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.
Food and other deliveries in Hong Kong
Best coffee delivery in Hong Kong
Coffee holds a lot of importance to a lot of us. Whether as the perfect kick start to wake us up ahead of that morning zoom meeting with the team, or as a mid-afternoon pick me up when the lunchtime carbs start catching up with us, this caffeinated beverage is a lifesaver! We are lucky to live in a city with so many great cafes serving the best-quality brews for our enjoyment and indulgence. Just because we're staying in more as of late, this doesn't mean we can't enjoy our favourite cup of joe, because now many of our favourite coffee shops are delivering right to our doors! RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for more delivery services, check out our list of the restaurants doing the best takeout and delivery services in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong bars now offering cocktail takeaway and delivery
While we wait for bars to reopen on July 21, our regular cocktail hour has temporarily moved from the bar to our homes. If you're still having a hard time crafting that perfect tipple, set your bartending dreams aside for now because our favourite neighbourhood bars are ensuring you don't go thirsty during this dry season. Also, by ordering from them during these trying times, you'll be able to support their businesses and their staff who are working hard to keep their bars afloat. So, whether you're after wine, sake, beer, or cocktails, here's a list of all the bars and pubs in Hong Kong that are mixing up drink takeaways and delivering bottled cocktails to customers. RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for other liquor delivery options to stock up on your supply, check out our roundup of the best alcohol delivery services in Hong Kong
Foodpanda launches 24-hour pandamart delivery service
Midnight hunger pangs are no laughing matter. When your stomach starts grumbling in the middle of the night, and there’s not a single cup noodle in sight, it can be one of the worst feelings in the world. Luckily, foodpanda is here to save the day with their brand new 24/7 pandamart! Boasting over 4,000 items from 75 international brands, pandamart houses a plethora of products ranging from regular household staples to groceries, and even over-the-counter medication in case of emergencies. Just a few clicks and taps on the foodpanda website or app, and you’ll have everything you need delivered straight to your door. Whether it’s fresh eggs and oat milk at 6am or a cup noodle with snacks 11pm at night, special pickers are on standby around the clock in pandamart’s urban warehouses at select locations, ready to deliver in as little as 15 minutes. To celebrate its launch, pandamart will be offering a bunch of promotions throughout the month of June. Users can enjoy free delivery, a 10 percent off selected brands such as Tao Ti, Carlsberg, and Redbull, along with 20 percent off from their first order using the EXPRESS20 code. Or, if you spend over $100, knock off $30 from the bill using the FLASH30 code (not to be used in conjunction with the ‘EXPRESS20’ promotional offer).
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.
What to watch now
Our top 10 favourite Studio Ghibli movies
We love watching swoon-worthy K-dramas, and we’ve always had a soft spot for local productions, but there’s just something about Ghibli films that never fails to fascinate us, even if we are not exactly an anime fan. Whether it’s a whimsical adventure, heart-racing drama, or innocent romance, this anime powerhouse always has something for everyone. With almost every Ghibli movie available on Netflix now, we feel like there’s no better time to do a roundup of its masterpieces. In no particular order, these are our top 10 favourite Ghibli movies. By Natalie Lam RECOMMENDED: Not into anime? Check out some of the best new Hong Kong movies or watch these hilarious Korean variety shows if you are in need of some laughs during these trying times.
Best new local movies in Hong Kong
Hong Kong movies once dominated the Asian movie market with awesome action films that told poignant stories and employed some of the most exciting stunts and creative cinematographic work ever seen on film. Though Hong Kong cinema's heyday is arguably behind us, more recent Hong Kong movies continue to resonate with us, because they are inspired by our home and common experiences, desires, anxieties. The city’s film industry still boasts a wealth of local talent from familiar faces to rising stars, who have contributed to making a spectacular lineup of recent movies for us Hongkongers to enjoy as they entertain and explore deep-rooted social issues in our society. RECOMMENDED: Prefer not leaving the comfort of your couch? Check out our Netflix recommendations for July.
New shows and movies to watch on Netflix Hong Kong this July
This month, expect feel-good reality shows, hilarious rom-coms, and action-packed movies. So, you know the drill – grab the popcorn, settle down on the couch, and let’s run through some of the best films and shows to watch on Netflix in July. By Jenny Leung and Natalie Lam RECOMMENDED: In need of some extra laughs? Check out these iconic Hong Kong comedies from the 2000s!
Happy Wednesday has launched its first official YouTube Channel
The city is experiencing challenging times and a tightening of social distancing restrictions, and if you've gone through all there is to watch on Netflix, fear not, because Happy Wednesday is here to spread a bit of positivity with its first-ever YouTube Channel, Open Space. Hosted by Hannah Schofield, wife of famous jockey Chad Schofield, Open Space works as an online creative community where people can share ideas. By featuring some of the biggest names in the Hong Kong horse racing scene, such as champion jockey Zac Purton and racing media personality Brittany Taylor, this channel hopes to spread horse racing in a more infotainment way. Apart from some world-class races, you can also expect to see various lifestyle content, ranging from music, fashion to art. If that’s not intriguing enough, weekly competitions will even be held on Open Space's Facebook page where you can get a chance to win some fantastic prizes, including a six-month Spotify subscription, gift cards from well-known labels like Lane Crawford, Burger Joys and more. Good luck!
Things to do to keep you sane
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
Time Out Hong Kong editors share what's keeping them sane while staying in
For now, social distancing and working from home has become our new normal. Like you, we are looking for ways to keep our heads straight and not go berserk during these challenging times. Here's what our editors are doing to help us stay calm, sane, and collected while we wait for the pandemic to be over. Tatum Ancheta, Editor-in-chief, Hong Kong In Hong Kong, it is already our second time to work from home since the outbreak started in February. So, based on our first experience, we created these useful tips on how you can stay productive (and sane) while working from home. Now that the government implemented stricter regulations and advised everyone to work from home again, this time we have accepted that for the time being, it is our new normal. Hong Kong dwellings are a bit smaller than in other cities so it can get a little cray cray cooped up in a tight apartment. Stretching is very important and adding home exercises in the morning keeps me energized. I also stay connected with my family and friends around the globe through video calls. We would have our e-cocktail nights and have a few laughs while online to keep our social lives. I actually feel more connected with so many people now; we spend more time reaching out to each other compared to before. Cooking also relaxes me; these grocery delivery services in Hong Kong are very helpful in keeping my pantry well-stocked. I also stopped watching the graph on coronavirus Worldometer every hour as I realize it will giv
How to stay sane at home (according to Hong Kongers)
"How did that crack on the ceiling get there?", "Has this chair always been so squeaky?", "That patch of mould definitely did not just grow overnight..." – all these random questions and thoughts may start popping into your head as cabin fever kicks in. But fear not! As we're here to help. Well, you guys are. We took to Instagram and asked all you beautiful people out there what kind of things you're doing to stay (relatively) sane at home, here are the results: RECOMMENDED: Working from home? Here are some top tips on how you can stay productive throughout the day.
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.
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.
Best vintage shops in Hong Kong that deliver
Hong Kong is traditionally celebrated as the ultimate shopping haven, whether for its sleek malls or its old fashioned markets. Somewhere in between, however, there are the city's vintage shops, that sell everything from clothes to homewares, and bridge the gap between old and new. While going out on a shopping spree remains not all-that appealing to many of us, the vintage-minded will be pleased to know that more than a few of our beloved vintage shops around the city are utilising online platforms so that you, the shopper, can peruse, enquire, and arrange delivery of your new old clothes from home! RECOMMENDED: If you're passionate about sustainability, check out our list of the best eco-friendly places to shop online.
Best local off-the-radar jewellery to shop online
The easiest way to freshen up your look and make a style statement is with a new piece of jewellery. While there are a number of options for major jewellery retailers to turn to, there's always something incredibly special about finding a tailor-made piece, especially when it is in support of local companies. From delicate and minimal to more eye-catching conversation-starters, there's something for every gal and price point in the mix. These off-the-radar Hong Kong brands are sure to prompt 'where'd you get that?' from your circle of friends. RECOMMENDED: Shop till you drop with our ultimate Hong Kong mall guide or check out some the city's best secret shops.
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.
Stay fit and healthy
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.
Everything you need to know about Hong Kong-made face masks
We hate to sound repetitive, but with COVID-19 continuing to take its toll on our city, surgical masks are still highly-sought after items these days. Luckily, Hongkongers are a truly innovative bunch. Taking matters into our own hands, Hong Kong now has a handful of manufacturers and start-ups who recently began mass production of face masks. We're no experts when it comes to mask-making, but we want to do every bit we can to help. Who, what, where, and how – here's everything you need to know about these Hong Kong-made masks. RECOMMENDED: Check this page if you want to see a review on some Japanese-made masks. Or if you’re staying indoors? These binge-worthy Korean dramas will keep you happily entertained. Before we start, here are some lingo you need to know: BFE - Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (can filter particles from 3 microns upwards)PFE - Particulate Filtration Efficiency (can filter particles from 0.1 microns upwards)VFE - Viral Filtration Efficiency (can filter particles from 0.1 to 5 microns upwards)ASTM - An ASTM standardised face mask can be categorised as level one (low protection), level two (medium protection), and level three (high protection).
Six killer workouts you can do at home
Staying at home may reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus, but it also means that we're not getting the proper fresh air and exercises that we need to stay fit. Luckily, we enlisted the help of Stephanie Cuvelier, owner and fitness trainer of Calibrate Studios, who shares with us six easy and efficient workouts that you can do without leaving the comforts of your own home.RECOMMENDED: Don’t want to be stuck at home? Why not hit one of Hong Kong’s best hiking tails instead?
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 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.
The best places to avoid crowds in Hong Kong
If hell is other people, Hong Kong is far from heaven. Come public holidays like National Day and Chinese New Year, the city is even more jam-packed than usual. If the heaving masses are starting to get to you, breathe and relax. As well as the far reaches of our SAR, even the centre of town has places where you can get away from people. RECOMMENDED: If you think a drink will help you calm down, try one of Hong Kong’s best bars. Or find catharsis in this list of things that make Hongkongers mad.