The low-down on K-Town
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. Because there is so much to do here, we can’t include everything, but here are some of our faves…
Where To Eat:
This new neighbourhood pizza joint serves up delicious sourdough pizza, along with HK brewed and imported beers. Coupled with the cosy and welcoming vibe, friendly staff, and a red brick pizza oven, aptly named “The Big Red Bitch,” it’s not to be missed when in K Town!
Sassy Tip: Don’t miss the Bak Gwei Pizza – an interesting mix of gruyere béchamel, char siu, mozzarella, and geung yeong, which works amazingly!
Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/AlvysHK
This newly opened 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. We were wowed by the super 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.
Where: Shop D, G/F, Shun Cheong Building, 28 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong AZIZAHK.com
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 breakkie menu. Available until 4:15pm, don’t worry if you sleep late, this brunch is hard to miss. The dinner menu is also loaded with fresh and delicious seafood dishes.
Sassy Tip: You can even bring your pups along to Catch, as the open outdoor area is dog friendly!
Catch, 95 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 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, New Fortune House, North Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/wafflingbeans
Located right on the waterfront, Fish & Chick is the perfect place to go to if you want to kick that Fish & Chips craving 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
This kebab resto comes highly rated and serves up a vast selection of Middle Eastern delights. From lamb doners and chicken shwarma to the all-important falafel. It’s all super fresh and delicious – a rareity for kebabs in in Hong Kong!
Sassy tip: The falafel here is a Sassy fave, but if you don’t like it spicy, be sure to tell them so. The sauce here really packs a punch!
Falafel Hut, 76 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Butcher and Baker Café **Currently Closed for Renovations**
Since opening in late 2015, Butcher and Bake Café is always buzzing on the weekends. The spacious building houses not only a restaurant, but also a butcher shop, florist and bakery.
Sassy tip: Have a particular cut of meat in mind, or prefer your mince course? The friendly butcher will happily accommodate
Butcher and Baker Café, On Fat Building, 57-59 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/butcherbakerhk
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. Servings are a bit small, but the service here is impeccable.
Sassy Tip: One of the Sassy girls thinks the margaritas here are the best she’s ever had. Made with fresh lime, it’s refreshing and delicious!
Chino, 1B New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.chinohk.com/chino-1
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.
Tequilla 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 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 of birdcages, Chinese pottery and graffitti.
Sassy Tip: In a large group? Ask the staff to bring out the swings! There is also a 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.facebook.com/MissyHosHK
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 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
Read more: Best Indian Restaurants in Hong Kong
This super cute resto is a favourite amongst more than one Sassy girl. 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.
Sassy tip: This place isn’t big, so 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
The newest addition to this Michelin-starred 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 but 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
Sassy tip: The entire block of Forbes Street is lined with great restaurants, so if you’re not in the mood for Thai, check out the others here.
If racks upon racks of slow-smoked USA pork baby ribs and piles of beef fat skinny fries is not enough to tempt you, then there is just no pleasing you! Fresh coleslaw and craft beer make for the best sides.
The Ribcage, G/F, May Sun Building, 1 Smithfield, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/ribcagehk
Read more: The Ribcage: A Carnivore’s Dream
The perfect spot for a group dinner with family or friends, Praya serves modern food with both American and European influences, with a rustic, yet sophisticated edge. Located on the idyllic waterfront, have your fill of delicious grub, and then take a relaxing stroll to work it off!
Praya Waterside Eatery, Shop 2, New Fortune House, 3-5 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.praya.com.hk
The perfect pit stop for a pint on a Saturday afternoon (or Friday night pre-gaming), 42nd Davis combines Italian and American comfort foods along with classic cocktails and (saucily named) signature shooters.
42 David 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 and ‘Big Boy Boozy Milkshakes’ for just $65.
Jaspas, 83 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/jaspas-kennedy-town
Spices, herbs and superfoods galore, stock up on all of health essentials in one quick pitstop. The Kennedy Town branch also serves up healthy, wholesome food in their cafe, including gluten-free, organic and vegan options. Sit in and dig in to one of their breakfast, brunch or lunch boxes or take a cup of vegan bone broth and baked Samos to go.
Spice Box Organics, 39-45 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.spiceboxorganics.com
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
This tiny ice cream store lured us in immediately with its fun turquoise exterior and the cute monkey mascots. Situated on Catchick, this little dessert shop is a perfect hot day destination. We are partial to the Caramel Biscuit and Sea Salt Caramel swirled with Dark Chocolate flavours, but it also serves up Monkey milkshakes and smoothies!
Sassy tip: be sure to get its loyalty card and earn a free scoop!
Ice Monkey, 78-86 Catchick Street (corner of Davis Street), Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Icemonkeyhongkong
Where To Drink:
Famed for its vast selection of signature craft beers, this Aussie-inspired joint also offers an a la carte menu, along with cooking up a mean breakfast. 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 page from 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, 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
“We serve beers that we want to drink,” and we want to join them! No Stella, no Carlsberg and definitely no San Miguel, sip on some of the world’s best craft brews while tucking into a platter of loaded cheese fries and popular Hong Kong U Burger (with duck fat fries). Remember girls, “craft, not crap.”
Craft Brew & Co, G/F 27-31 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, craftbrew.com.hk
This cute hole-in-the-wall 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
Where to Shop:
With stores across HK, Just Green stock 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 event treats behind the counter!
Just Green Organics Store, 66 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, justgreen.com.hk
Read more: Top 10 Health Food Stores in Hong Kong!
Places To Go:
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…
Sassy Tip: Lover of all things Disney? Once the sun goes down, stick around the pier for amazing views of Disneyland Hong Kong’s daily fireworks show! (The show times are generally 7pm in winter, 8pm in summer, and 9:00pm on special selected days).
Instagram Pier, 8 Fung Mat Road, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
The latest pop-up to paint across Hong Kong’s walls is on Yat Fu Lane. Featuring esteemed local artists such as Bar Ho, KristopherH, Wont Ting Fung and Xeme, this exhibition is yet to have its formal opening (check its Facebook page for more details coming soon), but is open the public for those hankering for a sneak peek! Cameras at the ready, your Instagram feed is about to blow up.
HK Walls, Yat Fu Lane, 554-560 Queen’s Road West, Shek Tong Tsui, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong www.hkwalls.org
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 the 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 sooth 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
Lemon Drop Yoga studio is intimate and has an abundance of natural light (making day time classes a joy to take), and the instructors are friendly, patient and very knowledgeable. This is the place to check out whether you’re dappling in yoga for the first time, or have been practicing for years. It also has a variety of classes that blend yoga with mediums like HIIT or TRX training, and even have movement focused sessions. The small class size also lends itself to making new friends, so you can work out and expand your community at the same time!
Lemon Drop Yoga, Shop 2 37B Cadogan Street Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/lemondropstudiohk
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 have you in shape in no time.
Crossfit Cavaliers, 533-537 Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong, www.crossfitcavaliers.com