Want the low-down on K-Town? We’ve rounded up everything to do in Kennedy Town, from places to eat and drink, to where to shop, workout and take your dog.
Sitting on the western side of the island, Kennedy Town has fast become a foodie haven since its MTR station arrived in 2014. With brunch spots galore, and a charming mix of old and new, it’s no surprise that K-Town is such a sought-after place to live. Not sure where to start? From where to eat and shop, to where to work out and take your dog, find out what’s happening in this hub of food and activity in our guide below.
Where To Eat
This neighbourhood pizza joint serves up delicious sourdough pizza, along with HK brewed and imported beers. Coupled with a cosy and welcoming vibe, friendly staff, and a red brick pizza oven, aptly named “The Big Red Bitch,” it’s not to be missed.
Sassy Tip: Don’t miss the Bak Gwei Pizza – an indulgent mix of gruyere béchamel, char siu, mozzarella, and geung yeong – a firm favourite.
Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/AlvysHK
Read more: The Best Pizza In Hong Kong
The most dog-friendly resto on the block, OCEAN in POT has opened its doors to pups all over K-Town. Offering up fusion-style food and a special menu just for your furry friends, this spot encourages your dog to sit at the table with you whilst you enjoy uninterrupted views of the harbour.
OCEAN in POT, May Sun Building, 7-8 New Praya, Kennedy Town, www.oceaninpot.business.site
Yuan is Here (阿元來了)
Shutting up shop in Sai Ying Pun and opening doors on North Street in Kennedy Town, lines form here from the early hours at this authentic Taiwanese eatery. The successful street food chain promises hard-to-beat prices and decent portions, whipping up faves such as fatty minced pork on rice and sweet plum fried sweet potato. Yuan is Here captures the vibrant night market scene in Taiwan.
Yuan is Here, 31 North Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Famed LA Resto owner and Executive Chef of Salazar, Esdras Ochoa has bought mouth-watering Mexican food to 11 Davis Street. Applauded for its Taco Tuesday that promises 50% off all hand-crafted tacos and Thirsty Thursday which knocks 50% off of your drinks bill, there’s a reason we keep coming back. Haven’t been yet? Check out Esdras Ochoa’s serious culinary skills on Netflix’s The Final Table for a sneak peek as to what you can expect from this unique taqueria.
11 Westside, 1/F The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.11westside.com
A modern Shanghainese restaurant specialising in Xiaolongbao, dim sum and hand-pulled noodles, you really can’t go wrong with Shanghai Lao Lao. Available on Deliveroo, those living in K-Town will be no stranger to Shanghainese cuisine, but we’d recommend eating in to make the most of those coveted soupy dumplings.
Shanghai Lao Lao, Kin Liong Mansion, 16-30 North St, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.stg.cafedecoral.com/eng/stra_business_units/fast_casual/Shanghai_Lao_Lao
Beers and burgers are the name of the game at Beeger on Smithfield. This bar come burger joint serves up hand-ground beef patties, a selection of craft beers from around the globe and chilled pool-bar vibes.
Beeger, G/F, May Sun Building, 1-15 Smithfield, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/beeger2
Sizeable bowls of steaming Pho await at this authentic Vietnamese Café. Serving up all the soup noodle classics, Bahn Mi, bun rice vermicelli dishes and more, the selection is vast and the service is quick. Bun Cha may also have perfected one of the richest and most fragrant broths we’ve tasted.
Bun Cha Vietnamese, Shop A&B Full Harvest Building, 6-18 Hau Wo St, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/bunchacafe
Read more: Where To Find The Best Pho In Hong Kong
Smithfield Market and Cooked Food Centre
If you’re on the hunt for fresh produce and unbeatable prices, wet markets always come out on top. Concealing culinary, cooked food secrets – Smithfield is no exception! It’s no Tung Po, but it does boast some Cha Chaan Teng faves and great chicken hot pot – although English menus are hard to come by here!
Smithfield Market and Cooked Food Centre, 2/F, Smithfield Municipal Services Building, 12K Smithfield, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Twelve Flavours (十二味)
A firm favourite amongst Kennedy Town locals, the hot pot at Twelve Flavours gives you exactly what is says on the tin – a multitude of flavourful, spicy and delightfully tongue-numbing dishes. Queues quickly form along Sand Street, so be sure to get there early or expect to wait some time before being seated.
Twelve Flavours, 10 Sands Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Thai Ros Zab
There’s a fair few options for Thai food in Kennedy Town, but Thai Ros Zab has unbeatable prices that don’t compromise on flavour. Think stir-fried eggplant, prawns, Thai basil and grilled pork neck, all washed down with an ice-cold Chang beer.
Thai Ros Zab, 2 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Ho Ho Restaurant
Ho Ho’s cheap prices and humble local cuisine makes this place a firm favourite amongst university students in Kennedy Town. Beef brisket noodles, curried fish balls and fried rice are the order of the day here.
Ho Ho Restaurant, Luen Wai Apartment, 136-142 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Ngai Mei Yuk Fang
Totally unassuming from the outside, Ngai Mei Yuk Fang is a gold mine geared for sushi takeout. Fresh fish at decent prices, choose from sushi combos or bring your own container and stock up from the a la carte selection.
Ngai Mei Yuk Fang, G/F, 78-86 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
This Egyptian-themed restaurant is tucked away on Hau Wo Street in Kennedy Town. The food here is lovingly prepared daily by Chef Mohsen Gaber Ibrahim and his wife, Zinab Mohamed Hammd. Don’t miss the tasty falafel, the moist and flavourful lamb and beef kebabs, and the homemade – yes, from scratch by Zinab! – couscous that was incredibly light and fluffy. To top it off, the freshly made Egyptian desserts were the perfectly sweet end to a fantastic meal.
AZIZA, Shop D, G/F, Shun Cheong Building, 28 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.aziza.com.hk
When in Kennedy Town make sure to check out this Western restaurant for an incredible brunch. There’s something to please everyone on the hearty Melbourne-style brekkie menu that’s available until 4:15pm. The dinner menu is also loaded with fresh and delicious seafood dishes.
Sassy Tip: There is no need to leave your pup at home as the open outdoor area is dog friendly!
CATCH, 95 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.catch.hk
Savoury liege waffles are the specialty at this little modern café bistro, which serves a mix of Belgium and western cuisines. Go for fried chicken, juicy meatballs, short ribs, or beer battered fish, all served up with a savoury liege waffle. Follow it up with a sweet delight, or a coffee (which comes highly recommended by neighbourhood locals!).
Waffling Beans, G/F, Shop 9, New Fortune House, 4-8 North Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/wafflingbeans
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Located right on the waterfront, Fish & Chick is the perfect place to go to if you want to kick that Fish & Chips craving to the curb whilst admiring an unobstructed sea view. The restaurant serves the most delicious beer battered Fish & Chips, homemade crab croquettes, deep-fried shrimp, calamari and more. For those who aren’t exactly seafood lovers, don’t fret – it’s named Fish & Chick for a reason! The restaurant also serves a gorgeously crispy French-style rotisserie chicken, with its own special marinade.
Fish and Chick, 25 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.fishandchick.co
Read more: The Best Fish And Chips In Hong Kong
This kebab hole-in-the-wall resto comes highly rated and serves up a vast selection of Middle Eastern delights. From lamb doners and chicken shawarma to the all-important falafel. It’s all super fresh and delicious – a rarity for kebabs in Hong Kong!
Falafel Hut, 76 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/pages/Falafel-Hut
Read more: The Best Kebabs In Hong Kong
With street art adorning the walls, this modern Mexican-style restaurant combines two of our fave cuisines, serving up delicious grub, inspired by Japanese ingredients and cooking techniques. With former Nobu chef Erik Idos fronting up the kitchen, it’s definitely one to try.
CHINO, 1B New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.chinorestaurant.com
Tequila on Davis is the perfect flavourful hub for brunch, lunch and dinner. Think towering plates of cheesy nachos drenched in guac and sour cream, and a huge range of specialty tequilas, sure to sustain those weekend-vibes.
Sassy Tip: Hosting an event? “Tequila Upstairs” is the ideal party venue for any shindig, complete with a full range of audio and visual equipment too.
Tequila On Davis, G/F, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.tequilaondavis.com.hk
Tucked away in Kennedy Town’s Forbes Street, Missy Ho’s offers funky fusion flavours. With dishes such as ceviche, sushi rolls and tacos, as well as a delectable dessert selection, there is definitely something for everyone. Enjoy the eclectic decor, a mix between old and new elements with birdcages, Chinese pottery and graffiti.
Sassy Tip: Dig in to the dress up box which makes for hilariously, inebriated Instagram’s.
Missy Ho’s, Shop G9, G/F, Sincere Western House, 48 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/missy-ho039s
As authentic as it gets, The Clay Oven serves up some of the best North Indian food in the Western District (and arguably Hong Kong!). A list of curry choices as long as your arm, tandoori grills and fluffy naan breads, crack open a cold Kingfisher and tuck into a flavourful feast. Perfect for Friday night catch ups and slow Sunday dinners.
Sassy Tip: If you’re hungry, opt for the paratha over naan or roti, it’ll go a longer way in mopping up all of that leftover sauce.
The Clay Oven Indian Restaurant, G/F, 27-31 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.theclayoven.com.hk
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This super cute resto is a firm favourite with more than one of our team. A little hole in the wall on Catchick Street, FUGAZI has Japanese izakaya vibes with a modern twist, and serves up delicious and affordable yakitori and a great selection of drinks and craft beer. Head to the back and perch on the table with the swings for a fun twist.
Sassy Tip: This place isn’t big, so is best reserved for smaller groups! Ideal for date night, the intimate space is sure to set the mood.
FUGAZI, 21 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/fugazi21catchick
Yet another branch of this Michelin-recommended resto, fans of the original will be treated to dishes and drinks only available on this end of the Island line. Signature Thai curries, freshly spiced seafood dishes and tangy soups is just a taste of what’s on offer. Go ham on the Mango Sticky Rice, you won’t regret it.
Café Siam, G/F, 38 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.cafesiam.com.hk
Read more: The Best Thai Restaurants In Hong Kong
Formally Praya Waterside Eatery, Fishsteria continues to be the perfect spot for a group dinner with family or friends offering up endless fresh seafood feasts. Located on the idyllic waterfront, have your fill of delicious grub, and then take a relaxing stroll to work it off!
Fishsteria, Shop 2, New Fortune House, 3-5 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.fishsteria.hk
The perfect pit-stop for a pint on a Saturday afternoon (or Friday night pre-gaming), 42nd Davis has recently expanded and combines Italian and American comfort foods along with classic cocktails and (saucily named) signature shooters.
38-40 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/42nddavis
Inspired by family recipes and Lebanese home cooking, Mama Malouf’s brings a taste of authentically Middle Eastern cuisine to K-Town. Open on weekdays for dinner, and weekends from 11am for brunch, the cute resto serves up delights such as Lebanese shakshuka, Mama’s mezza, and a selection of larger mains, including the delicious slow cooked lamb shoulder and daily shawarma specials.
Mama Malouf, 93 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.mamamalouf.hk
A popular spot for K-Town residents, Jaspas offers a chilled, alfresco alternative. Grab a cup of joe or sit in for a feast of western comfort foods, keep checking the specials as Jaspas always has a great deal on offer. We’re big fans of its buy-one-get-one Italian nights on Tuesday and Wednesday as well as its weekday happy hour which kicks off from 3pm.
Jaspas, Commercial Unit B, Ground Floor, Manhattan Heights, No. 83 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/jaspas-kennedy-town
Though Kennedy Town is full of restaurants serving up just about any food you may fancy, Sun Hing is where to go for local delights. It can be difficult to get a seat, but the dim sum here is worth it – we can’t get enough of the steamed custard buns!
Sassy Tip: This place is open famously only from 3am-4pm daily, so is our top choice for a late-night (read: early morning!), bite after one too many beers.
Sun Hing Restaurant, Shop C, G/F, 8 Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Read more: The Best Dim Sum In Hong Kong
Where To Drink
Famed for its vast selection of signature craft beers, this Aussie-inspired joint cooks up a mean breakfast, as well as offering an a la carte menu. From grilled sourdough spread with peanut butter, jam or marmite, to breakfast pizzas and eggs galore, you’ll have your cravings satisfied in no time.
Sassy Tip: Pick your poison from its extensive craft beer menu, or take a leaf out of our book and opt for the flight of beer to sample six different house brews.
Little Creatures, Shop 1 G/F New Fortune House, 5A New Praya Kennedy Town, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.littlecreatures.hk
Can’t get your favourite brew in your local Wellcome? Head over to K Town, and The Tramline Liquor Co. will have you covered. This independent craft beer, spirits and wine store is a one-stop-shop for alcohol, with a large selection of products and even an online store.
The Tramline Liquor Co., 78 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thetramlineliquorco
This cute, no-fuss café serves up premium Italian coffee and sandwiches, along with picture perfect homemade cakes. The queues, which normally form outside, are a testament to just how good the coffee here is!
Sassy Tip: Bring your own mug to get $3 off your next coffee!
The Cofftea Shop, Yue On Building, 78-86 Catchick St, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thecoffteashop
The coffee scene in K-Town is getting competitive and Winstons Coffee, as always, has pulled out all the stops to ensure that it’s here to stay. Aussie-style coffees, cakes and toasties are the perfect morning pick-me-up and its espresso martinis hit the spot come evening. Keep your eye out for mid-week events and discounts!
Winstons Coffee, Shop 8, The Hudson, 11 Davis St, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.winstonscoffee.com
A testament to its popularity, queues for % Arabica tend to flow out on to the street at the weekends due to its great coffee and ideal harbour front location that’s perfect for the ‘gram.
% Arabica, Shop 4, Grand Fortune Mansion, No. 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/arabica.hk
Nestled within 11 Westside, The Wilshire’s “bars-within-bars” concept is an ever popular cocktail bar that exudes cool and contemporary. Keep your eye out for the hidden switch in the resto that will need to be flipped to request entry…
The Wilshire Bar, 1/f, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thewilshirebar
Where To Shop
The zero-waste movement is buzzing in Hong Kong thanks to new additions that make it that much easier for us to say “no” to plastic packaging. Not only has it opened its own café, but SLO…WOOD also stocks a huge array of plastic-free goodies, bulk-buy food items and organic pantry staples – you’ll even get an additional 5% discount if you use your own containers rather than using the paper bags on offer.
SLO…WOOD, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.slowood.hk
With stores across HK, Just Green stocks an extensive range of healthy goodies, including food and beverages, beauty products, whole-food supplements, books and home items.
Sassy Tip: No need to tie your pup up outside, the store is dog-friendly – there’s even treats behind the counter!
Just Green Organics Store, 66 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.justgreen.com.hk
Read more: Top 10 Health Food Stores In Hong Kong
Spices, herbs and superfoods galore, stock up on all your health essentials in one go. The Kennedy Town branch also serves up healthy, wholesome food in its café, including gluten-free, organic and vegan options. Sit in and dig in to one of its breakfast, brunch or lunch boxes or take a cup of vegan bone broth and baked samosas to go.
Spice Box Organics, 39-45 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.spiceboxorganics.com
Places To Go and Things To Do
This board game café is well hidden amongst high-rise apartments but is worth the hunt. Drinks and light bites are on offer, but obviously the gem is the abundance of board games that are available to you for the evening. A two-hour session costs just $90 (with an additional 30 minutes costing $10), which also includes $40 credit towards your food and drink. Make an evening of it mid-week however, because every Wednesday and Thursday you can have unlimited play sessions for $80!
Wheat and Wood, Shop 6, Ground Floor, Brilliant Court, 28 Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.wheatandwood.com
Sai Wan Swimming Shed
As one of the most Instagrammed places in Hong Kong, this photogenic spot offers up beautiful vistas, which will have you feeling worlds away from the busy streets. Roughly 15 minutes’ walk from Kennedy Town MTR, head to this spot come sunset for gorgeous photos.
Sai Wan Swimming Shed, Victoria Road, Kennedy Town, off Mount Davis, Hong Kong
Instagram Pier (Kennedy Town Shipping Dock)
Ever-popular with locals out for an evening stroll, dog-walkers and everyone in between, “Instagram Pier” has become renowned for its stunning views of Victoria Harbour. Head over here for sunset, snap some pics and watch the Insta likes come flooding in…
Instagram Pier, 8 Fung Mat Road, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
Lo Pan Temple
Hidden away up on Ching Lin Terrace lies Lo Pan Temple, the only temple in HK that is dedicated to the patron saint of Chinese builders and carpenters. Thought to have been built in 1884, it’s filled with intricate sculptures and rich murals.
Lo Pan Temple, 15 Ching Lin Terrace, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Kennedy Town Swimming Pool
Conveniently located and easy to get to, the indoor swimming facility here has newly installed indoor heating systems and a jacuzzi, so you don’t have to worry about cooler temps. What’s more, the outdoor swimming pool comes with a great view of Victoria Harbour!
Kennedy Town Swimming Pool, 2 Sai Cheung Street North, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.lcsd.gov.hk
Read more: The Best Swimming Pools In Hong Kong
Looking for a bit of pampering whilst on this side of the city? Head to Essential Spa to soothe your mind and body, offering everything from facials and massages, to nail services, waxing and more.
Essential Spa, G/F Shop D, 23 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.essentialspa.com.hk
With all the foodie options available in Kennedy Town, having Crossfit Cavaliers on the block comes in handy! Dedicated to CrossFit training, metabolic conditioning and personal training, with classes running all week, Crossfit Cavaliers will get you in shape in no time.
Crossfit Cavaliers, 533-537 Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong, www.crossfitcavaliers.com<
Read more: The Best CrossFit Gyms In Hong Kong
The Hive is home to a creative community for freelancers, entrepreneurs and start-ups alike. With locations spread throughout Hong Kong and Kennedy Town, boasting a dynamic and fast-growing work space, it’s a convenient and supportive environment for getting down to the daily grind.
The Hive, 6/F, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.thehivekennedytown.com.hk
Read more: The Best Co-Working Spaces In Hong Kong
Open 24-hours and with no contracts to sign, U-Time is a neat space that has all of the equipment you need to smash a decent work out, literally at any time of the day.
U Time Fitness Studios, G/F, Wah Po Building, 1 New Praya Kennedy Town, Kennedy Town, www.utimefitness.com/locations/kennedy-town
Hong Kong’s worst-kept secret has a branch here in Kennedy Town that offers the same incredible pricing for a no-frills mani/pedi. Larger than its Sheung Wan counterpart, as always you can expect to simply walk in and be spruced up in no time at all.
Nail 88, 6 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Annie Simpson and was published on 21, August 2017 and updated by Lexi Davey on 14, June 2019.
Featured image courtesy of Richard Lee via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of Alvy’s HK via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of 11 Westside via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of @lexdav92, image 4 courtesy of CATCH via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Missy Ho’s via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Mama Malouf via Instagram, image 7 courteys of Little Creatures HK via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Winstons Coffee via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of SLO…WOOD via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of Wheat and Wood via Instagram, image 11 courtesy of @lexdav92, image 12 courtesy of The Hive via Instagram.