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.

Smack dab in the middle of the blue line, known primarily as a residential and office area, is Quarry Bay. But this up-and-coming neighbourhood is not given its due for its incredible options for food and drinks. So whether you’re grabbing lunch during work, heading to a rooftop bar for some drinks and a great view, or wanting to try some local delicacies, read on to find our picks for the best restaurants in Quarry Bay. Shugetsu Tsukemen with grilled Kurobuta pork belly cubes and bamboo shoots (© Shugetsu) The famous dipping ramen or Tsukemen spot, Michelin Guide-recommended Shugetsu has…

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It’s almost the jolliest time of the year! And if you have kids, you know you have to go all the way. Gifts, gingerbread houses, Elf on a Shelf, and of course, Santa visits. With the craziness increasing as we gear up for the festivities and the end of the year, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. But, don’t worry – we’ve got you! So get all dressed up, make your wish lists, and get ready to take a photo with Santa at these spots in Hong Kong. Malvern’s Magical Christmas 2022 Discover the North Pole toy shop and read…

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It’s almost Christmas, the lights are up, carols are playing in every store, and the big malls have got their decorations up – you can’t miss Landmark’s extravagant display or Festival Walk’s iconic tree! And so it’s time for you to get your home ready for celebrations. Step one, of course, is getting your tree! Hong Kong houses may be small, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spruce them up to celebrate the festivities. So here’s your guide to real, fake and recycled trees, so that you have plenty of time to decorate and get ready for the holidays. Physical…

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In a city that loves a soupy dish – be it ramen, hot pot, or soup dumplings – you know that Vietnameserestaurants are going to be another favourite. While Pho, the delicious, heart-warming noodle and meat in soup dish might be most popular, there is a lot more in Vietnamese cuisine. From Banh mi (a baguette sandwich) to rice paper rolls (healthy spring rolls), to Banh Xeo (sizzling pancakes), there is tons to discover on the menu. We put together our favourites across the city, so that you can get your fix before you travel to Vietnam. Xuân — Wan…

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There is nothing better than a warm juicy meat tucked inside a hearty pita garnished with vegetables, sauces and other accompaniments – yes we’re talking about the ever popular kebab. This Mediterranean/Middle Eastern dish comes in many forms and can be enjoyed for breakfast, a quick lunch, a sit down dinner for a post night out indulgence! Here are some of our favourite spots in Hong Kong to enjoy a doner kebab. What’s the difference between kebab, shawarma, and gyro? As this dish has been adapted around the world it has taken on many names and forms, but essentially it…

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It’s October! Alongside all things fall, like pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and hiking season, this means it’s almost time for Halloween. If you’re looking for innovative, attractive, or frightening costumes to get into the spooky season mood, you can find all types of fun costumes for couples, kids, or your pets with this comprehensive list. From pop culture-inspired characters to classic vampire or pirate cosplays, we’ve got you covered with our guide to Hong Kong costume stores and party suppliers. Pottinger Street Climb Pottinger Street to browse a colourful array of Halloween goods (© bricoleurbanism via Flickr) The OG…

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The hairy crab, or the Chinese mitten crab as it is officially known, is a delicacy beloved by many in Hong Kong. Ones sourced from Yangcheng Lake are supposed to be particularly delicious as they have sweeter meat. It is known to ready for consumption in autumn, specifically in October and November, when you can find people across the city seeking it out in restaurants or cooking it at home. Here are our top 10 places to indulge in hairy crab this fall season. The Legacy House — Tsim Sha Tsui The Legacy House’s xiao long bao with hairy crab…

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Autumn half-term holiday for schools in Hong Kong run for one week sometime in October, depending on the institution. A time for young students to pause and charge up for a strong finish to the semester, this period is the perfect opportunity for kids to review subjects they require additional support in, or develop a skill or hobby. These 2022 fall camps will keep everybody happy during the half-term holidays! Sports & outdoor camps Ark Eden For a rough and tumble camp out in Lantau, check out Ark Eden’s half-term camp. For children aged 5 to 11 to learn about…

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Considered by many to be the heart of Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui is a bustling part of the city that is filled with offices, museums, shopping, and of course, food! You can find everything from cute coffee shops, to historic eateries, to Michelin star restaurants, to rooftop bars with stunning of the Victoria Harbour. So how does one choose where to eat or drink in Tsim Sha Tsui? Don’t worry – we’ve compiled the list of the best restaurants in TST. Sushi Sooshi — Omakase Sushi Sooshi is known for a cost-effective, innovative omakase lunch (© Sushi Sooshi) For…

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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! Tutor Time — Multiple locations Immerse your children in English-Mandarin learning at one of four gorgeous campuses (© Tutor Time) Tutor Time is a bilingual nursery and…

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