200 pits catering for up to 800 people, and a partly covered area for those rainy days, Bahia is a safe bet every time. Just make sure you call ahead to reserve your spot.
How much: $108 – $178 per person, plus an additional $50 to light the pit
Bahia, 101 Lung Mei Village, Ting Kok Road, Tai Po, (+852) 2662 6869
BBQ By The Beach
Going hungry is not something you need to worry about at BBQ By The Beach, where a mountain of BBQ-ready meat, seafood, and veggies in a variety of sauces and styles are waiting to be grilled. For little over $100 a head, you can feast to your heart’s content before admiring the sunset on the sand. Takeaway BBQ food sets are also available, as long as you order two days beforehand.
How much: $80 – $140 per person, plus $30 – $40 stove setup fee
BBQ By The Beach, DD384, Lot 253, Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, (+852) 2459 9928
With a mass of pits and tables, including some covered seats should the rainclouds come your way, BeachComber is yet another picturesque coastal spot. Plus, boat rentals are also available here, should you fancy a day out on the water.
How much: Call for quote
BeachComber, Cafetenia Old Beach, Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, (+852) 9518 7779
BBQ Food Delivery
Farmer’s Kitchen delivers 100% grass fed Australian chilled beef, lamb, chicken, salmon, and other fine foods from the farm to your kitchen, five days a week. It also offers cold cuts, seasonings, and even a BBQ to cook it on – should you be hosting a gathering at home.
Farmer’s Kitchen, (+852) 5583 1157
From premium beef, lamb, chicken, and pork to top-quality seafood, Jett Foods is a one-stop shop for a premium BBQ spread at quality prices. Plus, you can order your accompanying condiments, veggies, and Little Creatures Craft Beer here too.
Jett Foods, (+852) 2428 7832
Delivery costs $70, or free with orders over $600
Bringing a touch of je ne sais quois to the BBQ scene, Profood has a delectable selection of cured meats, cheeses, and wines that will take your BBQ to the next level.
Special offer! New customers receive $80 off their first order.
Profood, (+852) 2518 8886
Delivery costs $60, or free with orders over $300
Farm Fresh 330
Delivering locally grown and harvested vegetables straight to your door, Farm Fresh 330 is your right-hand man when it comes to adding a splash of colour to the grill. Clueless when it comes to which vegetables are in season? Don’t worry, we are too, which is why we love the Veggies Combo – a vibrant array of vegetables which are in prime time right now.
Farm Fresh 330, locations vary, (+852) 2231 7500
Delivery is $100, or free with orders over $500