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Just in between Kennedy Town and Shek Tong Tsui lies the Western District Public Cargo Working Areas, a.k.a. the famous Instagram Pier. Apart from being somewhere to take photos that will make numbers on social media, the area also makes for a lovely day out for you and the pup, strolling along the waterfront and socialising with other four-legged friends off-leash.
The best thing to cap off an active day out with the dog is to grab a light bite or drink at a dog-friendly eatery, so thank god there are quite a few in the neighbourhood. Be sure to check the menu below and bookmark your favourite spots, too!
Slow things down at this bakery café, where the white marble countertops are adorned with pastries, and its wholesome, hearty menu with vegan options get top marks from its patrons. Be sure to grab their signature avocado chilli fried eggs ($128) or sweet potato coconut pancake ($118) for the humans, and a couple of Woof Twisters for the pups, made by social enterprise Cookie Smiles.
14 SOUTH LANE, G/F, 14 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui | (+852) 5744 8390
This café has fantastic coffees and relaxing vibes, but honestly the real icing on the cake is that dogs are welcome inside! Having a drink at Affee is like going around to your mates for a fantastic brew—hot or cold. Relax by the large window, or chill on the rug next to their guitar and stereo, and expect to find other like-minded dog owners there. If you can’t stay for long, you can always grab one of their bottled cold brews or house blend coffee beans to go. Pro tip: bring your own cup for a $3 discount!
Affee, 19 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 6379 2755
Dessert and coffee anyone? ARF Café offers an array of brunch and luncheon items on their menu, but it’s their selection of drip coffee, daily cakes, and waffle dishes that have us chomping at the bit! Whether you purely have a sweet tooth or are a fan of the sweet and savoury combo, they’ll definitely have something to fit everyone’s appetites! Pasta and risotto? Check. Sweet bites? Check.
They’ve also got crepes—sweet and savoury—galore, and there’s nothing that a good old chicken & waffles can’t sort out! The beautiful mismatched coffee mugs, retro-style posters, and coffee mug rack give the place an eclectic, vintage shop vibe.
ARF Cafe, 23 Po Tuck Street, Shek Tong Tsui | (+852) 2548 3261
Who doesn’t love to chill and grill? This newly-opened establishment on Cadogan Street welcomes you and your dogs to dine in and enjoy a feast of beautifully prepared meats. From fresh and spicy wood-roasted prawns ($288) and 48-hour slow-roasted lamb shoulder ($388) that just falls off the bone, to a duck ragu rigatoni ($148) that is simply to die for, meat lovers are in good hands. This place is probably best left to the carnivores though, as there is only one veggie dish in the organic vegetable linguine ($128)!
Chill and Grill HK, 57 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2411 6999
Feel like you’ve been whisked away to Europe at Comptoir, whilst you nibble on Mediterranean-styled tapas and sip on chilled French wines from their wine cellar—stocked to the brim with 600 fine wines, by the way.
The high bar stools and open design of this European bar make this a buzzy evening spot, and although dogs are only allowed on the ground level, an intimate tasting room that accommodates eight is tucked away upstairs for more private parties.
Comptoir, 42 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2453 987
This biker coffee shop welcomes you and your pup into their café, decorated with coffee machines and motorbikes (both outdoors and indoors). Enjoy award-winning coffee beans from the hip coffee capital of Melbourne, courtesy of Ravishing Coffee Solutions, and feel free to scoop your own coffee beans to bring home and brew like a pros—this is the kind of grown-up pick-n-mix we love! Whilst in-store, grab some light bites like their pancakes or pastries (both sweet and savoury) to nibble on as you watch the bikers come and go.
First Boy Coffee, G/F, 33 Praya, Kennedy Town | (+852) 3611 3851
This coffee shop aims to educate guests on coffee’s endless potential and its pairings. Not only do they offer a host of house-blend coffee beans to take away, but you can also enjoy them in-store along with their brunch menu and a range of daily cakes. Avid caffeine consumers can also find their coffee items online for easy delivery. The best part? The staff are always happy to take real good care of you and your pup inside!
Infiniti C, Shop 6, G/F, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2453 9873
This is the place for good beers and good pub grub—and of course, your furry best friend is welcome, too! Grab your mates and your pups and head down to this brewing house for well-balanced hand-crafted beers and good vibes all around. From good old-fashioned burgers and pizzas, to the fancier sous vide bone-in pork chop and polenta—it’s comfort food at its finest. If you enjoy a good deal, head down on a Tuesday for their special Beer & Taco Tuesdays!
Little Creatures, Shop 1, G/F, New Fortune, 5A New Praya Kennedy Town, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2833 5611
It’s all about community at Waffling Beans! Whether they’re hosting a quiz night or a wellness brunch in collaboration with a local business, it’s all about bringing people (and pups) together—made all the easier by their good food, of course! You can enjoy your favourite brunch menu items with a Belgium twist. Be sure to try their signature Liege waffles (from $38); whether you try one of their waffle sandwich creations or get it for afters, this place is all about their waffles!
Waffling Beans, G/F, Shop 9, New Fortune House, 4–8 North Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2855 8890
The nice open layout of the K-town branch of Winston’s Coffee makes it a wonderful social spot for a nice catch-up over a cup of Joe. Coffee is not the only thing on the menu, of course, as you can add CBD oil to your caffeine dose, enjoy sandwiches and pastries during the day, or even knock back a few craft beers, wines, and cocktails at night (espresso martini, anyone?). If you head over there between 5pm and 10pm on Thursdays, beat the bartender at “Toss The Boss” on a single coin toss and get your entire tab for free! Game on!
Winston’s Coffee, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2697 1878