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 pubs and eateries 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 ultimate guide to Kennedy Town below.
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Where To Eat In Kennedy Town
This neighbourhood pizza joint and craft beer bar serves up delicious sourdough pizza, along with locally-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: Make sure to order 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.alvys.hk
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Asphodeli by Healthy Chicken
Tacked on to crowd-favourite cross-fit gym Asphodel, Healthy Chicken serves up a variety of health-conscious food boxes and air-fried snacks. Build your own burrito or salad, and choose from one of its signature sauces to eat in or take home – don’t forget to add guacamole!
Asphodeli by Healthy Chicken, 22-23 Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/asphodeli.hk
The food at this Egyptian-themed restaurant 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’s incredibly light and fluffy. To top it off, the freshly made Egyptian desserts are the perfect sweet end to a fantastic meal.
Beers and burgers are the name of the game at Beeger on Smithfield. This bar cum burger joint serves up hand-ground beef patties, a selection of craft beers from around the globe and chilled pool-bar vibes.
Beeger, Shop J, G/F, May Sun Building, 1-15 Smithfield, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/beeger2
One of the oldest restaurants on the block, Bresola has been serving Kennedy Town customers for 10 years – and counting! Generous plates of fine Italian fare are dished up daily and the menu stretches far beyond your typical stone-backed pizzas and pasta. Make sure to try its grilled meats and fresh seafood.
Bun Cha Vietnamese
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 Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/bunchacafe
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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. Add the Mango Sticky Rice to your order – you won’t regret it.
Café Siam, G/F, 38 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.cafesiam.com.hk
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Chill and Grill
This expansive restaurant is the ideal (and very Instagrammable) spot to kick back and sample a variety of grilled goodies, pasta, salads, steaks and burgers. This pick is attached is its own butcher and deli, selling everything from jars of tomato sauce to gnocchi and marinated meat.
Chill and Grill, 57 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Chill-and-Grill
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
The Clay Oven Indian Restaurant
As authentic as it gets, The Clay Oven serves up some of the best North Indian food in the Western District. A list of curry choices as long as your arm, tandoori grills and fluffy naan bread, 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 long 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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Armed with a top-secret sourdough starter, Dough Bros is making its bases from scratch for hungry patrons across Kennedy Town. This takeaway-only spot (although you’re welcome to snack at one of the bar tables out front) serves up hand-rolled pizzas made to order, as well as its infamous Nutella, custard and strawberry jam doughnuts.
Sassy tip: If you’re making an order with your pooch in tow, ask the staff for one of its dog-friendly doughnuts while you wait.
This hole-in-the-wall kebab 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.
Falafel Hut, G/F, 78-86 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/pages/Falafel-Hut
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Fish & Chick
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 city’s best beer-battered Fish & Chips, alongside 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, Shop 6, 25 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/fishandchick
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Hong Kong’s first-ever Piri-Piri chicken concept, this fiery pick grills its feasts to perfection. All meats are marinated for 24 hours in a blend of house spices and served with a side of Piri-Piri fries and homemade coleslaw.
Flaming Frango, G/F, 55 Elgin Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.flamingfrango.com
Good Taste Clay Pot Rices and Dishes
You know a restaurant is worth trying when there’s a long line that snakes around the street. Awarded one Michelin star, Good Taste Clay Pot Rices and Dishes serves up a classic spin on its namesake. Don’t fret about not knowing what to order, you can easily request an English menu and ask the staff for their top recommendation.
Good Taste Clay Pot Rices and Dishes, 25 North Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Brought to us by leading craft brewers Gweilo and dining group Woolly Pig, the restaurant and “Brewlab” draws on the very same relaxed, unpretentious nature that has made the likes of The Globe, McSorley’s and Delaney’s so popular. Rest assured, GRAIN takes its beer seriously, boasting a fully functioning on-site brewery and over 24 brews on tap – ideal for washing down the menu of gastropub delights.
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Ho Ho Restaurant
Ho Ho’s cheap prices and humble local cuisine make 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
KTM Bar & Kitchen
It’s hard to walk past and not be distracted by the hanging prayer flags and colourful decor of this Kathmandu curry house. Cooking fresh and authentic Nepalese dishes, make the most of its vegetarian and meat-filled momos, fresh bread straight from the tandoor and delicious rice and biriyani dishes. Its set lunch is a steal at just $68 per person.
KTM Bar & Kitchen, 71 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/KTMBarKitchen
From the team behind Shady Acres, Mendel’s Delicatessen takes the form of an old school Jewish deli, inspired by those found in New York. Consider your bagel and Reuben fix sorted.
Mendel’s Delicatessen, 66-68 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, mendelsdeli.com
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, which serves as a mix between old and new with birdcages, Chinese pottery and graffiti.
Sassy Tip: Dig into the dress-up box which makes for hilariously, inebriated IG stories.
Homemade dough, classic toppings and fresh tomato sauce, Pizzeria Italia is passionate about pizza, only using the best, imported ingredients from Italy and secret recipes passed down from generations.
Smash’d occupies FUGAZI’s previous location on 22 Catchick Street, bringing a tempting selection of house-made burgers, fries, wings and salads. The climate-conscious burger joint runs the gamut of stacked buns, including plant-based and seafood varieties.
Smithfield Market and Cooked Food Centre
If you’re on the hunt for fresh produce at low prices, wet markets always come out on top. Smithfield is no exception! It’s no Tung Po, but it does boast some Cha Chaan Teng faves and a great chicken hot pot – although fair warning, 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
Sun Hing Restaurant
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 famously only open from 3:30am to 4pm daily, so it’s 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
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Thai Ros Zab
There are 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
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 Sands Street, so be sure to get there early or expect to wait before being seated.
Twelve Flavours, 10 Sands Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, twelveflavors.com.hk
Savoury liege waffles are the speciality 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 traditional Belgian waffle. Follow it up with a sweet delight, or a coffee (which comes highly recommended by neighbourhood locals!).
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Famed LA Resto owner and Executive Chef of Salazar, Esdras Ochoa brings mouth-watering Mexican food to 11 Davis Street. Applauded for its Taco Tuesday that promises 50% off all hand-crafted tacos, there’s plenty of reason to keep coming back. Haven’t been yet? Check out Chef 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.
Where To Drink In Kennedy Town
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, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, arabicacoffee.hk
Blend & Grind
All-day dining spot Blend & Grind has three locations in Hong Kong, including one in K-Town, where it offers coffee, brunch and evening cocktails. Furry friends are welcome!
The Cofftea Shop
This 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!
First Boy Coffee
Attached to a motorcycle shop, this unassuming café serves Melbourne-style coffee and coveted caffeinated favourites. Drop in for a fantastic cup of joe, fresh pastries and light breakfast bites. With two house blends on the menu, you can even bag your own roasted beans to take home.
First Boy Coffee, G/F, 33 Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Firstboycoffee
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. Pro tip: keep checking the specials as Jaspas always has a great deal on offer.
Little Cove Espresso
When this Sai Kung favourite opened a branch in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong-islanders were over the moon. There are plenty of seats inside the spacious cafe (they even managed to fit a palm tree in there!), so if you’re lucky, you might not need to wait for a seat. Head here for exceptional house blends made with beans from Brazil, Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea, as well as Insta-worthy breakfast and brunch staples.
Little Cove Espresso, Shop 3, G/F, New Fortune House, 3-5 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 6737 6242, www.facebook.com/Little-Cove-Espresso-Kennedy-Town
Tequila On Davis
Tequila on Davis is the perfect flavourful hub for brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. Think towering plates of cheesy nachos drenched in guac and sour cream, and a huge range of speciality 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
The Tramline Liquor Co.
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 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!
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.
42nd Davis, 38-40 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/42nddavis
Where To Shop In Hong Kong
Shing Fat Coconut & Spices
A treasure trove of spices and jarred sauces, you’re bound to find everything you need to cook up a storm at Shing Fat Coconut & Spices. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the supermarket, odds are this local, speciality store will stock your favourite basmati rice and Asian condiments.
Sunterra stocks an extensive range of healthy goodies and deli staples, including fresh fruit and vegetables, cured meats and cheeses.
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Delice (EC Gourmet)
If you’re looking for fresh meat, the deli counter at Delice sells a variety of frozen and fresh poultry, seafood and red meats ready to throw straight on the barbecue on a sunny day.
EC Gourmet, 64 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
A great place to bulk-buy frozen meat and poultry at competitive prices, this all-in-one deli-style shop stocks everything you’d need for weekly purchases or roof-top parties with friends.
DeliFans, 9 Davis Sreet, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.delifans.com.hk
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 Slowood also stocks a huge array of plastic-free goodies, bulk-buy food items and organic pantry staples.
Slowood, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.slowood.hk
Spice Box Organics
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 cafe, including gluten-free, organic and vegan options. Sit in and enjoy one of its breakfast, brunch or lunch boxes, or take a cup of vegan bone broth and baked samosas to go.
1950 Hair Products
This boutique hair products shop is the perfect place to pop into if you’re looking for shampoo, conditioner and hair products beyond what you can find in the supermarket and pharmacies. Don’t forget to browse its large selection of hair gels and hair sprays too!
1950 Hair Products, 2 Sands Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/1950HairProducts
What To Do In Kennedy Town
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, you’ll find classes running all week. Crossfit Cavaliers will get you in shape in no time.
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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.
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Open 24-hours and with no contracts to sign, GO24 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.
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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
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Kennedy Town Swimming Pool
Conveniently located, 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
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Lo Pan Temple
Hidden away up on Ching Lin Terrace lies Lo Pan Temple, the only temple in Hong Kong 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
Hong Kong’s worst-kept secret, Nail 88, 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, 2628 7117
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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
Wheat and Wood
This board game café is well hidden amongst high-rise apartments, but it’s 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 on Friday to Saturday costs $100 (with an additional hour costing $60), which also includes credit towards your food and drink. Monday to Thursday you can have unlimited play sessions for $100 (price includes one non-alcoholic drink)!
9Lives Veterinary Emergency Centre (VEC)
Known for its cat-friendly clinic in Central, 9Lives has recently opened in Kennedy Town and is open to cats and dogs alike. Conveniently located on the island, the emergency-equipped hospital is open 24-hours a day and is ready to help your furry friends whenever they are in need.
Editor’s Note: This video was created in 2017 and some of the shops we visited back then have may have closed.
Editor’s Note: “Your Neighbourhood Guide To Kennedy Town” was originally written by Annie Simpson on 21 August, 2017 and was most recently updated by Nicole Moraleda in June 2022. With thanks to Lexi Davey for her contribution.
Main image courtesy of Aadil Ace via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of Alvy’s via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of BRESOLA via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of CHINO via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Fish & Chick via instagram, image 5 courtesy of GRAIN via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Missy Ho’s via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of Smash’d via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Twelve Flavours via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of % Arabica via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of Jaspas via Instagram, image 11 courtesy of The Tramline Liquor Co. via Instagram, image 12 courtesy of Shing Fat Coconut & Spices via Instagram, image 13 courtesy of Slowood via Instagram, image 14 courtesy of Crossfit Cavaliers via Instagram, image 15 courtesy of @oftenoutofoffice via Instagram, image 16 courtesy of Sakina Abidi via Instagram.