The low-down on K-Town
Kennedy Town has drummed up our excitement with a number of family-friendly activities and countless restaurants and cafés. Hidden around little corners of Hong Kong, we’ve done the research for you making sure you’re getting a list of tried and tested favourites. For families with a little one (or two!), this round up caters to K-town specials that the whole family is sure to love!
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Where to eat
Butcher & Baker
If you want to keep the family full and also get a bang for your buck, Butcher & Baker is your best bet. The kids play area and friendly atmosphere has earned this place a firm mama-approval for playdates, meet-ups or family lunch and brunches. Lunch and brunch menus are also a hit. Full of delicious nibbles, it’s ideal for both parents and kids. Oh, and don’t miss the Family Buffet Night ($238) every Tuesday. There is something for even the pickiest of eaters. It gets crowded so opt for off-peak hours whenever possible!
Butcher & Baker, On Fat Building, 57 – 59 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2591 0328, www.facebook.com/butcherbakerhk
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 (the staple!) and other brunch favourites, kids can enjoy the Lollipop Waffle, a sweet selection of waffles on sticks, served with fruits, sweets, and syrups.
Waffling Beans, G/F, Shops 9 , New Fortune House, 4-8 North Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2855 8890, facebook.com/wafflingbeans
This new neighbourhood favourite serves up a classic NYC-inspired stone oven pizza made with a HK twist. Alvy’s interiors is welcoming, cosy and, although sophisticated, also very child-friendly (high chairs and kids menu are available!). All pizzas are made with a delicious sourdough base, and toppings include char siu, a Sichuan-style pepperoni pizza and lots of cheese! Parents won’t miss out either with their large selection of locally brewed and imported craft beers.
Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, facebook.com/AlvysHK
A K-town favourite, Catch is loved for their 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.
Catch., G/F, Catchick Street, Kennedy Town Hong Kong, 2855 1289, facebook.com/catchoncatchick
Fish n’ Chick
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 and 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.
Fish and Chick, 25 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, fishandchick.co
This trendy Aussie-inspired joint on K-town’s waterfront offers a causal, homey vibe perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner gatherings. Dive into the selection of sharing platters, pizzas, burgers and steaks. Portion sizes aren’t too massive either which means you can work your way down the menu without feeling too stuffed. Also, don’t miss out on the selection of craft beers!
Little Creatures, 5A Praya Kennedy Town, Sai Wan, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2833 5611, littlecreatures.hk
K-town now has its own Michelin-recognised restaurant! Get your Thai fix at Café Siam with new dishes irresistible old classics including Gang Khiaw Waan (Spicy Green Curry with Coconut milk), Pad Thai and Koh Moo Yang (Char-Grilled Marinated Pork). K-Town families will also be pleased to hear Café Siam has recently launched an all-you-can-eat Thai buffet for just $268.
Café Siam, G/F, 38 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, cafesiam.com.hk
Kinsale has quickly become a brunch-spot favourite. The cool, laid-back resto has rolled out mouth-watering family brunch favourites which include burgers, omelettes and toast made with a contemporary twist (and the sea view doesn’t hurt!). For little ones, a ‘Kids Korner’ menu is available with playful options like ‘Fruit Face’ Pancakes and Boiled Eggs and Soldiers that will keep them full and happy. For parents, the two-hour free flow Prosecco package runs every Saturday and Sunday!
Kinsale, Shop 2, New Fortune House, Kennedy Town, 2796, 6004, kinsale.com.hk
Keep your kiddos cool with a sweet icy treat from Ice Monkey after a run around at the nearby parks. With the large selection of ice cream flavours and a cute monkey as the mascot, your kid will be asking to come back in no time!
Ice Monkey, 78-86 Catchick Street (corner of Davis Street), Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, facebook.com/Icemonkeyhongkong
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Where to play
Kennedy Swimming Pool
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 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 change rooms with showers. Perfect!
Kennedy Town Swimming Pool, 2 Sai Cheung Street North, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, lcsd.gov.hk
Let your little ones get the wiggles out at this premium indoor playground. With up to 10,000 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!
FunZone Kennedy Town, Shop 121-123, Podium Level 1 , The Westwood, 8 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2258 9558, funzone.com.hk
Belcher Bay Park
Get some outdoor play into your daily routine at Belcher Bay Park. A relaxing green park nestled among busy HK, the park 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 is complete with slides and monkey bars. After all that energy is almost out, head to Kennedy Town Swimming Pool to cool off.
Belcher Bay Park, 35 Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2853 2575, lcsd.gov.hk
Decorated in the dinosaur theme, the Smithfield Playroom is an indoor soft play area perfect for any active little one needing to burn off some extra energy. Let your kids run around and engage in some imaginative play. Perfect for a rainy day and, as a bonus, its free!
Smithfield Sports Centre, 4/F, Smithfield Municipal Services Building, 12K Smithfield, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2855 7321, www.lcsd.gov.hk/children/playroom
Forbes Street Temporary Play Area
Tucked away on Forbes Street, this newly opened 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 is also has slides, handball courts and a climbing wall – great for getting all the wiggles out before bedtime.
Forbes Street Temporary Play Area, Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/facilities
Where to learn
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 guaranteed day well spent on a rainy or hot day!
Smithfield Library, 3/F, Smithfield Municipal Service Building, 12K Smithfield, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2921 7106, www.hkpl.gov.hk/library/smithfield
Keep the kiddos learning new skills at ActiveKids. Providing educational programs for children, it aims to encourage children 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 HK, it also offers engaging holiday camps, cooking classes and chess competitions that are sure to get those creative minds flowing!
ActiveKids Learning Centre, Flat A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 3480 4199, activekidshk.com
Get the family’s diet in check and gather up the troops at Sesame Kitchen for a fun, hands-on cooking class on how to make healthy meals at home. A certified child nutritionist and founder of Sesame Kitchen, Shima Shimizau, brings easy, raw items for families to maintain a balanced lifestyle at home. You can learn all about fermented food creation and even make your own healthy raw chocolate!
Sesame Kitchen, Flat A, 21/F, Yulga Factory Building, 62 Victoria Road, Kennedy Town, Hong kOng, 2545 2588, sesamekitchen.com
Imaginations run wild at this creative centre! With plenty of opportunities for art and crafts, music, storytelling and exciting science experiments, Imagination Land is a space where kids can play, learn and build social skills at the same time!
Imagination Land, 2/F, Nice Garden, 513 Queens Road West, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2553 0311, ilandhk.com
Useful places for parents
For busy parents on the go (all hands up at Sassy Mama), Kennedy Town features a Wellcome to end all Wellcomes. As if the massive selection and convenient car parking isn’t enough of a saviour, this grocery superstore also offers kids trolleys shaped as cars that the littles can drive. Note: they are impossible to steer. Stock up on everything you need and check out the wet-market for fresh meat and fish.
Wellcome Superstore, 3/F, The Westwood, 8 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, wellcome.com.hk
Packed with all your home essentials, Miniso is like the sassy sister of JHC (and we love it!). From ombré coloured glass mugs and bowls, frog-shaped bins and floral hangers, you’ll find normal, everyday homeware made with a creative, colourful kick. You’re sure to find some adorable knick-knacks that you never thought you’d needed!
Miniso, 102-115 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, miniso.com
In need of an emergency home fix? Pricerite offers quick solutions to any spontaneous home issue you may have. Just pop in store, browse the large collection of furniture and home appliances and get your new replacement instantly. Not to mention, they are also super affordable with just the right price for quality furniture.
Pricerite, 116-122 Belcher’s Street, 2818 1160, Kennedy Town, hongkong.pricerite.com.hk
Spice Box Organics
Calling all veggie mamas! The Kennedy Town branch stocks any spice, herb or superfood you may need, along with healthy, wholesome food in their cafe. Featuring gluten-free, organic and vegan options, it’s your Green Monday sorted!
Spice Box Organics, 39-45 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, spiceboxorganics.com
Just Green Organics Store
Get all of those healthy essentials into your little ones at this quick pitstop. With stores across HK, Just Green stock an extensive range of organic goodies, including food and beverages, beauty products, whole-food supplements, books and home items.
Just Green Organics Store, 66 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, justgreen.com.hk
It’s time for some pampering! Head to Essential Spa and spend a quiet afternoon soothing your mind and body. While you’re there, take advantage of the quality, yet efficient service – great for facials, massages, nail services, waxing and more.
Essential Spa, G/F Shop D, 23 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, essentialspa.com.hk
Tending to the little ones 24/7 can gather up some stress and strain in your body and you super-mamas deserve a break! Get your muscles loosened and treat yourself to a soothing foot massage at Thai Relax. Offering a proper-style Thai massage, you’ll be feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in no time.
Thai Relax, 62 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong 2816 2898
Lemon Drop Yoga
Stretch out the stress and relax at the zen Lemon Drop Yoga studio. Tucked away in K-town, this intimate space is lit up by an abundance of natural light (making day-time classes a joy to take). Classes for both first-time yogis and long-time practising experts are available, and prenatal yoga classes are also offered to help new mamas build strength and tone. Small scale, and community focused, the atmosphere is welcoming and calming.
Lemon Drop Yoga, Shop 2 37B Cadogan Street Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, facebook.com/lemondropstudiohk