Author: Kopal Manglik

Born in New Delhi, brought up in Hong Kong, and having lived in New York, city life is in Kopal's blood. You can find her exploring her beloved city. Whether it's the latest sustainable fashion store, or the cutest new coffee shop, she loves finding the hidden secrets of Hong Kong. In her free time, Kopal is a active advocate for animal welfare and adoption, and she runs a Facebook and Instagram page, @adoptdontshop.hk.

It’s that time of the year again! Mid-Autumn Festival is right around the corner on September 10, 2022, so get your lanterns ready, your dragon dances prepped, and your gifts for your aunties and popo ready. But most importantly, get ready to eat the quintessential moon festival food: mooncakes. If you are new to Hong Kong, you can read all about the history and cultural significance of the festival food item in our cultural guide to mooncakes, but otherwise, dive into our list of the top spots to get your favourite mooncake fix from. Bien Caramelise The vegan mooncake gift…

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We’ve all heard their names and aspired to eventually stay there, but what exactly makes a five-star hotel five-star-worthy? They are known for their opulent interiors, impeccable services and attention to detail. Whether you’re looking for hotels with luxurious silky bedsheets, incredible views, outstanding facilities or mouthwatering food, Hong Kong has a high concentration of 5-star hotels, especially in Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, and TST. Most offer a variety of facilities and services that cater to the needs of business travellers, couples looking for a luxury getaway, and families visiting the city. Some properties also have spacious suites perfect for…

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Craving a big, fat, juicy beef burger? One with all the classic toppings like cheese, bacon, and onion? Or do you prefer a veggie burger that’s slightly got a premium taste with truffle? Or are you a wild card, wanting to put fish into your burger? Don’t worry, Hong Kong has something for all your palettes and desires. Don’t forget to get fries and milkshake to go with that! Kabo Burger — Kwai Chung, Tsim Sha Tsui, Sai Ying Pun Kabo expanded from its original Kwai Chung location to a large TST location, loved for its value and innovative sides…

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As global warming becomes more and more apparent, a greater number of people have started to make small switches in their everyday items. These can go a long way, not just in helping individuals become zero waste, but also by signalling to companies through our dollars that protecting the environment is an important value to consumers!While most of our products in Hong Kong currently come in single-use plastics that pile up in landfills, there are a number of companies available that provide reusable, refillable, or biodegradable alternatives. For someone just starting on their green journey, here are some eco-friendly products…

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At the end of the extended Chai Wan line you will find Kennedy Town, a bustling neighbourhood with remnants of the past as well as exciting new glimpses of the future. With a ton of restaurants and coffee shops, as well as the newly opened waterfront, it is a great area to live or just visit for Sunday brunch and stroll. Read on to find out our favourite ways to explore Kennedy Town. What to know about Kennedy Town Kennedy Town is located at the western end of Hong Kong Island, and like the Sai Ying Pun and HKU area,…

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Deriving from the words grilled (yaki) and meat (niku), yakiniku is the incredible Japanese BBQ dining experience. With the selected meats cooked right in front of you, it takes you on a journey with all your senses. While the Korean counterpart, the almighty Korean BBQ, may be slightly more popular in Hong Kong, don’t underestimate the power of the Japanese barbecue.With beef being flown in from around the world, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, you have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best Wagyu and premium meats, all from the comfort of Hong Kong! Beef might be the star…

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For those who don’t know, Dragon Boat Festival, or Tuen Ng, might just feel like another public holiday, but there is a fascinating history behind it. As per the legend, Qu Yuan, known for his poetry and his love for his country, drowned himself in protest of the corruption during China‘s first feudal dynasties. The villagers raced out in their boats, throwing sticky rice dumplings into the river to keep fish and evil spirits away as they searched for his body for a proper burial.Thus began the traditions of dragon boat racing and eating rice dumplings on the fifth day…

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If you are looking for a gift that will not only be loved by the receiver, but also looks incredible for Instagram, gift boxes, and gourmet hampers are a great option. Packed with an assortment of curated treats, champagnes, candles, and flowers, they make for the perfect personalized gift for anyone in your life. No matter the occasion, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, Christmas, baby shower, new job, housewarming or just to show you pay attention to what your loved one likes – our selection of our favourite gift hamper providers will put a smile on everyone’s face! The Gift A…

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Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most densely populated cities but despite popular beliefs, the city is not only about concrete and skyscrapers. Indeed, Hong Kong has a huge natural side with natural parks, mountains and hidden beaches. Some require some effort to find, but they’re worth it. During weekends, they attract lots of locals as well as tourists who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a while. You have options of the ones that are under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), i.e. “gazetted” beaches, as well as others that…

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If your kids are finally walking around, ready and excited to meet others, and you are also ready to meet some parents and caregivers, it’s time to think about playgroups! While Hong Kong has many options for Montessori playgroups all the way to multi-language learning playgroups, we help you by highlighting the best playgroups in Hong Kong for all-round education and social skill training, play equipment, and engaging learning environment for your child! Baby Brain — Cheung Sha Wan Reggio Emilia-style playgroup in Cheung Sha Wan (© Baby Brain) Located in Cheung Sha Wan, Baby Brain offers Reggio Emilia-inspired playgroups…

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