Goods of Desire
9 Sharp St. E, Causeway Bay
Abbreviated to G.O.D., Goods of Desire began as a small retail space in Ap Lei Chau in 1996. Since then it's grown into a larger Hong Kong lifestyle brand with multiple locations. They sell women's, men's, and kid's clothing but we go for their fun home accessories.
16 Tsing Fung St., Causeway Bay
This minimalist boutique hotel, with its elevated, Scandinavian vibe, was created by Hong Kong interior team, Design Systems. Outfitted from stem to stern in grey monochrome marble, concrete, and natural timber, it’s got an immaculately clean, refined appearance throughout, making it the sort of place you'll be pretty happy to call home: The bathrooms, decked with oxidized brass fixtures, are stocked with luxury products; the lighting is perfectly ambient at all times; and it’s well-located, too, with the MTR, Causeway Bay, Victoria Park, and Tai Hang all close-by. In fact, it’s so well-integrated into a happening (but not-too-happening) part of town that, along with its inviting yet no-frills atmosphere, it is the perfect place to stay for an authentic experience of the city without skimping on luxury.
1-9 Lin Fa Kung St. W., Causeway Bay
When you've maxed out on dim sum and just want a simple café where you can tuck into the paper, and maybe a bagel and lox or some avocado toast, Classified is a nice choice. So welcome, in fact, that there are something like nine outposts scattered across the region. They do a reliably great English and Irish breakfast and the coffee is better than what you'll find in most joints. Other locations include Happy Valley, Stanley, Wan Chai, Repulse Bay, Sheung Wan, and Central.
1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay
"Lane Crawford is a beautifully decorated, incredibly well-selected specialty store. It’s the only place in HK where you’ll find varied brands like Acne, Elizabeth and James, Moncler, Vanessa Bruno, etc. It was definitely my favorite find at the IFC with its beautiful displays of contemporary art and huge and equally well-edited homeware department. There are also outposts in Tsim Sha Tsui, IFC, and Pacific Place." —GP
2-4 Kingston St., Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay
While there are many of these streetwear-inspired shops scattered across Hong Kong Island (Causeway Bay) and Kowloon (multiples in Tsim Sha Tsui), we like the multi-story outpost in Central best: There you’ll find an ever-so-slightly more out-there edit than you’ll ever see in the states, all carefully selected from labels like Stella McCartney, Preen, and Anne-Sofie Beck. (There’s a lot for guys, too.)
19 Yun Ping Rd. & Style House, The Park Lane, Causeway Bay
This quickly-growing string of shops are like mini-department stores for modern home goods, and as such, they’ve pretty much cornered the market on every big name in design, from Hay to Seletti to Tom Dixon to Artecnica. The spaces are moody and industrial (one of the outposts is actually housed in a string of shipping containers), which makes the experience all the more fun to browse. There are also outposts in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Stanley.
Cocktail Select Shop
Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Ave., Causeway Bay
While its name might evoke the concept of basic little black dresses, everything in this mini-chainlet of boutiques (up-and-running since 2002) is more exuberant garden party than formal affair. There are labels from Europe (BA&SH, Manoush) and the U.S. (Textile Elizabeth & James), but go for the fun Asian lines like Daydream Nation, Iliann Loeb, and Coohem. There's also a location in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay
It may seem strange to shop for Scandinavian labels in Hong Kong, but the edit here is so spot-on—from stand-out lines like Humanoid, Hope, by Malene Birger—and the palette is so clean and muted, the racks prove irresistible. Besides being unisex, there's also a nice range of home goods from similarly Nordic designers like Hay and Skultana. There's also an outpost in Wan Chai.
Hysan Place, Causeway Bay
While the focus at this much-loved Hong Kong staple is men, there’s plenty to appeal to both sexes, from the Rivieras slip-ons to the Astier de Villatte candles. There’s a bit that’s solely for women, too, including Sessun slip dresses, striped tops from Le Mont St Michel and enamel lockets by Trois Petit Points. There are also locations in Wan Chai, Central, and Tsim Sha Tsui.