Featuring a handy list of the top places to eat at Lamma, our Hive Life guide showcases the best of Yung Shue Wan, a thriving little community just a 25-minute ferry ride away from the beating business district of Hong Kong.
In a city where foot traffic, endless hours, and thick urban air can be a little overwhelming, it is essential to know where your havens are. Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island is a thriving little community, just a 25-minute ferry ride away from the beating business district of Hong Kong. Usually neglected for fear of its seemingly inconvenient commute, this hidden-in-plain-sight oasis is actually extremely easy to get to – and teems with secret sanctuaries, perfect for moments of calm, connection and chow.
Sichuan Surf n’ Turf with a view at Lung Kong Restaurant
At the end of the first strip on Lamma’s Main Street, you’ll find an unassuming Chinese restaurant that, in true Hong Kong fashion, has its well-deserved accolades proudly plastered on its windows. Take a stroll to the back and you’ll find yourself entranced by the stunning oceanview, hugged by a lush-green bay that is charmingly speckled with village houses. You’d think that an authentic Chinese seafood restaurant with an uninterrupted view of the sea might leave quite a dent in your wallet, but another wonderful upside to this boho-style village is its reasonable prices. Beyond that, the food that accompanies the peace and quiet is phenomenal. Let your work emails go unanswered in this tremendously chill spot with irrevocably tasty dishes.
Insider’s Tip: Try an order of their crunchy salt and pepper squid, or the beautifully smoked, garlicky serving of Xinjiang-style fried mutton.
Address: G/F, 38 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island
Open From: Mon & Wed-Sun: 12pm-11pm
Unwind or grind at Lala Mama’s
If you’re looking for something a little more off-the-beaten-path, Lala Mama’s is the place to be. Tucked away behind a couple of low-rises sits this quirky, eclectic cafe, decorated with books, knick-knacks, antiques and a boundless array of colours. This mom-and-pop coffee shop has so much personality, it’s difficult not to feel artistically stimulated by its displays and soft, tinkling jazz music. Whether you need quiet time to do work in a breathable space, or you’re just seeking a cosy nook on a lazy day, Lala Mama’s naturally lit space, chill ambience and hidden location is the perfect destination to find yourself in.
Insider’s Tip: Grab a cup of ginger mocha or Marrakesh tea, and pair it with their delectably dense cheesecake while you unwind or hop on your work grind.
Address: G/F, 27 Sha Po Old Village, Lamma Island
Open From: Tue, Wed & Fri-Sun: 10am-7pm
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Dine-out at sunset in The Blue Goose Tavern
A Lamma-local favourite, The Blue Goose Tavern is a restaurant and bar overlooking rippling waters that stretch to the Yung Shue Wan pier and beyond. It’s typically buzzing with chattering groups of families and friends, so if you’re looking to kick back a few authentically British cold ones with the island regulars, venture down to this eccentric gem. The menu boasts of killer Filipino dishes, including crispy, sizzled pork belly and a variety of pub grub like meat-stacked burgers and heavy-duty hotdog, taking in both Western and Asian cuisine that’s worth every dollar in taste and portion size. Pull up a chair on their seafront terrace, bask in the salty ocean breeze and take in the sunset to melt those big city blues away.
Insider’s Tip: If you’re looking to spend a few hours lazing by the water over some drinks and food, this is the place to be! With beers on tap, an oceanview and massive portions of pub grub that won’t disappoint even the most starving customer, this spot is considered a local island treasure.
Address: G/F 47 Yung Shue Wan Main St, Lamma Island
Open From: Mon-Sun: 11am-1am
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