Wan Chai Shops
88 Queens Rd. E., Wan Chai
Dark and moodily-lit, the emphasis here is on industrial, old-world home goods, which might sound strange, but is actually quite cool: There are old-fashioned enamel hooks, simple mugs and plates, along with everyday-useful things, like the perfect broom. (It’s from the same team as Homeless, so expect a similarly extensive array.) There's also an outpost in Central.
80 Queen's Rd. E, Wan Chai
This is one of those kids-focused shops that has huge appeal, even if you don’t have little ones back at home: Primarily because it’s more lifestyle boutique than toy store, and many of the design-centric picks would look right at home on someone’s coffee table, rather than in the playroom. (Meanwhile, you’ll want all the clothing in adult sizes.) Our picks: Fold and go farmyards, sundresses emblazoned with lips, and lunchboxes covered with a print of a vintage map. There's also a location in Central.
Vein on the Yard
2 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai
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 Causeway Bay.
Tang Tang Tang Tang
66 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai
Sir David Tang launched, built, and ultimately sold Shanghai Tang. Now, he and his wife Lucy are at it again, but with a twist: Tang Tang Tang Tang offers wares for every room in the house (including the closet). Everything is impeccably crafted—and made in China, though priced to be accessible to China’s "rising middle class." We cleared them out of their silk Chinese zodiac pajamas and silver tumblers.
32-33 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai
Laura Cheung’s grandfather hand-carved tables out of rosewood; her father built one of China’s largest ceramics factories, and so Cheung determined to continue the tradition. Her line of home goods and furniture draws on centuries of China’s more famous techniques, which she channels into gorgeously turned-out pieces, from lacquer boxes to Cloisonné tile trays. There's also a location in Central.
5 St. Francis Yard & 3 Sun St., Wan Chai
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 Central, Causeway Bay, and Tsim Sha Tsui.
1-4 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai
Occupying a sun-drenched corner in one of the sweetest little shopping squares in Hong Kong (Star, Sun, and St. Francis Yard sit just above one of the city’s busiest drags), this sliver of a space offers everything you’d expect from the magazine-turned-lifestyle-brand. You’ll find many of Monocle’s collaborations with companies like Oliver Peoples and Yuketen, along with plenty of back issues.
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