Recently passed someone on the street wearing the same shirt as you? It’s a common issue these days, thanks to big chains swamping the world with insanely low-priced items. Looking to ensure that never happens again? You’ve just hit up the right place. We’ve got the low-down on an extensive list of word-of-mouth recommendations and Insta-famous shops that are all tucked away somewhere up in a building or hidden around a quiet corner. Ready your credit card – you’re probably going to need it.
You might also want to check out the best independent shops and art spaces if you support the growth of a diverse creative community affording room for anyone with a voice to express their ideas in our wonderfully cramped, bustling city.
Fashion | Hong Kong’s best secret shops
This artistically arranged discount store sells outdoorsy brands such as Big John and Omnigod. The earthy colours and tribal-esque patterns are echoed in the wooden displays and rustic decorations encouraging you to get back to nature. Remember, though, that this store is closed on weekends.
Still struggling to fit into your tight old jeans? Breathe a sigh of relief and head over to Full House Denim for bespoke jeans that’ll fit impeccably. Using imported fabric, their denim products are all proudly made in Hong Kong with guaranteed quality. They also provide customised processing and repair service for any beloved jeans you already own.
Originally from Paris, the founder of Chic Label, Heloise, not only brought with her a world of super-luxe designer brands for women but the eco-friendly (and bargainous) concept of second-hand wear. Visit and you’ll be a step closer to your dream of Parisian chic thanks to the affordable Chanel and Saint Laurent items.Stop by the showroom in Central for a personal fitting or pay extra bucks and arrange a home fitting at your convenience.
Head inside the plain white door of Reach to find a collection of menswear managed by its sneaker-loving owner, Kevin. After buying multiple pairs of shoes each week, 10 years ago he turned his passion into his job and opened a store selling US sneakers. He’s now taken the American street clothing vibe further and stocks snapbacks, rucksacks and T-shirts as well. For the boys that need to add a bit of street savvy to their style.
Take5 is a Japanese menswear store selling raw denim and leather accessories, with a decidedly Americana feel. Stylishly decked out and populated with laidback and friendly staff, the shop dedicates one whole wall to high quality jeans and others to shirts, shoes, leather jackets, magazines and various other male accessories. Come here for that great Japanese take on American casual style.
Homeware | Hong Kong’s best secret shops
The Leung brothers run this store with overwhelming passion – they’re passionate about design, about living in Kowloon and about local handmade products. Hence their TST store, which sells cool and often individual pieces from designers in Hong Kong. The range focuses on household and lifestyle accessories such as clocks, mugs and pens that are sure to bring some joy to your apartment.
This furniture store carries a wide selection of original home décor items – chairs, desks, sofas and the like – that are stylishly modern yet with a slight vintage edge. The store also offers interior design consultations for homes and retail spaces and even landscaping for the lucky few who actually have land to scape.
Miscellaneous | Hong Kong’s best secret shops
A cool workshop specialising in custom motorcycles, accessories and general biker fashion. The shop is owned by the Barras Brothers, Ben and G, who have brought their passion for the freedom of the road to the streets of the Southside. The shop is in the middle of a relocation at the moment but check out their website for updated info when it becomes available.
Love and beauty fade like a delicate flower. Fortunately, dried flowers last long and that’s why they’ve become so darn popular as gifts for weddings, birthdays or graduations. Be Tabula Rasa will have you covered with numerous mix and match ideas and a variety of colourful dried flowers and potpourri. Attend the florist’s DIY workshops to learn how to create your own floral ornaments like flower crowns and rings.
The next time you’re on Cheung Chau, nip down the small alley that is Sun Hing Back Street and discover Nitti Gritti, the home of all things cute and pretty. The store sells interesting homewares, gifts and accessories, including jewellery from Hong Kong designers. Plan your visit wisely: it’s only open on weekends.
The made-in-Japan tag speaks for itself: this is a real deal. While all the usual options are available, Siugreat is also home to an array of lesser-seen Japanese fountain pens and more than a 100 types of ink imported from Japan and Europe. Rare colours include rikyucha, a greenish brown, and yama-budo, a pinkish purple.
Hilda Ng has been making teddies at this tiny store in Tin Hau for more than seven years, and she’s good at it. You can see the love that goes into her creations – bears large and small, suitable as gifts for many different occasions, from births to graduations. And yes, little bear clothes are also available.