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 Ceviche, Latin 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 & Cheese, Mini 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 Linguini Fini, 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 Meatballs, Mac 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
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 Classified, Beef & 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
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