We want to go enjoy a meal or snack with our furry family members without compromising on food quality! The question is where. We mean those which are spacious enough, make us and our dogs feel welcome.
Understanding how difficult it is to find these rare gems, our hunt starts in the central and western district on Hong Kong Island. We round up 9 favourite choices and pay a tribute to these lovely places which embrace dogs as a part of our community (we know how semi-open outdoor space is precious and how easy it is to reject dogs for hygiene reasons).
1. Teakha (tea house & bakery)
This place was founded by a Taiwanese tea lover who is keen to promote tea culture over coffee and elevate tea drinking experience beyond western high tea kind of experience in hotels. Tucked at a back alley on Tai Ping Shan Road, the cafe-like setting offers a haven for you to spend a quiet afternoon for some tea and cakes and is definitely worth taking a bit of time to find it.
Address: G/F, 18B Tai Ping Shan Road, Sheung Wan
Opening hours: 11am – 7:30pm on weekdays. Closed on Tuesdays. | 9am – 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Tel: 2858 9185
2. Mana! Cafe (vegan cafe)
Nestled into a small courtyard off Pound Lane, this cafe attracts clean and healthy eaters who want fair-trade organic vegan coffee and brunch in a open and quiet leafy terrace. It also offers a solid selection of books to promote slow pace of living and promotes recycling.
Address: 8 Tai On Terrace, Poho, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 8am – 6pm on weekdays. Closed on Tuesdays. | 8am – 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Tel: 2347 8555
3. Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard (western)
It serves hearty meals, in addition to gluten-free options on offer, such as smoke salmon or vegetarian cauliflower “rice”, gluten-free bread and pasta. If you prefer something light yet healthy, a wide range of smoothies to choose from. You can chill with your doggies at the courtyard even in rainy days under its shelter.
Address: 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Opening hours: 8:00am – 6pm Mondays to Saturdays. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Tel: 3460 3880
4. Classified (western)
Classified has always been dog friendly for its branches with an outdoor area. Those in Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun set great examples with 1/5 of the space dedicated for nature light lovers with or without dogs.
Address: 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
Opening hours: 8:00am – midnight daily
Tel: 2525 3454
Address: Shop 1B, G/F, The Upton, 345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Opening hours: 7:30am – midnight daily
Tel: 2882 3371
5. Ollis Cafe & Restaurant (western)
Located in High Street full of restaurants, Ollis offers 5 tables for diners with their dogs in comfortable setting. It is not uncommon to see couples sharing romantic moments over candle-light dinners.
Address: Shop 3, G/F, Hang Sing Mansion, 54 & 56 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
Opening hours: 8am – 11:30pm daily
Tel: 2803 0163
6. Metropolitain (French Bistro)
A petite but nostalgic restaurant with a loving Parisian vibe. The outdoor space is inviting at the front, appropriately used for having a lazy afternoon or sipping wines for hours with friends and families.
Address: G/F, 46 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District
Opening hours: 9am – 11pm daily
Tel: 6271 6102
7. Locofama (International / western)
This restaurant’s focus is on local, organic food free from pesticides and chemicals, including the coffee, tea and wines you drink. Also, it lives up to strong sense of community, as demonstrated by their support for dog adoption days which we are more than happy to see.
Address: 11 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun
Opening hours: 12 – 3pm, 6 – 10pm Mondays to Fridays | 11am – 10pm Saturdays and Sundays
Tel: 2547 7668
8. Forbes 36 sports bar & restaurant (western)
If you happen to like watching sports games, there are TV screens showing ruby, football, F1 race, tennis and more to suit whatever your tastes. A wider range of food selection than a usual sports bar is definitely a plus. From over ten appetizers, sandwiches, salads, soups, to proper filling meals and desserts, the menu makes a casual dining experience enjoyable, though we would avoid going at night with dogs because it gets crowded as the night falls with live sports games.
Address: G/F, 36 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 12pm until 12am daily
Tel: 2813 5335
9. Mostaccioli Brothers (Italian / Western)
Through its long and narrow entrance like a tunnel, you find yourself in an Italian family restaurant with a backyard at the countryside. The semi-outdoor secret haven provides a quiet and calming atmosphere also for dogs to relax. More of humility, less of extravaganza. It’s quite refreshing in the busy Soho area.
Address: B/F & G/F, 16 Elgin Street, Soho, Central
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm daily
Tel: 2525 5770
If you know any other dog-friendly places and restaurants, we welcome you to let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a private message on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/hellodoghk. We will go pay visits to those places and bring the best to all dog lovers.
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