It was cloudless sun and scorching heat one week, then gray climates and torrential rains the next. It’s here, folks; we are in the middle of summer in Hong Kong. If your June itinerary seems as changeable as the weather, consider this “to-do” list as a handy cheat sheet. Lifting heavy loads, it’s done. You’re welcome! Have fun.
If you fancy a drink (or two) …
Mott’s sommelier sessions 32
When: 6 pm-10pm every Monday and Tuesday
Contemporary Chinese gastronomic institution Mott 32 is presenting brand new “sommelier sessions” for the summer, giving diners a 50% discount on a selection from the restaurant’s wine list every Monday and Tuesday evening. Mott 32 resident sommeliers Marie-Paule Herman, Ben Mok and Rin Mohamad will be on hand to prepare perfectly matched selections to complement Chef Lee Man-Sing’s regional Chinese cuisine – a thoughtful choice for every table order, ensuring a top-of-the-range wine and gastronomic experience. Typical Mott 32.
Mott 32, Basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2885 8688
If this is the beauty you are looking for …
After opening to the public on May 31, Beauty Botanica is poised to become Central’s premier beauty and wellness destination for premium, clean beauty products in Hong Kong.
Exclusive to Beauty Botanica, the store is home to several brands that cannot be found anywhere else in Hong Kong. Highlights include:
LUMI: High quality products, cruelty-free, free from parabens, mineral oils or artificial fragrances.
Wildheart Organics: Offering an exclusive experience that invites customers to mix their own personalized scents.
AWARENESS: Retailing six niche online brands including The Kind Sunscreen, BEING, hande, MELYON, MAYDE TEA and 3rd Ritual, environmentally friendly.
EVOLCARE: clean, cruelty-free skin care packaged in a convenient single-dose package.
Monastery: Organic and natural products from small farmers.
Beauty Botanica, Shop 312-314, 3 / F, Landmark Atrium, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
The Harbor City Beauty Mart
When: Until June 20
The Harbor City Ocean Terminal Lobby, just across from Lane Crawford, has been transformed into a bazaar-style discovery avenue throughout the month of June. Self-proclaimed “Hong Kong’s premier local beauty-themed market”, Beauty Mart operates under three key themes: “Rose”, “Tea” and “Vegan”; the correlation of the latter two with health and diet sums up the market’s modus operandi: seeing beauty as a holistic aspiration, beyond deep cosmetic procedures and also focusing on gut health and mental well-being.
Onsite brands include The Big Things Kitchen, The Nutter Company, Hong Kong Tea House, and more. Learn more here.
Ocean Terminal Lobby, Harbor City, 3 – 27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
If you are scratching your head for activities to do with friends …
When: May to July
Arriving at the dawn of summer from the creators who brought Ferris Bueller’s day off at Central Harbourfront is the Lawn Club; an experience that reproduces that of The Grounds. However, instead of a passive watch-only experience, it’s interactive. Lawn games. Live entertainment. The works.
Prices for a 4-person pod start at HK $ 600, while the 4-person ‘Prime’ pods – which swap lounge chairs for padded seats and take up the space directly in front of the LED screen – are priced at HK $ 1,000. Book your session here.
The Lawn Club, Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park, 33 Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong
The Daily Tot 90s Afternoon Quiz
When: June 27
Form a team of four or six, review your Spice Girls lyrics and take part in The Daily Tot’s’ 90s-themed afternoon quiz; given the buzz surrounding the just released “Friends” reunion episode, it couldn’t come at a better time. Entrance fees are HK $ 500 per person, which includes free-flow and chances to win fun prizes.
Pro tip: The best dressed group will be vying for a special prize: bring the tattoo necklaces and butterfly clips.
The Daily Tot, Felicity Building, LG / F, 58 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2366 6836
If your wardrobe needs a makeover for the summer …
Aerie x Common Ground pop-up window
When: Until June
Mark your calendars: Aerie by American Eagle – the lounge and sportswear affiliate that celebrates body positivity, empowerment, and absolutely no retouching – lands in Hong Kong in mid-June in the central Queen’s Road district. In anticipation of the grand opening, Aerie will collaborate with Common Ground for a one-month pop-up through June, turning the café into an “Aerie Café,” whereby a HK $ 10 discount can be accumulated by following @ AerieHK on Instagram.
Common Ground, 19 Shing Wong Street, Central, Hong Kong
Since reopening its Pacific Place space in 2019, Harvey Nichols Hong Kong is finally sailing beyond the mundane fork of luxury fashion retailers and into uncharted waters as an experimental retail space. Presentation of Sandbox, an area designed to give free rein to creativity; not only reserved for the refinement of clothing collections, but for the embracing of different cultural facets. To celebrate, three new contemporary brands – HUF, Rip N ‘Dip and Chinatown Market – have been added to the retailer’s portfolio.
Harvey nichols Sandbox, Harvey Nichols, L2, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 3968 2668
When: Until June 6
Stroll through the Fendi Summer Vertigo collection, breathe and relax on the nearby benches – wrapped in the same ’70s-inspired motif – with a treat from the Fendi Caffe coffee truck, courtesy of Between Coffee. A deliciously brewed cup of coffee with the logo sprinkled with cocoa and the “FF” stamped yuzu caramel cookies and dark chocolate pie, unique to this glamping Fendi site, make for a most luxurious afternoon.
Atrium II, G / F, Gateway Arcade, Harbor City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Pop-up of Havaianas at the ifc
When: Until November 11
Brazilian brand Havaianas arrives at ifc with a limited-time showcase of its iconic thong in a myriad of vibrant colors and even more vibrant patterns, perfect for the summer season. While they may not be able to walk the sandy beaches of distant islands for two happy weeks, strutting on neat tiles by the pool seems like a befitting trail for the new season of neon lights and glittery sandals. The exclusive Tradi Ziro range which merges the classic Havaianas silhouette with Japanese Zori sandals is also on display.
Havaianas ifc, boutique 3092B, Podium Level 3, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong