This slowly gentrifying neighbourhood is a surprisingly photogenic area and is home to one of the best places to Instagram in Hong Kong. Kennedy Town makes a great day out for photoshoots and is a foodie’s paradise thanks to its wide range of cuisines — dim sum, Egyptian, all-day breakfast, you name it. Start here to discover the best of what this waterside neighborhood has to offer.
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Best restaurants in Kennedy Town
This new joint is helmed by Mexican chef Esdras Ochoa of Los Angeles’ lauded Mexican restaurant Salazar and beverage director Daniel Eun, a man with experience at some of America’s best bars, including New York speakeasy PDT. 11 Westside serves up some gorgeous guac and tasty tacos that pair well with the agave-based cocktails on offer. It may be pricier than the average Mexican restaurant in HK, but it's a cut above the rest.
This spicy, sour, soupy joint is simple. Choose your spice level, pick from a choice of Yunnan, Shanghainese or crystal noodles with anything from leek dumplings, trotters, shredded chicken and their signature fried pork chop. And you’re all set. Topped with chopped spring onions, peanuts and pickles, this mix of spicy, sour and savoury makes for a cheap, filling and flavourful meal.
This cosy joint serves up good pizza and good drinks in equal measure. It's reminiscent of a casual New York neighbourhood bar and its sourdough-based pizzas often make use of local flavours. Think cha siu pizzas. Order classic pizzas, pastas and other hearty offerings with an impressive drinks menu. There's also a large selection of Young Master craft beers, rarer imported brews, cocktails, natural wines and Hong Kong's most extensive collection of American only craft whiskeys.
This new Egyptian restaurant on Hau Wo Street boasts great food, reasonable prices and ever-so-friendly staff. The family-run joint has hand-painted murals on the walls and a menu bursting with Middle Eastern and North African favourites. Tuck into super fresh and flavourful hummus and babaganoush with pitta bread, perfectly charred lamb kofta and sweet treats such as buttery and flakey baklava.
This second branch of the original Aberdeen Street shop serves up a mean bun cha, of course. But that's not the only goodies on offer. The pho here comes with different kinds of beef, chicken or pork neck atop a rich and fragrant broth. The banh mi is pretty solid, as are the fresh and deep-fried spring rolls. It's probably one of Kennedy Town's relatively healthier options, too.
This open restaurant complete with natural light serves up a mean meal with a Melbournian slant. Dinner features lots of fresh seafood, crunchy salads and sharing plates like tartare and pulled lamb tacos. Brunch is a doozy here too — the Big Bad Ben is badass twist on your average eggs benedicts with hashbrowns, poached eggs, bacon, avocado and chorizo drizzled with creamy hollandaise and chili oil — in case you have a hangover that needs kicking.
Helmed by chef Eric Idos, this trendy-casual neighbourhood joint with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a wall of street artist Aaron de la Cruz’s minimalist etchings at the back serves up some supremely tasty fare. The Mexican-style eats are inspired by Japanese ingredients and techniques. There's classic crispy fish tacos, scallop and uni tostadas, eggplant katsu and chorizo fried rice and a great selection of wines, beer, tequila, and mezcal that's specially curated by Sunday's Grocery.
Born out of a former crocodile farm in Australia, Little Creatures is a craft microbrewery that’s been churning out some incredible hoppy beers over the past 16 years. Its first foray into Hong Kong is a vast bar with high ceilings, industrial fittings and a visible working microbrewery. The food menu is hearty and fresh offering everything from pizzas to sharing plates and steaks. House brews change regularly and there's a tasting paddle of six samples of the brewery’s top creations.
Australian foodies should be well acquainted with the Maloufs. Patriarch Greg is regarded Down Under as the father of modern Lebanese cuisine, taking his skills as far as London to Michelin glory. At Mama Malouf, there's mezzes of silky hummus, cucumber and tarragon labneh, pickled vegetables and the like, as well as delicious haloumi, fontina fondue with fig jam and classics like falafels with yoghurt tahini and a selection of shawarmas.
With a range of restaurants serving Canto classics, cha chaan teng faves and everything in between, Smithfield Cooked Food Centre is a hub for local eateries. One of our favourite places is the spicy chicken hot pot joint 雞煲 (Chicken Pot). There's no English menu but this numbingly spicy dish is a welcome change from your average hotpot, with generous helpings of chicken and a wealth of additional items from noodles and tofu to lotus root.
Best things to do in Kennedy Town
The Sai Wan Swimming Shed is the only swimming shed in Hong Kong still open to the public. Hidden away from all the residential buildings and high-rises nearby, this gem can offer a spectrum of picturesque view of the calm waters to dramatic scenes of the waves. Show up at sunset for added beauty.
The only temple in Hong Kong dedicated to Lo Pan, the patron saint of Chinese builders and carpenters. This Grade 1 historic building is well worth a visit for its mural paintings, ceramic figurines and engravings. Dating back to 1884, most of the patronage are building workers and people planning construction projects for some much needed blessings.
Make friends with the neighbourhood cat
Almost every Kennedy Town resident knows about this super chilled and friendly orange tabby cat. You can easily spot the infamous kitty strolling and lounging around outside the Kennedy Town Cooked Food Centre, and welcomes any passerby to give it a head scratch and if you’re lucky, even a belly rub.
Stone wall trees
Missing those iconic masonry wall trees on Bonham Road? Not to worry, as Forbes Street is still home to several century-old banyan trees. The roots and vine-covered stone walls makes for a snazzy spot for a photoshoot. Hello, new profile pic!
Tucked away in the far corner of K-Town is a cosy little fitness studio that offers yoga classes and HIIT sessions. The venue has great ambiance, helped by the natural light and floor-to-ceiling windows, check their website regularly for fun yet effective classes. Another big up is their use of 100 percent sustainable products like cork and recycled rubber yoga mats.
You could probably guess from the name, this compact liquor store sits right by the end of the Kennedy Town tramline and is a super convenient spot to pick up some drinks after the journey. The shop features a pretty good selection of quality spirits, wine, craft beers and your run of the mill booze. You might be able to dig up some hidden gems too.
This waterfront comes with unobstructed views of the Southern waters and out towards Lantau Island and the majestic Tsing Ma Bridge. You can often spot locals fishing along praya during the week and the waterfront makes for a romantic nook come sunset. It’s also a popular destination for daredevils to feel the light breeze during typhoons.
This co-working space is home to many local creative enterprises and startup businesses, and uses these friendly connections to host all kinds of unique workshops from neon light making to tie-dying fabrics. The team also does monthly socials where entrepreneurs and like-minded individuals can meet up, chat and network.