Look beyond the shopping malls and multinational brands in our city, and you'll find that there are plenty of independent boutiques that offer authentic retail experiences. See our list of the best lifestyle stores in Hong Kong below, where you'll discover wonderfully curated selections of unique, artisanal designer goods. 

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 Lala Curio

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Lala Curio is the latest manifestation of a multi-generational family interest in the decorative arts. Taking a tongue-in-cheek approach to traditional artisanship, the brand specialises in hand-crafted furnishings, decorative objects, cloisonné tiles and wallpaper.

As their name suggests, the shop is full of curios with a definite touch of theatricality—this is the place to go for eccentric, conversation-starting statement pieces.

Lala Curio, Shop 212, 2/F, Prince's Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2528 5007, lalacurio.com

Klondike

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Klondike is as hip as they come. True to their dream of starting small and staying small, the lifestyle discovery store features a highly curated selection of vintage and artisanal items with a Japanese or American aesthetic.

Founder and Central Saint Martins graduate Dorothy Tang has exquisite taste, and handpicks brands that have authentic stories. Besides a variety of imported furniture, decor and personal grooming items, they also have an in-house line, “Klondike Studios”.

 Klondike, G/F, 39 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3956 4556, the-klondike.com

WOAW

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WOAW (“World of Amazing Wonders”) stocks a lot more than just homeware, selling Thrashed hoodies and baby crocheted sneakers alongside Darth Vader speakers and Keith Haring candles. The common link? They are all difficult to source, and they are all jostling for space at the cutting-edge of urban chic.

It’s exactly what you would expect from Hong Kong’s greatest arbitrator of cool, Kevin Poon—he's the mastermind behind a laundry-list of other hipster favourites, including Clot, Juice, and Elephant Grounds.

WOAW, 11 Gough Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2253 1313, woawstore.com

Homeless

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Homegrown lifestyle label Homeless has rapidly expanded from its first store in Yau Ma Tei in 2003, with 11 stores under several sub-brands to date (we love The Nordic Room, which is completely dedicated to Scandinavian style).

One of Hong Kong’s most popular lifestyle retailers, they sell a hodgepodge of internationally-sourced designer furniture and quirky home accessories for every room in the house. You can never be quite sure what you’ll discover as you’re browsing through one of their eclectic and pleasantly cluttered stores.

Homeless, G/F, 29 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2581 1880, homeless.hk

Kapok

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Photo: Courtesy of Kapok

Kapok is another line of successful Hong Kong-based lifestyle stores that reiterates local demand for authentic retail experiences. Founded in 2006, the brand seeks to discover and bring “future classics” to Asia. They are firmly entrenched in the local creative scene, and regularly host collaborations and exhibitions with emerging designers.

Taking an approachable and unpretentious attitude to fashion and design, Kapok now has 13 stores—they keep things interesting by presenting a different theme and product selection at each outlet.

Kapok, 5 St Francis Yard, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 254 99 254, ka-pok.com 

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