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Top Family-friendly Dining Spots in Central

Kate Farr

When it comes to eating out with the family, parents are on the lookout for three crucial ingredients – a kid-friendly space, great service and, of course, a tempting menu to whet those little appetites. Here are four fabulous Central venues that are getting it right when it comes to looking after the next generation of discerning diners.

Rosie Jean's Cafe Rosie Jean's Cafe

Rosie Jean’s Cafe Take a trip up the Central-Mid-Levels escalator to Caine Road, and Hong Kong’s original child-friendly café. Designed with families in mind, Rosie Jean’s unassuming exterior gives way to a welcoming space packed with wooden toys, crafts and – best of all – a large outdoor terrace. Other thoughtful additions include parent-and-child toilets, high chairs and the option to pay $20 for use of the adjacent school playground during weekends and public holidays, effectively extending your latte-drinking time for as long as you like! The food here is simple – cakes, quiches, sandwiches and soups – but the quality is great and there are plenty of snack options for smaller appetites. If you’re looking for space for a little one to burn off excess energy, Rosie Jean’s is the place for you.

119 Caine Road, Central, +852 2549 9718
www.rosiejeanscafe.com

Beef & Liberty

Beef & Liberty
While Lan Kwai Fong may be more commonly associated with nights on the town, tucked away on the third floor of California Tower is a family-friendly restaurant right in the thick of the action. With stroller space, alfresco seating and high chairs, this branch of Beef & Liberty ticks plenty of parenting boxes before you even open a menu.

Quality is the focus here, with burgers made from hormone and antibiotic-free beef, and buns freshly-baked each day. Not a fan of red meat? The falafel, BBQ pork and chicken burgers are every bit as tasty, while those in search of a lighter lunch can switch their bun for salad. Under-14s can chow down on a cheeseburger, fries, side salad and a juice or soft drink for just HK$88, making this good for both taste buds and wallets.

3/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, +852 2450 5778
www.beef-liberty.com/hk

 

Frites

Frites
With its laidback atmosphere, quality dining menu and great selection of Belgian beers on tap, Frites is an ever-popular choice for families. There are baby-changing facilities, high chairs and colouring sheets available and, as an added bonus, every weekend Frites rolls out the red carpet for their younger guests with a dedicated kids’ soft-play area.

Kids menu items include classics such as spaghetti bolognese, mini burgers and fish and chips, while the adult menu focuses on traditional European dishes such as schnitzel, pork knuckle and Austrian sausage, as well as authentic Belgian mussel pots – making Frites the ideal place to linger over a long weekend lunch.

1/F The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2217 6671
www.frites.hk

Yum Cha Hot Custard Molten Buns  Yum Cha BBQ Piggy Buns

Yum Cha
Hong Kong’s signature cuisine takes a turn for the seriously cute at Yum Cha, a family-friendly spot tucked away within the Nam Fung Plaza mall. While the restaurant serves up authentic Cantonese, Shanghainese and Sichuan dishes, the real draw at Yum Cha – as the name suggests – is the freshly made, MSG-free dim sum that comes with an unexpected twist that kids will adore. Chow down on BBQ pork buns shaped like pink pigs, munch on adorable pineapple puff “birds” served in cages, and save room for the giggle-inducing hot custard buns, which ooze their filling in an extremely amusing fashion when poked with a chopstick. In fact, the only potential snag dining here is that you may find your meal simply too cute to eat…

2/F Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, +852 3708 8081
www.yumchahk.com 

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