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.
62 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai
Chef Tom Aikens (he is still the youngest British chef ever to have received a Michelin star—he got two when he was just 26) recently re-opened this spot—which occupies a former, multi-level pawn shop—and the newly designed building now features an excellent rooftop garden. Lush and airy but closed off enough to shield the madness of Hong Kong's streets, it's the ideal spot for digging into Aikens' sophisticated British menu (though the cocktails certainly don't disappoint, either).
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