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AUGUST 2019 | l i v - m a g a z i n e . c o m LIV MAGAZINE
A NEW WELLNESS PARADIGM IN ASIA
ounded by wellness pioneers Lahra and Chicco Tatriele, Fivelements Habitat is set to open its doors this summer in Causeway Bay. This brand-new "urban sanctuary" concept combines sacred arts, healing, beauty treatments and gourmet plantbased cuisine to instil a profound sense of wellbeing in its guests. With soothing interiors and a lineup of Hong Kong's top wellness facilitators, this 15,000 square-foot space offers programmes such as yoga, movement, martial arts and dance. Guests will also find classes to strengthen the mind and spirit, from meditation and mindfulness to visual arts, tea ceremonies, sound healing and holistic therapies, as well as intuitive healing and energy work. Guests in need of pampering will also find a wellness sanctuary providing natural beauty treatments, as well as access to tailored wellness coaching programmes. Once youâ€™ve nourished your soul in a wellness session, nourish your body at Sakti Elixir Bar, a 55-seat casual dining venue with a Delistyle counter for healthy plant-based eats. Doors to the Fivelements Habitat in Causeway Bay open on July 12, with two more locations to follow in the next 18 months. Contact the Fivelements Habitat team (email@example.com, 6803-5081) to learn about the exclusive pre-opening membership offers available.
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30 HEALTH CENTRES
36 GREEN BEAUTY
14 FIT TECH
32 LIFE COACHES
10 PERSONAL TRAINING
34 MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS
FOOD 16 EMBRACING VEGAN
SUSTAINABILITY 24 HEALTH FOOD STORES
46 SUSTAINABLE FASHION
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48 ZERO-WASTE STORES
50 ECO HOME
18 EXCLUSIVELY VEGAN 20 HEALTHY EATING
54 RENTAL 56 RECYCLING
The Wellness Guide Returns
nd now for something completely different… Our 2019 Wellness Guide is here! We’ve packed it to the gills (sustainably sourced, natch) with names of our favourite places to eat, work out, shop and practice self-care in the city. We’re spoilt for choice on everything as Hongkongers, which is why we take care every year to curate an entire issue of businesses, brands and initiatives that are worth your money and time. Many of the old favourites are still around, much to our elation, but we’ve also updated it with some new names that have had Liv staff buzzing over the past year. Veganism is taking root in Hong Kong, and we’ve added a massive new section on restaurants who practice plant-based cuisine. Our sustainability section
returns for a second year in a row, with innovative rental and recycling services making it easier than ever to reduce waste and lessen our footprint. This is a list of the cream of the crop when it comes to wellness, and we’re only too happy to compile and share what we know and love. Please use this guide to explore the city and live well, and let us know what you find along the way!
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ALL ABOUT YOU WELLNESS CENTRE
NLP Master Trainer Returns to HK We’re welcoming back visiting international practitioner Peter Freeth - one of only 6 Society of NLP licensed Master Trainers in the world! He will be facilitating the upcoming Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner Training from 30th August - 6th September. A wonderful course to learn about ‘what makes people tick.’ It is a deep study on human behaviour, language patterns, and how our mind works. This course is perfect for anyone who works closely with people, including Human Resources, Sales Entrepreneurs, or Wellness Practitioners. allaboutyoucentre.com
To book a private NLP session or attend the training, please visit: www.allaboutyoucentre.com | call: 29920828 | Whatsapp: 54358119
Escape The City in Cyberport Located in the tranquil south side of Hong Kong surrounded by fresh air and greenery, Le Méridien Cyberport is a perfect haven of peace for you to recharge and rejuvenate. Guests can immerse themselves in nature, stroll along the sea, hike around Pok Fu Lam Country Park, watch a movie, or simply relax by the pool with a cold drink. With an outdoor swimming pool, multiple alfresco dining options and a vast green lawn, enjoy a fun-filled short family break or
romantic getaway at Le Méridien Cyberport. Enquiries: 2980 7801 / firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lemeridiencyberport.com
Bringing Peace To Your Pilates Practice A Pilates school highlighting the importance of mindful movement and precision during fitness training. As the exclusive Body Control Pilates (UK) Teacher Training provider in HK, we maintain a high standard in keeping our classes safe, supportive, effective, and easy to follow for all levels. We care about your transformation by providing clear guidance, meticulous corrections and personalised tips to help you get in shape, build core strength, balance the mind and eliminate back pain. Corporate and pre/post-natal classes available. 8/F On Lan Center, 11-15 On Lan Street, Central, (3 mins from MTR Exit D1) www.mindfulpilates.com.hk | Whatsapp or call: 66207050 to book a trial
Make Fresh Sparkling Water in Seconds SodaMagic offers sparkling water machines and CO2 refills in Hong Kong. Our products offer the following advantages: 1. Cost Savings: Save 80% of Sparkling Water cost 2. Environmental: Reduce Plastic Waste 3. Healthy & Refreshing: Drinking more water is good for the body 4. Convenience: No more carrying and storing heavy bottles We offer delivery services and deliver all throughout Hong Kong to your home, business or office address. Our CO2 cylinders are compatible with all major sparkling water machine brands. Room D, 7/F, Hollywood Centre, 77-91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, www.sodamagic.hk, WhatsApp: 92827840
FITNESS equipment, four lifting platforms, an ice bath and spacious changing facilities. There’s also a healthy cafe for some post-workout grub.
G/F, 22 Praya, Kennedy Town, 3568-7719, crossfitasphodel.com.
Happy Kid-ult Yoga
Open 24 hours, seven days a week, Anytime Fitness is the ideal gym membership for people who don’t work typical office hours. Featuring cardio and resistance equipment, this gym might be relatively basic but membership is great value and there’s always trainers on hand to help motivate you during your workout, regardless of whether it’s 3am or 3pm! Twelve locations across Hong Kong. anytimefitness.hk.
BARRE 2 BARRE
A cute studio with a real community vibe, Barre 2 Barre teaches the BarreAmped method - an intensive full body workout influenced by ballet, yoga, Pilates and orthopedic stretching designed to improve your posture, core strength and flexibility. 4/F, Cheung Hing Commercial Building, 37 Cochrane St., Central, 9688-3503, barre2barre.com. 6
Hong Kong’s first and only trampoline fitness studio. Easier on the joints, training on a mini trampoline also improves stability and helps increase calorie burn. The studio offers more than 10 different functional and bodyweight fitness classes including Pilates, Strength and Circuits. 13/F The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, 2441-0021, bouncelimit.com.
One of the original CrossFit gyms in Hong Kong, Asphodel outgrew its old walls in Chai Wan last year and moved to a massive 5,000-squarefoot new home in Kennedy Town. What started as a relatively barebones club is now a powerful community of experienced strength training and functional movement specialists. The new Asphodel comes equipped with the latest Rogue
Offering a wide range of classes aimed at increasing flexibility, mobility and strength, Flex is a high-end studio popular with the city’s fitness fans. With a full menu of group disciplines including classic Pilates and yoga, as well as classes for kids and teens, the schedule is packed with options. Also available are pre- and post-natal Pilates, privates, trios and various corporate packages, as well as clinical Pilates for pain or injury recovery. 3/F, Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham St., Central, 2813-2399; 308-310, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Rd., Wong Chuk Hang, 2813-2212, flexhk.com.
Nestled between Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town, Goji Elite is the boutique performance branch of popular commercial gym chain, Goji Studios. Offering personal training and small group fitness classes, the spacious gym comes equipped with everything you need to work out, not to mention exceptional training staff and lovely changing facilities that you won’t mind getting ready for work in. The studio focuses on strength & conditioning training and martial arts but also offers more specialised classes including Olympic lifting, yoga and pre- and post-natal fitness. First timers visitors enjoy a free trial class. 1/F, Hong Kong Plaza, 188 Connaught Rd. W, Sai Wan, 2838-3878, gojistudios.com.hk
HAPPY KID-ULT YOGA
With two premium locations in Kowloon, Happy Kid-ult Yoga provides a relaxing and welcoming environment to practice yoga and Pilates, whatever your age or experience level. Aside from traditional Hatha classes, the studios also run Yoga Basics classes, mellow Yin Yang, and family-friendly sessions to make your next famjam active and fun at the same time. 19A, The Lamma City, 761 Nathan Rd., Prince Edward; Room 1018, 10/F, Hollywood Plaza, 610 Nathan Rd., Mongkok, 9765-3592, happykidultyoga.com.
HOUSE OF FITNESS
A boutique fitness studio in Sheung Wan specialising in high intensity workouts in a dimmed room to pumping tunes. Through a mix of cardio, weights and boxing, each 55-minute session focuses on something different; one day you’ll be working on functional fitness while the next you’ll be testing your upper body with weighted reps. 18 Possession St., Sheung Wan, 6825-1081, hofhk.com.
Kita Yoga is a low-key, neighbourhood studio running small class sizes (twelve max) with a breezy vibe.
The signature class, Kita Flow, is a Vinyasa-based sequence that starts with essential oils and meditation, building into a exhilaratingly sweaty practice. There are also restorative classes including Yin and CandleLit Mellow. The studio also offers a regular roster of free community classes, events and wellness talks. Flat 1A, 1 U Lam Terrace, Sheung Wan, 5323-1978, kita-yoga.com.
Having operated out of Warrior Hong Kong in Tin Hau for the last year, Lights Out has grown into its own space in Sheung Wan. Classes deliver unique high-intensity boxing and fitness workouts in an uninhibited atmosphere that will get you pumped up and ready to sweat. The studio includes nine aqua bags and nine custom-built floor stations, while the state-of-the-art audio and visual system has been given an upgrade for the complete immersive experience. 11/F, 22-26 Bonham Strand, The Pemberton, Sheung Wan 2512-2262, lightsouthk.com.
OPTIONS PILATES With over 30 classes per week, it’s no surprise where Options Pilates gets its name from. From traditional mat and reformer methods through to Yamuna Body Rolling, there’s a Pilates class here for anyone. Classes are smaller and
more personalised, easily adapted to suit the needs of each guest. The studio also offers pre- and post-natal classes for new and expecting mothers to stay active. As a licensed training centre, Options is well poised to offer rehab for athletes or anyone looking for techniques to safely come back from injury. 12/F, 16 Wyndham St., 3188-8112, optionspilatesstudio.com.
This premium gym takes a hybrid approach to PT within its open plan space, so even when you work out on your own, trainers are on hand to advise on techniques and training methods without paying for a one-onone session. Ozone offers a schedule of small group classes as well as a team of rehab trainers who can assess clients for muscular and postural imbalances, evaluate functional movements, and provide corrective exercises for optimal body health. UG/F, Hang Tak Building, 1 Electric St., Wan Chai, ozone.fitness.
A friendly boutique yoga studio with a relaxed and earthy vibe. Disciplines such as flow, yin, alignment and aerial are practiced in front of the studio’s vertical garden for added serenity.
5A, Lockhart Centre, 301-307 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai, 9602-8864, santispacehk.com. 7
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A 3,000-square-foot space dedicated to adult gymnastics, acrobatics, dynamic movement and weightlifting. Join specialist classes or use the space for your own workout, Trybe’s professional instructors are on hand to support and guide you. Specialist classes include Handstands, Rings, Tumbling and Barbell training. Unit 209-210, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Rd., Wong Chuk Hang, 3427-9017, trybehk.com.
THE STUDIO BY JAB
A swish centrally-located gym that specialises in martial arts as well as small group and personal training. The space has dedicated areas for cardio and weight training, a boxing ring and a studio for barre and yoga classes. Aside from the luxe changing facilities, Jab also offers services like cryo ice bath therapy, infra-red sauna and posturology. 5/F, Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Road Central, 2851-6684, studiojab.hk.
One of the original indoor cycling studios in Hong Kong, Torq continues to add more innovative
class options to its schedule. Switch combines time on the bike with some tough circuit training for that added physical challenge, TorqCore will help strengthen the hips, spine and abdominals while the Release class uses props such as foam rollers to stretch out the body and unlock jammed areas. 3F, Abdoolally House, 20 Stanley St., Central, 2677-8623, torqcycle.com.
XP FITNESS HUB
Surfset, Piloxing, Spartan SPX and Kangoo jumps are just some of the unique fitness experiences available at XP Fitness Hub. The Central studio offers some of the best known cult fitness programmes, as well as some innovative sessions of their own, that are so much fun
you’ll almost forget you’re working up a sweat! 4/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen St. E, Central, 2951-9178, xpfitnesshub.hk.
THE YOGA ROOM
Spanning four floors, this popular Sheung Wan studio has stood the test of time and now runs more than 100 classes per week, including pre- and post-natal, aerial Pilates and restorative sessions. The studio also runs regular offsite retreats around the region and well as teacher training and further development courses. 3, 4, 6 and 16/F, Xiu Ping Commercial Building, 104 Jervois St., Sheung Wan, 2544-8398, yogaroomhk.com.
A fun, friendly yoga studio where you can pay as you go without committing to a long-term membership. Two locations on Pound Lane in Sheung Wan and just off Hollywood Road in Central. Offering creative classes such as Acro Yoga, Aerial Hammock , Raw Cacao Meditation and Ecstatic Dance.
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28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan; 10 Shin Hing St., Central, yogabambam.com.
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a bohemian vibe, essential yoga gear with their signature block colours, as well as flattering intimates and swimwear. risinglotusclothing.com.
TITIKA ACTIVE COUTURE
Titika Active Couture
This luxury activewear retailer has recently taken up residence in The Landmark building in Central. Browse an impressive range of eco-friendly, functional fashion and wellness products from leading international brands in a super trendy retail outlet. Shop 304–305, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 5530-2524, caelumgreene.com.
For new mums looking to get back into exercise, these supportive and fashionable sports bras with a handy flap design will make life just a bit easier. Choose from two colours, black and blush, in small, medium and large sizes. Available online with worldwide shipping. glomamaco.com.
A German fitness apparel brand that’s impressing HK’s fitness buffs with its high performance gym wear. The brand’s hero product, the compression leggings, are based on medical compression products and support recovery and relieve muscle soreness after exercise. gymaesthetics.com.
A high performance label from Hong Kong that celebrates individuality and those who dare to be different. The founder, a former ballet dancer, yogi and avid muay thai boxer, takes inspiration from original art creations before transposing the print onto unique apparel. missrunner.com.
Hailing from Brazil, Liquido Active is a super stylish activewear that’s famed for its daring use of print. Leggings are all made in limited batches from hightech material that are quick-drying, durable and ethically produced - plus they are so thin you barely notice you’re wearing them. In addition to an impressive array of yoga pants and tops, cut to fit all tastes and body types, check out the swimwear and dresses, which are perfect for throwing in your suitcase for a beach holiday.
This Canadian brand of athleisure is upping the athleisure ante, with some seriously high-fashion looks. With trendy leggings, eye-catching strap designs, and a kaleidoscopic colour range, this diverse line blends style and sport into clothing that you can wear anywhere. We love their compression leggings, which do a bang-up job slimming the waist and lifting your butt. Best of all, Titika prides itself on ethically-made garments that are eco-friendly. You can find them online or at IRIS Festival September 21-22. titikaactive.hk, zalora.com.hk/titika-active-couture.
Local fitness event organisers, Women’s Five, have taken their popular race and exercise programme one step further with the launch of their very own gym leggings. Choose from three colourful styles, all made with a durable, four-way stretch fabric that performs as well in a yoga studio as it does on Hong Kong’s trails. womensfive.store.
Comfortable and functional activewear with an environmentallyconscious ethos. This Hong Kong darling creates statement prints with
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price tag. Unlike traditional gyms, Stacey doesn’t own a studio space, instead renting premium locations in Central for her personal training and small group classes. With a slightly concerning passion for burpees, Stacey is passionate about helping people reach their own fitness goals. Aside from her signature Sculpt and Kettlebell Core classes, she also runs private Pilates sessions on the mat or reformer.
A fierce boxing gym in Central that offers private fitness and martial arts sessions with some of the region’s most experienced trainers. Training includes a mix of cardio and strength work - adapted depending on the needs of the client - and some time on the punching bag to get the aggression out. 2/F, Wing’s Building, 110–116 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2167-7218, impakt.hk.
HYBRID MMA & FITNESS
Aquaterra is a personal training studio tucked away in Stanley Market. The original concept was a place for pre- and post-natal women to train in a safe and supportive environment, but the studio has expanded their services to include anyone looking for personal training. The gym features the usual equipment - weights, TRX, rower, stability balls - but because babies are welcome to join, you’ll also find some more unusual items such as a baby bouncer and changing table. 14 & 14A Stanley Main St., Stanley, 6774-5883, aquaterraperformance.com. 10
ELITE PERSONAL TRAINING
A southside gym that specialises in private and duo sessions in their spacious, well-equipped facility. Experienced trainers keep clients on track through 12-week, goaloriented programmes, which include fitness and strength coaching and well as guidance on nutrition. 20/F, Regency Centre Phase 2, 41-43 Wong Chuk Hang Rd., Aberdeen, 2552-9925, eliteptstudio.com.
FIT N FIERCE
Stacey J offers a personal approach to fitness but without the hefty
Hybrid’s facility in the heart of Central is a cut above lots of other MMA gyms out there, offering skills training and sport-specific conditioning, DNA-testing and tailored nutrition planning that uses the latest data-driven technology. You can even track your progress through regular body composition measurements and ongoing video skills-analysis. Spar with UFC fighter Alberto Mina or work on your onetwo punch if you’re just starting out. 13/F, Entertainment Building, 30 Queens Road Central, 3468-7702, hybridmmafot.com.
R3 PERSONAL TRAINING
This boutique studio located right in the heart of Central offers
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small HIIT classes and personal training, but with an extra dose of personalisation. With an informed, realistic approach to training, nutrition and lifestyle, their trainers create realistic plans that are relevant to each client’s needs and goals.
trainers will put you through your paces, with personalised fitness and nutrition advice to maximize fat loss and build muscle. The 12week program is a popular way for customers to kick-start their fitness journey and put them on the right path to a healthy lifestyle.
8/F, Heung Lam Building, 23 Connaught Rd., Central, 6623-7510, r3personaltraining.com.
3/F, Unicorn Trade Centre, 127 Des Voeux Rd., Central, 2798-9000, upfitness.com.hk.
ZIG FIT MAMA
Real Athletic Workouts is a strength and conditioning training studio with a focus on personalised training. Their trainers specialise in transformations, offering fitness and nutritional services to professionals and athletes alike. Boasting a large range of equipment, the studio is designed to be a relaxed, nonintimidating environment where people can train and progress with confidence.
After personal trainer Ziggy Makant had her first baby, she quickly
found her calling in pre- and post-natal fitness. Because of her experience and understanding of the female body, Ziggy offers a holistic approach to training, getting women to work on their breath and pelvic floor just as much as their bums and their guns. With a background in CrossFit and certifications in pre- and post-natal fitness, you can find Ziggy running her sessions from Goji Elite in Sai Wan. 6490-6943, zigfitmama.com.
23/F, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham St., Central, 2415-6233, rawpersonaltraining.com.
Decked out in grey and chrome, everything about this Central gym screams cool. But don’t let first impressions fool you; the classes here are suitable for all levels, with regular small group classes ideal for both sexes, including lots of yoga, barre and a women’s only “Curves Ahead” class.
3/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington St., Central, 2776-7298, top-fit.com.
If it’s results you’re after and money is no object, Ultimate Performance is the place for you. Priding itself on its dramatic transformations, expert
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One of Hong Kong’s longestestablished physiotherapy practices. Offers treatment for sports injuries, post-operative rehabilitation and clinical Pilates, and can also help to treat chronic and posture-related pain. Room 201, Dina House, Ruttonjee Centre, 11 Duddell St., Central, 2526-7533. Also has clinics in TST, Repulse Bay, Yuen Long and Sha Tin. www.byrne-hickman.com.
With locations in Central and Quarry Bay, this premium rehabilitation clinic offers a wide range of intelligent movement services from physiotherapy and osteopathy through to massage and sports therapy. The international team of consultants and practitioners includes a clinical physiotherapist with specialist training in pre- and 12
post-natal care. 5/F, Asia Standard Tower, 59-65 Queen’s Road Central; 12/F, Dorset House, 979 King’s Rd., Quarry Bay, 2762-0528, jointdynamics.com.hk.
A modern clinic with the motto “prevention is better than a cure.” The small team of highly qualified physiotherapists take a holistic approach to client health that includes physical, mental and nutritional wellbeing. Sessions are tailored to the client’s needs and can include traditional forms of physical therapy, Chinese-style needling and accupressure, and even yoga. In between visits, clients are kept on track and in contact with a practitioner via the clinic’s app. 8/F, 68-70 Wellington St., Central, 9339-3202, lifeinmomentum.com.
Longtime movement therapist Chris Watt combines postural analysis, stretching, realignment, education and body awareness to help his clients move optimally and painlessly with long-term improvement to their postural health. 27/F, Skyway Centre, 23 Queen’s Road W, Sheung Wan, 2882-3397, motiondynamics.hk.
A physiotherapy clinic and Pilates core stability exercise studio located in Central offering treatment of sports injuries, spinal pain, pre-and post-pregnancy care, acupuncture, ergonomic and running assessments. Clinically trained staff use scientifically sound techniques and equipment, such as ultrasound imaging, to view core stability muscles and treat pain or movement issues in the body. Treatments range from manual therapy, soft tissue release techniques, postural screening, exercise prescription, fitness training and ergonomic assessments. 4/F, Kailey Tower, 16 Stanley St., Central, 2525-8168, physiomotion.com.hk.
A Central physiotherapy and rehabilitation specialist with a large team of experienced clinical staff. Aside from sports and injury physiotherapy, other services include functional Pilates, acupuncture, sports massage, ergonomic assessments and on-field sports care. 9/F, 10 Pottinger St., Central, 2167-8801, posture-plus.com.
Stretch Asia supports functional flexibility and posture correction through active assisted isolated techniques. All initial 90-minute consultations include analysis of the clientâ€™s posture and range of motion before moving onto a personalised stretching sequence designed to
prevent or alleviate pain and injuries. 4/F Winsome House, 73 Wyndham St., Central, 2167-8686, stretchasia.com.
Specialising in the art of stretch therapy, WeStretch makes it easy to pop in for some light relief during lunch, with 15-minute express sessions targeting just one part of the body. For an all-over dynamic stretch, the clinicâ€™s signature 50-minute session works through the front and back of the body, as well as the limbs, to ease tightness, release localised tension and increase range of motion in the body. Wong Chung Ming Commercial House, 13/F, 16 Wyndham St., 2328-7000, we-stretch.com.t
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The original activity tracker continues to upgrade its products to include a wider variety of monitoring functions. The brand’s latest release, the Versa, includes GPS, fitness coach and female health monitor in addition to the standard metrics like calorie burn, heart rate and sleep quality. fitbit.com
With a sporty look and feel, Garmin is a popular choice for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts in Hong Kong because of its GPS and heart rate functionality. The brand’s Vivomove smartwatch even monitors emotional indicators like all-day stress, prompting wearers to slow down and take a breath. garmin.com.hk
The Moov is all about finessing your technique whether you’re swimming, running or lifting weights. Think of it as a much cheaper personal trainer. It comes with an ankle strap for runners, allowing you to target problems areas like lighter landings or lengthening your stride. welcome.moov.cc 14
THE UPRIGHT GO
The Upright Go posture trainer is a discreet, lightweight sensor you wear on your spine to alert you when you’re slouching; two modes allow you to either correct or just monitor your posture, all through an app on your smartphone. uprightpose.com
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with the help of guided meditations on this heady app. headspace.com District
Sleep better and reduce stress and anxiety, with the help of guided meditations, soothing music, and bedtime stories read by celebs like Matthew McConaughey. calm.com
Pay as you go or sign up for a monthly subscription to access some of Hong Kong’s top boutique fitness studios via this user friendly app. classpass.com
PILLOW algorithm helps you build a personalised weight lifting plan to optimise results. fitbod.me
An interactive, online platform bringing the best of boutique studio fitness into everyone’s living rooms. fiit.tv
Add more zen to your life by practicing mindfulness every day
A beautifully-designed app that will gently rouse you from your slumber when it detects that you’re at the lightest possible sleep stage. neybox.com/pillow-sleep-tracker-en
OH, SHE GLOWS
This uber-popular recipe blog brimming with vegan recipes has finally made the leap into the app realm. You’ll find healthy plant-based recipes, that are also mostly glutenand soy-free, for every occasion. ohsheglows.com/app
Explore your urban environment, while burning some extra calories, with this fun augmented reality app that gets you moving through the city to complete challenges. exploredistrict.com
Struggling to get results training on your own? Fitbod’s training
FOOD EMBRACING VEGAN Restaurants who are adopting menus for the greener good
Looking for some all-you-can-eat vegan deliciousness? Ahimsa Buffet, with outlets in Mong Kok, North Point and Jordan, is extremely popular for its bottomless buffet lunch and dinner. Shop B, G/F, Wah Hai Mansion, 10-16 Fort St., North Point, facebook.com/ ahimsabuffet.
BEEF & LIBERTY
Beef & Liberty stepped up its game big-time a couple of years ago, when it introduced its Leaves & Liberty menu catering to vegetarians. Now they’ve gone the extra step to make room for vegans, with a couple of Impossible meat-based dishes like a chorizo burger loaded with vegan cheese and sour cream. 3/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, 2450-5778, beef-liberty.com.
Known for its authentic (read: spicy) Indian vegetarian food, Branto is a low-key, humble spot that’s wildly 16
popular with those in the know. Be sure to order a portion of their “pani puri” semolina cups, which you stuff with potatoes, chickpeas and sauces. 1/F, 9-11 Lock Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2366-8171, branto.hk.
CAFE GRAY DELUXE
The Upper House’s Cafe Gray Deluxe restaurant offers a “Revitalising” set menu aimed squarely at the health-conscious professional set. The entire menu is vegan, gluten-free and changes every couple of weeks, meaning that it caters to pretty much all dietary restrictions, and will have regular clients coming back for more. The ingredients are super-fresh, seasonal and locally sourced where possible, and you’ll leave feeling energised and ready to tackle the afternoon’s meetings.
flavours into Western incarnations like tacos and sliders, as well as more traditional fare like curries and biryanis. The sister project of Wan Chai-based Masala Train, which prides itself on healthier, wellbalanced Indian meals, Cardamon Street has a small but well-executed offering of vegan options, including spiced potato sliders and a generous mezze platter. G/F, 38 Elgin St., Central, 2780-8484, facebook.com/cardamonstreet.
Already popular for its vegetarian options of Sichaunese favourites,
49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 3968-1106, upperhouse.com.
Newly opened on Elgin Street, this fusion eatery pairs classic Indian
MIRROR & VEGAN CONCEPT
Overlooking Queen’s Road Central, this charming little bistro takes pride in serving up delicious Italian pasta made only from plant-based produce, like dairy-free cheese alternative Sheese. Greenwoods Raw Cafe
like mapo doufu, this fiery southern Chinese restaurant on Old Bailey is serving up vegan dishes to the mala loving masses. Chili dumplings, crunchy green beans, or mountain yams served buried in a bowl of Sichaun peppers are all delicious and dairy- and meat-free. 7 Old Bailey St., Central, 2796-6866, chillifagara.com.
From portobello bourguignon to tofu shakshuka, this Wan Chai restaurant veers away from mock meats on an innovative vegan menu that puts whole foods front and centre. On the finer end of the dining scale, expect haute cuisine with plenty of dishes on the menu tailored specifically for plant-based eaters. Also serves a vegan brunch. 18/F, 239 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2387-7168, emporioantico.com.
9/F, 118 Queen’s Road Central, 2868-0810, facebook.com/ mirrorveganconcept.
Already onboard with offering some lighter choices to diners, Pizza Express joined the green club earlier this year when it introduced its own Green Monday menu with a vegan selection of appies, pasta and, naturally, pizzas. Available at Sai Ying Pun, Wan Chai, TST, Wong Chuk Hang and Yuen Long locations. pizzaexpress.com.hk.
Taking a turn away from the meatand dairy-heavy pasta dishes, this Italian eatery recently launched a menu of vegan recipes for your comfort food fix. Starters include a beetroot carpaccio or Impossible meatballs, while mains serve up healthy portions of plant-based pastas like homemade orecchiette in a broccoli rabe pesto. With plenty of
vegetarian and meat options on offer as well, there’s literally something for everyone to carb out on here. 28 Elgin St., Central, 2577-7160, postopubblico.com.
TAI TAI PIES
This super-popular pie-maker reached for meat-free alternatives, like Omnipork and Beyond Meat, to make vegan versions of classics like sausage rolls and Aussie mince pies. For anyone with a sweet tooth there’s also the Apple Crumble Bite. Available at Great Food Hall in Pacific Place or online. Basement, 2 Pacific Place, Queensway, Admiralty, 2918-9986, shops.taitaipiepies.com.
This waterside restaurant has been the saving grace of Lamma’s herbivores, after the Bookworm Cafe began opening its kitchen only sporadically. A well-executed and totally vegan Sri Lankan menu section offers up delicious South Asian cuisine like a spicy cucumber salad or creamy pumpkin curry. Just slightly off the main drag of Yung Shue Wan, you’ll need to keep an eye out for the blackboard sign to find it. G/F, 58 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma, 2982-1168.
GREENWOODS RAW CAFE
Taking healthy eating to a new level, Greenwoods serves only raw food to ensure that no nutrients are lost in the preparation process. Open for lunch only, the innovative raw menu includes an array of dishes, from raw pizza to raw vegan sushi, as well as plenty of tasty raw cakes. 13/F, 2 Carnavon Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3428-2416, lifeflowhk.org.
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This bright and airy cafe on Connaught Road has vegan-friendly options like a vegan rice bowl and scrambled tofu on its weekday menu. But stop by on the weekends and you can treat yourself to some decadent dairy-free desserts from vegan baker Bake to Basics.
Shop 4-7, 158A Connaught Rd., Sai Ying Pun, 5936-3588, socialclub.hk.
One of our favourites arrivals of the past year has been vegetarian/vegan restaurant VEDA. Vegans of HK will find plenty to gush about here, like the baked aloo gobi or miso soy ramen. They’ve also conveniently just rolled out a tiffin lunch set, a pared-down sampling of several items, so you can try out more of the menu on your lunch break. 2 Arbuthnot Rd., Central, 3755-3067, ovolohotels.com.hk/ ovolocentral/veda/
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Step into a haven of sleek minimalism and tuck into an entirely plant-based meal at Zen Eat Cuisine, a Japanese vegan restaurant in Sheung Wan. Room 503, 5/F, Cheung’s Building, 1-3 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan, 28380018, facebook.com/zeneatcuisine.
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Owner and chef Lisa Terauchi takes pride in mouthwatering meals that will convert even the most ardent carnivore, if only for a night. Wellloved menu items include hedgehog mushroom tacos and tofu fries, while a rotating specials board with dishes like “broconomiyaki” (okonomiyaki with broccoli) keeps the regulars - of which there are many - on their toes. G/F, 103 Jervois St., Sheung Wan, 2563-3699, confusion.hk.
Opened just last year, Kind Kitchen is the newest F&B concept to emerge from vegan-gelical David Yeung of Green Monday fame. A bright and colourful space located right in the heart of Central, this eatery cleverly incorporates mock meats like Omnipork to whip up plant-based versions of Asian classics like banh mi and dan dan mian. There are also some solid Western options, and a vegan kids menu for little ones to - pun
This Discovery Bay bar and restaurant made headlines last year, when owner Gary Stokes made the unprecedented move to convert to a fully vegan menu. Simply swapping typical bar fare like beef burgers and nachos with veganised versions, this plant-based menu still hits all the right pub grub notes without sacrificing on its ethical principles. Shop G09, Block A, 92-96 Discovery Bay Rd., Discovery Bay Plaza, Lantau Island, 2987-8855, hemingways-vegetarian-restaurant. business.site/.
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intended - plant the seed early. 1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Rd., Central, 2110-0055, greencommon.com.
VEGAN DIM SUM
This totally vegan cafe in Sai Wan has been doing plant-based since before it was even cool. Mains include meat-free pasta dishes as well as mock meat creations like a vegan steak with black pepper sauce. They also sell loaves of their nut bread, useful if you’re trying to sidestep the hidden dairy and egg that’s often slipped into grocery store brand breads. 118 Second St., Sai Ying Pun, 2858-3898, facebook.com/LNFortunate-Coffee-HK.
Located right at the Sheung Wan end of Hollywood Road, Ohms Cafe is a small and friendly fairtrade restaurant with a focus on vegan food and drinks. Ohms is passionate about sustainable eating and encourages its patrons to reduce waste by offering reusable containers for a $100 refundable deposit. 192 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 5400-4236, facebook.com/ ohmshk2017.
An unassuming entrance belies the standout kitchen at work in Pop Vegan on Elgin Street. The chefs here are nothing short of wizards when it comes to mock meat, conjuring up dishes like peking duck pizza, fish & chips or beef wellington. There’s even a plantbased poutine, for any Canadians craving their national dish of cheese and gravy-soaked chips.
Yes, we too were shocked to learn that Dragon-i, one of Wyndham’s best-known nightclubs, was prioritising vegan cuisine in its kitchen. But plant-based fare is the future here, according to staff, with a new and impressive range of inventive vegan yum cha, like rice flour rolls with mushrooms and water chestnuts or pan-fried lotus root and Omnipork cakes. All-you-can-eat dim sum is served at lunchtime for $258, making this a bargain as well as sustainable. 60 Wyndham St., Central, 3110-1222.
LOCKCHA TEA HOUSE
Located in Hong Kong Park, LockCha is famous for its delicious vegetarian and vegan dim sum over a great
cup of traditional Chinese tea. If you’re interested in learning more about Chinese tea, you can participate in classes that are run throughout the year. G/F, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, 2801-7177.
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A Buddhist vegetarian spot with a seriously Zen vibe that’s perfect for out-of-town guests on restricted diets. Think vegetarian dumplings, fried enoki mushrooms and black truffle mushroom pouches, all carefully crafted by master dim sum chefs. This one has recently moved shop to a sparkling new location on Wellington Street, due to open in early August. 6/F, M88, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington St., 2525-0552, topstandard.com.hk.
1/F, 28 Elgin St., Central, 2628-6211.
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This lunchtime takeaway spot serves up salads, wraps and cold-pressed juices that are balanced, nutritious and freshly prepared daily. With set menus consisting of a hot or cold main, a side, a dessert and a juice starting from just $65, a filling healthy meal has never been so easy on the wallet. We also love that all 12NOON’s unsold food at the end of the day goes straight to charity. 173 Des Voeux Rd., Central, 2847-9022; Shop 310B, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, 2698-5257, twelvenoon.net.
BREAD & BEAST
This shop hidden away at the very end of Swatow Street specialises in expertly crafted sandwiches, but don’t miss the salads and wild rice bowls that pack a mighty nutritional punch.
BREAKFAST BEAR’S LAB
With energising acai bowls, smoothies and an assortment of vegan lattes, you’ll be bowled over by this cute little smoothie bowl shop in Central. A perfect stop for a grab’n’go brekky. 50 Stanley St., Central, 2702-0802, bearslabhk.com
BLEND & GRIND
Like the name suggests, this fresh smoothie and coffee spot specialises in drinkable delights. They also have a selection of light, openfaced sandwiches on offer, like the Vegan Toast with beetroot kraut and zoodles or the Australian Avo, complete with vegemite. You’ve probably passed this eco-friendly shop riding the Mid-Levels escalator, 20
but they’ve recently opened a second branch in Wan Chai on super-trendy Sun Street. 1 Sun Street, Wan Chai; G/F, 1 Prince’s Terrace, Mid-Levels, 2887-3272, blendandgrind.com.
We already love NOC for its coffee and cool cafes, but their food is nothing to shy away from either. A brunch menu loaded with healthy mains like the acai bowl or scrambled crab toast makes this oh-so-chic coffee roaster a real triplethreat. Locations found across HK Island, including a roastery in Sai Ying Pun and their latest in trendy Tin Hau. G/F, 23 Mercury St., Tin Hau, 3619-7500, noccoffeeco.com.
3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, 2237-1868, breadandbeasthk.com.
This friendly vegetarian neighbourhood cafe serves salads, soups, drinks and baked goods to stay or to go. Everything is sourced locally and much of it is grown by the Fresca folks themselves, making it a true farm-to-lunchbox experience. It’s $87 for three salad choices, or $110 for four. Almost everything served at Fresca is vegan and gluten-free; the gluten-free steamed muffins are a tasty add-on to any virtuous salad. 54-58 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2770-2282, frescahk.com.
Blink and you’ll miss it, this tucked away flexitarian spot on Li Yuen Street West is a goldmine of healthy
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options. The menu is 80 percent plant-based, with the remaining 20 percent using responsibly sourced chicken and fish. Try one of their vegan sliders with a side of the, predictably, house kale salad. 26 Li Yuen Street West, Central, 2511-1777, kale.com.hk.
Mercedes Me offers a great premium lunch spot right in the heart of Central. With inspiration from Asian and Western cooking and ingredients, the fusion set menu features lots of lighter options ideal for those watching their waistlines.
For a meal with a view, check out the lunch buffet at PSI, the relaxed bar and lounge at Le Meridien Cyberport. They offer a wide range of healthy starters and soups, as well as a fully-equipped salad bar with a large selection of leaves, toppings and dressings to test your creativity. Costs a very reasonable $108 which includes free-flow soft drinks or coffee/tea. 100 Cyberport Rd., Pokfulam, 2980-7417.
You’ll find this authentic bagel shop behind the street stalls on Li Yuen Street West, and when you do you’ll taste some of the best bagels you’ve ever had. Dead serious about their tried and tested dough recipe, these bready beauts could pass mustard - sorry, muster - by even the most finicky connoisseur. Bagel
sandwiches are made fresh to order, with deliciously light options like the avocado feta or strawberry and honey. A new branch is scheduled to open in Quarry Bay in November. 28 Li Yuen St. W, Central; 1/F Devon House, Quarry Bay, 2178-5168, randrbagels.com.
If you’re wondering where Supafood on Jervois Street went, fear not - this green spot simply relocated to the nearby Sheung Wan branch of the Hive. Brought to you by the same folks behind Locofama, Supafood is dedicated to serving healthy and hearty fast meals at a fair price. It offers several meals, including miso eggplant on chickpea and hemp seed mix; wild-caught Atlantic halibut on couscous; pulled pork shoulder on roasted pumpkin; and roast chicken with kale, sunflower seeds and lentils. 3/F, 35 Hillier St., Sheung Wan, 2812-6088, supafood.co.
G/F, Manning House, 48 Queen’s Road Central, mercedes-benz.com/ hk/mercedes-me.
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You don’t have to be a member of Pure’s gyms or yoga studios to eat at nood food, which offers healthy salad bars, juices, smoothies and more. Check out the wraps, sandwiches and superfood-packed snacks and desserts from the grab’n’ go counter. Whether you’re paleo, vegan or just looking to eat better, you’ll find something suitable for your diet. Outlets citywide, including 2/F, Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Rd., Central, allnood.com.
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The Belgian soup takeaway on Amoy Street is popular with the Wan Chai lunch crowd, and understandably so. A rotating selection of innovative soups and salads make it too easy to grab a lighter lunch that doesn’t leave you feeling empty. If you’re after something more substantial, try a sandwich, wrap or a hot main. 7-17 Amoy St., Wan Chai, 2327-8630, facebook.com/TalloreSoups.
After a six-month hiatus, this Michelin-adorned restaurant at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental reopened with a progressive new menu crafted from healthful ingredients. Butter, cream and milk - staples of a French kitchen - have been swapped for plant-based subs like rice and nut milk. Salt has been cut in favour of umami-rich flavouring, like seaweed, while maple or agave syrup replace refined sugar. Perfect for your next sevencourse meal! The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 2132-0066.
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DANDY’S ORGANIC CAFE Hearts were broken when this casual east-meets-west cafe closed its Jervois Street location last year. Thankfully, it’s now reopened its doors on Upper Lascar Row. Expect the same accommodating menu, with plenty of vegan, ovo-lacto vegetarian, gluten-free and low-GI options to suit any dietary needs. 32 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, 2838-6166, facebook.com/ dandysorganiccafe
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You’ve probably already clocked the gorgeous graffiti at this BrazilianJapanese restaurant, situated at the corner of Hollywood Road and Peel Street. The food is equally stunning, from plates of tangy ceviche to panfried octopus to the whole roasted eggplant with miso and goats cheese. Lighter fare that doesn’t skimp on bold, South American flavours. 38 Peel St., Central, 2889-7576, uma-nota.com.
This casual takeaway deli and rotisserie located across from Happy Valley’s racecourse only uses locallysourced, organic chickens, and has a wide range of changing salads and sides to serve alongside your bird. A great one-stop shop for a healthy family dinner.
31 Wong Nai Chung Rd., Happy Valley, 2811-3911, facebook.com/obirdrotisserie.
10/F, Stanley 11, 11 Stanley St., Central, 3902-3902, veggiesf.com
Veggie SF is a longtime favourite with HK’s vegetarian scene, and for good reason. Meat-free burgers are a specialty, but you’ll also find veggie versions of pan-Asian favourites, from gado gado to Vietnamese pho and laksa.
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products online and have them delivered to your door. G/F, 164 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, 2815-2121, redwoodhealth.com.hk.
GREEN DOT DOT
With branches across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, Green Dot Dot carries a wide selection of environmentally friendly products. Its extensive selection of food products are sourced from the USA, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and Europe. Can’t make it to their own stores? You can also find Green Dot Dot products in major supermarkets across the city. Outlets citywide, including G/F, Shop B, Fat Cheong Building, 63A Electric Rd., North Point, 2603-2326, greendotdot.com.
A no-frills organic shop located in the heart of Causeway Bay, Green Gourmet stocks a huge range of household items, including produce, cleaning products and natural beauty brands. 5/F, Opulent Building, 402–406 Hennessy Rd., Causeway Bay, 2575-5577, greengourmet.com.hk
This popular organic convenience store has eight outlets across Hong Kong, offering a nicely curated selection of healthy food and personal care products. The chilled section 24
is more comprehensive than most, with lots of health-conscious ready meals, and there are plenty of healthy packaged snacks too.
Spicebox Organics is a socially conscious store and cafe that specialises in sourcing highquality foods that are healthy, environmentally friendly and tasty, too. It’s stocked with more than 1,000 organic and natural products including vegan items, gluten-free food, spices and eco-friendly cleaning and body products, as well as a full service cafe counter, grab’n’go meals and catering services. Store locations in Mid-Levels and Kennedy Town.
Outlets citywide, including 1/F, Wong Chung Ming Commercial House, 16 Wyndham St., Central, 2755-3555, justgreen.com.hk.
Shop 1, Golden Valley Mansion, 137 Caine Rd., 2559-9887, spiceboxorganics.com.
ONE VEGAN SHOP
Inspired by a mission to feed her own gluten-intolerant twin girls, mumpreneur Pragya Aditya launched The Good Earth as a gluten-free godsend for HK families. They stock a well curated range of GF goodies, like quinoa cookies, pastas and pancake mix, as well as other hard-to-comeby flour substitutes, like amaranth, chickpea or quinoa. You can also find turmeric-infused treats from Ayurvedic UK brand Wunder Workshop, like honey or a turmeric latte blend.
For an impressive range of veganfriendly food and lifestyle products, any budding herbivore needs to check out One Vegan Shop. It has a store in Yuen Long, but if that’s a bit far, you can avail yourself of its plant-based produce online. There’s a huge selection of milk alternatives, baking supplies, dairy-free cheese, meat substitutes, snacks and more - a hugely helpful resource for vegans, food allergy sufferers and health fanatics alike. Delivery is free for orders of $300 or more.
THE GOOD EARTH STORE
Redwood Nutrition is a long-standing health food store offering a wide array of basic nutritional supplements, hypoallergenic foods, snacks and beverages, functional foods, and sports nutrition. Shop online or for a wider selection you can order
The Good Earth Store
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have been specially selected for quality. Also for sale are goods from social enterprises and small local businesses, so you can be sure that what you order is helping to support the local community. Best-sellers include the local hormone-free pork and chicken, and veggie boxes. Be sure to check out the snacks, condiments and more - there are tons of products to choose from.
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BONES & BLADES
Located in Sai Ying Pun, Bones & Blades is a community butcher and deli for the conscious carnivore. Their philosophy centres around sustainable farming and as a result it only sells premium meats of grass-fed animals from some of the best family-owned farms around the world. Save some money and reduce food waste by trying some of their secondary cuts, which can be just as tasty if cooked right. Ask your butcher for their recipe recommendations. 1 Second St., Sai Ying Pun, 2540-0052, bonesnblades.com.
FEATHER & BONE
A premium butcher, deli and grocer offering a vibrant assortment of quality produce, artisanal pantry items, gourmet cheeses, meat and charcuterie, Feather & Bone is popping up all over HK, including their latest opening on Wan Chai’s Luard Road. Expect great quality
meats from sustainable sources and trained butchers who can tell you the difference between a flank and a fillet. Feather & Bone operates seven Hong Kong stores, including Shop A, G/F, 5 Luard Rd., Wan Chai, 3705-0820, featherandbone.com.hk.
Grown in a “soilless environment,” these greens are suspended in the air and fed with a nutrient-rich mist, before being harvested and shipped to your door. The final produce is pesticide-free, sustainable, and all locally-sourced with minimal carbon footprint. Talk about ingenious! Membership is super affordable too, at only $300 for six months of weekly deliveries.
Specialists in top-quality fish and meat imported from NZ and Australia, South Stream recently relaunched its online store with an added emphasis on traceability. Their new Artisan section showcases the butchers, bakers and other food makers that produce the goods you’re buying, keeping you in the loop when it comes to your food supply chain. southstreammarket.com.
Importing tropical fruits from Europe and the French-controlled island of Reunion, the fruit boxes put together by this e-grocer are nothing short of paradise. Serious about traceability and sustainability, their website provides in-depth info about fruits that are in season, and they take care to use eco-friendly boxes when shipping. 2178-2229, whatsin.hk.
Offering fresh produce and kitchen cupboard staples alike, Jou Sun specialises in local meats and veggies from organic farms that
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friendly, sulphite-free and certified organic, you can find Le Petit Beret at stockists throughout the city, including Just Green and zero-waste shop Edgar. lepetitberet.asia
This proudly Australian import uses nothing but natural flavourings and mineral water sourced from the Central Highlands of Victoria to produce its premium line of sodas, tonics and mineral waters. Pairs beautifully with spirits, non-alcoholic alternatives or even just enjoyed on its own. 1300capisoda.com
Fresh out of the South African bush, this new non-alcoholic gin uses rare botanicals found only in the Cederberg Mountains of the Western Cape. Pairing classic juniper with indigenous South African flora, like rooibos or Cape floral fynbos, these booze-free blends are
delightfully distinct, and available in three flavours for different taste preferences. This one is slowly making its way into bars, including Tai Kwun’s sleek cocktail club Behind Bars, but if you’re keen to try, you can pick up a bottle from stockists like Oliver’s, Market Place by Jason’s, or Wellcome.
The OG non-alcoholic spirit, Seedlip made waves when it hit HK shelves early last year. Thankfully the idea of alcohol-free cocktails has caught on since then, and this trailblazing botanical blend is now available at bars and stockists around the city, including HK Liquor Store. seedlipdrinks.com
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Wine-lovers rejoice, this zero-alcohol wine brings new meaning to the term “dry white.” Produced by grapes from the French vineyards of Languedoc Roussillon, this innovative wine brand has an incredible variety of bottles, from fruity reds, citrusy whites, and even a line of sparkling wines - all totally alcohol-free. Vegan-
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WELLNESS HEALTH CENTRES
Kinesiology identifies and addresses the stresses in the bodyâ€™s physical, emotional or energetic system that may be inhibiting it from functioning optimally. By accessing stresses and imbalances in the body and utilising non-invasive corrective techniques, kinesiology can benefit issues ranging from addiction and anxiety right through to reproductive health and allergies and sensitivities. Founded by Brett Scott in 2006 when the discipline was relatively unknown in Hong Kong, the clinic now runs training and professional development for kinesiologists. 8/F, 37 Cochrane St., Central, 2960 -1006, kinesiologyasia.com.
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ALL ABOUT YOU CENTRE
Launched by hypnotherapist Sonia Samtani, All About You specialises in mental wellness with services in hypnotherapy, coaching, healing and counseling to help alleviate limiting beliefs, habits, phobias, anxieties, depression and other roadblocks that prevent you from functioning at your best. The 30
Centre runs regular workshops and sessions on health coaching, chakra healing, numerology, tarot, intuitive acupressure massage, past-life regression, and a curriculum that qualifies you to become a certified hypnotherapist. 10A Wing Cheong Commercial Building, 19-25 Jervois St., Sheung Wan, 2992-0828, allaboutyoucentre.com.
Prevention is the name of the game, at the newly opened integrative wellness centre LifeHub in Central. Through diagnostic tests that explore areas like your gut biome analysis, heavy metals and food intolerances, practitioners gain a better understanding of your overall health to treat potential problems before they arise. Treatments range from acupuncture to bioresonance therapy as well as nutrient-rich IV drips and supplements. Depending on what ails you, clients can expect to see improved energy levels and immunity, clearer skin, better digestion and overall balance in the body. 1/F, The Loop, 33 Wellington St., Central, 3622-3452, thelifehub.com.
OPTIMAL FAMILY HEALTH
This practice offers a host of wellness services to complement its general medical services, all geared towards
health for the entire family. In addition to vaccinations and medical checks, it also offers anti-aging medicine, weight management, functional medicine, osteopathy and IV nutrient therapy. You can also access family planning, sexual health and psychological services. 1903A, 19/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St., Central, 26666300, optimalfamilyhealth.com.hk.
THE ROUND CLINIC
A family-oriented healthcare centre on the southside with a large focus on natural and alternative therapies. The Round Clinic’s specialists aim to support client recovery from acute or chronic ailments, without the use of intrusive medical care. The team use individual or a combination of therapies from osteopathy, homeopathy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, kinesiology, cranial osteopathy and post natal massage and women’s care depending on client needs. The clinic also runs regular talks and workshops on different aspects of wellness - on subjects such as family travel and sleep issues - which are usually completely free to attend. 12/F, One Island South, 1227-28, 2 Heung Yip Road, 2648-2612, theroundclinic.com.
Struggling to get some zzzzz? Launched in 2018 by Kate Bridle, an internationally Board Certified Sleep Physiologist and sleep coach, Sleep HQ specialises in treating individuals with chronic insomnia. Not getting enough quality sleep on a regular basis can lead to a multitude of other health issues, so Kate works to promote healthy sleep through holistic, nonmedicinal based therapies and cognitive behavioural techniques. 6937-7688, sleep-hq.com.
This friendly multidisciplinary clinic offers a variety of health services including chiropractic, sports massage therapy, clinical Pilates,
TCM herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping, kinesiology and counselling in a fun, bright and welcoming space that is miles away from a stuffy doctor’s office. 11/F, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington St., Central, 2110-1674, uphealth.com.hk.
A long-running wellness centre offering complementary therapies, including TCM and acupuncture, kinesiology, osteopathy and manual lymphatic drainage. Also offers pregnancy massage and infant massage courses for new parents. 9/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen St. E, Central, 2537-1118, vitalitycenter.com.hk.
STANLEY WELLNESS CENTRE
This friendly integrated wellness clinic in Stanley Village offers a host of treatments, including osteopathy, naturopathy, homeopathy, sports massage, mindfulness and counselling, to name just a few. /F, 120 Stanley Main St., G Stanley Market, 2372-9700, stanleywellnesscentre.com.
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also a Breath of Bliss practitioner, using breathwork and ecstatic dance to help people connect to one another in special healing ceremonies.
A personal trainer and life coach, this two-in-one professional is passionate about empowering her clients to take back control of their lives. Offering a wide variety of services, from career coaching or corporate services to more personal affairs, like health & body and family, Tali holds several certifications in coaching and takes a more holistic approach with clients thanks to her background in fitness and health. lifecoach.hk.
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and take a breath, this is the coach to see. Living Life With Jen is the brainchild of Jen Yip, a certified mindfulness coach who extols the virtues of calmness and clarity to her clients. Emphasising a holistic programme that uses dietary and mindfulness strategies, Jen teaches clients to gain balance in their life through regular mindfulness. Sheâ€™s
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Accredited by the International Coaching Federation, Transcend offers a range of coaching services to its clients, from one-on-one coaching to organisational programs in the workplace. They also provide training services for anyone interested in becoming a life coach themselves, with a team of certified coaching staff with decades of experience that can train in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. transcend-intl.com or email email@example.com.
JOEI LAU, founder of MindBeauty
Q Explain who you are and what you do for a living. I started my career in finance but ended up moving into the beauty sector, mixing my design and art/ event management experience gained from my time working in Tokyo to launch the beauty salon booking app, MindBeauty. It’s become my core business in Hong Kong. Q When did you first get the idea that you'd like to start your own wellness-inspired company? When I had my first meditation class in Tokyo about 15 years ago. The mantra “outer beauty pleases the eye, inner beauty captivates the heart” really resonated with me, it’s something I very much believe in. Q Do you view MindBeauty as a tech company or a wellness company? Does that change how you run your business? Although we are embarking on an exciting journey to bring awareness of wellness and beauty through “tech,” we’ve also gained a good understanding of the key goals for wellness businesses through our community: partner spas and salons, and our users. We view our-
selves as a wellness company more than a tech company. I think tech is the means to an end, not an end in itself. Our goal is to make wellness more accessible to busy Hong Kong people, and certainly the “tech” parts like our mobile app and other digital elements of our business help to facilitate such a goal, as we live in a digital age. Q What kinds of challenges did you face as a woman starting and growing her own company? Do you think the wellness industry is something women are more invested in? Being a female CEO and entrepreneur, I often feel challenged to balance my family and work, especially at the very beginning of growing my business. But on the other hand, I also feel that this is essential and needed nowadays. More women should be starting their own businesses, and particularly when it comes to wellness to have an impact on what we really need.
Q What lessons have you learned from launching MindBeauty? Remaining true to myself and finding my own voice were the keys to success. More realistically, it’s also important to plan well financially and time-wise. Q What's something about you people are often surprised to learn? My wake up time - 5:00 am, 365 days a year! I believe keeping an “early” and “healthy” schedule are the most important things you can do not only to help your business, but your personal life as well. I feel more positive, energetic, confident and mentally prepared with my “rising early” sleep cycle.
Q If you had an afternoon all to yourself, what would you book for yourself? I would make an appointment for a day spa and yoga. 33
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MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS
A dedicated meditation studio that hosts multiple guided meditation sessions per day. Thirty-minute sessions are perfect for a lunch time boost while regular hour-long sessions will help you work on your own long-term inner serenity and mindfulness. 14/F, The Plaza, 21 D’Aguilar St., Central, 9385-8389, enhalems.com.
This 15,000-square-foot wellness haven brings the spirit of Fivelements Retreat in Bali to support wellness seekers of all stripes, from stressed-out professionals on the brink of burnout to passionate health enthusiasts looking to deepen their mind-body connection. There’s a wide variety 34
of programmes available, including yoga, movement, martial arts and dance but the urban retreat is best known for its mindfulness and holistic wellbeing sessions - from meditation and visual arts to tea ceremonies and sound healing and holistic therapies. There’s also practitioners on hand specialising in intuitive healing and energy work. L13A, Times Square, 1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, habitat.fivelements.com.
HONG KONG DIAMOND WAY BUDDHISM CENTRE If you’re interested in Buddhism and Buddhist meditation, the Diamond Way Buddhism Centre is a great place to start. It aims to help people realise their mind’s full potential with regular meditation
practice. This centre offers regular guided meditations for beginners looking for a little inner peace. Try the Wednesday 7:30pm class, which offers a meditation talk followed by an easy 20- or 30-minute session. Unit 3, 2/F, 3-5 Jervois St., Sheung Wan, buddhism.hk.
THE KADAMPA MEDITATION CENTRE
Established to provide people in Hong Kong with the opportunity to learn about and practice Buddha’s teachings, The Kadampa Meditation Centre aims to make the practice more accessible and easier to integrate into our modern lives. The year-round programme is open for everyone - Buddhists or nonBuddhists, complete beginners to advanced practitioners - and is
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evening practices thereafter. 5/F, Starlight House, 32 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 2891-9315, subong.org.hk.
VIPASSANA MEDITATION CENTRE HONG KONG
run in a peaceful, non-judgmental environment. The Centre offers a full range of drop-in meditation classes, weekend courses, meditation retreats and regular chanted prayers, and special events with senior guest teachers. 1/F, Causeway Tower, 16-22 Causeway Rd., Causeway Bay, 2507-2237, meditation.hk.
Vipassana meditation is exclusively taught over a 10-day-long silent retreat. Aiming to completely wipe out “mental impurity,” Vipassana places an emphasis on self-observation: to systematically notice the sensations you are feeling - including pain without allowing them to preoccupy you. Through this disciplined selfobservation, practitioners are able to rebalance their minds. The Vipassana Meditation Centre Hong Kong offers the retreat course in Tun Wan, South Lantau and Hang Tau, New Territories. The retreats are free and entirely volunteer-run. mutta.dhamma.org.
If you’re in a position to bring some mindfulness into your workforce, Potential Project is a global organisation providing customised corporate mindfulness programmes. Trainers here have worked with more than 500 companies, including Cisco, Lego, Accenture and Microsoft, across a range of industries to help enhance performance, increase resilience in senior team members, and promote overall wellbeing in the workplace. They use evidencebased methods, like neuroscientific research, to foster people-centric cultures and leadership capabilities - something lots of HK workplaces could probably do with more of! potentialproject.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. hk.
THE SANCTUARY BY PURE
Cathay Pacific dedicated this 700-square foot space in their Business Class lounge to yoga and meditation. Guests can join simple yoga practices by Pure instructors that promote improved circulation, enhanced joint mobility and relaxation ahead of a long flight, or take a seat in one of the cushioned pods equipped with noise-cancelling headphones and iPads for guided audio meditation sessions.
Hong Kong International Airport, cathaypacific.com, pure-yoga.com.
SU BONG ZEN MONASTERY
Learn the fundamental elements of the Zen practice - a state to suspend the active mind and allow thoughts and images to just pass by. The Su Bong Zen Monastery runs an introduction to meditation class every Tuesday evening from 7:30-9:30pm, with regular morning meditation and
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WELLNESS GREEN BEAUTY
A proudly locally-owned beauty care and wellness line, CHUCHU believes in the luxury of simplicity, leaving out nasties like parabens, SLS, artificial perfumes or colouring, and other harsh additives to create simple, natural alternatives to commercial skincare products. Products are ecofriendly, gentle and effective on skin; we love their homemade soap bars, like the Golden Silk Nourishing Facial Soap, which saves on plastic use as well as gently cleansing your face. chuchuthings.com.
Offering a large variety of organic products ranging from skin care to hair care; nail care to tea; laundry to aromatherapy, 10/10 Hope is an invaluable resource for the ecominded customer. Their Causeway Bay shop carries the world’s leading natural and eco-friendly brands, including Neal’s Yard Remedies, Absolution, Bamford, Grown Alchemist and Christophe Robin. hk.1010hope.com.
A BEAUTY BAR
With counters across Hong Kong and free shipping on all online orders over $500, A Beauty Bar makes it a cinch to snag your favourite organic and natural skincare products. You’ll find cult classic Karuna mud masks, konjac beauty sponges from Not Just A and Esse probiotic skincare, among others. Flagship store: 15/F, Kin Tak Fung Commercial Building, 467-473 Hennessy Rd., Causeway Bay, 2295-6072, abeautybar.com.hk.
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cooperatives, recyclable packaging and highly effective results – Hong Kong-based Bahia ticks all the eco boxes. Their 100 percent pure Argan oil, rose water and Rhassoul clay elixirs are true skincare saviours. bahiacosmetics.com.
BATHE TO BASICS
This gorgeous boutique is piled high with the brand’s organic and sustainable skin, body and hair care products. All products are handmade locally. Signatures include ultra-moisturising cream soap bars and gentle face washes. S403, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St., Central, 2858-8135; bathetobasics.com.
Shocked by the chemically-saturated skincare products of the modern market, Hongkonger and breast cancer survivor Giselle Lee, founded Glohs in 2016. Carefully crafted products include ultra-gentle, natural skin and hair care, as well as traditional remedies for joint and muscle pain relief, that seek to deliver maximum results without adverse effects. glohs.hk.
JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS
Started in New York City, John Masters Organics is now available in more than 40 countries, and for good reason. Originally a hair care brand (their peppermint shampoo is dreamy), it has expanded to
Founded in 2005, Beyorg was the first natural beauty store in Hong Kong, and currently has eight stores throughout the city offering topnotch customer service to ensure individualised attention. Shop 301A, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 2723-3812, beyorgbeauty.com.
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include skin and body care that’s impossible not to love. There are currently four locations in Hong Kong, with products sold through other retailers. 3005A, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2117-0721, johnmasters.com.hk.
NO. 2 ORGANICS
Through careful sourcing and responsible manufacturing, No. 2 aims to enhance public awareness of sustainable lifestyle practices that not only benefit the customer, but the entire world. Its online store has a lineup of carefully curated beauty and skincare brands, lifestyle products and jewellery, as well as advice on sustainable living. no2organics.com.
An online skincare and wellness platform, Noirstone offers a range of ethically sourced healing products, based on ancient practices and modern innovation. Their e-store includes facial and body care, fragrances, supplements, and lifestyle products. noirstone.store.
French company Propolia harnesses the power of propolis (a bee byproduct similar to honey) in a wide range of beauty and wellness products that includes cleansers, shampoos and moisturisers.
Sustainable and small-scale, they harvest with no impact to the hives or bees, and use other organically rich ingredients into their line. Pop-up store at Stanley Plaza until Oct. 2019, Shop 404; propolia.com.hk.
No. 2 Organics
Award-winning, handcrafted and harvested from the wild, this Ayurvedic skincare brand is known for its honest relationship with its consumers. Based in Hong Kong, with ingredients sourced in the Himalayas, products are free from petrochemicals, synthetic colours, fragrances and other additives, making them not only gentle on your skin, but on the planet too. An added bonus: free shipping in Hong Kong!
This European home and body cosmetics brand has opened its first store in Asia in Causeway Bay, and we can’t wait to sample the goods. With collections inspired by sakura (cherry blossom) and Ayurveda, there’s an extensive range of luxurious but still affordable products. Rituals encourages customers to slow down and be mindful through their routines in life - enjoying the rituals, as it were. rituals.com.
Simplicité is an ethical skincare brand that makes fresh, luxurious and highly nutritive products for all kinds of skin. Established in Australia in 1992 and developed by master herbalist and naturopath David Lyons, these products are packed with concentrated, plant-derived ingredients - all of them exclusively medicinal grade, organically grown, or handpicked in the wild.
Founded by an aesthetician with 30+ years experience and her daughter, a cosmetic chemist, Skin Need combines science, conservation and ethical practices to deliver resultsdriven plant-based beauty with a conscience. An online diagnostic tool helps you create your very own personalised skincare regimen that evolves with changes in skin condition, resulting from factors like humidity and air pollution. yourprivateformula.com.
ZERO YET 100
Unlike chemical deodorants that cause yellow stains, mask odours and clog pores, Zero Yet 100 is made with magnesium, activated charcoal, essential oils and probiotics, allowing you to sweat your way through the HK summer naturally without leaving any stains. Deodorants are available as sprays, pastes and bars. zeroyet100.com. 37
This stylish urban day spa has been specialising in manicures, facials and makeup for eons, much to the delight of HK’s beauty fanatics. For facial treatments, the spa uses celeb fav cosmeceutical line Ultraceuticals, as well as botanical brand Aromatherapy Associates. With a generous space overlooking Wyndham Road, the large terrace is perfect for pampering events like bachelorettes or birthdays. 4/F, Seabird House, 22-28 Wyndham St., Central, 2869-5868, flawless.hk.com.
This lush spa exudes vintage Victorian-style, with its pistachio green furniture and eclectic decor. On the treatment menu, you’ll find Thai massage with reflexology, traditional Chinese massage, aromatic oil body massage and lymphatic body massage, along with results-driven facials, body contouring and aesthetics. G/F, 16 Gilman’s Bazaar, Central, 2311-7668, amritaspa.hk.
Located on the top floor of the Cordis Hotel, this Traditional Chinese Medicine-inspired spa offers heavenly treatments in spacious treatment rooms with breathtaking views of the glittering Kowloon cityscape. Many treatment packages also include access to the health club and rooftop swimming pool. Keep an eye out for regular promotions that offer excellent value on five-star treatments. 41/F, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok, 3552-3510, chuanspa.com.hk. 38
DOLMA WAXING BOUTIQUE
Quick and efficient, this clean, waxingonly salon is conveniently located in Central, and the quickest route to your hair removal needs. With over a decade of experience in high-end salons, the eponymous Dolma treats every client herself, with a strict, no double-dipping spatula policy. It’s this no-nonsense approach that’s earned Dolma her following, as a loyal client base returns again and again for a brusque Brazilian that lasts.
This warm, secluded and extremely popular beauty one-stop shop offers a full day spa and hair salon experience with partners Hollywood Hair. Services include facials with Spanish brand Skeyndor, as well as organic, chemical-free tanning with Ecotan, IPL hair removal, and body treatments to tighten and tone. 8/ F, Silver Fortune Plaza, 1 Wellington St., Central
Yu To Sang Building, Unit 303, 3/F, 37 Queen’s Road Central, Central; brazilianwaxing.com.hk.
In addition to its full organic salon with natural hair dye services, emmanuel f has a whole spa area dedicated to delivering natural face, body, hand, foot and waxing treatments - all using certified organic products from French brand Phyt’s. U/G, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, 2167-8280, emmanuelf.com.
INUF SKIN SPA
In the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, this haven of tranquility uses only the finest earth-friendly ingredients. The spa is dedicated to making a positive environmental impact on the world, which is why all skincare product containers can be recycled, repurposed or even composted. Talk about a green agenda!
21/F Penthouse, MW Plaza, 40 Kimberley Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3904-0390, inufskincare.com.
With rich natural textures of dark woods and stone, along with breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour, The Kerry Hotel is a true urban oasis. The Spa offers massage and facial treatments, as well as half- and full-day spa packages that include personal training, a private yoga class, pool access and healthy meals on top of your spa treatments. 4/F, The Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Rd., Hung Hom, 2252-5350, shangri-la.com/hongkong/kerry.
Travel back to 1930s Shanghai at this swanky spa for a holistic rejuvenation that encourages optimum wellbeing and deep relaxation. Guests are welcome to arrive 45 minutes before their appointment to soothe their muscles in the spa’s Chinese herbal steam room, sauna and water facilities. This deeply therapeutic spa experience has won multiple awards for its superlative service to clients. 5 Connaught Rd Central, Central, mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong.
Melo Spa offers relaxing beauty and body treatments using local ingredients inspired by the city’s natural surroundings and cultural 40
traditions of China. With views of Tolo Harbour, a fully equipped gym at your disposal, and whirlpool tubs in the treatment rooms, this is perfect for a Sha Tin staycation that will have you feeling rejuvenated.
gym turning your spa treatment into a wellness retreat. Want to keep the relaxation going? Check out the overnight stay options that allow you to drift off to sleep in your spa suite after your session is complete.
18 Chak Cheung St., Sha Tin, 3723-7684, hongkongshatin.regency. hyatt.com.
11/F, Grand Hyatt Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2584-7688, hongkong.grand.hyatt.com.
MY PERFECT BODY
My Perfect Body is a non-surgical beauty salon and spa in Central. Often considered one of the best pedicures in town, this high-grade spa specialises in a high-tech “i-pedicure,” which uses a special machine that removes calluses and tough skin for beautiful feet you’ll want to flaunt.
This organic oasis in the heart of Central caters for all your pampering needs with an array of reviving treatments including facials, massages, body treatments, nail services, waxing and even tanning, all done with organic products. 3-4/F, 60 Wellington St., Central, 2997-2208, sparadise.com.hk.
3/F, 16 Wyndham St., Central, 2561-7272, mypb.com.hk.
Leave the buzz of city life behind and slip into vacation mode at the Grand Hyatt’s Plateau Spa. This resort within a hotel offers packages that include access to the spectacular pool and
Wearing an aum is said to invite harmony into your life, which is why this HK-based jewellery designer, originally from Nepal, created an entire collection around the powerful potential of this ancient symbol. Using materials like 18K gold, mother of pearl and precious gemstones, Kajal Naina’s pieces are elegant but still meaningful to the wearer. kajalnaina.com.
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Specialising in custom pieces, this award-winning jeweller has a look that’s all his own. With rare gemstones and intricate designs, Austy is a master at designing dramatic statement pieces that will almost certainly spark a conversation at your next soiree. Shop A, G/F, Kam On Building, 176 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 23880212, austyleeartjewellery.com.
CHAKRA BY PIYA
Inspired by the seven main energy centres of the body, otherwise known as your chakras, this HKbased jewellery designer produces beautifully crafted bracelets, pendants, earrings and rings to get you energetically aligned. Collections range from bold and bright, to subtler, more understated 42
looks. If you’re having difficulty choosing a chakra to sport, there’s a handy online tool on their website that’ll sort you out in no time. chakrabypiya.com.
This ethical jewellery line incorporates ancient patterns and symbols like mandalas into its designs, while keeping it refined and stylish without being noisy. Handcrafted from premium metals like 18K rose gold or 925 sterling silver, all pieces are quality and made to last by family-run businesses that practice fair and sustainable production. We love the Yoga Collection in particular, a super cute collection of tiny pendants in various yoga poses - perfect for a yogi pal. flojewellery.com.
Combining an East-meets-West philosophy when it comes to crystals, this long-time jewellery company are experts when it comes to harnessing the potential of crystals. Looking to repel negativity, or maybe invite romance into your life? There’s a crystal for that! With a wide range of materials like rutilated quartz and tourmaline, you can stock up on all the good stuff when it comes to healing your body’s energy fields. Six locations around Hong Kong, including Shop 120, 1/F, Island Beverley, 1 Great George St., Causeway Bay, 2152-0819.
IS CLEARING THE TABLE FOR CONTEMPORARY DESIGN Where are Bomshbee products made? All our products are proudly designed in Hong Kong, with inspiration from the patterns and shapes we see around the city. I got the inspiration for one of our most popular lines of glassware one morning on my way to work when I looked up and noticed one of Hong Kong’s iconic street signs. Our designs are produced in China. We don’t work in typical mass production; instead, we use a smaller-scale manufacturer with highly skilled workers who are able to produce our designs with dedication to the details.
fter decades of work in the tableware industry, the Hong Kong-based Lau brothers have launched their own signature brand, Bomshbee. Determined to put Hong Kong front and center in the global design world, the Lau brothers are introducing sleek, contemporary designs based on their belief that thoughtfullycrafted tableware can celebrate the everyday. We sat down with William Lau, co-founder of BOMSHBEE, to hear more about his story to tableware greatness: What inspired the Bomshbee brand? Bomshbee is the embodiment of aspirations from a tableware design company that our mother started. I worked with that company for a decade and received great feedback for my ideas, designs and developments for other brands. My brother, Anthony, and I wanted to show our capabilities by branding our own designs. Our mother began in the industry three decades ago, and in a way, Bomshbee is also about honouring her. Even the name of our company is a combination of her pet names for us when we were children. Sometimes she would say them all together and it came out - Bomshbee! Stephen got the nickname “Bom” because he was always so loud and made so much noise; Mom called me “Shu” because she said I looked like a potato; and Anthony, the youngest, was “Bee” because he was the baby of the family.
What’s the Bomshbee philosophy? Our goal is to bring attention to beautiful objects we use every day. Our philosophy is “the little matters”; we are working to re-imagine everyday essentials and inspire customers to appreciate the simple moments in life. Our mother got her start in this industry 30 years ago. Growing up, my brothers and I didn’t realise how much the little things in our home made our world work. The line of tableware my brothers and I have created goes to the heart of our childhood. What sets Bomshbee apart as a household item? In the tableware industry, there are many big brands but a lack of smaller, independent ones. We’re focussing on customers who appreciate small-scale production, and who want unique products to fill their homes with. Also, we believe in Hong Kong’s position as a global design leader and want to be a part of that locally-made movement. We want to highlight Hong Kong design in the international market and share its beauty with the rest of the world. Interested in filling your everyday moments with a little more appreciation? Visit bomshbee.com.hk for more information about the mission to inspire through design. For inquiries, contact Anthony Lau at email@example.com.
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magine yourself soaking in the chilly pool while sipping an icy cold blue lagoon cocktail, and looking up at the cloudless azure sky. One would say summer is all about blue, yet not melancholic. When it comes to jewellery, the ultimate representative of blue is no doubt the sapphire. As a stone of wisdom and strength, sapphire brings good fortune and protection. In addition, it is also the birthstone of September. Why not get yourself or your loved one a piece of sapphire jewellery as a birthday gift? Check out these gorgeous aUSTY LEE blue sapphire pieces!
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Blue Sapphire & Diamond Ring Ring set in 18K White Gold with Blue Sapphire and White Diamonds.
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SUSTAINABILITY movement into everyday practice, the Tai O-based label creates colourful, outdoor-inspired outerwear and accessories using traditional South Asian craft techniques and earth-friendly materials such as hemp, bamboo, recycled tyres and banana tree fibres. Whatâ€™s more, part of the profits will also be donated to World Vision International to help children in developing countries.
First opened in 2008 between Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun, Green Ladies has gone from strength to strength as the first social eco enterprise to operate a consignment model in Hong Kong. The initiative aims to promote ecofriendly habits by onselling high quality, lightly used fashion and accessories from a physical store but at a fraction of the price they would be new. Two other stores have since opened in Wan Chai and Tsuen Wan as the demand for second hand fashion increases. gl.sjs.org.hk. Retykle
Chic and consciously sourced, local eco-brand A.C.F offers a wide variety of contemporary genderneutral streetwear brought to life using deadstock fabrics otherwise doomed for the landfill, such as tencel, cotton, denim and faux suede. Toeing the line between classic and edgy, their collections feature bold silhouettes and eccentric color combinations that are bang on trend and easy to work into any wardrobe. These vegan 46
pieces are specially crafted to cater to the various climates across the globe, and better still, to stand the test of time so they wonâ€™t end up in clogging up our landfill acfclothing.com.
The brainchild of Hong Kong designer Benny Yuen, local ecoapparel brand Earth.er has been redefining ethical fashion ever since its launch in 2012. Strongly committed to putting the Fairtrade
Excess inventory is problematic as it wastes not just money, but also carbon and energy. A financial win and sustainability victory, OnTheList is a breakthrough members-only flash sales business that allows you to shop past-season goods with the best deals in town for a limited number of days. Joining forces with international premium brands such as Ted Baker, Reiss and Fjallraven, it offers everything from fashion items to skincare products, stationery to home décor. Registration is free. onthelist.hk.
THE R COLLECTIVE
This award-winning, affordable upcycled luxury fashion label was born after a decade of hard work by local fashion waste charity Redress. Striving to make a difference in a wasteful industry where throwaway culture has become the norm, The R Collective upcycles fashion’s surplus waste materials, collaborates with those disenfranchised within the industry and works with Asia’s top sustainable manufacturing supply chains to craft beautiful and innovative collections that will last the long haul.
TOVE & LIBRA
With an ethos of “waste not want not,” Tove & Libra takes a variety of sustainable materials such as Tencel yarns, recycled polyester and repurposed threads that were previously destined for the landfill to create their unique and stylish clothing line. This summer’s collection includes lightweight vests and sweaters, luxuriously soft cardigans and playful dresses that have been crafted with Hong Kong’s climate in mind - think breathability when outdoors and just the right amount of warmth in the city’s signature over-air conditioned offices.
Waste in the fashion industry remains a huge issue, but robotics and apparel company, Unspun, is using tech to solve it, starting with everyone’s wardrobe staple: denim jeans. First, customers have their exact measurements and specifications taken via a 3D body scan before selecting their preferred style and colour. Jeans are then made to order so all you have to do is wait for them to be delivered. Unspun jeans are made from 100 percent sustainable denim from Italy and can be reordered online using your online profile.
With budget, style and quality in mind, Canadian native Sarah Garner founded Retykle in 2016 to provide a quick and convenient way for Hong Kong parents to resell outfits their little ones have already outgrown. This innovative resale platform allows parents to purchase secondhand designer kidswear at up to 90 percent off and resell their children’s gently worn branded items for commission. retykle.com.
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Do you get sad about the amount of plastic that piles up in your bin each week? Edgar, a zero waste food shopping concept, has eliminated packaging entirely in a bid to be as green as possible. Located in the K11 mall in TST and also on Moon Street in Wan Chai, Edgar’s nuts, grains, seeds and dried fruits and veggies,
candies and cooking supplies are stored in large dispensers and sold by weight so you buy only what you need. You’re also encouraged to bring your own bag to cut down on waste even further. Check out their line of straws, drinking bottles, bags and containers to help you on your zero-waste journey. Shop 201, K11, 18 Hanoi Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3101-3030; 5 Moon St., Wan Chai, 3484-2088, edgar.hk.
A new healthy living store in Central, ISGO stocks the Ethique line of solid soap, shampoo and lotion bars, helping you to eliminate plastic bottles from your bathroom. Don’t miss its extremely reasonably priced avocado oil and chemical-free cleaning supplies.
Unit 0402-03, 4/F, Lucky Building, 39 Wellington St., Central, 3791-2575, isgo.com.hk.
This is an easy-to-love bulk buy grocery store, where you can BYO containers and load up on topquality pantry essentials, from beans and pulses to oats, dried fruit, nuts and more. Zero-waste champion Tamsin Thornburrow opened Live Zero in Sai Ying Pun, followed by a Sai Kung branch, where you’ll find all kinds of dry goods, oils, toiletries and more, all attractively displayed in clear dispensers. 24 High St., Sai Ying Pun; G/F, 5 Tak Lung Back Street, Sai Kung, livezero.hk.
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Free HK sells a wide selection of plastic-free alternatives for your home. From straws, lunchboxes and food wrappers, to tableware, produce bags and toothbrushes, everything on this site is fairly priced, stylish and designed to be used again and again. plasticfreehk.com. Plastic-Free HK
While not everything here is packaging-free, you’ll find plenty here to inspire you, from food wraps to farm-fresh veg, fairtrade fashion to metal bento trays. Toiletries and packaged foods are chosen with health in mind for both you and the planet. UG/F, 302-308 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 6730-0643, facebook.com/livelylifehk.
Make sure to bring plenty of your own containers when you visit this bulk-buy store. Located in Sai Kung, Seed offers pantry essentials, toiletries, healthy cookies and other snacks, metal cutlery and more. Be sure to pick up a few nests of delicious dried noodles, made right here in Hong Kong. 29 Yee Kuk St., Sai Kung, 5703-2223, facebook.com/weareseedhongkong.
With an impressive lineup of recycled, biodegradable, zerowaste and eco-friendly products, this sprawling 3,000-square foot space could convert even the most wasteful soul. We love their sustainably-sourced home and kitchenware, as well as their impressive range of organic oils and condiments sourced from artisans around the world. There’s also refillable stations where you can decant your own soap, body lotion and laundry detergent into reusable containers. It’s essentially a onestop shop for everything eco. Shop 1-3, G/F, The Hudson, 11 Davis St., Kennedy Town, 2762-0770, slowood.hk.
Already well known for its solid shampoo bars, brightly-coloured bar soaps and minimal packaging, Lush has gone one step further in its war against packaging by creating “naked” versions of some of its bestselling shower gels, with the same formulations as the original product, but with added sodium stearate in order to get the gels to harden. Don’t miss the packagingfree bath bombs, solid lotion bars and face cleansers too.
Outlets citywide, including SoHo Square, 21 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 3915-0638, hk.lush.com.
With our landfills groaning at the seams and our oceans choked with trash, it’s more important than ever to seek out sustainable alternatives for day-to-day essentials. Plastic-
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This bamboo-based lifestyle store offers tons of bamboo products, from bed sheets, towels and clothes, to smaller homewares such as bowls, trays, cutlery and bamboo fibre dining wear. S304, Block Staunton, PMQ, 3/5 Aberdeen St., Central, 2291-0285, bamboahome.com.
Shaving your legs with disposable razors may seem like a convenient solution for prickly pins, but all the plastic waste that comes with it adds up. Safety razors like Bareaya are plastic-free, using brass with changeable stainless steel blades. It’s a snap to change blades, which are also recyclable, unlike plastic and metal cartridge heads. bareaya.com.hk.
A one-stop resource for eco-friendly goods, services and inspiration, you’ll find everything you need here for a greener home. From cloth 50
diapers, menstrual cups, even DIY beeswax kits for carrying food, you’ll find handy solutions to reduce waste in every facet of life. Offer free shipping in HK.
sofas, office and kids’ furniture. If you’re looking for something a bit nicer, check out the “premium” collection, which has solid rosewood, teak and elm furniture.
Unit A & C, 21/F Young Ya Industrial Building, 381-389 Sha Tsui Rd.,
A new eco-friendly marketplace that sells conscious goods. Shop clothes, jewellery, accessories, food and drink, health and beauty, home, kitchen, stationery or baby goods. Or shop by your values: items are also sorted by their credentials, from plastic-free to locally made; upcycled to fairtrade.
Tsuen Wan, 2328-3971, gogreenshop.com.hk.
GO GREEN SHOP
Moving house but don’t want to buy new? Green Dot Home, a furniture upcycling and collection company, sells some of its newer pieces on Go Green Shop. Check the website for fairly-priced furniture, all of which is in great condition. You’ll find just about everything from chairs and tables to soft furnishings such as
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Specialising in quality water filters, ditch bottled water for good with filters that live under your sink, on your countertop or even attach directly to your tap. Contact a representative for a free water test, to find out exactly what’s in your tap water. 8/F & 10/F, Wah Ha Factory Building, 8 Shipyard Lane, Quarry Bay, 2277-5665, lifesolutions.com.hk.
Using repurposed elm wood from old Chinese houses, The Wood creates beautiful, modern pieces of furniture that are tough, durable and timeless. It sells tables, chairs and benches, as well as bed frames, side tables, TV consoles and benches, in addition to a selection of smaller home accessories.
10/F, 186 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan, 9656-4761, thewood.com.hk.
THORN & BURROW
This lifestyle store has an entire section dedicated to green homes. It offers a large collection of S’Well drinking bottles, as well as lots of kitchen essentials, such as beeswax food wraps, kids’ plateware and cups made from recycled milk jugs, and metal straws in shimmering rainbow colours. It also distributes Annie Sloan eco-friendly chalk paint. 1/F, 30 High St., Sai Ying Pun, 2559-9338, thornandburrow.com.
Hailing from Brooklyn, Uncommon Goods offers shipping to Hong Kong. This online lifestyle marketplace is known for showcasing independent makers with an eco-friendly, 52
sustainable bent. Even the products are packaged in FSC-certified recycled paper. Be sure to check out The Uncommon Collection, a curated selection of products that meet the very strictest eco-criteria: original design, responsible business practices, eco-friendly materials, resourceful packaging and exclusive to Uncommon Goods. uncommongoods.com
Fast-growing and prolific, bamboo is one of the most sustainable materials out there. Verdee Living specialises in bamboo products large and small, from large pieces of furniture to flooring, cutlery,
trays, cutting boards and other small items. Shop 346, 3/F, HomeSquare, 138 Shatin Rural Committee Rd., Sha Tin, 2699-9689. Also has stores in Tsuen Wan and Diamond Hill. verdeebamboo.com
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Ditch the single use plastic bottles once and for all with this handy app that lists more than 1,000 public drinking fountains and private businesses offering complimentary water, where you can refill your water bottle for free. Also offers drinking fountain rental for events. waterforfree.org.
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Launching in September 2019, this is the city’s first online toy library. Offering a pick-up service for gentlyused, unwanted toys, the team sanitise each item before offering them up for rental and delivery at a low fee. Users are encouraged to continue to rent rather than buy with “Happy Badges” - virtual tokens that can be collected and exchanged for donations to charity Plastic-Free Seas. Toy collection is available now, so if you’re looking to cull some clutter this summer, here’s your ideal opportunity. happybatonhk.lpages.co/prelaunch, facebook.com/happybatonhk.
Everyone in Hong Kong could use more space, and that’s where storage and box rental service Boxful comes in. This innovative self-storage solution rents you plastic, reusable boxes as well as space in a storage facility to store your belongings. This process is entirely digitised, so all your stored items are tracked online and accessible on-demand. There’s a variety of flexible plans to suit your storage needs, with free pick-up and drop-off. Decluttering your home is suddenly a piece of cake - Marie Kondo, eat your heart out!
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curated wardrobe of formalware from top designers like Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, or Badgley Mishka, for just 10-20 percent of the retail price. Browse items online, schedule a fitting appointment at a Central showroom and voila! The items are delivered to your door ahead of your next big event, so you can dress to impress. They take care of the drycleaning too.
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Because of their toxicity, itâ€™s important to dispose of your unwanted batteries responsibly. There are lots of places to drop off your unwanted rechargeable batteries - for example you can ask
the staff at any McDonaldâ€™s outlet for collection or you can use drop-off boxes found in 87 MTR stations, 20 Fortress stores and 26 Pricerite stores across the city. Just make sure to cover the battery terminal with masking tape before dropping off. wastereduction.gov.hk.
Got furniture or electronics in need of a new home? Contact the Crossroads Foundation, which accepts donations of most large goods for redistribution to marginalised communities both in Hong Kong and overseas. In particular demand are school stationery, clothes, footwear, computers, rice cookers, tools and 56
kitchenware. Be sure to check in advance, as some items may be unsuitable. Building 32, Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Rd., Tuen Mun, crossroads.org.hk.
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This grassroots social enterprise picks up unwanted items on behalf of local NGOs and redistributes them to people in need both in Hong Kong and overseas. Originally started in Discovery Bay, they have expanded their service all over Hong Kong and will pick up just about anything. Additionally, the organisation offers job opportunities to low-income individuals. They are more active
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ECF COMMUNITY RECYCLING CENTRES
Members of the community can drop off their waste plastics, glass and small electronic goods for processing at the Environmental and Conservation Fund’s recycling points. You might even be given a few dollars for your donation! There are 18 centres currently operated by the ECF, and a further 48 operated by NGOs. Visit tinyurl.com/ecfpoints for a full list.
With various toxic components, it’s vital to get rid of your old electronics responsibly. The Environmental Protection Department has a centralised responsible processing plant in Tuen Mun that can handle up to 30,000 tonnes of e-waste per year, and its contractors visit every district in Hong Kong regularly to pick up e-waste such as computers, refrigerators, air-conditioners, televisions and washing machines. Call the hotline or visit the website to find out the next collection taking place near you. 2676-8888, wastereduction.gov.hk.
Revolv is a new circular reusable container programme that aims to reduce the amount of single-use plastics used by the F&B industry. After successful pilots in Bali and here in Sai Ying Pun, the tech startup is rolling out its affordable reusable packaging at selected restaurants and communities all over town. Partner restaurants will package takeout orders in Revolv’s reusable packaging, and once they’ve finished their meal, customers can drop them off at selected locations to be collected, cleaned and reused.
THE SALVATION ARMY FAMILY STORE
Old clothes, shoes, homewares, toys and more are given a new lease on life at the Salvation. Goods are either sold at a low price, or donated directly to people in need. Items can be dropped off during opening hours at the family stores; larger deliveries can be taken straight to one of three collection centres. Check the website for a list of outlets and to find out exactly what the stores will and won’t accept. salvationarmy.org.hk.
Glass can be difficult to recycle in Hong Kong, but it’s not impossible. Organized by the Environmental Protection Department, there are an increasing number of recycling points where you can safely recycle your glass bottles and jars. Visit the website to find a full list of dropoff points. greenglass.org.hk DB Mothers & Friends 57
Mobile Disco “The Oldest Swinger in Town,” DJ Fred Fung has been providing quality music entertainment in Hong Kong since the 1970s. From Motown to rock n’ roll, right up to the latest hits, his chart-toppers through the ages will delight everyone. Whether you want background music for a cocktail reception or to fill up a dance floor, DJ Fred will get the party started. Clients include: The Masonic Lodge | Hong Kong Tatler The Peter Bennett Foundation | KCC | USRC WhatsApp 9834-4320 for rates and availability.
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