Must-go places in Hong KongWritten By Laila Lu on Jul 23rd, 2012
If you are popping in to Hong Kong for a short 3-5 day trip, there are more things to do besides just Lane Crawford-ing (totally made that up…), stuffing your stomach with dim sum and do tourist-y stuff like visit Victoria Peak. I get asked pretty often on what to do and where to go in Hong Kong so here’s a very brief list of must-go places:
Maybe ‘vintage shopping’ might not be be on top of your list if you visit HK, but there are a few decent vintage shops (one called “Me and George”) around the Ladies Market in Mong Kok, hidden behind the rows of make shift stalls. The best thing is they are open 24 hours and ‘stocks’ are constantly being replenished. I found a vintage Givechy jacket there once.
Hilary Tsui‘s style icon status in Hong Kong is similar to Alexa Chung in UK, you can see every young girl on the streets trying to get her look and the shops selling clothes that resemble her style. Her shop Liger, which has two outlets (check address here) is a dream place for anyone who is keen on avant garde labels, local brands and emerging designers.
The name of the streets are already hipster enough and that whole area combined together gives you the ultimate HK indie experience. Head to Sun, Moon, Star, St Francis Streets at Wan Chai and check out concept store Kapok (which have two spaces there), antique shop filled with interesting stuff Nlostnfound and the Monocle shop which sells collabs and stationery, as well as housing the magazine’s journalists office.
There is only one Gareth Pugh store in the world and it’s in Hong Kong, at Ice House Street to be exact. It sells mostly accessories and also ready-to-wear. The store has a LARGE screen at the back that has his fashion videos on non-stop replay, a must-see if you are a fan of his work.
You know G.O.D. (Goods of Desire) and their tongue-in-cheek designs that inject retro, traditional elements into modern everyday objects. Check out the Starbucks at Duddell Street. This is not your typical coffee joint, it’s revamped with G.O.D.’s aesthetics, a cafe space that looks like a throwback to the 50s till 70s. Coffees are the same, the place is not.
Australia Dairy Company at 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan – this is where you experience a typical Hong Kong breakfast crowd and probably the best scramble eggs and toast. Warning: long queues and getting chased away the minute you downed your last bit of food are common there.
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