Malls in Hong Kong are blessings and curses. On one hand, it provides us the free AC and free toilets (if you know what I mean); on the other, it’s simply a replication of one another with the same international big brands. If you are totally bored of the typical shopping scene in Hong Kong and wondering if there are actually any shops or boutiques that are creative, unique, original, and worth checking out, here is the list.
Okay, you might have seen this one in some malls, but their concept flagship in Causeway Bay and the original branch in On Lan Street are totally different stories. Founded by the Hong Kong locals K.K. Yip and some of his friends in the 80s, the little boutique back then was considered to have changed the Hong Kong street fashion scene by bringing over unique brands and styles from all over Europe.
Visit their Causeway Bay flagship store to experience the first-ever fashion concept store in Hong Kong combined with art and music, and the On Lan Street branch in Central for brands that even celebrities would come and shop.
On Lan Street Branch
G/F,11-15 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong
Causeway Bay Concept Store Flagship
Shop 3, G/F, 2-4 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Polkadot fills the gap between high-end luxury designers and mass market clothing in Hong Kong. It is the place to spot the quality designer pieces at affordable price points, as well as the hottest fashion trends as the shop delivers a mix of indie labels from the states, as well as local designer brands including What The Frock.
2/F Hollywood House, 29 Hollywood Road, Central
Tiare is a multi-brand womenswear boutique tucked away in the heart of Soho, with US designer creations from both LA and NYC such as Velvet by Graham & Spencer and DL1961 bunk together. We especially love their dresses collection, which is effortlessly chic and elegant.
G/F, 60 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Andrew Kayla crafts sophisticated and unparalleled shoes that are made with refined Italian leather, which makes it so soft to touch and so comfy to wear. The brand offers three distinctive styles: Low-top, High-top, and Rider. To round-off the perfect shoe-hunting experience, you could even place a tailor-made order to curate your dream shoes with exact specifications.
Shop H311, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Just around the corner on Hollywood Road, co-founders Genevieve Chew and Jacqueline Chak present handpick items inspired by their travel journeys. Whether it’s the vintage pieces or items by emerging designer brands at international markets and bazaars, you would find a couple of unique pieces to add to your wardrobe.
67 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
If you are looking for a uniquely designed pair of shoes at a reasonable price, this lovely shop situated right on Tai Ping Shan Street is the place to come. From heels, flats, to sneakers, they have it all, each of them distinctively curated. The shop also boasts an eccentric selection of fashion accessories and lifestyle products.
G/F, 5 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan
Deemed as the first true vintage outlet in Hong Kong, Midwest Vintage is owned by genuine midwesterner, John Hollander, and has been around since 1993. Expect everything vintage American style. Hunt for the cowboy boots, old-school Levi’s, 80’s T-shirts, bomber jackets and more, all sourced directly from the USA.
Shop 58, Victoria Centre, 15 Watson Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
Head to this little shop in Sheung Wan and you would find all sorts of antiques including clothing, bags, glasses, toys, cameras, and even electronics appliances. It’s a treasure trove for antique collectors and you could even find some vintage Hong Kong gems buried in among the shelves here.
18 Bridges Street, Central
Founded by the prolific street-art crew Start from Zero, the store sells dark, post-industrial clothing, art and woodwork. It’s the perfect place for a leisurely stroll, especially that they would hosts different exhibitions on occasion. Pay a visit if you would want to understand more about the local street culture.
G/F, 18A-B Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan
There are two Kapok shops in Wan Chai: one for shoes and accessories, another one for creative lifestyle goodies. The one on Sun Street has a coffee shop, there’s usually a little outdoor table and one or two inside to take a break from all that shopping and enjoy a slice of cake. Cultural lovers take note: they all also run frequent exhibitions here.
G/F, 3 Sun Street, Wan Chai
5 St Francis Street, Wan Chai
Growth Ring & Supply
Growth Ring & Supply might be a little far away from the city, but it is worth going. The shop is filled with vintage American decors, and it sells various kinds of products including Northern European furniture, lifestyle books, and vintage clothing etc. Growth Ring also loves to collaborate with local artists and stylists and hosts pop up in store from time to time, such as pop-up hair cut and workshop.
5/F, The Garden, How Ming Factory Bldg, 99 How Ming St, Kwun Tong