Mother’s Day! Art Basel! Cinco de Mayo! A cheeky mid-week day off for Buddha’s Birthday! Lots to do this May in Hong Kong — here’s a handy list to get your month going in stride.

If you’re looking to treat mum for Mother’s Day…

Charlotte Tilbury’s Look of Love™ Playground

When: Through 9 May, from 10am to 9pm

Lit-up hearts and walls of roses blossom at Charlotte Tilbury’s Look of Love™ Playground, conveniently located at the entrance of Harbour City. Collect virtual stamps as you complete each interactive game — ranging from snapshots at the photo studio to a heart-drawing booth — for a chance to win Charlotte’s special gift. On-site, too, are Charlotte Tilbury’s Look of Love™ Collection, which include universally flattering shades of taupe nudes and rosebud rouges fit for brides-to-be on that special day — or even just a humdrum day in town with mum.

Register for a spot here.

Charlotte Tilbury Look of Love™ Playground, Ocean Terminal Lobby, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Urban Chillez and HKAFA’s Flowers x Nail Art workshop

When: 1, 7 and 18 May

Gift mum a major pampering session with this doubled-up collaboration between Urban Chillez and Hong Kong Academy of Flower Arrangement, which sets up a workshop celebrating artistic ventures from the tips of a fresh manicure to an intricately arranged bouquet to match.

Reserve a spot here, or shoot Urban Chillez a DM on Instagram or Whatsapp.

Urban Chillez Nail Bar,  2A, E. Tat Factory Building, 4 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, +852 5597 4277

Hong Kong Academy of Flower Arrangement (HKAFA), 15/F & 16/F Hennessy Plaza, 164 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2388 2979

Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong’s Mother’s Day 2021 gifting ideas

She’d probably just want a hug and a kiss for Mother’s Day. A hand-written card, perhaps. A well-timed FaceTime call for those in long-distance purgatory. A beautiful bouquet and Pretty Woman-inspired jewellery, though? Sweet cherries on top for mum. She deserves it all.

Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong’s Mother’s Day 2021 staycations

We’ve sought out some of the best luxury staycations in Hong Kong to book for the leading lady in your life.

Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong’s Mother’s Day 2021 menus

Give Mum the gift of a most delicious meal this Mother’s Day. A well-deserved treat. An extravagant evening out.

If your palate is ready for new eats…

French GourMay 2021

When: Through 31 May

There’s a reason so many renowned chefs learned their craft at Le Cordon Bleu; France, after all, remains the epicentre of gastronomical excellence. Hong Kong and Macau’s French GourMay festival celebrates all things gastronomy à la française — with the 2021 edition the 12th anniversary of the festival being held. This year, the theme is ‘A Taste of Surrealism – À Table!’; a fitting food-meets-art tribute, considering French GourMay’s affiliation with Le French May Arts Festival.

The full month’s itinerary is listed here.

illy Coffee Bar pop-up at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

When: Through 31 May

A humdrum latte transforms into a foamy blank canvas for personalised art and messages this May at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s East Lobby, where an exclusive illy Coffee Bar pop-up takes up residence. Choose from a library of designs or upload your own for a cuppa joe that’s as photo-ready as it is delicious.

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4000

If you’re on the hunt for an all-new wardrobe…

Gucci Pin: Beloved

When: Through 13 May

The latest Gucci Pin lands at Pacific Place, this time dedicated to the Alessandro Michele-led brand’s ‘Beloved’ line. Each handbag — featured are the Dionysus, the GG Marmont, the Gucci Horsebit 1955 and the Jackie 1961 — is presented in a lit-from-within box in a museum-like mirage; a timely installation, considering the myriad of art events held this month. Timely, too, is Mother’s Day wedged into the duration of this pop-up — a ‘Beloved’ bag for a beloved person, perhaps?

Gucci Pin: Beloved, Garden Court, LG1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong


‘Heartbreak Motel’, Emotionally Unavailable’s K11 MUSEA pop-up

When: Through 23 May

In a year land-bound to the geographical boundaries of your passport of residence, Emotionally Unavailable — brainchild of Edison Chen and Kyubum Lee — traverses from shore to shore, from the Pacific Ocean of its Californian roots to Victoria Harbour and into the depths of K11 MUSEA’s MUSE EDITION curation. Heartbreak Motel’s Room 520 — set up as the backdrop from which Emotionally Unavailable’s cut-and-sew wares are exhibited — is a fitting homage to the seedy motel rooms littered alongside American highways; pitstops marking ellipses between road trips, lovers and hazy memories.

Emotionally Unavailable pop-up, 034, G/F, MUSE EDITION, K11 MUSEA, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3892 3890

If you’re looking for furry new friend…

Club Rangoon’s first-ever Dog Adoption Day

When: 15 May; 2 – 6pm

This May, in collaboration with Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong friend Buddy Bites and Catherine’s Puppies, Club Rangoon will be hosting their first-ever dog adoption day. On site, too, are a selection of sustainable dog accessories from momotone and Terra Ooak and an exclusive Kafirr Lime Daiquiri (HK$90). Find a forever friend their forever homes with your current furry pal — all dogs are welcome to attend!

Club Rangoon, 33 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong +852 2503 3077

If you’re looking to get fit and fab for summer…

lululemon’s new store at ELEMENTS Shopping Mall

The newest brick-and-mortar from lululemon features an exclusive Science of Feel™ Zone to showcase new design and fabric innovations unique to the Canadian-born brand. Tactile discoveries are encouraged from this exhibit, inviting customers a chance to discover how the mind and body interacts and how lululemon’s innovative designs create new sensory experiences.

Other lululemon store stalwarts like in-store workouts, the Asia Fit collection and knowledgeable on-site educators will, too, populate this West Kowloon location.

lululemon ELEMENTS, Shop 1084-85, Wood Level 1, ELEMENTS, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2702 5338

If Art Month is more your speed…


Art Basel 2021

When: 21 – 23 May

Following its cancellation in 2020, 2021’s edition of Art Basel Hong Kong is a go; running in tandem with ‘Art Basel Live: Hong Kong‘, the fair’s brand new digital initiative running parallel with the physical show. 104 exhibitors are slated to participate in Art Basel’s Galleries, Insights and Discovers sectors, with several satellite booths set up for exhibitors who were not able to be physically present.

Click here for a full list of galleries participating.

Art Basel 2021, Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Art Central 2021

When: 20 – 23 May

The next and the new in Asia’s most innovative galleries? Showcased shoulder to shoulder at Art Central. This 2021 edition will feature Gwo Wai curated booths, Duk Dak solo presentations for emerging and estalibshed talent, a programme of talks curated by Asia Society Hong Kong Centre and much more.

Art Central 2021, Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Accompanying image credit: Evgen Copi Gorisek, Obsession, 2021, acrylic and oil stick on linen, 170 x 140 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Padre

HKwalls 2021

When: 8 – 16 May

HKwalls is Hong Kong’s annual street art and mural festival, with artists gathering to beautify walls in a specified location. For 2021’s edition, the exterior walls of breezy Sai Kung were chosen as canvas. This year also marks the inauguration of the HKwalls Youth Mentorship Programme, which offers young artists the opportunity to paint alongside experienced, past-participants of HKwalls.

Learn more here.

French May Arts Festival 2021

When: 1 May – 30 June

Spread over two months via more than 150 programmes deep-diving into art, food, design, music and all things culture, the French May Arts Festival has been an iconic part of Hong Kong’s cultural calendar since being established in 1993. Unmissable events include French GourMay 2021, a live musical accompaniment alongside French films featuring the Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra and Van Cleef & Arpel’s Balanchine’s Jewels ballet.

Learn more here.

Joey Wong
Constantly in pursuit of a multi-hyphenated career, Joey has written her way through fashion trends, youth culture and luxury retail in New York and Hong Kong. Beyond internet adventures tracking down the perfect vintage find, you can probably catch her sipping on her third oat milk latte of the day in the city’s newest café. She’s currently mourning the loss of TikTok in Hong Kong.