Once a fishing village, Sai Kung town underwent significant expansion in the '80s and '90s. In recent years, the government has invested heavily in Sai Kung, with improvements being made to the town seafront, such as the Waterfront Park. An attractive mix of small boutique-style shops has sprung up due to a sizeable expat population and increasing numbers of local visitors.
Shops sell everything from secondhand books to cat-themed accessories, with alternative lifestyle stores that offer items like surfboards, candles, incense, seashells, etc. The village of Sai Kung is also noted locally for its seafood restaurants, many of which congregate on the seafront, known as 'Seafood Street'.