We all know that happy kids means happy parents, so here’s our curated list of family-friendly restaurants
Yo may fancy going to hotel brunches or happy hours, but things can be more tricky if you’re a family looking for child-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong for the everyone. But never fear, as these restaurants dish up colouring sheets, balloons and entertainment, meaning that you can enjoy your glass of wine in peace. From interesting views that stop ‘ants in the pants’ from taking over to swift-service, and complimentary ice cream, we’re sure you’ll find a tasty venue to suit you and your family.
Child-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s first tiny happy hour at Linguini Fini
Who says happy hours are only for adults? Now, kids can get just as excited as their parents between the magical hours of 4-7pm at hearty Italian-American restaurant Linguini Fini.
When an accompanying adult purchases an item from the a la carte menu, kids under 12 years of age have the benefit of eating off the kids’ menu for free. The dishes are all comfort foods using familiar ingredients, so nothing too outrageous for those fussy eaters, and includes all the classic kids’ favourites like gooey and delicious mac & cheese, as well as fun, playful dishes such as tomato soup with mini grilled cheese sandwiches to dip. Definitely one of our favourite child-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong!
Linguini Fini, 49 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2387 6338, 中環蘇豪伊利近街49號地舖
Skills come in handy at Lily & Bloom
Lily & Bloom is once again upping the ante with its All American Brunch on the weekends, where everyone in the family is sure to find something they enjoy. Kids under four eat for free from the buffet, or can choose from their very own menu. The little ones will also love the chocolate fountain and cupcake decorating station – who wouldn’t?!
And don’t forget the kids’ corner, which will keep young diners happy whilst mum and dad sip their free-flow cocktails.
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Lily & Bloom, 5 & 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2810 6166, 中環蘭桂坊雲咸街33號LKF Tower 5樓及6樓
Kids get to make new friends at Frites
One of our favourite child-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong, frazzled parents will adore the games organised at the Kids’ Corner at Frites, where kids can make new friends at the communal tables by role-playing as customers, cashiers, and baristas. Once their energy wears off, smaller versions of hearty European fare awaits, including mini burgers, fish and chips, and spaghetti bolognese.
Viviano Romito, Operations Director and Owner says: “We wanted to give parents the opportunity to go out and enjoy themselves and gain a bit of peace, but also with their children close-by, having fun and hopefully learning too.”
Frites, 1/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2217 6671, 中環威靈頓街198號The Wellington 1樓
Dan Ryans, a kickass spot for the fussy eaters
Take the whole family to Dan Ryans, as this American chain serves up hearty, ranch-style grub – great if you have issues keeping small bums on seats. Balloons, crayons, colouring sheets and sturdy highchairs are doled out to anyone with tots in tow.
Little gluttons who have eaten their body-weight in burgers are kept entertained while mum and dad enjoy their fantastic food (think steaks, burgers and the like, served with chips, baked potatoes or mash and – gasp – real onion rings) in peace. The wooden, rustic-style interior sets a relaxed and casual ambience for the entire family.
Dan Ryans, Shop 311, Cityplaza, 18 Tai Koo Shing Road, Hong Kong, p.2845 4600, 太古太古城道18號太古城中心1期3樓311號舖
Horizon-busting experience at Bubba Gump
Stop in to test your knowledge of Forrest Gump factoids, browse movie-inspired merchandise, and enjoy Southern delights and humorous décor that’s sure to put a smile on your child’s face.
True to the character Bubba’s vision, the menu is devoted in large part to shrimp with popular picks such as Cajun shrimp with garlic bread, and the fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs are an American classic. Hong Kong’s Bubba Gump has added several Asian-inspired choices to its menu, one of which is Frankie’s baked seafood rice – a mix of shrimp, squid, several cheeses, corn – not too heavy and a kid favourite.
Bubba Gump, Shop 304 & 305, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, p. 2849 2867, 山頂山頂道128號凌霄閣3層304-305號舖
Indulge their sweet tooth at Butcher and Baker
Make a beeline for the massive 4,000 sq-ft Butcher & Baker – the ultimate kiddie haven. The can-do staff are incredibly speedy when it comes to requests and best of all – no one frowns if your little ones are keen to make some noise.
Children can have fun in the awesome play area where mini golf, ping pong and puzzles await. Once they wear themselves out, they get to choose from vegetarian croquettes, tender chicken strips, and mini beef burgers.
Kids with a sweet tooth will love the ice-cream shop, which whips up soft-serve ice-cream with a cool selection of toppings, and did we mention the donuts?
Butcher & Baker, On Fat Building, 57-59 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2591 0328, 西環堅尼地城加多近街57-59號安發大廈地舖
Get kids to eat healthy at Shiro
Looking for child-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong to dine with the family? We understand why most people would balk at the idea of taking their children to a Japanese restaurant, but Shiro is a fantastic option with a funky kids’ menu available on Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner priced from just $98.
We suggest going for the mini sushi, mini temaki handroll or junior bento boxes, as they incorporate origami instructions to fold into different origami sets – for example a fish named Sakana. Now that’s sure to keep the little ones busy during their meal.
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Shiro, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, p. 2117 9481, 金鐘金鐘道88號太古廣場2座LG1樓
True Balinese hospitality and treats await at Kaum
No discussion about really great family-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong is complete without a mention of Potato Head’s Kaum – and especially their brunch every Sunday. With a good supply of high chairs and fantastic coffee, it’s a boon for tired parents who need a morning pick-me-up. Adults can pick from true Indonesian fare such as gado-gado, nasi goreng, and the excellent timbungan babi.
Post meal, work off the calories with a romp around the compound, you’ll find workshops from paper art to cake baking. What a bliss for parents to be able to partake in these activities and enjoy with their kids!
Kaum, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 2858 6066, 西環西營盤第三街100號地下
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