This charming pizza place opens right onto the beach and serves up slices of some of the best authentic Italian pies you’re likely to find Southside. For the adults, there are all kinds of variations of negroni and limoncello and a beachside view that’ll take care of you all day
Shop 105, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2388 7787
Butcher & Baker Café
If you’re in K Town and you’ve got kids in tow, this place ticks all the boxes. Enjoy delicious grass-fed beef burgers (chopped up in the adjacent butcher shop), lamb-chop lollipops, pizza and pork belly within the cool confines of this cosy, hipsterfied (yep, there’s an authentically rusted bicycle out front) eatery that opens from 7:30am daily. Plus, there’s a kid’s area with a ping-pong table, wall games and mini ship helms for your kids to steer you through a calm dining experience.
57–59 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, 2591 0328
It may be at the Mandarin Oriental, but they welcome the little ones here too. With a special kids’ menu, coloured pencils and activity packs, you can enjoy a meal, or even a spot of afternoon tea, all with your very civilised children in tow.
5 Connaught Road Central, Central, 2825 4005
It’s the outdoor terrace and picnic-style tables that land this one here in the kids' section. Oh, and the sausages and ribs, which smaller beings tend to flock towards, especially if they happen to be on their parents’ plates. This Texas-style barbecue joint serves only grass-fed beef and contains a dry-ageing room and rotisserie smoker to inject a good dose of flavour into its meat dishes. Kids have space to move and wander while parents enjoy a drama-free day. Open for Saturday lunch only.
Unit 2, 3/F, Harbour Industrial Center, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau, 2476 2800
With locations all over the city, you’re never too far from a taco fix for your fam. The colourful decor will appeal to the tiny tots while the homemade tortillas and plethora of veggies will appeal to parents trying to keep it healthy. Kids' meals include flavoured coconut water for a great, mindful choice for the small ones.
Several locations across Hong Kong
After the much-lamented closing of the Pacific Place branch, you’ll have to head over the harbour to get your dose of this Chicago grill. From the paper tablecloths for creative colouring to the basket of bread and muffins that arrive at the table at the same time as you do, plus balloons on key chains when you leave, this place is the ultimate easy choice for parents looking to feed their minions.
Shop OT315, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, TST, 2735 6111
Proper American milk shakes, mac 'n’ cheese balls, balloons, table jukeboxes, rad high chairs (didn’t even know a high chair could be rad until now), child-friendly television and a car you can sit in. This isn’t where you go for healthy eats; this is where you go when your kid did something awesome and you want to make their eyeballs pop out of their head when they see the tower of onion rings and the gigantic root beer float coming their way.
4–8 Arbuthnot Road, Central 2562 3181
This Belgian bistro beer hall works great for both parents and kids because they have one of Hong Kong’s largest selections of beer, big portions of European dishes like mussels and fries and a big play area on Saturdays and Sundays in their four locations (with a rotation of different festivities and entertainment depending on the time of year) to plonk the kidlets while you have some grown-up time.
Several locations across Hong Kong
Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine
If your kids are fans of the cute, you can’t get much more of it than sandwiched between the walls of this Sanrio sanctuary. Buns, dumplings, artfully shaped rice, gelatin desserts, fruit bowls – it all looks like that uber-famous cat herself, and devotees will love it (whether they will want to eat it or not is another matter).
Lee Loy Mansion, 332–338 Canton Road, Yau Ma Tei, 8202 8203
No kids' list would be complete without a mention of the chef who really knows what kids want (and what their parents want for them). Boasting perhaps the best kids' menu in Hong Kong, smaller sorts can choose from healthy options that are served up in a stimulating style with shake 'em salads, baby beef burgers and proper picnic boxes. Both locations are great, but we prefer Harbour City for the large terrace for chilling out.
Shop 412, Level 4, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, TST, 3758 3333
This modern Korean has newly unveiled its kids’ menu that includes kimchi fried rice, fish goujons, chicken lollies and beef tacos. A modified take on the usual children's menu items that’ll have the little ones well fed but still taking their palates for a little adventure.
UG/F, California Tower, 32 D’aguilar Street, Central, 3755 4868
Hit up this pizza joint for their tiny happy hour that extends from Monday to Friday from 4–7pm where any kid under 12 will dine for free with a parental purchase from the menu. Kids can chow down on mini grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup or a single (massive) pizza slice with a small portion of real dough to play with while they eat.
49 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central, 2387 6338
It’s just the dough balls that make this one a necessary addition to the list. If you want your kids to eat, and you want to feel comfortable, you can’t go wrong here.
Several locations across Hong Kong
Rosie Jean's Café
If you want a place that has a playground right there within the grounds of the restaurant, Rosie Jean’s is the only choice. This café looks miniscule from the outside, but step through its deceptive doors and you’ll discover the full-scale play equipment that will occupy the tots long enough for you to devour something from their mindful menu of breakfast and lunch dishes.
119 Caine Rd, Mid-Levels, 2549 9718
Another quirky dim sum option, they serve up everything in a cool, contemporary way but still have that buzzy vibe that every Cantonese place worth its salt does. They even have dim sum workshops if your kids are older, so they can learn to make pig buns, floret rose buns and rabbit shrimp dumplings.
2/F, The L. Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 3568 9666
Choose any Chinese restaurant and it will be family friendly because that’s the way they are made. Superstar also does cutesy buns that look like pandas and clownfish, but they are most famed for their seafood. Superstar also has a proper old-school round table setting with a busy, vibrant atmosphere perfect for drowning out the little ones' louder noises.
B/F, Wilson House, 19–27 Wyndham Street Central, 2628 0826
URA Japanese Delicacy
This cool Japanese spot has a large soft-play area with rain cover that is just perfect for enjoying a meal with toddlers in tow. Not to mention the sashimi, udon and Kurobuta pork on the menu.
2/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan, 2111 9381
Kids' faces will light up at the sight of these cute (and kinda gross) little buns that erupt luminously coloured fillings from their pudgy mouths when poked strategically with a chopstick. This is a place that positively encourages playing with your food.
2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, 3708 8081