Staying in and working from home is becoming the world's new normal until the current outbreak is contained. In our city, the tension and panic have eased up, but many people are still spending more time indoors.
If you're staying in or looking for things to do while social distancing, we've rounded up some recommendations for virtual workshops, home exercises, movies to watch, live streams, delivery options, and even what hand sanitizers and masks to buy to keep the virus at bay.
What to watch now
Scary movies to watch on Netflix this Halloween
If you don't feel like venturing outside for Halloween but still want to honour the scariest day of the year, how about turning off the lights at home and let Netflix do all the scaring? From spooky films based on true events to frightening tales featuring all your worst nightmares, we've picked out some of the scariest movies you can watch on Netflix this Halloween. Enjoy! RECOMMENDED: Need some spooky nibbles to go with your movie night? We've rounded up the best sweets to sink your fangs into this Halloween!
New shows and movies to watch on Netflix this October
This month, prepare for spine-tingling thrillers, gripping documentaries, and intense dramas that will have you on the edge of your seats. You know the drill – grab the popcorn, settle down on the sofa, and let’s run through some of the best films and shows to watch on Netflix this month. RECOMMENDED: Add more excitement to your night in with some of Hong Kong's best crime thrillers.
6 Hong Kong crime thrillers you need to watch
We could all do with a little more excitement in our lives with things as they are right now, so what better way to spice up the evening than with a good old-fashioned movie marathon? From comedies to the heavily controversial, the Hong Kong film industry has whipped up an extensive catalogue of classics over the years – but there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as a heart-racing crime thriller. Get ready to be glued to the edge of your seat, and witness some of the most unpredictable and explosive locally-produced blockbusters ever to grace the silver screen. By Adrian Ho RECOMMENDED: For more binge-worthy flicks, be sure to also check out these spine-tingling horror flicks too.
Food and other deliveries in Hong Kong
Best restaurant deals for delivery and takeaway in Hong Kong
Recent social distancing regulations are not allowing dine-in after 9pm at restaurants for the time being. However, fear not, foodies, because some of our favourite, top-notch restaurants in Hong Kong are offering great deals on food delivery and takeaway. All that's left for you to do now is set the table at home and eat up! RECOMMENDED: Prefer to do the cooking yourself? There are some great online grocery delivery services that will bring products straight to your door.
Best Vietnamese restaurants in Hong Kong
Vietnamese food is nothing new to our city and has been a popular cuisine for Hongkongers. Whether it's the steaming soups of Ho Chi Minh City or the fragrant street food offerings of Hanoi, Vietnamese dishes are often well executed in our city by a number of talented chefs who know the cuisine like the back of their hand. In this lineup, we largely forgo the humble banh mi – for which we already have an exclusive article – and instead slurp and crunch our way around the restaurants serving some of the best Vietnamese soupy, noodly and rice-filled dishes in town. The best part is that more than a few of these do delivery and takeout, so, whether you're looking for a light lunch, or a decadent dinner feast, these might be right for you. RECOMMENDED: For more delivery options, check out our ever-evolving list of the best delivery and takeout options in Hong Kong right now.
Best French restaurants in Hong Kong offering takeout and delivery
Our city is home to a plethora of restaurants serving up fantastic international cuisine from Indian to Thai, to Italian, to Korean, and much, much more! In light of the current situation in the city, many restaurants are now offering delivery and takeaway, and some of our dazzling French restaurants are no different. Whether it's meaty offerings you're after, cheese, or sweet dessert crepes, here are the French eateries around town that are offering takeaway and delivery. RECOMMENDED: Keep up to date with the latest information on the city's F&B operations with our regularly updated guide to dining and drinking during the dine-in ban.
The best essential oil stores and brands available in Hong Kong
Essential oils are practically everywhere nowadays and come in different forms such as massage oils, perfume rollers, and even ones you can use with an air diffuser at home. These concentrated liquids take chemical compounds from organic plants such as lavender, lemongrass, rose, mint, eucalyptus, and many more. People put them in perfume rollers and apply on skin to help them cope with stress or anxiety, or diffuse scents in the living room and bedroom to improve the odour and aura of the room. Though trendy and in-demand – especially for health-conscious consumers – essential oils don't work for everyone, but there's no harm in trying them. If you've been thinking of jumping on the essential oil bandwagon, to get you started, here are some of the best essential oil stores and brands available in the Hong Kong market. By Shanti Parmanand RECOMMENDED: Shopping for other products? Go local, and try the best homegrown skincare brands in the city.
Hong Kong’s best furniture and homeware shops
No flat is complete without furnishings that truly reflect one’s personality. And since we can all do better than Ikea – though they do often have some pretty cool crossover projects with big brands – we scout the best furniture and homeware stores in Hong Kong to help transform your house into a home. From minimalist and utilitarian designs to Japanese-themed to eco-friendly, these are the best stores to shop for furniture. RECOMMENDED: Want to keep on shopping? Look no further than our pick of the best essential oils stores and brands available in Hong Kong, or our favourite thrift stores for vintage and second-hand clothing.
An introduction to CBD and products available in Hong Kong
CBD products are now easily accessible in Hong Kong, be it online, in stores, or as added ingredients in food and drink in cafes. With the increase in product availability, it seems like the CBD movement has made enormous strides forward in the city. "People in Hong Kong, as well as mainland China, have not lost their connection to plant and herbal remedies for overall health and wellbeing like we have stateside and to an extent in Europe," explains Jamie Leilani Pelayo, co-founder of Natureofthings, a wellness platform from the US that offers an array of CBD luxe bath products and bodycare. "I think Hong Kong consumers are very savvy and knowledgeable on using natural remedies to take care of themselves," she adds. At first, products available in the market – may it be digestible or topical – are mostly used for anxiety, sleep disorders, and chronic pains, but today even beauty industry retailers are embracing the anti-ageing and antioxidant properties of CBD, and are releasing more skincare products in the market. "When Saint Jane launched in January 2019, there were not many luxury CBD brands on the market, especially ones that focused on skincare," says Casey Georgeson, CEO and founder of Saint Jane, a luxury beauty brand offering CBD-infused skincare products. "The market at the time was dominated by edibles, tinctures, and products targeted for muscle and pain relief. That lack of beauty-focused products is why I created Saint Jane. Once I learned about CBD's powerfu
6 local Instagram boutiques you should shop from
Keen on updating your wardrobe for the summer but don’t want to brave the city crowds for a shopping spree? Then it’s about time you start scrolling through the huge variety of local Insta-boutiques that’s been popping up left and right in recent years. Whether you are looking for the perfect pair of shades, the hottest sneakers, or some chic activewear, you’ll be happy to know that you no longer have to trawl the streets for the latest fashion trends. Here are some of the best IG boutiques in Hong Kong that deserve to be on your radar. By Natalie Lam RECOMMENDED: Don’t forget to take care of your skin too and check out these tried-and-tested affordable beauty products.
Stay fit and healthy
9 DIY face mask recipes you can make with food at home
Spas and beauty salons may have recently reopened, thanks to relaxed restrictions, but for those still unsure, it may be worth thinking about bringing the spa home. While some find resolution in an easy sheet mask or ready-made face pack, there are other more creative, sustainable, and eco-friendly ways to give your face the TLC it deserves – especially after wearing a protective face mask all day – and it’s as easy as opening up your kitchen cupboard. So here it is, nine face mask recipes that need only two to three ingredients to make and suit many different skin types. Get ready for that at-home glow. By Shanti Parmanand and Fontaine Cheng RECOMMENDED: In need of another DIY activity? Look at these cheap and easy ways to spice up your instant noodles.
7 Workout essentials for at-home fitness sessions
Now that most of us are staying at home, it’s easy to slip into a routine of lounging around and becoming a couch potato, but it’s never been more important to remain active and healthy. Not only is exercise essential for our physical health, but it can also do wonders for our mental wellbeing. A quick home workout can break up the monotony of being at home and help us recharge and refresh during the day. The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days a week, and with gyms around the city still closed, it’s a good time to get into the habit of exercising at home. Whether you’re just starting, or you’re expanding your home gym, here are some great workout essentials to help you sweat out at home. By Tiffany Tsoi RECOMMENDED: Use these types of equipment together with our recommended Hong Kong-based home workout programmes that you can follow remotely from home
6 Nintendo Switch games that can replace your workout
Staying committed to an exercise routine isn’t always easy, especially when most of our favourite gyms are closed under the current social distancing measures. While hiking and cycling are great workout alternatives, there’s also a handful of games on the market that perfectly melds fitness and fun, like Nintendo Switch. So, if you are hoping to keep yourself active at home but want something more entertaining than just doing yet another set of squats, here are six of the best Nintendo Switch games that will help you work up a sweat. By Natalie Lam RECOMMENDED: Don’t have a game console? Don’t worry, these killer home workouts will be perfect for you.
5 hand sanitisers you can actually buy in Hong Kong
Running low on hand sanitisers? Don't have time to wait in line for a bottle of bacteria-killing potion? Worry not, because there is a handful of alternatives you can turn to. While some of these may be slightly on the pricier side, they are a perfect alternative to your usual hand sanitisers that tend to have an overpowering alcohol smell and leave your hands feeling dry like sandpaper. So, without further ado, here are our top five favs. RECOMMENDED: Hand sanitisers really damage your hands if you don't take care of them properly, here are 5 hand creams you need to keep your hands feeling silky smooth all day, every day.
Things to do to keep you sane
DIY activities to keep you busy while social distancing
Even after all the TV shows, movies, and excessive baking, if you're still looking for something to do with your time indoors, turn to DIY kits that can be purchased or delivered to you for you to enjoy at home. These small-crafts will keep your hands busy, and in no time, your days will be filled with tasks. From jigsaw puzzles, embroidery to painting, here are a few DIY ideas to brighten up your long hours at home. By Shanti Parmanand RECOMMENDED: Take a break from reality with these escapism reads
5 Board games to play for game nights at home
Our day-to-day life is often so hectic that we tend to forget the more important things in life like nurturing our relationships with our loved ones. Now that most of us are staying more at home, those who live in the same household, have a greater chance in rekindling bonds. So, aside from spending time online with your friends during social-distancing, get to know your loved ones better with these board games and foster more fun-filled nights at home. Elaine Soh RECOMMENDED: Not a tabletop games fan? Bond with your loved ones at home with these fun Nintendo Switch games
Things to do with your friends while social distancing
These are challenging times for Hong Kong, with the ongoing situation and resultant social distancing measures making it feel a little harder to enjoy the many great things about our city, especially when it comes to spending quality time with your closest friends. This doesn’t have to be the case, however, because there are many great things us Hongkokngers can do with our best buds whilst staying safe. To celebrate International Friendship Day, we’ve put together a list of fun things you and your bestie can do, so you can watch, play, and laugh your friendship to new heights. By Shanti ParmanandRECOMMENDED: Need a few ideas for your night in? Have a look at how to make these delicious cocktails or these quirky viral recipes.
10 books to read to help you escape reality
The ongoing outbreak may have confined us physically in Hong Kong, but there is no stopping our minds from going on an adventure. The best way to start is through books, as it is the nearest you can get to travelling and exploring the world without leaving home. So, to help you get started, we've listed 10 books you can read right now if you want an escape from reality. By Elaine Soh RECOMMENDED: If you prefer losing yourself in films and tv series, check out what's new on Netflix or immerse yourself in Hong Kong's best movies
Make these recipes at home
Drink this: cocktail recipes to make at home
Drinking this summer is a bit different this year as temporary closures of bars and pubs in the city has been extended until July 28. A lot of your favourite bars have started to offer takeaway or delivery during this dry season so hit them up if you'd like to get perfectly balanced tipples to enjoy at home. But, if you're looking to spice up at your home bar and tap into your inner bartender, we've rounded up a few cocktail recipes from some of the best mixologists in Hong Kong so you can get the ball rolling.
Drink this: Old Tot
Rum is experiencing a renaissance as market consumption grows steadily worldwide. In Hong Kong, rum is still an underrated spirit compared to whisky and gin, but with a new rum bar opening in the city, it seems like the interest in this sugarcane spirit might be catching on. Opening on the corner of Hollywood Road, right beside Quinary, is Caribbean-inspired bar The Daily Tot. Should there be no more delays in the reopening of bars in the city, the bar will officially open their doors on August 11. Named after the centuries-old ritual of handing out a daily rum ration to royal navy sailors from 1850 to the 1970s, The Daily Tot aims to change the way Hongkongers perceive rum as being closely tied in with tiki traditions. Behind the bar is renowned mixologist Gerry Olino, who has worked in Hong Kong's bar industry for years, formerly as the group beverage manager of Ming Fat House Group (Mrs. Pound, Foxglove, and Dr Ferns) and the head bartender at Shangri-La's Lobster bar. The Daily Tot's head mixologist, Gerry Olino To give us a glimpse of their menu, Olino whipped up one of their signature rum cocktail recipes so you can try it at home or when you drop by to the bar when they open. Paying homage to the modern classic cocktail Old Cuban – an original creation of Audrey Saunders, the owner of Pegu Club in NYC – Olino created his signature twist and named it Old Tot. The cocktail is a hybrid of a French 75 and a mojito, and like all great classic cocktails, the recipe is de
7 kitchen ingredients you can use to make cocktails
If you're in the mood for a cocktail and don't have any idea on what to make out of all the half-empty bottles of liquor you have lying around, let's turn to your kitchen for inspiration as you might have perfect ingredients already available within your reach. RECOMMENDED: No bartending game? No worries! Here's a list of bars now delivering cocktails. If you need to stock up on supplies, here's a list of online grocery stores and online liquor stores.
5 clever ways to up your coffee game at home
Many of us Hongkongers love a good cup of coffee; that’s why we’re lucky to live in a city with such a wealth of great cafes. The caffeine-laden creations that our local coffee houses whip up sometimes put our home pours to shame, but this doesn’t have to be the case, as there are some simple steps us caffeine fiends can do to seriously boost our home coffee making game, all with minimal effort! Check out the tips below to bring out your inner barista and elevate your mundane morning cuppa to something special. RECOMMENDED: If you want to strictly leave it to the pros, check out these places doing coffee delivery in Hong Kong.
Insta-famous bakeries and dessert shops you should follow in Hong Kong
It’s official – everyone and everything is on Instagram these days. We are talking about all things including local boutiques, artists, and even dogs. Of course, bakeries and dessert shops are no exception. But with so many of them alive on the ‘gram, the question is which ones should we follow? Scroll down and check them out! By Natalie Lam RECOMMENDED: Though they may not be Insta-famous, these stalwart local bakeries deserve your attention too.
5 Hong Kong adorable dogs you have to follow on Instagram
If you're one of the lucky ones who have your dogs by your side during isolation or work from home, then you must have a lot of cuddle therapy to get you through the days: that or a lot of slobber on your laptop keyboard. Either way, having your furballs beside you during these stressful times can bring a lot of joy. For some of us who live alone and no doggos by our side, we can turn to Instagram for a load of pet therapy. Here are some of our favourite and squidgiest dogs in Hong Kong's Instagram sphere. RECOMMENDED: Planning for your Easter weekend? Here are the best ways to celebrate Easter in Hong Kong while social distancing.
10 best Hong Kong photographers you need to follow on Instagram
With Hong Kong’s beautiful architecture, iconic skyline, and stunning spots that don't even look like Hong Kong, we live in one of the most photogenic cities on Earth. So, naturally, plenty of photographers have taken full advantage of this by sharing their jaw-dropping talents on Instagram. Who are the best ones to follow in Hong Kong, you ask? Read on to find out... RECOMMENDED: Check out these 9 famous quotes about Hong Kong that sum up our city, or find out about some of our city's oldest restaurants.
9 Hongkongers on Instagram whose baking game is on point
During these recent difficult times, many around the world have taken to baking as a way to get creative and cook up delicious treats to share with their loved ones at home. The same has been going on in Hong Kong, and luckily many home bakers have also been sharing their creations on Instagram for us all to drool over. It might be time to enjoy the delectable satisfaction of baking for yourself, and in case you need inspiration, here are some mouthwatering 'gram posts from Hongkongers who've been baking up a storm. RECOMMENDED: Looking for inspiration that's a little less sweet? Check out these 'gram accounts to follow for cooking ideas.
Virtual workshops and online classes
Best home workouts and fitness programs to follow online
Sticking to a regular exercise regime has become a much harder task without the physical space. Even so, we have to understand that these are some interesting times we live in. Maintaining healthy habits and a fitness routine in any way possible is more important than ever, especially for staying sane while staying in. There are a handful of fitness studios in Hong Kong that are adjusting and continuing to offer — from a distance — community and guidance, encouraging daily movement and helping people stay healthy. Here are our top five Hong Kong-based home workout programmes to suit every age and interest that you can follow remotely right now and in-studio when they reopen! While we're not sure how long this will go on for, we also know that this isn't forever. As we near the end of the city's second week of gym closures, we encourage you to show support and love for local businesses in whatever way you can, these guys are the heart and soul of our communities.RECOMMENDED: Wanna get out while keeping your distance? Check out these Hong Kong jogging spots.
The best online dance classes in Hong Kong
Since fitness centres and dance studios are not allowed to open, for now, it looks like living-room choreography will be the hottest trend of the moment. From hip hop, belly dance, Zumba, to ballet, take these online dance classes and learn choreography from the best dance instructors in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: Feet aren’t made for dancing? Try these online fitness classes instead
25 best online classes you can take for free
Are you just about done watching all the K-dramas on Netflix and ready to do something more productive with your time? Instead of stressing about when you can finally go out to eat and have a drink at your favourite bar, why not divert your energy to something you can actually use in the future. Use the extra time you have now to learn something new, gain a few skills, and take your mind off of all the stressful things happening outside of the house. We've rounded up online classes you can take today. Whether you like to learn a foreign language, practice to become the next culinary gem, the next wine connoisseur, master of photography, fashion, and design, or just impress your boss, or simply learn how to manage your stress – we've got it all for you. We also included some learning tool recommendations for moms with kids currently stuck at home. Read on to get you started, most of the classes are free, so you don't have to spend a dollar, but the full courses with certifications allows a 7-10-day free trial enough for you to learn the basics. RECOMMENDED: Just want to chill while at home? Check out these recommendations.
Looking for ways to give back to the city?
How we can help Hong Kong's restaurant industry during these trying times
It’s the most difficult time that many of our city’s restaurants have ever experienced, as the continued spread of the coronavirus means that tourist numbers are down to unprecedented lows, and those who live in the city are less inclined to eat out. The government introduced a new social distancing measure last Sunday at midnight that requires all restaurants to halve their capacity and separate groups of customers by at least 1.5 metres. While this is undoubtedly a responsible mandate in light of the current situation, it adds further obstacles to eateries trying to weather the COVID-19 storm. With this being said, it is now more important than ever to show support for our friends in the restaurant industry. Here are some important ways we can all do our bit to preserve the food scene we love so dearly. RECOMMENDED: While we're on the subject of support, here's how we can do our bit for Hong Kong's bar scene, too.
How you can help Hong Kong's bar industry while social distancing during coronavirus
Tightening government restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 are making people go out less and less. On April 2, the government ordered all of Hong Kong's bars, pubs, and clubs to close their doors from April 3 and extended it until April 23. With this recent development, Hong Kong's bar scene will suffer significant losses, and some may not survive or come out of it the same way as before. So, while everyone needs to follow social distancing and be responsible for their movements, it is also essential that we do everything we can to support our favourite local bars so that they too can survive these challenging times. RECOMMENDED: Looking for spirits, wines, and beers on the go? These delivery services are riding to your rescue
6 Hong Kong charities and nonprofits that we can support
In the past months, face masks and hand sanitisers have become increasingly important as the spread of COVID-19 continues in our city. In trying times like these, it’s more important than ever for us to lend a helping hand to the most vulnerable in our society. Here are the efforts of some of the many organisations who are giving their all to help those in need right now. There are also opportunities to join forces with these charities too, should you be looking for a way to help. RECOMMENDED: Looking for more ways to give back to the city? Volunteer your time with these organisations, or check out our tips to sustainable living in Hong Kong.
We're leaving this here, just in case you get cabin fever
The best work-from-hotel deals to book now
The city's social distancing measures have relaxed, but there are still a lot of companies allowing their staff to work remotely. Working at home has its perks: it's comfortable, working hours are more flexible, and we get to work in our home clothes too. But let's face it, staring at the same view all day while working can get a little boring and demotivating sometimes. Ever since the social distancing measures were put in place, more and more hotels in our city are not only offering staycations for families but also enticing work-from-hotel packages for working individuals. From luxurious meal sets to a high-class gym and swimming pool facilities, pamper yourself with an upgraded environment while showing your support for the hotels during these difficult times. Take a break from your four-walls and reserve a room with these work-from-hotel deals that will surely elevate your mood and boost your spirits during your working hours. By Elaine Soh RECOMMENDED: Soak in our city's rich history and culture through these staycations that offer a fulfilling heritage experience and a relaxing weekend retreat.
The best places in Hong Kong for fresh air
Whether it's to get away from the virus or to escape the urban jungle, sometimes, you just need to catch a breath of fresh air. Luckily, there are plenty of places where you can do that in Hong Kong. Don’t believe us? Let us show you where. By Olivia MaitreRECOMMENDED: Too far of a journey? Head to these urban green spaces in Hong Kong instead.
Hidden gardens and green spaces in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is awash with amazing secret islands, hiking trails, and even stunning waterfalls, but they're not always the most convenient places to get to. Luckily, there are urban green spaces in the city. From extensive lawns by the water to small oases tucked away in commercial districts, find out about the best spots to get away for a breather. RECOMMENDED: Want to fit in some quality time with a furry friend? Head to these dog parks in Hong Kong for a grand time.
Secret islands in Hong Kong
Have you done everything there is to do on Lamma? Is Cheung Chau getting a little too hipster for you? Hong Kong is home to more than 250 islands, so there’s no need for you to keep revisiting the same old spots. And if you’re looking for gorgeous sandy beaches, picturesque hikes and free things to do, these islands have them all and more.