This summer, come on over to the shopping paradise that is Hong Kong! It’s time to kick back, relax and treat yourselves to some retail therapy. Whether you like traversing the malls or bargain hunting from the markets, there’s plenty to choose from in Asia’s world city.
The pioneer of the creative Sheung Wan neighbourhood, Squarestreet has been one of the most beloved Hong Kong boutiques since it opened in 2010. On its sixth birthday, the store reinvented itself, unveiling a beautiful new storefront that’s clean and bright, with one foot in minimalist modernity, much like the elegant Scandinavian designs that you will find inside. Be sure to take note of the boutique’s newest additions (hand-drawn maps and even an expresso bar) after stocking up on the brand’s famously gorgeous watches, funky gram shoes and curated jewellery selection.
Address : 15 Squarestreet, Sheung Wan
Website : www.squarestreet.se
A true homegrown Hong Kong talent, HACHill specialises in fashion-forward eyewear and sleek sunglasses that are perfect for the summer holidays. Since its launch in 2011, HACHill has developed a reputation for its funky accessories which focus on the most minute details, premium materials and playful designs that will make you stand out from the crowd. From bright blue rims to throwback cat eyes, vibrant patterns and mirrored lenses, there is a standout style for every type of traveller. The name HACHill itself is a nod to the word ‘sunglasses’ in Cantonese and its logo plays with the character for ‘shades’, but tipped sideways.
Locations : Shop 526, 5/F, Hysan Place and Causeway Bay
Tel : (+852) 3565 4917
Website : www.hachill.com.hk
A hidden gem tucked away in Tai Hang, Jrink specialises in gourmet loose-leaf teas of over 120 varieties to choose from. This teashop makes its own blends in-house and brews them in a dramatic Alpha Dominche Steampunk 4.1 system – so you know this place means business when it comes to tea. Jrink doubles as a cool café with a casual-chic atmosphere that also serves delectable sweet treats to pair with the fruit, herbal and infused tea blends. Even if you’re not a big fan of tea, it’s hard not to fall for the creative concept and quirky names such as ‘John Lemon’ and ‘Gojibear’.
Address : G/F, 21 Ormbsy Street, Tai Hang
Website : www.jrink.com.hk
Art takes many forms, and local designer Suki Tsui decided to make it more accessible than ever by digitally printing paintings and patterns on all kinds of accessories. The Dot, named after the first mark an artist makes, specialises in colourful, statement-making designs such as wallets, luggage, bags, pocket squares and scarves. You will find artwork that speaks to every style, from loud and bold to subtly chic, by designers such as Sjoerd Piepenbrink, Bethan Janine and Nicholas Darby.
Locations : Elgin Street, PMQ and K11 Mall (opening in July)
Tel : (+852) 2386 6061
Website : http://onthedot.hk/
Three Keys Craft Space
New-to-town Three Keys recently opened up in Chai Wan, one of Hong Kong’s burgeoning art and design districts. This retail cum craft space is aimed at the creative types, who can rent out a space to bring their fashion, furniture and accessory ideas to life. In addition to the workshop space, there is also a cool little café where you can sip fresh coffee, mingle with like-minded artists and brainstorm new ideas. There is even something for travelers who are passing through town – stop by and take a peek at what the artists are up to, while ordering a few custom-made products such as handmade wooden coasters, decorative wall art, artsy lamps and leather goods.
Address : 906, Paramount Building, 12 Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan
Tel : (+852) 2682 8102
Website : www.threekeyshk.com