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Hong Kong's best independent shops

We've got your ultimate guide to the good, the quirky and the downright best independent shops in Hong Kong.

With no sales tax, no VAT and malls attached to yet more malls, Hong Kong is rightly famous as one of the world’s great shopping destinations. Although we appreciate the air conditioned bliss of a well-ventilated shopping centre during the warmer months, it can be boring to see the same parade of brands in one mall after another. If you’re feeling the need for something different, Kaila Imada presents your ultimate guide to the good, the quirky and the downright best independent shops in Hong Kong.

The 9th Muse

Authenticity is the light that guides The 9th Muse in its selections and creations. The store believes that there’s something for everyone among their wide variety of affordable jewellery and accessories, unique homewares and carefully sourced vintage goods. Swap those Tiffanys and Pandoras for a different muse!

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Central

A Boutique

If you’re aiming to give your look more edge, don’t miss A Boutique. Founded in 2011, A Boutique is committed to showcasing emerging labels and timeless designs for Hong Kong shoppers. Pick from a great variety of eye-catching brands such as Sigerson Morrison, Uribe and House of Holland.

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Central

Bang Bang 70s

If you’re not cool with the 2010s and you reckon you were born in the wrong era, you might want to make your way over to this funky vintage store on Aberdeen Street. There you can discover groovy clothing and memorabilia that will make you nostalgic for the days when disco was king. Forget about time machines and head to Bang Bang 70s instead.

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Central

Caelum Greene

Say no more. We’re obsessed with pretty much everything at Caelum Greene – Hong Kong’s very first dedicated athleisure store paving the way for quality, comfortable athletic wear and lifestyle products in our city. We appreciate its attitude towards the environment and the ecoconscious mindset that prioritises both sustainability and style.

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Sheung Wan

DK Aromatherapy

Fresh off their 20th anniversary celebrations, this aromatherapy brand has expanded throughout the city during the last two decades. DK sells more than 100 essential oils that relieve numerous ailments. Balance your psychological and physical well-being with a few of the store’s finely crafted scents. We also love the workshops on offer and the advice provided to help settle the likes of newborn babies and pets.

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Central

Edit

Stroll along vibrant Hollywood Road to find chic shop Edit. Co-founders Genevieve Chew and Jacqueline Chak take inspiration from their travels and handpick items – whether vintage pieces or items by emerging designer brands – at international markets and bazaars. They’ve even designed their own capsule collection that’s showcased at Edit.

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Central

Obellery

Channel your inner metalsmith at this contemporary jewellery studio located in the heart of Soho. If a hands-on experience isn’t your thing, you can also browse and purchase plenty of elegant, distinctive jewellery pieces designed and crafted by experienced indie artisans.

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Central

Polkadot Boutique

Be prepared to fill your wardrobe with Polkadot Boutique’s trendsetting collections. This boutique offers stylish and affordable apparel and accessories from local designers as well as international brands. Patrons are guaranteed to find the hottest fashion trends at affordable prices.

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Central

The Refinery

Located inside artistic hub PMQ, this shop offers a collection of trendy clothes, accessories and lifestyle brands from every corner of the globe. As the name implies, The Refi nery offers some of the most refi ned items in town, including some of the wackiest phone cases and jewellery we’ve seen. Fancy giant banana earrings or a cartoonised version yourself? You won’t be able to keep your eyes off the quirky designs embedded in their goods.

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Central

8Five2

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 going 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 in with the skateboarding scene.

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Causeway Bay

Archetypal Concept Store

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.

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Wan Chai

B'In Select

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 fora fruitful life’, expect to fi nd the most design savvy watches, jewellery, accessories, bags, stationery and home décor sourced from every corner of the world.

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Causeway Bay

Bubies Lingerie Ltd

What lies underneath matters and Bubies has got you covered in all the right places. From bras to corsetry, Bubies Lingerie offers some of the sexiest undergarments in town. With fl attering styles for all shapes and figures, no matter what your body type, you’ll find a perfect fit. Time to brighten up your lingerie collection!

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Causeway Bay

Eclectic Cool

Stressed about piecing together your ideal home or office? Eclectic Cool hears you. Standing strong in its love and passion for great design, service and advice, Eclectic Cool is there for you every step of the way when it comes to finding the perfect pieces for your new house or work space. With a wide selection of storage pieces, homeware, furniture and lighting from renowned design brands like Lee Broom and Zipporah, you’re in safe hands here.

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Wan Chai

Kapok

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.

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Wan Chai

Lala Curio

A hidden gem tucked away in the back corner of Star Street, Lala Curio is a unique and colourful lifestyle shop fi lled 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.

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Wan Chai

Midwest Vintage

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 button-up T-shirts, expect to find unique and individual pieces that’ll wow even the most fashion-savvy.

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Causeway Bay

Novelty Lane

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.

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Wan Chai

Odd One Out

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 fi nd anywhere else in Hong Kong.

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Wan Chai

15squarestreet

Looking for simple, functional pieces that will never go out of style? This Scandinavian emporium is the place to head. In addition to its signature timepieces and footwear, the boutique also boasts a wide variety of affordable, locally designed accessories and leather goodies.

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Sheung Wan

Chateau Zoobeetle

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!

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Sheung Wan

Ethos Concept Shop & Café

Tucked away on Hill Road in Kennedy Town, 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.

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Wan Chai

Klondike

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.

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Sheung Wan

Lovers & Friends

Home to an exciting range of fashion essentials for the modern globetrotter, this cute shop is the perfect stop for everyday items you’ll definitely need and use. From Havaiana flip flops to Superga sneakers, this store puts the pep in your step. Also offering fun lifestyle brands including kitschy swimwear from Made in Paradise to Happy Plugs ear buds, it’s a great place to find a gift for that special someone.

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Central

Select 18

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.

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Sheung Wan

Über Tunique

A chic concept store specialising in jewellery and affordable luxury, this Parisian-inspired boutique goes in-depth to offer a wide range of chic goods from necklaces, earrings and bracelets from French, Korean, American and other global brands. The store is a fun one to browse through with its amazing array of understated jewellery and home décor for those looking to spruce up their digs.

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Central

Woaw Store

A nifty acronym for the ‘world of amazing wonders’, this lifestyle concept store is also home to the fi rst 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.

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Central

22 Degrees North

One of the coolest concept stores in town, this place promotes high quality items, from beautiful watches to cute rings from young Hong Kong-born artists and designers. The ground floor is stuffed with brands from local designers including Pickers, Made in Eden and Giants Tie Dye. We also appreciate 22 for its workshops and the various art and cultural events it holds in its multi-use space up on the second floor.

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Sham Shui Po

The Dot

Think art is only meant to be hanged on walls and admired? You might want to check out this boutique that transforms artwork into a series of creative, vibrant and bold-yet-wearable fashion items. Ready, set, go add a pop of colour (and a hint of quirk and fun) to your wardrobe.

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Tsim Sha Tsui

Growth Ring & Supply Co

Authenticity is key here. A connoisseur of all things historic, this urbaninspired lifestyle store showcases an impressive trove of rustic furniture and lifestyle items collected from various decades. Vintage-inspired clothing made in collaboration with local designers can also be found.

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Kwun Tong

Hoax

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.

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Tsim Sha Tsui

Incredible & The Real McCoy's

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.

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Jordan

Kado Select

Can we move into this space? This chic-yetsimple shop in the heart of Mong Kok is an accessories and clothing store which also doubles as a casual living area for those who want to chat or have a drink. Sip on Taiwanese teas or a craft beer while you browse through cute trinkets from knit cacti to well-tailored tees. Check in regularly as the shop also hosts DIY workshops ranging from leather crafting to making your very own brass rings adorned with natural stones.

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Mong Kok

Little Silly Select Shop

If cutesy, fresh and casual sounds is 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!

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Tsim Sha Tsui

Loading Store

As the name implies, this shop is constantlystocked 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.

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Tsim Sha Tsui

Lucky Eight

Stay effortlessly cool with the denim fashions and simple, quality closet staples provided by Lucky Eight. Founded in 2008, this local label has slowly been taking its denim and streetstyle designs worldwide while sticking close to 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.

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Mong Kok

Mayarya

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.

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Tsim Sha Tsui

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