Check out one of our favourite new places to go
Wong Chuk Hang is fast becoming the place to be and even the place to live. With ample living space (a necessity when you’ve got a fam!), an abundance of quirky cafes and family-friendly restaurants (whoop!), a heap of activities for the kids and the new MTR, we recommend heading over there to check what all the fuss is about. Here’s our list of all the great places (some new!) that make this district one we are quickly calling one our faves.
Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital
If you’re out and about with the kids, it is important to know where the nearest hospital and clinics are, so we’re making sure to add in Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital to our guide. It has 24-hour outpatient and emergency service, seven days a week, which means mums and dads can have peace of mind no matter what. Accidents aren’t predicted, so it’s nice to have a hospital that is there when you need it! Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital is private, which means you won’t be waiting for hours to see a doctor (like you might at a public hospital), and the prices are competitive, so your neighbourhood day trip doesn’t have to turn into a bank-breaking nightmare!
Where To Eat
Africa Coffee and Tea
This beautifully designed multipurpose venue brings a fun and energetic dose of Africa to our shores and is fast becoming a favourite with the Sassy Mamas. High up on the 15th floor is the Cafe & Bar (it also has a VIP Room for private parties and dinners). Meanwhile downstairs, mamas strapped for time can enjoy coffee, tea, juice, pastries and sandwiches at the ground floor Kiosk.
Africa Coffee and Tea, Suite 1501-1504, 15/F, 41 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 2180 7536 www.africacoffeeandtea.com
In the mood for a spot of Italian while hanging out on the Southside? GCX at One Island South does not disappoint. With pizza, pasta, paninis and other mouth-watering Italian classics on the menu, you can’t go wrong.
GCX, Shop G09, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 2528 0772
For kids that love their noodles, head to this trendy-looking food court that offers up pho, Vietnamese snacks, rice dishes, both made-to-order and signature salads, banh mi and a decent selection of beverages.
Golden Monkey, Shop G08, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 3100 0184 www.goldenmonkeyhk.business.site
With its sweeping views of the south side of the island, Komune is the perfect spot to soak up some rays and kick up your heels while you sip a cocktail. But it’s definitely a kid-friendly spot, too, and its menu caters to every taste. Embrace the Southside’s relaxed and tasty “Komunity”.
Komune, 4/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 3460 8100 www.ovolohotels.com.hk/ovolosouthside/eat
MUM Veggie and Coffee
For gluten-free and veggie families, head over to MUM, where the friendly team offers healthy vegetarian Japanese food.
MUM Veggie and Coffee, Unit G07, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 2115 3348 www.mum-hk.com
You can’t go wrong with Pizza Express. With a child-friendly menu and pizza making parties for kids, this is a regular go-to for families. There are some great veggie options for the non-meat eaters out there as well.
Pizza Express, Shop G03, G/F One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 3585 8598
One of the area’s dining hotspots is definitely the spacious coffee house Sensory Zero. If your kids go to school in the area, drop them off and bring a laptop with plans of setting up shop for the day. Complete with free Wi-Fi, you’ll want to order a cold, creamy nitro coffee and tuck into a grilled baguette sandwich as you do some memoir writing or serious online shopping.
Sensory Zero, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 2511 6011
What To Do
Aberdeen Fish Market
This is the perfect spot for teaching kids about Hong Kong’s fish industry given the market supplies over 70 per cent of seafood in Hong Kong. Wander round the stalls and then head to the Aberdeen Fish Market restaurant – it’s one of Hong Kong’s hidden gems. You won’t find a menu on the table, but when you book in advance (necessary!) let them know your budget and they will sort out a special menu for your group.
Aberdeen Fish Market, 102 Shek Pai Wan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
We’ll put our hands up here and confess that we love this just as much as the kids do. Art jamming is an immersive ‘paintertainment’ experience, featuring a range of high quality canvasses combined with a free flow acrylic paint station, we can vouch that the creativity just flows…
Art Jamming, 4D Yally Industrial Building, 6 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 2541 8816 www.artjamming.com/
Attic V Climbing Wall
This is one of Sassy Mama’s favourite rainy day activities. Whether you’re a complete beginner, a bouldering pro seeking new and challenging problems, or simply looking for a great workout, Attic V is the place to be.
Attic V Climbing Wall, Shop B, G/F Tin Fung Industrial Mansion, 63 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong; 3101 2918 www.atticv.com.hk/
The ideal destination for an action-packed family day out, Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s premiere theme park featuring world-class animal attractions, family-friendly rides and a range of entertaining shows.
Sassy Mama tip: Avoid public holidays as the park can get very busy.
Ocean Park, No. 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 3923 2323
Read more: Top Family Friendly Theme Parks In Asia
Pao Yeu Kong Swimming Pool
Large, not crowded and cheap, you won’t have to sign on to an expensive country club for the summer here! With eight separate pools, lounge chairs, diving boards and lots of slides for the kids, this public swimming spot is perfect for a relaxed family outing on a sunny day.
Sassy Mama Tip: Don’t forget towels!
Pao Yeu Kong Swimming Pool, Shum Wan Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Secret time – in another life we would want to be professional gymnasts. Perhaps too late for us to try, but definitely not for your kids. Head to Trybe, Hong Kong’s premiere training centre for gymnastics and acrobatics. With dedicated classes for kids aged 3 to 16 years old, this is up there as one of our top activities in Wong Chuk Hang.
Trybe, Unit 209 – 210, 2/F, One Island South, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 3427 9017
Wise-Kids Playroom is the perfect spot for a day of action-packed fun. Featuring a specially conceived play area designed to enhance playtime and learning for children between the age of 3 months and 8 years old, we find ourselves heading here when the weather won’t cooperate.
Wise Kids, 20/F, Genesis, 33-35 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 2989 6298 https://www.facebook.com/WiseKidsPlayroom/
Where To Shop
APA Outdoor Shop
This epic outdoor store is fully stocked for adventurers, explorers and athletes alike. From clothing, to camping and climbing gear, to trekking equipment, APA Outdoor Shop is a one-stop shop. And for water sports enthusiasts, it even sells accessories, paddles, SUP boards (including inflatable boards from Red Paddle Co!), kayaks and so much more.
APA Outdoor Shop, Unit A, 16/F, Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; www.apaoutdoorshop.com
This is the perfect shop for older kids (and parents!) with a passion for surfing. Check out its range of apparel, surf craft and surf gear, and get ready to rip those waves to shreds.
Float Captain, Shop 1, G/F, Marina Tower, 8 Shum Wan Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong www.floatcaptain.com
Are you and the family keen cyclists? Look no further than MCBC (Modern Classic Bicycle Company) for a range of high quality bicycles, from vintage classics to a modern take on traditional designs.
MCBC, Shop 202, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 2115 8682 www.modernclassic.bike
Don’t kid yourself before you visit Mirth, grab your eco-friendly tote bags and get ready to shop. This colourful home/lifestyle retail space sells furnishings, interior accessories, artwork, books, stationery, unique gifts, tableware, kitchen goods, children’s toys, clothing, shoes and party supplies.
Mirth, 3/F, Yally Industrial Centre, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Custom silkscreen and digital T-shirt printing is the name of the game for this small lifestyle brand. Having seen them in action at events around town, we recommend the hands-on T-shirt printing experience that is provided at private parties, markets and at its own shop.
Sassy Mama Tip – Check out its fab kid’s parties!
Printhouse, 20B, E-Tat Factory Building, 4 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; 53322429 www.printhou.se
This article was originally published on 28 February 2018 on Sassy Hong Kong and was written by Katie Kenny.