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.

Just like everyone else stuck in Hong Kong because of COVID, I also joined the bandwagon of staycationers. Other than breadmaking and dalgona coffee, it has been our only salvation in almost two years of no travel. So here is my unfiltered and unbiased view on all my favourites hotels in Hong Kong. We are starting with one of the newest, shiniest spots, yet still affordable, that has expansive Victoria Harbour views AND is bang in the middle of the city. Yes, it’s amazing and it’s the Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour. Location/accessibility Centrally located in North Point and walking distance…

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Homosexuality was legalized in 1991 in Hong Kong, and although gay marriage still isn’t, being queer is no longer the taboo it once was. In addition to the annual pride parade and a number of events during pride month in June, queer folk and allies can visit gay bars and nightclubs. Queer-friendly spaces may not be the norm in Hong Kong but increasingly there are a number of places that offer a safe space, a chance to meet other members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and of course, a great time! Spots for everyone The Pontiac — Central The Pontiac is…

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Flowers are one of the best gifts to receive. Whether it is for a wedding, Valentine’s Day, a birthday, Chinese New Year, or just a regular old Thursday, they can brighten up any room and mood! From elaborate flower arrangements to long-lasting flowers, Hong Kong has flower shops that will cater to all your needs. Here is our list of our favourite florists! Flower Chimp Hong Kong — Online Flower Chimp specializes in flowers and gift boxes for holidays (© Flower Chimp) With Flower Chimp’s quick online flower finder, you can select an occasion and budget, and it gives you a…

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Whether you are looking to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, promotion or just want something yummy, cakes are a necessary dessert. There are no dearth of options with exceptional cakes that look amazing AND satisfy your sweet tooth! So be it chocolate, red velvet, ice cream, gluten free or cupcakes, here is our definitive list of the best cake stores in Hong Kong. Butter — Central Butter’s triple chocolate cake (© Butter) No cake shop list is complete without mentioning Blacksheep’s signature cake shop that does classics like the New York Cheesecake, Triple Chocolate Cake and Smores Cake. Or if you’re…

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Korean BBQ is a beloved meal across Asia, and Hong Kongers definitely love this all-you-can-eat feast. Whether it is sizzling pork chops or juicy beef strips or marinated seafood, you will fall in love with the aromas, textures and of course, tastes! You usually have the option to cook your own meal which is a fun experience with friends and family. And we can’t forget the best part, complimentary banchans (a.k.a. side dishes) such as kimchi, namul or our favourite, japchae! Running燒 — multiple locations Spacious seating at Running BBQ (© Running燒) With locations across Hong Kong, this one is…

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If you are tired of contributing to the excess that is sometimes known to happen with gift-giving, there are ways that you can still enjoy holidays without being completely wasteful. A great way to do this is to donate to your favourite charity in your friend’s name. Not only are you supporting a great cause, but you can gift something to a loved one with a clean conscience! So here is a list of donations that you can give to the friend or family member who refuses to add to the junk in their homes and instead wants to contribute…

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There is nothing quite as satisfying as a warm bowl of ramen, and as a city of Japanese food lovers, Hong Kong has its fair share. Whether you prefer the traditional pork broth Tonkotsu, miso ramen, a spicy option or even a creamy chicken broth, Hong Kong has choices for everyone! Both in winter, when it’s a no-brainer, or in summer, when you can try some of the lighter options, these ramen shops are filled to the brim. So grab something to keep you busy while you queue up, and indulge in Hong Kong’s best ramen restaurants. Kikanbo — Causeway…

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Sometimes, you just crave baked/fried, chewy, gooey goodness in the shape of a circle with a hole inside… yup. You want a doughnut. While Hong Kong may not be known for its doughnuts (we no longer even have a Krispy Kreme!), if you know where to find it, we do have some hidden gems. So whether you are craving one filled with goodness or just a regular glaze, here is the list of our favourite doughnut spots! Nuts Donut Shop — Central Salted caramel, bourbon, and custard filled dough delights (© Nuts Donut Shop) Nuts Donut Shop was founded by…

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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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Having taken the world by a storm, bubble tea is still one of the most popular drinks in Hong Kong. This Taiwanese drink with its signature tapioca balls has been innovated upon endlessly, with flavours ranging from your signature milk tea, to fruit drinks, to cheese froths and has been adapted to flavour foods from sandwiches to ice cream and candy. With shops at every corner in Hong Kong, finding that perfect boba can be a challenge that many like to take. We all know the regulars, Gong Cha, Ten Ren’s Tea, and ShareTea, but to find the truly special…

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