In cities like Seoul or Japan, we always come across amazing off-the beaten path boutique shops and finds. Not to be outshone, Hong Kong is also home to quite a few boutiques that are fuelled by their founders’ love for fashion and lifestyle. Here are our picks.
Kwun Tong is a goldmine of independent stores, and HOW is one of the biggest. The concept store is home to imported Japanese furniture and local handmade homeware, a hair salon by LIM, a cafe, as well as an office for the in-house design firm.
3/F, Flat AB, 99 How Ming Street, How Ming Factory Building, Kwun Tong, 2805-1708.
Inspired by the French aesthetics, Parc is the place to visit for a handpicked selection of antique furniture from the 1900s, wedding dresses and other lifestyle products imported from or inspired by the country of romance. Also don’t miss the photo op at the in-store cafe serving classic French desserts.
Unit B2, 10/F, 60 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, 5544-0534.
What started out as a small select store has now turned into a mecca for design fans and urbanites looking for a break in the busy streets of Mong Kok. This hidden boutique houses a handpicked edit of apparel and lifestyle products from all over the globe, each chosen to showcase a minimal but beautiful lifestyle. Be sure to pop into the cafe downstairs for a cuppa made with love.
3-4/F, 42-44 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, 2426-6789.
Discover emerging fashion designers from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Greece with a contemporary, minimal and monochrome flair. Find leather kicks from Placebo, menswear from Immense, womenswear from Tran and more.
Flat B, 1/F, 21 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2300-1984.
Founded by a young local, Wai Chi Street Playground is a store that stocks all kinds of retro local homeware. Find cha chaan teng milk tea cups, red rooster bowls and the like, mixed with modern kickstarter design products. Nearby is Quite Quiet, a new space for chilling, cookies and books.
Shop 19-20, G/F, Fook Tin Building, Wai Chi St, Shek Kip Mei, 9806-1476.
Hidden in Sham Shui Po is this book store that stocks independent magazines, art publications and coffee table books. Enjoy reads from Asia and beyond, some published by the Book B team itself, or align your schedule with one of the many book launch events and talks held there.
G/F, 198 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, 2865-6880.
This store is worth a visit, if only to marvel at the array of Japanese bikes on display. You’ll find everything from water bottles and magazines to bells and grips, all beautifully designed items that will inspire you to ride a bike around town, with dogs and baguettes in tow. This is also the headquarters for Bike The Moment, a community that promotes cycling in Hong Kong.
Unit B11, 11/F, Mai Hing Industrial Building, Block B, 16-18 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, 6192-9928.