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Kowloon is not exactly the first place your mind goes to when you think of pet-friendly eateries, but you would be surprised at the range of restaurants and coffee shops that welcome your pets to accompany you whilst you dine in. Here, we won’t just round up 10 restaurants that simply allow your pets to accompany you, but 10 of the most pet-friendly restaurants & cafés in Kowloon that go the extra mile for you and your pet for a truly enjoyable experience. Bone appétit!
For an absolute treat of a meal, look no further than the lavish harbourside restaurant of Amelia Hong Kong in Harbour City! Not only will you be tempted by chef Paolo Airaudo’s modern European menu, but you will be sat by the harbour on their beautiful outdoor terrace, with Hong Kong’s famous skyline as your backdrop—and the fact that they allow you to dine there with your four-legged pals in tow is just the icing on the cake! For a special treat, go later in the day for their signature three-tiered afternoon tea ($580 for two people), complete with scones, clotted cream, and jam.
Amelia Hong Kong, Shop OT G63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, 3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3705 1983
Love the great outdoors and all things nature? You’ll love this next location: Bigpack Café is actually attached to Bigpack, an outdoor lover’s one-stop-shop for all things exploring- and adventure-related. Located in The Forest, Mong Kok’s shopping hub for outdoor living—not the literal forest—Bigpack Café is inspired by alpine landscapes and living in isolated wooden lodges away from the city. Expect a hearty meal of meat dishes and fondues with plenty of Raclette cheese, perfect for re-fuelling after you are done browsing their selection of outdoor gear for your next adventure. Just be sure to call ahead to check if you can bring your pup along, as they may need to be put in a carrier if other customers are around.
Bigpack Café, Shop 215, The Forest, 17 Nelson Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 2388 5408
Chill Inn might be off the beaten path for most pet owners, but it’s actually the perfect spot to enjoy a quiet lunch with your pets on the far side of Kowloon. Its cute, camping-inspired décor and wooden tent make for a charming Instagram spot, but that’s not all they are good for! From Japanese-style curry rice with cutlet pork chop ($78) to Italian tomato sauce risotto with duck confit ($168) and even New Zealand Provençal lamb rack with dill gravy ($228), this place does not back with their continental and Asian fusion menu, which means there’s truly something for everyone. If you plan on bringing your pets, it’s best to ring ahead and give them a heads up and reserve a table.
Chill Inn, Shop 21–23, G/F, Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay | (+852) 2849 8289
Right in the heart of the West Kowloon Cultural District, you will find Hooman by the Sea, which makes for a great pit-stop for food and drinks when you are in this artsy and pet-friendly harbourfront park. Enjoy refreshments by the sea with your fur baby in the form of light bites, and grab some lovely treats for your pet, too, in-between the frolicking on the lawn with a beautiful backdrop of Hong Kong’s skyline! Get their refreshing signature blue lemonade ($48) and build your own hot dog ($78) to sate your appetite. If you’re just in the mood for sweets, order their churros & ice cream combos ($68).
Hooman by the Sea, Shop GF-07, G/F, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 6749 0777
At the far end of Kwun Tong, there are a few pet-friendly coffee shops that welcome you and your pets inside, but it was The Hunt Coffee & Roastery that stood out to us for their diverse menu. From their offerings, their pasta dishes are especially popular, counting fan-favourites like the sea urchin & foie gras linguine ($188) and the Boston lobster linguine ($198) amongst their signature dishes. If you have a sweet tooth, the house-made tiramisu ($68)—served deconstructed, almost like an edible sculpture—is absolutely worth the visit, so be sure to save room for dessert!
The Hunt Coffee & Roastery, Shop A&B, Koho, 75 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong | (+852) 2881 5533
Right on the beautiful Kwun Tong Promenade, overlooking the Kai Tak Public Pier in the distance, lies international steakhouse La Serre. Fully equipped with an open verandah, diners can enjoy their meal alfresco with their pets in tow. In fact, La Serre encourages it, offering up to 20 percent off on pet treats for those who do! You can expect to find your classic steakhouse menu items here, such as the pan-seared French duck breast ($168) and grilled US Prime sirloin steak ($220), amongst some other fusion twists ranging between $200 to $400. Be sure to go for a stroll to the nearby pet garden, or even across the water to visit the pet-friendly Kai Tak Runway Park whilst you are in the area!
La Serre, Shop 1, G/F, 90 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong | (+852) 3618 4471
What’s not to love about a relaxing coffee shop, where we can eat, drink, and do nothing, and where our pets are welcome? Lazy Creatures, an aptly-named café in Kowloon City, offers a pet-friendly environment with outdoor seating, light bites in the form of sandwiches, pies, and pasta dishes, and we cannot forget about the desserts! With a range of innovative cakes and robust coffees for afters, this makes for an ideal spot to stop and chill, away from the busy streets of Kowloon. Although their menu is ever-evolving, we can recommend the hojicha roll cake ($52), the meringue lemon tart ($55), and the carrot cake ($55) with cream cheese and butter frosting. You can even grab your pooch some doggie treats by home-grown brand Cheese N Dash so they can get in on the fun as well.
Lazy Creatures, Shop J, G/F, Katherine Building, 379 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon City | (+852) 9099 9288
Little Break Coffee & Kitchen offers exactly what it advertises—a relaxing stop for a little break. It is located in one of Hong Kong’s pet-friendly shopping malls—D2 Place—which often hosts pop-up markets dedicated to pets, making it a great destination for a lazy or rainy day with the whole family. At Little Break Coffee & Kitchen, you can expect to find quirky twists to all of your Western menu favourites, such as Ham So Excited ($98), a pancake burger with slices of gammon ham, Cheddar cheese, eggs, bacon, and maple syrup, or the double-cheese Wagyu beef waffle sandwich ($98)—and those are just items from their mouth-watering light meal section! Stop by with your pets, take a little break, and snap a couple of cheeky photos for Instagram—it’s encouraged by the staff.
Little Break Coffee & Kitchen, Shop G03, G/F, D2 Place, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Cheung Sha Wan | (+852) 2742 2782
If you do not have any pets but would like to surround yourself with friends of the furry persuasion, head on down to On Dog Dog Café, where the owner’s Akitas, Siberian Huskies, and pet cat are regulars. On Dog Dog Café can be rented out for pet birthday parties, workshops, as well as gatherings big and small. If you are just stopping by for a bite to eat and a place to rest, this is the only spot on our list where you cannot bring your own pets—especially without asking. On Dog Dog Café is more tailored for those in need of some animal TLC or emotional support, rather than Michelin-star-quality food and drink. However, if you are in need of light refreshments, the café does offer refreshments and a set menu.
On Dog Dog Café, 1/F, 3 Soares Avenue, Ho Man Tin | (+852) 9045 2766
If you are looking for something completely different, Wonder Garden Café is the place for you. This Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant is as eclectic as they come, decorated from head to toe in all sorts of wacky and wonderful things inspired by Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel. Even the beverages come with “Drink Me” labels, and the cupcakes are of Alice falling down the rabbit hole! Although there are main courses served at this café, no trip to Wonderland is complete without a seat at the Mad Hatter’s tea party! Order one of their afternoon tea sets ($388 for two people), which comes with quirky drinks, too. And the best part? It’s pet-friendly, of course! Just call ahead to book a table before dropping by.
Wonder Garden Café, Shop 6B, Ko’s House, 577 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei | (+852) 6595 1177