With the ENTERTAINER 2018 App, Your New Year’s Goals Are Just A Click Away

Just in time for your new year’s resolutions…

 

It’s a new year, we’ve all got new goals, and thankfully, the ENTERTAINER is here to help us. With exclusive offers, discounts and deals at some of our favourite activities, homeware stores and salons all over the city, we were spoilt for choice and had a hard time picking just one goal to achieve! A few of the Sassy girls wanted to share their great finds on the ENTERTAINER, so check them out below. And because we’re all about sharing the love, we have a special early bird price, just for you. Best of all, 2018 membership is just $295 (regular price $495) until Wednesday, 31 January, with Cheers and Bali bundled for free.

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Win a two-day, one-night stay in a one-bedroom villa at Uppala Nusa Dua with breakfast for two. Use the promo code ‘SASSYHK2018’ to be entered into this exclusive giveaway.

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Top Cruelty-Free Makeup and Skincare Products

Beauty with a conscience

 

Day in and day out, many of us cover our faces and bodies in makeup, oils and countless other lotions and potions. But do we really know what we’re putting on our skin? In the age we live in and with the growing concern for the welfare of animals and the standards to which they are kept, it’s still shocking to see how many of our favourite brands continue to test its products on animals.

Living in Hong Kong, with the pollution, weather and work-hard/play-hard lifestyle, a girl does tend to rely on her products to keep herself feeling 100%; but wouldn’t it be nice to know that we can start making a difference by changing what we slather onto our bodies (and make ourselves feel fabulous while we’re at it!?)

Here are some of our top picks for cruelty free makeup and skincare brands to try out now…

Read more: Natural Skincare: Your Ultimate Step-By-Step Shopping List

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 8, 2016 and was updated on January 10, 2017

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Hot New Tables January 2018: New Restaurants In Hong Kong

Sassy scopes out the latest eateries

 

Because Hong Kong’s dining scene is ever changing, we want to give you a head’s up on all the latest restaurants that have opened in our beloved city this month. From spicy new south side vegetarian food, to more Japanese, organic and healthy food, and tasty Italian fare (some with an Asian twist!), here’s what’s new in the 852. Be sure to check back out in February, because Ashley Sutton will be launching his bar and restaurant Dear Lilly at IFC and we’ll be letting you in on it!

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Stepping Out of the Mile Square – Oh, the {Places You’ll Go in 2018}

A new year is upon us in the Mile Square! For some, January in Hoboken means drinking until you’re warm enough to go out in a belly shirt, and for others, it means participating in Sober January. Either way, you probably have some fresh new PTO days to take advantage of. It’s tempting to use those days for a nice little staycation in bed, but I’m here to tell you that it’s time to renew your expired passport, dust off your suitcase, and hop on a plane.

We are fortunate enough to live in one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Between the vast history, ridiculous food and bar scene, and insta-worthy views, it’s no doubt that Hoboken is an attraction in itself. But taking the time (and money) to step out of your comfort zone will allow you to grow a stronger appreciation for your 800-square-foot apartment. Getting away from the stress of work, relationships, and your daily routine will help remind you of what’s really important. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about a different culture and maybe even bring back a new skill or interest to integrate into your Hoboken lifestyle.

The world is yours to explore! I promise you won’t regret it. But no matter where you go, just don’t forget where home is. Check out some of Hoboken Happy Hours’ adventures outside of our favorite square mile.

1. Morocco

Morocco

My favorite place I traveled to was the Sahara Desert in Morocco. The landscape was so insanely different from anything I had ever seen before — it was so vast! Our group rode camels through the desert to a campground where Bedouins cooked dinner for us and told us ancient tales around a campfire. We spent the night under the stars and then woke up early and watched the sunrise as we rode the camels back out of the desert.” – Cat

 

2. Greece

Greece

My favorite place I’ve traveled to was GREECE, hands down. We got to island-hop while there, and every island was different from the last, so we got to experience different types of terrain, culture, activities, and FOOD. Plus, riding a donkey up a cliff was on my bucket list (as was Greece).” – Amanda

 

3. England

England

My favorite trip was when I ventured outside London and went to Liverpool for a few days. I’m obsessed with The Beatles, and I got to see where they grew up, first played together, places mentioned in their songs, and sign the wall at The Cavern Club. On top of that, it’s a beautifully funky city, where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea—and it’s socially acceptable to have a beer with breakfast.” – Britt

 

4. Italy

Italy

Italy is amazing for so many reasons, but the highlight of my trip was visiting Positano on the Amalfi Coast. I just felt like I was in a dream with the breathtaking views. And the food was, of course, incredible. You really have to go yourself to understand the feeling of being completely content just staring at the beauty around you. TAKE ME BACK.” – Krista

 

5. Mexico

Mexico

2010 spring break in Cabo – fishing, drinking, hanging out with 5 of my best friends. We only had to pay for flights. The founder of Ticketmaster, Jerry Nelson, put us up in his hotel in Cabo since he was in the same fraternity as us. Yearly, he hosts Phi Kappa Psi members from across the country for a leadership conference. During a few of the days, we got to listen to some of the coolest speakers I’ve ever heard from – men and women at the tops of their industries – and learned some things I still refer back to today. Other days, we were free to explore Cabo, and every night they bussed us down to the main strip of bars. Jerry bought hundreds of beers for all of us and had tables reserved at Squid Roe and the other main spots. It was too much fun – literally – and we missed the boat we chartered and got there 4 hours late. Still went out for 2 hours and caught giant squid. So random, but so fun. A trip I’ll never forget.” – John

 

6. Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands

My favorite vacation spot is St. Thomas, because you can drink fruity drinks on the beach and get tan while being completely off the grid. You can also be active there with kayaking, hiking, snorkeling…and the sunrises are amazing.” -Lindsay

 

7. Peru

peru copy

I’ve been lucky enough to do some traveling over the years, but there is one trip I went on that I still don’t believe actually happened. In November of 2016, I spontaneously booked a trip to Peru with a coworker. It was my first ‘fit everything you possibly can in a hiking bag and go’ type of trip. I saw endless amounts of llamas, met people from all over the world, and most importantly, hiked Machu Picchu. Now that I type this it’s actually difficult to put into words how amazing of an experience it was. I learned that I was out of shape, spoiled with clean laundry, and so so lucky to get to visit one of the seven wonders of the world!” – Taylor

 

8. Spain

Barcelona

The food was as fresh as pulling out fish from the sea and putting it right on your plate. The culture was relaxed and laid back. The people were friendly and wanted to do nothing but help us out.” – Mike

Barcelona 2

My favorite trip was to Barcelona in September 2017. I speak a little bit of Spanish, so I liked the challenge of talking to people and reading signs and whatnot. It’s also just beautiful and warm, and having great food is always a plus.” – Kyle

 

9. Tanzania

Tanzania

Climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania was one of my proudest accomplishments. For me, the best part was being completely unplugged from civilization for 7 days. I didn’t have the option to text my friends or check up on social media even if I wanted to. It brought a sense of peace and allowed me to really focus on myself for the first time in a while. I came back to Hoboken with a parasite, a lot less Instagram followers on my food account, and a completely new perspective on the world.” – Gab


Written by Gab Cerami

Gab is a full-time desk jockey, but fuller time foodie. Born and raised in New Jersey, Gab made her way to Hoboken a year ago and has been on the hunt for the trendiest food scenes in the NYC area ever since. You can find her cooking her way through Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook (#gabandchrissy) and spending too much time capturing the right light to photograph a plate. Follow @brbcookingdinner on Instagram to check out all of her food pics and captions that include rap lyrics that replace the word “Yeezy” with “cheesy”.

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Quick Flights from Hong Kong: 5 Chinese New Year Trips

Ring in the year of the Dog!

 

Christmas and New Year may be over, but January doesn’t have to be all money saving and salads. Having something to look forward to always makes things better, so the best thing you can do to beat the blues is start planning that next trip! And what better excuse is there than Chinese New Year?

Taking place this year from Friday, 16 February, and ending on Monday, 19 February, we’re scoring ourselves a nice extra-long weekend in the not-so-distant future, so what are you going to do with your time off? Whether you want to plan a getaway just for the weekend (and use no annual leave days: win!), or take advantage of the extra time off and book somewhere a little further afield, here’s where we’re looking to travel to…

Read more: Public Holidays for 2018: How Best to Use Your Annual Leave

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Sassy’s Guide to Team Building Activities in Hong Kong

Team work makes the dream work

 

Team building; a burden for some, a necessity for others and a perfect excuse for a jolly good time for most! Whether you work for a global company, a small start-up or if it’s just you and your business partner, it is always beneficial to leave your cubicle for an afternoon, get to know your colleagues better and see a different side of Hong Kong. Sassy rounds up some of the most inspiring, relaxing and daring activities to suit every team.

Read more: Mid-Afternoon Fatigue, Be Gone

Something Musical:

Big Wave Music

What better way to get your team together than to form a rock band to play two popular songs in three hours? Team Music addresses not only all your corporate needs –  leadership agility, team chemistry and change management – it does so in a creative way, focusing on the 3 C’s: Clarity, Chemistry and Commitment. With half-day or full-day corporate retreats, your teams will work together to create two rock songs in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Best of all, no musical experience is necessary!

To book, email: eugene.tan@teammusic.co or visit the website here.

Karaoke is also widely available in Hong Kong with the likes of sought-after warbling joints Neway and MRRED never far away. If you are looking to throw a laidback karaoke party, Blackroom is the perfect get-together place to burst into songs with your coworkers. With a wide variety of entertainment facilities ranging from gaming consoles to a human-size Jenga, there will never be a dull moment. String is a premium karaoke bar that provides a full selection of champagne and delicacies that will tickle your palate. Across the water, Music Box offers traditional Japanese karaoke with private rooms and songs a plenty available in over six languages.

Team Music, bookings available here.
Blackroom, prices start from $35 per hour, per person.
String, online booking available here.
Music Box, prices start from $200 per head for groups of three or more, for a three-hour session including one drink.

Something Active: 

There is nothing like getting out of a stuffy, air conditioned office to stretch your legs and enjoy some of Hong Kong’s natural wonders. Hikes can be a great place to start, bearing in mind level of difficulty suitable for the participants. There are also plenty of scenic routes located on the island and close to the business districts such as Lady Clement’s Ride to Aberdeen Country Park and Wong Nai Chuck Reservoir to Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir. If a hike feels too strenuous, then perhaps rent a few pedal boats and surrey bikes at Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre and explore the scenic arboretum whilst discussing the company figures. For the more adventurous, kayaking is a great way to enjoy HK’s waters whilst perfecting your working-as-a-team skills. Windsurfing Centre HK in Sai Kung or Aqua Bound at Stanley Main Beach are two accessible and beautiful options. For easygoing indoor activities, you can’t go wrong with bowling, ice skating or a game of trampoline dodgeball at the Ryze Ultimate.

Check out our top hikes for more hiking ideas.
Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre, pedal boat hire starts from $70 per 30 minute, surrey bike hire starts from $100 per hour.
Aqua Bound, single kayak hire starts from $80 for one hour.
Windsurfing Centre HK, prices start from $100 per single kayak, per day.
Bowling: 
Thunder Bowl, prices start from $160 per hour, per lane, Tikitiki Bowling Bar, prices start from $199 per hour, per lane
Ice-skating: 
Glacier at Festival Walk, prices start from $55 per person, per session; The Rink at Elements, admission fee is $20 per person and skate fee starts from $0.5/min.
Ryze Ultimate, prices start from $150 per hour however corporate group discounts are available

Something Extreme:


Test your strength, agility and teamwork with some extreme sports! Perfect for those who need to let off some steam and prove their metal (or not!) in front of their colleagues. Choose from indoor paintball or war games, all just a short journey away in Kowloon. Meet your fellow coworkers on cloud nine in this spaceship themed laser tag game. Or if you want the ultimate teamwork test, why not try one of our Hong Kong’s ‘room escapes’Freeing Hong Kong offers freaky themed room escapes, such as ‘killing blaze’ and ‘Jurassic’ that will challenge your clue solving, patience and teamwork!

Paintball HQ, prices start from $280 per adult and group discounts are available.
Impact Force, basic gear fees start from $100 per person.
Lasermads, prices start from $3,188 to rent entire venue for an hour.
Freeing Hong Kong, prices start from $108 per person, online booking available here.

Something Yummy:

When it comes to getting your team’s attention, naturally food and drink spring to mind! Aside from the plethora of fine eateries HK has to offer, there is plenty in the way of hands-on cooking and baking courses to try. Sugar lovers can join an The Loft Kitchen class for pastry making fun or the Intercontinental for dessert and cake baking classes with their acclaimed pastry chefs. The more carnivorous can experience a sausage making class at The Butcher’s Club and if you can take the heat, why not enter a Kitchen Battle at Corner Kitchen, for some think-on-your-feet cooking.

If your boss thinks eating is cheating then a liquid lesson could be on the cards and HK is certainly the place for refined wine palettes. For picturesque settings, host a wine tasting event at the garden terrace at Ginsberg+Chan in Central or within the homely surroundings of Umami Concepts in Sai Ying Pun. Umami Concepts offers fabulous cooking parties too which Team Sassy has thoroughly enjoyed in the past! If budgets are tight, why not organise an in-house Scooper Bowl within the boardroom – invite everyone to bring in their favourite ice cream and a sprinkling of toppings – voila! Bake offs can also be a great fun, especially if you volunteer to be on the judging panel.

The Loft Kitchen, bookings available here.
The InterContinental, Baking Club classes start from $1,888 per person including light breakfast, lunch and beverages including champagne, groups must be between 4 – 10 people.
Butcher’s Club, prices start from $1,100 per person per session including free flow wine and beer, groups must be between 10 – 50 people.
Corner Kitchen, prices start from $1,000 per person, minimum 4 – maximum 24 per group.
Ginsberg+Chan Wine Merchants Asia, venue hire prices start from $3,800 for two hours.
Umami Concepts – venue rental prices start from $1,500 per hour with a minimum charge of $8,000, cooking party prices start from $550 per person with a minimum charge of $8,000

Something Crafty:

Sassy’s Guide to Team Building Activities in Hong Kong

Getting arty and crafty is great for bonding and getting those creative juices flowing! Channel your inner Picasso with an afternoon of art jamming in Central, where resident artists can help you create motivational themes or projects tailored to your company’s brainstorming needs. Equally, at Hong Kong Art Tutoring in North Point, you and your employees can join the studio’s carefully designed team building classes where learners study the thought process of an artist to help them think in the right creative direction.

The green fingered among you may prefer a floral jam instead at Blush, where attendees can choose from a selection of beauties at the flower buffet and create a sweet-smelling posey or even a combination of both art and floral jamming at Choco L’ART Studio. Want to know the best thing about this team building option? You get to take home your creation!

artjamming, prices start from $200 per person, bookings available here.
Hong Kong Art Tutoring, booking information available here.
Blush, floral jamming starts from $500 per person.
Choco L’ART Studio, prices start from $420 per person, per session, for 4 – 6 people.

Something at Sea:

Sassy’s Guide to Team Building Activities in Hong Kong

One of Hong Kong’s most celebrated past times has to be messing about in boats. Another perfect environment to feel inspired, relaxed and er… close to naked with your colleagues! For a team that deserves a hearty thank you, Michaelangelo’s luxury junk certainly has the wow factor and with its plush decor would make for a memorable day at sea, and Breakaway’s luxury yacht is one of our favourites for a smaller group.

Read more: The Sassiest Social: Meditation and Pampering at Sea with M Yachts

For an evening soiree, the traditional Aqua Luna is always a good option for enjoying a glass of wine whilst watching the light show and can also be hired out for private functions. For boating with a difference, Saffron Cruises offer a variety of fishing trips as well as additional corporate packages, whilst Lazydays’ junks offer ultimate relaxation with massages and mani/pedis, courtesy of Hava Massage and Nail Library, available on board. For professional party people, there are also plenty of junks offering food and booze packages to lift everyone’s spirits including Island and Jaspa’s Junks, for an all day excursion – see our junk guide for the full list.

Michelangelo, charter costs start from $24,000.
Breakaway Luxury Yachting – see price list here.
Aqua Luna, adult tickets for Symphony of Lights Cruise cost $295 and include a drink on board.
Saffron Cruises – fishing charter costs start from $7,500, quotations available here.
Lazydays, Spa on the Sea Package costs $1,400 per person, minimum of 12 people.
Island Junk, sightseeing cruise prices start from $630 per adult.
Jaspa’s Junks – cost per adult is $750, 14 person minimum.

Something Relaxed:

Sassy’s Guide to Team Building Activities in Hong Kong

Sometimes the team just deserves a break and nothing says R&R like a spot of pampering in one of HK’s luxurious spas. With sparties growing in popularity, why not treat the team to a private spa session at SparadiseSense of Touch or L’Occtaine? LUSH boasts three custom parties for a fun (and educational) pampering time. You have the option to DIY your own bath bombs or face masks to bring home. Can’t afford an afternoon away from the office? A private room at Ten Feet Tall for a group footie could also do the trick. If you want to go all out for the team, The Mandarin Oriental also offer group sessions, however you may want to run this past HR before adding it to your company plastic!

Read more: Where to Get a Good Foot Massage in Hong Kong

Sparadise, prices start from $600 per head for a basic package, minimum of 6 people.
Sense of Touch – prices start from $688 per head, minimum of 4 people.
L’Occtaine, signature treatments including facial and massage start from $1,700 per person.
LUSH price start from $220 per head for Happy Hour.
Ten Feet Tall, prices start from $340 per head for a 50 minute foot massage.
The Mandarin Oriental – bookings available here.  

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 7 January, 2015, and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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{New Year’s Resolution}: 6 Hoboken Gym Deals to Get You in Shape in 2018

If you feel like gyms and fitness centers get more crowded in January, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most popular times of the year for people to join gyms as they look to follow through on new year’s resolutions to get in better shape. If this is your resolution, allow us to steer you in the right direction. Here are six Hoboken venues you can join to kickstart your 2018 physical fitness campaign.

1. Crunch Fitness

crunch gym

Hoboken’s Crunch Fitness club is located at 1st and Sinatra, right by Pier A park. If you have a little more budget for your gym membership, this is one worth thinking about. Crunch’s membership options are as follows:

One Crunch membership (single club)

  • $87 per month
  • $5 enrollment fee
  • $40 processing fee
  • $44.99 annual fee

City Crunch membership (17 locations)

  • $120 per month
  • $5 enrollment fee
  • $40 processing fee
  • $44.99 annual fee

All Crunch membership (all franchise locations)

  • $120 per month
  • $5 enrollment fee
  • $40 processing fee
  • $44.99 annual fee

 

2. CycleBar

cyclebar

You can find the Hoboken CycleBar at 7th and Monroe (in the Monroe Center). This is a great option if you want to try cycling, since the club offers nice rates for new members, and an introductory session at a good price. Here are their rates:

Rising Star

  • $27 for 1 class
  • $79 for 5 classes (new riders only)
  • $240 for 10 classes
  • $440 for 20 classes

Rock Star

  • $79 for 4 classes
  • $139 for 8 classes
  • $139 for unlimited classes  (new riders only)
  • $179 for unlimited classes

 

3. New York Sports Clubs

new york sports clubs

There are two New York Sports Clubs locations in Hoboken: at 14th and Garden, and Newark and Washington. These are nice middle-tier clubs, and they offer different promotions and rates throughout the year. For the most current promotion, give them a call! Here are their standard rates:

Neighborhood membership (single club)

  • $34.99 per month (monthly or 12-month commitment)
  • $5 joining fee
  • $69.99 annual fee

Neighborhood plus membership (regional clubs)

  • $39.99 per month (monthly or 12-month commitment)
  • $5 joining fee
  • $69.99 annual fee

Passport membership (all franchise locations)

  • $89.99 month (monthly commitment) or $79.99 month (12-month commitment)
  • $5 joining fee
  • $69.99 annual fee

 

4. Planet Fitness

planet fitness

Hoboken’s Planet Fitness can be found at 6th and Washington, right in the middle of town. This is a nice, affordable gym for anyone starting out or on a budget. The club offers different promotional rates throughout the year, but their advertised rates are below:

Classic membership (single club)

  • $10 per month (12-month commitment)
  • $29 startup fee
  • $39 annual fee

No commitment membership (single club)

  • $15 per month (monthly commitment)
  • $39 startup fee
  • $39 annual fee

Black Card membership (all franchise locations)

  • $21.99 per month (12-month commitment)
  • $0 startup fee
  • $39 annual fee

 

5. Retro Fitness

retro fitness

Retro Fitness of Hoboken sits at 1st and Washington, very conveniently located for the downtown crowd. This is a nice gym that won’t break the bank. The club’s promotions change frequently, so inquire about the latest rates. Here are their membership options:

Basic membership

  • $19.99 per month (12-month commitment)
  • $99.99 enrollment fee
  • $19.99 processing fee
  • $63.90 annual fee

One-year VIP membership

  • $34.99 per month (12-month commitment)
  • $99 enrollment fee
  • $49.99 processing fee
  • $74.63 annual fee

Two-year VIP membership

  • $31.98 month (24-month commitment)
  • $0 enrollment fee
  • $0 processing fee
  • $74.63 annual fee

 

6. UFC Gym

ufc yoga

At 3rd and Sinatra, the UFC Gym of Hoboken is a nice local option for anyone considering some training in mixed martial arts or trying something outside the typical gym membership. Typically, membership is $109 per month, but first-time members can join for $79 per month with no enrollment fee if they redeem by the end of February.


Written by Kyle Evans

Kyle hails from Bergen County and moved to Hoboken in September 2016. He works at a PR and marketing agency in lower Manhattan. Off the clock, you’ll probably find him watching any one of his awful sports teams, getting lost in his headphones, tweeting (@kyle_evs), or sitting back and waiting to drop one-liners and dad jokes. Kyle is an avid fan of anything buffalo, burgers, and buffalo burgers.

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Art Exhibits We Think You Should Check Out This January

Art attack

 

It’s a new year, and with it comes #noexcuses to get out of your comfort zone!  This January, why not try new things and explore different hobbies? Hong Kong is rich in artistic expression (just look around at some of the city’s fabulous street art) and local talent is abundant. Each month there are new exhibitions to check out that won’t hurt your wallet. We’ve found a few worth mentioning, so make a date and go see some of the coolest artwork out this month!

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5 New Shows to Watch on Netflix this January

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. These shows are starting the New Year off with a bang

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Mong Kok: Where to Go and What to Do

The Best of Mong Kok

 

When I first moved to the 852, I was a little surprised when my boyfriend told me where we were going to be living. I had no idea where Mong Kok was, but I discovered it’s a pretty cool place. With plenty of shopping and dining out options, some great bars and a couple of fun things to see and do, Mong Kok is the place to be in my opinion! Sure it may be a little hectic, but isn’t that what living in Honkers is all about?! So, head on over to Mong Kok and check out just a few of my favourite places…

What To Eat and Drink:

One Dim Sum

My favourite local dim sum spot, you can find me here at some point most weekends. My top picks at any dim sum place will always be char siu bao and siu mai, but I can never bring myself to leave without having at least one egg custard bun (no matter how full I am). Be sure to get there early though, the doors may open at 10am, but there’s always a queue!

Find it at Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Kenwood Mansion, 15 Playing Field Road, Prince Edward. Closest MTR Exit – Prince Edward, Exit A.

Read more: The Best Dim Sum in Hong Kong: Where to Go For Every Occassion

Egg Waffles – Or Gai Daan Zai

You may have seen this street food all over HK, but in Mong Kok, I find that you can hardly walk two steps without finding a street vendor selling this local delight. These sweet ‘n’ crispy little guys are the perfect pick me up after a long day pounding the pavements!

Find them all over Mong Kok!

The Ale Project

After a long day navigating the packed streets of MK, you may be in need of a beer come 5pm (or earlier…). The Ale Project is one of the only craft beer focused bars in Kowloon and has an extensive selection of beers and ales to choose from (local brews and selected imports). I also saw an array of tasty looking bar snacks and sandwiches coming from the kitchen, so it’s the perfect spot for lining your stomach and having a few before a big night out.
Find it at 15 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok

Knockbox Coffee

For serious coffee fans, Knockbox is the place to come to help fuel your Mong Kok adventure. The team behind the cafe are truly passionate about coffee and want to show it off in its truest forms (so no syrups available here!). On Friday nights, it even hosts a “coffee premiere” where local coffee enthusiasts gather and taste unlimited brewed coffee from 6:30pm – 10pm.

Find it at 21 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit E2.

Afternoon Tea at Alibi, Cordis Hotel

For a refreshing change of pace in chaotic MK, Afternoon Tea at Alibi is the ideal choice. Its seasonal afternoon tea sets offer up sophisticated, modern twists on the traditional faves, such as Tomato and Smoked Bacon Mousse with Crisp Olive and Borage, Iberico Chorizo Croquettes with Nasturtium and Jasmine Tea Panna Cotta with Mango.

Find it at Level 5, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit C3.

sassys nieghbourhood guide to mong kok

The Hut 

If you’re a fan of Japanese desserts, this one’s for you! Cosy and flooded with natural light, this little nook is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends after a day of exploring Mong Kok. With Insta-worthy options such as Green Tea Parfait, Tofu Cheesecake and the infamous Japanese Water Cake, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Don’t forget to try out one of their many fruity and flowery teas as well!

Find it at Room C, 2/F, Cheong Kee House, 4 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, E2

The Garage Bar

Formerly The Backyard Bar, this outdoor area was recently revamped and transformed into The Garage Bar, an outdoor food truck and craft beer destination. Try out the TGB Cheeseburger or Ice-Cream Bolo Bao and wash it down with an ice cold Seven’s, by the Hong Kong Beer Co., or choose three different labels and create your own beer flight!

Find it at Level L, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit C3.

Sky 726

Perched on the top floor of the Nathan 726, Sky offers up a killer view of downtown Mong Kok. Enjoy its high-end French cuisine and be sure to sip on some quality cocktails, away from the busy streets below.

Find it at 25/F, 726 Nathan Road Building, 724-726 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, A1. 

9 ¾ Café

Harry Potter lovers, rejoice! Decked out with Harry Potter décor (the half-disappearing trolley is a particularly fun touch), you’re bound to have a magical time. Not only can you finally try butterbeer, but the café’s entire menu is playfully named after the mythical creatures and dragons featured in the book and film series.

Find it at 404 Shop, Prosper Commercial Building, 9 Yin Chong Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, E2

What To Do:

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The Ladies Market

I couldn’t write about Mong Kok and not mention the famous Ladies Market. The 1km stretch is jam packed with stalls selling clothing, accessories, toys, electrical items, souvenirs and so much more! It’s always bustling, but I love to go at night when the streets are lit up and the place really comes alive. My favourite buy from the market is my silk dressing gown, perfect for lounging around and feeling all fancy! Check it out and see what wonders you come away with…

Find it at Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit B3.

Me and George

Hidden in the depths of the Ladies Market, “Me and Gee” is one of the cheapest second hand stores around. This diamond in the rough is famous for its racks of Japanese and Korean vintage clothes at bargain prices. You may need to dig a little to come away with the good stuff, but part of the fun is in the hunt!

Find it at 64 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit B3.

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The Langham Place Shopping Mall

If you’re in need of a break, find refuge (and air con) in the colossal Langham Place shopping mall. Containing more than 300 shops, with international brands as well as local independent labels, Langham Place has everything you need under one roof. Also housing a cinema and an array of eateries, it’s the perfect spot to know just in case the rain decides to pour!

Find it at 8 Argyle St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit C3.

Goldfish Market

Another MK wonder. The Goldfish Market is really an entire street dedicated to selling – you guessed it – fish! In addition to the huge variety of live fish available (and every imaginable accessory), the market bizarrely also has small pets such as hamsters, frogs and turtles. Even if you’re just visiting Hong Kong (or have no desire to buy a pet fish), the market is a weird and wonderful place to explore in this city of ours!

Find it at Tung Choi Street North (Goldfish Street), Mong Kok, Hong Kok. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit B3.

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Flower Market Road

One of my favourite spots in all of Hong Kong, Flower Market Road (although still busy!) is a welcome respite from the extreme hustle and bustle of the Mong Kok streets. Located on the Prince Edward side, expect to find streets lined with shops selling all varieties of flowers and plants at very reasonable prices. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon stroll after filling your stomachs with dim sum, I rarely pay a visit without coming away with (yet another) houseplant.

Find it at Flower Market Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Prince Edward, Exit B2.

MOKO Shopping Mall

Another must-visit haven in Mong Kok is the MOKO shopping mall. Shop ‘til you drop at the huge variety of major brands on offer and then feast to your heart’s content at any of the many amazing restaurants!
Find it at 193 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit B3.

Sneaker Street

If running about Kowloon all day has your feet getting a little sore, Sneaker Street is the place to head to get some new kicks. As the name would suggest, it’s an entire street offering up pretty much every sportswear and sneaker brand out there, and it’s a must visit for any Sassy Girl who loves comfy shoes!
Find it at Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Mong Kok, Exit D2.

Forever 21

A Sassy fashion fave, the Forever 21 flagship store sadly closed Causeway Bay, so we’re thanking our lucky stars that its Mong Kok location is still here! Where else would we go for those last minute outfits?!
Find it at Pakpolee Commercial Centre, 1A Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Closest MTR Exit – Yau Ma Tei, Exit A2.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 17 November, 2016 and was updated on 8 January, 2018.

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