Hong Kong’s al fresco dining scene has flourished recently, giving us plenty of family-friendly options so make a beeline for plates on patios. Whether you fancy a poolside lunch, outdoor brunch on The Peak, or a barbecue in a heritage compound, we’ve found something for you.
Duddell's might feel like a fancy affair when you first enter the restaurant, due to the stunning artwork and the sophisticated decor. But once entering the terrace, you get a whole different vibe, more bohemian chic. It feels like you're at a lovely garden party, a great location for a small baby shower. Large plants all around you, and comfy outdoor furniture with plump pillows. Make sure to check out the cocktail list!
Duddell's, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, +852 2525 9191, Website
Shake Shack has finally come to Hong Kong! First started in Madison Square Park in New York in 2004, this burger joint has blown up ever since then, and is branching out globally. Shake Shack is a great place to take the kids; it's located on the rooftop of IFC, where RED Bar used to be. Beautiful place for views of our beloved city while sipping on your chocolate milkshake, and if you have a furry friend, don't forget to pick up a Bag O'Bones at Shake Shack. Do be prepared for quite the wait for their tasty burgers. There tends to be a 45-minute wait, thus try to go in non-peak times.
Shake Shack, Shop 4018, Podium Level 4, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 5611. Website
Who doesn't love a good view, they have got you covered at Wooloomooloo Prime on the 21st floor. Perfect date night location when the evening is somewhat crisp for Hong Kong standards, and you get to marvel at the panoramic views of Tsim Sha Tsui and beyond during a marvelous sunset. You can also dine at their lovely steakhouse where you can expect fine wines and top-notch steaks.
Wooloomooloo Prime, Level 21, The One, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2870 0087, Website
Sure, it may be a power lunch sort of place on the weekdays, but come weekends, the chic designer restaurant helmed by Jason Atherton-trained team churns out family-friendly brunches at the heart of the city. Look forward to healthy options such as avocado on toast, as well as heartier steak and eggs. Pair a meal here with a shopping spree at the PMQ and let the kids run free in the grassy patch in front of the restaurant.
Aberdeen Street Social, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2866 0300, www.aberdeenstreetsocial.hk
The covered, open-air terrace means that the occasional drizzle won’t put a stop to things mid-meal. The atmosphere is chilled out and slightly retro, with a neighborly feel, evoked by the 50’s deli set-up, complete with a hanging salami, cheese display, and a visible grill. Make sure to take the kids on Sunday, Divino Patio will teach your munchkins how to make savoury and delicious Nutella pizzas.
Divino Patio, Shop 11, 1/F, Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2877 3552, www.divinopatio.com.
Everyone loves the postcard-perfect views from the Peak, and if you’re after a little breeze on the side, the terrace at this historic stone cottage restaurant is hard to beat. From seafood platters to classic Asian dishes and traditional western meals, plus a kids menu, there’s something for everyone. A meal here, plus a ride on the Peak Tram and a run-around in Mount Austin Playground, and you’ve got a great day out.
Peak Lookout, 121 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, +852 2849 1000, www.peaklookout.com.hk.
As much as it can be a date night locale, Spasso is also the perfect stop after a Toys’R’Us run. Reward yourselves with a chilled out brunch or dinner on this expansive deck, with great views across the harbor. At brunch, kids under 11 eat for a discount, and under 6’s eat free, and at all other times, there’s a menu that is catered to the little ones.
Spasso, G5-8, 12-17, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, +852 2730 8027, www.divinogroup.com
They couldn’t have built this better in a sci-fi novel – this mini oasis is tucked in the Wanchai waterfront, secluded from the futuro steel and glass high-rises by a neat row of green planters. Glam fams love the poolside resto for its casual yet chic ambiance, kids’ (and adults’) pool and playground, and of course, its menu of luxe eats – every day, chefs fire up the grills and serve up the best meats, seafood and veg from all around the world, and on weekends there’s BBQ brunch.
Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2588 1234, www.hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com
Spices breaks the mold by serving some of the best curries in town in a beautiful colonial setting. It's a cross between a Southeast Asian spice market and a colonial clubhouse, with a dash of contemporary style, complete with rattan armchairs, stylish umbrellas and timber planters. To top it all off, all the beaches and fun on the south side are just a flip-flop’s toss away.
Spices At The Repulse Bay, G/F, The Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2292 2821, www.therepulsebay.com. Highchairs are available, stroller and scooter friendly (bring the wheels along).
Head down to Bathers for some stunning views of the ocean, formally known as The Beach House (in the location of the old Stoep Restaurant / The Beach House) on Cheung Sha Beach. Bathers is owned by husband-and-wife restaurateurs Chris Woodyard and Bronwyn Cheung of Woolly Pig, Big Sur, S'ate, Mr. Chipper, and 12000Francs. The menu serves up seasonal, modern European fare for the whole family to enjoy. On weekends and Public Holidays, breakfast is served at 9am, and it is absolutely delicious.
Bathers, 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village South Lantau, Hong Kong, +852 2504 4788, https://bathers.com.hk/
The Conservatory is a breath of fresh in Sai Kung. Serving omelets, chia coconut pudding, smoothies, and chocolate banana pancakes. The relaxed indoor/outdoor restaurant sits right on the square (where kids can run wild on the playground), offers awesome coffee, and a healthy breakfast menu for both kids and adults. Highchairs are available. Kid tested... parent-approved!
Conservatory, 26 Wan King Path (The square), Sai Kung, +852 2792 1105, www.facebook.com/conservatorysaikung/
When walking into Limewood, you immediately get the sensation you are on a Caribbean holiday. The Seabreeze color is super soothing, gorgeous, and is used throughout the entire restaurant to give you the holiday vibes. This restaurant is fantastic for larger groups, the food is South-east Asian, Caribbean and Hawaiian inspired, and they specialize in barbeque. Limewood dishes out tempting grilled seafood and meats, along with lip-smacking margaritas right on the beach. What more could you want on hot day?
Limewood, The Pulse, Shop 103&104, G/F, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay, +852 2866 8668, www.limewood.hk
Take the boat from Stanley out to the secluded island of Po Toi, where you’ll find flip-fresh seafood, made in classic Cantonese-style. Settle on a plastic chair, feel the ocean breeze and munch on some scrumptious deep-fried squid, perfect with an ice-cold beer (for the adults, natch). Check out all the fun that Po Toi offers, from temples to historic hideaways here, and don’t forget to bring the doggies!
Po Toi Island, +852 2849 7038, Website
There’s a lot to love about Stanley – it’s a safe little haven to let the kiddos blow off steam, with a strip of restaurants commanding pretty views of the water. There's also Stanley Plaza's cozy cafes and go-to franchise restaurants, not to mention the cool pirate ship playground smack-dab in the middle of the spacious square!
Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, +852 2813 4623, www.stanleyplaza.com.
Zaks offers alfresco dining, just a short ferry ride from Central! This is the largest restaurant on the water in DB, so you'll have plenty of room to stretch out with the kids (and all their gear). There's something to eat for everyone, including a varied kids menu with all the faves, and ice cream for dessert! Other perks are a play area for kids outside, a view of the HK Disneyland fireworks, and a free ferry ride back to Central!
Zaks, Shop G04, G/F & 103, 1/F, D'Deck, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, D'Deck, Hong Kong, +852 2987 6232, www.casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/zaks
It's weekend brunch time little foodies... and a view of the harbour is included! If you’re looking for a dining venue with a view that’s kiddo friendly and a bit more upmarket, then we have a slew of recommendations for you... all based in one location. Alfresco Lane offers a unique alfresco dining experience with superb harbor views of Hong Kong Island.
Alfresco Lane, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre & Empire Centre, 66 & 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
A relaxed but contemporary space in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Urban Park serves up a menu of modern European delights in its broad terraced area with plenty of grass and greenery. It's a mini-park set among the city's skyscrapers. Settle on a patterned rug spread on the grass-covered terrace with a pre-prepared picnic basket bursting with delicious treats and a bottle of Prosecco and while the afternoon away. A stone's throw from the Science Museum, Urban Park is an excellent refueling stop after a visit to the latest exhibition.
Coco Thai, toptables.com.hk/cocothai
Restaurants At The Pulse, thepulse.com.hk
Seoulmate Cafe, www.facebook.com/seoulmatecafe/
Elephant Grounds, www.elephantgrounds.com