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As with many things in Hong Kong, the city’s reputation as a global shopping mecca lies more in numbers than in personality. Flocks of Mainland Chinese and other foreigners fly to the city (suitcases in tow) for the massive luxury stores now lining the streets of Central, Causeway Bay, and Tsim Sha Tsui.
Hong Kong may have an overabundance of luxury items, but it lacks the quirky, curated boutique culture of Paris, New York, or Tokyo. Still, it’s catching up. If you know where to look, Hong Kong does offer more than megamalls.
For small-scale, unique stores, head to the newly minted PoHo (the slope sandwiched between Po Hing Fong Street and Hollywood Road):
At EDIT on Hollywood Road, you’ll find a mix of unexpected international names (TIBI, Ellery, Antipodium) alongside Callixto’s wide selection of hand-picked, funky international jewelry — evil eye bracelets from Greece, raw gems from Thailand, and Peruvian pendants.
Konzepp, as the name suggests, is Hong Kong’s hippest concept store. The angular yellow doorway is hard to miss, and inside there’s a trendy selection of sunglasses, homewares, T-shirts from Hong Kong favorite menswear brand, Moustache, and other bits and bobs.
Loveramics sells elegant ceramic lines, including Hong Kong design firm CoDesign’s new I’MPERFECT project, which rescues ‘flawed’ products and celebrates the flaws.
Chum5 traffics in carefully curated, colorful footwear for men and women, across a wide price range.
Select 18 is our favorite vintage store. The tiny shop feels like a magical closet — peek inside and you’ll find everything from earrings to sunglasses to vintage Victrolas to cameras to shoes to fluffy ottomans, all at reasonable prices. Never fussy, always interesting.
Satisfied? Celebrate with a Roselle iced tea at local tea shop, Teakha.
Considering that shopping is jokingly referred to as a national pastime, you'll find good shopping in most of the central hubs in the city — some districts have shopping malls on practically every street.
Central is home to several upscale malls, including IFC, Prince's Building and The Landmar — which includes Landmark Men on the basement level, where you'll find everything from male-specific spas and barbershops to pop-up whiskey shops. In Admiralty, the next district over, you'll find more luxury shopping at Pacific Place and the newly-opened fashion mecca LAB Concept.
If malls aren't your thing, visit nearby Sheung Wan and browse through cute little boutiques on Gough Street, Tai Ping Shan Street or Po Hing Fong, including unique brands like Austrailan fashion brand Sambag, local hand-made accessories shop Squarestreet and lifestyle design store Konzepp. Plenty of little cafes and eateries are dotted around, as well, such as tea specialist Teakha, Cafe Deadend, Kisses Cupcakes and a noodle shop that sells (arguably) the best beef brisket noodles in town.
There aren’t many places in HK that don’t offer some kind of shopping opportunity.
For an unrivaled concentration of luxury brands, head to Tsim Sha Tsui, where you’ll find the massive Harbour City complex which is home to some 700 shops selling everything from Leica lenses to Ladurée macarons. Also in TST you’ll find the 1881 Heritage House, a renovated colonial building that houses a hotel, jewelry stores and Shanghai Tang’s flagship store. If Vuitton is not what you’re after, venture further into Kowloon along Nathan Road for a high-low mix of both familiar brands and bargain knock-offs.
For a slightly more subdued experience that’s no less luxurious, try the Prince’s Building or The Landmark, both in Central. From there, wander over to Gough, Aberdeen, and Elgin streets for a hip collection of smaller boutiques selling designer housewares, clothing and accessories.
For the best of both worlds, head to Causeway Bay for a mix of indie boutiques, local brands, department stores and malls, including Times Square and the new Hysan Place.