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These are some of the best places to eat, drink and explore in Quarry Bay.

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Nestled between the bustling neighbourhoods of North Point and Tai Koo, Quarry Bay is our definition of small but perfectly-formed—offering plenty of excellent restaurants, cafes, gyms, and things to do in striking distance of each other, making it all the easier to explore.

Where to eat and drink

Catch

Following the success of their first branch in Kennedy Town, this Aussie-inspired spot specialises in fresh seafood and laidback brunch dishes—think smashed avo on toast, soft shell crab burgers and fish and chips. Factor in a relaxed wine bar area to enjoy their daily happy hour and you’ve got the perfect ingredients for a great neighbourhood hangout.

Catch, 21 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2568 3299; catch.hk

HAVN

A must-visit for coffee connoisseurs, HAVN serves ethically-sourced brews with pleasingly eco credentials—it’s the world’s first speciality coffee brand to use innovative plastic-free cups which can be recycled right down to the lids. Level up your coffee break with one of their tempting raw cake slices, which are all vegan, gluten- and sugar-free.

HAVN, Kiosk A, 1/F Oxford House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong; instagram.com/havncoffee

KollaBo

Craving Korean food but can’t decide between fried chicken or sizzling barbeque? Well, now you don’t have to. KollaBo has cleverly brought together 15 different Korean restaurant brands under one roof, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice with a menu spanning every aspect of Korean cuisine, including delicacies like soy sauce marinated raw crab, premium Wagyu beef, fried chicken with Yangnyeom sauce and spicy tofu stew.

KollaBo, Shop G1014-1015, G/F, Yiu Shing Mansion, Stage 10, Taikoo Shing, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2529 8813; facebook.com/kollabohk

Grotto

Grotto has become something of an Instagram favourite since opening earlier this year, thanks to its striking arched doorway and teal-blue façade. While you may go for the ambience, you’ll stay for the food. Its menu boasts some seriously eclectic range; there’s everything from quirky craft beers and house-made cold-brews to savoury hot dishes like “dirty chicken rice” and desserts including fermented tofu cheesecake and a daily scone special. We’ll have a pandan and shredded coconut, please.

Grotto, 19 Hoi Chak Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3563 8935; instagram.com/grotto.hk

Flames

Winner winner, chicken dinner. While this Quarry Bay stalwart offers plenty of crowd-pleasers like creamy carbonara and steak and fries, their signature rotisserie chicken is Flames’ calling card. Marinated in their secret recipe for 24 hours before being roasted on a charcoal grill, the chicken is juicy, delicious and available in two different flavours—mixed herbs with stuffing and spicy peri-peri. All-outdoor seating makes this a great dog-friendly spot too.

Flames, Shop A2, G/F, Hoi Wan Building, 25 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2563 9928; flamesgrilledchicken.com

Tong Chong Street Market

Forget dancing in the streets – thanks to Tong Chong Street Market, we’d rather be feasting in them instead. Open on weekdays throughout the year, this dynamic outdoor foodie festival brings an ever-changing line-up of culinary talent to the area. Take your pick from enticing freshly cooked meals, creative desserts, speciality drinks and seasonal farmers’ produce, with new bi-monthly themes highlighting the latest gourmet trends.

Tong Chong Street Market, G/F, One Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong; facebook.com/tongchongstreetmarket

Where to keep fit

H-Kore

Whether you’re a fitness beginner or pro-level powerhouse, H-Kore has you covered. The bright and spacious Quarry Bay location boasts two fully kitted-out studios, which play host to dozens of classes that cater to all abilities, including yoga, circuit training, Lagree fitness, barre, and kettlebell workouts. Focusing on small class sizes offering more personalised attention, you’ll be strengthening, stretching and sweating your way to your fitness goals in no time.

H-Kore, Suite 1201 Dorset House. Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3107 1144; h-kore.com

Ryze Hong Kong

Fancy injecting a bit of bounce into your day? Head to Ryze, Hong Kong’s largest trampoline park, where a 7,000 square-foot “trampoline field” awaits for your jumping pleasure. Inside, you’ll find angled wall trampolines, launch decks, foam pits, aerial silks, a trapeze, slackline and even a ninja obstacle course to test your skills.

Ryze Hong Kong, 3/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2337 8191; ryzehongkong.com

Hike Mount Butler

In Hong Kong, you’re never too far away from some amazing views, and Quarry Bay is no exception. Lace up your trainers for a more scenic workout and head up Mount Butler Road Green Trail for a few hours. This paved pathway passes through some lovely countryside—plus intense cardio via a stone-stepped section known as Jacob’s Ladder—before hitting the lofty summits of Mount Parker and Mount Butler. Your reward? Incredible vistas over Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Tai Tam Reservoir.

How to get there: Turn right from Exit A, Quarry Bay MTR station and follow King’s Road for five minutes to Mount Parker Road; you’ll see a signpost for Mount Butler Road Green Trail on your right.

Verm City

Take your fitness to new heights—literally—at Verm City, Hong Kong’s largest indoor climbing centre. Beginners should try their colourful Clip n’ Climb section, a one-of-a-kind playground that makes for a fun introduction to climbing. Experienced climbers can scale Verm City’s more challenging courses, with rock climbing, bouldering, top-roping, and lead climbing options available. Feeling competitive? Try the augmented climbing wall, the first of its kind in the city, for some high-tech interactive gameplay.

Verm City, 4/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2560 8128; vermcity.com

What to do

ArtisTree

You can never be sure what’s coming up next at ArtisTree—which is exactly what makes it such a welcome addition to Hong Kong’s cultural landscape. A platform for both local and international talent, this multi-purpose space has staged a variety of world-class events, from touring productions to art exhibitions, multimedia installations, dance performances, theatre shows, intimate concerts and expert forums; just check ArtisTree’s schedule to see what exciting things they’ve got planned next.

ArtisTree, 1/F, Cambridge House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong; taikooplace.com/artistree

Para Site

Founded in 1996 as one of the city’s first artist-run spaces, Para Site has steadily built a reputation as one of Asia’s leading independent contemporary art institutions. Championing emerging and established, homegrown and international artists, Para Site produces around ten thought-provoking exhibitions annually, accompanied by a lively programme of talks, screenings, performances and guided tours, all of which are open to the public and free of charge.

Para Site, 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2517 4620; para-site.art

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