Dogs. At their best, they expand your capacity for joy, inspire adventure, and set an unmeetable standard for unconditional love. At their worst, they pee on other people’s carpets, complicate your social schedule, and limit your dining options. If you ask us, that equation still equals an overwhelmingly enriching experience, and there are many restaurants in Hong Kong that recognize this.
Here are our top 10 picks of dog-friendly and pet-friendly restaurants and cafes in Hong Kong, and here’s to hoping that they continue to elevate the mood of petless strangers and keep bringing communities closer together!
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Traveling with a dog can be complicated, but you can teleport both yourself and your trusted companion to another place by stepping into Stazione Novella, a neighborhood Italian wine bar that wonderfully emulates Italian boltholes around the train station in Florence. While you enjoy a long list of affordable Italian wines, fraught beer, cocktails, and rich coffee with a side of paninis and antipasti made of quality ingredients, your dog can go bananas over the Stazione Novella dog cake!
Ruam is a vibrant and casual Thai garden bar and eatery that serves a wide range of Thai market favorites and innovative cocktails. The fact that it is welcoming is evident both in its lush, but intimate ambient and in its very name – Ruam is the Rhai word for “gather”. Their expansive terrace is ideal for the company of four-legged friends who will raise the spirits of an already vibrant place perfect for casual brunches and lunches. Ruam recently opened in Ship Street, but the word of mouth and bark of muzzle will undoubtedly establish it as one of the go-to spots for dog owners.
Ruam, J Residence, 60 Johnston Rd, Wanchai (Entrance on Ship Street), Hong Kong, +852 3160 8535, www.ruam-thai.com
Give your doggo-accompanied dining experience a holiday feel and take a trip to South Lantau. Bathers is situated on one of Hong Kong’s most spectacular and clear-watered beaches. Take a swim, take a hike, catch some sun and enjoy a versatile menu with everything from cheeseburger and mac & cheese croquettes to beer-battered barramundi and eggplant arrabiata rigatoni. Just make sure your pet, drunk on adventure and fresh air, doesn’t run after and away with the magnificent Lantau buffalos!
This fantastic boutique butcher deli store has become a favorite among locals and expats for its exceptional prices and quality of produce sourced directly from farmers and artisans. Better yet, Feather & Bone also has a dog-friendly Mid-Levels restaurant with an exuberant terrace to feast your eyes on while you feast on your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Get inspired and pick up some produce from the store on your way home (and maybe share a bite with your furry companion!).
Feather & Bone – Mid-Levels, G/F 38 Shelley Street, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, +852 2179 6211, https://featherandbone.com.hk
This pet-friendly street-side Italian American restaurant located in Soho and Wan Chai that brought New York-style pizza, homemade pasta and that classy, but casual urban ambient to perfection. This makes it a foolproof solution for even the pickiest restaurant-picking situation, no matter the occasion, especially if you’re taking the whole family (four-legged members included). If you are delighted that pets are enthusiastically invited to join, wait until you read that Fini’s just launched a special Kids Happy Hour that lets kids eat for free every Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 pm (except public holidays)!
Fini’s - Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3182 0128
Health consciousness is at the center of Locofama, a restaurant that serves food at its nutritional and palatable peak, farm to table. It offers vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, carb-free and pescatarian dishes, as well as swappable options like gluten-free pasta to customize your meals and more. Locofama is centered around community, which includes furry four-legged members who are more than welcome – they even partnered with Paws United for Dog Adoption Days which were, and hopefully will in the future, be held every Sunday (check their Facebook for news!).
This bright Vietnamese grill house offers a dynamic mix of the freshness of Saigonese cuisine and the sophistication of a chic Parisian brasserie. The Head Chef Theign mastered the art of the woodfire grill, but if you’re (unlike, presumably, your doggo) more of a wok, snack, charcuterie, DIY roll or dessert person, you’ll be delighted with the offer at Le Garçon Saigon. If all you want is a banh mi and need to accommodate your spontaneity, the sister and neighboring restaurant Le Petit Saigon is equally dog-friendly and the place to go!
The best treat after walking up to The Peak is enjoying the view, especially if it’s accompanied by a meal at Rajasthan Rifles which also offers picnics with a curated selection of Anglo-Indian signatures. If you love the intricacies of history, you may be especially lured in by the fact that the restaurant is inspired by mess halls where the British and Indian soldiers of the British Indian Army came together to eat and socialize, merging cuisines and producing a harmonious Anglo-Indian fusion that took on a life of its own!
When you want local, go to Little Bao, a modern Chinese diner influenced by the international tastes of Hong Kong. It serves bao burgers, sharing plates, and cocktails, among other delights, and is all about sharing, experimenting, playfulness and cross-culturalism! This inclusivity, naturally, includes furry friends as well. It’s among the favorites of dog owners of Hong Kong, perfectly located across from Victoria Park.
Classified is a collection of street-side European-style café-workspaces that serve modern comfort food that covers breakfast, lunch and dinner with freshly brewed coffee and boutique wines to go with it. It’s ideal for a family outing as there are special kids menus and there’ll be something for your furry family member as well – other than the treat of being allowed to eat at the table with their humans! If you’re a cheese enthusiast, an added bonus is that Classified pioneered a walk-in cheese room that allows you to pick a specialty cheese within a temperature-controlled environment.
Classified, various locations across Hong Kong
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