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Hong Kong’s best secret shops

Can you keep a secret? We’ve compiled a list of some of the top hidden stores our retail mecca has to offer – and now we're sharing them with you

By Rachel Wu and Cara Hung

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

Delstore Archival

Shopping Wan Chai

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.

Full House Denim & Workshop

Shopping Mong Kok

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.


Houses Shop

Shopping Tsim Sha Tsui

Spruce up British style with a collection of classy imported classic clothing, leather shoes and accessories here in Houses. Don’t forget to stock up on quality grooming products, also from the UK, while you’re there.


Shopping Tsim Sha Tsui

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 Jeans

Shopping Tsim Sha Tsui

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

Lab Collector

Shopping Tsim Sha Tsui

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.


Shopping Aberdeen

Back in the 60s, this cheerful homeware store used to be a stool factory. Now it sells furniture, clothing, toys, books and other home accessories that come with an air of creativity. The store is a great place to hunt for unique pieces for kids and artistic adults alike.


Outofstock Furniture

Shopping Fo Tan

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

28 Garden

Shopping Tsim Sha Tsui

A cheap and cheerful knick-knack store option with a wide range of vintage homeware and decorations including cutlery, potted plants and stationaries. As the name hints, most products in the store are affordably priced at $28. It’s time to schedule a guilt-free shopping day.

Angry Lane

Shopping Aberdeen

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.


Be Tabula Rasa

Shopping Florists Mong Kok

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.

How Dept

Shopping Kwun Tong

A hidden hipster gem in an old industrial building in Kung Tong, How Dept combines is both a Japanese lifestyle store and restaurant. Adorned with cosy, modern wooden décor, scout for simplistic furniture, homeware, clothing and artisan accessories.


Midway Shop

Shopping Sham Shui Po

Hooked up with the Travel Frog? You might want to start collecting real souvenirs from Japan before the fad disappears. Founded by two travel-passionate young designers, Midway features imported goods like eating tools and ornaments inspired by their journey to Japan.

Nitti Gritti

Shopping Cheung Chau

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.


Siugreat Stationary

Shopping Sham Shui Po

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.

Teddy Village

Shopping Tin Hau

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.

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