As you may know, it’s payday in Hong Kong! All HK residents can apply for $10,000 as of June 21, and if you do it online, you could receive the money as early as July 8! If you aren’t familiar with the process, you can visit this site here: www.cashpayout.gov.hk. It’s good to note that most major local banks offer a super simple online service that gets you registered within 3 clicks.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve already registered and are thinking about what to spend that hard-earned money on. Need some ideas? We’ve got you covered with some events happening very soon and some you can keep in your back pocket!
Go For A Bouji Brunch
The Clipper Lounge at Mandarin Oriental has one of Hong Kong’s most luxurious and pricey brunches. Every Sunday from 12 –3 PM, you can go all out on their mammoth selection of global cuisines. Start at the fresh seafood bar, before moving on to the carvery and cheese platters. Before dessert hit up the Japanese and Chinese stations and if you’ve got room, the sweets await. You’ll wanna skip breakfast, and maybe dinner the night before for this one.
It’ll set you back $738, with an additional $400 for the free flow —just a small dip out of your cool 10K.
Sip Tea In Style
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Cafe Gray Deluxe with Cookie Department’s new afternoon tea set. On offer are lavish sets of limited-edition cookies, including an earl ’gray’ one designed especially for Upper House. The tea set also includes Sabatino black truffle cheddar biscuits, mini red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, as well as other scrumptious pastries from Cafe Gray Deluxe. From now until July 32st, 3:30 - 5:30 PM grab a friend, and you can both spill the tea, over tea for $480.
Keep Your Gin Up
The doctor’s order: June is gin month at Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour! The entire month they’ve been highlighting Hong Kong gins including Two Moons Distillery Gin, Perfume Trees Gin, Gweilo Gin, Bauhinia Gin, NIP Gin, and Porcelain Shanghai Mandarin Gin. If you haven’t yet, drop by and try their gin flight. Order 3 of their 6 on offer for only $250, plus they have a lucky draw going on, you could win yourself a whole bottle to take home! Get to drinking!
Go To A Digital Disco
Not just any festival, but Tomorrowland, one of the most infamous music events. Unfortunately with Covid-19 putting a downer on things, the organisers have cleverly brought the experience online! Divided into virtual stages, partygoers can experience different artists like Afrojack, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, David Guetta and more! Tickets are on sale now, day tickets are €12.50, while weekend tickets are €20. The biggest social distancing party will happen on online on July 25 to 26 between 9 PM to 7 AM
Treat Your Hungry Soul
It never hurts to eat like a local, and if you’re getting bored of your local haunts why not do as the tourists might and join a local food tour! Lasting about 4 hours, Hong Kong Foodie Tours has a range of tours around Central, Sham Shui Po, Temple Street and Tai Po. Non of the planning work, all of the joys of eating. If you’re more of a drinker, they’ve even got a local craft beer tour! Depending on the tour you choose, it’ll only set you back around $700 HKD. Private tours are also available on request!
Get The Full Pamper Treatment
One of Hong Kong’s most lush, eco-friendly hairdressers and spa, you can spend an entire day here spurlging on yourself. Since emerging from quarantine, maybe you’re feeling a new, bolder look is in order? These guys are the experts and will make you feel spoilt all the way. If that doesn’t cut it, why not get your nails done and throw in a cheeky little spa treatment. Spoiling yourself without spoiling the earth, that’s a win-win! Full pricing on treatments can be found on their website.
Stuck for something to do this Dragon Boat Festival? Pop down to The Wise King, which was recently awarded number 18 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars List! This swanky cocktail bar is hosting a wine and cheese night this June 25 from 6 - 9 PM. You can enjoy 4 glasses of hand-selected South African Wines along with 4 excellent cheese pairings. All that goodness for only $389!
Be More Mindful
Ever been curious about veganism, or thoughts about how to adopt better-eating choices? You’re in luck! As part of a six-part series focusing on mindfulness, Hart is teaching a workshop that helps grow your self-awareness through taste. The Making Sense of Food is a workshop that acts as an entry point to the world of plant-based eating. The two-hour workshops will cover an introduction to a plant-based diet and its benefits, the relationship between consumption, energies, and well-being, and a tasting session with food specially prepared by long-time local vegan food educators Happy Plantarian. Ticketing details can be found on their website below.
Kick Back At A Hotel
Let’s be honest, travelling doesn’t seem to be in any of our futures anytime soon. So since you’re staying put, might as well make an event out of it. Hong Kong hotels have seen a massive decline in tourists and are looking to the locals, which means plenty of staycation deals are up for grabs.
The Murray, Ritz Carlton and Rosewood, to name a few, have packages that include discounts on spas, meal deals and complimentary services. The closest thing to a change of scenery, we’ll take it!
Looking to spend your $$$ on some quintessentially Hong Kong looks? Check out the Home Kong Market for shirts, hats and lifestyle products.