Rosie Jean’s Café
This spot offers a comfortable atmosphere, friendly service and a large alfresco dining space with a kids playground attached. Absolutely ideal for taking in some sun and ice coffee while the kiddies busy themselves with the huge range of toys, including scooters, books and bowling pins. If you plan on sitting for a while, you can pay an extra $20 for access to the playground area, giving the kids plenty to do. 119 Caine Rd, Midlevels, 2549 3825; rosiejeanscafe.com.
This mainstay up on the Peak has long been a highlight for diners looking to drink in the dramatic views of Hong Kong while chowing down on eclectic menu options that include Italian, American and Nepalese fare. This isn’t just a spot for mum and dad though, Café Deco comes equipped with a top-notch kids play area that has heaps of toys and gizmos to keep the little ones happy. Head down on a Sunday and catch the delightful kids’ entertainer. The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Rd, 2849 5111; cafedecogroup.com.
This spacious and breezy café opened its doors at the end of last year and has been an instant hit. Choice Co-operative specialises in sugar and gluten-free food, including salads, cakes, smoothies, pancakes and more. Right next to the café is an awesome playground complete with climbing frame. Let the kids run riot before they come in to refuel. 7/F BT Ctr, 23 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen, 2677 7808; facebook.com/choicecooperative.
The Fish Bar
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. JW Marriot, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central, 2810 8366; marriot.com.
Going to a child-friendly restaurant doesn’t mean you have to be endlessly munching on pizza and chicken nuggets. At Zuma, parents can enjoy fresh, tasty sushi while the kids (who eat for free if they’re under 10) have a large, separate soft play area. When they tire themselves out and re-join the table, there’s even special Zuma colouring books and pencils to stave off any inkling of a tantrum. The Landmark, 5/F & 6/F, 15 Queens Rd C, Central, 3657 6388; zumarestaurant.com.
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.2/F, Plaza 2000, 2 and 4 Russell St, Causeway Bay, 2368 1263; applegreen.com.hk.
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. Shop 304-305, 3/F, The Peak Tower, 128 Peak Rd, The Peak, 2849 2867; bubbagump.com.
Charlie Brown Café
Charlie Brown Café
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.
G/F-1/F, Koh Pah Mansion, 58-60 Cameron Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2366 6315; charliebrowncafe.com.
Dan Ryan's Chicago Grill
Dan Ryan's Chicago Grill
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. 112 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2845 4600; danryans.com.
Attached to Tree's flagship eco-friendly furniture store is a café to relax in with wifi and goodies, such as sandwiches, coffee and baked treats. This café is all about making stressed out parents feel comfortable after shopping with a kid's play area, a baby changing room and a free babycino and mini cupcake for each little one. 28/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St, Ap Lei Chau, 2870 1582; tree.com.hk/café.
Julia Tobin and Graham Turner