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We all know about the outdoor eateries and pubs in Soho, but we bet you don’t know all about these dog-friendly spots in Central and Mid-Levels! Come with us as we explore the best spots for dog owners to visit with their four-legged friends.
Dog owners and their pups can escape the heat and enjoy an ice-cold beer—or a lovely meal—inside this Italian-inspired bar. Enjoy their homemade Sicilian brioche or morning tiramisù for a sweet start to your day, and be whisked away to the southern coast of Italy whilst you sip on your morning espresso.
Acquasala, G/F, 13 Elgin Street, Soho, Central | (+852) 2895 0085
This ultra pet-friendly coffee shop sits alongside the escalators in Mid-Levels, making this quiet little spot easily accessible at all hours of the day. Not only does this place open up at 6 am daily (amazing for early risers!), but they also offer wholesome smoothies and green juice for the health-conscious, and serve up açaí bowls, in addition to delicious cups of brews! If you’re tired of the same old coffee offerings, just try their turmeric lattes for a morning boost.
Blend & Grind, 1 Prince’s Terrace, Mid-Levels, Central | (+852) 6361 2713
Do you ever just want to slow things down a little and get lost in a good book, all whilst sipping on good a coffee and watching the world go by? Well, then, come on over to Common Ground. This cute, boutique coffee shop sits on sleepy Shing Wong Street and offers a lovely getaway from the hustle and bustle of Central. If you haven’t got a good read to bring with you, browse through their fridge of free books for some reading inspiration and fuel your reading adventure by tucking into their signature orange chiffon cake, topped with a beautiful dollop of popcorn ice cream and candy popcorn.
Common Ground, 19 Shing Wong Street, Central | (+852) 2818 8318
Elixir is an artisanal coffee shop that welcomes you and your pets inside, despite having outdoor seating and some lovely and quiet steps to spill out onto. Located away from the main thoroughfares of Central, this boutique café serves distinctive brews from a selection of curated beans, imported from all over the world, and some cake specials, too. If you’re lucky, their resident cat will make an appearance, too, making for a “purr-fect” coffee break.
Elixir, 9 Mee Lun Street, Central | (+852) 6083 0915
Life? Oh, life... This little coffee shop on Elgin Street is hidden from street view and reminds us of hanging out at a friend’s place rather than a coffee shop, and it even doubles up as an exhibition and private venue for hire. The entrance lies just next to Bob’s Paradise, making it a great afternoon pit stop after some shopping for your fur-fiends, and there are plenty of cakes, scones, and beverages on offer such as their matcha latte, yuzu soda, and absolutely delectable orange pound cake.
Life?, 1/F, 2–4 Elgin Street, Soho, Central | (+852) 9656 2354
Cotton Tree Terrace, The Tai Pan, and The Arches—The Murray is blessed with all sorts of outdoor and pet-friendly spaces! Whether you’re after high-tea with your pooch, a nice evening dinner, or a quiet drink by their garden lawn, The Murray is able to accommodate you and your furry, four-legged friend. Best of all, you’ll be made to feel welcome and at home with their top-notch service and you can even check in at the hotel for a pet-friendly staycation! Although there is no weight limit for dogs to accompany you whilst you dine, dogs must be under 10 kilogrammes to enjoy a “paw-some” staycation.
The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | (+852) 3141 8888
To know about The Phoenix is to love The Phoenix. This little gastropub on the steps of Shelley Street could be your next local hang out—a home-away-from-home, serving up all your favourite British comfort foods, ales, lagers, and Hong Kong craft beers. Pups are welcome, of course, to join in on the lively atmosphere and jovial gatherings.
The Phoenix, 29 Shelley Street, Mid-Levels, Central | (+852) 2546 2110
Everyone is welcome at this bar! And although Shady Acres might be an obvious choice for pet owners, we could not leave out our favourite dog-friendly bar from this list. This casual wine bar on the slopes of Soho is the ultimate place to go for some great food, stiff drinks, and great company. It’s best to head here early if you plan on bringing the pups, especially on a weekend! Grab a seat by the bar, order your favourite tipple, and even pull out one of their board games for a game or two.
Shady Acres, 46 Peel Street, Soho, Central | (+852) 9176 7500
At Sweetpea Café, the owner’s Pomskys frequent the space along with its guests. Aside from cooing over the adorable dogs, you can also indulge in gluten-free and keto items on the menu, including their signature cakes that are beautifully decorated with edible flowers. Add coffees and teas to the sweet treats and this place makes for a great spot for afternoon tea. Being on steps away from main roads, you can quite easily forget that you’re in Hong Kong.
Sweetpea Café, 4 Shin Hing Street, Central | (+852) 3689 7269
A short stroll from the Peak Tram ticketing booth lies a little café that overlooks the iconic tram tracks (hence the name).
Tram View Café serves up ice-drip and pour-over coffees, which can be enjoyed indoors or on their little terrace with an outdoor swing. Treat yourself to light bites from their menu, such as the all-day breakfast or their Ovaltine Malteser granola yoghurt!
Tram View Café, 2 Tramway Path, Mid-Levels, Central | (+852) 2323 6873
Check out other dog-friendly eateries in the area with our dog-friendly map of Central and Mid-Levels.