A handy guide for the HK hound!
If you’re like some of us, you have human kids and furry kids. And luckily, we live in a city with amazing hikes, waterfall wonderlands and weekend getaways that allow us to bring our furry friends. But it can be tricky to find the best dog-friendly beach or pooch-appropriate eatery, and many times, places we think will allow children and dogs are sadly just for the kids. That’s why we decided to put together a handy guide for you, your fam and your hound. Make the most of everything Hong Kong has to offer for all of you!
Restaurants and Bars:
Central and Sheung Wan:
Brunch Club, Central
This cosy, neighbourhood café is a great spot for a wholesome bite to eat. We’re big fans of its cute outdoor garden, where your fam and your pup can relax amidst the hustle and bustle.
Brunch Club, 70 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong (2526 8861)
Staunton’s Wine Bar & Café
A Soho staple, Staunton’s is the perfect weeknight jaunt for when you and your partner want to sneak away for a couple of pints! Although pups aren’t allowed inside, there’s plenty of seating on the stairs situated beside the bar, often frequented by dog-lovers and plenty of adoring fans. It’s the perfect spot for a post-date night drink.
Staunton’s Wine Bar & Café, 10-12 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong (2973 6611)
Something of an old faithful to Hong Kong’s breakfast crowd, Classified offers a rustic vibe, great all-day dining and a relaxed environment to chill out on a Sunday morning with man’s best friend. Classified welcomes your pups in the outdoor seating areas at all of its locations.
Classified, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (2525 3454) OR Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong (2563 3454)
This neighbourhood Italian Wine Bar serves up a rather appealing all-Italian wine list. It welcomes your dogs at the bar and will even give them a complimentary Pupperoni treat. Celebrating your dog’s birthday? You can get a Dog Birthday Cake (these require a two-day pre-order). It also openly invites all dog owners to snap a pic with their pup using the hashtag #stazzypooch to win a complimentary drink during its Aperitivo hour (5pm to 7pm Monday through Saturday), making it a great date night without the kids.
Stazione Novella, Ming Hing House, 52-56 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong (2559 0559)
Hidden away on Elgin Street, you’ve most likely walked past this hidden Italian gem a hundred times! Complete with a fabulous terrace and lashings of American-Italian style comfort foods, the laid-back atmosphere makes for a perfect family dinner outing for everyone, including your pooch.
Mostaccioli Brothers, 16 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong (2525 5770)
Tuck into this little tapas bar in Soho if you’re looking for some great cocktails and a lighter meal on date night. Your furry friends are welcome to join you as you chow down on some Mexican inspired Spanish tapas and sip on some seriously tasty cocktails.
Bocadito, G/F, 40 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong (2549 2878)
Want a New York style Italian meal for family dinner night? Look no further than Linguini Fini. You can even bring your doggo along so the whole family can gather together for some super fresh pizza and spaghetti.
Linguini Fini, 49 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong (2387 6338)
Another option for a New York style Italian family dinner, Posto Pubblico serves fresh homegrown vegetables in all its delicious pasta and pizza dishes. So grab your pooch and head over to Posto Pubblico for a family dinner to be enjoyed by all.
Posto Pubblico, G/F, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong (2577 7160)
Elephant Grounds, Causeway Bay
The ice cream sandwiches here are to die for, and now you can enjoy one with your best friend at its Causeway Bay location! The outdoor seating area is great for grabbing breakfast after an early morning hike.
Elephant Grounds, Shop C, G/F, 42-28 Paterson St, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (2562 8688)
Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town:
Flying Pig Bistro
The perfect spot to dig into a Sunday roast with your pooch in tow, Flying Pig Bistro is extremely accommodating. On a hot day, choose to sit inside in the restaurant or watch the world go by out front. The friendly staff will happily bring over a bowl of water for your best friend along with your menu. You can also check out the newly opened Flying Pig Deli if you’re looking for a quick lunch spot with the kids.
Flying Pig Bistro, 62 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong (2540 0511)
Flying Pig Deli, 52-56 Centre Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong (2523 9698)
Offering up delicious organic bites and fresh juices, Locofama is packed with pups come the weekend – it’s a great spot to hang out as your dogs play. If your kids are begging for a second pup, head over to LAP’s Puppy Adoption Day, hosted there every Sunday (between 2pm and 5pm) for a cuddle, or even to welcome a new pooch to your pack.
Locofama, 9-13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Wan, Hong Kong (2547 7668)
This Aussie-style coffee shop is small but sweet, serving up a mean brew and tasty deli-style bites. We’re huge fans of its Toasted Avocado with Mozzarella Sarnies and hearty Breakfast Baps. We’re even bigger fans of its dog-friendly vibes, because you can sit outside and hang with your furry ones (and there’s a park just down the steps for the kids to burn off some steam!). Winstons is quickly becoming a go-to brunch spot for all pup owners!
Winstons Coffee, Fu Kwok Building, 213 Queen’s Rd West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong (2559 5078)
Open Door Café + Courtyard
This chilled out café is one of our favourite neighbourhood hangouts in Sai Ying Pun, serving up delicious coffee, food and smoothies (your kids will love!). It also serves a puppuccino if your pup needs a drink too! Open Door is super dog-friendly and often hosts pet-related events – we’re talking doggy playdates, fundraisers and even dog yoga!
Open Door Café + Courtyard, G/F, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong (3460 3880)
No Milkshake No Life
This small eatery just outside exit B2 of HKU station is perfect for an afternoon snack with the kids and your dog. Have one of its to-die-for milkshakes and a Classic Grilled Cheese or a plate of the Potato Egg Fries and grab a spot in its mini garden for the perfect afternoon break.
No Milkshake No Life, Shop A, G/F, Graceful Court, 31-37 Hill Road, Western District, Hong Kong (6471 3339)
Aberdeen and Southside:
There’s no need to leave the pooch at home when indulging in frozen margaritas with friends. Limewood is big on innovative cocktails and fresh flavours, making it a top spot to have a girl’s night. But it’s also a great spot for when the kids want to play at the beach and you just want to hang with your dog (we’ve been there).
Limewood, The Pulse, Shop 103 & 104, G/F, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong (2866 8668)
Bathers Beach Restaurant
Bathers ticks all the boxes! Serving up delicious, “modern British cuisine with a spotlight of seafood,” it makes for a great lunch spot after a quick dip in the sea. Dogs (and kids!) welcome.
Bathers Beach Restaurant, 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, Lantau. Hong Kong (2504 4788)
Other Dog-Friendly Favourites:
Best Hiking Spots
Easily one of Hong Kong’s most iconic hikes, this one is great for gauging your dog’s fitness levels as there is nothing too strenuous across the trail (that means older kids can do this, too!). With rolling hills and stunning scenery, it’ll take about four hours to complete the entire trail, so make sure you pack enough water for all of you!
Getting there: Take a taxi or drive to Shek O Road near To Tei Wan Village and keep an eye out for the signs that signal the start of the hike!
Tung Lung Chau Hiking Trail
If you’re looking for an adventurous weekend with the family away from the hustle and bustle, Tung Lung Chau boasts one of the city’s best camping sites that is both remote and quiet, perfect for bringing the pup along.
Getting there: Hop on a ferry and head over on either Saturday or Sunday from Sai Wan Ho ferry pier or Sam Ka Tsuen ferry pier. Dogs are allowed on board, but remember that they will need to be on a leash and wearing a muzzle at all times.
Pineapple Dam Nature Trail
If your pup isn’t a fan of sprinting up stairs or long winding walks, the Pineapple Dam trail is perfect for you. A cool 3km next to Shing Mun Reservoir, this 1.5 hour stroll is relaxing and scenic. Make the most of your day out and pack a picnic, or take advantage of the many barbeque sites along the way.
Getting there: Grab a taxi and start at the Pineapple Dam minibus station on Shing Mun Road.
A Walk Up the Peak
If you’re short on time, or fancy a quick burst of exercise, take your pup up to the Peak on a fairly quick up-hill climb to those stunning views at the top.
Getting there: There are quite a few routes up the Peak, but one of the easiest is to start on Conduit Road and keep heading up Old Peak Road.
Just a short ferry ride away, Lamma makes for a great weekend hiking destination for those who fancy slowing down and getting out of the city. The path begins behind Shing Yeah Beach and ends at Sok Kwu Wan, where you can grab a fishy feast to go! Otherwise, extend the day and hike both there and back, stopping to catch your breath at one of the many dog-friendly cafes and bars in the village.
Getting there: Take the ferry from Central Pier 4 over to Yung Shue Wan.
Eagle’s Nest Nature Trail
Add this trail to your list of shorter walks, especially if it’s sweltering outside! Mostly shaded from the hot sun, the path is located inside Lion Rock Country Park and will take just 1.5 hours from start to finish, making it a great option for when you and your family are looking to get a little exercise without overheating.
Getting there: Nearest MTR station is Lai Chi Kok. The trail begins at the Shek Lei Pui Reservoir bus stop on Tai Po Road. Since you can’t take the bus with your doggo you’ll have to either walk from Lai Chi Kok or take a taxi.
Sai Kung is doggy paradise, laden with fabulous beaches and great hikes. There are plenty of activities and areas for the family and your furry friend to explore. Head over for a relaxing day of short walks and snacks by the pier or grab a taxi to Wong Shek Pier and hike through Sai Kung East Country Park to Tai Long Wan, where you can enjoy white sandy beaches and gorgeous views.
Sharp Island (Kiu Tsui Chau)
Take a sampan or a ferry from Sai Kung waterfront to the largest island in Kiu Tsui County Park, where you will see a gazetted beach on one side of the jetty (this beach is not dog-friendly), but on the other side there is a beach where dog owners often swim with their pups.
Take a taxi from Sai Kung to East Dam (or drive and park at Pak Tam Chung and taxi from there) and follow the path over to Long Ke. After an easy hour-long hike, you’ll discover a beautiful beach with white sand and crystal-clear water that is well worth the trip. Make sure to bring a taxi number with you to get you back from the dam on your way home. (See our list below for a list of transport companies that are dog friendly.)
Shek O Back Beach
Tucked away behind village houses, Shek O Back Beach is totally dog friendly. You’ll often find owners swimming and playing with their pups along this isolated, long stretch of beach. Enjoy a cool beverage from Ben’s Back Beach Bar on the weekends.
Grass Island (Tap Mun)
Take a taxi to Wong Shek Pier, then book a speedboat or take the ferry (ferries leave from Wong Shek Pier in Sai Kung about once every two hours) over to Grass Island to enjoy a small beach where pups can play in the cool waters. Watch out for cows!
Grab a ferry to Mui Wo and spend the day at Lantau’s Silvermine Beach! There are plenty of beaches for everyone (dogs included!) to cool off in as you trek toward Discovery Bay – and if you make it all the way, treat yourselves to a seaside meal at one of the island’s great outdoor dining spots.
Stanley is always a great day out – especially with your pup in tow! Popular with tourists, skip the busy market and head over to Stanley Plaza, walk the promenade and grab a bite to eat at one of the many dog friendly restaurants. Before heading home, be sure to head on over to Stanley’s Main Beach (just by the water sports centre) and cool off in the waves.
Cheung Chau Beach
If you’re looking for a place that has options, Cheung Chau offers great walks, short hikes (check out the Mini Great Wall along the way for extra tourist bonus points!) and a swimming area for the tail-waggers. Dogs can roam freely and dip in and out of the water with the kids while parents catch a few rays and soak up the sunshine. If you get peckish, there’s also some fab seafood restaurants where local fisherman bring in their catches, which are cooked fresh.
Lamma Power Station Beach
It can be tricky to find new places to walk the dog on the weekend, even more so finding somewhere they can run around off leash without getting in harm’s way. Lamma Power Station Beach is a quiet, pup-friendly area that lacks traffic and is perfect for a game of fetch. A short walk from Yung Shue Wan Village (which hosts many dog friendly bars and restaurants to stop in at for lunch), take the Lamma Island ferry, which leaves from Central every half hour and follow the signs to the beach from there.
Best Dog Parks
Quarry Bay Promenade
Walk your pup up the seaside walkway and let them loose in the pet garden. One of the larger dog parks in the city, your dog can run and play whilst you ogle at the panoramic views of this city you call home.
Hoi Yu Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Open 24 hours.
Butterfly Valley Road Pet Garden
If you’re on the hunt for a park that’ll literally have your pup jumping through hoops to get there, this west Kowloon Dog Garden boasts 7,000 square meters of concrete and grass. Complete with an activity area, doggy drinking fountains, and plenty of shady areas to take a rest in, this dog park makes for a great afternoon outing.
2 Butterfly Road, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong. Opening hours: 7am – midnight.
Sheung Wan Dog Park (Central and Western District Promenade)
Situated near the Macau Ferry, this dog park is a popular spot for friends and pooches alike to gather and have a couple drinks whilst the dogs are free to play.
Chung Kong Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Open 24 hours.
Cyberport Waterfront Park
Finding a park that’s not only made from concrete can be challenging in Hong Kong, so with open spaces, greenery and stunning harbour views, Cyberport is a great place to let your pooches run loose whilst you picnic with friends and family.
100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong. Opening hours: 7am – 11pm.
Penfold Park Sha Tin
Open year round, Penfold has quickly become one of HK’s favourite dog parks, attracting families and their pets from all around the city to come and roam the lush open fields. The perfect space for pups with heaps of energy, this beautifully landscaped park is more than worth the journey.
Penfold Park, Sha Tin, Hong Kong. Opening hours: 9am – 6:30pm.
Central and Western Promenade – Central Section Dog Park
Situated close to the Wan Chai end of Tamar Park are two sizable pet gardens, which make for a great space for your doggo to burn off some energy. The two gardens both have a grassy area, rather than concrete – always a bonus in HK!
Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong. Open 24 hours.
Kennedy Town Shipping Docks (Instagram Pier)
Pup owners have claimed the far end of the Instagram Pier as an unofficial “dog park,” where dogs can roam off-leash and away from heavy machinery. This spot is popular for evening dog walks, but at this end of the pier there are gatherings every evening (most people will head down there between 6pm and 7pm), and it’s the perfect time for your furry friend to socialise and run around.
8 Fung Mat Road, Sai Wan, Hong Kong.
Kowloon Tsai Park
This is a popular park for families. Hidden amongst the playground and sports facilities is a small dog garden that’s great for a quick run around before a spot of lunch.
13 Inverness Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong. Open 24 hours.
Dog and the City, G/F, 37A Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong (2121 1353)
Dogaroo, G/F, 1B Liberty Avenue, Mong Kok, Hong Kong (2714 8181)
Dog One Life, Shop B, Caine Mansion, 388 Lockhart Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (3105 5912)
Bob’s Paradise, G/F, 41 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong (2529 2544)
Red Carrot, 189-191 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong (2509 1666)
Mega Pet, 149 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong OR check out their website for several other locations around Hong Kong
Hunter, 6, 1-2 St Stephen’s Lane, Golden Phoenix Court, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong (3956 9700)
Pet Line, 140 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong (2970 0881) OR check out their website of several other locations around Hong Kong
The Dogeteer, 20 Mosque Junction, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong (2973 6133)
Whiskers & Paws, 10/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong (2552 6200)
Transporting Your Dog Around Hong Kong
If you have your own car, then you’re set! But many of us in Hong Kong don’t have our own vehicle (and why would you with our amazing public transport system?) and where we want to go isn’t always in walking distance. Figuring out how to get your doggo from point A to point B can be a big question mark when you can’t take them on the MTR and buses, especially if you’re watching little ones, too. Here are some pet-friendly options to help you get to where you want to go.
Some taxis in Hong Kong will allow pets in their vehicles, you just need to ask. It is not uncommon to get charged an extra fee of around $10 for the privilege of transporting your furry friend, but it’s totally worth the convenience, right?
Some Uber drivers will also allow pets. It’s good practice to text the driver who accepts your ride request ahead of time to let them know that you intend to travel with a pet as not every driver is okay with it.
GoGo Van is a great option when you want to move large things from place to place. But did you know it also offers a pet shuttling service? That’s right! When you book a ride, you can specify that you’re transporting pets and you’re good to go!
The 99Bus is an organisation started by someone in Hong Kong who just wanted to take his dog around town with ease. The service has stops all over town, but with only a handful of set routes. But if you’re close to a stop and headed somewhere along the route, this is a very convenient option. Check out its website for route information and ticket prices.
Most ferries in Hong Kong will allow pups on board, but there are rules around this. Dogs are only allowed on regular and slow ferries and they must be kept on a leash or in a carrier and be muzzled at all times. Click here to check out the most up to date rules and regulations for taking pets on the ferry with you.
Thank you to the amazing Megan Weill for her help on this article.
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