All you can eat at Kennedy Town

Waves still lap the Praya shore gently and people still fish on the edge of the waters, but apart from that, nothing looks the same as it did at Kennedy Town – from not just 20 years ago – but merely a few years ago.

For a very long time, this western end of Hong Kong Island served as a cattle depot and abattoir – not the ideal place for residential development.

It wasn’t until the beginning of the Kennedy Town MTR construction a few years ago that saw this outpost gentrify at breakneck speed.

All of a sudden, people fleeing high rents from Central flocked in and new restaurants and residential edifices seem to appear overnight, cultivating a blossoming F&B scene with a glut of restaurants that come and go almost every month.

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12:30 pm | Cheung Heung Restaurant
Let’s start with something scarce. This old-style cha chaan teng, founded almost 50 years ago, is the only one left among what is called “The three treasures of Sai Wan”, along with a traditional congee shop and a Chinese restaurant. The closure of the other two was reportedly due to high rents.

This little cha chaan teng survives for a good reason. The local staple it serves, including milk tea, pineapple buns and egg tarts, has been the impetus for non-Kennedy town residents to visit the neighbourhood. Even its satay beef noodle is tastier than at other local eateries.

107 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Western District
2817 1671

14:00 pm | Kennedy Town Swimming Pool
Designed by TFP Farrells, this 0.8 hectare swimming complex comprises outdoor pools, a teaching pool, a multi-purpose pool and a Jacuzzi, adding a modern character to the neighbourhood. From the front gate, it’s a soap-shaped construction, but its avant-garde structure can only be revealed from an aerial perspective.

2 Sai Cheung Street North, Shek Tong Tsui
2817 7973

15:45 pm | Stone wall trees on Forbes Street
As high-rises spring up, green spaces dwindle. A slew of Chinese banyan trees form an intrinsic bucolic canopy on a masonry retaining wall on Forbes Street, standing as a reminder of Kennedy Town’s bygone age. The wispy roots have become a collective memory of the community and a witness from its restful rural past to its rapid urbanisation today.

19:00 pm | Bistronomique
No dining experience is quite like dining at the waterfront of Kennedy Town. Bistronomique is just one of a number of amazing French options from a slew of restaurants and bars that have sea views on the waterfront. With a thing for minimalism, the interior boasts a soothing neutral palette with tones of cream.

Prepared by local French chef David Lai, the restaurant serves French classics such as bone marrow and frog legs.

G/F, 1B Davis Street

20:30 pm | Junk Yard Dog
The nightlife scene in Kennedy has also been growing. The subtle Nepalese bar tucked away on South Lane is your best bet for a quiet tête-à-tête with friends that have eschewed the drinking crowd on New Praya or Davis Street. If you are lost, just search for a shop in sharp red and blue with a droopy Bulldog logo on it.

Shop 1A, G/F, South Lane, 14-16 Woo Hop Street, Shek Tong Tsui
2817 7898