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A treasure hunt in Old Town Central

Time Out Hong Kong
  • Written by Time Out Hong Kong
Treasure hunt

A neighbourhood as steeped in history as it is brimming with style, Old Town Central is the perfect place to seek out a unique gift or memento to bring back home. Whether you want to visit a local market, comb through an antique store or look your best at one of the many fashionable concept shops, this happening area boasts no shortage of gems waiting for treasure hunters to discover.


Old Hong Kong treasures

Upper Lascar Row

Upper Lascar Row

The highlight of Upper Lascar Row Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info is the seemingly endless row of antique stores, offering an eclectic collection of Chinese calligraphy, arts and vintage furniture. This runs parallel to stalls that sell an array of bric-a-brac collectibles, such as Mao Zedong alarm clocks and Bruce Lee posters. In recent years, local designer boutiques and vintage clothing stores have popped up nearby, attracting more locals as well as visitors.

Linva Tailor

Linva Tailor

In business since 1965, Linva Tailor Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info on Cochrane Street shot to fame after the period drama blockbuster, In the Mood for Love, featured its custom-made cheongsams. These dresses were commonly worn in Hong Kong up to the 1960s ad 1970s, and at Linva, you can find an exquisite, ready-to-wear collection, and also order one that’s tailor-made.

Chu Wing Kee

Chu Wing Kee

This iconic neighbourhood homeware shop is a treasure trove of household goods from a time gone by. A dwindling sight in Hong Kong, Chu Wing Kee is a place where you can find stacks of old-school crockery and teapots, bamboo baskets dangling from the ceiling, and feather dusters and kerosene stoves tucked away in corners. Forget mass-produced modern items and opt for these classic and affordable Hong Kong products, which also make for great souvenirs.

Graham Street Market

Graham Street Market

With more than a century’s history, Graham Street Market Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info is a great place to experience life as a local. The sloped street is flanked by food stalls on either side, selling everything from fresh vegetables to live seafood. Along the market, you’ll also find traditional shops selling items that make for great souvenirs. For example, founded in 1917, the Kowloon Soy Company (9 Graham Street, Central, +852 2544 3697) is renowned for its soy sauce made with traditional techniques.


Fun and quirky finds

Select 18

Select 18

Treasure hunters will be delighted at Select 18 Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info , a place caught up in time with a carefully curated collection of treasures ranging from vintage spectacles, bags and hats to old radios and vinyl records, among other items amassed by owner Mido, a Hongkonger of Indian descent. An avid collector of Scandinavian furniture and eyewear, Mido also has a taste for vintage items, as reflected by the collectibles he personally gathered or received from relatives abroad.

Hipster 9

Hipster 9

This vintage store started out among elderly hawkers of Hollywood Road before moving to its current location. With unique designs and an old-school European vibe, it’s home to a vast collection of designer bags, brass jewellery from the 1950s, vintage leather jackets and many other treasures to intrigue even the most discerning of customers.

ABoutique

ABoutique

Founded in 2011, ABoutique Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info is committed to showcasing contemporary emerging labels and timeless designs for Hong Kong shoppers and fashionistas. Pick from a great variety of eye-catching brands such as Sigerson Morrison, Uribe and the Olsen Twins’ Elizabeth and James. With its wide selection of chic outfits, shoes and accessories, you can easily find a new wardrobe here that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Bang Bang 70s

Bang Bang 70s Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info

As its name suggests, this funky vintage store specialises in 1970s fashion and apparel. Here, you can rummage through a myriad of groovy clothing and memorabilia that’ll have you nostalgic for the disco days. Turn Bang Bang’s checkered tiled floors into your personal dance floor as you try on everything from platform boots to rare retro bags and even pre-loved luxury clothing and accessories.


Unique concept stores

Château Zoobeetle

Château Zoobeetle

Château Zoobeetle Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info is a cosy little shop where French sisters Elsa and Johanna, who own the luxury leather goods brand, Zoobeetle, display their carefully curated selection of clothing, accessories, CDs and furniture. Enjoy a glass of champagne and French tunes at the open kitchen and bar area of this treasure trove as you celebrate le joie de vivre.

The Refinery

The Refinery

As the name suggest, this quaint shop houses a plethora of refined products and carefully curated range of trendy clothes, accessories and lifestyle brands from every corner of the globe. Be amused by wacky phone cases and accessories like giant banana earrings and animal-shaped speakers, as well as limited-edition beauty items you won’t find anywhere else in the city.


Modern handicrafts

Loveramics

Loveramics

Redefining ceramics as more than just kitchenware, Hong Kong-founded Loveramics Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info designs fun and energetic goods that brighten up any table or countertop. Marvel at a dizzying collection of themed plates, colourful mugs, teapots, coffee makers and cooking tools, and feel free to coordinate or mix and match. You can’t go wrong with the classic collections, but the contemporary and quirky designs will certainly spruce up any kitchen.

Hong Kong Oapes

Hong Kong Oapes

A homegrown brand through and through, Hong Kong Oapes Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info takes inspiration from local culture and characteristics to deliver handcrafted jewellery that features motifs such as egg tarts, pineapple buns, Chinese lanterns and even the iconic Victoria Harbour. From gold-plated sterling silver to semi-precious stones, adorn yourself with one-of-a-kind accessories and memories of the city.

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