When you need space for the wheels.
We may have mastered the compact buggies and prams on the streets of Hong Kong, but getting them in and around the tight tables of cafés and restaurants presents a whole new challenge. So next time you’re out and about taking the stroller for a spin, try out one of these options.
Most parents are familiar with this playroom/café combo. Each branch boasts a beautiful custom-made wooden treehouse that is sure to capture the imagination of your little one. There is a lift at both Harbour City and Wan Chai, and ample stroller parking for accessibility. If you do have a little one napping, the helpful staff will be more than accommodating to allow your stroller tableside. 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.
Baumhaus Harbour City, Suite 614–615, World Commerce Centre, 11 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3585 8577
Baumhaus Wan Chai, 1/F Kar Yau Building, 36-44 Queens Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2321 5898, www.baumhaus.com.hk
The Stanley branch of this burger joint is perfect when you have bubs in the stroller. The Stanley promenade is very stroller-friendly and directly outside the restaurant is a playground for restless legs to run around. Burgers are always a sure-fire hit with hungry mouths, big and small!
Beef & Liberty, G04, G/F, 23 Carmel Road Stanley Plaza, Stanley, Hong Kong, 2563 2798, www.beef-liberty.com
If you’ve ventured over to Ap Lei Chau to tackle Horizon Plaza with kids in tow you will definitely need a coffee break at some point! Take the lift to the 28th floor and pick yourself (and your little ones) a hot or cold drink, a light bite and some sweet treats. It also offers free babyccinos for kids, has nursing facilities and a play area! There’s plenty of room to manoeuvre the buggy, as you window shop the gorgeous furniture at the TREE store and in the café.
Repulse Bay is another wonderful place for a leisurely stroll with little ones in prams. After you’ve wandered along the promenade (or maybe come around the point from Deepwater Bay), call in for a meal at Limewood. If it’s busy, there might not be too much room for the buggy inside, but there’s plenty of stroller parking at the front door and high chairs available. Plus who can say no to Limewood favourites like the Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken?
The Lugard Road loop walk has long been a favourite amongst mamas. After your morning exercise, call into The Peak Lookout for a well-deserved bite to eat. Take in the stunning views from its lovely outdoor terrace or park yourself indoors. Either way, rest assured that you’ll have easy wheelie access.
There’s something about arriving in Discovery Bay on the ferry and feeling like you’ve stepped into another world. It’s Hong Kong, but the sky’s a little bluer and the air a little fresher! The ferry accommodates strollers and from there you’ll walk almost immediately past Zak’s at Discovery Bay Plaza. This Castelo Concepts restaurant is naturally family-friendly and its DB location gives parents with prams that bit more room to move.
This casual eatery is a great option when wheeling through Kennedy Town. It is a level walk from the MTR and a good pit stop on your way over to Belcher’s Bay Park. Once inside, there is room to move or park your pram between tables. Other kids facilities include a great kids’ menu (mains $68), colouring sheets, high chairs and a baby change table. Mum and Dad will find something tasty as well whether there for breakfast (served until 4pm on weekends and public holidays), lunch or a casual drink.
For a bit of luxury on Hong Kong Island with bubs in tow, it doesn’t get much better than The Grill at The Grand Hyatt. Enjoy lunch from the à la carte menu during the week or for a splurge, enjoy a bbq brunch by the pool at the weekend. Feel the tropical holiday vibes and wheel your little one right to the table!
The Grill, 11/F Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2584 7722, www.hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com
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.
Origami Kids Cafe, Rooftop, North End, Zone B, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, 33 Shing Fung Road, Hong Kong, 6063 7470, Open from Monday to Sunday (10am to 10pm), www.origami.com.hk