By Arthur Tam
Featuring this month’s top deals, events and openings at the Taikoo Place community.
Nimble Bespoke Company
Start the New Year looking dapper in a classy bespoke suit. The founder Mr Chau and his team of masters are trained in the art of Shanghainese tailoring and have been in the business for decades, dressing more than a few Hong Kong stars. If you want an impeccably fitted, reasonably priced suit for around HK$3,000 to HK$7,000 (depending on the material), this is the shop for you. Shop C1, Tor Po Mansion, 4 Hoi Tai St, Quarry Bay; tel: 9784 9239; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jiu Tang Wu
Another ramen shop has popped up in the neighbourhood; this time it’s inside eslite spectrum. Choose from a variety of different ramen styles like Japanese, Korean and Chinese. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, go for the ‘hell’ ramen, which is made with a spicy soup base. eslite spectrum, 1/F Cityplaza
This shop is giving Chinese traditional herbal drinks a trendy and approachable twist. Instead of concentrating on bitter tonics found at more old-school shops, here you can choose sweeter and more pleasant options like ginseng passion fruit tea, detoxifying fig leaf tea or restorative apple and chrysanthemum tea. eslite spectrum, 1/F Cityplaza; tel: 2833 5508; checkcheckcin.com
If you need to beautify yourself, head to this one-stop shop that offers haircuts, manicures, makeup and bridal services. The Elephant first started out in the heart of Wan Chai but is now expanding quickly thanks to its popularity. If you have kids, they even have little roadster chairs for them to sit in during a haircut. eslite spectrum, G/F Cityplaza; tel: 3419 1125; the-elephant.com.hk
Tong Chong Street Market Pop-up Farmers’ Stall: until 9 Feb
From Monday to Friday, noon to 6pm, the pop-up farmers’ stall will be selling seasonal, locally sourced and organic produce outside One Island East.
René Magritte: The Revealing Image – Photos and Films: Until 19 Feb (free admission)
Continuing the theme of Belgian art, Swire Properties will join hands with the Magritte Foundation Belgium and Ludion (a European independent art book publisher) to host an exhibition titled René Magritte: The Revealing Image – Photos and Films at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place, immersing visitors in 132 original photographs and eight films by the influential 20th century surrealist artist. 1/F, Cambridge House
Third image from left: © René Magritte by Charly Herscovici c/o SABAM.
Swire Properties’ "BOOKS for LOVE @ $10” Returns! Until 31 Mar
Now in its eighth year, book drive “BOOKS for LOVE @ $10” is back to benefit The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) and Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS). You can drop off any books that you would like to donate at one of the 39 collection points: at Swire Properties’ commercial developments or at BGCA and AVS service centres. Watch a specially created video featuring supporters from the sports, culture, performing arts and music sectors who are helping to promote the “BOOKS for LOVE @ $10” campaign. From 12 to 15 April all the books collected will be sold at ArtisTree for $10.
'Let Happiness Bloom' at Cityplaza: Until 4 Mar
Admire the festive and poetic seasonal flower installations in Cityplaza and wish your friends and family luck as you wander through the 2,000+ sq ft lucky Peach Blossom Garden where the flowers are in full bloom. Additionally, preserve your memories with a family picture, then visit the Wishing Pond together and pick lotuses to make wishes for the year ahead. In addition, Cityplaza has prepared a host of exciting gifts for its 'Lunar Prosperity Hunt' Treasure Hunt Game, including a Dyson V8 Absolute+TM cordless vacuum cleaner, a handbag by COACH, a Nintendo SwitchTM gaming console, and Samsung Galaxy Note8. Scan the QR code to enter the website, find the 'treasures' hidden in every nook and corner of the mall, complete the mission and grab the chance to win the gifts. Please visit the mall's website for details.
St. James’ Settlement (SJS) Valentine's Rose Charity Sale: 2-14 Feb
For the 12th consecutive year, Swire Properties will be the venue sponsor for St. James’ Settlement (SJS) Valentine's Rose Charity Sale taking place at Cityplaza. With the theme ‘Light Up our Love’, all proceeds earned from each luminous rose sold ($88) will go toward supporting the service development for children with special educational needs. On 10 February (12noon – 6pm), over 70 children volunteers recruited from the venue sponsor will dress up as cute Little Angels and sell roses at Cityplaza to raise funds for SJS. The charity sale will also be held at Festival Walk. Place your order in advance for 20 roses or more to get free delivery. For details, please visit SJS’ Facebook or event.sjs.org.hk/Rose2018/ . For inquiries, please contact 2831 3232 or email to email@example.com.
Tong Chong Street Market – Winter Warmers: 4 & 11 Feb (11am-5pm)
Coming to the last two market days this season with the theme Winter Warmers, a carefully curated selection of vendors is going to be serving soups and gourmet dishes that reflect their company's heritage. Don't forget to bring your own containers and utensils to stay eco-friendly. Alternatively, get a set at the market's Sustainability Corner. Tong Chong Street
Lion Dance For The Year of The Dog: 27 Feb
To celebrate the New Lunar Year, the Ha Kwok Cheung Group, will again perform their festive, colourful and coordinated lion dance. At around 1:30pm, tenants from all over Taikoo Place are invited to see the troupe leap from pillar to pillar on Tong Chong Street. After the spectacular performance, the lions will bring luck and ward off evil spirits at the main lobbies of each house. Tong Chong Street
Taikoo Social Exclusive Offers: Tasting Love February
Don’t miss this month’s prizes found on the Taikoo Social app (App store | Google Play):
Lucky Draw on 8 Feb : Four lucky winners will have the chance to take a companion to SP Flower & Tea Room for an afternoon to enjoy SP signature tea along with a floral arrangement class. Best of all, winners also receive a HK$800 voucher, so you can return and enjoy the delightful space again.
Monthly offer, 5 Feb onwards: Grab a pack of beautifully designed Taikoo Place laisee packets. The packets come in five unique illustrations that are inspired by and represent the jewels of the property – The Refinery, New ArtisTree, The Loop, One Taikoo Place and blueprint. First-come, first-served. While stock lasts.
Lucky Draw on 22 Feb : Win two Cathay Pacific air tickets for any destination in Asia. Choose when and where you want to spend your holiday and bring along a companion to share all those unforgettable moments of friendship and love.
EAST, Hong Kong Offers an Exclusive Room Package –“Infinity 8”: 1 Feb - 31 Dec t
The business hotel is turning eight! To celebrate, it has launched “Infinity 8”, an exclusive room package including eight privileges:
● Room upgrade to the next category
● Daily breakfast for two at our all-day dining restaurant, Feast (Food by EAST)
● Special 8th anniversary drink for two at Sugar (Bar.Deck.Lounge)
● Complimentary minibar
● Special anniversary gift
● 18 percent dinner discount at Feast (Food by EAST)
● $88 discount on laundry (per stay)
● $88 discount for hotel transportation
Ginza Barin Early Bird Dinner For Two: Daily from 5pm and 7pm
For a limited time, Ginza Barin is offering a very reasonable dinner for two at just $328. You get a pork cutlet, two pork fillets, two prawn cutlets along with sashimi and other appetizers.
Shop G1019, Kam Sing Mansion, Sing Fai Terrace, Taikoo Shing, tel: 2505 2266; ginzabairin.com.hk
Japanese Craft Beer Special at Ginza Bairin and NAHA Okinawan Seafood Izakaya
Both restaurants in Taikoo Shing are featuring four special Japanese craft beers - Ozeno Yukidoke Brown Weizen, Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout & Japanese Classic Ale, and Kizakura Kyoto Bakushu White Yuzu Fruit Beer - at just $68/bottle. These craft beers match will go down perfectly with the deep fried, barbecued and hot pot items on the menu. Shop G1019, Kam Sing Mansion, Sing Fai Terrace, Taikoo Shing, tel: 2505 2266; ginzabairin.com.hk and Shop G1015, Yiu Sing Mansion, Stage 10, Taikoo Shing, tel: 2186 6969; epicurean.com.hk/new/restaurants/naha.php
EAST's Sugar (Bar.Deck.Lounge): Every Sunday
Enjoy your weekend with a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour at this outdoor bar with a special buy-one-get-one deal from 12pm to 6pm every Sunday.