In recent years, trendy restaurants and kids-orientated spots have been emerging in Lai Chi Kok, Sham Shui Po’s sophisticated sister. From a children-friendly baking studio to an indoor playground that serves adorable lunch sets, this guide will help you navigate and find the best gems in the district.
CGV Cinemas is the perfect mid-day spot to rejuvenate if you have a jam-packed schedule planned out. The newly opened cinema shows a selection of Korean movies with English subtitles and a few popular English movies too. If you love to binge watch Korean dramas or missed the showing of Train to Busan, you’re in luck!
CGV Cinemas, 10/F and 11/F, D2 Place TWO, No. 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2863 4100, www.cgv.com.hk/en/home
Mamas, this one’s for you. The Hong Kong Industrial Centre is a maze-like wholesale shopping centre on the weekdays but on weekends, you’ll be welcomed to shop till you drop. While most shops sell women’s clothing, there are some that sell children’s wear as well. Bargain dresses, stylish tops, handbags, and sparkly accessories galore!
Where: Just outside Exit C Lai Chi Kok Station, 489/491 Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 11:00 – 20:00 (Mon – Fri); 11:00 – 21:00 (Sat & Sun)
Nerf War, dodgeball, combat archery, laser tag, bubble soccer… Crossfire Arena has it all. The indoor neon party event venue takes over 6,000 square foot of space and provides event planning and catering services as well.
Crossfire Arena, Shop 306-308, D2 PLACE TWO, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, +852 3461 9023, www.crossfire.hk
For a next level bonding experience with the fam, solve different scenes and tasks in complete darkness for 75-minutes. Designed to detox from the daily smartphone and non-stop social media habits, Dialogue in the Dark was organized to help understand the daily struggles visually impaired people go through.
Awarded by Tripadvisor in 2016 with a Certificate of Excellence, Dialogue in the Dark is technically an MTR station away in Mei Foo but we think it’s a worthy stop when you’re in the area.
Dialogue in the Dark Hong Kong Mei Foo Exhibition Centre, Mei Foo Shop 215, 2/F Nob Hill Square, 8 King Lai Path, Mei Foo, Kowloon, +852 2891 0438, www.dialogue-experience.com.hk/en/
Taiwan’s popular children’s restaurant and playground is the ultimate fantasy land for kids. The beautiful bubble playground is the perfect backdrop for photos while the restaurant area next to the playground makes it easier for parents to keep an eye on the kids while munching on snacks. There is also a large sandbox and a toy area equipped with mini-kitchen sets to keep the fun going.
Mr. Tree Hong Kong, Shop 103-107 & 120-121,1/F, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3184 0033, www.mr-tree.webnode.tw/?fbclid=IwAR2e0-_LYLB6xlihPW-xfkX0KeK6eXlJq_1F9OjZil8ZUqmw7ueLGcO7Nao
Got a birthday party coming up? While the Lai Chi Kok’s hmv lacks the adult section, hmv kids offers a selection of children’s favourite DVDs and CDs as well as funky stationery, trendy toys, stuffed animals and more.
hmv kids, Shop 216B-217, 2/F, D2 Place TWO, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2375 8486, www.hmv.com.hk
Holly Brown’s flagship store at D2 place offers more than just coffee and gelato. The spacious cafe and restaurant have everything from fluffy pancakes, burgers, coffee and stacked danish toast. Go early to snag the window seat and to avoid the weekend crowd.
Holly Brown Coffee Roasters Flagship Store, G01, G/F, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2371 2826, www.hollybrowncoffee.com
Rainy day, no problem. Golfzon GreenLive is an indoor virtual golf studio that imitates the country club house vibe. Take a swing with your club at the projector screen and see where your ball lands on the virtual field. Games can often get competitive (as golf goes), so bring friends to maximize the fun! Young learners can also try their hand at the game, as Golfzon has mini-size clubs for the mini-sized you.
Golfzon GreenLive, Shop 114-127, 1/F, D2 Place ONE, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong,+852 2593 6888, www.green-live.hk
One of the most anticipated events in Lai Chi Kok include the weekend markets at D2 Place One. The market usually has a set theme for the weekend, with past examples such as vintage clothing, artisanal coffee and old-school Hong Kong toys. You’ll find booths from local vendors and young businesses selling handcrafted items.
D2 Place ONE, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3620 3098, www.d2place.com
It’s no secret that Hong Kong apartments tend to have a small kitchen. Home Baking Day Hong Kong provides the kitchen, a tablet with instructions and ingredients to create your DIY sweet treats. You can choose from a menu filled with pastry options to recreate, such as doughnuts, Pooh Pineapple cake and Monster’s Inc themed cookies.
Home.?, Shop 305, D2 Place TWO, 15 Cheung Shun St. Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, +852 3997 3485, www.facebook.com/homebakingdayhk/
Social enterprise, Green Baby is a second-hand baby product shop that provides job opportunities for young unmarried and single mothers. They recycle, refurbish, reuse and resell baby items such as books, strollers, toys and clothes after sanitization. Baby clothes that are no longer in-fashion are upcycled after being redesigned by women. Green Baby also accepts donations products catered for babies under the age of three.
Rm.15A, 3/F, Block C, Hong Kong Industrial Centre, No. 489-491 Castle Peak Road Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3426 4584, www.greenbaby.caritas.org.hk/en