Eat, play, shop: dog-friendly malls in Hong Kong

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Although there is still a long way to go towards turning Hong Kong into a dog-friendly cosmopolitan, a few shopping complexes set themselves apart from the rest which deserve our attention when we think about where to go with our furry children.

1. Mikiki

638 Prince Edward Road, San Po Kong, Kowloon

As the first Japanese-inspired shopping mall, Mikiki leads the dog-friendly trend in a welcoming way by offering complementary pet stroller for 3 hours at your convenience with a refundable deposit of HK$300. Your dogs are allowed in all shops except their YATA grocery store and supermarkets.

After a visit to pet-related shops, GaGa Pet and Just Care on the ground floor, you would probably like to relax a bit with some food and drinks. Choices on the ground floor include California Pizza Kitchen, Le Cafe Place, Panash Barkery & Cafe, Mos Burger and more. For your dogs, Just Fun Club, also on the ground floor, provide a wide range of pantries for dogs and doesn’t mind you bringing in human food to enjoy together. The overall atmosphere for visitors with dogs is delightful.

A pet cafe called Just Fun Club offering 30 seats and welcoming you by 4 corgis of the cafe’s owner.

2. Stanley Plaza

23 Carmel Road, Stanley

Stanley is long known for being dog-friendly, with airy Stanley Plaza offering lots of open space un-like typical air-conditioned enclosed shopping malls in Hong Kong. A string of Alfresco restaurants, such as Beef and Liberty, Chez Patrick Deli, Classified, Pinot Duck, overlook spacious amphitheatre and children playground. If you don’t feel like eating, strolling in the Piazza and admiring a 160-year-old colonial Murray House along the breezy peninsula is not a bad idea on a sunny day.

Most people, except Stanley residents, would come for leisure purpose instead of retail shopping. If you like a bit of more walking, you can make your way to Stanley Main Street nearby with more local shops available attracting lots of tourists on weekends.

The open and airy space (the Piazza) has the capacity of holding events for public.

Murray House: one of the longest surviving buildings, now housing a handful of restaurants with amazing Stanley Bay view.

3. D2 Place ONE

9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon.

D2 Place positions itself as a social hub to promote local creative culture. Many happenings involve weekend creative markets and pop up stores. The time with your dog(s) can be well spent relaxing under the sun in the terrace of two dog-friendly restaurants on the 3rd floor, namely Hero Sandwich featuring burgers and fries, and Bugis offer mouthwatering Singapore dishes at reasonable prices. At the entrance, a semi-outdoor cafe called One Little Corner can cool you down with a ice-cold beer in summer, warm you with a coffee in winter without leaving your dog out of your sight.

A semi-outdoor chilling corner for a coffee or beer at the entrance of D2 shopping mall.

Decent space for furry friends to run around while we relax in Hero Sandwich.

4. Elements

1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui

This mall welcome dogs as long as their feet don’t touch the ground. It means if your dog can be hand carried or be comfortable staying in a pet stroller, you can roam around in this gigantic 1-million square feet mall together. However, the policy of each shop is separate from the mall’s, therefore, it is not recommended to go into shops (other than guide dogs). The best place for furry friends to be is Civic Square, where offers plenty of space to walk around and 6 amazing restaurants with lovely al fresco dining available in a causal, relaxing vibe.

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