The Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants And Cafes In Hong Kong
Hong Kong may not be known as the most dog-friendly city in the world, but more and more restaurants and cafes are opening up that welcome in both you and your four-legged friends. Ahead of International Dog Day on August 26, or for those that want to keep their dog in tow no matter what day it is––but aren't prepared to sacrifice quality eats––we're listing the spots that offer the best of both worlds.
1/17 Comptoir, Kennedy Town
Quite a few K-Town eateries allow dogs to sit at street-adjacent tables, including the likes of Catch and Jaspas, but we find ourselves at Comptoir most often with our dogs in tow.
This wine bar comes courtesy of French Creations, which has been servicing the Gallic community with low-key, down-to-earth dining options like Saint Germain, Pastis and Metropolitain. We can’t turn down portions of the thing they call "Hot Goat Cheese Bricks", nor the moreish escargots and rich Ravioles du Royans.
Comptoir, 42 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong; +852 2453 9873; french-creations.com
2/17 Winston’s Coffee, Kennedy Town and Sai Ying Pun
There’s a huge dog bowl filled with water that sits perpetually on the floor of Winston’s in Kennedy Town, so they pretty much expect you to bring along your furry friends.
By day, you can order good, strong coffee that comes from a La Marzocco machine (hey, if you know, you know), and then as night falls you can upgrade your coffee kick with an Espresso Martini. Food is limited to pastries and sandwiches, but there’s nothing to complain about on that front, either.
Winston's original location in Sai Ying Pun may be smaller than its K-Town counterpart, but it's still just as dog-friendly.
Winston's Coffee, Shop 8, The Hudson, 11 Davis St, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong; +852 2697 1878
Winston's Coffee, Shop 4, G/F Rich Court, 213 Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong; +852 2559 5078; winstonscoffee.com
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3/17 Poise, Sai Ying Pun
Found just around the corner from the Starbucks off Bonham Road, this new coffee shop offers a respite from the traffic-choked streets. The spacious cafe is dog-friendly—just check out their location tag on Instagram to see the parade of cute pups that are posed for photos on the wooden bench below the cafe’s logo—and serves the expected cafe fare of salmon and avocado toast.
Poise, Shop No.3, St Stephen's Lane, No.1-2, Golden Phoenix Court, Sai Ying Pun (Babington Path Entrance), facebook.com/poisecoffeehk
4/17 Congteakafe, Sheung Wan
The ‘grammers love Congteakafe on Square Street, and while some of it has to do with the solid Canto staple dishes and the authentic retro decor, we suspect the rainbow mural wall a few steps down the road is also a big draw.
Dine in with your dog and sit down to simple favourites like a char siu and egg rice with soy sauce, or the fried fish fillet in a bor lor bao. You could order a coffee, which is served in a nostalgic painted-chicken bowl, but a hot milk tea seems more fitting, doesn’t it?
Congteakafe, 24 Square St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; +852 5719 8131; facebook.com/congteakafesquarestreet
5/17 Blue Supreme, Sheung Wan
It may specialise in craft-beer, but Blue Supreme's succinct food menu is to die for, and due to the thriving canine community in the area, you’ll almost always find a pup or two lazing around by tables that face the street, their owners perched on colourful crates repurposed as seating.
To go with its extensive selection of live craft beers, Blue Supreme serves new American bistro fare with a constantly changing selection of mains, like a duck confit burger with runny duck egg. Head here for brunch and don't miss dishes such as fried chicken with waffle and maple BBQ sauce, Elvis Presley french toast with banana, bacon and summer barriers, and Wagyu skirt steak and eggs.
Blue Supreme, 21 Tung St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; +852 5998 3088; bluesupreme.live
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6/17 Teakha, Sheung Wan
A favourite for tea lovers across the city, pop into Teakha and enjoy a warming masala chai or a fragrant osmanthus oolong, amongst many others. The cosy indoor space and quiet outdoor area welcome dogs, so you can enjoy a slice of homemade cake and a tea with your furry friend by your side.
Teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; +852 2858 9185; teakha.com
7/17 Shady Acres, Central
Though it has no actual outdoor seating, you can stand at the outside bar with your pup at this little indie wine bar––and before you start complaining, might we remind you, you might be standing even if you were inside, too as Shady Acres is always buzzing. What it lacks in size though, it makes up for plenty in vibe, with a grungy charm that hipsters will love.
Both the food and drinks always impress, with the multicultural wine list complemented by cocktails such as the Retrograde Lemonade, along with dishes like Korean-style pancakes and duck fat fries.
Shady Acres, Ground Floor, 46 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong; theshadyacres.com
8/17 Stazione Novella, Soho
Known for serving coffees by day and cocktails by night, Black Sheep’s ever-buzzing Stazionne Novella welcomes dogs with open arms. Stop by for a casual breakfast panini after your morning walk, or head here later to enjoy an Italian Aperitivo spread, washed down with cocktails including Aperol Spritz, Negroni and Espresso Martini.
What’s more, Stazione Novella even serves a special dig-friendly cake, which can be pre-ordered whole through Butter Cake Shop.
Stazione Novella, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2559 0559; stazionenovella.com
9/17 Elephant Grounds, Causeway Bay, Mid-Levels and K11 Musea
With cafes across the city, several of Elephant Grounds’ locations are dog-friendly. While the shops in Causeway Bay, Mid-levels and the newly opened Hollywood Road store have plenty of outdoor seating for you and your doggo, the K11 Musea location pulls out all the stops with a spacious, and dog-friendly, alfresco rooftop.
Known to be a brunch favourite, dine on dishes such as avocado toast with poached egg, buttermilk pancakes, smoked salmon bagels and more, all washed down with a brew from the extensive coffee list.
Elephant Grounds, Shop C, G/F, 42-28 Fashion Walk, Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2562 8688
Elephant Grounds, 61 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2535 7155
Elephant Grounds, Shop 705, level 7, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 3468 2669; elephantgrounds.com
10/17 Giando, Wan Chai
A handful of outdoor tables outside this popular Italian restaurant are available for those with dogs in tow, and the fact that two of the tables are undercover means that everyone stays dry even in the (let’s face it, likely) case of a downpour.
Our favourite time to dine at Giando is during its weekend brunch, when we can smuggle bits of Parmesan cheese from the antipasti buffet to treat our patient pups––it’s the least we can do when chowing down on unlimited stracciatella burrata, as well as excellent pastas and that to-die-for tiramisu.
Giando, Shop 1, G/F, Tower, Starcrest Block 1, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2511 8912; giandorestaurant.com
11/17 Le Garcon Saigon, Wan Chai
Call ahead to reserve our favourite table at Le Garcon Saigon, a four-top that’s perfect for people-watching, and lets your dog enjoy the action, too. The staff are always welcoming of four-legged patrons––and they treat us two-leggers alright, too.
At this pho-free Vietnamese restaurant, we always order both of the superlative salads (because who can decide between the shredded chicken cabbage salad and Buddha’s textural salad) and then get to work DIY-ing our rice-paper rolls, afterwards.
Can’t snag a spot at Le Garcon? Le Petit Saigon just next door offers outdoor bench seating for patrons and pets to enjoy their banh mis washed down with strong, sweet iced coffees.
Le Garcon Saigon, 12 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2455 2499; legarconsaigon.com
12/17 Ruam, Wan Chai
Aptly named after a Thai word for ‘to gather’, Ruam doesn’t discriminate by welcoming dogs onto its outdoor terrace. The spacious al fresco area is filled with greenery, making diners, drinkers and dogs feel worlds away from the busy Wan Chai Streets below.
Tuck into classic Thai dishes, enjoy a cooling drink or book in for a boozy weekend brunch at this casual and vibrant spot.
Ruam, Shop 9, 1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 3160 8535; ruam-thai.com
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13/17 Little Bao Diner, Causeway Bay
The bigger, brighter sister to May Chow’s original Little Bao in Soho has a considerable outdoor space facing Victoria Park in the extremely dog-friendly Food Street.
A favourite with dog owners, pick a spot outside and enjoy the ample menu, which includes the famed eponymous little baos, alongside other mod-Chinese small plates, such as lamb tartare made with fermented beancurd mayo, a Caesar salad that uses local cured fish, and drunken clams in a Shaoxing-based broth.
After you’re done, you can also take your dog next door to Private-i Concept Store, the high-end dog groomers that offers pet grooming, swimming, doga and other party activities.
Little Bao Diner, Shop H1, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2555 0600; little-bao.com
14/17 Superhooman, Tin Hau
This newly opened café at the Tuve hotel in Tin Hau is the second branch after the West Kowloon original. With its high ceilings and industrial aesthetic, it’s definitely a cool place to hang out––with your pet in tow of cousre.
As well as being dog-friendly, the café serves a menu of vibrantly plated items such as mini pancakes with ice cream, along with brunch classics like avocado toast and acai bowls.
Superhooman, 16 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, instagram.com/superhoomanhk
15/17 Limewood, Repulse Bay
The Pulse is a pet-friendly mall, and the only rule, according to the mall’s website, is to “respect the pets and respect others”––a refreshing change of pace, given dogs aren’t even allowed on Repulse Bay Beach just outside. They can, however, chill on the sidewalk right outside The Pulse’s bayside dining outlets, which include pizzeria Amalfitana, Canto comfort joint Meen & Rice and Limewood, our pick for its beach-perfect menu.
The Maximal Concepts restaurant serves up seaside specials like fried fish tacos, jerked coconut corn and signature 48-hour charred beef ribs with mango-infused BBQ sauce. Wash it down with fruity cocktails: barbecued pineapple Cuban mojitos or the Cachaça- and mezcal-based Smoked Sugarcane.
Limewood, Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Rdoa, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2898 3788; limewood.hk
16/17 Rajasthan Rifles, The Peak
Rajasthan Rifles' outdoor terrace is ideal for relaxing with your dog after a long walk around The Peak.
While the restaurant is open all day, we recommend heading here on weekends between 8am and 11am to enjoy hearty breakfast dishes such as keema anda pau, rifles rolls with sausage and eggs, and masala omelettes.
Rajasthan Rifles, The Peak Galleria, Shop G01 G/F, 118 Peak Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2388 8874; rajasthanrifles.com
17/17 Bathers, Lantau
This beachside restaurant in Lantau is 100% dog-friendly, meaning you can enjoy a day of sun, sand, sea––and food and drinks––with your pet right by your side.
Found on Lantau's Lower Cheung Sha Beach the idyllic setting paired with a menu featuring dishes such as seafood platters, beer-battered barramundi and more makes for a perfect respite from the bustling city.
Bathers, 32 Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong; +852 2504 4788; bathers.com.hk
This article was originally published on August 23, 2019 and was updated on August 24, 2020.