Kennedy Town

Hong Kong, Kennedy Town


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Kennedy Town is a charming inner city neighborhood located at the western end of Sai Wan on Hong Kong island.  For 100 years Kennedy Town served as a cattle depot and slaughterhouse for Hong Kong island. The slaughterhouses closed in 1993 and for the next decade it became a sleepy suburb. The quiet residential area quickly changed when the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) line opened in Kennedy Town in December 2014.

We chose Kennedy Town because of its perfect mix of old and new. It is home to one of the last undeveloped waterfronts in Hong Kong. It has beautiful sweeping views from Hong Kong harbor to Kowloon.

looking towards Tsing Yi

looking towards Tsing Yi

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looking towards Central from the promenade

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Shing Sai Road borders the harbor

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view of Green Island at sunset from our balcony

Kennedy Town is an up and coming hot spot for restaurants and bars. The district is comparable to the Mission in San Francisco; new restaurants and bars are popping up every month. It has a good mixture of western restaurants and local cheap eats.

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a pretty decent Mexican restaurant (nothing beats Mexican food in CA though)

Many restaurants offer cheap lunch specials. At $88 HKD ($11.35 USD), you get an appetizer, entree, and drink!

lots of open air restaurants

local dim sum spot

Like most neighborhoods on Hong Kong island, Kennedy Town has a mixture of new and old buildings. It is a bustling suburb with very few commercial buildings.

apartment buildings

apartment buildings and shopping centers

older building housing two restaurants and a brokerage company

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There are little pockets of parks and playgrounds scattered throughout the city. However, none of them allow dogs!

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Des Voeux Road from the Tram (the oldest public transportation in Hong Kong)

 

Although it still feels like a dream, after two weeks, we are finally starting to settle into our new home.

 

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Hansel loves the cool marble floors but not the cramped spaces.

 

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