Treasure Hunt

By Time Out Hong Kong

A neighbourhood as steeped in history as it is brimming with style, Old Town Central is the perfect place to seek out a unique gift or memento to bring back home. Whether you want to visit a local market, comb through an antique store or look your best at one of the many fashionable concept shops, this happening area boasts no shortage of gems waiting for treasure hunters to discover.

 


Old Hong Kong treasures

Upper Lascar Row
Upper Lascar Row

The highlight of Upper Lascar Row is the seemingly endless row of antique stores, offering an eclectic collection of Chinese calligraphy, arts and vintage furniture. This runs parallel to stalls that sell an array of bric-à-brac collectibles, such as Mao Zedong alarm clocks and Bruce Lee posters. In recent years, local designer boutiques and vintage clothing stores have popped up nearby, attracting more locals as well as visitors.

Address: Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan
Linva Tailor
Linva Tailor

In business since 1965, Linva Tailor on Cochrane Street shot to fame after the period drama blockbuster, In the Mood for Love, featured its custom-made cheongsams. These dresses were commonly worn in Hong Kong up to the 1960s ad 1970s, and at Linva, you can find an exquisite, ready-to-wear collection, and also order one that’s tailor-made.

Address: 38 Cochrane Street, Central
Tel: +852 2544 2456
Chu Wing Kee
Chu Wing Kee

This iconic neighbourhood homeware shop is a treasure trove of household goods from a time gone by. A dwindling sight in Hong Kong, Chu Wing Kee is a place where you can find stacks of old-school crockery and teapots, bamboo baskets dangling from the ceiling, and feather dusters and kerosene stoves tucked away in corners. Forget mass-produced modern items and opt for these classic and affordable Hong Kong products, which also make for great souvenirs.

Address: 24 Possession Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 2545 8751
Graham Street Market
Graham Street Market

With more than a century’s history, Graham Street Market is a great place to experience life as a local. The sloped street is flanked by food stalls on either side, selling everything from fresh vegetables to live seafood. Along the market, you’ll also find traditional shops selling items that make for great souvenirs. For example, founded in 1917, the Kowloon Soy Company (9 Graham Street, Central, +852 2544 3697) is renowned for its soy sauce made with traditional techniques.

 


Fun and quirky finds

Select 18
Select 18

Treasure hunters will be delighted at Select 18, a place caught up in time with a carefully curated collection of treasures ranging from vintage spectacles, bags and hats to old radios and vinyl records, among other items amassed by owner Mido, a Hongkonger of Indian descent. An avid collector of Scandinavian furniture and eyewear, Mido also has a taste for vintage items, as reflected by the collectibles he personally gathered or received from relatives abroad.

Address: 18 Bridges Street, Central
Tel: +852 2549 2589
Label Chic
Label Chic

Originally from Paris, Label Chic’s founder, Héloïse Mendes, not only champions a world of super-luxe designer brands for women, but also the eco-friendly (and bargainous) concept of second-hand wear. Visit her showroom and enjoy a coffee as you browse through the impressive range of affordable items from Chanel, Saint Laurent and other luxury brands.

Address: 3/F, Gough Plaza, 33 Gough Street, Central
Tel: +852 6254 2010
Website: labelchicboutique.com
Hipster 9
Hipster 9

This vintage store started out among elderly hawkers of Hollywood Road before moving to its current location. With unique designs and an old-school European vibe, it’s home to a vast collection of designer bags, brass jewellery from the 1950s, vintage leather jackets and many other treasures to intrigue even the most discerning of customers.

Address: 2-8 Lok Ku Road, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 2310 8006
ABoutique
ABoutique

Founded in 2011, ABoutique is committed to showcasing contemporary emerging labels and timeless designs for Hong Kong shoppers and fashionistas. Pick from a great variety of eye-catching brands such as Sigerson Morrison, Uribe and the Olsen Twins’ Elizabeth and James. With its wide selection of chic outfits, shoes and accessories, you can easily find a new wardrobe here that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Address: 9 Aberdeen Street, Central
Tel: +852 2851 6055
Website: www.aboutique.hk
Bang Bang 70s
Bang Bang 70s

As its name suggests, this funky vintage store specialises in 1970s fashion and apparel. Here, you can rummage through a myriad of groovy clothing and memorabilia that’ll have you nostalgic for the disco days. Turn Bang Bang’s checkered tiled floors into your personal dance floor as you try on everything from platform boots to rare retro bags and even pre-loved luxury clothing and accessories.

Address: 1/F, 16A Aberdeen Street, Central
Tel: +852 6461 7448
Audrey
Audrey

Inspired by the old-world elegance of film icon Audrey Hepburn, this beautifully adorned space on Gough Street sells dried flower bouquets, skincare products and antiques sourced from all parts of the world. The main attraction though, is undoubtedly the wall mounted with glass dispensers filled with different, pastel-hued floral teas, which you can mix and match in a book-shaped gift box.

Address: 4-6 Gough Street Central
Tel: +852 2526 8036
Website: www.msaudrey.com

 


Unique concept stores

Château Zoobeetle
Château Zoobeetle

Château Zoobeetle is a cosy little shop where French sisters Elsa and Johanna, who own the luxury leather goods brand, Zoobeetle, display their carefully curated selection of clothing, accessories, CDs and furniture. Enjoy a glass of champagne and French tunes at the open kitchen and bar area of this treasure trove as you celebrate le joie de vivre.

Address: 38 Sai Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 5331 5126
Website: www.zoobeetle.com
Tunique
Tunique

Casual chic is the name of the game here. French-born Korean entrepreneur Amandine de Mascarel founded Tunique as a way to bring the best of French style and living to Hong Kong. She personally handpicks every product in the store; whether it’s artisan jewellery, chic shoulder bags or even home décor pieces, each article you’ll find here encapsulates de Mascarel’s vision of elegance and that certain French flair.

Address: 12 Gough Street, Central
Tel: +852 2896 0329
Website: www.tunique.com
The Refinery
The Refinery

As the name suggest, this quaint shop houses a plethora of refined products and carefully curated range of trendy clothes, accessories and lifestyle brands from every corner of the globe. Be amused by wacky phone cases and accessories like giant banana earrings and animal-shaped speakers, as well as limited-edition beauty items you won’t find anywhere else in the city.

Address: Unit S410, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Tel: +852 2858 4033
Website: www.therefinery.com.hk

 


Modern handicrafts

Loveramics
Loveramics

Redefining ceramics as more than just kitchenware, Hong Kong-founded Loveramics designs fun and energetic goods that brighten up any table or countertop. Marvel at a dizzying collection of themed plates, colourful mugs, teapots, coffee makers and cooking tools, and feel free to coordinate or mix and match. You can’t go wrong with the classic collections, but the contemporary and quirky designs will certainly spruce up any kitchen.

Address: Shop 104, Barrack Block, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central
Tel: +852 2884 0003
Website: www.loveramics.com
Hong Kong Oapes
Hong Kong Oapes

A homegrown brand through and through, Hong Kong Oapes takes inspiration from local culture and characteristics to deliver handcrafted jewellery that features motifs such as egg tarts, pineapple buns, Chinese lanterns and even the iconic Victoria Harbour. From gold-plated sterling silver to semi-precious stones, adorn yourself with one-of-a-kind accessories and memories of the city.

Address: Unit H310, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Tel: +852 3520 2460
Website: www.hkoapes.com
Soul Art Shop
Soul Art Shop

Originally from Beijing, Soul Art Shop aims to convey a sense of tranquility, honesty and positivity through art. The store sells colourful clay handicrafts, cloth dolls and jewellery that fuse Chinese tradition with modern aesthetics. If you have some extra time, sign up for one of its workshops, where you can learn to make your own one-of-a-kind clay handicraft to bring back home.

Address: Shop A, 24-26 Aberdeen Street, Central
Tel: +852 2857 7786
Website: shop.soulartshop.com

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