The lowdown on K-Town!
Kennedy Town is well equipped for families with a number of kid-friendly activities and countless restaurants and cafés hidden around little corners. So, to make it easier to know where to go, we’ve compiled this list of our tried-and-tested favourites. For families with a little one (or two!), this roundup caters to K-town specials that the whole gang is sure to love!
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.
Editor’s note: Due to the Covid-19 outbreak many public facilities are close,d while other businesses have reduced their schedules and/or changed their operating conditions. Please check with them before visiting.
Restaurants and cafes in Kennedy Town
This neighbourhood favourite serves up classic NYC-inspired stone oven pizzas made with an HK twist. Alvy’s interiors are welcoming, cosy and, although sophisticated, also very child-friendly (high chairs and a kids’ menu are available!). All pizzas are made with a delicious sourdough base and toppings even include char siu, a Sichuan-style pepperoni pizza with lots of cheese! Parents won’t miss out either with the large selection of locally brewed and imported craft beers.
For a meal that will surely please your little ones, head to Waffling Beans for a breakfast filled with savoury waffles. Offering an airy and laid-back atmosphere, this is ideal for families looking for a slow start to the weekend. Other than the extensive menu, which includes chicken and waffles (a staple!) and other brunch favourites, kids can enjoy the Lollipop Waffle, a sweet selection of waffles on sticks, served with fruits, sweets, and syrups.
It’s practically impossible not to fall in love with this tiny cafe, which doubles up as a bar in the evenings. Its bites are delicious and fresh and the coffee is seriously good in the mornings and at night, especially in Espresso Martini form (we don’t judge, mama!).
Winstons Coffee, Shop 8, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Hong Kong, www.winstonscoffee.com
A K-town favourite, Catch is loved for its seafood dishes and brunch specials. Decorated in an airy and open atmosphere with a turquoise green feature wall (fitting for its seaside location), this relaxing joint is the perfect wind-down spot for busy families. Tuck into the special avocado chips, brekkie bap (ham, cheddar cheese and fried egg sandwiched into a bap) or soft-shell crab burgers. You won’t regret it.
Kick that fish and chips craving at Fish & Chick! Located right on the waterfront, this cosy restaurant serves delicious beer-battered Fish & Chips, homemade crab croquettes, deep-fried shrimp, calamari and more, not to mention the beautiful sea view that comes with it. For those who aren’t seafood lovers, the restaurant also serves a gorgeously crispy French-style rotisserie chicken with its own special marinade.
This casual eatery is a great option when taking the stroller out and about 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 child-friendly facilities include a great kids’ menu (mains cost $68), colouring sheets, high chairs and a baby changing 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.
Get your Thai fix at Café Siam with new dishes, as well as irresistible old classics including Gang Khiaw Waan (Spicy Green Curry with Coconut milk), Pad Thai and Koh Moo Yang (Char-Grilled Marinated Pork).
With no reservations, Mexican-Japanese food, great highballs, margaritas and limited seating, this place may strike you as a better date night spot than a family-friendly restaurant. But the friendly staff know just exactly how to keep your little ones entertained. They’ll offer suggestions on what dishes are sure to be a hit (one Sassy Mama found her 10-month-old eating lightly pickled beetroot with relish here!), find space for small strollers and car seats, and will provide simple stickers that will delight the kids.
Where the kids can play in Kennedy Town
The newly-refurbished Kennedy Swimming Pool has indoor heating systems which means pool-trips for the kiddies all year round! Other than the indoor and outdoor pools, the children’s pools are packed with slides, automated water jets and showers, a splash pool and, for younger ones, there are even bouncy animals! The perfect way to stay out of the heat and get some outdoor activity in. Plus, there are a few family-only changing rooms with showers. Perfect!
Get some outdoor play into your daily routine at Belcher Bay Park. A relaxing green park nestled in next to the swimming pool, it offers endless stretches (by Hong Kong standards) of fresh green grass which makes for a great place for family picnics and for kids to run around. The children’s playground comes complete with slides and monkey bars. Why not head to Kennedy Town Swimming Pool to cool off afterwards?
Let your little ones burn some energy at this premium indoor playground. With up to 8,000 square feet of fun, your kids will be kept busy with the range of activities available on site. For tiny tots, there is a dedicated toddler area (for ages 3 and under), so mamas need not worry! FunZone also offers different classes from Kids Zumba and Minisports to keep your kids active. All classes include a free session in the play area after. The play area is not limited to a specific time period, so all you have to do is book ahead and play away. A solid last-minute alternative for a rainy day!
Decorated in a dinosaur theme, the Smithfield Playroom is an indoor soft play area perfect for any active little one. Let your kids run around and engage in some imaginative play. Perfect for a rainy day and, as a bonus, it’s free!
Sassy Mama tip: There are also indoor playrooms nearby in Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park Sports Centre, as well as Shek Tong Shui Sports Centre (which are both close to Kennedy Town).
Tucked away on Forbes Street, this play area is ideal for both toddlers and older kids. Padded with bright yellow and green soft mat flooring, let your little ones run wild with excitement. It also has slides, handball courts and a climbing wall – great for letting off some steam before bedtime.
Forbes Street Temporary Play Area, Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/facilities
Central And Western District Promenade
Just around the corner from “Instagram Pier”, you’ll find a fantastic waterfront playground, right next to a little coffee shop (All Blue Coffee – it doesn’t have a huge menu, but will do the job if you need a caffeine hit) and a waterfront promenade that links up with Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park. While technically this playground is in Shek Tong Tsui, it’s close enough to Kennedy Town to mention in our guide!
Central And Western District Promenade, Western Wholesale Food Market, Shek Tong Shui, Hong Kong
Where to learn in Kennedy Town
To instil a love for reading, head to Smithfield Library for an impressive selection of books for all ages. When books at home become old repeats and you don’t want to spend money (or time!) replacing them every couple of months, the library is your best bet. Plus, its a day guaranteed well spent in rainy or hot weather!
Sassy Mama tip: The library and Smithfield Indoor Playroom are in the same building, so you can visit both in the one outing!
Keep the kids learning new skills at ActiveKids. Providing educational programmes for children, it aims to encourage them to think and develop skills in a creative, innovative way. Not only does it already provide after-school clubs at a number of different international schools across Hong Kong, but it also offers engaging holiday camps, cooking classes and chess competitions that are sure to get those creative juices flowing!
Where to shop in Kennedy Town
We’re big fans of eco-friendly alternatives and this bulk food and sustainable lifestyle store in K-Town ticks all the boxes. As well as offering up whole food groceries (including everything from non-dairy milks, snacks, sweets, rice, pasta and more!), Slowood also stocks body, hair and health products and a huge range of home and cookware.
Calling all veggie mamas! This Kennedy Town branch stocks any spice, herb or superfood you may need, along with healthy, wholesome food in its cafe. Featuring gluten-free, organic and vegan options, it’s an easy way to sort your Green Monday!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Lorria Sahmet in November 2017 and was updated by Jess Mizzi in March 2020