We’ve already sussed out where to take our four-legged friends for a drink and a bite to eat in Hong Kong, but now we’re ready to hit the shops. We get the lowdown from Sarah Li, founder of recently launched website, Hellodog.hk, which brings together information and resources for dog lovers in the city.
Having a dog in Hong Kong isn’t always a walk in the park. Unless you live on one of the islands where there’s a larger abundance of open space, it can sometimes feel like the city is somewhat inhospitable to our furry friends, but not so! The tide is slowly turning to be more inclusive, as can be seen with a wave of new and well-established shopping malls opening their doors to our four-legged pals. Just take a look at these four shopping malls that invite you and your pooch to indulge in a spot of retail therapy.
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. As the first Japanese-inspired shopping mall, Mikiki leads the dog-friendly trend in a welcoming way by offering a complementary pet stroller for three hours at your convenience with a refundable deposit of $300. Your dogs are allowed in all shops, except their YATA grocery store and supermarkets.
After a visit to the pet-related shops, GaGa Pet and Just Care on the ground floor, you will 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, pet cafe Just Fun Club (pictured above) on the ground floor provides 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, and being greeted by the cafe owner’s four corgis is a cute bonus.
Mikiki, 638 Prince Edward Road, San Po Kong, Kowloon, (+852) 3980 9930
2. Stanley Plaza
Stanley is long known for being dog-friendly, with airy Stanley Plaza offering lots of open space, unlike typical air-conditioned, enclosed shopping malls in Hong Kong. A string of Alfresco restaurants, such as Beef and Liberty, Chez Patrick Deli, Classified, and Pinot Duck overlook a spacious amphitheatre and children’s playground. If you don’t feel like eating, then strolling in the Piazza and admiring the 160-year-old colonial Murray House (below) along the breezy peninsula is not a bad idea on a sunny day. One of the longest surviving buildings in Hong Kong, this now houses a handful of restaurants with amazing views of Stanley Bay.
Most people, except Stanley residents, tend to come for leisure purposes instead of retail shopping. If you prefer more of a walk, then you can make your way to nearby Stanley Main Street where there are more local shops attracting lots of tourists at the weekends. The open and airy space in the Piazza has the capacity to hold events for the public on weekends too, so keep an eye out.
Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, (+852) 2813 4623
3. D2 Place ONE
Positioning itself as a social hub to promote local creative culture, D2 Place ONE hosts many happenings including weekend creative markets and pop up stores. Here you can spend some quality time with your dog(s) relaxing under the sun on the terrace of two dog-friendly restaurants on the third floor, namely Hero Sandwich (pictured below), featuring burgers and fries, and Bugis, which offers mouth-watering Singapore dishes at reasonable prices.
At the entrance, you can cool down with an ice cold beer in summer, or warm up with a hot coffee in winter, at a semi-outdoor cafe called One Little Corner (pictured below), without leaving your dog out of your sight.
D2 Place ONE, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, (+852) 3620 3098
Popular and gigantic shopping mall Elements welcomes dogs as long as their feet don’t touch the ground. This means that if your dog can be hand carried or is comfortable staying in a pet stroller, you can roam around this 1 million square foot shopper’s paradise together. However, the policy of each shop is separate from the mall’s, therefore, it’s not recommended to go into the shops (other than guide dogs of course).
The best place for furry friends to be is Civic Square, which offers plenty of space to walk around and six amazing restaurants (pictured below) with lovely al fresco dinning available in a causal, relaxing vibe.
Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2735 5234