Empire Tailors: Customising Bespoke Tailored Suits

Have Empire Tailors design your man’s best suit ever

 

Hong Kong’s social scene is filled with galas and events that are so fancy our boyfriend’s everyday suits just won’t cut it. So rather than spend a day scouring the streets of HK, we headed to the tailoring professionals at Empire, who as professional Hong Kong Tailors, knew just what to do when faced with our dilemma.  With 35 years in the game and three generations in the business, the Asaf family at Empire Tailors has built up a solid reputation for putting out some serious suits. When they offered to give us an insight into how to get the best suit made for each occasion, we jumped at the chance. Here’s what we found:

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Before we could even start, we had to choose our fabrics and get measured. We’ll get to the fabric selection in a minute, because fabric is key to a fine suit.  Empire suggested we first get the suit done in full canvas, because doing so gives the jacket better structure, shape and drape. Empire’s expert tip:This will assure the suit won’t be done without care; canvassed suits can’t be rushed, and tailors will need to do a couple more fittings.

Empire Tailors

Now about the fabric: we also knew that the fabric we chose would be paramount to the look and feel of the tailored suit. We can’t have our S.O. looking wrinkly at our friend’s wedding! So we looked to Italian textiles, as Italian fabrics are some of the world’s finest wools.Empire’s expert tip: Make sure the fabric you’re being shown is 100% wool, not a blend (especially if it’s a polyester mix!). Pure wool breathes well, is durable and is ideal for comfort.With its very own on-site workshop just below the shop, Empire Tailors sculpts some of the finest Italian wools to satisfy its very loyal, international customer base.  

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Boys can be picky about how a suit feels, so keep in mind the weight. If you’re headed to a summer event, the last thing he’ll want is a thick wool suit. And because suiting comes in seasonal weights, it’s important you talk to your tailor about when and where he’ll be wearing the suit. Mark Asaf at Empire offers unparalleled style tips and trends to walk you through the endless options – everything from solids to checks, herringbone to hopsack. Empire’s expert tip: “All-season” wool can be worn year-round, Cool Wool can be for summer, and Flannel for winter. If you’re just starting your suit wardrobe, try and stay within the mid-weight category for year-round wear.

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Also, just like a good set of sheets, thread count really does matter. You wouldn’t lie down on a scratchy pillowcase, so why put your man in a cheap jacket? Empire’s expert tip: It is important to remember that a higher thread count does not necessarily mean your suit will be more durable.

Once you’ve chosen the fabric, you will customise the style. This means anything from buttons, stitching, lining, lapels, padding and pleats. The Tom Ford style (slim fit, slim lapel, single vent, single breast, peak lapel suits) is the ideal option for a modern classic twist. Oh, and a top tip to deal with this city’s humidity – it’s a half-lined suit made with tropical wool.

Empire Tailors

Once all the details are decided on, measurements are taken and the tailor books in the fittings to work around your schedule. The final process can take anything from two to three weeks. Patience is key! Empire’s expert tip:A custom suit is made for each individual and designed to serve you and your particular needs.

Empire TailorsShop 6, G/F, 63 Moody Road, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2723 2673

 

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The Best Barbecue Spots in Hong Kong

Cooking up some summer fun

 

Nothing says summer quite like the smoky smell of a barbecue. When the weather is nice, the best thing to do is fire up that grill, gather your family and friends, and feast! While there are plenty of free public barbecue sites around Hong Kong, not all are created equal (don’t even think about getting a barbecue pit at Deep Water Bay on a Sunday!). So which ones do we think rank as the best in town? Here are our top picks!

Shek O Beach

Located on the southern coast, Shek O has got to be one of the most beautiful places in Hong Kong. It has one of the largest barbecue sites in town with a whopping 40 public barbecue pits. It can get extremely crowded on weekends, so if you don’t want to take a chance on there actually being space, you can reserve a spot at one of the privately-run barbecue areas right on the beach. For $400, you’ll be provided with charcoal and unlimited barbecuing time. Whilst the public site is open all day, every day, (it works on a first-come-first-serve basis, so get there early!), the private barbecue area stays open only until 11pm. If you want to book a private site, call 2809 4579 to get a pit at Liu’s Barbecue on Shek O Main Beach.

How to get there: Take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan, find the exit A3 and then take bus 9, or a taxi, to Shek O. From there, head towards the colourful houses when entering Shek O Village, and the paved road will lead you to the Shek O Back Beach.
Opening hours: 24 hours, daily
Charcoal: Not provided (except by privately run areas)
Supermarkets Nearby: No
Pet-Friendly: No
Shelter: No
Facilities: light refreshments restaurant, barbecue pits (39), changing room, shower facilities, toilet (including accessible toilet), raft, playground, car park (including three accessible parking spaces) and obstacle golf course.

Tai Tam Country Park

Tai Tam Country Park is the largest on Hong Kong Island. The Chinese words ‘Tai Tam’ mean ‘Big Pools’ in English, referring to the four huge water reservoirs found inside the park. There are some very scenic hiking trails and many areas with picnic tables, benches, barbecue pits and playgrounds. Though you can’t reserve a table in advance, there are so many here, so we are sure you won’t have any problems finding a vacant pit to grill up some burgers – but stock up on supplies before you leave as there aren’t any supermarkets nearby!

How to get there: Take Exit A from Central MTR station and you will emerge on Connaught Road Central. Directly opposite the road is the Exchange Square Bus Terminal. From there take City Bus 6 and alight at Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park, Wong Nai Chung Gap Rad bus stop. Alternatively, take Exit A from Sai Wan Ho MTR station and you will arrive at Tai On Street. From there, take bus 14 from Tai On Street bus stop and alight at Tai Tam Country Park bus top.
Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily
Charcoal: Not provided
Supermarkets Nearby: No
Pet-Friendly: Yes
Shelter: Rain shelters
Facilities: Picnic and barbecue areas, one rain shelter children’s play facilities, jogging trail, walks and trails, one morning walker garden

stanley main beach bbq

Stanley Main Beach

One of our favourite beaches is also one of our favourite spots to have a barbecue. There are more than 15 barbecue pits, but you better get there quickly if you want to reserve a spot. The barbecue area is only a 10 minute-walk from the nearby restaurants and supermarkets, which is super useful if you need to top-up on booze (er, food). Warning – this beach is very popular and can get really busy. This is not the place to come to if you want to get away from the crowds!

How to get there: From Central Exchange Square (near Hong Kong Station MTR, Exit D), take bus 6, 6A, 6X, or 260, and alight at Stanley Village bus stop, which should take about 50 minutes. You can also hop on the same buses from Connaught Road outside City Hall and Queensway at Admiralty MTR Station – if this is more convenient for you! To reach the beach, follow Stanley Beach Road for about 200 metres from the bus stop. You could also take a taxi from Central, but as there is only one road into Stanley, it’s not likely to be much quicker, and will be more expensive.
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Charcoal: Not provided
Supermarkets Nearby: Wellcome, 88 Stanley Village Road, Stanley (about a 5-minute walk from Stanley Main Beach), along with a Taste Supermarket in Stanley Plaza.
Pet-Friendly: No
Shelter: No
Facilities: fast food kiosk, barbecue pits (15), changing room, shower facilities, toilet (including accessible toilet), bathing shed and raft

Read more: Sassy’s Guide to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong

Lion Rock Country Park

Located in the New Territories, Lion Rock Country Park is one of the most underrated green spaces in Hong Kong: a huge stretch of trees, gardens and barbecue pits just under the Lion Rock. The barbecue area was renovated just a couple of years ago making it one of the best in Hong Kong. There are 26 pits, each with comfortable benches and a spacious picnic table. As there aren’t any facilities near the park to stock up on food, make sure to pick up all of your supplies beforehand. There’s also a little hiking trail leading up the mountain slopes from the barbecue site, so you can walk off your lunch!

How to get there: Take Exit B3 from Wong Tai Sin MTR station, turn right and walk towards the mini-bus terminus. Head left after you reach the terminus then turn left again onto Shatin Pass Road. Walk up and or take a taxi up Shatin Pass Road and you’ll arrive at the trail head of Lion Rock Country Park.
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Charcoal: Not provided
Supermarkets Nearby: No
Pet-Friendly: Yes
Shelter: Pavilions
Facilities: Twenty-six sets of tables and benches at barbecue area, men’s and women’s toilets (including accessible toilet), lighting system, one children’s play area, three elderly fitness corners and one designated disabled parking space.

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Anglers Beach

With lovely views across the water to the three bridges that connect Hong Kong Island to Lantau, this stretch of beach on Kowloon has seven barbecue pits. While it’s a great spot to start a fire for grilling, there is no swimming allowed on the beach, so don’t expect to cool off in the water if it gets too hot. This shouldn’t stop you from topping up your tan on the sand, though!

How to get there: From Tsuen Wan West MTR Station, take Exit A1 or E1 to Tsuen Wan West Station Public Transport Interchange. Take bus 234A, 23B or 53 from there and alight at Sea Crest Villa Phrase 3 bus stop, which is right opposite to Anglers’ Beach. Alternatively, take minibus 308M from Tsing Yi Station Public Transport Interchange or 96M from Tsuen Wan MTR Station and alight at Sea Crest Villa Phrase 3 bus stop.
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Charcoal: Not provided
Supermarkets Nearby: Wellcome, 1/F, Chan Kee Comm. Center, 48 Castle Peak Road, Sham Tseng, NT, Sham Tseng (about 8 minutes from Anglers Beach)
Pet-Friendly: No
Shelter: No
Facilities: Changing room, shower facilities, toilet and seven barbecue pits

Butterfly Beach Park

First of all, we already like this location because of its cute name. Second, we love that it has great views, and third, there’s also a campsite, so you can make your barbecue into an overnight outdoor trip! The clean, tidy environment and stunning scenery make this a must-visit if you’re looking for the ultimate barbecue destination. Check out the nearby parks and enjoy the space and calm – yep, this is probably one of the least busy beaches in Hong Kong, so it is worth the trek out to the New Territories.

How to get there: From Tuen Mun MTR station Exit C2, hop onto MTR shuttle bus No. K52 and alight at Butterfly Beach Park bus stop. Alternatively, take KMB 59X, 59M or 59A that travels towards the direction of Tuen Mun Pier Head and alight at Butterfly Estate bus stop.
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Charcoal: Not provided
Supermarkets Nearby: Wellcome Superstore, 2/F, Butterfly Plaza, 1 Wu Chui Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories (about 10 minutes from Butterfly Beach)
Pet-Friendly: No
Facilities: Barbecue Pits (80), jogging track, a light refreshment kiosk, toilets (including accessible toilet), a five-a-side football soccer pitch/volleyball court/ basketball court, one elderly fitness corner
Shelter: No

Hung Shing Yeh Beach bbq spot

Lamma Island

Lamma’s close proximity to Hong Kong Island makes it a great place to go for the day if you fancy escaping the busy city! Getting there is easy enough, with ferries from Central Pier 4 taking only 20 minutes.

There are many beaches to choose from, one of our favourite’s being Hung Shing Yeh Beach, which is partially sheltered by trees and has a slightly larger barbecue area.

How to get there: Take a ferry from Central Pier 4 to Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island, which will take approximately 30 minutes. From the Yung Shue Wan Pier, turn right and walk along the Family Trail for about 25 minutes to the beach. Alternatively, take a ferry from Central Pier 4 to Sok Kwu Wan. Follow the path through the array of seafood restaurants and continue your way across the island towards Yung Shue Wan.
How to get there: 24 hours daily
Charcoal: Not provided
Supermarkets Nearby: No
Pet-Friendly: No
Shelter: No
Facilities: BBQ pits (around nine), changing rooms, shower facilities and toilet (including accessible toilet), wash basin (with two taps)

Located a little further along the coast of Hung Shing Yeh Beach lies the secluded Lo So Shing Beach, which is small, set in a scenic cove and beautifully fringed by Lamma Island’s untouched hills. There are only a few barbecue pits (around six), but there are also changing rooms, shower facilities and toilets nearby. The views are amazing and Lo So Shing Beach – unlike some of the beaches on the island – doesn’t get too crowded! Both beaches are gorgeous, so you can go for a dip in the sea while the grill heats up!

How to get there: Take a ferry from Central Pier 4 to Yung Shue Wan, then follow the Family Walk until you reach a Chinese- style pavilion. From there, Lo So Shing Beach is roughly a 15-minute walk.
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Charcoal: Not provided
Supermarkets Nearby: No
Pet-Friendly: No
Shelter: No
Facilities: BBQ pits (six), changing room, shower facilities, toilet and raft

Upper Cheung Sha Beach

Tucked away in a little corner on Lantau Island lies Upper Cheung Sha Beach, the perfect place to grill. This has got to be one of the loveliest beaches in HK, with a (relatively!) clean coastline. The long stretch of beach is great as it rarely gets busy, so you can really enjoy Hong Kong at its best. If you can’t be bothered to drag your barbecue supplies to the pits here, then you could always stop by The Stoep resto instead… just saying.

How to get there: Take the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo. Then take the 1, 2 or 4 bus to Lower Cheung Sha Village, which is about a 5-minute walk to the beach. Alternatively, take the MTR to Tung Chung and then take the 11 or 23 bus, which should take about 20 minutes to Lower Cheung Sha Village, about a 5-minute walk from the beach.
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Charcoal: Not provided
Supermarkets Nearby: No
Pet-Friendly: No
Shelter: No
Facilities: Refreshment kiosk, barbecue pits (seven), changing room, shower facilities, and toilet (including accessible toilet)

Silvermine Bay Beach **Temporarily closed until 2018**

Located in Mui Wo, a rural town on the eastern coast of Lantau Island, is Silvermine Bay Beach. With 20 big barbecue pits with marble benches, this is one of our top spots for a summer cook up! You can come here in the day to soak up the sun while munching on a hot dog, but we recommend coming at night, when Silvermine Bay Beach really comes alive. It seems everyone in Lantau comes out in the evening to grill up some grub at the public pits or on bonfires at the beach. I’m sure you’ll be able to find someone to help out when you can’t get the fire started! What’s more, Mui Wo is barbecue food heaven, aside from the usual supermarkets, there are a couple of barbecue supply stores near the ferry pier selling a huge variety of marinated meats and barbecue-friendly veggies. 

How to get there: Take the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo. Turn right at the pier and go to Mui Wo Ferry Pier Road, then walk to Ngan Kwong Wan Road and long Ngan Shek Street to Tung Wan Tau Road and the beach.
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily (barbecue areas are closed during maintenance)
Charcoal: Not provided
Supermarkets Nearby: Wellcome, G/F Shop 1240, 2 Ngan Wan Road, Gallop Court, Lantau Island, 2984 7884 (about 11 minutes from Silvermine Bay Beach)
Pet-Friendly: No
Shelter: Not listed
Facilities: barbecue Pits (20), changing room, shower facilities, toilet and beach volleyball court

Note: Due to beach improvement works, Silvermine Bay Beach is expected to be closed until mid 2018, all beach facilities and lifeguard services will be suspended until this time.

Ma On Shan Country Park bbq

Ma On Shan Country Park

Located in Sai Kung, Ma On Shan Country Park is filled with dramatic landscapes and tonnes of trails and hikes for nature lovers! The country park has several barbecue sites: Shui Long Wo, Kei Ling Ha, Nai Chung and Ma On Shan Village. But the ones at Ma On Shan Village and Nai Chung are probably the easiest to access and the most popular for day trips. There aren’t any shops or supermarkets nearby, so you’ll have to be organised and get your barbecue supplies in advance!

How to get there: From Hong Kong Station Public Transport Interchange (near Hong Kong Station, Exit F), take bus 681 and alight at Ma On Shan Park bus stop, which should take about 70 minutes.
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Charcoal: Not provided
Supermarkets Nearby: No
Pet-Friendly: Yes
Shelter: Pavilions
Facilities: barbecue areas, hiking trails, public toilets

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{Met In The Mile Square}: Immigrating to America

Met In The Mile Square tells the stories of residents and visitors alike from our great city of Hoboken. Stay tuned every month for a new person we Met In The Mile Square.

HHH: Describe yourself in three words.

C: Energetic. Comedic. Curious.

HHH: What’s your story? What brought you to Hoboken?

C: I immigrated to the US from Canada when I was about 10 years old. I actually moved here just as the South Park movie came out…so you can imagine how that went over in middle school. It was basically hell for a little Canadian like myself. You’ll understand if you’ve seen the movie…

My family and I moved to the US when my dad got a new job in Connecticut. We were green card holders. My family and I had to live on the edge of our seats while we waited to be eligible for citizenship. We were always being watched, and any small screw-up could have led to deportation. But we were in one of the best countries in the world. We took it in stride and assimilated quickly. It took me 9 years to become a citizen. I was sworn in as a US citizen in 2009 in a small courthouse in Vermont.

I went to a small private ski high school in Stratton, VT. Yes, I am a stereotypical Canadian who grew up skiing. After I graduated, I took two years off to compete around the world. I’ve skiied all over- Chile, New Zealand, Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, all over the US and Canada…I’ve competed against the best of the best, some who are Olympic skiiers now. I’ve been back-country skiing, heli skiing, and I basically just specialize in getting rad.

After my worldwide competitive skiing run, I went to college at Plymouth State University before eventually moving back to Connecticut.

I then got a job in NYC and commuted from Stamford, CT to Midtown for 2 years…eventually I became way over the 3-hour commute and was looking to move closer to work. My girlfriend and I looked into Hoboken and fell in love with it instantly. We moved here together about a year ago. You could say I am pretty pumped with the 30-minute commute and PATH situation now (although this NJ Transit situation is less than ideal).

Hoboken has been an awesome step in my life. If I learned anything from immigrating and assimilating into the US culture, it’s that you can’t take anything for granted. Life is hard, but at the end of the day, everything happens for a reason, and you have to fight for what you want. Whether that’s something small like fighting for the last cookie at the bakery (I’ve done it, and I’m not proud, but that cookie was goooood) or something big like fighting to become a US Citizen, you have to just go for it. I love this country and don’t plan on leaving. I am so grateful for what life has thrown at me, and am appreciative for what the US has given me.

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HHH: Any crazy, funny, or interesting stories since living in Hoboken?

C: OH, yes…I was at a popular Hoboken establishment one night, and it was packed, as per usual. A girl and who appeared to be her boyfriend were having a casual verbal fight at the bar while attempting to order a drink. This is where it gets good…some guy next to her legit threw up all over her arm, and she freaked out, started yelling at the guy and her boyfriend…and then proceeded to start hitting the guy who threw up on her. The guy rushed towards the exit and the girl followed, basically chasing him. Best part? Everyone just kinda acted like it was no big deal and just went right back to dancing and drinking. Typical.

HHH: What’s your favorite part about living here?

C: I love the atmosphere and how close everything is. I can walk, bike, or skate anywhere I want. It’s especially great because if I ever want to grab a drink or go out with friends, there are seemingly endless options.

HHH: Any advice for fellow Hobokenites?

C: Live life to the fullest. Go to as many bars and restaurants as possible. I have been living in Hoboken for about a year and still haven’t tried everything. You never know what goodies await at the bar! Also, go walk the pier, and use the parks on the water. The views of NYC will never get old, and the best time to enjoy it is now, in the summer.

HHH: Favorite restaurant/bar in town?

C: Pilsener Haus is my favorite bar, primarily because I love beer and I love Dunkel. For food, I can’t get enough of House of ‘Que. I actually spent my first night living in Hoboken at their Dueling Pianos night. It also happened to be my birthday, and my girlfriend paid the piano guys to embarrass me. I had to do head, shoulders, knees and toes…it was an epic failure, of course.


Written by Lindsay Steidl

Lindsay grew up in the middle of nowhere, Connecticut, where cell service wasn’t a thing (for real, “No Service” was a constant notice on her phone). But her love for pizza and all things marketing & social media brought her to the big city, and eventually to Hoboken. Lindsay is on a constant search for the best slice of Buffalo Chicken pizza and the best Bacon, Egg & Cheese on a croissant…. Any suggestions?! When she is not eating or drinking, you can find her biking up the Hudson River Walkway or traveling the world. She also swears that death glare isn’t directed at you, she just has a case of RBF. She actually really likes people!

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Mad About Matcha: Where To Find Your Fix In Hong Kong

Meet your matcha…

 

After sushi and ramen won the hearts and minds of people everywhere, matcha became the newest (and the most popular) Japanese food trend in the 852. Every chef in town wanted this super-oxidizin’, detoxifyin’ and calorie burnin’ ingredient in their recipes – from pancakes, crepes and donuts to smoothies, yoghurts and ice-cream, the matcha craze is still very real! With so many options to choose from, we decided to help you out with this list of restaurants offering our favourite matchalicious grub. We hope you find your perfect match(a)!

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The Best Swimwear Stores In Hong Kong… And Online Too!

Seasonal Swimwear Styles for all

 

It’s summertime, the waves are rolling in and the water is just calling out to us! Yep, you’ve guessed it – it’s swimsuit time!

Searching for something to wear for that all-important dip into the water can be a total chore, but we’ve rounded up the best swimwear stores in Hong Kong (and online too) that are bound to have something that will make you feel easy, breezy and beautiful! Whether you’re planning to bask away in the sun on the beach, hit the water for a couple of laps or just sip away on cocktails poolside (looking fab, of course), these stores will have whatever you need for just about every occasion. We’ve updated this trusty guide to swimwear stores with some new spots and some of our favourite online options, so make sure you check them out. You’re sure to find the perfect suit for you…

Read more: Swimwear For Every Girl: Suits To Fit Your Body Type

mamedio swimwear

Mamedio

We may be miles from Ipanema, but you can still achieve that elegant and sexy Brazilian beach look by slipping on one of these gorgeous bikinis! Mamédio swimsuits are meticulously made with high quality, luxurious, silky soft fabric that will flatter your curves, hug your body in all the right places and make you look (and feel) as gorgeous as ever. Using exclusive, handcrafted prints and gold-plated details, these suits will be your go-to beachwear every time. Best of all, they are made in Brazil following sustainable and ethical responsible manufacturing principles. Win win.

Mamédio, 10/F, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 5538 2896, mamedio.com

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Ozzie Cozzie

If you’ve been missing the sunshine down under, then head to Ozzie Cozzie for the next best thing – Aussie and NZ beachwear! The personal service and wide selection on offer is the reason it has so many repeat customers. There is something here for the whole family as it not only has items for ladies (with a range of sizes from 8 – 20 (AU/UK) and Booster A cups to underwired DD/E cups!), but also carries stock for men, boys and girls. With popular brands such as Seafolly, Moontide and Sunseeker, you’re sure to find something that you like. Its Miraclesuit promises to have three times the “holding power” of the average swimsuit, supposedly making you look 10lbs lighter in 10 seconds – perfect for those of us who need that extra confidence to get out in the water!

Best of all, if you have no clue what you are looking for, its friendly and experienced staff will give you professional advice and find the best fit for you based on your size, cup, skin tone and hair colour, you name it!

Ozzie Cozzie, 503 Tak Woo House, 1-3 Wo On Lane, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 1356, www.ozziecozzieco.com

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Sheer

Looking for chic swimwear? SHEER, Hong Kong’s premier lingerie and swimwear store offers more than 35 designer labels – so all we have to do is take our pick! SHEER exclusive Paolita, is known for it’s hand-picked luxurious fabrics sourced in Italy and Spain. This London-based resort label offers fun, colourful, head-turning pieces with vibrant prints and flattering silhouettes. For a modern twist, opt for the Antibes, one of Marysia’s best selling styles. With scalloped edges and boning details, the pieces give a seamless fit for that effortless beach look. Stella McCartney Swim combines padded/non-padded one-piece and bikini options for a sporty chic look. As a bonus, SHEER’s talented team of experts is always on hand to help you find the perfect fit. From colourful prints, to simple colour blocks, these high-quality pieces are made with style in mind.

SHEER, Shop 310/3F, The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong, 2388 2876, sheer.com.hk

merculture swimwear store

Mer Culture

This chic boutique offers unique travel and resort items from head to toe and more! It boasts a wide variety of beachy items for men and women including bohemian swimwear, vibrant clothing, handmade sandals and summer accessories that will take your holiday to the next level. With its travel-inspired unique designs made by Hong Kong based artisans, this is one shop you need to check out! Featuring spectacularly hip brands such as the namesake Mer Culture, Aanya, What The Frock?!, Kookii B, Louella Odie, La French Cut, and more, you’ll be supporting your city (and will look great when you do!) when shopping here. There are even ethnic homeware items from Thorn & Burrow, so it’s really a one-stop shop for everything you desire!

Sassy Perk: Use code ‘SASSYSUMMER’ to get 10% off all Mer Culture’s swimwear on its online store www.merculture.com or at the new Mer Culture boutique in Star Street Precinct. Expires 14 August, 2017.

Mer Culture, Mer Culture, G/F, 21 Wing Fung St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.merculture.com

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 25 May 2016, and was updated by Najuka Redkar on 26 July 2017.

Read more: The Hottest Sunglasses Trends for Summer 2017

The Specialist Stores:

Gourami

A Sassy fave, Gourami (previously known as Swim & Fitness) in Wan Chai has everything you need to get set for the beach – including swimwear, beachwear, goggles and more, all at reasonable prices, too. Its own branded swimwear line manages to look glam while also being practical, and its in-house brand Kissin’ usually has a range of cute, colourful prints which are perfect for summer!

Gourami, 176D Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2838 6303 www.gourami.co

Marie Van damme swimwear

Marie France Van Damme

Marie France has actually been living and working in Hong Kong since the 90s, but her store in the 852 is sure to be your one-stop-shop if you have glam travel plans in mind. Her luxury resort wear boasts a wide variety of silk printed caftans, tunics and sexy swimwear, perfect for lounging by a five-star pool. Be sure to check out the gorgeous metallic swimsuits – a Sassy fave!

Marie France Van Damme, Shop 3088, Podium Level 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2883 9088, www.mariefrancevandamme.com

Quicksilver & Roxy

For all the surfer chicks out there – your swimwear drawer is probably already filled to the brim with Quicksilver & Roxy. But as with anything… more is more, and with new prints landing every season, who can resist?! Stock up on fun and carefree bikinis here – we love to mix-and-match the prints with solid colours. Try and snag a bargain by hitting up its outlet in Tung Chung’s Citygates.

Read more: Outlet Malls in Hong Kong, Where, What and Worth The Trip?

See all Quicksilver & Roxy locations in Hong Kong here.

Read more: The Best Beaches in Hong Kong: Sassy’s Ultimate Guide

Escapade Sports

Swimwear isn’t all about beautiful bikinis and tan lines, so if you’re looking for some serious swimwear, check out Escapade Sports. Whether you’re out to catch a ride on your board, or are just braving the waves for a good swimming workout, Escapade should be your first port of call for activity-based swimwear and wetsuits from brands like ORCA, Blueseventy, TRX and Zoggs. Escapade Sports and Leisure also carries the likes of Seafolly, Brooks Heritage and Tom & Tedd for the more casual swimmer! See all stores here.

Escapade Sports, 19 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2891 1855, www.escapade.com.hk

Calzedonia

You’ll find Calzedonia on Queen’s Road Central (right next to the Zara flagship store). This Italian shop stocks range of colourful bikinis in unique designs, made from the highest quality materials. With top-level runway models campaigning for the brand, you can be sure that you’ll look sexy on the sand! We’re lusting after the tropical prints and bright colors!

Calzedonia, G/F, Peter Building, 62 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, it.calzedonia.com

The Staples:

h&m swimwear

H&M

We love H&M’s fun and affordable fashion, and with bikinis almost all under $350, what’s not to like? This summer it’s all about details and cool textures, from crochet tops to patterned bottoms, the collection will have you snapping up a ton of its light bohemian-style dresses to throw on over your new swimsuit too.

See all H&M stores in Hong Kong here.  

Marks & Spencer

A longtime favourite of every generation, British stalwart Marks & Spencer has something for everyone! M&S is particularly good for one-piece swimsuits, in both classic and bold designs. If you’re not comfortable showing your midriff, look out for the flattering tummy control innovation that’s conveniently built into many of its swimsuit designs! We’re loving Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s newest seven-piece collection featuring retro floral designs and stylish one-pieces designed to flatter natural curves!

See all Marks and Spencer Stores in Hong Kong here.

J.Crew

We simply can’t get enough of J.Crew’s cool but casual style. For a large selection of chic one-piece suits, bikinis and board shorts, it’s definitely worth checking out! Maintaining its reputation as the go-to brand for effortlessly stylish clothes, its swimwear will certainly keep you looking cool by the pool! Its suits are super flattering and come in a wide range of great patterns. You can shop online or check out its store at IFC mall.

J.Crew, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2628 5611, www.jcrew.com

Topshop

If you’re after the latest looks then head on over to Topshop! This summer you can expect to see a lot of plunging frills, crochets and animal prints. The Central store mainly carries bikinis, but that means you can shop separates, which is perfect for mixing and matching – so get creative! The online shop has a much wider range of styles and patterns, as well as accessories to match. Why not complete your look with a cute tote, a patterned fedora and cool sunglasses for the ultimate in poolside perfection?

Topshop, 59 Queen’s Road Central, Asia Standard Tower, Hong Kong, 2118 5353, www.topshop.com 

Cotton On

If you’re looking for flirty and feminine swimwear that won’t break the bank, rush over the Cotton On to win the bikini lottery! With tonnes of options (separates so you can choose what you like!) at uber affordable prices, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Most of the bikinis are under $300 (score!) and are great for on-trend prints, colours and styles.

See all Cotton On stores in Hong Kong here.

cos swimwear

COS

If you’re on the hunt for simple patterned, comfortable and flattering swimwear styles, definitely check out COS this season. We love the coloured striped bikinis – perfect for jumping off endless junks this summer.

COS,  74 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 3580 7938, www.cosstores.com (Click here for more store locations!)

Lingerie Specialists:

Agent Provocateur

From daring cuts and graphic, matte monochrome palettes, Agent Provocateur is taking charge and changing up the seasonal trends to bring you a bold swimwear style. Think plunging necklines and soft strappy strings– a stylish and sexy alternative that we actually really dig!

Agent Provocateur, 8 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2787 2733, www.agentprovocateur.com   

rigby and peller swimwear

Rigby & Peller

This British lingerie specialist (granted the Royal Warrant by the Queen of England – which makes it the official fitter of the queen!) is your go to-store if you want the perfect fit! Stocking uber luxurious brands like Aubade, Primadonna Twist and La Chat that are certain to stay in your swimwear bag for many years to come, its in-depth fitting services definitely get the Sassy seal of approval. Check out our full review of Rigby & Peller’s fitting services here.

Rigby & Peller, 2 Hysan Ave, East Point, Hong Kong, global.rigbyandpeller.com

Online:

Forever 21

Its store may be gone from CWB, but don’t let that deter you from snapping up a new beach bikini! Both cheap and cheerful, Forever 21 is a staple in the swimwear department – with a good selection of one pieces, tanks, and itsy-bitsy bikini styles.

Available online here, www.forever21.com

grana swimwear

Grana

Specialising in carefully crafting quality, luxury essentials at reasonable prices, Grana is the perfect place to look for minimalist bikinis, swimsuits and high-rise briefs. We adore the Olive Pearl French Bikini Top with a classic scoop in the front and back– très chic!

Available online here, www.grana.com 

Sabina Swims

For those of you who love quirky fun prints – Hong Konger Sabina Wong’s Sabina Swims is perfect for you! There’s something for every body type; we particularly love the one-piece suits, which provide just enough coverage while still being sexy and fun. Bikini tops range from $530-630, with swimsuits priced around $1,100, however the swimwear errs more on the petite side (the maximum is around a C cup).

Available online here, www.sabinaswims.com 

Melissa Odabash

Specialising in luxury swimwear and beachwear, Melissa Odabash is designed by one fashionable jet-setter. The pieces are timeless and made from high quality fabrics – you’ll look stunning on the beach or by the pool!

Available online here, www.odabash.com

island state swimwear

Island State

When this Australian label launched in the 852 we quickly fell in love with its pieces. Inspired by the founder’s photography and travel, it stocks a variety of styles from bikinis, one-pieces and kaftans (perfect for Sassy Girls who prefer a bit more coverage when you’re sprawled out on a deck chair…). This NYC print bikini top would look so summery and bright with a pair of white denim shorts.

Available online here, www.island-state.com 

JOG Swimwear

This fashionable, French swimwear brand is perfect for those looking for a swimsuit with a little more ‘pizzaz.’ This season it’s all about scalloped edges, ribbons and decollete that ooze a playful sophistication!

Available online here, www.jogparis.com

1800-Paradise

Founded by two childhood buddies, the Hong Kong based brand Made in Paradise is inspired by 90s hip-hop, graffiti, skateboarding and urban clothing. Check out its fun tees and board shorts for guys and gals.

Available online here, 1800-paradise.com

triangl swimwear

Triangl

French textured rib and summery bandeau bikinis … that’s what we think while browsing through the Triangl online lookbook. The Allegra, a yellow rib strapless bikini top with a high waist bottom, is one of our favourites!

Available online herewww.triangl.com

ASOS

For free delivery to Hong Kong (for orders over $100) and a HUGE (some might even say overwhelming!) range of choices, it just doesn’t get better than ASOS. Whenever we’re on the site, let’s just say that we never manage to close that browser empty-carted! For swimwear that’s super on-trend, go crazy surfing through pages of gorgeous bikinis, tankinis and one-pieces (there were more than 2,500 styles when we last checked!), available at pretty much every price point too. Aside from the usual brands (including Bershka, Pull & Bear, River Island, New Look and Reclaimed Vintage), be sure to check out its ASOS own brand that provides mix and match options in every colour, print and style imaginable. Bigger girls, make sure you check out their +DD selections and ASOS Curve collection.

Available online here, www.asos.com

sukigi swimwear

Sukigi Swim

These brightly-coloured one-and-two pieces are for those Sassy Girls who prefer the clean and simple look. The Fuchsia Alexandrite bikini has mesh detailing with polka dots on the neckline, which looks super sporty and sexy at the same time. It’s definitely a bikini that you can swim, run and exercise in!

Available online herewww.sukigiswim.com

Net-A-Porter

There’s only one place online to go for luxury fashion, and that’s Net-A-Porter! So far, we absolutely heart the colour-pop shades and unique prints we’re seeing on its site, including amazing finds from Stella McCartney, Zimermann, Eres and Melissa Odabash. Another plus is that shipping costs less than HK$100, with purchases received in two working days. It’s a shopper’s paradise if you’re looking for designer names, so be sure to check out the sale section for some hidden steals!

Available online here, www.net-a-porter.com

Shopbop

If you’re in a hurry to get to the beach, then shop away at Shopbop! With worldwide shipping that’s free if you order over US$100 and most orders arriving within a week, log on now to make your purchase from brands including celeb faves We Are Handsome, Heidi Klein, Mara Hoffmann and Tyler Rose Swimwear. You can also get in on swimwear items from many of its signature international brands, including Madewell, Marc Jacobs, Rachel Pally and Tory Burch.

Available online here, www.shopbop.com 

figleaves swimwear

Figleaves

Figleaves has built up a rep for being the biggest and best one-stop online shop for all things lingerie and swimwear, and just a quick glance at its extensive range of swimwear brands should tell you that it’s well deserved! Its stocks all the international staples such as Freya, Fantasie, Panache, Seafolly, Pour Moi? and figleaf swimwear. We’ve gone totally gaga for their happy prints, such as their Maui Underwired Bandeau Tummy Control Swimsuit! International shipping costs only about $60 with orders delivered within 5-10 working days. Also, did we mention that loads of these fun and supportive styles come in sizes up to a GG-cup – what more could we want?

Available online here, www.figleaves.com 

BeachBliss

For blissful beachwear, there’s nowhere better than the aptly named BeachBliss! With a focus on finding great new brands to introduce to their shoppers rather than the same old staples, we’re impressed with BeachBliss’ careful and stylish edit, with cool brands like Voda Swim, L*Space and B Swim. For ladies who want a little bit more oomph to their swimsuits, there’s a great push-up swimsuit section (many have even graced the pages of Sports Illustrated) – Voda Swim’s Envy push-up bikini claims it will have you looking up to two cup sizes bigger in no time! Most of the goods will set you back between $390- $1170, with shipping to Hong Kong ranging between $130-$195 and be sure to check out BeachBliss’ Swim Blog for all the latest promotions and discount codes too!

Available online here, beachbliss.com   

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 25 May, 2016, and was updated by Najuka Redkar on 26 July 2017.

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7 {Farmer’s Market Veggies} You’ve Never Heard of and How to Cook Them

One of my favorite things about Hoboken in the summer is its farmer’s markets. I can easily supplement my groceries with some fresh, local items that I wouldn’t normaly find at the supermarket. Over the years I’ve discovered some great veggies that I never knew existed. To save you the embarrassment of asking, “What the *uck is this?” while picking out produce, I’ve created this handy farmer’s market guide.

1. Kohlrabi

kohlrabi

What it is: This veg can be either purple or green on the outside and ranges in size from as large as a softball to as small as a lacrosse ball. Its texture is similar to that of a broccoli stem but is a bit sweeter.

How to Eat it: After removing the skin with a peeler or knife, kohlrabi can be eaten raw with a dash of salt as a snack, in salads or shredded for slaw. You can steam or roast it like most other vegatables if you prefer to cook it. My favorite way to eat kolrabi is in fritter form. Its leaves are edible too, and can be used interchangeably with kale and collard greens.

 

2. Eight Ball Squash

8 ball squash

What it is: This is basically your average zucchini or yellow squash, masquerading in round form. It tastes exactly the same, but just looks different, so don’t be fooled!

How to Eat it: While you can prepare it the same way you prepare the long variety, this shape lends itself perfectly for stuffing. It also contains less seeds than its slender sister.

 

3. Colored Cauliflower

cauliflower

What it is: Most traditinally known as a white vegetable, cauliflower also comes in orange, purple and green hues. The pretty purples come from the presence of antioxidant anthocyanin, also found in red cabbage. The orange is from beta carotene, which makes orange cauliflower have more vitamin A than its white counterpart.

How to Eat it: Although subtle, purple cauliflower is said to taste nuttier, and orange to be a bit sweeter and creamier. All colors of this versitle veg can be steamed, roasted, mashed, riced or pureed into soup.

 

4. White Eggplant

white eggplant

 

What it is: No, this is not an albino eggplant. The white zucchini is a variety of its own, often smaller, less bitter and more tender than the commonly-known purple eggplant.

How to Eat it: Eggplants are great grilled, breaded and fried, or baked. Their heartiness makes them a great stand-in for protein on a Meatless Monday.

 

5. Zucchini Blossoms

zucchini blossom

What it is: These little buggers are the edible flowers that grow on zucchini plants.

How to Eat it: Most often, you’ll find them stuffed with a soft, creamy cheese like ricotta, and then fried. They’re the Italian version of jalepeno poppers. Once you have your first one, you’ll question what took you so long to discover them.

 

6. Okra

okra

What it is: In some parts of the world, this vegetable goes by the name of “ladies’ fingers” because of its shape. Its rather rough texture and fuzzy outer layer means its rarely eaten raw. And it can be slightly slimy when cooked because of the seeds inside. Am I enticing you yet?

How to Eat it: This excellent source of protein and fiber is a natural thickening agent, making it great for soups, stews and gumbos. If you’ve had gumbo before, you’ve probably eaten okra and didn’t even know it.

 

7. Garlic Scapes

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What it is: Garlic scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant. They’re harvested from the garlic bulb in June and pop up all over farmer’s markets thereafter. They’re more subtle in flavor than actual garlic cloves but definitely still require brushing after eating.

How to Eat it: You can chop them up to add to salads, or slice them like scallions and sprinkle them atop any dish that would be complimented by a garlic flavor. I love to throw them in my food processor and make garlic scape pesto. Absolutely delish!

 

Now that you’re armed with all of this veggie knowledge, head to the farmer’s market this week to grab some of these no-longer mystifying foods.
Garden Street Farmers Market: 14th & Garden, Saturdays 9am-2pm through December 16
Hoboken Farmers Market: Church Square Park (Garden between 4th & 5th), Tuesdays 2pm – 8pm through November 21


Cat is a New Jersey native and super proud of it. Her love of Hoboken becomes apparent when anyone from across the Hudson tries to degrade the beloved Mile Square. When not at her 9 to 5 travel industry gig, she can be found sweating it out in spin class, experimenting in the kitchen with her prized KitchenAid mixer, reading at Pier A, or—let’s be honest—devouring a Luca Brasi chicken parm sandwich while binge-watching Netflix.

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Outlet Malls in Hong Kong: Where, What and Worth The Trip?

Bang for your buck?

 

Two of the things I love most in life are shopping and finding a bargain, and Hong Kong, with all its high-end retailers, actually offers some great shopping deals, especially at the various outlets that can be found throughout the city. Here’s a rundown of some of the best ones and what can be found:

 

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Bamboo Yoga: The Most Insta-Worthy Exercise Class in Hong Kong?

Aerial yoga workshops on the beach

 

District: Sheung Wan (Yoga BamBam) and Sai Kung (Sai Wan Beach)
How much: Half -day workshop $480-$520; Full-day workshop $680-$720. Click here to check out the full line-up of workshops.
Best For: Something different! Great for beginners and seasoned yogis.

Bamboo Aerial Yoga Hong Kong

We’ve all seen incredible photos of Instagram yogis posing against a sunset backdrop — there’s something beautiful about being away from the city and connecting with nature that liberates our mind and body. You might think that aerial yoga is only practiced using hanging hammocks inside a studio, but have you ever thought of trying aerial yoga not only on the beach, but also over the ocean, with the support of bamboo?

Bamboo Yoga Bam Bam Hong Kong

Founded by Aleksandra Milewicz, Bamboo Yoga is a unique yoga workshop that brings the practice back to nature. If you’re wondering whether it is safe hanging upside down from bamboo poles, you’re not the only one. As a complete aerial yoga beginner, I was slightly worried about using only bamboo to support my body while struggling with the poses.

Read more: Sassy’s Guide to Yoga and Pilates

It turned out my concerns were unnecessary however, as Aleksandra’s aerial yoga class at Yoga BamBam in the morning really helped me get comfortable with using the hammock. I even learnt a few inversion poses within an hour. I also quickly realised how strong the bamboo is when we were at the beach and felt the support of the tripod – no wonder its used for scaffolding all over Hong Kong!

Read more: Yoga BamBam: A Boutique Yoga Spot in Sheung Wan

Bamboo Yoga Hong Kong

Bamboo Yoga offers a full or half-day workshop every weekend. A full-day (perfect for beginners) starts with an aerial yoga class at Yoga BamBam in Sheung Wan where you learn the basics. By the time you finish the class, you should be ready to hit the beaches of Sai Kung. The hike to Tai Long Wan starts from Sai Wan Pavilion, a 20-minute taxi ride from Sai Kung Town Centre, and after a 30-45 minute hike (mostly downhill), you will reach Sai Wan beach. For those familiar with aerial yoga and comfortable going into inversions (with some assistance), the half-day is a great way to experience the workshop and show off your skills against a stunning backdrop.

Read more: Hikes You Need To Do Before You Leave Hong Kong

Sai Wan Beach Hong Kong

What I love about the concept of Bamboo Yoga is the combination of aerial yoga practice, a gorgeous hike, spending time at the beach and snapping seriously cool photos. Occasionally we can forget how amazing Hong Kong is when we’re caught up in city. The workshop gives locals and travellers alike the perfect opportunity to escape from the crowd, appreciate the outdoors and reap the benefits of aerial yoga at the same time.

Practicing above water is not as daunting as it sounds and is suitable for beginners. If you can do it in a studio, the only challenge you might have when you rely on the support of the bamboo tripod is that you can’t easily get down from the hammock as it’s hung quite far above the water (the distance between the hammock and water is designed for inversion poses). It means that you will have to be in the air for a while while practicing different poses (read: posing for pictures) and you will get tired pretty quickly. Simply get down when you need to and let your muscles relax for a while before another round.

Read more: Sassy’s Guide to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong

Bamboo Yoga Hong Kong

Anyone who is into fitness (like myself) or keen to try something new will benefit from the release of tension on the bones and muscles, an increase of flexibility and strengthening your core. And what better way to spend the weekend than hanging from bamboo, hiking one of the most scenic routes in Hong Kong and taking Instagram worthy photos, all in one? Forget the gym, fly over the ocean and get a deep stretch under the sun!

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5 Reasons to go to {Summer Hudson Restaurant Week}

It’s that time of year again: Hudson Restaurant Week! For those of you who haven’t been blessed yet with experiencing a Hudson Restaurant Week, it is a bi-annual culinary celebration that takes place during the slow times of the year: January and July. It is run this summer from July 24th – August 4th, primarily Monday through Friday, though some offer the deal over the weekend in between. Select restaurants in the Hudson County offer a discounted prix-fixe for lunch and/or dinner. There’s many reasons to give it a try, but here’s the top 5 reasons why you should!

Try Somewhere New

birch milkshake wall

If you’re like me, you still have yet to try everywhere in Hoboken at least once. Check out the list of restaurants participating and pick one you have yet to eat at! With 41+ restaurants to choose from, I’m sure there’s a few on the list you haven’t even heard of before.

 

Plan A Night With Friends

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Do you always try to make plans with friends and then you either never follow up or cancel? Well stop destroying your social life, and these are plans you’ll want to stick with. Use Summer Restaurant Week as an excuse to have the crew reunite over some dinner and drinks.

 

Cheap Date

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Ever want to go out to eat somewhere in the Hudson County but held back because of the prices on the menu? Well now is the time you and treat yourself to a nice dinner! With the discounted prix-fixe menu, you can get plenty for your buck.

 

Explore Another City

hoboken jersey city map

Maybe you live in Hoboken, and because there’s so many options, you never think to leave! Surprisingly folks, there is a whole other world out there besides the Mile Square. Jersey City and Weehawken also have plenty to see and do. Use this as an excuse to venture to one of our neighboring cities and check out what it has to offer!

 

FIVE More Restaurants Added 

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  • Birch (Hoboken)
  • FM (Jersey City)
  • Hudson Ultra Bar (Hoboken)
  • Latham House (Jersey City)
  • Porter Collins (Hoboken)

Now is the time to go check out those new restaurants you’ve seen opening and been meaning to go to!


Written by Rachel Willson

When she’s not throwing elbows to get a seat on the PATH first (but failing 9 out of 10 times), Rachel can be found at brunch with a pitcher of mimosas in front of her. Originally from Upstate New York, Rachel moved to Hoboken a little over a year ago when she started working for an ad agency in Manhattan. Being still somewhat new to the area, Rachel makes it her goal to try every restaurant and bar at least once. In her free time, when Scandal isn’t being binged watched, Rachel is typically finding joy in things out of her budget, speaking fluently in sarcasm, and crawling her way down Washington St. because yesterday was leg day.

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Sassy’s Guide to PMQ

Spend a day at the creative shopping hub

 

Spend a day surrounded by interesting exhibitions and designs at the creative hub that is PMQ (Police Married Quarters), and satisfy your inner hipster! If you’re a supporter of locally produced goods (more environmentally and economically friendly!), PMQ showcases individual brands that sell the coolest trinkets and knick knacks you never knew you needed. Be it a hangout with your friends, a place to take visitors, or just a quick stroll through the blocks for something specific – there’s no reason not to drop by! Besides, Little Bao is just next door and any excuse we can get to pop on over is a good one…

Fashion and accessories:

Oecoeco

This environmentally friendly accessory store will satisfy your inner Hong Kong-er, with it’s cute silver origami and street-eat styled accessories (hello bolobao and egg tarts necklaces!).

Oecoeco, S411, 4/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2542 947, www.facebook.com/lucyshih.oecoeco

Marijoli PMQ

Marijoli Jewellery

Priding itself on creating “wearable art pieces,” Marijoli Jewellery creates unique pieces from precious and semi-precious stones that fuse the spirit of zen philosophy with individual style.

Sassy Tip: The store offers free feng shui readings that can be followed up by creating your own custom accessories adorned with stones and elements that work best for you!

Marijoli Jewellery, S412, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2858 5898, www.marijoli.com

Goods Of Desire (G.O.D)

Well known to both expats and locals alike, the store is great if you’re looking for quintessential HK-Style souvenirs. Look out for the unique T-shirt designs splayed with (sometimes inappropriate) slogans and quotes!

Sassy Tip: Even if you do check out the PMQ branch, be sure to visit the one in Central for Insta-worthy pics in front of the Alex Croft x G.O.D. wall! Find the other shop locations here.

Goods Of Desire, G09 – G14, G/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2915 2822, www.god.com.hk 

Cecilia Ma Couture PMQ

Cecilia Ma Couture

For quirky and contemporary bags, this store is a must-visit. The clutches are each elegantly designed with an “intriguing mix of classic femininity and urban edgy chic,” featuring clever quotes and phrases that are both fun and eccentric.

Cecilia Ma Couture, S411, 4/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.ceciliama.com

The Little Finger

We couldn’t resist stepping foot into this adorably named shop. The strong geometrical accessories were all created with high-quality materials, produced locally by Hong Kong artists (which you can sometimes spot behind the cashier at work). Time to treat yourself with a little something you’ll be wearing daily!

The Little Finger, H206, 2/F, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2803 2119, www.thelittlefinger.com

sau clothing pmq

SAU

If you’re on a constant lookout for luxury fashion brands, we recommend looking at SAU! From dresses and evening gowns to tops, the store has an endless selection of elegant pieces for you to choose from.

SAU, H308, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, info@sauclothing.com 

Absolute Vintage Eyewear

We know that wearing glasses in the hot and humid HK weather is a real pain (we’re looking at you: rain, mist, fog etc., etc., etc.), but with Absolute Vintage Eyewear, at least we’ll look good! This frames store stocks a whole selection of quirky and eccentric patterns and shapes that are, indeed, vintage.

Sassy Tip: If you like what you see, you can always check out their main store in TST for more (2A, Kee Shing Centre, 74 – 76 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong).

Absolute Vintage Eyewear, H407, 4/F, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 6080 3913, www.absolute-vintage.hk

Andrew Kayla

For the next footwear trend, look no further than Andrew Kayla. Made with vegetable tanned leather, suede or Italian leather, these walking shoes are not only comfortable but stylish as well – the best of both worlds! With three practical designs to pick from (low-top, high-top and rider), you’re sure to find a fun number to suit your style.

Andrew Kayla, H311, 3/F, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2894 2281, www.andrewkaylasports.com

Food: 

ABC Cooking Studio

Every time you walk through PMQ, chances are, there will be a cooking class going on in the studio. The space ticks all boxes for the kitchen of our dreams, as it is fully equipped, spacious and fully stocked with fresh ingredients. Whether you’re a beginner or professional, ABC Cooking Studio will have a class for you!

ABC Cooking Studio, H110 – 112, 1/F, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2915 1022, www.facebook.com/abccookingstudio

phoenix sweets PMQ

Phoenix Sweets

For fun and delicious cakes, cupcakes and cookies, drop by this sweet shop. It has amazing pre-order grand cakes that are decorated beautifully, and the cupcakes can satisfy any sweet tooth craving you might have in-between shopping breaks.

Sassy Tip: Try the Rose Earl Grey Cupcake if you’re a fan of the tea – it’s absolutely delicious. The afternoon tea set is $50 for a cupcake and a drink!

Phoenix Sweets, S103, 1/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2104 9798, www.phoenixsweets.com

PMQ Taste Library

Food and books, our two loves in life, the Taste Library combines the two! The first and only food-themed library in Asia holds monthly book reviews, food culture events, book launches, and more!

PMQ Taste Library, H504, 5/F, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 3481 3998, www.pmq.org.hk/shop/taste-library

aberdeen street social PMQ

Aberdeen Street Social

A collaboration between Michelin-Star Chef Jason Atherton and entrepreneur Yenn Wong, and designed by Neri and Hu, the classy dining option is usually busy with happy customers enjoying the ambience and food. What are you waiting for?

Sassy Tip: Happy hour is from Monday to Friday, 5pm to 7pm – you’re welcome!

Aberdeen Street Social, G/F, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2866 0300, www.aberdeenstreetsocial.hk

Levain Bakery

Carbs galore! Levain Bakery specialises in delicious artisan sourdoughs, French and Italian breads, pastries, desserts and all the good stuff. The best bit? All the delicious goodies are handmade, so you don’t have to worry about unwanted preservatives. The bakery also conducts courses if you’re interested in learning about the science behind baking.

Levain Bakery, H105, 1/F, Hollywood Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2559 0889, www.levain-bakery.com 

Coffeeology PMQ

Coffeeology

You’ll smell it before you see it. Coffeeology uses specialty grade coffee beans that ensure your daily intake of caffeine is as enjoyable as possible, so head on over with your best hipster glasses, and enjoy the ambiance!

Coffeeology, S106, 1/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/hk.coffeeology

Trinkets and Living Products:

Bathe To Basics

If you’re looking for eco-friendly cleansing products, try Bathe To Basics! All products are made with natural ingredients and produced locally – good for your skin, better for the environment! (It also sells natural deodorant!)

Sassy Tip: Try the toothpaste if you’re overwhelmed by the large selection (warning: it’s a bit salty!); it’s like brief oil pulling combined with teeth whitening, and all the ingredients are natural – no fluoride and safe to swallow.

Bathe To Basics, S403, 4/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2858 8135, www.facebook.com/BatheToBasics

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Oscary Art

For our sassy ladies out there who love to paint, Oscary Art studio offers four-hour sessions for acrylic painting on canvas (50 x 60cm), or tote bags for $150 from Monday to Thursday, and for $200 from Friday to Sunday and on public holidays. It also offers two-hour Terrarium Workshops for between $280 and $400, two-hour Preserved Flower Workshops for $480, and three-hour Leather Workshops for $200 or $500.  It’s also a fun place to host events!

Sassy tip: For weekend sessions, Connie from Oscary Art says to book at least two days in advance.

Oscary Art, S511, 5/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2964 9111, www.facebook.com/oscaryart

The HK Room

Here at Sassy, everyone’s a little bit in love with the tassel earring trend, and, luckily, The HK Room stocks beautiful pairs! Of course, it has more than earrings. From cabinets, to pillows, to gifts, to small bags – the store has a great range of products for you to choose from.

The HK Room, S405, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2546 3178, www.thehongkongroom.com

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513 Paint Shop

Although we might not all be artists, we really like to look at what this shop has in store. The VOC and toxin-free paints (say good-bye to paint headaches!) have colours ranging from from pastel to metallic, with a whole range of finishes from matte to satin.

513 Paint Shop, S513, 5/F, Staunton Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel: 2155 2282, www.facebook.com/513paintshop

FlowPlusLiving

If you’re looking for unique, handcrafted living products, you’ll have a tough time escaping FlowPlusLiving empty handed. The gorgeous ceramic goodies range from delicate vases, to unique plates, to modern cups – each varying in detail and shape. These homeware touches also make for great quirky gifts!

FlowPlusLiving, H207, 2/F, Hollywood Block B, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/FlowPlusLiving, connect@flowplusliving.com

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Emma French, published on 4 June 2014, and was updated by Heidy Choi on 24 July 2017.

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