Find out all the best eats, drinks, and things to do in our guide to Kennedy Town.
While the centre of the Island Line may get the most attention when it comes to restaurants, cafes, and bars, the far end of the westside is a local favourite. Don’t get us wrong, we love hanging around Causeway Bay, Wan Chai and Sheung Wan but the local charm of Kennedy Town is irresistible. Follow our guide to Kennedy Town for all the best eats, drinks, and things to do.
Our neighbourhood guide to Kennedy Town
Guide to Kennedy Town: Where to eat
1. Pizzeria Italia
Prepare to be astounded with the long list of pizza options on the menu – there are over 30 for you to choose from (regular and large)! Pair them (yes, we do mean multiple pizzas) with some Tapas Italiano of your choice, pasta and risotto, or salad. Pizzeria Italia is reasonably priced and their tiramisu is a must-try!
Pizzeria Italia, 144-148 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2525 2133
2. Sun Hing Restaurant
Craving some late-night dim sum? Sun Hing Restaurant is the place to be. The opening hours run from 3am to 4pm, can you imagine how peaceful it’d be to sit in the quiet street after some sunrise dim sum? In business for more than six decades, the local cha chaan teng still has a fan following. Trying the custard buns and the siu mai is a must!
Sun Hing Restaurant, Shop C, G/F, 8 Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2816 0616
A sourdough-pizza eatery that experiments on bold and unique fusions? Yup, that’s Alvy’s. For starters, there’s the Bak Gwei pizza with char siu pork and geung yong. But if you’re opting for classics, you can’t go wrong with their a la vodka, and four cheese pizzas. Love your local condiments? Their Yu Kwen Yick Fried Chicken needs to be on your table!
Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2312 2996
4. 11 Westside
If you love Mexican food, treat yourself to some enchiladas at 11 Westside. Their guac may be on the pricier side but it’s undoubtedly one of the best you’ll have in the city. They have many taco varieties – including baja fish, mango shrimp, and al pastor – which are all half priced on Taco Tuesdays. While you’re there, don’t forget to grab a drink at The Wilshire Bar. And finish it off with some Churros 3 Ways; vanilla ice cream, caramel, and popcorn!
11 Westside, 1/F The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
The low-key eatery on Hau Wo Street is an easy one to miss, but their momos are some of the best we’ve had! Reasonably priced and all homemade, bringing authentic Nepalese delights to K Town! You can call to make your order in advance so that the food gets cookin’ while you’re walking over.
Love momos? Head this way.
Timur, Shop B1, G/F, Hau Wo Court, 25-33 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 6970 0709
6. Fish & Chick
Ultimate comfort food with a waterfront view? Yes, please! Fish & Chick serves up UK-style beer-battered fish and chips alongside perfect ocean scenery. Choose from 10 different types of fish, from sea bream to haddock, and indulge in some snacks like fried oysters and fish fingers. Not a fan of seafood? As per the name, Fish & Chick also serves French-style roasted chicken fresh from the local market, so no one gets left out.
Fish & Chick, 25 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2974 0088
Guide to Kennedy Town: Where to drink
1. % Arabica
This minimalist cafe has expanded since its first opening with over seven locations now. We love their Kennedy Town location as it’s right by the sea and there’s nothing like sipping on good coffee while looking at the waves, aye? Do note that it can get quite crowded here during weekends, head there during a weekday for a tranquil coffee break.
% Arabica, Shop 4, Grand Fortune Mansion, No. 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2326 4578
2. Winston’s Coffee
This retro style cafe is 100% photogenic and serves top-notch coffee. You can spot many patrons bringing their furry friends to this pet-friendly cafe. Bonus: this corner cafe turns into a bar by night and folks love gathering outside for socialising and going back in for seconds.
Winston’s Coffee, Shop 8 The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2697 1878
3. Missy Ho’s
This Japanese fusion speakeasy brings the charm of the old Orient to the streets of Kennedy town. Missy Ho’s signature cocktails are a Japanese spin on the classics – a glass of Bloody Ho’s, anyone? Don’t miss out on the food here either, with everything to fill you up, from Mushroom Linguine to Tuna Avocado Rolls.
Missy Ho’s, 48 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2817 3808
4. Little Cove Espresso
After finding success in Sai Kung, Little Cove Espresso opened a new branch in Kennedy Town in 2022, to the delight of Hong Kong Islanders. With relaxed, airy vibes courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling windows, make sure you arrive a little early to snag a good seat. The food here is pretty popular, so make sure you stay for a sit-down meal (it’ll be worth the wait!). You can sip on specialty coffee and enjoy signature menu items like the Smashed Avocado and Ricotta Hotcakes.
Little Cove Espresso (Kennedy Town), Shop 3, G/F, New Fortune House, 3-5 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 6737 6242
Guide to Kennedy Town: Things to do
1. Sai Wan Swimming Shed
This is the place to be at sunset if you’re in the neighborhood. The trick is to find the path that leads down to the swimming shed. Walk along Victoria Road until you reach a flight of stairs going down with green railing, there will be a signposting in Chinese hanging above. Just keep going down the stairs and you’ll be by the sea in minutes. Since it’s insta-famous, it will be crowded during the weekend with couples waiting in line to take pictures by the edge of the water.
2. Play board games at Wheat and Wood
Pick from a range of board games to play with your friends and family at this board game cafe that’s slicker than your average joint. Order beer, spirits, coffee, or tea while getting competitive in a game of Catan – they even have a Game of Thrones version! The tables are spacious and comfortable, you’ll easily spend at least three hours here throwing the dice. Also keep your eyes and ears peeled for their trivia nights.
Wheat & Wood, Shop 6, Ground Floor, Brilliant Court, 28 Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2399 0433
3. Explore Mount Davis Fort
Get your Indiana Jones hat on and explore the ruins from the British military depot built in 1911. The area was heavily bombed by the Japanese during The Battle of Hong Kong; what remains now are just partial bits in the process of being reclaimed by nature. It’s a short, leisurely hike that’s suitable for beginners. To start the hike, go up the slope at Mount Davis Path that diverges from Victoria Road.
4. Cook up a storm at FoodCraft
Too bored of cooking in your own kitchen? Join a workshop at FoodCraft to cook while mingling with other fellow homechefs! The recipes are all healthy (and tasty!) and there are different levels so it’s completely fine if you’re a novice to cooking, you will not burn down the kitchen! Aside from cooking, you can also sign up for classes that teach sustainable kitchen cleaning techniques, cocktail classes, alternative healing, and more!
FoodCraft, 16/F, Yiuga Factory Building, 62 Victoria Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 5917 1181
5. Catch a film at Golden Scene Cinema
While there are many quality cinemas scattered across Hong Kong, the 283-seat independent Golden Scene Cinema is definitely worth the trip to Kennedy Town. Showing art films, local movies, and international releases, you can catch your favourite Bruce Lee classic on the big screen. Although relatively smaller than the chains around town, the charm of an indie cinema is irreplaceable. In an age where almost everything can be seen online, we encourage you to trek out to a theatre and experience some movie magic!
Golden Scene Cinema, 2 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2151 1226
[This article was originally published in August 2021 and updated in 2023 by Min Ji Park.]