The sun is out, which means Hong Kongers are soon to be milling about the numerous air-conditioned shopping malls in the city in an effort to escape the beating sun. Although the sparkling allure of Hong Kong’s high-end Prada- and Gucci-touting malls are alluring, there are cosier places we tend to head when we’re looking to get some practical shopping in (and finally start on that ‘spring cleaning’ we’ve been putting off) rather than window shopping for the latest designer bags or watches.
For a place to hide out from the sun this summer and enjoy some casual shopping and dining, head to Nan Fung Place in the Central Western district, which is launching its “Shopaholic Fever” summer fiesta again with a host of new shopping and dining offerings. Savour a heart-healthy menu at the newly launched Kind Kitchen by Green Common, a greenery-filled, light and airy restaurant sprouting a menu that’s an instant refresher for a bogged-down palate. Dig into their wonderful plant-based menu while soaking in the relaxing surrounds, with dishes designed to make the most of new plant-based alternatives such as Beyond Burger and Omnipork. A delight for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, the 100% plant-based menu also offers healthy, child-sized bites in the Kind Kids’ Menu, with the goal of steering kids towards healthy eating from a young age.
While kids are romping around the playzone at Kind Kitchen, adults can quench their thirst at Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea, a popular Taiwan-based beverage brand which has just landed in Central district. Yifang — which boasts over a hundred outlets throughout Taiwan — first launched in Hong Kong late last year, and recently opened its first store in Central at Nan Fung Place. The draw here is farm-fresh ingredients directly imported from Taiwan, including fresh fruits and homemade jams. This summer, the store will also be launching their brand new Xikuo sugarcane selection; with ingredients from Chiayi city in southwestern Taiwan, the unique sweetness is a hit in drinks such as Jinfeng Roselle Lemon Tea, Yifang Fruit Tea and Shikou Cane Milk.
When you’re ready to shop, head over to the Pinkoi Original Handmade Design Market: running from 30 June–2 July, this original crafts market will be showcasing a range of designs from over 30 Thai designers. Whether you’re picking out the perfect gift for a loved one or looking to spruce up your home with handmade trinkets, you’ll find one-of-a-kind items at this design fair, from clothing to accessories to unique tableware. Popular brands include the chic women’s sportswear brand Wakingbee as well as Jibberish, a Chiang Mai-born crafts store notable for its indigo dye technique developed from local village traditions.
Throughout summer, all of Nan Fung Place’s numerous retailers and restaurants will be offering their own special promotions: enjoy 50% off special dishes at Yum Cha and Urban Park; 50% off selected homeware products at Francfranc (a great stop for picking up summer wedding gifts); 40% off of backpacks by Naomi Wear, a kids’ clothing boutique; and 60% off select items at Forever Play, which stocks a wide selection of educational kids’ toys. Located near Sheung Wan MTR station, Nan Fung Place promises to be an enclave for trendy shoppers and families this summer looking for everything from contemporary design items to healthy dining options in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
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Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong (entrance on Wing Wo Street), +852 3184 0488