Known to be a serene residential area, Ho Man Tin may appear a little off the beaten track in comparison with its vivid neighbour Mong Kok and the lively Yau Ma Tei; but its bewildering range of family owned restaurants and homey pet shops are definitely worth the detour.
13:00 pm | The Squirrel Coffee and Kitchen
My journey begins at this cosy café sitting quietly in a corner on the peaceful 8 Soares Avenue. Floral couches, book shelves adorned with vintage ornaments and written post-it notes hanging on a rope, the shop brims with a warm and friendly atmosphere that makes you feel like home.
G/F, Wing Ying Mansion, 8 Soares Avenue, Homantin
14:00 pm | Peter Yeung Optical Co.
A hidden gem for vintage and retro seekers, Peter Yeung Optical Co is perhaps the best under-the-radar eyewear shop in town with a bewildering range of vintage spectacles and sunglasses from some of the most renowned brands around the world such as Armani and Ray Ban.
68C Waterloo Road
14:45 pm | The Grand Dogaroo Pet Hotel
Right next door is a 8,000 square foot pied-à-terre for pets with facilities ranging from a beauty salon, gymnasium, dog café and a heated swimming pool providing swimming instruction and coaching for pups. Facing the grand entrance is a bakery corner hawking dog cookies, grooming supplies and healthcare products.
G/F, 66 Waterloo Road, Mongkok
16:00 pm | Three Dog Bakery
The way to your four-legged friends is through their bellies. This subtle shop in red serves up a wide selection of natural canine food from biscuits, treats to birthday cakes. But one rather small birthday cake has a price tag of HK$180.
Shop A2, G/F, 4 Liberty Avenue, Homantin
17:00 pm | Hot Dog Link
There are plenty of eateries in Ho Man Tin, but nothing quite like this localised German fast-food place on Waterloo Road. The shop interior is narrow and cramped and the food is calorie-filled, but the taste of it is totally worth a try. Apart from its mainstay hot dogs, you can go for wieners solo, or a wide range of additional choices, including Bolognese mash potato, instant noodles, hash browns and chips.
Shop C, 67D Waterloo Road, Homantin
17:45 pm | WOFT Tapas Bar & Restaurant
WOFT serves up a fine menu with a list of 60 craft beers from Germany, Australia, the US, Japan and New Zealand with a price range from HK$50 to HK$70. Pair your beers with a selection of pub food with innovative local twists such as fermented bean curd and cheese fondue, a Meigan cai Wagyu burger and typhoon shelter chips.
G/F, 7-8D Yim Po Street, Mongkok
19:00 pm | Victory Kitchen
This local Cha Chaan Teng has been a staple on Victory Avenue for some time, and is arguably the most renowned Hainanese Chicken hotspot in the neighbourhood. The sizable Hainanese chicken chunks, with an appealing glossy sheen sided with chicken-infused rice, makes Victory Kitchen a paradise for Hainanese Chicken enthusiasts.
G/F, 6 Victory Avenue, Homantin
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