Can you keep a secret? We've discovered 50 of the top hidden stores our retail mecca has to offer – and now we're sharing them with you. Ready your credit card – you're probably going to need it. By TOHK staff.
This former design studio turned retail space sells a range of eclectic products like shirts with a raging Rottweiler (how Givenchy), boat shoes, travel bags, vintage clothing and hand-painted accessories, and handmade leather bags done by the owners. The charming space offers up some seriously good gift giving ideas.
Flat A, 1/F Sun Ying Mansion, 43-49 King's Rd, Tin Hau, 6470 4230; facebook.com/1983gallery.
A Day with Poet
The shop has everything for the perfect gentleman with a creative flair, including some fine and dandy suits, classy accessories, sharp footwear and other smart additions to your dapper look. A lot of A Day with Poet's offerings are imported from Korea, but they also have their own label, specialising in tailored blazers.
Shop 335, 3/F, Rise Commercial Bldg, 5-11 Granville Court, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3580 0110; adaywithpoet.com.
Check out this cool workshop specialising in custom motorcycles, accessories and biker fashion. The shop is owned by the Barras Brothers, Ben and G, who have brought their passion for the freedom of the road to the streets of Hong Kong. The shop is in the middle of relocation at the moment, but check out their website for updated info.
19a, Sing Teck Factory Bldg, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, 6200 5535, angrylane.com
Bang Bang 70s
The owners of this vintage store, Parker and Michael, have travelled all over the world to find unique clothing, shoes and accessories that are rare or are no longer in production from the 60s to the 80s. Most of the pieces are from authentic luxury brands and each one has a story that the owners are more than happy to tell. And if you like cats, they have a litter of kittens chilling in the bathroom shower.
1/F, 16A Aberdeen St, SoHo, Central, 9045 8006.
b Be Bee
b Be Bee can only be described as a taste of the rainbow type shop. It is bursting with candy-coloured accessories including chokers, bracelets and bangles that you would expect to see a Harajuku girl rocking with an off-the-wall outfit. Lots of the unisex jewellery is transparent and has been the result of some European influences.
Shop 2, Ginza Basement Shopping Centre, Causeway Bay, 6938 1208; facebook.com/bbe.bee.5.
Bondi Books was established in Tokyo and specialises in carrying first and rare editions of photography, art and literature. They also sell books on topics such as old Japan, Hong Kong and China, and Beat Generation books from the post World War II American writers.
1302 Chai Wan Industrial City Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Rd, Chai Wan, 2897 0066; bondibooks.com.
Casa Capriz carries an awesome collection of vintage furniture pieces and also focuses on selling collector's items selected from the buyer's travels, including antiques from Europe and home accessories for a touch of classic style to your abode.
Unit 8D, Reality Tower, 4 Sun On St, Chai Wan, 9318 1730; casacapriz.com.
Chinese Timekeeper Boutique
Timeless Chinese designer watches
This store in Wan Chai's historic Stone Nullah Lane stocks designer watches that tell the time in style. With a strong Chinese design aesthetic and a proud tradition of Chinese craftsmanship, the interesting and classy timepieces have features such as Chinese numbers, inlaid jade, symbols of the Chinese zodiac as well as dragon and snake motifs.
82 Stone Nullah Ln, Wan Chai, 2893 2382; thechinesetimekeeper.com.
In a partitioned office space within Sing Win Industrial Building in Kwun Tong is Chi Sing, a small stall that sells personally picked jewellery items made with semi-precious stones. Bracelets, pendants and even handbags are available, but each item is unique and individual because the owner only buys one of each.
Rm 32A, 9/F Sing Win Ind Bldg. 15-17 Shing Yip St, Kwun Tong, 9672 6637.
This branded clothing store sells shirts, hats, shoes and other accessories with bold graphics and printed logos, with a wide range of brands that range from Comme des Garcons to Head Porter and Visvim. The style of the clothing is cool, irreverent and street with cheeky imagery like the sunglass-wearing apes and the Ghostbusters logo. For guys into loose-fitted garb, this is the place to be.
Shop 226-227, 2/F, Winning Commercial Bldg, 46-48 Hillwood Rd, Jordan, 2376 1176; conceptshop.com.hk.
Boutique art jamming
You have to walk right through to the back of a furniture store before you stumble upon this hidden gem. Owner Louisa runs the cool and colourful store, selling quirky, arty women's clothes and jewellery, as well as self-painted T-shirts and bags, all the while organising art jamming classes at the same shop! This double-up store is perfect for those who need to let some creativity flow. What's better than your own orginal self-made products?
1/F, 181 Wan Chai Rd, Wan Chai, 6700 8483; danisalab.com.
Rustic outdoor clothing
This outlet of the Delstore sells clothing and accessories from past seasons at a discount. The artistically arranged store sells outdoorsy brands such as Big John and Omnigod. The earthy colours and tribal-like patterns are echoed by the wooden displays and rustic decorations encouraging you to get back to nature. It's good to note that this store is closed on weekends.
Rm 06, 8/F, Jing Wahing Bldg, Sam Chuk St, Sun Po Kong, Diamond Hill, 2326 1503; delstore.co.
Homewares, fashion & books
Founded by style icon and actress Lillian Ho and creative director of Moiselle, Harris Chan, Dour Studio focuses on emerging design talent from across the world. From fashion and accessories to homewares, books and CDs, the studio is a one-stop shop for global modern cutting-edge design.
2/F, 4 Pak Sha Rd, Causeway Bay, 2811 3307; dourstudio.net.
Exotic Ethnic Zakka
Silk road purchases
This charming little shop holds merchandise selected from exotic locales like India, Nepal and Indonesia falling under the ethnic theme. Satisfy your inner flower child with their down-to-earth designs and if shopping takes its toll, they have a comfortable sofa and ambient lighting where you can sit and relax and let the good vibes seep in.
1/F, 182 Fa Yuen St, Prince Edward, 3520 2797.
Vintage home decor
The newest member of the ever-growing Haven Street community, Gasset Liberal is run by a trio of guys who work in interior design. In their super-hidden workshop and store, vintage and vintage-inspired home goods are the order of the day, from retro-style furniture to cool ceramic lamps and record players perfect for your boudoir.
29A Haven St, Causeway Bay, 2818 8565; gassetliberal.com.
Looking for everything bridal?
This mall is full of all things matrimonial. If you must spend all day wriggling into wedding dresses, stressing over wedding favours and finding invites that match your colour scheme, you may as well do it here. The prices are as good as you’ll get in Hong Kong, although avoid the shops that charge you to try on a dress. Who says you have to put up your mortgage to find the perfect dress?
Golden Plaza, 745-747 Nathan Rd, Prince Edward
Unusual global finds
This 'flea market' is run by a couple who love travelling, and bring back pieces whenever they go away, so there's an interesting and ever-changing selection of bags, clothing, shoes and accessories from many countries – and even some handmade goods from local designers. Opening times are at the owner's whim – check their Facebook.
Rm 1508, Goodhope Bldg, 5 Sai Yueng Choi St S, Mong Kok, 3446 7423; facebook.com/goodbyegoodbuy.
CD and vinyl paradise
This CD and vinyl mecca is refreshingly old-school and only sells things that spin and play music. Hidden among a cacophony of comic and figurine stores, the walls and door are welcomingly plastered with posters. We spotted Smashing Pumpkins, Mogwai, Eminem, Chemical Brothers, the Beatles, Primal Scream and more – a music lover's haven, indeed. You can throw on the CDs on the soundsystem inside too. Just like the good old days of adolescent zoning out.
Shop 123, In's Point, 538 Nathan Rd; Yau Ma Tei.
The grafters behind Grafter Workshop don't just produce vibrant, unique sporty streetwear. They also have a vision: to fill the gap in the market between expensive designer wear and mass-produced high street garb. Their menswear includes interesting funky patterns that are practical yet stylish, and their entire range is hand-finished to bring a bespoke feel to their products.
222 Waterloo Rd, Yau Ma Tei, grafterworkshop.com.
This creative little shop decorates potted plants with handmade scenes and accessories like miniature houses, signs and wooden animals, making adorable gifts for any occasion. The shop shares its creativity by offering DIY sessions where customers can make their own tiny gardens and leafy works of art. You can't help but feel the good, earthy, warm vibes of this shop.
2/F, Lockhart Rd, Causeway Bay, 2575 7738; greenspot.iyp.hk.
Handmade Teddy Bears
Name says it all
Sylvia Chow has been making teddies at this tiny store in Tin Hau for seven years, and she's good at it. You can see the love that goes into the creations – large and small bears, suitable as gifts for many different occasions, from births to graduations. Yes, little bear clothes are also available.
Shop 19, 1/F, Apple Mall, 14 King's Rd, Tin Hau, 9802 1061.
Walking into this funky shop almost feels like you're walking into Lady Gaga's wardrobe – quite possibly 'heaven' for fashion aficionados and those who dare to be a little different. From Gaga mouse ears to emerald cloche-style hats, to bubbly pink ponchos, many of the goods fall in the punk-metal-meets-antique-chic realm. They also sell their own label under the same name as the shop. Most of the items are either locally designed vintage or their own.
2B, Po Foo Bldg, 1 Foo Ming St, 2311 9533; facebook.com/heavenplease.com.
Looking for suits?
When you actually want to buy a suit or a watch, instead of being hassled in Tsim Sha Tsui, you should head to Mong Kok's Hollywood Plaza. This minimall is a one-stop shop to getting yourself suited – whatever your budget. They go from super tacky and cheap to finely tailored and fitted – your main dilemma is in sorting through the relentless options available.
Hollywood Plaza, 610 Nathan Rd, Mong Kok.
Hong Kong Treasure
Not your average vintage shop
There are dozens of stores selling vintage items, but there is nothing like Hong Kong Treasure. The store immediately distinguishes itself from a maze of old residential buildings with its opera house décor, but the genuine attraction is in its vintage items. Ranging from clothes, jewellery (check out the 20s brooches), antiques and even opera costumes, you'll need ample time to explore the treasures within.
82 Tak Ku Ling Rd, Kowloon City; 5198 5789.
Indian, American and European homewares
Rare home décor
You would never guess, amid this sombre Kwun Tong industrial building, there's a jubilant home furnishings store. The name says a lot – there are plenty of items from India, America and Europe here – but the owner has also sourced one-off pieces from around Southeast Asia as well, including silverware, clocks, vases, lamps and even a vintage stereo box. The eclectic store is a fun place to scour for some great decorative items.
Rm 23, 8/F, Sing Win Industrial Bldg, 15-17 Shing Yip St, Kwun Tong, 2522 8240.
In's Point Plaza
Looking for toys?
Bam! Zap! Kapow! If you like these noises, you may well enjoy a trip to In’s Point, which has two whole floors of toys and collectibles to play with. Weave around the throngs of serious toy-purveyors, some of whom look as though they haven’t left for days and you’ll see walls of figurines from comics and classic films, alongside more unusual items from Japan. It’s an awesome place to unleash your inner child cravings for toys and everything that poses as a fun distraction.
In’s Point Plaza, 530-544 Nathan Rd, Mong Kok
Kowloon indie homeware
The Leung brothers run this store with passion – they are passionate about design, about living in Kowloon and about local handmade products. Hence their Kowloon-based store, which sells cool and often individual pieces from designers in Hong Kong. The range focuses on household and lifestyle accessories, such as clocks, mugs and pens that are sure to bring some joy to your apartment.
Unit 7, 3/F, Fook Hong Industrial Bldg, 19 Sheung Yuet Rd, Kowloon Bay, 2756 8111; lab-collector.com.
La Belle Epoque
Adorable handmade crafts
Formerly in Tai Hang, this shop sells cutesy handmade decorations such as embroidered artwork and knitted toys. The products are fun, carefree and laid out in a sweet, charming environment. If you're looking for a unique gift to give, here is a place to find it.
Rm 05, 16/F, Corn Yan Centre, 3 Jupiter St, Fortress Hill, 6301 8893; facebook.com/la.belle.epoque.hk.
Love to Mart
Local designer workshop
Love to Mart is a super-cute 'workshop' where you can discover a treasure trove of handmade goods from different local designers each month. The selection ranges from custom-made jewellery, unusual watches, pendants and small leather goods. There are also vintage handbags, shoes and clothes handpicked by the married owners Minna Chow and Moe Chung.
Rm 1203, 12/F, Metropole Bldg, 57 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 5611 6305; facebook.com/love.to.mart.
The owner of this dainty little shop scours the city for fabrics, which she uses to make a huge range of items, from clothes to scarves, bags, pouches and even hairpieces. There's a variety of patterns on offer – pick your pattern and then go in search of the accessory of your choice!
Shop M29 & Shop 183A, Allied Plaza, 760 Nathan Rd, Prince Edward, 9677 1210.
In the 60s, this cheerful lifestyle store used to be a stool factory. Now it sells furniture, clothing, toys, books and other home accessories with an air of creativity. The store is an ideal place for unique pieces for kids and artistic adults alike, and sometimes offers arts and crafts as a fun diversion.
M/F, Yip Kan St, Wong Chuk Hang, 2553 9811; mirthhome.com.
The small details
Next time you're on Cheung Chau, slip into this small back street and find Nitti Gritti, the home of all things cute and pretty. The name means 'small details' and the store sells interesting homewares, gifts and accessories, including jewellery from Hong Kong designers.
Pick your times wisely: it's only open on weekends. 105 Sun Hing Back St, Cheung Chau, 3689 1242; facebook.com/nittigritti.cc.
Numb Workshop is a Hong Kong fashion label that carries industrial clothing, leather jackets, leather shoes and unique handmade leather accessories. They even have S&M-style chain-and-leather harnesses that can be made to fit. So if you are looking for a kinky good time or just cool leather goods in general, drop by.
Shop 290, Causeway Place, 7-10 Great George St, Causeway Bay, 2691 2303; facebook.com/numb.hongkong.
Off The Wall
A very cool street-style boutique, Off The Wall stocks quirky jewellery and accessories to go along with the bold, sometimes psychedelic prints of all the T-shirts, pants and dresses. Necklaces and rings with Barbie and Ken heads fixed to them and shoes with skulls for heels make this a spot not to be missed – even if it's just to take a gander.
4/F, 18 Pak Sha Rd, Causeway Bay, 2499 9839; offthewall.com.hk.
Modern home designs
This furniture store carries a wide selection of original home décor items – chairs, desks, sofas and the like – that are stylishly modern yet slightly vintage. The store also offers interior design consultations for homes and retail spaces and even landscaping for the lucky few who actually have land to scape.
Rm 1403, 14/F, Wah Yiu Industrial Centre, 30-32 Au Pui Wan St, Sha Tin, 2369 6008; outofstock.com.hk..
Inside a tiny apartment in Sham Shui Po, you will find the eponymous Paul's insane collection of records. It is a struggle to fit more than three people in the apartment at once, due to the sheer volume of records present, which range through the musical ages. Paul considers himself a preserver of vinyl culture and saves records from being dumped, selling them on for around $40 each. Open by appointment only.
Flat D, 5/F, Wai Hong Bldg, 239 Cheung Sha Wan Rd, Sham Shui Po, 9841 7136.
Head inside the plain white door of Reach to find a collection of menswear managed by sneaker-lover Kevin. After buying up to two pairs of shoes per week, 10 years ago he turned his passion into his job and opened a store selling American sneakers. He's now taken the US street clothing vibe further and stocks snapbacks, rucksacks and T-shirts as well. For the boys that need to add a bit of street savvy to their style.
3/F, 30 Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2771 7333.
Custom silver jewellery
Owner Calvin is a hip Macanese who makes customised silver jewellery. You can select from the readymade selection in-store or bring in your own ideas for designs and let Calvin turn it into a personal bit of bling in the workshop at the back of the store.
3/F, 30 Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2369 1808.
You get a nostalgic feel upon entering this treasure trove of forgotten knick knacks, full of vintage lamps, kooky clocks and figurines. It's like one big glorified garage sale. But hey, one man's trash is another man's treasure. The shop has an undeniable charm.
Simple Living, M/F, 252 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai, 3118 0687; email@example.com.
Skate City is all about skating. The store stocks regular and long boards, as well as skate shoes, accessories and protective gear, but the real reason to come is their range of Australian 'Penny' boards – you can even custom-make your own for that truly personalised skating touch.
Rm 1708, Good Hope Bldg, 5 Sai Yeung Choi St, Mong Kok, 2151 2666; sk8.hk.
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 one whole wall to good quality jeans, and others to shirts, shoes, magazines, incense, silver jewellery and leather accessories.
Come here for a great Asian take on American casual style. 1/F, 75 Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2375 5731; take5jeans.com.
Tucked away in the basement of Wan Chai's EEG building is a surprising gem of a find. Time Traveler carries over 5,000 LPs along with CDs and DVDs, priced at an affordable $60 to $100. It's a haven for anyone looking for hits from the 70s and 80s, or some jazz and classical LPs (in good condition!).
Shop B07, Emperor Group Centre, 288 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai; 2574 3773.
Chic unisex fashion
Channel the runway with the ultra-trendy gender-neutral clothing from this fashion boutique in Mong Kok. The sleek black jackets, uniquely cut pants and bold patterned T-shirts emanate a cool, stylish vibe with a daring edge, with many of the pieces designed by the shop owners themselves.
Shop 105, 1/F, 1 Sai Yeung Choi St, CTMA Centre, Mong Kok, 2384 8801; uppermansion.com.
After a zany Japanese pop culture fix? You're in luck. This colourful bookstore embraces playful Japanese subculture with cute accessories and toys stuffed among the shelves full of books, comics, DVDs, trinkets, clothes and stationery. It's more than just shopping – it's an onslaught of colour, sound and crazy Japanese culture.
B/F, Rialto Mansion, 183 King's Rd, Fortress Hill, 2728 0206; village-v.hk.
West Main Toys
Model airplane fanatics please stand up. West Main sells all things to do with model airplanes with a concentration on commercial aircrafts (including defunct icons like PanAm and TWA). They offer all sorts of model paraphernalia and even parts and gears for your existing collection.
Shop 250A, 2/F Pioneer Centre, 750 Nathan Rd, Prince Edward, 2399 0389; westmaintoys.com
Workware Heritage Clothing
Vintage clothing and antique props
A mixture of old and new, this store has a selection of vintage clothing and household items, antique props for home interiors, denim wear, military style clothing and accessories for both men and women. The accessories are very cool with badges, watches, hats and bags scattered among the distinct clothes.
2/F, 13 Lee Garden Rd, Causeway Bay, 9166 6501; workwareheritageclothing.com.
This gem sells an extensive mix of original innovative labels from around the world for both men and women. You'll find fashion and accessories galore and what's great is that you know whatever you pick is unique. Each piece is handpicked by the owners, giving the shop an individual charm.
2/F, 14 Yiu Wa St, Causeway Bay, 2893 9116; facebook.com/wowwalkonwater.
Yen Handmade Workshop
Located in Causeway Bay's Solo, the miniest of mini-malls, this tiny shop is full of interesting handmade knick-knacks and baked goodies. The products have a wonderful air of originality and it's obvious that they are made with love. Perfect for unique gifts, the merchandise includes stationery, accessories, skincare products, cakes and drinks. Eat, create, buy and have a merry time. Open by appointment only.
Rm 2137, Radio City, 505 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay, 6299 7199; blog.yahoo.com/yen_homebakery
Yet Lee Embroidery
Customised linens and things
Ever wondered where you can personalise towels and bathrobes, shirts and linens? Yet Lee is your answer. An old-school shop charging by the stitch, Yet Lee specialises in badges for events and corporate uniforms, but they also take single item requests as well.
1/F, Shop 163, Allied Plaza, 760 Nathan Rd, Prince Edward, 2397 8040.
Men and women's vintage
Even if you thought you knew everything about Sheung Wan, you may not have come across this gem. This shop/hair salon tucked away in the corner of the residential building houses everything vintage, from 60s couture hats, speakeasy jewellery to some old school Manolo Blahniks and even wigs. They also carry a few locally designed items too. The shop is open from 11am to 8pm on Tuesdays to Sundays.
Shop 1, G/F, Po Hing Court, 10-18 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, 2559 3001; raychanhair.com.