Less than an hour away from the bustling streets of Central, Hong Kong; passing along Repulse Bay sits Stanley Main Beach. A place I've always wanted to visit before the pandemic, but never got the chance to until now. If you're planning on spending time in Hong Kong, surely add at least half a day to walk around Stanley.

Funny enough, it was too cold when we visited (coz like duh, it's early January) so I've already decided I'm coming back in the summer to actually enjoy the beach. For this mini adventure, Adrian and I decided to walk around the market & plaza instead. Unlike our previous trips, I barely did any planning for this one. Simply because I really just wanted to walk around enjoy the area without thinking too much. I THINK TOO MUCH. TRUST ME.

Haven't done this in a while, but keep scrolling for photo snaps, tips, & guides to help you plan your upcoming trip to Stanley. I'll be sharing ways to commute there, foodie recommendations, and other simple activities you might want to do there.

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Snaps around Stanley Market & Stanley Plaza.
The weather forecast stated: cloudy with sunny intervals. The temperature was expected to drop midday down to 12° and it definitely did. Probably even lower. A mild rain shower came upon us while walking around the "outdoor" mall/plaza, so we had to take cover inside the only few open shops at the time. 

I wanted to take good photos at Stanley, so my goal was to get there early, find a cafe and just walk around. If you're around Central or Admiralty, you can take buses such as 6/6A/6X/260 and drop off at Stanley New Street. From there, you'll arrive at the opening of Stanley Market; keep walking past the market and you'll reach the port area, where the Plaza and the Murray House are located.

Most shops and restaurants open at 12pm, so getting there at 9:30am was a bit too early especially when you go with an empty stomach (trust me, I know). Perks of getting there before 11am though is that you can take so much photos without the crowd. So, it's sort of a win-win situation.
After walking about an hour, we decided to have brunch at this rooftop style cafe at the plaza called "Terrace by LQV". We had to wait another hour before they could serve us lunch, so we instead had our morning coffee 1st while enjoying the breeze. The food was f*cking amazing! Definitely worth the wait! The hummus platter & the grilled octopus were so bomb that I want to go back all the way to Stanley just to have them again.

Another place I really wanted to try was Bakehouse. They have multiple branches around Hong Kong, but I really wanted to try their Stanley branch. It was a bit difficult to find their store but we finally did just before we left. Their coffee was good, but their breads & pastries were their showstoppers indeed.

You have to try their sourdough egg tart for sure. Entering the cafe, I immediately got hit with the hugging scent of freshly baked bread, and I tell you, this girl is a certified "bread b*tch".
And that's pretty much everything that we did at Stanley! We spent about 4 hours around the area which is honestly more than enough. Hope this helps you on your next trip to Stanley! Did you miss part 1 of this Hong Kong diary? Click here!

Much love!

~Katee Of The Day

Photo Credits: Adrian C. (@dash_ad)