On another level…
Not only is Mid-Levels a relatively quiet haven compared to the hustle and bustle of our beloved city, but the area is very family-oriented and definitely kid-friendly! While it tends to be a predominantly residential area, there’s no shortage of restaurants, shops and other gems hidden amongst these leafy, hilly streets. With plenty of fun and educational activities to choose from and just a stone’s throw away from Central, it’s worth checking out. We’ve lined up some of our favourite spots to put on your list…
Complete with a designated play area for your little ones, this cosy little café is perfect for both mamas and tots alike. The menu, geared towards pleasing palates of all ages, includes comfort food and kid-friendly favourites like pancakes, vegetable sticks and hummus, toasted sandwiches and a good old-fashioned fry-up. Though it’s often packed with other families, the outdoor play area ($20, even on weekends and Public Holidays) makes this a staple option if you’re passing through Mid-Levels.
Rosie Jean’s, 119 Caine Rd, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2549 9718, www.rosiejeanscafe.com
This Caine Road bakery is the perfect place to sit back with a cup of tea and a buttery croissant. With a mouthwatering range of authentic pastries made from natural ingredients, light-flooded interiors and outdoor seating, you’ll never want to leave!
Maison Eric Kayser, 38 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2178 2566, www.maison-kayser.com.hk
As one of Hong Kong’s oldest gastropubs, this Shelley Street favourite is perfect at any time of the day. At this family-style joint, be adventurous and order a few plates to share from the comfort food-filled menu.
The Phoenix, 29 Shelley Street, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2546 2110, www.enotecagroup.com/phoenix
Tea Saloon by AnotherFineDay
This quirky tea room is a laid-back alternative to some of the more high-end afternoon tea joints in town, making it absolutely perfect for dining with little ones! In addition to tea and scones, expect to find other delicious treats like cakes and seasonal macarons.
Tea Saloon by AnotherFineDay, 82-88 Peel Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2525 8257, www.facebook.com/teasaloonbyanotherfineday
Pure Veggie House
If you’re craving quality vegetarian cuisine, look no further than Pure Veggie House! This Buddhist vegetarian restaurant’s menu consists of authentic Chinese cuisine made from organic ingredients, and the friendly and helpful staff are a huge bonus as well!
Pure Veggie House, 3/F, 51 Garden Road, Mid Levels, Hong Kong, 2525 0552, topstandard.com.hk/en/top-standard-corporation-home/12-english/pvh/20-pvh-home
Craving a burger? Look no further than The Diner: with plenty of grown-up burgers on offer (with all the trimmings, of course) and a dedicated kids’ menu, this quirky restaurant is guaranteed to please the whole family. While this old-fashioned burger joint technically isn’t located in Mid-Levels, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from Caine Road, making it beyond easy to get to – plus, the milkshakes alone are worth travelling for!
The Diner, Shiu King Court, G/F, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2562 3181, www.thediner.com.hk
San Xi Lou
This well-loved Sichuan hot pot restaurant is tucked away on Garden Road, and its famed spicy hotpot is definitely not for the faint of heart! Worried it might be too spicy for your little ones? Fear not – the extensive menu also features a range of non-spicy dishes to ensure that there’s something for everyone at this family-friendly restaurant.
San Xi Lou, 7/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2838 8811, www.facebook.com/sanxilou
This cosy, relaxed little restaurant is the ideal way to satisfy any and all of your Thai cravings! Featuring all of the classic Thai favourites you know and love, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this Mid-levels establishment. Plus, the terrace is absolutely perfect for balmy Hong Kong evenings.
Koh Thai, 38 Mosque Street, Mid Levels, Hong Kong, 2179 5779, www.kohthai.com.hk
At Hooked, you’ll find British comfort food at its very finest! If the name didn’t give it away, this hole-in-the-wall’s claim to fame is fish and chips – if you’re not a fish fan, they have a generous selection of pies to choose from as well. If you’re after an unfussy, family-friendly meal, this Caine Road pick is not to be missed.
Hooked, Caine Mansion, 80-88 Caine Rd, Mid-Levels, 2915 1118, www.hooked.hk
As a true family favourite (and a definite crowd pleaser), there’s something for everyone at Oolaa! At this all-day dining establishment, the extensive main menu and kids’ menu are sure to keep you and your little ones satisfied no matter what time you go.
Oolaa, G/F, Bridges Street, Centre Stage, Soho, Hong Kong, 28032083, www.casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/oolaa
Fancy yourself to be a coffee enthusiast? With sleek interiors and some seriously high-quality brews, this Caine Road coffee shop is the perfect place to catch up on some work or kick back and relax.
Filters Lane, 111 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2517 1868, www.filterslane.com
There’s a reason why there’s one on every corner! This homegrown coffee giant’s location on in Mid-levels has coffee (of course), snacks and complimentary Wifi, so why not drop by and grab a cuppa?
Pacific Coffee, G/F, 22 Mosque Street, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2522 0137, www.pacificcoffee.com/eng/
Elephant Grounds’ Mid-levels location is the latest addition to the existing roster of trendy, sleek brunch and coffee spots scattered around Hong Kong. Expect all-day breakfast and kid-friendly options like Grilled Cheese, Peanut Butter Banana Toast and, of course, the famous Ice Cream Sandwiches.
Elephant Grounds, 61 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2535 7155, www.elephantgrounds.com/our-stores/mid-levels-2
Blend & Grind HK
Blend & Grind is conveniently located on Prince’s Terrace, and their menu revolves around fresh, locally sourced ingredients. This little nook is perfect for grabbing your blend of choice (be it coffee or a smoothie) at any time of the day!
Blend & Grind HK, Shop A2, 1 Princes Terrace, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2887 3272, www.facebook.com/blendgrindhk/
The Hong Kong Juice Co.
Pressed for time but need a pick-me-up? No problem – The Hong Kong Juice Co.’s cold-pressed juices are good for you in every sense of the word and made from fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables in order to ensure that you feel refreshed as soon as you take your first sip.
The Hong Kong Juice Co., 1 Princes Terrace, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2412 1018, www.hkjuice.com
Hong Kong Park
This sprawling park is located in the heart of the city and ‘technically’ runs all the way up to Mid-levels, making it a convenient source of fun and entertainment for all. From a tai chi garden to an artificial lake and even a waterfall, all of the activities on offer ensure hours upon hours of fun for the whole family. Make sure to check out the Aviary too!
Hong Kong Park, 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks
Caine Road Garden
This well-equipped playground is perfect for energetic tots! Complete with colourful swings, a climbing frame and slides, this playground is on the smaller side and conveniently located, making it easy to get to and an ideal place to spend the afternoon after a long day of exploring. There are even vendors selling ice-creams and bubbles. Your next Sunday sorted.
Caine Road Garden, 144 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Bowen Road Garden
This tranquil park is located in the heart of Mid-levels. With lush greenery, plenty of seating, a playground and some seriously breathtaking views of the harbour (further down the running trail), this is the perfect place to spend the afternoon.
Conduit Road Children’s Playground
This leafy playground is located further up the hill and nestled amongst the apartment buildings on Conduit road. While it’s not as flashy as some of the other playgrounds scattered around Mid-levels, there’s definitely enough to keep your little ones happy and entertained!
Swimming pools can be hard to come by in the 852, but thankfully for Mid-levels dwellers, there’s one conveniently located at the YWCA on MacDonnell Road. Open for most of the year, this outdoor pool provides the perfect way to splash out and have some fun in our humid city! For more details on the pool’s opening hours, see here.
YWCA, 1 MacDonnell Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 3476 1300, www.ywca.org.hk/templates/ywca/default.aspx
For a truly magical outing, the Edward Youde Aviary in Hong Kong Park is not to be missed! With the soaring canopy, pools, waterfalls and the abundance of plants and trees, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a rainforest. Housing over 600 birds from all over South East Asia, the interactive structure of this space is sure to keep the whole family entertained as you learn about the bird communities in the aviary, many of which are endangered.
Edward Youde Aviary, Hong Kong Park, 7 Kennedy Rd, Central, Hong Kong, 2521 5041, www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/parks/hkp/facilities/outdoor/edward_youde_intro.html
Having been around for over 30 years, City Kids is something of a Hong Kong institution. With its emphasis on learning through play, parent involvement, and community, City Kids seeks to make learning a fun and exciting activity through its supportive child-centred ethos.
City Kids Preschool and Playgroup, 2/F, East Wing, 12 Borrett Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2522 4446, citykidshk.org
This four-storey museum provides a valuable opportunity for your little ones to learn about the famed revolutionary, as well as Hong Kong’s history. In addition to the extensive range of historical artefacts on display, the audiovisual exhibits make it easier for kids to learn something new.
Dr. Sun Yat Sen Museum, 7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2367 6373, hk.drsunyatsen.museum/en_US
Find Arts’ Parent-child Arts Playgroup is the perfect way to get those creative juices flowing! Whether your child is a mini-Monet or just likes to get their hands dirty, this is a fun way to let them express their creativity and learn through painting, making collages and clay sculptures.
Find Arts Studio, Shop 4-5, 28 Caine Rd, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2711 1011, www.find-arts.com.hk
Do Re Mi
It’s no secret that music is good for the soul. For a fun and educational activity for your tots, look no further than Do Re Mi Music Studio. Ideal for mini maestros, this music school offers classes for varying ages and has a variety of instruments available for hire.
Do Re Mi Studios, Shop no 1&9, G/F, Universal Trade Centre, 17-19 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Places to Explore
Bowen Road Fitness Trail
Staying true to the predominantly residential nature of Mid-levels, you won’t find many gyms here. However, with its convenient location on a hill and with plenty of parks woven throughout the area, outdoor fitness is the way to go in these parts! This leafy path is perfect for extreme runners and parents with prams alike – and it offers some breathtaking views of the city as well.
Bowen Road Fitness Trail, Bowen Rd, Mid-levels, Hong Kong
Circuit 25 specialises in group circuit training, balancing one-on-one attention with the social benefits of training with others. While they have classes all over the city, the Bowen Road option is particularly convenient for any Mid-levels mamas keen to work out! For more information, see here.
Circuit 25, Bowen Rd, Mid-levels, Hong Kong, www.circuit25.com/hk
Central Green Trail
This tranquil trail is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong! Finishing at the Peak, this hike is a proper workout and is sure to make you work up a sweat.
Central Green Trail, Tramway Path, Mid-level, Hong Kong
This trail is perfect for beginner hikers and offers stunning vistas of Hong Kong both during the day and in the evening. Beginning on Hatton Road (near HKU), this hike is relatively flat with some occasional steep sections, making it ideal for a laidback workout.
Morning Trail, 5 Hatton Rd, Lung Fu Shan
Shops and Useful Spots
This quaint, USDA-certified health shop sources superfood from all over the world to ensure that its customers are able to access the highest-quality products available. In addition to teas, grains, oils and bath & body products, it even has its own line of organic spices, flours and more!
Spicebox Organics, 137 Caine Road, Shop 1, Golden Valley Mansion, Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2568 2728, www.spiceboxorganics.com
Feel like your wardrobe is missing a little sparkle? Say no more – Caty’s selection of fabulous earrings, necklaces and other accessories is the perfect way to add a little oomph to your outfit. Though the items may not be made to last forever, the styles are constantly changing, and there’s a huge selection of reasonably priced statement jewellery to choose from.
Caty, 73 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2809 4988, catystyle.com
If you or your little ones have allergies or dietary restrictions, this tiny shop on Caine Road truly is a blessing. At this healthy haven, you’ll find gluten-free treats especially for kids in addition to a range of “free from” products, making it easier than ever to fill your pantry with goodies that meet your family’s needs.
Nature’s Blessing, G/F, Shop 3A, Midland Court, 60-62 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2517 2135, www.naturesblessing.com.hk
Keen to spruce up your flat? At Indigo Living, one of Hong Kong’s premium interior design stores, you’ll find furniture and home accessories that are both chic and comfortable. Plus, the Indigo Kids line has a great selection of kid-friendly furniture is sure to solve any and all of your design dilemmas!
Indigo Living, Cameo Court, 63-69 Caine Rd, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2317 0368, www.indigo-living.com/hk_en
This hole-in-the-wall boutique sells an impressive range of clothes and accessories, all inspired by the latest (and coolest) Korean trends. With playful and fun designs that you and your kids will love, this quirky shop is worth checking out.
Hyojin Park, Shop 25A, Caine Road, Mid-levels, Hong Kong, 2405 2777, www.facebook.com/pg/HyoJinParksKoreanKidswear
Tavolo Kids Living
This home décor shop is a must-visit if you’re looking to update your kids’ bedrooms! Featuring furniture that is equal parts fun, cool and practical and sourced from leading brands around the world, you’ll find everything from Scandi-inspired high chairs to loft beds and clever storage solutions.
Tavolo Kids Living, Shop 608, Universal Trade Centre, 17 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2205 0203, www.tavolo-inc.com/2016/