Since the MTR station opened doors in 2015, Kennedy Town has become Hong Kong’s coolest new enclave. Here, the best restaurants, bars and sights
95 Catchick St
This Kennedy Town pioneer serves up fresh seafood and New World wine. Get in early to nab an al fresco table and order signature favorites like the sautéed clams with chorizo and beer-battered sea perch and chips.
2. Mama Malouf
G/F, 93 Catchick St
Named for the mother of owner Alex Malouf, this bright and cheery place reinvents Middle Eastern classics. Make sure to try the parmesan-crumbed chicken livers, baked eggplant salad or grilled quail with chorizo.
3. Craft Brew & Co.
GF, 27-31 Catchick St
The first craft beer hall to open in Kennedy Town touts a great range of craft and difficult-to-source lagers, pilsners and stouts from all over the world and fun bar snacks. Come drink, eat and people-watch!
18 Catchick St
This unabashedly urban eatery takes after its trendy London namesake. Enjoy unpretentious British pub food (Try St Mungo’s battered cod and chips) and some of the best Aperol Spritzers in town.
G/F, 21 Catchick St
A tiny, industrial chic hole-in-the-wall brings you the best in street food. Dishes are cooked on an izakaya grill: Xinjiang-spiced lamb; kurobuta pork belly and Malaysian-style laksa. Plus cocktails and German beer!
1B New Praya
Indulge in Asian-Mexican fusion dishes from market fish ceviche to pork and pineapple tacos, all created by ex-Nobu Hong Kong executive chef Erik Idos. No reservations. Their Manila outlet will be opening soon.
7. Lo Pan Temple
15 Ching Lin Terrace
The city’s only shrine to Lo Pan, patron saint of Chinese builders, a nod to Kennedy Town’s working class origins. Built in 1884, its two halls showcase murals, Chinese poetry engravings and Shiwan ceramic figurines.
8. Belcher Bay Park
Right on the waterfront where Sai Wan becomes Kennedy Town, this park is a must-visit at the annual lantern festival. Spend serene mornings amid tai chi practitioners and the folks playing the xiangqi (Chinese chess) tables.
Also read: A perfect weekend in Hong Kong
This article first appeared in the March 2017 issue of Smile magazine.