A Handy Guide for the HK Hound!
We live in a city where we can go from concrete jungle to actual jungle in the blink of an eye – there’s so much to see and do. And what we lack in gardens and outdoor space, we make up for in amazing hikes, waterfall wonderlands and weekend getaways that we can bring our furry friends along to. That being said, it can be tricky to pinpoint the best beach or pooch-appropriate eatery to share a pint with our pup and throw a frisbee that won’t land in some poor beach-goers lap.
So with many of us here at Sassy either fostering, or having adopted our best friends, we decided it was time to put together a handy guide for both you and your HK hound. Make the most of everything that Hong Kong has to offer you and your adorable doggy!
Sassy’s Favourite Dog Friendly Restaurants and Bars:
The perfect spot to tuck into a Sunday roast with pooch in tow, Flying Pig Bistro is extremely accommodating. On a hot day choose to sit inside the resto or watch the world go by out front, the friendly staff will happily bring over a bowl of water with your menu.
Flying Pig Bistro, 62 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
This cosy, neighbourhood café is a great spot for a wholesome bite to eat. We’re big fans of its cute outdoor garden, where both you can pup can relax amidst the hustle and bustle.
Brunch Club, 70 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
Bathers ticks all of the boxes! Serving up delicious, “modern British cuisine with a spotlight on seafood,” it makes for a great lunch spot post-dip in the sea.
Bathers Beach Restaurant, 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, Lantau, Hong Kong
A Soho staple, Staunton’s is the perfect weeknight jaunt for a couple of pints! Although pups aren’t allowed inside, there’s plenty of seating on the stairs situated beside the bar, often frequented with dog-lovers and plenty of adoring fans.
Staunton’s Wine Bar & Café, 10 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
Its ice cream sandwiches are to die for, and now you can enjoy one with your best friend in its Causeway Bay location! The outdoor seating area is great for grabbing breakfast after an early morning hike.
Elephant Grounds, Shop C, G/F, 42-28 Fashion Walk, Paterson St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Something of an old faithful to Hong Kong’s breakfast crowd, Classified offers a rustic vibe, great all-day dining and a relaxed environment to chill out on a Sunday morning with man’s best friend.
Read more: Breakfast at Classified on Hollywood Road
Classified (Sheung Wan + Stanley), 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong OR Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong
Offering up delicious organic bites and fresh juices, Locofama is packed with pups come the weekend – a great spot for owners to meet up and catch up as their dogs play. Head over to LAP‘s Puppy Adoption Day hosted there every Sunday (between 2pm-5pm) for a cuddle, or to even welcome a new pooch to the pack.
Read more: Locofama: Tasty Organic Food in Sai Ying Pun
Locofama, 9-13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
This neighbourhood Italian Wine Bar not only serves up a rather appealing all-Italian wine list, but also openly invites all owners to snap a pic with their pup using the hashtag #stazzypooch to win a complimentary drink each during their Aperitivo hour (5-7pm, Monday-Saturday)!
Stazione Novella, Ming Hing House, 52-56 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
Hidden away on Elgin Street, you’ve most likely walked past this hidden Italian gem a hundred times! Complete with a fabulous terrace and lashings of American-Italian style comfort foods, the chilled out atmosphere makes date night with the pooch a breeze.
Read more: Hong Kong Dining: Comfort Food
Mostaccioli Brothers, 16 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
This Aussie-style coffee shop is small but sweet, serving up a mean brew and tasty deli-style bites. We’re huge fans of their Toasted Avocado with Mozzarella Sarnies and hearty Breakfast Baps, but even bigger fans of their dog-friendly vibes, a hub that’s quickly becoming a go-to brunch spot for all pup owners!
Read more: The Brunch Bunch: Sai Ying Pun
Winstons Coffee, Fu Kwok Building, 213 Queen’s Rd West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
With summer in full swing what better way is there to spend your day than with good friends, a great atmosphere and your favourite pooch? Snap up a couple of cold ones and feel the sand beneath your feet (or paws!) as you soak up the sunshine.
Mavericks, Pui O Beach, Lantau, Hong Kong
This chilled out cafe is one of our fave neighbourhood hangouts in Sai Ying Pun, serving up delicious coffee, food and smoothies. They also serve a doggy-chino if your pup needs a drink too! Open Door is super dog-friendly and often hosts pet-related events – we’re talking doggy playdates, fundraisers and even dog yoga. Yes you read that right… you can get your ‘ohm’ on with your pooch!
Open Door Cafe + Courtyard, G/F, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pung, Hong Kong
Read more: Our favourite Sai Ying Pun brunch spots
Other Dog-friendly Favourites:
Tsim Sha Tsui:
Best Hiking Spots:
Easily one of Hong Kong’s most iconic hikes, this one is great for gauging your dog’s fitness levels as there is nothing too strenuous across the trail. With rolling hills and stunning scenery, it’ll take about four hours to complete the entire trail, so make sure you pack enough water for the both of you!
Getting there: Take a taxi or a drive to Shek O Road near To Tei Wan Village and keep an eye out for the signs that signal the start of the hike!
Read more: Sassy’s Top Beginner Hikes in Hong Kong
Tung Lung Chau Hiking Trail
If you’re looking for an adventurous weekend away from the hustle and bustle, Tung Lung Chau boasts one of the city’s best camping sites that is both remote and quite, perfect for pup to tag along too.
Getting there: Hop on a ferry and head over on either Saturday & Sunday from Sai Wan Ho ferry pier or Sam Ka Tsuen ferry pier. Dogs are allowed on board but remember that they will need to be on a leash and wearing a muzzle.
Pineapple Dam Nature Trail
If your pup isn’t a fan of sprinting up stairs and long winding walks – the Pineapple Dam trail is perfect for those looking to take it back a notch. A cool 3km next to Shing Mun Reservoir, this 1.5 hour stroll is relaxing and scenic. Make the most of your day out and pack a picnic, or grab some sausages and have a sizzle at one of the many barbecue sites along the way.
Getting there: Grab a taxi and start at the Pineapple Dam minibus station on Shing Mun Road.
Read more: Top 5 Hikes in Hong Kong
A Walk up The Peak
If you’re short on time, or fancy a quick burst of exercise, take your pup up The Peak and on a fairly quick up-hill climb to those stunning views at the top. Make a beeline for Gino’s Gelato and cool off with a special doggy treat (which come in both cheese and beef flavours) with a portion of each purchase going directly towards helping HK’s rescue pups!
Getting there: There a quite a few routes up The Peak, but one of the easiest is to start on Conduit Road and keep heading up Old Peak Road.
Just a short ferry ride away, Lamma makes for a great weekend hiking destination for those who fancy slowing down and getting out of the city. The path begins behind Shing Yeah Beach and ending at Sok Kwu Wan where you could even grab a fishy feast to go! Otherwise extend the day and hike both there and back, stopping to catch your breath at one of the many dog-friendly cafes and bars in the village.
Getting there: Take the ferry from Central Pier 4 over to Yung Shue Wan.
Read more: Top 5 Waterfall Hikes in Hong Kong
Eagle’s Nest Nature Trail
Add this trail to your list of shorter walks, especially if it’s sweltering outside! Mostly shaded from the hot sun, the path is located inside Lion Rock Country Park and will take just 1.5 hours from start to finish, making it a great option for when you’re looking to get a little exercise without overheating
Getting there: Nearest MTR station is Lai Chi Kok. The trail begins at Kowloon Hill Management Centre. Click here for bus routes.
Read more: Top 5 Hiking Trips Across Asia
Sai Kung is a doggy paradise, laden with fabulous beaches and great hikes there are plenty of activities and areas for both you and your furry friend to explore. Head over for a relaxing day of short walks and snacks by the pier or grab a taxi to Wong Shek Pier and hike through Sai Kung East Country Park to Tai Long Wong where you can enjoy white sandy beaches and gorgeous views.
Sharp Island (Kiu Tsui Chau)
The largest island in Kiu Tsui Country Park take a sampan or ferry from Sai Kung waterfront, where you will see a gazetted beach on one side of the jetty (this one is not dog-friendly), but on the other side, there is a beach where dog owners often swim with their pups.
Take a taxi from Sai Kung to East Dam (or drive and park at Pak Tam Chung and taxi from there) and follow the path over to Long Ke. An easy hour (approx) hike, this beautiful beach is well worth the trip! Make sure to bring a taxi number with you to get back from the dam on your way home.
Shek O Back Beach
Tucked away behind village houses, Shek O Back Beach is totally dog friendly. You’ll often find owners swimming and playing with their pups along this isolated, long stretch of beach and enjoying a cool beverage from Ben’s Back Beach Bar on the weekends.
Grass Island (Tap Mun)
Take a taxi to Wong Shek Pier, book a speed boat or take the ferry (ferries leave from Wong Shek Pier in Sai Kung about once every two hours) over to Grass Island to enjoy a small beach where pups can play in the cool waters. Watch out for cows!
Grab a ferry to Mui Wo and spend the day at Lantau’s Silvermine Beach! There are plenty of beaches for both you and pup to cool off in as you trek toward Discovery Bay – and if you make it all the way, treat yourself to a seaside meal at one of the island’s great outdoor dining spots.
Stanley is always a great day out – especially with your pup in tow! Popular with tourists, skip the busy market and head over to Stanley Plaza, walk the promenade and grab a bite to eat at one of the many dog-friendly restos. Before heading home, be sure to head on over to Stanley’s Main Beach (just by the watersports centre) and cool off in the waves.
Read more: Top Five Beaches in Hong Kong
Cheung Chau Beach
If you’re looking for a place that has options, Cheung Chau offers great walks, short hikes (check out the Mini Great Wall along the way for extra tourist bonus points!) and a swimming area for the tail-waggers. Dogs can roam freely and dip in and out of the water while us owners catch a few rays and soak up the sunshine. If you get peckish, there’s also some fab seafood restaurants where local fishermen bring in their catches which are cooked fresh.
Lamma Power Station Beach
It can be tricky to find new places to walk the dog on the weekend, even more so finding somewhere which they can run around off leash without getting in harm’s way! But Lamma Power Station Beach is a quiet, pup-friendly area that lacks traffic and is perfect for throwing frisbees or for a good game of fetch. A short walk from Yung Shue Wan Village (which hosts many dog-friendly bars and restos to stop in for lunch), take the Lamma Island ferry which leaves from Central every half hour and follow the signs to the beach from there.
Read more: The Best Hong Kong Day Trips
Quarry Bay Promenade
Walk your pup up the seaside walkway and let him loose in the pet garden. One of the larger dog parks in the city, your dog can run and play whilst you ogle at the panoramic views of this city you call home.
Hoi Yu Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Open 24 hours
Butterfly Valley Road Pet Garden
If you’re on the hunt for a park that’ll literally have your pup jumping through hoops to get there, this western Kowloon Dog Garden boasts 7,000 square meters of concrete and grass, complete with an activity area, doggy drinking fountains and plenty of shady areas to take a rest in.
2 Butterfly Road, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong. Opening hours: 7am – midnight
Sheung Wan Dog Park (Central and Western District Promenade)
Situated near the Macau Ferry, this dog park is a popular spot for friends and pooches alike to gather and have a couple of drinks whilst the dogs are free to play. Stroll along the harbourfront walkway all the way down to the piers and stop for a pint or two at Pier 3 on your way back.
Chung Kong Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Open 24 hours
Cyberport Waterfront Park
Finding a park that isn’t only made from concrete can be challenging in Hong Kong, so with open spaces, greenery and stunning harbour views, Cyberport is a great place to let your pooches run loose whilst you picnic with friends and family.
100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong. Opening Hours: 7am – 11pm
Penfold Park Sha Tin
Open all year round, Penfold has quickly become one of HK’s favourite dog parks, attracting people and pets from all of the city to come and roam the lush open fields. The perfect space for pups with heaps of energy, this beautifully landscaped park is more than worth the journey.
Penfold Park, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Tamar Dog Park
Situated towards Wan Chai end of Tamar Park, there are two sizeable pet gardens which make for a great space for your pup to burn off some energy. The two gardens both have a grassy area, rather than just concrete – always a bonus in HK!
Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Kennedy Town Shipping Docks (Instagram Pier)
Pup owners have claimed the far end of Instagram Pier as an unofficial ‘dog park’, where dogs can roam off-leash and away from heavy machinery. This spot is popular for evening dog walks, but at this end of the pier there are gatherings every evening (most people will head down there between 6pm-7pm), and the perfect time for your furry friend to socialise and run around.
8 Fung Mat Road, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
Read more: Sassy’s Neighbourhood Guide to Kennedy Town
Kowloon Tsai Park
A popular park for families and amongst the playground and sports facilities is a small dog garden that’s great for a quick run around before a spot of lunch.
13 Inverness Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong. Open 24 hours
Our Favourite Pet Shops:
- Dog and the City, 37A, Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong
- Dogaroo, 66 Waterloo Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong OR 404-405, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley Plaza, Southside, Hong Kong
- Dog One Life, G/F, 470 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- Bob’s Paradise, 41 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
- Red Carrot, G/F 189-191 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Mega Pet, G/F., No. 149 Tung Choi Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Hunter, 6, Golden Phoenix Court, 1-2 St Stephen’s Lane, Mid-levels, Hong Kong
- Pet Line, G/F, No. 140 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
- The Dogeteer, 20 Mosque Junction, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
- Good Dog, 51 Granville Road, 51 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Whiskers & Paws, 10F Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
Read more: Sassy Supports: Hong Kong Dog Rescue
Vets and Emergency Animal Hospitals:
- Acorn Veterinary Hospital, G/F, 68-80 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Tel: 2540 0228
- Four Paws, 130 Caine Road, Midlevels, Central, Hong Kong, Tel: 2291 0065
- Best Friends Pet Hospital, G/F, 6 Hoi Pong St, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, Tel: 2792 8555
- Dr Hugh’s Veterinary Hospital, 2A Wing Hing Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, Tel: 2380 0612
- Kowloon Veterinary Hospital, G/F, 50 Kai Tak Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Tel: 2382 3300
- MacPherson Animal Clinic, G/F 26 Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Tel: 2781 2386
- Nine Lives Cat Hospital, G/F, 37 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, Tel: 2975 8228
- Prince Animal Clinic, G/F 24 Ap Liu Street, Shum Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Tel: 2380 8408
- SPCA, 5 Wan Shing Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Tel: 2802 0501 OR call 2711 1000 for out of hours emergencies
- Homevet (Housecall Service) Tel: 9860 5522
- Animal Emergency Centre/ East Island Animal Hospital, 256 Shau Kei Wan Road, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong Tel:2915 7979
A couple of pet shops and vets do also offer boarding facilities if you’re heading off on a holiday and have to leave your pooch at home! Check out the SPCA’s boarding service or leave your pup living a life of luxury at the five-star Dogotel & Spa.
Government Rules and Regulations:
Don’t forget girls, when travelling with your pup by ferry, make sure to check out Hong Kong’s rules and regulations before setting off. Dogs are only allowed on regular and slow ferries and must be kept on a leash and also be muzzled at all times. Click here for more info and the most up to date policies! Also note that any public beach with a lifeguard on duty is off limits for pooches.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Lexi Davey, published on 8 July 2016, and was updated on 25 August 2017.
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