A handy guide for the Hong Kong hound, to help you make the most of everything that Hong Kong has to offer you and your pup…
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. Here’s how best to make the most of everything that Hong Kong has to offer you and your pup…
Dog Friendly Restaurants and Bars:
Central and Sheung Wan
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, www.brunch-club.or
Staunton’s Wine Bar & Café
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, www.stauntonsgroup.com
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.
Classified (Sheung Wan + Stanley), 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong OR Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong, www.classifiedfood.com
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 its Aperitivo hour (5-7pm, Monday-Saturday)!
Stazione Novella, Ming Hing House, 52-56 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, www.stazionenovella.com
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.
Mostaccioli Brothers, 16 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong
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, www.facebook.com/BocaditoHongKong
Want a New York style Italian meal for family dinner night? Look no further than Linguini Fini. You can even bring your doggo along so the whole family can gather together for some super fresh pizza and spaghetti.
Linguini Fini, 49 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.linguinifini.com
Another option for a New York style Italian family dinner, Posto Pubblico serves fresh homegrown vegetables in all its delicious pasta and pizza dishes. So grab your pooch and head over to Posto Pubblico for a family dinner to be enjoyed by all.
Posto Pubblico, G/F, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.postopubblico.com
Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town
Flying Pig Bistro
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. Be sure to check out Flying Pig Deli down the road for great wings and even better beer – with an outdoor area for pups to boot.
Flying Pig Bistro, 62 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.flyingpigbistro.hk
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 hosted there every Sunday for a cuddle, or to even welcome a new pooch to the pack.
Locofama, 9-13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Wan, Hong Kong, www.locofama.com
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, a hub that’s quickly becoming a go-to brunch spot for all pup owners!
Winstons Coffee, Fu Kwok Building, 213 Queen’s Rd West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Winstons Coffee, 11 Davis St Shop 8, The Hudson, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.winstonscoffee.com
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 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, www.facebook.com/opendoorcafehk
No Milkshake No Life
This small eatery just outside exit B2 of HKU station is perfect for an afternoon snack with friends and your dog. 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 its mini garden for the perfect afternoon break.
No Milkshake No Life, Shop A, G/F, Graceful Court, 31-37 Hill Road, Western District, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/opendoorcafehk
Read more: The Best Milkshakes in Hong Kong
OCEAN in POT
Newly opened on Kennedy Town’s New Praya Street waterfront, OCEAN in POT 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.
OCEAN in POT, 7-8 New Praya Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, https://www.sassyhongkong.com/eat-drink-milkshakes-ice-cream-shakes-restaurants/
Elephant Grounds, Causeway Bay
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 Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.elephantgrounds.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, so feel free to ask one of the staff as to what the restaurant’s policy is!
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, www.bathers.com.hk
Other Dog-friendly Favourites:
Tsim Sha Tsui:
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: Hikes Under Two Hours 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 (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, 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 Night Hikes in Hong Kong
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
- 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
- Three Dog Bakery, 74B Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, 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
- Nine Paws, www.ninepaws.co
Read more: Sassy Supports: Hong Kong Dog Rescue
Emergency Animal Hospitals:
Make sure to call ahead before you make your way there.
Hong Kong Island
- The Ark Veterinary Hospital, Shop 1 G/F, 25-35A, Water Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, Tel: 25492330
- East Island Animal Hospital, 256 Shau Kei Wan Road, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong, Emergency Tel: 2915 7979
- Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Hong Kong (VSH), 1/F Lucky Centre, 165-171 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Emergency Tel: 2408 2588
- Pets Central 24 Hour Hospital (North Point), 66 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong, Tel: 2811890
- Macpherson Animal Clinic, G/F, 26, Sai Yee Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Emergency Tel: 62270262
- Peace Avenue Veterinary Clinic (PAVC), G/F, 7B Liberty Avenue, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Tel: 3650 3000
- Victoria Veterinary Clinics (Yuen Long Clinic) Shop 11, G/F Hing Fook Building, Phase II 8 Man Hop Path, Yuen Long New Territories, Hong Kong, Emergency Tel: 2477 8929
- Tai Wai Small Animal and Exotic Hospital, Tai Wai, Shatin, 69-75 Chik Shun Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, Tel: 2687 1030
If you have your own car, then you’re set! But many of us in Hong Kong don’t have our own vehicle (and why would you with our amazing public transport system?) and where we want to go isn’t always in walking distance. 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, especially if you’re watching little ones, too. Here are some pet-friendly options to help you get to where you want to go:
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?
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 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? That’s right! When you book a ride, you can specify that you’re transporting pets and you’re good to go!
The 99Bus is an organisation started by someone in Hong Kong 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. But if you’re close to a stop and headed somewhere along the route, this is a very convenient option. Check out its website for route information and ticket prices.
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. Click 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 they 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 our dogs to run around on, and is offering a speedboat service that will take your directly there! Get in touch here to enquire about prices and get exploring.
Have a dog-friendly suggestion that is not on the list? Feel free to drop us a message at [email protected]
Editor’s Note: This post was published on 8 July 2016, and was updated on 10 July, 2018.
All images credited to @lexdav92