Hong Kong’s best family-friendly restaurants
This spacious café has enough room and large tables for boisterous families and offers great healthy options. Their entrée salads are hearty enough, but there's also more kid-friendly choices like mac and cheese, spaghetti and a multitude of fruit juices. The café also lends out packs of crayons to colour with: a fun distraction if parents want to sneak in some vegetables.
Inspired by the iconic movie Forrest Gump, this seafood restaurant is a spirited place for families to chow down on fish and chips, decadent desserts and an extensive range of dishes featuring shrimp. The kid's menu is a favourite.
Fans of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock and all their friends will love this themed café decorated with Peanuts characters and playing the classic cartoons on TV screens. The adorable desserts showcase strawberry mousse shaped like Lucy's head and Charlie Brown's face adorning the tiramisu.
This Chicago-style bar and grill caters to families with its convivial atmosphere and vintage model train on a track circling the ceiling above the bar. Kids love the comfort fare, especially the menu for ages 12 and under, and get a signature balloon and Dan Ryan's key ring every time they go. The restaurant can be contacted about having a magician or face painting for parties.
Dim Sum Icon regularly features different cartoons and anime characters in its menu and décor, and is well-known for its cartoon-inspired dim sum where fillings come leaking out (from mouths or other orifices) when diners give them a squish. Inviting children and grown-ups to play with their food, there’s plenty of photo-ops for the whole fam as well as a complimentary gift upon spending more than $300. Characters like Miffy, Spongebob, Gudetama and Crayon Shin-chan have taken the spotlight in the past, so there’s no telling who might be there on your visit.
Continue your magical journey at Hong Kong Disneyland with a buffet dinner at the theme park’s Victorian-themed restaurant in the adjacent Disneyland Hotel. Aside from a plethora of food to select from, kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy seeing Mickey Mouse, Olaf and Donald Duck transformed into various dishes and puddings that are almost too cute to eat. Have your smartphones ready in case your favourite Disney characters show up!
A good serving of fish and chips is something no one can resist, young or old. Offering highchairs, a kids menu with appropriate portions (so the little ones don’t have to unfairly tackle mountainous servings) and – most importantly – friendly and approachable service, The Fish Bar is a great option for the whole family to tuck into this classic fare.
An unbelievably cheap and fun fast food option for families, Ikea Food offers much more than hot dogs and meatballs – though they are seriously tasty. Simply grab a tray and mix-and-match your own meal from an array of affordable appetisers, mains, desserts and drinks. For the kids, the children’s set menu is made up of chicken meatballs with sweet corn, mashed potato and fruit juices – all for a bargain $15. Highchairs and changing areas are also available. Once recharged, head off to the free-entry Småland playroom where kids can play hide-and-seek and go nuts in the ball pit or on the spider web.
This authentic Italian restaurant demonstrates its concern for our planet by cooking with locally-sourced ingredients. Concern for little ones extends to its special kid’s menu. Adults order from the standard à la carte menu, which allows children under 12 to eat as much as they want from the kid’s menu for free between 4pm-7pm on weekdays. The menu features all the expected favourites like mozzarella sticks, mac and meatballs, and spaghetti bolognese. Bear in mind, parents can only bring along two kids at most for the deal.
Designed with kids aged up to seven in mind, Origami is a literal wonderland that little ones dream about. Brimming with colourful wood décor, the cosy, innovative space affords stressful parents a respite with delicate Chinese fusion food to savour while kids are too busy exploring the indoor play zone, which includes a sandpit, mini kitchen and reading area. Entry fee for two-hour sessions starts from $138 during weekdays and $198 during weekends, and there’s a $100 minimum food and beverage charge for accompanying adults.
Add a bit of culture to your family day out
Looking for a cultural fix but not sure where to start? We round up the best and finest museums in Hong Kong, and the top museum exhibitions they have on offer.