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As exciting as jetting off for a quick weekend getaway can be, it’s often more exhausting than relaxing. So why not skip the stress-inducing dash to the airport and indulge in a restorative and fun-filled staycation instead? All you need is a few thoughtful suggestions on where to sleep, eat, shop and sightsee. Of course, The Style Sheet’s here to help.


Where to sleep… The Upper House

Panoramic Hong Kong views and a modern, understated luxury aesthetic make The Upper House our top choice for resting our heads after a day playing tourist. Lucky for us, the hotel is currently offering a special staycation package that includes daily restaurant and bar credit, late departure and room upgrade, along with an exclusive House gift, plus unlimited in-room movies and yoga class. What more do you need?


Where to shop… Starstreet Precinct

The few charming blocks that make up the Starstreet Precinct are some of our favourite for browsing boutiques and speciality shops. Picking favourites is hard, but we can’t visit the area without stopping into Le Labo for their cult fragrances and candles, housed within an impressive apothecary-style space. There’s also Lala Curio – offering up a whimsical curation of artisanal homewares – and Kapok, the cult lifestyle store that stocks a carefully edited selection of ‘future classics’, such as beautiful small leather goods and fashionable kicks.

Elephant Grounds at 8 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai
Elephant Grounds at 8 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai

Where to refuel… Elephant Grounds

Stop into this hipster cafe for strong coffee, matcha lattes and ice-cream sandwiches. It also makes for a great brunch spot – the Avocado Toast with Poached Egg, Radish, Pea Cress, French Pea Pesto and Dill Yogurt, along with the Strawberry Nutella French Toast – made using house-baked bread and finished with fresh whip – are both worth sampling. The people watching is worthwhile too, so leave enough time for lingering. Or if you prefer to chill over a selection of teas and tea-infused desserts in a modern teahouse, try minimal-chic BASAO Tea in Moon Street.


Where to find a spot of culture …Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Arts

This massive independent art space in the heart of Central is the perfect spot for a cultural hit. The unique heritage site – once Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison – is Hong Kong’s’ largest conservation project to date, and plays home to a host curated world-class art exhibitions, a rotation of immersive programmes including performances and workshops, as well as daily tours exploring the site’s rich history.

Artemis & Apollo at 9 & 11 Moon Street, Wan Chai
Artemis & Apollo at 9 & 11 Moon Street, Wan Chai

Where to dine… Artemis & Apollo

One of Black Sheep group’s most recent dining concepts, Artemis & Apollo is getting plenty of buzz – and for good reason. The venue offers up a modern Greek taverna experience with a fresh take on Mediterranean cuisine and an unfussy menu including the likes of chicken souvlaki, mezze, grilled octopus and lamb chops. We’d recommend cracking up a bottle of the Gaia Rosé to go with your lingering meal. Oh, and the baklava is a must.


Where to unleash your inner tourist… Yau Ma Tei

Wander over to Kowloon’s dynamic Yau Ma Tei to walk the local streets (neon-lit markets and material-arts dens live here) and grab yourself a couple of artisan souvenirs while you’re at it. We recommend starting at 39 Battery Street, where you’ll find Mak Kam Sang – Hong Kong’s last minibus sign writer – selling hand-drawn, machine-printed plastic minibus signs. A short stroll away, duck into Sindart – a handcrafted embroidered slippers store which has been passed down by three-generations. Shopped out? Stop for a slice of cake and a spot of people watching at the nearby MUM’s NOT HOME – a quirky local art space, cafe and boutique.


Where to unwind… BEYORG Organic Spa

One of our favourite spots for indulging in natural, organic face and body treatments that manage to be both highly effective and incredibly gentle. After your pampering session, give yourself enough time to browse the spa’s beautiful and extensive curation of natural and organic beauty products – there are dozens of brands including essential oils, mother and baby care products, supplements and more from around the world. Divine.

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