Some weekends I like hiking, wake boarding and escaping from Hong Kong. Other weekends I just feel like being lazy staying in the city, sleeping in late and relaxing.
Below is my quick guide to a lazy city weekend!
1. Sleep in very late. This one is a must!
2. Take ages to leave the house: have a long shower or a bath, test out that scrub and face mask, maybe organize that jewelry draw.
3. Choose a brunch place where you can sit around for ages, with great food and a perfect menu for sweet and salty cravings. I love Cafe Causette, Press Room and Oolaa, Brunch club is also a good option.
4. Call your friends, boyfriend or bring your hubster. Anyone you can just chill with, read magazines and newspapers and talk about all and nothing.
5. Share a dessert. Oolaa's carrot cake or Press room plum tart are my favourites.
6. Do not make any plans during the day, unless it's dinner plans, having plans means deadlines + time management, the goal is to be lazy.
7. Take your camera and stroll around the Sheung Wan area to the left of Square Street or Wanchai around Star street.
Sheung Wan has quirky little stores, up and coming design agencies and art galleries. It's gritty, original, full of low rises and a prefect mix of the old and new Hong Kong. Stop by the Austrian cafe loisl for apfelschtrudel and a perfect cappuccino, and in the evening drop by 208 for a glass of wine and some pizza.
Star street is a design destination in it's own right. From the concept store Kapok, to the Monacle store, the area is full of design and fashion stores, both local and international. I love browsing through the furniture stores like OVO and B&B Italia. For an afternoon tea, head the the chez Patrick deli, they have a secret outdoor terrace that makes you feel you are sitting somewhere in Barcelona. Kapok cafe is also super cute, they have a great tea selection and have just placed some amazing dry hay stacks outside the shop.
The smell of dry grass transported me for a brief second to the Spanish countryside in late summer. (I closed my eyes and I could almost feel the warm air of a late summer evening, hear the cicadas, smell the dried grass). Back to reality! Wei!!!! You are in Hong Kong!
8. If it's not too hot head home through the Hong Kong park. I love the contrast of the quiet park, tropical trees and plants, the water features and the modern shiny towers of Cheung Kong and Bank of China. At twilight the towers take this beautiful pinky blue tint and look as if they are floating.
Outfit: I call this my lazy day look. Loose Zara shorts, a perfect weekend white shirt + comfy sandals (Bimba & Lola). Gold collar from H&M (my new obsession), ring Aldo, bracelets Uterque, Hermes, and something French but I forgot the name. Glasses Prism