With a complete lack of sales tax – except on alcohol and tobacco – Hong Kong has long been famous as a shopping destination. We’ve got both great malls and fantastic street markets that are well worth shoppers’ time. But that’s not all. There’s a fantastic range of small, independent shops that are perennially interesting to browse and which fly under the radar. They deserve not to be missed and that’s why we’re featuring them here. And if all this shopping makes you hungry, remember to check out our guide to Hong Kong’s best restaurants.
Best Hong Kong shops
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take 5 is a Japanese menswear store selling denim and leather accessories, with a decidedly Americana feel. Decked out stylishly, with laidback and friendly staff, the shop dedicates an entire wall to high quality Japanese denim – expect to see the likes of Momotaro, Samurai, Warehouse and PBJ – and other walls to shirts, shoes, magazines, incense, silver jewellery and leather accessories. Come here for a great Japanese take on American casual style.
Tucked away in a residential building on busy Cheung Sha Wan Road is the whopping treasure trove that is Ah Paul's record collection. In a small, cozy space, Paul has stacked to the roof boxes upon boxes of records from vinyl's heyday in the 70s and 80s, spanning all genres for the discerning ear.
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.
Founded by Yeung So and his sister Elan in 2002, Zoo has cornered the market on alternative music from northern Europe. Most of the songs are imported from Finland, Iceland, and Norway, owing to Yeung’s prior career spent as a record producer with artists from those countries. You’ll also find plenty of tickets for live shows on sale here.