How to Spend the Day in Kennedy Town, Hong Kong

May 18, 2021


On the western end of Hong Kong Island, Kennedy Town is a vibrant, seaside neighborhood with great coffee shops, parks, and delicious food. Convenient to central Hong Kong, it's a great place to live or just explore for a day. In this neighborhood guide, I'll show you what you should do to make the most of one day in Kennedy Town. Plus, share my favorite places to eat and drink in K-Town!

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A Little Bit about Kennedy Town

Kennedy Town, or K-Town, is located on the western side of Sai Wan on Hong Kong Island and is part of the Central and Western District. It was named after Arthur Edward Kennedy, the 7th Governor of Hong Kong, who served from 1872-1877.

In 2014, Kennedy Town got its very own MTR (Hong Kong's metro system) station and the neighborhood started to gentrify. But that doesn't mean that K-Town has lost its local charm. 

Shopfront in Kennedy Town Hong Kong

Random shop front that reminded me of a temple, but no idea what it actually is.

Cha chaan tengs, noodle shops, wet markets, and car repair shops and other small shops are interwoven with the new coffee shops, restaurants, and craft beer stores. This blend of old and new Hong Kong gives Kennedy Town a cool vibe and makes it a fun place to explore.  

Why Visit Kennedy Town?

With a variety of activities to do and excellent places to eat and drink in Kennedy Town, it's a great place to spend a day. K-Town is family-friendly and dog-friendly with a pretty casual vibe. Though it also has some great date-night spots that are worth the trip over to the west side.

Blue Haven Restaurant dog-friendly Kennedy Town

Blue Haven - a very dog-friendly restaurant on New Praya. Strollers for small dogs are provided! 

Thinking about Moving to Kennedy Town?

If so, I highly recommend it! Jeremy and I moved to Kennedy Town a few weeks after moving to Hong Kong 3.5 years ago and we still love it. 

K-Town is a convenient ~20-minute commute to Central Hong Kong by MTR. Yet it's off-the-beaten path enough that when Hong Kong is flooded with tourists (been a while, right?), it's still on the quiet side in Kennedy Town. 

And while I love how convenient the neighborhood is and all the bars and restaurants at my fingertips, the thing that sold us was the view from the apartment. It's hard for me to imagine living anywhere else now if it doesn't come with this spectacular view!

View of Sunset Peak from apartment

Balcony sea views from Kennedy Town are hard to beat!

Getting to Kennedy Town

As I mentioned above, one of the best things about Kennedy Town is how convenient it is. The easiest way to get to Kennedy Town is via MTR. Kennedy Town Station is the last stop on the western end of the Island Line.

But it's also a major bus hub on HK Island as well as the western terminus for Hong Kong Tramways. So you have a lot of transportation options for getting to Kennedy Town.

If you're coming from Central or Sai Ying Pun, you could also walk along Victoria Harbour on the Central and Western Promenade to reach Kennedy Town.  

Central and Western District Promenade Hong Kong

One-Day Itinerary in Kennedy Town

In this one-day itinerary, I'll show you how to  spend a day discovering the gems of Kennedy Town. And after you visit, you may just decide it's the neighborhood for you!

Start with a Hearty Breakfast in Kennedy Town

To make the most of your day, get an early start on the MTR as you make your way to Kennedy Town. Fuel up for the day with breakfast at a local cha chaan teng (diner) or dim sum at a neighborhood favorite - Sun Hing Restaurant. Open super early and with delicious dumplings and egg custard buns, Sun Hing is a perfect option for early risers.

If you're in the mood for a western breakfast, brunch at Catch Kennedy Town (weekends & public holidays only) is the way to go. Serving up Melbourne-style breakfast options like avocado toast and brekky scrambles, it's a delicious way to start the day. 

Brunch at Catch Kennedy Town

Pro Tip: Brunch at Catch is extremely popular and there's usually a line starting at noon. Get there early or be prepared to wait for a table.

Grab a Coffee

Kennedy Town is home to so many awesome little coffee shops that it'll be hard for you to choose where to get your caffeine fix. 

Here are a few local favorites I'd recommend. If you're a coffee lover like me, you'll probably try a couple of them in one day!

1) The Cofftea Shop

One of the oldest coffee shops in Kennedy Town, The Cofftea Shop is a corner café serving (primarily) premium Italian coffee, as well as cakes and muffins. Since it only has one small table, it's mostly for takeaway. The park across the street by The Merton is a great place to sit and enjoy your beverage though.

Address: 78-86 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town

2) AFFEE

This cozy coffee shop on Hau Wo Street encourages you to have "an affair with coffee", which is the inspiration for its name. With inside seating, AFFEE is a great retreat from the summer heat, plus the coffee is delicious!

Address: 19 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town

3) Winstons Coffee 

With locations in both Kennedy Town and Sai Ying Pun, Winstons Coffee is wildly popular for their delicious coffee and friendly-neighborhood vibe. Plus, the K-Town location has outdoor seating which is a perfect spot to chill with your pup as you sip your coffee. 

Winstons Coffee Hong Kong

Address: 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town

4) % Arabica

Since % Arabica has five stores across Hong Kong, I might recommend skipping it while you're in Kennedy Town and going to one of the smaller shops. However, they serve delicious coffee. Plus, their 2-story shop is right on the seaside which means great sea views - a perfect backdrop for Instagram as well as enjoying a cup of coffee.

Address: No. 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town

5) For Single

One of the newest coffee shops + bars to open, For Single is already a popular "instagrammable" place in Kennedy Town. It's serving single-original coffee and single-malt whisky and provides a unique tasting experience. This is one coffee shop where I'd recommend sitting and appreciating the ambiance vs. takeaway. 

For Single coffee Kennedy Town

Ordered a Long Black, but also got a taste of the pure espresso. Packs a punch!

Address: 6-18 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town

Hike up Mount Davis to See Ruins

After powering up with delicious food and coffee, it's time for a walk! One of my favorite outdoor workouts in Kennedy Town is walking up Mount Davis - the westernmost hill on Hong Kong Island. This is an easy hike with an elevation gain of 269 m (882 ft) and is mostly on a paved road. 

Mount Davis was an important British artillery depot in the early 1900s and was heavily bombed during WWII. You can find many old ruins as you explore the hillside.

Mount Davis ruins Hong Kong

If you're not a hiker but still want to visit, you can take a taxi up to the Youth Hostel which is almost at the summit.

Route to Mount Davis from Kennedy Town MTR Station

Starting out at the Kennedy Town MTR Station, take exit C and turn left on Forbes Street. Walk around the bend and when you get to Victoria Road, turn left to begin walking towards Mount Davis. 

Check out the Sai Wan Swimming Shed

Shortly after you pass the last building complexes in Kennedy Town, you'll see a path off to your right. This is the entrance to the Sai Wan Swimming Shed at which I recommend stopping for some beautiful sea views.

Sai Wan Swimming Shed Kennedy Town

If you're around for sunset in Kennedy Town, you might want to head back to the Sai Wan Swimming Shed for awesome sunset views. 

Hiking Up Mount Davis

After walking for ~1.5 km, you'll reach the University of Chicago's Francis and Rose Yuen Campus. Across the street, you'll see a small road called Mount Davis Path. Turn onto this path to begin climbing Mount Davis. Then, when you reach a fork in the path, go left.

As you climb, you'll see a variety of trails leading off the road to ruins. Explore these trails to discover some of the ruins scattered around the hillside. You can also use some of these trails to climb Mount Davis instead of walking on the road. Depends on whether climbing stairs or a more gradual road.  

Mount Davis meadow in Hong Kong

Meadow at the top of Mt. Davis - sometimes overgrown, sometimes not. You just never know.

Once you reach the Mt. Davis Youth Hostel, you'll only have a few dozens stairs to climb to reach the top. At the summit, you'll find old buildings and artillery depots through which to wander and explore. Make sure to go down to the sitting out area behind the exercise park to find amazing views of Kennedy Town and across Victoria Harbour to Kowloon.

View from Mount Davis

Returning to Kennedy Town from Mount Davis

To return to Kennedy Town, just go back the same way you hiked up. Or, you can continue around on Mount Davis Road, then head down to K-Town on Smithfield Road for a loop route. 

If you're looking for a more challenging hike in the Kennedy Town neighborhood, try the Mount High West Hike. This hike is steep with lots of stairs helping you gain the 494 m (1,620 ft) in elevation. But the 360-degree views at the top are a great reward. 

Cool off with a Swim

If you're feeling toasty after all that hiking, why not go for a swim? The Kennedy Town Swimming Pool is a 3-story public pool complex with a variety of indoor and outdoor swimming pools. In addition to its lap pools, the K-Town Swimming Pool complex has a training pool (inside) and a leisure pool (outside) so it's fun for the whole family.

Check the LSCD website for opening hours and more information.

Time for Lunch

After a morning of activity, I bet you've worked up an appetite! Nothing quite hits the spot for me like noodle soup. And Kennedy Town has some great options for satisfying this craving. Here are a few of my favorite spots for a big bowl of noodles!  

1) Shanghai Lao Lao

Shanghai Lao Lao is a modern Shanghainese restaurant which specializes in xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) and handmade noodles. If you sit at the bar, you'll even be able to watch them pulling the noodles as you eat! My favorite dish is the Dan Dan noodles, though on the menu they're called "Noodles in Spicy Sesame & Peanut Soup with Minced Pork". Quite a mouthful! 

Shanghai Lao Lao soup

Address: 16-30 North St, Kennedy Town

2) Thai Heng

An authentic Thai restaurant in Kennedy Town, Thai Heng always makes me feel like I've traveled to Southeast Asia. My favorite is the Thai Suki in Soup which reminds me of the Suki I used to order for lunches when we lived in Vientiane. And Jeremy's favorite - Pad Kra Pao - is always nice and spicy as he likes it.

Thai Heng Kennedy Town soup

Thai Heng's lunch menu is very affordable with dishes costing only ~HK $50+.

Address: 38 Catchick St, Kennedy Town

3) Bún Chả Vietnamese Café 

With several locations across Hong Kong, you don't have to visit Bún Chả Vietnamese Café in Kennedy Town. But it's my go-to place for a bowl of pho in the neighborhood so I'm including it in my noodle recommendations!

Bun Cha Pho in Kennedy Town

Address: 6-18 Hau Wo St, Kennedy Town

Time for More Coffee?

At this point in the Kennedy Town one-day itinerary, I'd be searching out more coffee. Making it through an afternoon without my coffee is not something you'd want to see!

If you're like me, then hit up one of the places I mentioned earlier that you didn't try in the morning. Since it's afternoon, you might even be ready for an Espresso Martini at Winstons. No judgement here! 

Visit the Lo Pan Temple

Hidden up in the pedestrian terrace streets in Kennedy Town, the Lo Pan Temple is a hidden gem. Built in 1884, this historic temple with a jagged roof has the largest number of wall-paintings on Hong Kong Island. Plus, it's the only temple in Hong Kong dedicated to Lo Pan - the patron saint of Chinese builders and contractors. 

Lo Pan Temple in Kennedy Town Hong Kong

To reach the temple, use the elevator on Sands Street, then continue walking onto the escalator right outside of it (or climb ~65 steps) to reach Ching Lin Terrace. You'll find Lo Pan Temple at the end of the terrace street.

Lo Pan Temple roof in Kennedy Town Hong Kong

Pro Tip: When you visit, be sure to go up to To Li Terrace - the one just above Lo Pan Temple - so that you can admire the colorful rooftop of the temple. The temple roof against the backdrop of the modern skyscrapers is one of my favorite views! 

Walk around Belcher Bay Park

Once you've admired the Lo Pan Temple and strolled the terraces, head back down to sea level to Belcher Bay Park. This neighborhood park has a lovely path around which to stroll and large playgrounds for the kids to enjoy. 

Belcher Bay Park in Kennedy Town Hong Kong

In the morning, Belcher Bay Park is home to those massive group aerobic exercises that ladies here like to do. These group workouts never fail to entertain and are one of the things I love about Hong Kong.

Catch a Movie at the Golden Scene Cinema

In spring 2021, an exciting new addition opened in Kennedy Town - a movie theatre! Golden Scene Cinema shows a variety of films from around the world in a variety of languages including English, Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, and Danish. 

Visit the Golden Scene Cinema website to see what's playing, get showtimes, and reserve your seat.

Watch the Sunset on the Belcher Bay Promenade

Since Kennedy Town is on the western side of Hong Kong Island, it's a fantastic location to watch the sunset! And the best spot in Kennedy Town to see the sunset is the Belcher Bay Promenade on Shing Shai Road. 

Sunset on Belcher Bay Promenade in Kennedy Town

This waterfront open space has a variety of facilities such as picnic tables, rolling pallets on which kids can play, a dog park, as well as public toilets. Since the park is open and mostly concrete, it's also a popular place for kids to scooter and skateboard.   

Kennedy Town Belcher Bay Dog Park

Bring your dog along to Kennedy Town and let him/her to make friends at the Belcher Bay Dog Park. It's a large area with a mix of grass and concrete where dogs can run around and play off-leash. 

Dog park in Kennedy Town

Pro Tip: Parents of large dogs should be aware that the wall around the Belcher Bay Dog Park is fairly low. As a result, large and determined dogs (or young, energetic pups) can easily scale it. 

Fantastic Dinner Spots in Kennedy Town

Now that you've thoroughly explored Kennedy Town, it's time to relax over a delicious dinner. With new places popping up all the time, K-Town is a great spot to dine. Even if you're not visiting for the entire day, head over for an evening of fun.

1) Tequila on Davis

My favorite Tex-Mex place that reminds me of places I'd go back home (in the U.S.) is Tequila on Davis. Dishes come in large portions and are always loaded with cheesy goodness and tasty guacamole. Our favorites are the nachos with chorizo and the beef enchiladas. Plus, the Golden Great Margaritas always hit the spot. 

Becky at Tequila on Davis

Address: 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town

2) 11 Westside

For traditional Mexican cuisine, 11 Westside is the place to go in Kennedy Town. Guacamole made at your table and tacos bursting with flavor are the highlights for me. And beautiful and delicious hand-crafted cocktails elevate the dining experience. At the back of 11 Westside, you'll find Kennedy Town's very own speakeasy bar - The Wilshire. 

Fun fact - 11 Westside is headed by Mexican native Chef Esdras Ochoa who was featured on Netflix's show - The Final Table. 

Address: 11 Davis St, Kennedy Town

3) Alvy's

For pizza and craft beer, look no further than Alvy's on Holland Street. Their sourdough thin-crust pizzas are delicious and I love trying out the new specials. Plus, Americans craving Arby's curly fries (random, I know), will be in heaven with Alvy's curly fries. 

Alvy's beer with pizza

Address: 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town

4) Grain

More exciting news for craft beer lovers like me, a new gastropub opened in Kennedy Town in May 2021! Grain is a partnership between the Woolly Pig restaurant group and Gweilo Beer - a local Hong Kong brewery. The menu features upscale bar snacks like Wagyu Beef Tartare and Pork and Beer Malt Sausages. Many dishes have a beer-inspired theme.

Grain Brewlab Kennedy Town
Grain craft beer Hong Kong

But the best part of Grain is the Gweilo Brewlab. In this research and development facility, they're creating unique beers which you can taste here before anywhere else. 

Address: 3-5 New Praya, Kennedy Town

5) Comptoir

A fun neighborhood wine bar, Comptoir serves a delicious array of tapas perfect for sharing. Jovial and welcoming staff make you feel at home and the cozy seating around the bar always provides a boisterous atmosphere. Perfect spot for date night with a nice bottle of wine.

Comptoir wine and burrata

Address: 42 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town

6) Pici Kennedy Town

Although I haven't visited yet, I'm excited to try Pici's latest location which just opened in Kennedy Town last week! Part of the Pirata Restaurant Group, Pici serves hand-made pastas and other delicious Italian dishes at reasonable prices across Hong Kong. I've always enjoyed its locations in Central and Wan Chai, so I'm sure I'll love the one in K-Town too.

Pici Kennedy Town

Address: 55 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town

How to Spend the Evening in Kennedy Town

If you're not completely exhausted from the long day, perhaps you'd like to stay for a while. Here are some ideas for how you could spend the evening in Kennedy Town.

Play Games at Wheat and Wood

This board games café in Kennedy Town is the perfect spot to hang out and play some games with a group of friends over drinks. If you're hungry, you munch on some small bites to go along with your games.

Located in an alley between Sai Cheung Street and Holland Street on the Belcher's Road side, the first game you play is finding Wheat and Wood!

Address: Shop 6, Ground Floor, Brilliant Court, 28 Praya, Kennedy Town

Pick Up Craft Beers and Hang Out by the Harbour

Because the Kennedy Town waterfront is such a great place to hang out, why not buy some beers at one of the local bottle shops to enjoy by the harbour?

I recommend stopping by Tramline, KTown Liquor, or Saffron to peruse the fridges full of craft beer. Either take them home with you or drink them on the waterfront!

Craft beer at night on waterfront

New Year's Eve 2020 on the Kennedy Town waterfront... little blurry, but you get the idea!

Have a Cocktail at To Be Frank

A neighborhood bar with a buzzy atmosphere, To Be Frank has a menu of unique wines and cocktails that changes regularly. It's the perfect spot for a drink with friends. 

Address: 56 Forbes St, Kennedy Town

Where to Stay in Kennedy Town

Is one day not enough time for you to fully explore Kennedy Town? Or, are you considering moving to K-Town and want to see what it's like to live there? Then why not spend a couple days checking it out?

Mia Casa Hotel

The Mia Casa Hotel on Hau Wo Street is where I'd recommend staying while you're in Kennedy Town. Since our apartment is so small, we've had visitors stay there. But we've also stayed there a couple times ourselves - including when we had an unexpected water issue in our apartment in February! 

Mia Casa Hotel in Kennedy Town living room
Mia Casa Hotel in Kennedy Town bedroom

This three-star hotel is conveniently-located in the heart of Kennedy Town. It has a variety of room options from a standard hotel room to a 2-bedroom apartment with a small kitchen. And the rooms on higher floors have lovely sea views!

View from Mia Casa Hotel Kennedy Town

Considering that this is a 3-star hotel, the amenities at the Mia Casa are quite good and the hotel is very clean. To me, it felt like I had everything I needed for a short stay. Plus the staff was friendly, welcoming, and worked to accommodate us. The only downside for me was that the beds were rather firm, but that is not uncommon throughout Asia. 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, Kennedy Town has a lot to offer in terms of activities and places to eat delicious food! It's a great place to get away for a weekend or to spend the day with family and friends. 

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What activities would you like to try in Kennedy Town? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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  • I love reading your recent posts on Hong Kong neighborhoods and everything off the beaten tourist track. That’s the Hong Kong I know anyway. But, clearly so much is different now. I dearly love Mexican food. Back in the day, there was only 1 Mexican restaurant in all of Hong Kong. In TST. And it wasn’t great. And we only had Pizza Hut to satisfy our pizza cravings, and I can still remember exactly where all 3 of them were located 😂.

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying the posts on Hong Kong neighborhoods! I can’t imagine how different it must have been when you lived here. Or having only 1 Mexican restaurant! There are so many now. Also, there’s a Pizza Hut in Kennedy Town but since we have ~3 other good pizza places in the neighborhood, I’ve never been there! 🙂

  • Kennedy town certainly seems a bliss and I feel a day is not enough with so many things to explore! This one day itinerary with hiking to Mount Davis, a swim at the very exotic Sai Wan Swimming Shed, visiting temples and parks, and the stunning sunset view along with lavish breakfast, lunch and dinner options is too much for a day! Not to mention you have included a movie as well. Loved the itinerary though. Just hope one can get the most of it. A nice refresher! The balcony view is simply magical to say the least.

    • It’s true that to complete the entire itinerary in Kennedy Town, it might be rushed to fit it all into one day. If you want to hit each activity, probably two days would be the best! 🙂 Though in certain seasons, you might have to skip some of the activities if it’s too hot or too cold.

  • The balcony views are out of this world, wow!! I’d hike up Mount Davis any day for even more views. Lo Pan Temple and Belcher Bay Park sound fun, but to me your post is really a food post, and boy does it deliver! No surprise you picked K-Town as your base when you arrived.

    • I did get a little carried away with all the good things there are to eat in Kennedy Town! 🙂 The activities just help you burn off all the food you can eat while you’re here.

  • You’ve sold me on Kennedy Town Becky! It’s so nice to read about lesser known places, and local too, in Hong Kong. I love that Italian bistro with the Hong Kong apartments overhead! And the views, I’ve got a new place to visit when I next go back!

  • What a wonderful place to live, with so much to do. I’d definitely want to hike up Mount Davis and visit Belcher Bay Park. All that food looks delicious and is making me hungry.

  • What a great neighbourhood! I think I would definitely stay in K-Town and explore. I love how it’s so close to nature, although the coffee shops got me tempted too!

  • Looks great thanks for always showing us some great Hong Kong spots seems we missed a lot great excuse to go back.
    The hike to Mount Davis ruins looks very interesting.
    And all the food I could live in Hong Kong just for the food

  • Kennedy Town on Hong Kong Island looks like a beautiful place to visit. I would especially like to hike Davis Mount to check out those ruins.

  • It’s nice to see old temples still have its rightful place in a city of high-rise tenements and sleek skyscrapers. The food scene in K-town looks fab #flyingbaguette

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