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Hong Kong’s best stationery stores

There’s no reason why the fun factor of your pens have to stay stationary too

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Sure, we might do most of our writing on laptops and smartphones these days but you can always do with more stationery in your life. Want something more than your usual mass-produced biros and bland notebooks? From famous chain stores to small independent shops, we’ve hunted down the best stationery shops in Hong Kong – so you don’t have to be stuck with Muji as your only option. By Alice Huang

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Hong Kong’s best stationery stores

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The largest one-stop-shop in Hong Kong for all your stationery and literary needs, Taiwanese chain Eslite offers Hongkongers a huge selection of novels and non-fiction in both English and Chinese. They have a dedicated area just for stationery where you can pick up all the usual suspects: Moleskine, Filofax, and Midori, just to name a few. There are usually pretty great seasonal deals and discounts too, so don’t miss out.

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If Korean-style stationery is more your jam, set your destination towards Cool Point in Mira Place. Stocking hugely popular brands like Flying Whales, Knock Your Life, and Artbox – the go-to names for all the cool kids – the shop itself is decorated like a real-life greeting card furnished with cute prints and thematic decor. It’s a cool point – pun intended – to go get your pick of hipster notebooks, sassy stickers, and travel accessories.

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For connoisseurs, Journalize has a curated selection of elegant notebooks and all manner of calligraphy supplies. You’ll find cool collections and vintage stationery like fountain pens, wacky pencil cases, sticky notes, and rare, cult brands that are hard to find elsewhere in Hong Kong. All items are hand-selected too, adding a real sense of personality to the shopping experience.

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Decorated in pastel pink and blue, Kikki K offers an assortment of cutesy gifts, stationery, and diaries in minimal-but-functional Nordic designs. Kikki K boutiques don’t arrange products in the usual way based on function but rather match them according to aesthetics and Swedish sensibilities. Don’t miss their festive collections come the holiday season.

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Looking for stationery that’s a little more unique and less mainstream? Gift Idea is the place to go and rummage. This Mong Kok store carries a wide variety of imported brands, especially Japanese and European ones, and a dizzying collection of pens. If you like decorating your journal with washi tape, the 19 brands that Gift Idea offers should more than meet your needs. For calligraphy enthusiasts, they’re not short of choices either – German brands like Lamy and Kaweco, Japan’s Platinum and Pilot, and the French brand J Herbin are all available in this dinky shop.

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Silver Stationery Shop is known for its local and nostalgic vibe. Here, you can discover stationery that you thought had lost to the sands of time – pens, pencils, ink, and erasers from various brands that will transport you back to your childhood. Some of the older items in the store are for display only, but the trip down memory lane is still definitely worth it. Silver Stationery also occasionally holds special exhibitions of rare collections, so be sure to check its Facebook page regularly if you’re interested!

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If you’re looking to fuel up while you tool up, Toolss sells a fantastically quirky selection of stationery and magazines, and also doubles as a coffee shop too. Boasting simple wooden furniture, savour a cuppa and take your time browsing through the designer-brand stationery, books, and CDs. With any purchase above $50, you’re invited to take advantage of the colourful pens and tapes to write a handwritten letter. Throw the finished product into the mailbox outside the store and the owner will help you send it!

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