Six spots we love in... Chai Wan

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1 Bondi Books

This small space housing first editions of photography, art and literature takes after the long-established Tokyo flagship store. Owner Josh Carey takes a special interest in Japanese photography but there are also a number of rare poetry finds and gems from the Beat generation. Viewings are usually by appointment only, but if Josh happens to be in, just give a little tap on the door and he’ll happily let you go in and have a look around. 
Unit 2, 13/F, Chai Wan Industrial City, Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Rd, 2897 0066; bondibooks.com

2 Chaiwanese
Popular with the cool Chai Wan creative crowd, this warehouse coffee shop and eatery serves up the café staples of sandwiches, soups, salads and pastas, to be enjoyed in the open, airy space overlooking the water. It’s the only food and beverage outlet of its kind in the area but that’s not the main reason we keep coming here. Customers usually sing their praises for the coffee but it’s the refreshing ice lemon tea that’s light on the sweetness that has us sighing in satisfaction. Unit 1307, 13/F, Chai Wan Industrial City, Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Rd, 6111 4583; chaiwanese.com
 
3 X Game
X Game is what you get when you convert two warehouse units into a large space and fill it with accessories, apparel and equipment for surfers, skaters, skiers, snowboarders, wakeboarders and kitesurfers. The shop holds true to its name for supplying all the equipment people need for extreme sports. X Game has locations in Causeway Bay and Mong Kok, but you can’t beat the headquarters here, where they even have their own in-store half-pipe for customers to get extreme on. Unit 1201-02, 12/F, Chai Wan Industrial City, Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Rd, 2366 9293; xgamehk.com
 
4 Silly Thing + Undercover
It may be called Silly Thing but there’s no funny business here at this very select boutique. With an interior that’s as sleek and understated as its offerings, Silly Thing offers cleanly designed, hip clothing as well as a wide range of accessories, shoes, sunglasses and leather goods. Wander a few doors down to find their sister store, which stocks only clothing and footwear from Japanese label, Undercover. Unit 8, G/F, Block B, Ming Pao Industrial Centre, 18 Ka Yip St, 2898 2199; think-silly.com
 
5 Asia One Photo Book Center
Asia One prides itself on its impressively comprehensive collection of photo books, from the masters to the contemporary names, from the imagery of Asia to erotica. It’s the only Asian distributor of the German publisher Steidl and also offers a selection of in-house publications of local photographers. While you’re there, take the lift up to the 13th floor and see the exhibitions at the Vertical Gallery. Using the wall space along a stairwell makes for an ordered and visually stunning art-viewing experience. G/F, Asia One Tower, 8 Fung Yip St, 2976 0913; aophotobook.com
 
6 Casa Capriz
Casa Capriz boasts a veritable treasure trove of vintage furniture and art sourced mainly from Europe. Almost everything here is a one-of-a-kind item. Having started out simply by collecting vintage furniture pieces out of personal love, owner Irene Capriz hopes to share with her clients the excitement of finding a piece that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Viewings, where you can be guided through the showroom and hear the history of each piece, are by appointment only. 8D Reality Tower, 4 Sun On St, Chai Wan, 9318 1730; casacapriz.com

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