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
1. 6000 square-feet kids playground at Mr. Tree
With the CE approved ball pit, miniature fishing pool and educational STEM zone, Mr. Tree is definitely a must-go place for all Hong Kong toddlers. With an emphasis on healthy eating, the restaurant serves healthy food like five-grain rice, chicken breast and salads. You can have higher expectations for the Causeway Bay branch’s food quality since the chef used to work at hotels. The entire store is carefully sanitised by machines every few hours, so you and your kid’s health are well taken care of.
Mr. Tree has branches in Causeway Bay and Lai Chi Kok
2. Fun playgrounds, toy stores and easy trails near Fiamma
The Peak Tram, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Peak Circle Walk, a spacious playground… The Peak has got everything you need for a perfect family Sunday.
Fiamma, the latest family-style Italian restaurant opened at the Peak Galleria, knows exactly what your kids want. Relax at the cosy al fresco tables for energising morning treats like Nutella Focaccias and Smoked Salmon Omelette. After having some tasty pasta, crispy pizzas and cooling ice-creams that are all homemade and daily-fresh, your kids can play on the field right outside the restaurant. Take them to the Sky Terrace 428 or Madame Tussauds and they will ask for another day at The Peak.
Fiamma, Shop G02, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Hong Kong, p. 2657 0800
3. Hong Kong’s first tiny happy hour at Fini’s
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 Fini’s.
When an accompanying adult purchases an item from the a la carte menu, kids under 10 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 mozzarella sticks and meatballs. Definitely one of our favourite child-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong!
Fini’s has locations in SoHo and Wan Chai
4. Cosy play zones and free food at Tree Cafe
While TREE is one of our fave furniture stores and home stores in Hong Kong, little do people know that they have an amazing family-friendly cafe in Ap Lei Chau. Other than hanging around at the relaxing wooden play zone, kids can enjoy a free babycino, mini cupcake and banana. Their ladies restroom also has a spacious changing station, making the changing process more comfortable and convenient. If you want to shop some furniture while keeping kids and daddy entertained, TREE Cafe is the perfect place.
TREE Cafe, 28/F, elevators L11-12, Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, p. 2870.1586
5. Health-conscious and hand-crafted sweets from Crêpe Delicious
Health-conscious crêpes, tasty gelato for kids, something savoury for the adults… If you are looking for an array of creative sweets, savouries and beverages, Crêpe Delicious is the place. While your kids opt for typical sweets like the “berrylicious” Pink Delight crêpe or the gooey Lava Cake, you can get the cheesy Hokkaido Scallop Crêpe or creamy Mussel with Fries. Their special puff pizzas come with delectable toppings like chorizo and BBQ pork but with a puff pastry base, giving an unexpected twist to the popular Italian home food. What’s more, you can grab some hand-crafted gelatos and Cookieboy cookies on your way out, ending your sweet meal with extra desserts. You kids will surely love the huge variety of sweets at Crêpe Delicious.
Crêpe Delicious has branches in Wan Chai and Mong Kok
6. 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 $118.
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. Now that’s sure to keep the little ones busy during their meal.
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Shiro, Lincoln House, 979 King’s Road, TaiKoo Place, Hong Kong, p. 2116 4969
7. 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
8. Kids will love the mini pizza at Pizza Express
Wanna keep the kids entertained while you dig into flavourful pizzas and pastas? The vivid kids menu and yummy nutella dough balls will have their attention. As one of the most child-friendly chain restaurants in Hong Kong, Pizza Express has all the necessary kids items, ranging from colouring books to baby chairs and coloured pencils to mini cutlery. Their children’s set comes with a juice, a mini main dish, a dessert and the iconic Bambinoccino, so that you can enjoy your own pizza while they dig into the kids menu. What’s more, Pizza Express has a Junior Club membership for those aged from three to eleven years old, where members can enjoy exclusive pizza activities, dining vouchers and birthday gifts.
Pizza Express has several branches in Hong Kong
9. Dan Ryan’s, 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 Ryan’s has several locations in Hong Kong
10. 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
11. 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 fares 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
Skills come in handy at Lily & Bloom (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)
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
Indulge their sweet tooth at Butcher and Baker (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)
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