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What to do in Hong Kong: 1–15 January 2020

From book signings to healthy afternoon teas, floral workshops to cinematic revivals, kickstart the new year with a fruitful calendar of events to explore around Hong Kong.


An Evening with David Sedaris

When: 10 January, 6:45pm

Price: HK$550 for Asia Society members/Friends of HKILF; HK$700 for non-members from Asia Society

You might have been watching his Masterclass on satire this Christmas, but this is your chance to see and meet the American storytelling savant in the flesh. Catch a reading of David Sedaris at the Asia Society for an evening hosted by the Hong Kong International Literary Festival. The event will include an hour-long reading of new and unpublished material, followed by a Q&A and book signing session.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong


Galette des Rois for L’Épiphanie

Celebrated in Francophone countries, L’Épiphanie is the Christian day of feasts on 6 January honouring when the Three Kings visited baby Jesus. Offering a nod to the tradition, not one but two eateries in Hong Kong are making Galette des Rois, a sweet dessert made of two layers of puff pastry sandwiching a frangipani filling, and always a ‘trinket’ or the fève, a bean, baked into it. Order the festive treat at both Central and Tsim Sha Tsui locations of La Vache! (HK$118 per slice) — whoever finds the fève wins lunch for two at La Vache! TST. It’s also available for order on Butter (HK$388 each) throughout the month of January.

Looking for a more sumptuous way to indulge in your yearly Galette de Rois? Head to two MIchelin-starred Écriture, where chefs Maxime Gilbert and Cyrus Yan are dishing up the decadent King’s Cake for HK$288 for a small tart and HK$488 for a large one feeding four to six. Orders must be made 24 hours in advance, and are available for pickup only.


Diptyque Afternoon Tea at InterContinental Hong Kong

When: 6 January– February 29

The InterContinental Hong Kong’s Lobby Lounge is getting a Parisian twist this spring as they welcome a collaboration with Diptyque, celebrating the launch of its new Eau Capitale fragrance and Paris en Fleur candle. Eau Capitale is Diptyque’s first fragrance in the Chypre family, characterised by its floral and citrusey notes of rose, bergamot, patchouli and pink peppercorns. Together with the Paris en Fleur rose-scented candle, both are romantic odes to Paris.

The afternoon tea, naturally, is also inspired by the City of Light, with decadent bites like a foie gras and rhubarb canape with pistachio, a parisian ham and comte tartlet with black truffle, as well as sweets such as a bergamot macaron — and of course, traditional scones served with clotted cream, earl grey tea jelly and strawberry jam. Priced at HK$688 for two, the afternoon tea includes two deluxe Diptyque fragrance samples, with a gift card that includes a Paris en Fleur mini scented oval upon spending HK$850 or more at Diptyque.

InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 1211


Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert

When: 4–5 January

Price: HK$380–780 from Urbtix

Star Wars purists in the age of Rise of Skywalker will be keen to sit in for the classic Episode Six, especially with live orchestra performance throughout the entire film. The HK Philharmonic welcomes back Australian conductor Benjamin Northey to the podium to deliver the glorious John Williams score — certainly a ‘force’ to be reckoned with. The concert duration is 2.5 hours including one interval. More info here.

Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong


Fuel Your Body and Mind Afternoon Tea

When: 1 January–31 March

It’s January: everyone’s obsessed with eating well, looking good and feeling good for the new year. Dive into a feast of superfoods at W Hong Kong’s newest ‘Fuel Your Body and Mind’ afternoon tea promotion, priced from HK$488–638 for two. With a spread designed by Swedish chef Robert Nilsson, dishes embrace a Nordic influence, with omega-3-rich salmon, tuna and shrimp, as well as bright ingredients of avocado, ponzu sauce, beetroot, pomegranate and more. Desserts come guilt-free and are chock-full of antioxidants and nutrients — think manuka honey with greek yogurt, coconut and raspberry chia seed pudding and an avocado goji berry brownie.

Woobar, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong


Agnes b. New Year’s Festive Floral Workshop

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When: 3–23 January

Price: HK$980–1,150

Impress your loved ones with a new skill this year and learn to make a seasonal bouquet or arrangement with Agnes B. Fleuriste. Just in time for Chinese New Year festivities, classes for arrangements, vase bouquets and special flower pot designs are available all throughout the month of January. More info here.


Beare’s Premiere Music Festival

When: 8–16 January

Price: HK$100–480

Formerly the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, the Beare’s Premiere Music Festival 2020 is presenting 35 internationally acclaimed musicians to Hong Kong for a stunning spread of musical virtuosity this January. With six ticketed chamber music programmes and 10 free outreach events, classical music lovers will be able to indulge in rarely performed gems, heart-thumping cinematic scores, as well as open rehearsals, lectures and community concerts. Don’t miss Ten Dun’s epic film music paired with film excerpts from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero and The Banquet; while J.S. Bach aficionados will definitely want to sit in for the complete set of Brandenburg Concertos during opening night.

Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong 


CineFan Back to the Screen: Lost in Translation

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When: 12 January

Price: HK$85 from Urbtix

A Sunday spent watching an iconic Sofia Coppola film is a Sunday well spent. Back to the screen this January (K11 Art House) and February (Tai Kwun) is 2003 time capsule Lost in Translation, tracing the romantic, sleepless encounters of two outsiders, a jaded celebrity and a woman numbed by her marriage, who meet in Tokyo. With lead actors Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson caught at a time of transition in their careers, this story of two individuals seeking connection while lost at the crossroads of their lives is especially inspiring. More info here.

K11 Art House, 4/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3918 5888


Yoga Brunch Club

When: 11, 18 January, 9am

Price: HK$350 from EventBrite

If you’re looking for a detox from the indulgences of the end of the year, The Peak Lookout is welcoming yoga instructor Caren Lo to its verdant terrace space to launch its inaugural 60-minute rejuvenating flow class, perfect for those aiming for an injection of health at the start of the year. Lug your favourite mat along, do your sun salutations, and be rewarded with views and a delicious brunch at The Peak Lookout, inclusive of a healthy smoothie, coffee or tea — you could also add a cheeky bit of ‘balance’ by tacking on the free-flow drinks package.

The Peak Lookout, 121 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong

Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.