Flash Sale! Get Up To 70% Off At RueMadame.com

Now’s your chance to get sleek Parisian fashion at affordable prices!


Always looking to save a few dollars while you perk up your wardrobe? Now’s the time! Head to the Parisian e-store RueMadame.com from Thursday, 31 August to Sunday, 3 September and get up to 70% off its wide selection of contemporary European and American brands. Handpicked by RueMadame.com’s stylists to be the most on-trend and fashion forward pieces out there, you’ll be able to select from authentic Parisian looks at super discounted prices.

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The professional stylists at RueMadame.com curate outfits based on what’s fresh, exciting and new each season, and this temporary sale is your chance to get these looks at an incredible deal. Featuring everything from clothing, handbags, accessories and more, the items on hand are sure to be sophisticated, sleek and ones you’ll wear time and again!

But don’t wait – this super special deal ends on Sunday, 3 September at midnight, so be sure to get online before then!

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Sassy readers will receive up to 70% off by visiting www.ruemadame.com before Sunday, 3 September, 2017

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September Giveaway: Win a Two-Night Staycation at the Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong!

A well-deserved break, with none of the stress of flying…


As we wave goodbye to the last few weeks of summer (not that it’s getting any cooler!) and September rolls in, with it comes a new Sassy giveaway. If you’re looking to escape for a few days of R’n’R, but don’t have the time to go further afield, read on, as this month, our fantastic prize is a two-night staycation at the cool and contemporary urban resort that is the Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong!

We don’t know about you, but after the steamy summer months, and our ever-busy work (and play!) schedules, a weekend-long staycation at one of Hong Kong’s newest hotels sounds like a dream. Recently opened in April this year, Kerry Hotel is the fourth hotel by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Hong Kong and makes for a glamorous addition to the Kowloon waterfront. With its uninterrupted views over the Victoria Harbour, spend the weekend taking in the beauty of the 852 whilst relaxing amidst its luxurious surroundings (#robelife).

september giveaway - kerry hotel room

During the staycation, enjoy its facilities and exclusive Club Lounge, including daily à la carte and buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails and canapés and refreshments throughout the day. The stay will also include an indulgent 90-minute massage for two, so you can unwind and be seriously pampered before enjoying a lavish meal for two at the hotels interactive Big Bay Café!

So, if you’re in need of a weekend of total bliss and relaxation (with none of the stress of flying!), enter below for your chance to win…

Kerry Hotel Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/kerry

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WEEKENDER: Downtown Cocktails, CENTRESTAGE 2017 and more

What’s on this weekend… 


With puppy adoption days, beer tasting and late-night partying, we couldn’t be more excited for this weekend – we’re just keeping our fingers crossed for no more rain! Don’t forget to also put Downtown Cocktails in your diary for next weekend, and grab your tickets now for an exclusive Sassy discount…

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Downtown Cocktails

Hong Kong’s first festival of spirits and shakers is hitting Chater Garden next weekend! Starting Friday and going  all weekend long, you can taste a range of incredible cocktails and drinks from some of the hottest bars and restaurants in the city. And if jazz is your thing, you’ll be happy to hear that Sybil Thomas, daughter of the legendary Rufus Thomas, will be singing live at the event, so all you need to do is grab some friends, sit back with a drink or two and enjoy the festival vibes. With the full list of bars including Fang Fang, Aqua Spirit, Picada, Tokyolima, The Optimist, The Woods, Winstons Coffee, Honi Honi, and more, it’s not to be missed!

When: Friday, 8 September to Sunday 10 September, 2017
Chater Garden, Central, Hong Kong
How much:
$130 in advance $180 on the door (inclusive of one drink). Get your tickets here! The first 50 Sassy readers to book tickets will get theirs for just $100, simply use the code “SassyDC”! Expires 8 September, 2017.

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CENTRESTAGE 2017 – Asia’s Fashion Spotlight

CENTRESTAGE is back in Hong Kong this month, so fashion savvy Sassy readers and industry professionals get ready! The four-day event will showcase more than 200 international fashion brands and designer labels, along with captivating fashion shows, inspirational seminars and talks hosted by designers, industry experts and fashion enthusiasts. On Sunday, 9 September, OPENSTAGE will be open to the public, featuring a selection of different fashion labels, styling tips and trends forecast, along with a lucky draw with fabulous prizes, and more!

Sassy Perk: Sassy readers can win two pairs of tickets to CENTRESTAGE ELITES, the by-invitation only opening gala show on Wednesday, 6 September. Meet the featured designers Fiona Lau and Kain Picken of Hong Kong’s FFIXXED STUDIOS as well as Juun.J of Seoul’s JUUN.J as they present their SS18 collections. Enter below to win!

When: Wednesday, 6 September to Saturday, 9 September
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free! Enter our giveaway below for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the by-invitation only opening gala!

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BTSB Experience: Welcome Back Party

September may mean that summer is coming to an end, but Back to School Brewing is back in session! Celebrate tonight by sampling six tasters from its list of in-house brews on tap and find out what makes each one unique. This week’s event theme is “School-Spirit,” so make sure to wear your favourite alma mater gear!

When: Friday, 1 September, 7pm to 10pm
Where: Back to School Brewing, Siu Wai Industrial Centre, 29-33 Wing Hong Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $180 – get your tickets here!

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Jinjuu Afterdark

Get ready to go late this Saturday with another instalment of Jinjuu After Dark. Featuring some of the best DJs on the decks, and group table bookings available (including Belvedere vodka, shots and some bubbles), this is an event that is not to be missed!

When: Saturday, 2 September, 10pm
Where: Jinjuu HK, UG/F, 32 D’aguilar Street, Central, Central District, Hong Kong
How much: Free to attend, for table reservations, email rsvp@highlight.asia – $2,000 (max. 4 people) / $4,000 (max. 8 people) / $8,000 (max. 12 people).

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Locofama x Deliveroo Puppy Adoption Day!

Looking to add a furry friend to your life? Head to Locofama this Sunday and meet ‘n’ greet super cute puppies who are desperate for forever homes. Make sure to like Locofama and Deliveroo on Facebook to get your hands on free prizes, including sausage sizzles by Locofama and dog bowties by Wow Pets!

When: Sunday, 3 September, 2pm to 5pm
Where: Locofama, 9-13 Fuk Sau Ln, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Free!

weekender Female Voices in Journalism - Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion

Female Voices in Journalism – Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion

Get empowered this week and join Garage Collective for an evening with Lensational as it screens the short-film documentary “Ami, Amer, Ma,” and brings together a panel of photojournalists and film makers in HK for a Q&A discussion following the film.

When: Thursday, 7 September, 7pm to 9pm
Where: Garage Collective, Shops 4 – 7 158a Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How much: Free! Make sure to register here

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Hoboken Weekend {Drinking} Guide: 8/31/17 – 9/4/17

Thursday 8/31/17

$4 All Pints @ Hotel Victor


Take a pit stop after work at Hotel Victor and enjoy $4 pints from 9pm-close. $4 well drinks are also available.

Yoga @ Pier 13

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A well-rounded vinyasa yoga class that is appropriate for all levels of students. The class also includes a Free Drink Ticket. Pre-registration required to guarantee a spot!


Friday 9/1/17

$12 Rum Buckets @ Urban Coalhouse

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$12 Rum Buckets starting at 4pm! Choose from Urban Coal Punch, Banana Rum Bucket, or Tropical Fish!

October Rose, Spinn & Carolyn Miller @ Maxwell’s


Come listen to the release of October Rose’s new single, “Heartbreak Song”. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $10.


Saturday 9/2/17

Michigan vs. Florida Game Watch @ McSwiggans


Football season is back! McSwiggans Pub will be watching Michigan Wolverines kick off the season in Dallas against the Florida Gators at 3:30pm.

Late Night Happy Hour @ The Shepherd & The Knucklehead

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Go out late night with happy hour specials still going on! From 10pm-close enjoy $6 Craft Beer and $6 Well Mixed Drinks.


Sunday 9/3/17

Bottomless Brunch & Grand Buffet @ Porter Collins


From 11am-3pm enjoy the Grand Buffet. $35 per person includes brunch cocktails (mimosa, bellini or bloody mary), chef’s specials served tableside from their “seconds cart” and raw bar, oysters, shrimp & baked goods. Kids under 11 are free. Live jazz is from 12-3pm!

Summer Sundays @ Wicked Wolf

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Enjoy Summer Sundays before they’re over! Brunch is from 11am-3pm:

  • $2 Mimosas
  • $3 Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
  • $15 Summer Shandy Towers
  • $4 22oz Coors Lights
  • $4 Cherry Bomb Shots
  • $5 Vodka Red Bulls


Monday 9/4/17

Half Priced Mondays @ City Bistro

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Spend your Labor Day enjoying these half priced options!

Happy Hour 4-7pm:

  • Half-Price House Drinks, Beer & Wine


  • Half price entire dinner menu & most drinks

Open Mic Night @ The Ale House

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Open Mic Night is from 8-11pm. From open – 10pm, enjoy the following specials:

  • $5 Down East Cider Drafts
  • $5 Sam Seasonal Drafts
  • $5 House Wine

Written by Rachel Willson

Originally from Upstate New York, Rachel moved to Hoboken two years ago to pursue her passion for all things marketing and fashion. Rachel lives for her weekends and takes pride in making sure all her friends social calendars are full. In her free time, when she isn’t crossing off items on her Hoboken bucket list, 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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Death & Co. Comes To Hong Kong!

The famous NYC bar is popping up this September


Death & Co., the famed New York City bar, will be popping up for five days this September at the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. From Tuesday, 19 September to Saturday, 23 September, head to Ozone, where the place voted one of the World’s 50 Best Bars in 2017 will hold court and serve up some classic cocktails. At the helm will be World Class American Bartender of 2015, Tyson Buhler, who will present well-known drinks such as the Martini (made with Ketel One vodka), Collins (made with Tanquery No. TEN, rum, cane syrup, eucalyptus extract and selzer), and Sour (a fruit-infused Bulleit Rye whiskey).

Death & Co. bartender

If you’re feeling peckish while sipping those fine drinks, Ozone’s Spanish Chef de Cuisine Rafael Gil will be creating some snacks to sate your palate, such as the Ozone Dog, the Wagyu BLT-Ozone, and Rustic Fries. Sorted.

When: Tuesday, 19 September to Saturday, 23 September
What time: 6pm onwards
Where: Ozone, Level 118, The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong 2263 2270, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/china/hong-kong/dining/ozone

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What’s New In The 852: Stone Nullah Wings Night, The Pass Supper Club Series and more

Promos, Deals and New Places To Eat


In keeping up with our ever-changing culinary landscape, we want to keep you notified of all the new lunch specials, menu items and drink deals in Hong Kong. Mark your diaries, because this week has some amazing new offers you won’t want to miss. And because we want you to find what you’re looking for, click on the handy sections below to take you straight there:

Special Menus and Offers
Lunch and Brunch Specials
Just for Take Away and Delivery
Pop Ups

Special Menus and Offers

Stone Nullah Tavern

Wave goodbye to the Monday (and Tuesday!) blues and head to Stone Nullah Tavern for its newly introduced evening specials from 6pm -to 10:30pm. For Mondays, the Tavern is offering a sweet All-You-Can-Eat Barbecue Ribs deal. For $219, guests can enjoy an endless supply of ribs served with gorgonzola coleslaw and pickles. Quench your thirst with a free-flow of PBR’s and house wines for just another $99. On Tuesdays, don’t miss Beer & Wings Night. Indulge in a variety of wings ($8 each) served with three different sauces: Buffalo, Chilli Honey and Habanero and wash down the heat with an ice cold Peroni Beer ($30).

Stone Nullah Tavern, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.stonenullahtavern.com

whats new 852 carbone


In celebration of white truffle season, Carbone is bringing a selection of Chef Billy Otis’ dishes in an a la carte menu devoted to the Alba truffles from Piedmont, Italy. The menu will be available from late October to December, and is inclusive of dishes such as the Truffle Fettuccine and Truffle Tortellini. If you prefer to stick to what you know, diners can also opt to elevate the Carbone classics, such as the Fettuccine con Funghi ($208), with truffle shavings.

Carbone, 9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.carbone.com.hk


This September, Rustico is introducing a few new items to its traditional Catalan menu headed by guest Chef Jaume Puigdengolas (from Marbella’s Michelin-Starred restaurant Skina!). Diners will start off the meal with two savoury aperitifs and two starters, before continuing on to the roasted mullet and saffron suquet. For the main dishes, guests will have the option between cannelloni of roast veal with light Béchamel cream cheese or duck rillette with vegetables. The meal will finish off with a chocolate rock cake as the final touch. This exclusive tasting menu will only be available from 4 to 7 September during dinnertime. A new tapas menu full of vegetarian, seafood and meat options will be available from 1 to 3 September and again on 8 to 24 September.

Rustico, Shop G01, G/F, D2 Place, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.rustico.com.hk

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Beef & Liberty

Taking the traditional hamburger and craft beer culture up a notch from day one? None other than our beloved Beef & Liberty. From Monday, 4 September to Tuesday, 3 October, enjoy the new limited edition The Truffle & Mushroom Burger – an umami-packed burger of paired with Krug Grande Cuvée at all Beef & Liberty restaurants.

Beef & Liberty, various locations throughout Hong Kong, www.beef-liberty.com/hk

Cafe Deco

Cafe Deco is introducing a new a la carte menu with new pizza flavours, starting with the Char Siu Pizza ($156) with mozzarella, Chinese-style roast pork, orange Hoi Sin sauce, bell peppers, quail egg and cherry tomatoes. The fusion of Eastern and Western cooking also extends to the Japanese Miso Cod pizza ($168)  the Confit Duck N Foie Gras Pizza ($168). For main courses, diners can try the Char-grilled U.S. prime ribeye ($298) served with truffle-salted fries. The key lime pie ($70) and the pear and chocolate crumble ($70) are also new additions to the dessert menu. Cafe Deco’s “Pizza of the Month” for this coming September is the Texas BBQ Beef Brisket Pizza ($165), made with Guinness BBQ sauce, mozzarella and garden leaves.

Cafe Deco Pizzeria, Shop 3-4, G/F, Tower 125, 11 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Cafe Deco Pizzeria, Shop 1005, Elements, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.cafedecogroup.com

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In September executive chef Sean Mel and executive sushi chef Kazunari Araki will explore the Kobe region of Japan with the “Harvest in Aomori,” showcasing autumn produce from the Aomori Prefecture, located in Tōhoku region of northern Japan.  As always, the dishes pay tribute to Japanese flavours and have a contemporary take. The special set lunch and dinner menu include selected seasonal products such as Awabi (abalone), Saba (mackerel), Uni (Sea Urchin), Hotate (scallops) and Black Garlic.

Nobu, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2721 1211, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Celebrate National Day with a bang at Morton’s The Steakhouse. Signature dishes will be served alongside a panoramic view of fireworks over Victoria Harbour. The main course includes Morton’s Asia exclusive 48oz Double Porterhouse ($1,588) and Whole Baked Maine Lobster. Guests can also choose to add on various sides ($130) to complement their meal. For dessert, go for the Morton’s Legendary Sundae ($208) which features a trio stack of Hot Chocolate Cake, Häagan-Dazs ice cream, caramel and whipped cream.

Morton’s The Steakhouse, Level 4, The Sheraton Hotel Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.mortons.com

The Steakhouse Winebar & Grill

From Monday, 4 September to Tuesday, 31 October, The Steakhouse is bringing the flavours of Ireland to HK with its newly curated  “A Taste of Ireland” menu. Starting with the Beetroot Cured Irish Organic Salmon Carpaccio with Lime Jalapeño Sauce ($368) and Galway Kelly Oysters ($428/ half dozen), the fresh ingredients continue into the main course with a selection of John Stone Dry Aged Prime Rib ( $1,680/32oz), Tenderloin ($758/8oz) and Ribeye ($958/14oz), all served with Lyonnaise potatoes and garlic. Finish off the meal with an Irish Cheese Platter ($268) or with InterContinental’s Executive Pastry Chef’s special dessert ($268).

The Steakhouse Winebar & Grill, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road,  Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/en/dining/the-steak-house

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AVA Restaurant Slash Bar, at Hotel Panorama by Rhombus

In celebration of recently appointed Executive Chef Alberto Bocelli from Italy, AVA Restaurant Slash Bar is bringing ‘The Italian Gastronomy Journey’. The menu is inclusive of Hokkaido Sea Scallop Carpaccio ($188), Arborio Risotto with Lobster ($198), Hot and Cold Tiramisu ($98), and more.

AVA Restaurant Slash Bar at Hotel Panorama by Rhombus, 38/F, 8A Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hotelpanorama.com.hk/dining

Lunch and Brunch Specials

Fang Fang

Fang Fang has launched a new “Sin-Tok-Ho” Weekday Set Lunch Menu, with dishes coming from three different Asian cities – Singapore (Sin), Tokyo (Tok) and Hong Kong (Ho). Every weekday from 12 noon to 2:30pm, guests can choose from one course ($158), two courses ($198) or three courses ($218) that include both meat and vegetarian options. Guests can also try its signature iced tea for an additional $48 for Yuzu Oolong Iced Tea, Lychee Cardamom Iced Tea or Green Apple Chrysanthemum Iced Tea.

Fang Fang, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.fangfang.com.hk

aqua and Armani/aqua

The Saturday and Sunday #becausebrunch offer runs at both aqua and Armani/aqua for $598 with free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne and cocktails, or $698 for Veuve Clicquot Rich or Vintage. Experience the Italian and Japanese kitchens at both venues. Armani/aqua offers a special menu with mini sushi, pizzas and pastas.

aqua, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.aqua.com.hk

Armani/aqua, 2/F, Landmark Chater (Chater House), 8 Connaught Rd Central, Central, www.armani-aqua.com

Già Trattoria

Italian restaurant, Già Trattoria, is launching new sharing menus for friends and families (four or more people) to enjoy food together. The four-course menu includes an appetizer, pasta, main course and dessert. Diners can also let the chef know about any dietary restrictions so that they can make the necessary adjustments. Partnering with Green Monday, Già Trattoria is also launching a Green Monday four-course sharing menu for two people or more. The menu will include salad, soup, pasta or pizza and dessert.

Già Trattoria, 1/F Fleet Arcade, 1 Lung King Street, Fenwick Pier, Wanchai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/giatrattoria

Just for Take Away and Delivery

whats new 852 motorino


Staying in? Nothing says cosy date night quite like a pizza and movie night. Motorino’s new Date Night Special lets guests order the signature Neapolitan pizza, pick between two antipastos or a bottle of gragnano, AND get a generous portion of the tiramisu. Enjoy with your S.O. over date night or order a few portions for a girly evening in. As a bonus, if you share a picture of the spread, tagging @motorinohk and #datenightdoneright, the Motorino team will announce its favourite every Friday on Instagram, and offer the lucky winner another Date Night – for free!

Motorino, Soho location: 14 Shelley St, Central, Hong Kong, 2801 6881. Wan Chai location: Ship Street Wan Chai, 2520 0690, www.motorinopizza.com

Pop Ups


Chef Rolf Fliegauf will be at WHISK on 20 September to present a four-course lunch and an eight-course dinner. Featuring Norway lobster with coconut, citrus and herbs and organic celeriac and black truffle gyoza with onion broth and watercress – all paired with fine wines. Chef Rolf’s appearance is part of the International Chef Showcase, a collaboration of the Michelin guide. The modern European lunch ($988) and dinner ($2,088) at WHISK is available only on 20 September from noon to 2:30pm for lunch and 7pm to 10pm for dinner.

WHISK, 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118 – 130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, www.themirahotel.com

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The Pass

Calling all foodies! This special late-night supper club series has got our mouth watering. Highlighting the chefs who helm some of Hong Kong’s most iconic kitchens, we can’t wait to see what’s in store. Head chefs from 22 Ship, Mak Mak, 208 Duecento Ocho, Rhoda, Potato Head, Chachawan, Duddell’s and Aberdeen Street Social will all be there whipping up a storm. The objective is simple – to showcase skills, dishes and combinations previously unseen. Click here to see the menu options.

The Pass, Left elevator, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong Hong Kong, www.ticketflap.com/thepass


Starting from Wednesday, 27 September, Chesa is partnering up with Switzerland’s iconic Badrutt’s Palace Hotel to present a taste of the Alps. For three days only, Head Chef Andrea Panatti will be serving up an exclusive á la carte menu at Chesa. Featuring Chesa Veglia Signature Lobster Salad, mains include Puschlav-style Pizzoccheri buckwheat style pasta with green beans, potato, spinach and cheese, Blanc et Rouge – corn-fed chicken in rosemary butter and Beef Chateaubriand with béarnaise sauce. For desserts, Swiss sweet treats will no doubt make an appearance. Alternatively, choose from its three-course set lunch menu, priced at $385 per person.

Chesa, 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, www.hongkong.peninsula.com/en/fine-dining/chesa-swiss-restaurant

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

From 21 to 23 September, in celebration of the Giro d’Italia annual three-week-long bicycle race around Italy, Chef Pino Lavarra will be hosting a wine and dine tour of Italy. Highlighting four key regions: Puglia, Campania, Sicily and Lombardy, diners will be given a choice between an eight-course dinner menu ($1,980), six-course dinner menu ($1,780), eight-course lunch menu ($1,680), and a four-course lunch menu ($880). Each menu includes dishes such as the Cannelloni “Nerano” paired with the 2011 Taurasi, Feudi di San Gregorio, Campania; and Sicilian brioche paired with the 2015 Malvasia di Bosa, Tasca d’Almerita, Sicily.

Tosca, Level 102, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/china/hong-kong/dining/tosca

12,000 Francs

As an ode to the City of Lights, Francs is launching its new Pop-Up series until 12 September. Sunday and Thursday for dinner, 12,000 Francs will transform itself into a Parisian bistro, and guests can try out eight new dishes, in addition to the normal à la carte menu. Diners can mix and match from the new pop-up menu and the à la carte menu.

12,000 Francs, Elgin Building, 41-43 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, 12000francs.com.hk

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10 Events For Your Diary this September

The best concerts, shows and parties happening in Hong Kong


We’re not sure where the time has gone, but as summer fades away, we’re looking to get our diaries filled for September! From festivals, shopping and parties, to workouts and plenty of food and drink, there’s a lot going on this month! Check out our picks below and get yourselves set

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6 New Shows to Watch on Netflix this September

New on Netflix


Life in Hong Kong can be an absolute whirlwind; so when we actually have the time to chill and snuggle in for the night, there’s no way we’re turning it down! Admittedly the selection of shows on Netflix isn’t as vast as in the US, but there are still some seriously awesome series and movies to choose from. Sci-fi and documentary buffs are in for treat with September’s new releases

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What You Need To Know About Road To Ultra 2017

Incredible performances, a multi-sensory production and a chance to win a pair of tickets!


Just because the summer is ending doesn’t mean the fun has to. The world’s number one festival, Road to Ultra, hits HK next month on Saturday, 16 September, so book your tickets now to be part of this amazing event and support Hong Kong’s growing music scene! Featuring a world-class, international lineup, an unparalleled production and a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory experience, this is one show you won’t want to miss.

Imagine partying the day (and night!) away in a beautiful setting and listening to some of the best music there is, because Road to Ultra has all that and more. Set in the serene Nursery Park in West Kowloon Cultural District, music fanatics will witness history in the making as DJ Headliners Hardwell, Kygo and Zedd (supported by Getter, Rezz and Slushii) spin beats and wow the crowd. We’re talking a bigger stage, more space and faster services that will make this the event of the year!

Unlike other festivals, Road to Ultra will engage its fans with a series of workshops, set areas and booths from amazing vendors such as 8tinyan, Chaos and Hermoso. Need a break from the festivities? Hang out with your friends, kick back and take in the incredible Victoria Harbour view from the designated Comfort Area, featuring music from Electric Soul. Get some grub and chow down at the various food stalls from Still House, Elixir Coffee, Lab Mad Ice Cream and Morning Juice. And be sure to grab some swag from the merch areas by Electric Soul, izzue and Still House – with everything from crop tops to hats to tapestries and more, there will be plenty for you to choose from to make this experience one you’ll never forget.

If one night of partying isn’t enough, head to one of three pre-parties and extend your fun for days! Attend the Countdown Tour at Zentral on Thursday, 7 September, or the Countown Tour at Volar on Friday, 8 September. Just show your Road to Ultra Hong Kong E-ticket and ID to gain free access before 12:30 am. First come, first serve. As a grand finale, head to the “Meet The ULTRA Angels” cocktail reception presented by Tag Heuer.

But don’t delay, because Early Bird and Advance Tickets have already sold out! Presale Tickets ($1,190) and PGA tickets ($1,550) are already in high demand, so get yours here before they, too, sell out!

Feeling lucky? Enter below now for your chance to win two tickets (worth $2,960) to this incredible event!

What: Road to Ultra Hong Kong 2017 – 2nd Edition
When: Saturday, 16 September, 12pm to 10pm
Where: Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District
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Planning a Week in Paradise: The Maldives Travel Guide



The Maldives has always been high on the bucket list for travellers everywhere, and for me, it kept creeping closer to the top with every jaw-dropping Instagram picture I scrolled past. It’s one of those places where you expect the beaches to be as white as sugar and the water blue, but it wasn’t until we took off in the seaplane that I realised just what all the hype was about.

From the impeccable service and hospitality to the rooms and striking surroundings, it exceeded all of my expectations. Sure, it might put a dent in your wallet, but it’s a once in a lifetime trip that’s more than worth saving for. Here’s hoping this guide might just be the extra push you need to get booking….

Planning a Trip to The Maldives

How to Get There:

Getting to the Maldives isn’t always the easiest feat — but let’s be honest, it’s more than worth killing a couple of hours in an airport for! Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon both fly direct from Hong Kong (with a flight time of 6 hours 30 minutes) however, bear in mind that these are often the most expensive options, and there aren’t direct flights available every day of the week. Definitely consider AirAsia, Singapore Airlines and Srilankan Airlines which have fairly minimal stopover times. You may even find it easiest to book everything through an agent; Flight Centre helped us to arrange our schedule, which meant that we didn’t lose track of any finer details, like additional taxes and booking seaplanes!

It’s definitely worth noting that although there are gorgeous resorts which are reachable by boat from Male Airport, many also do require transfer by seaplane, which can be an additional cost of up to USD 400 per person (depending on where you’re staying) – so it’s worthwhile checking whether the cost is included in your package!

Tip: Seaplane transfers stop around 6pm, so if you’re staying further out and arriving late (our Singapore Airlines flight didn’t land until 11pm), check with your resort if it has a sister hotel that’s reachable by boat – as the staff may be able to arrange transport and accommodate you for a night. Alternatively, Hulhule Island Hotel is just a few minutes walk from the main terminal which, although still not cheap, might be a good option to rest overnight. If your flight home isn’t until late, it also offers various day packages of which the most basic include: use of the swimming pool, two hours of wifi and luggage storage for around USD 50, and up to USD 100 for buffet dinner and complimentary transfer to and from Male (if you’re keen to visit). We were booked on a 4pm seaplane from our resort which meant that we had an eight hour wait before our next flight; we sucked up the cost as it saved us from sitting in Burger King all evening (hold up in the hotel bar – it serves free popcorn and drinks are reasonable).

Planning a Trip to The Maldives

When to Go

High Season (December – February): Also the most expensive time to go (who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas in the Maldives?!), high season promises little rain and low humidity! As it’s so busy, many resorts will also require a minimum of a five day stay over this time. You can also expect awesome weather up until the end of April (when the Maldives is at its hottest)

Low Season (May – November):  Technically ‘monsoon season,’ storms and rainfall are more likely over these months, but the weather is still warm and and resort prices are much cheaper in comparison.

Where to Stay:

Let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong when choosing a resort as you’ll be greeted by shimmering blue hues wherever you go (check out Lonely Planet’s recommendations here), but Angsana Velavaru resort was something else.  The resort is located just 40 minutes by seaplane from Male and lands right in the lagoon, where you’re immediately surrounded by crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. Split into two areas across the lagoon, the main island boasts gorgeous beachfront villas surrounded by lush greenery, and across from it, In Ocean Villas.

Angsana Velavaru resort room Maldives

The Rooms:

Bright with big sliding doors and large windows, the rooms have been beautifully designed in white and contrasting orange. The king size bed and huge bathroom are the main features of each room, however some villas also have private swimming pools and verandahs, as well as a long stretch of jetty that makes for unforgettable sunrise and sunset moments.

Angsana Velavaru In Ocean Villa Maldives

We were so lucky to be staying in the In Ocean Sunrise Villa which not only had a private rooftop, but a jetty and sala which made for the ultimate in luxury. Leading straight into the ocean, we spent our mornings snorkelling and ogling fish.

Angsana Velavaru restaurant Maldives

The Restaurants:

If tucking into a three-course meal while turtle spotting doesn’t do it for you, I don’t know what will! Azzuro Restaurant and Bar is suspended over the ocean, offering up a great range of Western and Asian favourites. We were on a full-board package which meant that we sat down to three courses every lunch time (#noregrets) and enjoyed complimentary soft drinks and juices. Offering breakfast in bed, order your meal the night before and wake up to eggs, bacon and freshly brewed coffee over the ocean – you’re on holiday after all!

A super quick boat ride from the main island, beachfront Kaani Restaurant whips up a buffet spread for both breakfast and dinner. Opting for a different cuisine each night, our favourite was definitely the Maldivian night, dishing up freshly grilled fish and zingy curries. Opt for a night cap at the Kuredhi Bar and catch Bodu Beru night, a high energy traditional dance performanced by the friendly staff. FYI, the Mango Mojitos are insane.

Planning a Trip to The Maldives

What to Do:

The Maldives is a tropical paradise, so you would be well within your element simply soaking up the sunshine and cooling off in the shallows, but if, like me, you get a little antsy lying about for too long, there are heaps of other things to do on the island. Many resorts will undoubtedly have a watersports centre (our jet ski experience to the outlying islands was seriously awesome), and the option to head further out to sea, so be sure to do a quick recce and check what’s on offer before your holiday. Activities can be expensive, so if you’re keeping things chilled and cheap, Angsana, for example, offer complimentary daily snorkelling trips to the house reef. We spent the better part of an hour free diving along the reef cliffs each day, spotting turtles, sharks and bright, colourful sealife. Sadly the Maldives has recently suffered from coral bleaching due to the rise in water temperature, however the fish thrive and the resort’s marine centre is constantly making an effort to protect the corals.

Looking for a little romance? We indulged in a sunset cruise which sailed past the lagoon and out into the open water where we sat, spotting dolphins, champagne in hand, totally immersed in the moment. Honestly though, we were also content emerging from our private villa and going for pre-breakfast stroll around the tiny island, which you can walk around the whole island in under 15 minutes. Baby reef sharks swim around the shores, making the whole experience totally surreal.

Fees and Taxes:

Just like many hotels and restaurants, you can expect to pay 10% service charge on your bill, but it pays to know that there can also be up to 8% GST on top of that. From October, 2016 Maldives has also introduced Green tax which is “payable at the rate of USD 6 per day” for tourists staying in resorts, tourist hotels and on tourist vessels, and “USD 3 a day from tourists staying in guesthouses.” It’s worth writing a quick email to your chosen resort before booking to avoid any hidden costs and surprises.

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