18 January, 2021
Dog-friendly Spots Hong Kong
Dog-friendly Spots Hong Kong
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The Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants, Beaches, Hikes & Parks In Hong Kong

18 January, 2021
Dog-friendly Spots Hong Kong

A handy guide for the Hong Kong fur-rent on all the best dog-friendly spots in the city…

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 backyards and outdoor space, we make up for in amazing hikeswaterfall wonderlands and weekend getaways that we can take 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 hound. Here’s how best to make the most of everything that Hong Kong has to offer you and your pup.

Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.

Read more: The Best Hikes in Hong Kong to Do With Your Dog

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Dog-Friendly Restaurants & Bars

Where to take your dog Sheung Wan

Central And Sheung Wan

Classified

Something of an institution for Hong Kong’s breakfast crowd, Classified offers great all-day dining, authentic western food and simply the best artisan cheeses in a relaxed environment to chill out on a Sunday morning with man (and woman!)’s best friend.

Classified (Sheung Wan), 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, [email protected], www.classifiedfood.com

Sassy Tip: The Repulse Bay and Stanley Classified outposts are also great for pups!

Fineprint

Serving up brekkie favourites such as generous portions of avocado toast and the much-loved “half and half” (half avo toast, half tomato feta salad), Fineprint is the perfect pit-stop, pre or post-hike, with your pooch. While the Central location doesn’t technically have its own outdoor seating, staff are more than happy to serve you curb-side, while also allowing early risers and their pups to sit indoors – if you’re able to bag a spot, that is!

Fineprint (Central), 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 5503 6880, www.fineprint.hk

Shady Acres

Known for its great selection of wines and creative cocktails, Shady Acres is another popular Peel Street restaurant and a neighbourhood favourite. We strongly suggest getting there early, especially if your pup doesn’t fare so well with large crowds. Set up camp with a cheese board, great vino and stay for not one, but two of the Happy Hour deals across the day.

Shady Acres, 46 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, [email protected], www.theshadyacres.com

Brunch Club

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 and your pup can relax amidst the hustle and bustle.

Brunch Club, 70 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.brunch-club.or

Stazione Novella

This neighbourhood Italian Wine Bar not only serves up a rather appealing all-Italian wine list and an array of cocktails, but also openly invites all owners to bring along their furry friends. Whether you’re heading over for your morning coffee, or the nightly Aperitivo Hour (5pm to 7pm, Monday to Saturday), dogs are always welcome. Make sure to stop by on the first Sunday of every month from 7:30am until 12pm, as all dog owners will be able to enjoy a complimentary coffee, along with a house-made Pupperoni for your pooch!

Stazione Novella, Ming Hing House, 52-56 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, 2559 0559, [email protected]www.stazionenovella.com

Posto Pubblico

Another great option for some New York-style Italian fare, Posto Pubblico serves fresh homegrown vegetables in all its delicious pasta and pizza dishes. Grab your pup and head over for a hearty meal that won’t disappoint.

Posto Pubblico, G/F, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2577 7160www.postopubblico.com

Staunton’s Wine Bar & Café

A Soho staple, Staunton’s is the perfect weeknight jaunt for a couple of pints! Although pooches aren’t allowed inside, there’s plenty of seating on the stairs situated beside the bar, often frequented by dog owners and plenty of adoring fans.

Staunton’s Wine Bar & Café, 10 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, www.stauntonsgroup.com

Blue Supreme

Whether you’re after a relaxed weekend brunch or an evening beer, Blue Supreme will have you covered. Tucked away on Tung Street off Hollywood Road, we love its selection of unique live beers and elevated comfort food, not to mention that the friendly staff will always welcome both you and your pooch.

Blue Supreme, 21 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 5998 3088, [email protected]www.bluesupreme.live

teakha

If you’re looking for relaxed vibes, freshly baked cakes and pastries, and plenty of tea, teakha is the place to head to in Poho. The indoor area is calm and cosy, but the small outdoor space is perfect to spend the afternoon with nothing but a book, a slice of cake and your furry friend.

Teakha, 18B Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2858 9185, www.teakha.com

Feather & Bone

Butcher, deli, grocery store and restaurant, Feather & Bone has a lot going for it! We recommend checking out the Mid-Levels restaurant, and making a beeline for its lush terrace. Enjoy a glass of something and a bite to eat, and the staff will even offer your dog its own water bowl.

Feather & Bone (Mid-Levels), G/F, 38 Shelley Street, Mid-levels, Hong Kong, 6313 0513, www.featherandbone.com.hk

FINI’s

Want a New York-style Italian meal for family dinner night? Look no further than FINI’s. Head to either the Soho or Wan Chai locations, and bring your doggo along so the whole family can gather together for some super fresh pizza and pasta.

FINI’s (Soho), 49 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2387 6338
FINI’s (Wan Chai), 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 3182 0128www.finishk.com

Mostaccioli Brothers (Mo Bros)

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 atmosphere makes date night with the pooch a breeze.

Mostaccioli Brothers, 16 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2833 2189www.elgrande.com.hk

Bocadito

Tuck into this little tapas bar in Soho if you’re looking for some great cocktails and a lighter meal on date night. Your furry friends are welcome to join you as you chow down on some Mexican-inspired Spanish tapas and sip on some seriously tasty cocktails.

Bocadito, G/F, 40 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2549 2878, www.facebook.com/BocaditoHongKong

The Peak

Gino’s Gelato

On a hot day, your pooch will thank you for hitting up Gino’s. Known for serving authentic Italian gelato, the locations in Stanley and at The Peak also serve dog-friendly ice cream, which comes in both beef and cheese flavours!

Gino’s Gelato (The Peak), Shop G18, Peak Tower, The Peak, Hong Kong
Gino’s Gelato (Stanley)
, Shop G09, G/F, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong

Rajasthan Rifles

If you’re walking up to The Peak on a clear day, make sure to stop by Rajasthan Rifles. The Anglo-Indian restaurant’s spacious terrace not only offers sweeping views and a mean G&T, but it’s also 100% pup friendly to boot.

Rajasthan Rifles, The Peak Galleria, Shop G01, G/F, 118 Peak Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2388 8874‬, [email protected]www.rajasthanrifles.com

Sai Ying Pun And Kennedy Town

Winstons Coffee

This Aussie-style coffee shop is small but sweet, serving up a mean brew and tasty deli-style bites. We’re huge fans of its Toasted Avocado with Mozzarella Sarnies and hearty Breakfast Baps, but even bigger fans of the dog-friendly vibes! With locations in both Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town, there are plenty of chances to snap a pic of your pooch outside with the “Woofstons” water bowl!

Winstons Coffee (Sai Ying Pun), Fu Kwok Building, 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2559 5078
Winstons Coffee (Kennedy Town), 11 Davis St Shop 8, The Hudson, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2697 1878, www.winstonscoffee.com

No Milkshake No Life

This small eatery just outside exit B2 of HKU MTR station is the perfect spot for an afternoon snack with friends, furry or otherwise. Have one of its to-die-for milkshakes and a classic grilled cheese (or a plate of the potato egg fries!) and grab a spot in the mini garden for an idyllic afternoon break.

No Milkshake No Life (Sai Ying Pun), Shop A, G/F, Graceful Court, 31-37 Hill Road, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/nomilkshakenolife

Read more: The Best Milkshakes In Hong Kong

Dough Bros

Although mainly available for takeaway, Dough Bros is one spot that resident pooches in K-town will often make a beeline for. Whipping up incredible sourdough pizzas and infamous Nutella, strawberry and custard doughnuts, pups are welcome to dip into the treat jar filled with handmade doggie doughnut treats by Baking Bark while you wait for your order.

Dough Bros (Central), G/F, 68-70A Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong,  2398 9042
Dough Bros (Happy Valley), G/F, 38-42 Yik Yam Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, 2760 4555
Dough Bros (Kennedy Town), G/F, New Fortune House, 4-8 North Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2345 3589, www.doughbroshk.com

Comptoir

Walking past Comptoir on the weekend, you’ll often come across owners and pups alike relaxing with fine French wine and delicious brunch favourites such as Classic Eggs Benedict, Avocado and Poached Eggs on Toast.

Comptoir, 42 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2453 9873, www.pastis.hk

Blue Haven

Formally OCEAN in POT, Blue Haven, found in Kennedy Town’s New Praya Street waterfront, caters for both people and pooches. Not just tolerated, dogs are encouraged to sit at tables and feel (even more) part of the family, as it serves up a variety of fusion dishes, shisha and dog treats.

BLUE HAVEN, 7-8 New Praya Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 3590 9674, www.facebook.com/bluehavenhk

Locofama

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. Keep an eye out for news of Puppy Adoption Days where you can come for a cuddle, or to even welcome a new pooch to the pack.

Locofama, 9-13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Wan, Hong Kong, 2547 7668, WhatsApp: 6223 1665, www.locofama.com

Poise Coffee

This cute coffee shop on Stephen’s Lane welcomes both humans and dogs at all times of the day. The relaxing spot is open and airy, offering a menu of sweet and savoury breakfast favourites; there is plenty of space both in the cafe and outside for four-legged friends – perfect for soaking up some Sunday sun.

Poise Coffee, UG/F, Golden Phoenix Court, 1-2, St Stephen’s Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, [email protected], www.facebook.com/poisecoffeehk

Flying Pig Bistro

The perfect place 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. Be sure to check out Flying Pig Deli down the road for great wings and even better beer – complete with an outdoor area for pups!

Flying Pig Bistro, 62 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2540 0311bistro-concept.com, www.facebook.com/flyingpigbistrohk

Open Door Cafe + Courtyard

This chilled-out cafe is one of our fave neighbourhood hangouts in Sai Ying Pun, serving up delicious coffee, food and smoothies. The cafe also serves a doggy-chino if your pup is in need of a pick-me-up too! Open Door is super dog-friendly and often hosts pet-related events – we’re talking doggy playdates, fundraisers and even dog yoga.

Open Door Cafe + Courtyard, G/F, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 3460 3880, www.opendoorcafe.hkwww.facebook.com/opendoorcafehk

Causeway Bay And Wan Chai

Elephant Grounds

We always head to Elephant Grounds for the to-die-for ice cream sandwiches and a mean cup of coffee, and at the Causeway Bay and Mid-Levels locations, you can enjoy both with your furry friend! The outdoor seating area is great for grabbing breakfast after an early morning walk.

Elephant Grounds (Causeway Bay), Shop C, G/F, 42-28 Fashion Walk, Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Elephant Grounds (Sheung Wan), G/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Elephant Grounds (Mid-Levels), 61 Caine Road, Central, Hong Kong, [email protected], www.elephantgrounds.com

Little Bao

Little Bao also features an outdoor area that welcomes all furry friends. A greatspot to watch the world go by, pull up a chair with your pooch and tuck into a spread of baos and modern Chinese dishes.

Little Bao, Shop H1, Fashion walk, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2555 0600, www.little-bao.com

Giando

Popular for its weekend brunch offerings, Giando has a handful of outdoor tables to cater to those heading out with their hounds. Whether you’re there for the antipasti buffet or unlimited stracciatella burrata and sumptuous pasta, expect to be accompanied by drooling doggos.

Giando, Shop 1, Starcrest, G/F, Tower 1, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2511 8912, www.giandorestaurant.com

Superhooman

A “hooman and dog paradise”, Superhooman in Tin Hau is the place to be if you’re a dog owner in the neighbourhood. Holding a range of dog-friendly events with staff always on hand and happy to take your pup for a stroll while you eat, this industrial-chic jaunt is the second branch after the West Kowloon original, and just as popular with locals.

Superhooman, 16 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, 9181 1193www.facebook.com/Superhooman

Honbo

Honbo not only serves some of our favourite burgers in the city, but it also welcomes your furry friend to sit back and enjoy the meal with you. Choose to sit inside or grab a spot outside on the quiet Sun Street.

Honbo, 6 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, [email protected]www.honbo.hk

Read more: The Best Burgers In Hong Kong

Blend & Grind

With locations in Mid-Levels and Wan Chai, head here any time of day for everything from your morning coffee or smoothie, weekend brunch or even Happy Hour, and make sure to bring your dog along.

Blend & Grind (Mid-Levels), Shop A2, 1 Princes Terrace, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Blend & Grind (Wan Chai), Shun Ho Building, 1 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 6361 2713, www.blendandgrind.com

Le Petit Saigon

If you’re craving a banh mi, Le Petit Saigon is the place to go. The small space is perfect for a quick takeaway, but if you have time, sit back on the Star Street steps with your doggo and enjoy a cold beer to go with your meal.

Sassy Tip: We also often spy some happy doggos sitting on the outside table at next door neighbour and sister restaurant, Le Garcon Saigon. A go-to of ours for a long, lazy weekend happy hour.

Le Petit Saigon, 16 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2455 2499www.lepetitsaigon.com.hk

Ruam

Situated on Wan Chai’s Ship Street, Ruam’s spacious terrace is a dog-friendly haven. Head here for happy hour drinks on weekdays between 4pm and 8pm and stay for the tasty Thai eats.

Ruam, Shop 9, 1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 3160 8535, www.ruam-thai.com

kapok

Lifestyle store kapok allows your furry friends to come inside and browse the array of fashion, beauty and home products on offer. The expansive store also serves up to-go coffee, if you’re dropping in with your pooch and are in need of refreshments.

kapok, 8 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.ka-pok.com

Aberdeen And Southside

The Pulse Promenade

A popular spot for pooches to run freely with other HK hounds, The Pulse Promenade houses an array of dining options. Some will allow dogs to sit with you, others outside – make sure to ask one of the staff as to what the restaurant’s policy is!

The Pulse Promenade, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, www.thepulse.com.hk

Lantau

Bathers Beach Restaurant 

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, 2504 4788, www.bathers.com.hk

Read more: Top Beachside Restaurants And Bars In Hong Kong

Treasure Island Beach Club

Taking the beachfront space that used to home Mavericks, Treasure Island is perfect for pups and humans alike. Open from 10am to 10pm Friday to Sunday, the restaurant and bar offer breakfast dishes, salads, burgers, drinks and more, along with a laid-back vibe that’s perfect for after a hike or day at the beach. 

Treasure Island Beach Club, Pui O Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/treasureislandbeachclub

Other Dog-Friendly Favourites

Tsim Sha Tsui:
Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant
Spasso

Mui Wo & Pui O:
China Beach Club
The Kitchen
Deer Horn Restaurant and Bar
China Bear

Yuen Long:
HOLA

Tung Chung:
Mint & Basil

Dog-Friendly Hikes

Dog-friendly Hikes: Jardine's Lookout

Jardine’s Lookout & Mount Butler

Located near eastern Wan Chai, this 3.1km (around 2.5 hour) hike is a good challenging hike (after you reach Jardine’s Lookout, the slope becomes more gentle) for you and your pup, ending in Quarry Bay. Your reward? Absolutely breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon Peninsula plus some beautiful scenery along the way. With the popular Hong Kong Trail and Wilson Trail passing through the two hilltops, the point-to-point trail is often heavily trafficked. Make sure you bring enough water for you and your furry friend as there are no refill stations throughout the trail.

Getting there: Take bus 6 or 66 from Central or Admiralty to Wong Nai Chung Gap and walk approximately 15 minutes uphill through Wong Nai Chung Reservoir on Tai Tam Reservoir Road to Parkview. Look for a sign indicating Jardine’s Lookout.

Dragon’s Back

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, so make sure you pack enough water for the both of you!

Getting there: Take a taxi or drive up 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: The Best 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, quiet and ideal for the pup.

Getting there: Hop on a ferry and head over on either a Saturday or 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 one and a half 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: Hikes Under Two Hours in Hong Kong

Where to take your dog The Peak

The Peak

If you’re short on time, or fancy a quick burst of adrenalin, take your pup up to the Peak. It’s just a short up-hill climb to those stunning views at the top!

Getting there: There are quite a few routes you can take up to the Peak, but one of the easiest is to start on Conduit Road and keep heading up Old Peak Road.

Lamma Island

Just a short ferry ride away, Lamma makes for a great weekend hiking destination for those who fancy slowing down and taking a break from the city. The path begins behind Hung Shing Yeh Beach and ends at Sok Kwu Wan where you can grab a fishy feast to go (some restaurants like Rainbow will let you sit with your dog in designated areas)! 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 Waterfall Hikes In Hong Kong

Eagle’s Nest Nature Trail

Add this trail to your list of shorter walks to do, 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 one and a half 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.

Read more: The Best Shaded Hikes In Hong Kong

Hong Kong Country Club to Deep Water Bay & Repulse Bay

This fenced-in walk along the seafront promenade is great for a weekend morning. As the path is largely enclosed, dogs can walk freely off their leads. The path is never too busy, save from some runners and other dog walkers! We like to start the walk from Hong Kong Country Club and walk down past Deep Water Bay and onto Repulse, but the walk can also be done in reverse, starting from Repulse and walking back towards the Country Club to grab a taxi home. The walk is perfect for smaller dogs or dogs that can’t go too far as the path is totally flat, but it’s worth noting that in hot weather, there isn’t much shade. In total, the walk should take about 20 minutes to Deep Water Bay, or a further 40 if continuing on to Repulse.

Getting there: Take a taxi to Hong Kong Country Club and walk along the pavement towards Mills and Chung Path which leads to Deep Water Bay.

Dog-Friendly Beaches

Dog on Tai Long Wan Beach Hong Kong

Sai Kung & Tai Long Wan

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 Sai Wan Pavilion and hike through Sai Kung East Country Park to Tai Long Wan where you can enjoy white sandy beaches and breathtaking views. Once there, pitch a tent and spend the night under the stars with your pooch, ready to take the speedboat back to Sai Kung in the morning.

Read more: Your Guide To Tai Long Wan – What To Do, See & Eat

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.

Long Ke Wan

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 Wan. 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 and enjoy a small beach where pups can play in the cool waters. Watch out for cows!

Silvermine Beach

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.

Where to take your dog Stanley

Stanley Main Beach

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) or Stanley Back Beach to cool off in the waves.

Read more: Your Guide To The Best 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 owners catch a few rays and soak up the sunshine. If you get peckish, there are also some fab seafood restaurants where local fishermen bring in their catch, which are then 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 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 a good game of fetch. A short walk from Yung Shue Wan Village (which has 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

Dog-Friendly Parks

West Kowloon Art Park & Pet Zone

Found on the west side of arts and cultural hub West Kowloon Cultural District, the Art Park offers a spacious green area which you and your furry friend will love. In addition to the pet-friendly Art Park and nearby waterfront promenade, there is an off-leash Pet Zone where pups can play freely. Owners are required to keep their dogs on a leash when outside the Pet Zone.

West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.westkowloon.hk

Tamar Dog Park

Situated towards the 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 Hong Kong!

Tamar Dog Park, Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Quarry Bay Promenade

Walk your pup up the seaside walkway and let him loose in the pet garden. Open 24/7 and one of the largest dog parks in the city, your dog can run and play for hours on end whilst you ogle at the panoramic views of this city you call home.

Quarry Bay Promenade, Hoi Yu Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong (open 24 hours)

Sheung Wan Dog Park (Central and Western District Promenade)

Situated near the Macau Ferry Terminal, this dog park is a popular spot for friends 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.

Sheung Wan Dog Park, 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 in the sun.

Cyberport Waterfront Park, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong (open 7am to 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 over 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, New Territories, 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 pet owners will head down there between 6pm and 7pm), making it the perfect opportunity for your furry friend to socialise and make new friends.

Kennedy Town Shipping Docks, 8 Fung Mat Road, Sai Wan, Hong Kong 

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 metres of concrete and grass, complete with an activity area, doggy drinking fountains and plenty of shady areas to take a rest in.

Butterfly Valley Road Pet Garden, 2 Butterfly Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong (open 7am to midnight)

Kennedy Town Dog Park

Newly opened just further down from Instagram Pier and towards New Praya in Kennedy Town, this dog park is an ideal spot for dogs off-leash who need a little more monitoring and playful pups ready to socialise. Not just concrete (a luxury for parks in the city!), this is a great spot for a quick run around early morning while owners finish off their coffee.

Read more: Your Neighbourhood Guide to Kennedy Town

Kowloon Tsai Park

Amongst the playground and sports facilities of Kowloon City is a small dog garden that’s great for a bit of exercise before a spot of lunch.

Kowloon Tsai Park, 13 Inverness Road, Kowloon City, Kowloon, Hong Kong (open 24 hours)

Dog-Friendly Hotels & Staycations

Pet Stores

Emergency Animal Hospitals

Make sure to call ahead before you make your way there.

Hong Kong Island

Kowloon

New Territories

  • Victoria 24hr Veterinary Clinics (Yuen Long), Shop 11, G/F, Hing Fook Building, Phase II, 8 Man Hop Path, Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2477 8929, www.victoriavetshk.com
  • Tai Wai Small Animal and Exotic Hospital, Tai Wai, Sha Tin, 69-75 Chik Shun Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2687 1030, www.taiwaiexotic.com

Dog-Friendly Transport

If you don’t own a car, figuring out how to get your doggo from point A to point B can be a big question mark when you can’t take them on the MTR and buses. Here are some pet-friendly options to help you get to where you want to go:

Taxis

Some taxis in Hong Kong will allow pets in their vehicles, you just need to ask. It is not uncommon to get charged an extra fee of around $10 for the privilege of transporting your furry friend, but it’s totally worth the convenience, right?

Uber

Some Uber drivers will also allow pets. It’s good practice to text the driver who accepts your ride request ahead of time to let them know that you intend to travel with a pet as not every driver is okay with it.

GoGo Van

GoGo Van is a great option when you want to move large things from place to place. But did you know it also offers a pet shuttling service? When you book a ride, you can specify that you’re transporting pets and you’re good to go!

99Bus

99Bus is an organisation started by a Hongkonger who just wanted to take his dog around town with ease. The service has stops all over town, but with only a handful of set routes. If you’re close to a stop and headed somewhere along the route, this is a very convenient option. Check out the website for route information and ticket prices.

Dog on Lamma Island ferry

Ferries

Most ferries in Hong Kong will allow pups on board, but there are rules around this. Dogs are only allowed on regular and slow ferries, and they must be kept on a leash or in a carrier and be muzzled at all times. Head here to check out the most up-to-date rules and regulations for taking pets on the ferry with you. Also, note that any public beach with a lifeguard on duty is off-limits for pooches.

Lik Speed Boat Service

Hong Kong has so many amazing beaches that are perfect for a picnic, a swim and a good game of fetch, but sadly, a lot of them aren’t that easy to get to! Lik is offering up a solution for dog owners looking for more than just a small stretch of beach for their dogs to run around on, with a speedboat service that will take your directly there! Get in touch to enquire about prices.

Editor’s Note: This post was published on 8 July 2016 by Lexi Davey, and was most recently updated in January, 2021.

Featured image courtesy of @patriciascowen, image 1 of Sully in Sheung Wan courtesy of @sully.thespaniel, image 2 courtesy of Fineprint via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Stazione Novella via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Blue Supreme via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of FINI’s via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Winstons Coffee via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of Dough Bros via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Locofama via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Poise Coffee via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of @dogs.of.elephantgrounds, image 10 courtesy of Little Bao via Instagram, image 11 courtesy of Superhooman via Instagram, image 12 courtesy of @twiglet_the_piglet, image 13 courtesy of The Pulse via Instagram, image 14 courtesy of of Albus at Mount Butler courtesy of @leanne_stark, image 15 courtesy of @lexdav92, image 16 Loki at The Peak courtesy of @jordannegrey, image 17 of Sully at Tai Long Wan courtesy of @sully.thespaniel, image 18 courtesy of @lexdav92, image 19 courtesy of Loki at Stanley Back Beach courtesy of @jordannegrey, image 20 courtesy of @frenchie.named.pebbles, image 21 courtesy of @lexdav92, image 22 courtesy of @hongkong.mushu, image 23 courtesy of Rosewood Hong Kong via Instagram, image 24 courtesy of Whiskers N Paws via Instagram, image 25 of of Albus on the Lamma Ferry of @leanne_stark.

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