The best independent shops in Central
Looking for simple, functional pieces that will never go out of style? This Scandinavian emporium is the place to head to. In addition to its signature timepieces and footwear, the boutique also boasts a wide variety of affordable, locally designed accessories and leather goodies.
Limited edition sneakers and pretty much the coolest skateboards in town? Sign us up! 8Five2 has been kicking it since 1999, back when it was Hong Kong’s only authentic streetwear and skateboard shop. Today, it houses the best skate brands and maintains an avid passion for the city’s constantly evolving street culture. Along with shopping at the store, you can also sign up for events and news to keep up with the skateboarding scene.
Looking for a shop with top-notch design products from around the world? Make time to visit Archetypal. A world away from your typical design product store with its selection of alternative and contemporary furniture, lighting and home accessories, Archetypal can supply you with everything from established brands to new up-and-coming talents from across the global design community.
Believe in it! Just like its name suggests, B’In Select will stun you with its quality items from rare international brands such as Wewood and Amabro and hot local designers. Standing true to its belief that ‘design is essential for a fruitful life’, expect to find the most design savvy watches, jewellery, accessories, bags, stationery and home décor sourced from every corner of the world.
Head here to support a quietly rising local designer backpack label. Originally a humble boutique in Sham Shui Po, it has now expanded to having stores in Causeway Bay and Tuen Mun. Its collection of backpacks and luggages in countless colours and sizes is perfect for any outdoor adventures.
Tucked away on Hill Road in Shek Tong Tsui, Ethos is a lifestyle platform that places a strong emphasis on creativity, craftsmanship and minimalism. Forward-thinking and always evolving, its broad range of apparel, cuisine, publications, home products and events exemplify the values Ethos celebrates – namely, simplicity at its finest. With most products carefully handpicked from Denmark, Hong Kong and Taiwan, expect the finest aesthetic wares, such as Feed Me Diamond’s one-off hand-blown glass object by visual arts student Pag Kwong.
Unlike the many hustlers pushing suits on Nathan Road, it’s no scam when we say smart office wear of the best quality can be had at Hoax. The TST store offers a beautiful range of crafted leather, including the likes of Loake, Raudi and Sanders. On top of this, they also have a smart selection of backpacks and tees to go along with them. Hoax’s extensive range of shoes varies from slip-ons to boots, and with two other stores in Hong Kong, it’s no problem finding the perfect pair.
Home to some of today’s coolest Japanese and American streetwear, this shop is truly ‘incredible’. It’s been around for more than 10 years serving up great basic clothing and classic styles that can last a lifetime. Get your fill of clean crisp denim or leather lace-up boots and graphic tees at one of their three shops in town – each with their own unique charm and atmosphere.
Situated on trendy Star Street, this boutique-and-coffee shop features high ceilings inside and alfresco seats outside. They showcase design books, magazines and CDs. On the fashion front, expect assorted accessories and clothing from local and foreign brands.
See your Pinterest board come to life at this stylish handicraft store. A small shop committed to genuine goods, Klondike packs its shelves with curated artisanal collections that empowers a manifestation of personal style and individuality. From vintage furniture to antique books and typewriters, Klondike has got it all for your home decoration needs.
A hidden gem tucked away in the back corner of Star Street, Lala Curio is a unique and colourful lifestyle shop filled with beautiful objects, soft goods, lighting and home décor curated by Hong Kong-bred interior designer Laura Cheung. There’s no other store quite like this in Hong Kong offering an array of fascinating objects inspired by forgotten crafts from around China and Southeast Asia.
If cutesy, fresh and casual sounds up your alley, Little Silly Select Shop is the place to be. Importing clothing and accessories specifically from Japan and Korea, expect top quality brands like Frapbois, Ne-net, Tsumori Chisato, Franche Lippee and Candy Stripper to knock you off your feet. Be little! Be silly!
As the name implies, this shop is constantly stocked with the hottest new styles. It’s a menswear store offering a range of skate-inspired clothing, trendy hats and casual-yet-stylish sneakers. US brands like Belief, Rip N Dip and Mishka sit on the shelves alongside labels from more exotic locales such as South Africa. We love the place for its hipster vibe and laidback attitude.
Stay effortlessly cool with the denim pieces and simple, quality closet staples provided by Lucky Eight. Founded in 2008, this local label has slowly been taking its denim and street-style designs worldwide while sticking close to its Hong Kong roots. Many Chinese people believe the number eight symbolises luck and we definitely feel lucky this brand is homegrown and based in town.
There’s no need to feel frumpy during your pregnancy. Mayarya is here to keep you stylish as the chic maternity store is stocked up on trendy fashions for all stages of pregnancy. You can even transition and wear some of the style’s postnatal too. Also stocking a plethora of baby accessories and other goodies for soon-to-be mums, you’ll find everything you need for your little bun in the oven.
One-of-a-kind vintage clothing? Hell yes! Known for being Hong Kong’s first outlet of its kind, Midwest Vintage stands strong in its promise to provide only quality, original vintage clothing by carrying out careful and close inspection of all its wares. From leather jackets and denim shirts to patterned T-shirts, expect to find unique and individual pieces that’ll wow even the most fashion-savvy.
A one-stop-shop for all your fashion needs, Novelty Lane is a unique concept store offering an extensive array of alternative brands from all over Asia. Connecting independent boutiques and bringing them all together in one convenient location, this spot is truly a one-of-a-kind novelty. Along with its concept store in Wan Chai, you can also browse its entire range of items online.
We’re not sure if calling this spot a shop does it justice. A Hong Kong-based artist agency, gallery, café bar and shop are combined in one cute space at Odd One Out. Established with the belief that art should be owned and enjoyed, the shop sells an interesting selection of affordable art from limited run prints to handcrafted homewares you won’t find anywhere else in Hong Kong.
This hipster lifestyle store originally started out in Causeway Bay as more of a treasure hunting spot. But it has quickly evolved into a two-story concept space in Tai Po offering ‘farm-to-face’ skincare products as well as tableware and homeware. It is also an art space for residents artists and creatives. Thinking of switching to a more sustainable lifestyle? This is the perfect starting point.
Time to turn your swag on, fashion-forward shopaholics. This Yau Ma Tei boutique boasts a generous selection of edgy streetwear including globally renowned labels such as Stussy, Supreme and Undefeated, among others. Popcorn General Store – quite the sweet deal, huh?
Random yet full of surprises, Select 18 is one of Hong Kong’s best vintage dens, where you can sift through a range of olde tyme knick-knacks, furniture and jewellery. If you’re lucky, you may even come across some thrifty designer finds. With its carefully selected assortment of clothing and shoes, you never know what you might find here.
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.
A nifty acronym for the ‘world of amazing wonders’, this lifestyle concept store is also home to the first Elephant Grounds coffee shop, strategically placed among shelves full of cool items from gadgets and stationery to accessories for men and women. Grab yourself a cup of java while you sift through items for your home or a new pair of sunnies. If you’re seeking a present, this is the place for out-of-the-box gift ideas.
This isn’t your regular boutique. The only concept store by Parisian leather brand Zoobeetle features not only a plethora of genuine leather goods, fashionable ready-to-wears and cultural items but also a sophisticated wine bar for those who enjoy a glass or more (no judgement) of refined delicacy. We’ll raise a glass to that!