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The Best Family Friendly Restaurants around Hong Kong

By Sophie Pettit 28 August 2018
While many of us enjoy a boozy brunch from time to time, you can't deny that a little family time is good for the soul. With this in mind, we've scoured the city to find the best kid friendly restaurants which offer the best play areas, kids menus, magic tricks, and more, to entertain you and your little ones.

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Topping our list of family eateries is Belgian beer house FRITES, which offers a dedicated FRITES café kids area every Saturday and Sunday in its Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and Quarry Bay branches. Parents can sit back and relax with a beer and delicious food (we highly recommend the Weekend Roast) while little ones can stretch their imaginations as they role play as customers, cashiers, dish washers, and baristas in the mini pop-up cafés. Kids can also delve into a menu of hearty pub grub with favourites like Spag Bol and Bangers & Mash (both $75), as well as smoothies and milkshakes. The venue also hosts children's parties at the weekend, so this is a good one to bear in mind if a special little someone has a birthday coming up. FRITES, locations vary

Jamie's Italian

Located in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui, Jamie's Italian serves up hearty, rustic dishes in a warm and relaxed venue which boasts an award-winning children's menu, play area, kid friendly cooking workshops, and a range of family-focused activities. The menu caters for little kids ($68 each) and big kids ($78), featuring healthy options like the Five-a-day Picnic Box and Fantastic Fish Stew, alongside a fresh shake-me salad and a drink of their choice. Both branches accommodate children's parties and special celebrations, and the team are happy to customise each event to suit your needs and budget, from the venue layout to the menu options. They are also located in popular shopping hubs, making this a great spot to refuel during a family day spent hitting the shops. Jamie's Italian, 2/F, Soundwill Plaza II- Midtown 1, Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, (+852) 3958 2222 Shop 412, Level 4 Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 3758 3333

Yum Cha

You’re never too old to play with your food – in fact, that's exactly what's in order at “Instagram worthy” dim sum restaurant, Yum Cha. Kids and big kids are actually encouraged to squidge, poke, and smash their way through the impressive selection of animal-shaped treats and googly-eyed faces that feature on the menu. Fans of char siu bao will squeal with delight when the BBQ Piggy Buns arrive at the table, while diners with a wicked sense of humour will jump at the chance to squeeze the gooey orange innards from the mouths of the Hot Custard Buns (pictured). The newest branch in Causeway Bay has some exclusive goodies in the form of the fluffy Mango Sago & Cotton Cloud and adorable Peanut Papa Buns with moustaches. With a large variety of noodle, rice, soup, and meat dishes on offer, there's never a dull – or tasteless – moment at this quirky little spot, and most dim sum will only set you back $49 for three pieces. A total hit with the kids – and the big kids! Yum Cha, locations vary


Located on the picturesque beachfront at Repulse Bay's The Pulse, Amalfitana is often filled to the brim with families during the weekend, who stop here to fill little tummies during a fun day at the beach. This charming restaurant really has it all – authentic artisan pizzas and Italian dishes, the freshest negronis and limoncello for the adults, and an entire beach and playground to play in for the little ones – in between munching of course. Kids can choose from a range of 'Bambino Pizzas' including Baby Margherita, Pepperoni, Prosciutto Funghi, and Oliva ($70 to $85 each) and, if they ask the team nicely, can enjoy some colouring with crayons. Plus, there's always the option to order your pizza to go and enjoy it on the beach. Delizioso! Amalfitana, Shop 105, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, (+852) 2388 7787

Origami Kids Café

Whether you want to organise a playdate, host a kid's party, or simple enjoy some quality family time, Origami Kids Cafe is the perfect place to do it. Designed to be a safe, fun, and interactive play and dine environment for kids aged up to seven years old, this innovative space incorporates educational play, creative workshops, tasty bites, and beyond. Mums and dads can kick back with a coffee or range of Chinese fusion dishes in the cosy dining area while their kids enjoy the mini kitchen, reading area, and sandpit in the indoor play zone. There is also a range of workshops on offer where little ones are given the space, tools, materials, and methods to let their imaginations run wild. And, if the weather is good, they can venture up to the 23,000 square-metre Rooftop Park of Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and connect with nature in the great outdoors. The entry fee for two-hour sessions costs $138 on weekdays and $198 during weekends and public holidays, while babies under 12 months and adults are free of charge. There is also a $100 minimum food and beverage charge for accompanying adults. Origami Kids Cafe, North End, Zone B, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, 33 Shing Fung Road, Kowloon Bay, (+852) 6063 7470


Fancy some magic with your meal? Vibrant Latin American restaurant Picada has some seriously impressive tricks up its sleeve with its weekend family brunch, designed to keep parents and kids entertained. For $298 per person, guests can tuck into a five-course feast, all the while being entertained by sensational magic tricks by Cuban magician, Jose Almenares, who works his way from table to table before presenting a dazzling family magic show which *spoiler alert* features an actual live bunny rabbit! Dishes include things like popular Colombian Empanada, Peruvian CevicheLatin Chicken Chicharron, and Organic Quinoa Salad. There are also three mains to choose from, such as the signature Chicken a la Brasa, Grilled Fish of the Day, vegetarian Green Veggie Paella, and Argentine Ribeye a Caballo. Adults can also enjoy a 3-hour free-flow package for a reasonable $198 per person. Meanwhile, kids can tuck into a $98 children’s menu featuring dishes like Mac & CheeseMini Burgers, and classic English Fish and Chips, while enjoying colouring activities and magic tricks. Marvellous!  Picada, 2-3/F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 3425 4037 Hosted every weekend from 12pm to 3pm ($298 per person / $198 for free-flow)


Go-to Neapolitan pizzeria, Motorino, is already a popular spot for families, but now there's another reason for little diners to head there, as the Wan Chai branch is now offering children's pizza parties where mini-chefs can create their own masterpiece using the restaurant’s wide variety of traditional Italian toppings. While the pies bake to charred perfection in the oven, mini guests are kept entertained with Motorino’s colouring book which teaches them about the culinary world, while sipping on free-flow soft drinks. There is also a sweet ending to the feast as housemade tiramisu cake is dished up to all party-goers afterwards. And the best part? Motorino also offers adult pizza-making parties every first and third Saturday of the month for $248 per person, which includes antipasti, two beers or wines, pizza, and a chef’s hat and apron. There’s also an additional free-flow package for $200. Sold! Motorino, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, (+852) 2520 0690 Monday to Sunday from 3pm - 6pm ($198 per child)



Another popular Italian restaurant welcoming adults and kids is Fini’s, in the heart of SoHo. The venue offers an amazing deal whereby kids under 12 years old eat for free from the children's menu (from 4pm to 7pm on weekdays) when an accompanying adult purchases an item from the à la carte menu. The menu features all the favourites such as Mozzarella Sticks, Spaghetti and MeatballsMac and Cheese, as well as playful dishes like Tomato Soup with Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches to dip. Budding artists can also request crayons and paper to keep themselves happily doodling away throughout the evening. Linguini Fini, 49 Elgin Street, SoHo, (+852) 2387 6338

Stanley Plaza 

The ever-growing Stanley Plaza is the ideal place to take kids to blow off steam and enjoy a good feed. Scattered with numerous al fresco restaurants and cafes, there's plenty to choose from in this spacious, pedestrian-only square. Among our favourite eateries are ClassifiedBeef & Liberty, and Pinot Duck, which are dotted around the huge outdoor playground that features a fun pirate ship. Further along the waterfront are family favourites Pizza Express and The Pickled Pelican which serves hearty pub grub with a stunning view of the ocean and plenty of open space for kids and teens to skate, play, and walk their dogs. Perfect for a sunny day in Hong Kong. Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley
Read more! Explore the rest of our Food and Drink section and discover Fun Things to Do with Kids in Hong Kong.

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Sophie Pettit

Former editor-in-chief

Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.