While we love Hong Kong’s stunning skyline and jungle of skyscrapers, the city’s tight enclosed spaces mean that there usually isn’t much space for our pets. And while we definitely wouldn’t want to be stuck indoors on the weekend, sometimes there’s no choice but to leave our furry friends behind.
Fortunately, there are some dining and drinking spots that welcome both two-legged and four-legged customers. Here are 10 casual spots where you can enjoy a lazy brunch, relaxing cuppa or evening tipple with your pets in tow.
Opendoor Café + Courtyard
As its name suggests, this place has its doors wide-open for people and pets alike, and even run special events just for dogs. If you thought yoga was only for us humans, think again: Opendoor Café + Courtyard is known for its doggy yoga sessions, where your pooches can enjoy a good workout with its paw buddies, too.
While your pets make friends of their own, start your morning with a detoxing super smoothie. The Wakey Wakey blend of muesli, banana, chia seeds, cinnamon, yoghurt and almond milk is bound to get you refreshed and charged up for the weekend. For a heartier meal, linger over the Full Breakfast complete with all the trimmings: crispy toast, fragrant bacon, and even the grilled tomato.
Opendoor Café + Courtyard, G/F, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 3460 3880
Known for their vibrant, colourful interiors and Thai street food, Sip Song is loved by beachgoers and dog owners alike. With outdoor seating and a dedicated dog-friendly menu, Sip Song happily welcomes dogs: they even highlight some of them on their Instagram Stories, or under #DogsofSipSong. Signature dishes include the Phat Kee Mao Gai (Drunken Style Spicy Noodles) with free range chicken, peppercorns, and lime leaf. For dessert, the Roti Kluay (banana roti pancake, condensed milk, Nutella) will impress both children and adults. To go with the meal, enjoy a fresh coconut, or one of the Thai-inspired cocktails — Spiked Thai Tea, anyone?
Sip Song, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2328 8385
Hooman by the Sea
At Hooman by the Sea, diners can spend quality time with their pups while enjoying their wide selection of delicious hot dogs. Situated within the West Kowloon Art Park, rest assured there is plenty of green space and outdoor seating for all to stretch, run and, of course, dine. Customers will also have the option to customise their own hot dog, from sausages to toppings and sauces. On a hot summer’s day, dogs can also cool down by munching on a refreshing Hugo & Celine ice cream. For those on Hong Kong island, stop by the also dog-friendly sister establishment, SuperHooman, located in Tin Hau.
Hooman by the Sea, GF-07, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon, +852 6749 0777
For those who want a dog-friendly restaurant in a convenient location, Giando will not disappoint. Chef Gianni brings traditional Italian flavours and culinary expertise to this open neighbourhood restaurant. Dogs and owners will be equally happy here, because of the outdoor seating for dogs and the wide range of handcrafted pastas for humans. Likewise, the appetisers are equally renowned: La Buratta with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil frequently graces Instagram feeds. On weekends, diners can try the Weekend Brunch menu, which includes artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, mains, a dessert trolley, and even free flow options. End the meal with a homemade Tiramisu or refreshing Sicilian Citrus Sorbet.
Giando, Shop 1, G/F, Tower 1, Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, +852 2511 8912
Eat clean on the weekend with Locafama’s nutritious, organic dishes. They cater to all sorts of diets, whether low-carb, meat-free, or even completely paleo. Four-legged friends get to join in too. They can stretch out on the outdoor patio or get acquainted with resident canine Onna. For a light lunch, diners can make their own Daily Fama Bowl with customisable sides, protein, and vegetables, and wash it all down with a fresh juice.
Locofama, G/F, 9-13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2547 7668,
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Elephant Grounds’ picture-perfect ice cream sandwiches and artisanal coffees are constantly popping up on our Instagram feeds. With the spacious outdoor seating and laid-back atmosphere, it’s no doubt that it’s also become the perfect pet-friendly hangout. You’ll almost always find adorable pooches chilling at any of their branches, while their humans chat away over a delicious meal.
The brand has also recently opened their newest and largest Sheung Wan branch, which, of course, includes pet-friendly outdoor seating. This new branch not only offers the Elephant Grounds mainstays — such as coffee, brunch staples, and ice cream — but also makes sure to keep our furry friends happy with its wide array of pet-dedicated snacks and amenities. There’s even Puppy Parking Spots, where our dogs can socialise among themselves, too. Why not enjoy the signature Thai Tea Ice Cream, while your pets snack on the Furry Munchies?
Elephant Grounds Roastery, G/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, +852 3580 0554
Teakha offers a slice of serenity up the slopes of Sheung Wan. This cosy café specialises in single-origin teas from small plantations, and is our go-to for soothing herbal teas in an idyllic setting. Chill out at the wooden benches at their alfresco seating area while your pets laze about on the lush green turf. Go for the Signature Masala Chai, or an iced Ippodo hojicha from Kyoto which gives off a rich aroma of tobacco.
What is afternoon tea without cake? Pet owners can also tuck into Teakha’s range of homemade cakes and pastries. For an additional HK$30, the All Day Cake Set lets customers pair one cake or two scones with a pot of brewed tea. We can never say no to the Green Tea Cheesecake: the fragrant astringency of the green tea pairs heightens the cheesecake’s creamy texture. Paired with a refreshing beverage, the Green Tea Cheesecake is a flavourful treat that isn’t too heavy.
Teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2858 9185,
Head to Mo Bros for some fine Italian wines while your four-legged companions snooze by your side. The alfresco dining area makes it perfect for sitting out on a warm summer’s evening. The wine list here features bottles from across Italy, whether you fancy an aperitif of Ferrari Brut from Trento or a glass of Giorgio Primo from Tuscany. We also recommend going for the fresh burrata flown in from Italy, before tucking into a charcuterie board of mortadella, bresaola and prosciutto San Daniele aged for 18 months. On weekends, tuck into the ‘Hearty Brunch’ menu: it’s never too early for a Breakfast Pizza!
Mostaccioli Brothers, B/F & G/F, 16 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 5770
The Salted Pig
Jog along the Quarry Bay promenade, then stroll onto The Salted Pig and reward yourself with some good, hearty food. In the casual, rustic space with large patio windows, dine alfresco while the pets lounge beside you. Cool off with a swig of The Salted Pig’s Tea (their unique take on the Long Island Iced Tea), while crunching on Crispy Pork Skin Crackers. Not enough? Dig into the sticky BBQ sauce ribs, or take it to the next level with a whole roasted suckling pig.
The Salted Pig, Shop GB8-10, G/F, 45 Tai Hong Street, Lei King Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2707 9459
Little Cove Espresso
Hikers and dog-owners flock to this café in Sai Kung, and it’s no secret why. Little Cove serves photogenic, healthy brunch dishes in a relaxing setting. While sipping on a beverage, diners can enjoy some dog-spotting in the outdoor seating area. As Sai Kung is popular with dog-owners, there will be no shortage of adorable dogs in the vicinity. For an equally delightful weekend treat, try the Brunch Panna Cotta, or the French Toast with pistachio and mascarpone.
Little Cove Espresso, Shop 1 and 2, G/F, Siu Yat Building, Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, +852 9572 8560
(Image credit: Teakha/Facebook)
This article was first written by Charlotte Liu on 22 September 2016 and updated by Constance Lam on 11 September 2020.