Living in Quarry Bay
Quarry Bay, the market’s polished atmosphere – with tastefully decorated stalls selling everything from organic greens and matcha lattes to craft beer and an eclectic assortment of cooked food – would have been unthinkable in the Quarry Bay of old. For most of its history, this neighbourhood on the north side of Hong Kong Island was an industrial backwater – important to Hong Kong’s economy, but hardly the kind of place anyone would visit by choice.
Given your happy hours normally in Kennedy Town, Sheung Wan, and Wan Chai, so it is now time for our roundup of the best picks for Quarry Bay. Whether you live or work in the area, or just fancy exploring, there are plenty of options for a drink over the eastern side of the Island.
Quarry Bay was linked to Victoria (as central Hong Kong was known) by road as early as 1843. As stone travelled west, missionaries travelled east. In the mid-19th century, the Reverend George Smith, who later became the Anglican bishop of Hong Kong, recalled travelling to Quarry Bay.
By the time the dockyard was up and running, Quarry Bay had become something unusual in Asia: a fully-fledged company town. Like a scene out of England’s Midlands, the chimneys and pitched-roof warehouses of the Taikoo refinery towered over stone townhouses that were home to workers and their families. There were schools, recreational facilities, playing fields, a reservoir and water channels that brought water down from the mountains. There was even a cable car system that took British managers up into a hillside sanatorium where they could escape the summer heat.
Now Quarry Bay is one of Hong Kong’s most coveted business districts. Swire is currently busy redeveloping many of the older office blocks into new towers in a project costing HK$15 billion. When it is completed in 2021, the project will add two million square feet of high-end office space, along with 70,000 square feet of new public space.
Major property listings
Mount Parker Residences
A high-quality luxury development completed in 2013 by one of Hong Kong's premier developers, Swire Properties, Mount Parker Residences is a single tower with 18-19 residential floors and 5 apartments per floor ranging from 1242-1754 of saleable for the regular apartments. There are 2 additional penthouse apartments on the top floors of sizes 2748 sq ft & 3504 sq ft saleable, giving it a total of 92 units. Each block A-E has it's own private lift lobby to give additional privacy. The apartments are all 3 or 4 bedrooms and all have balconies with blocks A, C&D having 2 balconies.
Complete in 2008, apartments of Casa 880 are spacious with high ceiling. 3 or 4 bedrooms units & 4 to 6 bedrooms duplexes are available. Located near to Quarry Bay MTR station (Taikoo Place exit). The clubhouse features a swimming pool, gymnasium and BBQ site. It is an area beneath Mount Parker in the Eastern District of Hong Kong Island. It is a multi-function area with residential buildings, commercial buildings, hotels, Industrial buildings, some parks, international schools and shopping centre.
What to do
There’s more to Quarry Bay than just a dull succession of office and commercial buildings. The area is home to one of the city’s most instagrammable sports, exciting indoor sports venues and trendy art galleries. Then there are the plethora of restaurants worth checking out in this up-and-coming neighbourhood.
Quarry Bay Promenade
Opened December 2012, Quarry Bay Promenade provides a spacious leisure spot for both people and dogs. As the Promenade is located right next to the sea, you have a grand view of the harbour while jogging or walking your dogs on the 500-metre long road.
Sugar Rooftop Bar
If you’re planning to let loose and get your drink on, head over to East Hotel in Taikoo Shing for happy hour! While sipping on a juicy cocktail, you can also sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning view of the Hong Kong skyline. To get the best of both worlds, head over to Sugar in the late afternoon to watch the sunset and witness the day to night transition!
Island East Markets
Island East markets are held every Sunday all year round, no matter rain or shine. The Sunday market features a range of stalls, from local organic produce to designers, craftsmen and sustainable retailers. Anyone can rent a stall for the day, as long as they have local products to sell or wish to gain more exposure for their business.
If you’re a typical Hong Konger who loves to stay in air-conditioned areas, head over to City Plaza for shoppers’ paradise. As the shopping mall features a range of local and international brands, you are bound to find one of your favourite shops there. If you get tired of shopping, you can always watch a movie at the cinema in the shopping mall.
For MTR, four sets of escalators and many long passageways are necessary to connect the concourses to the deepest platforms. The walking time between concourse and Tseung Kwan O Line platforms takes 5 minutes, therefore passengers are not allowed to enter the paid area of the station from 7 minutes before the last train departs, which is different from 5 minutes applied in other stations.