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Shop ‘til you drop

Hong Kong offers the quintessential shopping experience: from its giant designer malls and packed street markets to its bargain outlets, you’ll find a product with your name on it. But the city is also home to a number of celebrated fashion designers, standalone boutiques, and quirky shopping malls often tucked away out of sight. Below you’ll find an insider’s guide to Hong Kong’s off-the-beaten-track shopping scene, plus you can explore the district of Yau Tsim Mong with our shoppers’ insight to this popular area.

Hong Kong is in the big leagues when it comes to shopping: it stands beside New York and London as one of the world’s premier destinations for people with serious spending power. But glitzy designer malls are not the city’s only attraction for shopaholics—it boasts a wealth of independent boutiques, local fashion brands and offbeat neighborhoods that help create a buzz you won’t find elsewhere.

Harbour City

If you’re after an iconic Alexander McQueen dress, Fendi handbag, or Chanel scent then you should make a beeline for one of Hong Kong’s swanky malls, such as the exclusive Landmark or prestigious Harbour City. However, there’s much more to the city’s shopping mecca than famous international brands and some of the best stores are a short walk away from this glitz and glamor. Tucked away in a backstreet of Tsim Sha Tsui’s shopping paradise is Granville Road, a hub of independent boutiques that showcase Hong Kong’s very own fashion designers.

In the buzzing urban district of Causeway Bay, revamped shopping center Fashion Walk is making a name for itself among shoppers looking for locally designed apparel. Enter Liger: a funky fashion brand started in 2009 by designer friends Hilary Tsui and Dorothy Hui. The pair curates unique statement pieces from around the world as well as creating quirky items for their own label, Oh My God. In the same complex you’ll find Juice, a fashion and lifestyle store from local celebrities Edison Chen and Kevin Poon. From humble beginnings as youth brand Clot in 2003, Juice is now a respected voice on music, fashion and design and has grown into this Hong Kong flagship.

Hola Classic

Despite Hong Kong’s buzzing modernity, there are still aspects of the city’s shopping scene that are timeless. Since colonial times, it has been one of the foremost destinations to have a suit made. Hong Kong’s tailors are famous world-over for providing inexpensive, well-cut suits and shirts, with new designers such as those at Hola Classic in the Caroline Hill neighborhood now taking up the mantle. Here you’ll find suits tailored by designer Raymond Lun: he creates elegant, tweed patterns that add hipster flair and are a nod to classic English tailoring. The best bit? You can get a peek into the workshop at the back.

Volare Concept Shop

If you’re looking for quirky and fun gifts and household bits and pieces, Homeless, with branches in Central, Causeway Bay and Sha Tin, should be on your list. Furniture and home accessories with a twist boast a strong design aesthetic which really catches the eye. Nearby you’ll discover another Hong Kong institution: the upstairs boutique. Historically tight on space, the city’s architects have always had to build up—and so you’ll find that many fashion designers, standalone boutiques, beauty salons and hobby stores are hidden away upstairs inside old commercial buildings. Hong Kong brand Volare Concept Shop is one such noteworthy example worth seeking out in Causeway Bay: the brainchild of leather specialist Franco Yeung, this small store sells customized, handcrafted leather goods with a twist—think lace-up boots, rustic iPad cases and old-school messenger bags.

Kapok

Another trendy neighborhood worth a browse is the Starstreet Precinct area of Wan Chai. This collection of narrow lanes around Star Street has a distinctive fashionable vibe, being home to numerous Hong Kong designers, quirky boutiques, vintage shops, funky bars that spill on to the pavement, and top restaurants. Monocle—the hit international magazine—has opened up a quirky shopfront here that features some of the most exclusive luxury items you can get your hands on: with designer collaborations on accessories such as card wallets, linen notebooks, bags and even clothing. Just around the corner is the very modern Kapok on Sun Street, a cool brand that started with one shop in Wan Chai selling creative miscellaneous goods and that now has six stores around Hong Kong. Hours can be spent browsing the unique and lovingly curated fashionwear, accessories and gadgets.

Get Going

  • Homeless
    Homeless
    This popular lifestyle store sells mostly furniture and home accessories, but has plenty of quirky and retro decorative items too, from jewelry to creative bar accessories. The novelty items are good for a laugh: think ashtrays that look like mugs, or hip flasks camouflaged as diaries. Homeless's unique designs can be easily combined or rearranged, reflecting its philosophy that design should be a part of daily life. This brand also has branches in Central, Causeway Bay and Sha Tin.
    Address:
    1-3/F, 17-19 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 2890 8789
    How to Get There:
    MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit F1. Turn right on exit and turn left onto Yun Ping Road. It’s about a 5-minute walk.
  • Liger
    Liger
    A funky fashion brand by designer friends Hilary Tsui and Dorothy Hui who sell statement pieces from around the world alongside their own label, Oh My God.
    Address:
    Shop A&C, Vienna Mansion, 55 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 2503 5308
    How to Get There:
    MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit E. Turn left on exit and make another left onto Paterson Street. It’s about a 5-minute walk.
  • Juice
    Juice
    A fashion and lifestyle store from local celebrities Edison Chen and Kevin Poon that’s grown into a respected voice on music, fashion and design.
    Address:
    9-11 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 2881 0173
    Website:
    How to Get There:
    MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit E. Turn left on exit and make another left onto Paterson Street. Turn right on Kingston Street and left onto Cleveland Street. It’s about an 8-minute walk.
  • Hola Classic
    Hola Classic
    The suits tailored by Raymond Lun are elegant, with tweed patterns that add a bit of hipster flair and are a nod to classic English tailoring.
    Address:
    G/F, 11A Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 2870 0246
    How to Get There:
    MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit E. Cross over Hennessy Road and walk left along Yee Wo Street. Turn right on Pennington Street and walk for a minute or two until you cross Leighton Road. Caroline Hill Road is immediately ahead. It’s about a 10-minute walk.
  • Volare Concept Shop
    Volare Concept Shop
    Designer Franco Yeung customizes leather goods with a twist in this upstairs store—lace-up boots, rustic iPad cases and old-school messenger bags.
    Address:
    2B Fairview Mansion, 51 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 3691 8072
    How to Get There:
    MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit E. Turn left on exit and make another left onto Paterson Street. It’s about a 5-minute walk.
  • Monocle
    Monocle
    The hit international magazine has a quirky shopfront with some of the most exclusive luxury designer accessories you can get your hands on.
    Address:
    Shop 1, U/G Bo Fung Mansion, 1-4 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 2804 2323
    Website:
    How to Get There:
    MTR Admiralty Station, Exit F. Follow the underground signs to Star Street. On exiting, turn right on Queen’s Road East. Take a right on St. Francis Street and a right again onto St. Francis Yard. It’s about a 15-minute walk.
  • Kapok on Sun Street
    Kapok on Sun Street
    A trendy, successful Hong Kong brand selling unique fashion, accessories and gadgets lovingly curated by French owner Arnault Castel.
    Address:
    3 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 2520 0114
    Website:
    How to Get There:
    MTR Admiralty Station, Exit F. Follow the underground signs to Star Street. On exiting, walk up Monmouth Path and turn left onto Star Street. Take the second left onto Sun Street. It’s about an 8-minute walk.

Urban Buzz 'Musts'

  • Loveramics
    Shop for souvenirs
    Loveramics
    If you’ve been inspired by all the delicious Cantonese meals you’ve enjoyed so far in Hong Kong, then why not replicate the experience back home? You can source everything you need for beautiful Chinese crockery sets from Loveramics: from sets of chopsticks and rice bowls to teacups. Choose between a classic Chinoiserie style or more modern patterns—and the pieces make great gifts to take home too.
    Address:
    97 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 2915 8018
    How to Get There:
    MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit A. Walk right along Russell Street and make a right on Percival Street. At the junction, continue straight across onto Leighton Road. It’s about a 5-minute walk.
  • Shanghai Street
    Cook up a storm
    Shanghai Street
    For the quintessential Hong Kong shopping experience, head to Shanghai Street in Yau Ma Tei, which sells everything you need to get serious in the kitchen, Cantonese style. If you love your fried rice and noodles, then you’ll know that these just don’t taste the same without a wok. Or if you’re looking to replicate dim sum, then get your hands on a bamboo steamer. Shanghai Street sells it all: from meat cleavers to bamboo chopping boards.
    Address:
    Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
    How to Get There:
    MTR Yau Ma Tei Station Exit C. Walk along Man Ming Lane to Shanghai Street. It’s about a 2-minute walk.

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