The essential apps, numbers and websites that everyone should have in their little black book.
Whether you’ve lived in Hong Kong your whole life or are new to the city, finding help when you’re in sticky situations can be difficult, or worse, chaotic. Trust us, we feel your pain! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of essential Hong Kong apps, numbers and websites everyone in the city needs to add to their little black book. From part-time cleaners to handymen and online groceries, we’ve got you covered!
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Looking your best has never been easier thanks to this new class of beauty-based apps. Make salon appointments through the click of a button, or arrange for a glam squad to come directly to you – all while saving time and dollars!
Whether you’re in need of a soothing massage, pre-holiday bikini wax or a last-minute blowout before dinner, BloomMe makes it easy to book an appointment at your favourite spa or salon, all at the push of a button! Promising instant beauty at your fingertips, booking app BloomMe gives you access to over 2,000 top spas and salons. Stuck on where to go? Not to worry, BloomMe provides honest and helpful salon reviews (complete with HD photos!). Even better, exclusive app-only deals, alongside discounts of up to 30% off, ensure you’re getting the best deals in the city.
Sassy Perk: BloomMe is offering a free Thai massage to anyone that signs up to the app between Monday, 12 August to Monday, 2 September, 2019. Users can choose between treatments at Mary Thai in Mong Kok, or Thai Heart Massage and Mei Mei Thai in Yau Ma Tei. Simply download the app and sign up with the code THAIFREE.
Other Favourites Include:
One of our favourite things about Hong Kong is that there’s always something to do. From dining out at the city’s newest culinary offering, to checking out the latest Hollywood flicks and day trips out to Disney, packed itineraries are just par for the course. Need help navigating your way through the huge range of options? Here are some of our favourite leisure-based apps for your downloading pleasure.
For Dining Out:
No time to hit the shops this week? Or perhaps you’re after a star ingredient which isn’t stocked in your local “Taste” or wet market? Don’t worry, that’s what the internet is for. From sustainable seafood, organic veggies and tasty home comforts, these online grocery stores will deliver straight to your door, saving you the stress of playing trolley wars!
British Essentials, www.britishessentials.hk
Jou Sun, www.jousun.com
My Market, www.mymarket.com.hk
Pacific Gourmet, www.pacificgourmet.com.hk
South Stream Market, www.southstreammarket.com
For Meat And Seafood:
Farmer’s Market, www.farmersmarket.com.hk
For Organic And Health Foods:
Magic Season Organics, www.magicseasonorganics.com
Regency Spices, www.regencyspices.hk
Spicebox Organics, www.spiceboxorganics.com
For Vegan Groceries:
Green Common, www.greencommon.com
One Vegan Shop, www.oneveganshop.com
What a time to be alive! The technological era of the 21st century has blessed us with home delivery options aplenty. Hundreds of cuisines and diverse dishes from premium eateries are ours for the taking (or eating) with just a tap of our phones. What we love about this selection of food delivery apps is their efficiency, ensuring dinner will be ready in literally a flash!
Household chores are both dull and time-consuming. But luckily in Hong Kong, we’re blessed with plenty of services to give us a helping hand. Whether your home is in need of an urgent repair, or you simply need someone to give it a quick clean and tidy, the following services are here to get you on track.
Top Maids Home Cleaning Co., 2151 1280, www.topmaid.com.hk
Park Avenue, 2893 9368, www.parkavenuehk.com
Vogue Laundry, 2480 2416, 2480 2417, www.voguelaundry.com
Hong Kong prides itself on having one of the best transport systems in the world. And we 100% agree. Taxis, buses, the MTR and even ferries are cheap and easy to come by. To ensure you get the most out of the city’s public transport, we recommend a quick download of these transportation apps. Don’t forget your Octopus card!
For Everyday Journeys:
For Moving And Relocation:
Allied Pickfords Hong Kong, 2736 6032, www.alliedpickfords.com.hk
If the waiting times at crowded emergency room clinics are too long, or you’re simply too ill to leave the house, it’s time to enlist the help of a mobile doctor. Offering high standards of personalised medical care, these experienced professionals will come directly to you and provide emergency or routine medical care in the comfort of your own home, office or hotel.
Hong Kong Emergency Medicine Centre,6511 8000, www.emchk.com
Hong Kong Home Doctor, 6628 5365, www.hkhomedoctor.com
They’re not kidding when they say there’s an app or website for everything. From weather and typhoon updates to fitness and info on where to fill your reusable water bottles, here’s a selection of our favourite Hong Kong living essentials.
Health And Wellness:
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Stephanie Ma and published on 28, August 2017 and was updated on 12, August 2019.
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