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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 kid-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong. No matter what option you go for, you’re sure to leave feeling stuffed and satisfied – a stellar combination for parents and kids.
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.
Hong Kong Restaurants With Special Kids’ Menus
While it’s not a special kid’s menu as such, the cute little buns and dumplings at Yum Cha are always a hit with little ones! Home to the famous “vomiting” custard buns and an adorable cast of bao characters, young ones will have a blast playing with their food (because, finally, they’re allowed to!). The soft minty green and white interiors, and super photogenic dishes make this resto a haven for Instagrammers. Offering incredibly attractive options for lunch and dinner alongside its famous buns, its char siu bao, sweet and sour pork and pineapple Singapore vermicelli dishes are sure to whet your kids’ appetites. Mamas will appreciate the no-MSG promise too.
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Fini’s combines the heartiness of American food with the freshness and style of Italian cuisine. Its massive New York-style pizzas are what kids love most – you can’t go wrong with the Homemade Sausage pizza featuring rich Italian sausage, gooey mozzarella, tomato sauce and oregano. If you are not in the mood for meat, go for the Brooklyn Special with fresh mozzarella, fried eggplant, basil, roasted garlic and peppers. Yum!
The best part? Kids under 10 eat for free on weekdays from 4pm to 7pm. The special children’s “Bingo” menu asks kids to tick the box they like — from the “Don’t Know” (spaghetti and meatball all covered with cheese) to the “Something Yummy” (spaghetti bolognese), the “Anything” (crispy chicken cutlet with fries) or “Pizza!”.
If we are talking about fun and what kids love, you can’t leave Disney off the list, right? Indulge your kids’ (and secretly your own) Disney obsession with its signature character dim sum, including Baymax buns and the Mickey’s Double-Layer Turnip and Taro pudding that’s available year-round. For special occasions and anniversaries, there are innovative dim sum dishes added. It serves up food from the four major culinary regions of China with a contemporary flair, no tickets are needed.
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So often we see restaurants offering a kid’s menu more as a token gesture. Not the case at Oolaa! You’ll find everything from tasty breakfast options (from basic eggs on toast to a healthy chopped fruit bowl or yummy brekky pizza!) to hearty lunch and dinner offerings. You can keep it simple and healthy with grilled salmon or chicken breast or treat them to burgers, pizzas and more. Throughout the day you’ll find this buzzing SoHo restaurant full of families and for good reason!
This list is by no means exhaustive! Other favourites amongst the Sassy Mama team for satisfying child-friendly food are Little Creatures in Kennedy Town, any of the Castello Concepts restaurants (Jaspas, Ollies, High Street Grill, Tai Hang Bar & Grill, Mr Wolf etc), The Diner for the joy of eating burgers and fries while “driving” a Cadillac, the fabulous pizza at The Pizza Project and Shiro for its Junior Menu complete with little bento boxes and mini sushi.
Family-Friendly Weekend Brunches
The Pawn is a fantastic option when you want great food, a warm atmosphere and free-flow bubbly (or Bloody Mary, wines, ciders, beers, cold-pressed juices or smoothies), but also for the kids to be well-catered for. There’s a special menu just for the little ones — the fish nuggets and chips, and sausages and mash are both tried-and-tested options — and they can wash it down with a satisfying milkshake, smoothie or lassi. As a bonus, children under the age of 12 eat for free (one child per adult, additional children will be charged $248 per head). Good food can only keep them entertained at the table for so long, so it’s a good thing that the restaurant’s private dining room is given a makeover on the weekends to create a fab kids area! Let them play freely whilst you make the most of the free-flow! Top off your experience with an unlimited selection of sweets from the dessert platter and you’ve got the makings of an excellent day out. 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 Feng Wei brunch at Hutong is always a hit with the whole family. Not only is there a variety of dim sum and Northern Chinese dishes (add on the Peking duck!), free-flowing drinks, but the kids are kept entertained by different entertainment. Think face-changing Beijing opera performers, puppet shows and noodle chefs making an appearance throughout the meal (just check in with the restaurant to see what the latest entertainment schedule is). This is a great option when you’ve got visitors in town and want to show them some great food and views while also keeping the kids happy.
Who doesn’t love the weekend brunches at Zuma? These 2.5-hour champagne packages tick all the right boxes with parents and kids love their perfect-sized portions of the main course. Kids under 4 years eat for free.
Editor’s note: The weekend play area has been closed because of the pandemic. The restaurant will inform its patrons of its reopening when that happens.
For the best tastes of Britain and the US, head to Kinship for an indulgent weekend family brunch. The recently revamped brunch menu features hearty staples like Southern Biscuits and Gravy or the Beef Sunday Roast alongside new additions – BBQ Pork Benny, Smashed Avocado Toast and the Corned Beef Hash.
Family-friendly AND pet-friendly, Bather’s is quickly becoming a favourite as Hong Kong families looking to escape the city for a weekend brunch. If you don’t opt for the breakfast or brunch dishes, there is a good kid’s menu and all-day dining that’s full of tasty sharing plates and all-around crowd-pleasing dishes!
While it doesn’t offer a brunch menu, Din Tai Fung is always a family favourite for extended lunches. Chaiwala is perfect for those who love Indian cuisine and La Rambla for those who want a relaxing Spanish Sunday feast.
Hong Kong Restaurants With Kids’ Playrooms And Baby-Friendly Facilities
Most parents are familiar with this playroom/café combo. It boasts a beautiful custom-made wooden treehouse that is sure to capture the imagination of your little one (best for kids 3 and under). Enjoy a cuppa, grab a snack (there’s a good kids’ menu as you’d expect) and let the little ones burn off some steam.
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. Available every weekend, the fully equipped FRITES Café kids area lets children role-play as cashiers, customers, baristas, and whatever else their hearts desire. Parents can feast on Belgian favourites like mussel pots (our pick!), a hearty pork knuckle or a traditional Weiner schnitzel while the kids are sure to enjoy mini burgers, spag bol, schnitzel strips and more. Be sure to keep this one in mind for your child’s next birthday party too!
Editor’s Note – The “Kids’ Café” play area is available at Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Quarry Bay and Kwun Tong branches. It is currently closed due to social distancing restrictions so check directly with the restaurant before you dine.
Origami Cafe is an innovative space located at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, the former site of Hong Kong’s International Airport. Go back to the basics by immersing your child (and yourself) in educational play. The dining area whips up a Hong Kong take on Chinese fusion with café tables having a full view of the play area. It’s an ideal spot to unwind over a glass of wine, whilst the kids run wild. A great option if you are looking for a child-focused meal out.
Many places become distinctly more baby and child-friendly over the weekend. TokyoLima with its secret play area and sweets corner is a big hit with kids for brunches, as is 208 Duecento Otto with its weekend brunch and play area. Pizza Express is always very baby-friendly with changing rooms and baby chairs and it’s also a great option for kids’ birthday parties. The cafe at Tree in Horizon Plaza is another great pit stop while shopping or a great cafe for mums to catch up at while their kids enjoy a playdate.
More Family-Friendly Dining Locations
This seaside village on the Southside of Hong Kong is no secret. Take the kids (along with their scooters and bikes) to Stanley Plaza where they can safely ride around and play in the pirate’s playground while you watch on from one of the restaurants that overlook the area. Top picks for families are Beef & Liberty, Classified and Cali-Mex.
Just a short drive from Stanley (and with many similar offerings), The Pulse at Repulse Bay is packed full of families every day of the week. Limewood, Sip Song and Amalfitana are ever-popular options as well as Hong Kong staples Classified and Coffee Academics prove popular for a caffeine fix (and babyccino!) before you hit the sand.
There’s definitely something about a scenic ferry ride to make you feel like you’re a world away from the city. In a neighbourhood as family-friendly as Discovery Bay you can definitely expect to find dining options that will win the kids over. Head to the plaza and take your pick! We love Zaks for its huge range of options – great for when you’ve got one who wants burgers and another who’s craving pizza and McSorley’s also has a good kid’s menu.
The easy Lugard Road walk at Victoria Peak is practically made for families (including your fur-babies!). Fuel up at newly opened Fiamma, Mina House or Rajastan Riffles (all in the Galleria) or relax amongst the greenery on the terrace at The Peak Lookout.
There’s definitely a theme of family-friendly and being by the seaside. If you’ve made your way for a day out in Sai Kung, a safe bet is Hoi Pong Square where you’ll find The Conservatory, CENA, Piccolos, Jaspas as well as Cali Mex and Ali-Oil Bakery. There’s a playground in the square too, so if little legs start to get restless you can send them off to burn off some energy while still being close by.
Editor’s Note: Many children’s play areas have been temporarily suspended with the current social distancing restrictions. Please check with the restaurant directly before visiting.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2018 by Tania Shroff and updated in October 2020 by Jess Mizzi.