Visitors in town and want to make the most of their stay while entertaining the kiddos at the same time? Read on for the Little Steps kid-friendly and tourist-friendly guide to Hong Kong! Hit these top 10 spots around town for the perfect tour of the ‘Kong.
No visit to Hong Kong would be complete without a visit to The Peak. Queue to get on the tram or take a hike up to the top via Bowen Road. Both ways ensure wonderful sights, and once you’re up there, shop at the mall and market and take a stroll around the stroller-friendly path. Then have a meal break at Cafe Deco (indoor play corner) or Pho Yummee (playground next door)...perfect!
Cafe Deco, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Rd, The Peak, +852 2849 5111, www.cafedecogroup.com
Pho Yummee, Level 1, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, +852 2849 2121, www.cafedecogroup.com
Take the whole crew to Disney or Ocean Park for a guaranteed full-day of fun for kids and adults alike. We love the Old Hong Kong exhibition and stalls at Ocean Park, along with the pandas and awesome aquarium. After visiting Ocean Park, try dinner aboard the floating Jumbo Kingdom seafood restaurant in Aberdeen. And after Disney, check out nearby Discovery Bay for a family-friendly meal.
Cool off at one of Hong Kong’s fantastic family-friendly beaches. One of our favorite options is to take the ferry to Lantau's Cheung Sha Beach for a fun play + delicious meal combo. The little ones can build sand castles and splash around while the adults can wine and dine at the lovely Bathers. Everyone's happy!
Bathers, 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau, Hong Kong, +852 2504 4788, www.facebook.com/BathersRestaurantHK/
If you’re island-side, take your visitors on the Star Ferry for impressive views of Victoria Harbour. If you go in the evening, be sure to catch the Symphony of Lights at 8pm. Once in Tsim Sha Tsui, visit the Space Museum or Museum of Art or take in the Philharmonic or other cultural shows at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Check out what’s on stage and reserve tickets ahead of time! End the evening with a stroll along the Avenue of the Stars and let your friends happily snap away!
Star Ferry, www.starferry.com.hk
Hong Kong Space Museum, Stanley Ho Space Theatre, 10 Salisbury Road, TST, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2721 0226, www.lcsd.gov.hk
For an easy breezy afternoon, enjoy high tea at Cafe Gray Deluxe and then burn off the scones and clotted cream with a stroll around Hong Kong Park. Not only is there ample space and a playground for the wee ones to run around, but you can also take a gander of the Tea Museum and gawk at the turtles and fish before heading back home on the tram.
Cafe Gray Deluxe, Level 49, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, +852 3968 1106, www.cafegrayhk.com
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, 10 Cotton Tree Drive (Inside Hong Kong Park), Central, Hong Kong, Website
No visit to Hong Kong would be complete without a trip to the markets in Kowloon. Visit the bird market and flower market by day, then stop for some dim sum at Lei Garden or the famous one Michelin star Tim Ho Wan (if you don’t mind queuing). At night, head to Ladies’ Market and try your hand at bargaining...everyone loves to shop, even weary kiddos!
Lei Garden, 111-127 Sai Yee St, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2392 5184, www.leigarden.hk
Tim Ho Wan, Shop 8, Taui Yuen Mansion Phase 2, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2332 2896, www.timhowan.com
Take your guests on a tour of Old Hong Kong by taking them on a trip back in time to Hong Kong’s villages. Head to the stilted fishing village of Tai O in Lantau, take a ferry and rent bikes on Cheung Chau Island, or see the Ching dynasty Chinese mansions in Sheung Shui and Yuen Long. Or, for a quick fix, head to Lamma Island or Sai Kung for some fresh seafood!
Take in the beauty of the lesser-visited Chi Lin Nunnery, often overshadowed by the Big Buddha. The gorgeous stroller-friendly park is dotted with Tang dynasty shrines and temples, as well as pristine gardens and flowers and picturesque bridge perfect for kids, tourists, and photos! Remember to head to the restaurant behind the waterfall for a yummy vegetarian meal or their high tea, which is a bargain.
Chi Lin Nunnery, 60 Fung Tak Rd, Diamond Hill, +852 3658 9388, www.chilin.org. Click here for the Little Steps' outing to Chi Lin Nunnery!
While bubbly brunches may be a dime a dozen in Hong Kong, guests from abroad are overjoyed by limitless luxe eats and bottomless glasses of champagne. Make a beeline for The Kitchen for Family Day - held every Saturday, whet your appetite with the hotel buffet and bottomless glasses of sparkling wine for $438 per adult, which includes a free meal for one child aged 3-12 years old.
The Kitchen, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, +852 3717 2222, www.w-hongkong.com
After a few days of taking your guests around town, you’ll all need some TLC. Treat their tootsies to a relaxing foot massage at one of the many parlours around town. Halite, Happy Foot and Gao's are all reliable, quick and no-frills options. For something a step up, head to Ten Feet Tall, where you can enjoy a cup of Chinese chrysanthemum tea while you bliss out in plush surroundings.
Ten Feet Tall, 20/f & 21/f, L place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, Central, +852 2971 1010, www.tenfeettall.com.hk
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