Parent-approved and kid-tested…
We all know family meals mean quality bonding time, but having little ones around the table can often make eating out a bit more (ahem…) challenging. After all, no parent wants to pay an arm and a leg when chicken nuggets would suffice. Whether you’re looking for restaurants that offer a special kids’ menu and play area or options with pram accessibility and changing tables, we’ve got you covered! To make sure you make the most of your next family meal, we’ve rounded up our favourite family friendly dining spots in the 852. No matter what option you go for, you’re sure to leave feeling stuffed and satisfied – a stellar combination for parents and kids.
Read more: Kids Eat Free: Family Dining in Hong Kong
The Pawn has always been a family favourite, so we’re thrilled to hear that the restaurant’s private dining room has had a makeover, giving mamas of Hong Kong a fab new kids area! Let the little ones play freely, whilst you make the most of the free-flow. The fish nuggets and chips, and sausages and mash are both tried-and-tested options – and the unlimited dessert platter refills take the whole experience up a notch! As a bonus, children under the age of 12 eat for free (one child per adult, additional children will be charged $248 per head). The restaurant itself is set within a fully restored and refurbished three-storey building from the nineteenth century. Culture, history, and bottles of bubbly? We’re sold.
The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2866 3444, www.thepawn.com.hk
Whilst Classified outlets are all over Hong Kong, the Stanley Plaza and Sai Kung ones are particularly family friendly. Expect European-style, al fresco dining, wholesome dishes and gourmet coffees. Take your pick between the breakfast or all day menu, offering everything from healthy smoothies to banana French toast and three cheese macaroni! The kids can be kept entertained with crayons and table games, or run wild in the play area. Ideal for easy Sunday brunches or kids birthday parties for the whole gang.
Classified, Shop No. G08A, G/F, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong, 2563 3454, 5 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2529 3454, www.classifiedfood.com
The recent renovation of the Discovery Bay venue has set Il Bel Paese up with a fresh new face and exciting flavours to match. This brunch is a family friendly feast that runs every Saturday and Sunday, from 12 to 3pm. Enjoy a semi-buffet plus main dish option ($300 for adults, $200 for kids) or opt for only-buffet ($250 for adults and $160 for kids). Main dishes include everything from (organic!) eggs benedict to the beloved beef burger. Or, you can pick one of the more traditional Italian dishes like Tagliatelle alla Bolognese or Spaghetti alla carbonara. Run by the renowned Casa Rinaldi, you can trust that you’ll only get the best Italian produce – including fresh cold cuts and cheeses flown in weekly from Italy. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention that 2 hours of free flow is included!
Il Bel Paese, G30-G32a, Discovery Bay Rd, Discovery Bay, 29870202, www.ilbelpaese.com.hk
Looking to add a bit of friendly competition to your lunch? This buzzing bowling joint comes with a variety of entertainment programmes that will keep every member of the family entertained. With a full bar, quality dining (the chefs have 5-star hotel backgrounds!), 2 hours in-building free parking (with $400 spent), it really is a mama-approved meal. Plus, bowling is only $99 per hour for brunch guests. The brunch package runs from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, with weekends workshops held from 2pm to 3pm. The menu holds everything from pancakes with fresh berries ($75) to eggs benedict with smoked salmon ($109) – all the family classics sorted.
Tiki Tiki Bowling Bar, Centro 4/F, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, New Territories, 2657 8488 , www.tikitiki.hk
Al fresco dining with parking and stroller accessibility is hard to come by. This casual all-day Southern Californian resto ticks all the boxes, offering diners fresh, light produce and vibrant flavours. With a cosy indoor space and relaxed outdoor seating, this resto is great for parties, or quick and easy family meals. For a family favourite, opt for the fish tacos ($138) and the Southern fried chicken sandwich with fries ($168). We had a chance to check out the breakfast recently too, and can definitely vouch for the top quality coffee, avo toast, eggs and fluffy stacks of pancakes. Don’t miss the vast tea selection.
Top Tip: Call ahead and request outdoor seating! And make sure to catch the Maggie & Rose Kids Corner. It’s set up from 11am to 3pm every Saturday, Sunday and PH at Commissary.
Commissary, Level 4, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2602 0707, http://www.commissary.hk/
If you’re looking for a brunch with authentic Chinese flavours, this is the place to go. With a breathtaking view of our skyline and a contemporary twist on all our local favourites, Hutong is ideal for special occasion brunches, especially with slightly older kids. We were pleasantly surprised to hear about how family friendly it is! On top of the scrumptious food, there’s various live entertainment, including a famed fortune telling bird, handmade noodle pulling, Chinese rainbow calligraphy, a puppet show, and a dedicated area for adults and kids to learn about Chinese traditions (which we think qualifies as having a ‘play area’!). We also love the dim sum making demonstrations and basic lessons! All dim sum here is made fresh, on site, so you’ll be tempted to try everything on the menu. Make sure to order the gloriously fluffy mushroom bao!
Top Tip: Though there’s no kids menu, kids under 12 years old get to eat brunch for free. Make the most of it before your tiny tot becomes a teen!
Hutong, 28/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 3428 8342, hutong.com.hk
If you’re after alfresco dining, pop on the short ferry ride from Central and head to Discovery Bay! Zaks is the largest restaurant by the water, so there’s plenty of room for the kids to run free. The extensive kids menu offers up all the classics, whilst there’s plenty to keep parents entertained. The play area for kids is set outside, offering some adventure time in the sun. As a bonus, you even get a a free ferry ride back to Central (weekdays, after 7pm and weekends, after 1pm).
Top Tip: If you’re sticking round till the evening, there’s a direct view of Disneyland’s firework display! We couldn’t ask for much more.
Zaks, Shop G04, G/F & 103, 1/F, D’Deck, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, D’Deck, Hong Kong, 2987 6232, www.casteloconcepts.com
Read more: Your Ultimate Family Guide to Discovery Bay
Alvy’s is a new gem in HK. This neighbourhood restaurant serves stone oven pizzas, paired with classic New York beers and whiskeys. Evoking the mood of a classic NYC neighbourhood bar, Alvy’s is cosy, welcoming and homely. Although the vibe is more sophisticated than some family restos, it welcomes guests of every age. The menu features the “Ma-La-Di-Da,” a Sichuan take on the pepperoni pizza, and “a la Vodka,” a NYC staple, with a creamy and tangy vodka sauce and pecorino. Plus, every member of the family can get on board the sourdough pizzas.
Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Western District, Hong Kong, 2312 2996, www.facebook.com/AlvysHK
If Japanese cuisine is what you’re after, look no further! Shiro is all about keeping the kids entertained – from an origami menu to a dedicated children’s menu, featuring everything from Bento boxes, mini sushi sets and Temaki handrolls. Head over to the Quarry Bay location to check out the playground. We happily make our way through freshly made tempura and cups of steaming green tea, whilst the smaller members of the family roam free.
Top Tip: Get 2 hours of free parking on weekends when you spend over $200 at the Quarry Bay location.
Shiro, LG 1, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2117 9481; Lincoln House, 979 King’s Road, TaiKoo Place, Hong Kong, 2116 4969
Yamm at the Mira Hotel is offering a new lunch buffet (available only Monday to Friday), with four different cuisines rotating weekly. Take your pick from Asian delights, Seafood & Fresh Oysters, BBQ Bliss or Japanese and Korean! Bring the entire family over for lunch to catch the theme that will suit you all best. We can’t decide what we like the sound of more: sweet Japanese scallop sashimi, or Parma ham and baked bacon cupcakes. No matter what you pick, save space for the generous dessert counter.
Top Tip: Come as a party of four and pay for three diners only at Yamm’s buffet lunch (starting from $308!). There’s also, complimentary parking available if you spend $600 or more!
Yamm, G/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118 – 130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2315 5111, www.themirahotel.com/dining/yamm
Jamie’s Italian brings rustic dishes from globally sourced produce straight to your table! The Kids’ Brunch menu is especially appetising, with Mini Waffles and the Kids’ Monty. It’s comfort food with a flair that will put your entire family in a good mood (even if your little munchkin is refusing to munch!). Kids can be kept entertained with crayons and the play area – there’s even a little teepee! Tradition is one of Jamie’s core values, so it’s no surprise the spot is quickly becoming one of our traditions too.
Jamie’s Italian, Tsim Sha Tsui Shop 412, Level 4, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3758 3333; 2/F, Soundwill Plaza II, Midtown 1 Tang Lunch Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 3958 2222, www.jamieoliver.com/italian/hongkong
Looking for a little motivation to get you through the week? The Family Buffet Night ($238) every Tuesday from 6pm to 10pm at Butcher and Baker Cafe may be just the thing! Bring your appetite (it’s all you can eat, after all) and get ready to have a bit of everything – from comfort food like cheesy pasta to sweet pineapple fried rice. The homemade meringues and chocolate brownies are a huge hit with the kids, and the sugar fix is a great cheeky mid week pick-me-up for mamas. For lunch and brunch options, expect the same laid-back feel with scrumptious nibbles for even the pickiest of eaters.
Top Tip: Kids under 12 get all-you-can-eat for $100 at the Family buffet night every Tuesday!
Butcher and Baker Cafe, On Fat Building, 57 – 59 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2591 0328, www.facebook.com/butcherbakerhk
For a fun family day at the beach, head on over to Repulse Bay in the morning and enjoy a casual lunch at Limewood by the sea. While you indulge in the Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken ($245), the kids can enjoy the popular Fried Chicken Pieces ($75) and Hand Piped Churros ($35) for dessert! The chilled restaurant vibes means you can lounge in the (debatably) fresh air, whilst the kids scamper around in the nearby playground.
Top Tip: Parking is available in the Pulse building, 2 hours free with spending of $300 (weekdays), and $600 for weekends.
Limewood, Shop 103 & 104, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 2866 8668, www.limewood.hk
Ciao Chow’s Family Brunch runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm for only HK$280. Wih an anti-pasti buffet featuring cold cuts, cheeses and vegetables, plus made-to-order pizzas, pastas and a selection of carved meats, it’s no wonder this place is a family hit.
P.S. Unlimited tiramisu is also on the table!
Top tip: Make sure you’re there with one kid per adult and all littles under 10 years old eat for free (oh, what we’d give to be young again…).
Ciao Chow, G/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2344 0005, www.ciaochow.com.hk
Lily & Bloom welcome pint-sized guests to check out the fun filled playing area and the dedicated kid’s menu. 4 to 11 year olds can enjoy the delicious All-American Brunch package ($155 per child), and the restaurant also boasts an a la carte kid’s menu with American favourites. From the creamy Mac ‘n’ Cheese ($90) with a classic three-cheese sauce, to the Spaghetti & Meatballs ($115) and Eggs & Toast ($110), we’re thrilled to hear one of our fave date-night spots is catering to the kiddos.
Top tip: The closest parking is Arbuthnot Road, so be prepared to navigate a bit…
Lily and Bloom, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 6166, www.lily-bloom.com
Gordon Ramsay’s famed restaurant, Bread Street Kitchen offers the usual brunch staples (like Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon), whilst also offering fun modern twists. The “Roast with the Most” features prime meat, with unlimited Yorkshire pudding and veggies. If you have a bigger crowd, the “Fuller English Breakfast”, “Chef Shakes” and the Free Flow packages will keep everyone happily eating their way through the day.
Top Tip: Kids under 8 years old eat for free! One child per adult.
Bread Street Kitchen, Mezzanine Level, LKF Hotel, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2230 1800, www.diningconcepts.com/restaurants/Bread-Street-Kitchen–Bar
The cosy wooden decor and relaxed vibe of the restaurant is ideal for parents who want to enjoy classic European food, safe in the comfort that the little ones are having a blast. The fully equipped FRITES cafe kids area lets children role-play as cashiers, customers, baristas, and whatever else their hearts desire. What’s more? The happy hour for kids every Saturday and Sunday this summer means that free smoothies are offered with any kid’s meal purchased. Perfect.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written in April 2017 by Tania Shroff and has been updated in February 2018.
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