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Hong Kong’s hottest BBQ spots for a summer cookout

By Localiiz 28 June 2018 | Last Updated 13 July 2021

Originally published by Sophie Pettit. Last updated by Gabrielle Caselis.

There’s nothing that quite screams of summer than cracking open an ice-cold drink, firing up the grill, and slapping some meat on to sizzle. You’ll most likely get charcoal all over your hands, have to dodge clouds of smoke, and possibly have trouble getting your fire started, but despite the relative hassle, we’ve never come out of a barbecue and not enjoyed it. Grab your friends for this quintessential summer activity at some of Hong Kong’s best barbecue spots!

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Deep Water Bay

We’re getting this one out of the way first. Deep Water Bay is a gorgeous location on the Southside, especially in the evening when nearby lights are reflected on the water’s surface, but it’s so popular that you’re likely never going to get a spot unless you head out well and early. If it’s a weekend, just move along.

Go when it’s off-peak and you’re sure to have a lovely time away from the raucous tourist crowds at Repulse Bay. Our tip is to pack extra cooking and eating utensils here. Although there are sinks available at the site, the toilet is on the other side of the beach and making trips back and forth will just take too much time.

Number of BBQ pits: 33

Amenities: Toilets (including accessible toilet)

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Enquiry number: (+852) 2812 0228

Photo: @my20150206 (via Instagram)

Stanley Main Beach

Hidden slightly away from Stanley’s iconic promenade is Main Beach. That’s not to say there aren’t any crowds, because that’s unthinkable in Stanley, but it’s still one of our favourite barbecue spots. There’s no need to haul food from home either, because you can simply get what you need from the supermarkets in Stanley, then walk the 10 minutes or so to the beach. For more on the area, read our full neighbourhood guide to Stanley here.

Number of BBQ pits: 15

Amenities: Toilets (including accessible toilet)

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Enquiry number: (+852) 2813 0217

Photo: @mapoffice (via Instagram)

Turtle Cove Beach

Because it’s nestled next to Red Hill and further out than the tourist attraction of Stanley, Turtle Cove is much less frequented by visitors, which means a lot less noise and cleaner surroundings. In fact, Turtle Cove has always ranked highly for water quality in Hong Kong. Comfortably switch from grilling to swimming at the beach’s intimate space of 230 feet wide. Taking a dip after gorging on grilled meat sounds like a great way to spend a lazy summer’s day.

Number of BBQ pits: 12

Amenities: Toilets

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Enquiry number: (+852) 2813 0386

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Lo So Shing Beach

When it comes to Lamma Island, most people only think of Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan, but a lot of visitors don’t know that there are better options available. Lo So Shing Beach requires a bit of a hike to get to, so it isn’t quite as busy—perfect for breathing in deep and taking in the nature around you. Despite being a bit remote, there are also toilets, changing rooms, and shower facilities available. For more on the area, read our full neighbourhood guide to Lamma Island here.

Number of BBQ pits: 6

Amenities: Toilets

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Enquiry number: (+852) 2982 8252

Photo: @photo.sam.ma.99 (via Instagram)

Pui O Beach

Tucked behind Lantau Island favourite Pui O Beach, these barbecue spots are great for refuelling after a long day of baking on the sand or hiking from Mui Wo. You could also make a full day of it by renting watersports equipment from the Treasure Island desk inside Mavericks.

Number of BBQ pits: 6 with benches

Amenities: Washbasin (with 3 taps) and toilets (including accessible toilet)

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Enquiry number: (+852) 2984 7675

Photo: @djnickoromeo (via Instagram)

Middle Bay Beach

We honestly think Middle Bay is one of Hong Kong’s most overlooked beaches. Tucked away down the road from Repulse Bay, you’ll have an amazing view of the sea minus the crowds and noise. Because of how small the beach itself is, there are limited barbecue pits available, but there is also a little kiosk that might be able to cater to some of your needs. Otherwise, stock up near Repulse Bay before walking over.

Number of BBQ pits: 9

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Enquiry number: (+852) 2812 2546

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Photo: @vasylpolovyi (via Instagram)

Shek O Beach

This beach is a firm favourite among weekenders and hikers along Dragon’s Back, and for good reason. Located only a stone’s throw from the beach itself, this site actually contains the largest number of barbecue pits on the Southside. Shek O village has a rustic charm that lends well to the laid-back vibe you want during a chill day out on the grill. For more on the local area, read our full neighbourhood guide here.

Number of BBQ pits: 39

Amenities: Toilets (including accessible toilet)

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Enquiry number: (+852) 2809 4557

Photo: @inspirelifephotography.hk (via Instagram)

Anglers Beach

Visitors may not be able to swim at this beach, but Anglers Beach is still a pretty great spot for barbecuing. As you munch on your chicken wings, you can gaze out to sea for great views of the Rambler Channel, as well as the cool bridges connecting Hong Kong Island to Lantau Island.

Number of BBQ pits: 7

Amenities: Toilet

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Enquiry number: (+852) 2491 0348

Butterfly Beach Park

As far as we know, this area doesn’t really have anything to do with butterflies, but did you know it is the beach that’s situated closest to mainland China? Because of how far away it is, this is one of Hong Kong’s least crowded beaches, but it comes with plenty of tidy facilities, ball courts, and a lot of barbecue pits. Melody Garden and Butterfly Plaza are also only a short walk away, where you can stock up on food to grill.

Number of BBQ pits: 80

Amenities: Toilets, children’s play area, fitness corner for elderly

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Enquiry number: (+852) 2404 5979

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Photo: @rickyheung828 (via Instagram)

Upper Cheung Sha Beach

We love strolling along this beach; it’s a fairly long stretch of waterfront space, so the crowds are always rather spread out even if it gets busy. There aren’t that many barbecue pits available, so if they’re all full, you could always go down the road to the (much) smaller Tong Fuk Beach. Say hi to the feral cattle while you’re there!

Number of BBQ pits: 7 with benches

Amenities: Toilets (including accessible toilet)

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Enquiry number: (+852) 2980 2114

Silvermine Bay Beach

It turns out the little town of Mui Wo is a bit of a barbecue hotspot, with stores that supply food already marinated and ready for the grill. Silvermine Bay Beach has 20 good-sized barbecue pits, which are more popular in the evening. There’s something romantic and nostalgic about a barbecue or bonfire on the beach at night. Don’t forget to bring marshmallows! For more on the local area, read our full guide on the neighbourhood guide to Mui Wo here.

Number of BBQ pits: 24 with benches

Amenities: 6 washbasins (total 12 taps) and toilets (including accessible toilet)

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Enquiry number: (+852) 2984 8229

Photo: @ddhiker (via Instagram)

Waterfall Bay Park

Located right next to Wah Fu Estate, the Waterfall Bay Park (obviously) has a waterfall nearby as well. The barbecue pits are spacious and well-maintained, and only a short walk from the water feature in question. Supposedly, local pirates who sailed the waters nearby, as well as European sailors, would refill their freshwater supply at this very waterfall!

Number of BBQ pits: 10

Amenities: Toilets (including accessible toilet)

Opening hours: 24 hours daily

Enquiry number: (+852) 2555 0103

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Apart from self-serviced barbecue sites on beaches and in parks, there are also establishments that cater specifically to all your fiery needs.

Beach BBQ King

Located right on Sha Ha Beach in Sai Kung, diners can barbecue al fresco while looking out over the Sai Kung coastline. A major selling point is that after you pay a flat rate (ranging from $188 to $218), this is an all-you-can-eat joint with no time limit. There’s only so many sausages and chicken wings we can stomach, true, but we still love the fact that we can grill to our hearts’ content. Want to know more about what else Sai Kung has to offer? Read our full neighbourhood guide here!

Beach BBQ King, 9 Sha Ha Tsuen, Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung | (+852) 2792 0683

Photo: @johnchung1973 (via Instagram)

Whitehead Barbecue

Ignore its slightly gross name, because, in addition to barbecue pits, a delicious menu, and views of picture-perfect sunsets, Whitehead Barbecue is something of a local happening spot, with markets, themed nights, and inflatable playgrounds to take your whole experience to the next level. There’s even a driving range in the vicinity, for Pete’s sake. For large parties, make your reservations online here.

Whitehead Barbecue, No. 1950 Whitehead, Ma On Shan | (+852) 2744 8188

Ga Wu Kut Kut Siu (嘉湖吉吉燒)

Ga Wu Kut Kut Siu (嘉湖吉吉燒) serves guests a feast for the eyes and of course, an actual feast. Picking from their vast selection of ready-to-cook food, guests will be left feeling like professional chefs with the restaurant’s incredible marinade on their meats. We recommend you get the gang together here for dinner. The restaurant is recognisable by its bright string light and red lantern décor from a mile away. Take a break from grilling to play a couple of rounds of mahjong or sing karaoke. The site accessible by bus 969, 967, and 968 from Central.

Ga Wu Kut Kut Siu (嘉湖吉吉燒), Fung Ka Wei, 30 Tin Tsz Road, Tin Shui Wai | (+852) 6936 2869

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TLC BBQ (大欖燒烤)

The appeal of TLC BBQ (大欖燒烤) as an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet restaurant lies around having guests fish out their own food and placing them straight on the grill. If you think conveyer belt sushi restaurants are awesome, you’ll be amazed by this eatery. The water instalment is not only for show, but also functions as the vessel that holds freshwater seafood and where boatloads of shellfish are served. Their buffet is particularly advantageous for gourmands with an insatiable appetite—children (starting from $90) and adults ($110)—and a charcoal fee of $50.

TLC BBQ (大欖燒烤), 385 Tai Lam Tung Road, Tuen Mun | (+852) 2613 1811

Kut Kut Siu (吉吉燒)

Kut Kut Siu (吉吉燒) is an all-you-can-eat outdoor barbeque site. Upon entry, you’ll receive a stamp that grants you access to their unlimited buffet of marinated food. Guests can all get a free non-alcoholic drink. Granted that the place is secluded from the city, a beautiful and undisturbed sunset paints the sky while you enjoy the smokey flavour of your perfectly charred meats. The barbecue site is accessible by bus. Get on 90M from either Lai King MTR station, or Mei Foo MTR station. Alight at the third stop at Kau Wa Keng.

Kut Kut Siu (吉吉燒), Kau Wa Keng San Tsuen, Kau Wa Keng San Tsuen, Lai King Hill Road, Mei Foo | (+852) 9255 0678

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