9 Hong Kong Barber Shops Every Gentleman Should Know
Well done, lads. You’ve reached the end of Movember and by now, you’re probably dying to get cleaned up. From retro rockabilly to classic Shanghainese chic, these barbers have their trade down to an art and you can rest assured that your face, and your fades, are in good hands at any one of these fine establishments:
1/9 The Mandarin Barber
Since 1963, the Mandarin Barber at Mandarin Oriental has been the pinnacle of grooming for Hong Kong’s most distinguished gentlemen. Decades later, it has maintained its stellar reputation thanks to its flawless service, its dedication to tradition and its luxurious 1930s Art Deco setting.
In-mirror televisions allow you to stay up to date with news and sports, and VIP rooms are available on request should you want to enjoy your shave, beard trim, facial, haircut or massage treatment in absolute peace and privacy.
Find out more on mandarinoriental.com
2/9 Era Barbers
It’s impossible to miss Era Barber’s bright red exterior that sits proudly on the cobblestone hill that is Pottinger Street. Its staff of cool, immaculately-groomed barbers offer everything from traditional wet shaves to skin fades, bringing a modern touch to traditional men’s grooming methods.
Find out more on erabarbers.com
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3/9 Hair House by Adam Chan
Opened by former hairdresser Adam Chan, Hair House is an homage to the Shanghainese barbers of a bygone era, carrying with it a classic sense of cool and a real respect for the humble yet noble art of shaves, trims, and fades.
Customers return time and time again for the tight-knit community vibes that Adam and his team bring to the shop. Everyone who walks through is treated like family, and that’s what a good barbershop is all about.
Find out more on the Hair House Facebook page
4/9 Fox & The Barber
Fox & the Barber has it all; the white butcher’s tiles, the 1940s lighting fixtures and top of the line products by the likes of Penhaligon’s and Truefitt & Hill. But it isn’t all for show—this place is the real deal. The team, including owner and barber Sarah McGlynn, are sticklers for detail and ensure no one leaves their shop looking anything less than perfect.
It’s no wonder Fox & the Barber receives consistent five-star reviews from very happy (and, thanks to them, very dapper) gentlemen of all ages.
Find out more on foxandthebarber.com
5/9 The Strand
Boasting large leather seats and a sleek, clean interior, The Strand's dedicated men's floor emphasizes that they aren’t a salon, but a place for men to take their time and indulge in an extensive range of professional grooming services that can be tailored to your needs.
A sanctuary in the heart of central, The Strand offers everything from a simple neckline tidy to luxurious head and scalp treatments.
Find out more on thestrandhk.com
6/9 Handsome Factory
Handsome Factory has all the features of a traditional barber—the checkered floors, plush leather seats, cool artwork hanging from the walls and a retro blackened wood facade—because it is one. The team of young barbers, who don slick uniforms by Carhartt, provide everything from haircuts to wet shaves and beard trimming in a timely, stylish and professional manner.
It's no fuss—just good, solid cuts at the Handsome Factory.
Find out more on handsomefactory.com
7/9 Gentlemen's Tonic
This import from London's upscale Mayfair district took a gamble when it opened its Hong Kong store in 2011. At the time, specialised men's grooming was barely a blip on anyone's radar but now, it seems the city's men can't get enough. After all, Gentlemen's Tonic certainly knows how to treat a man right—customers are greeted with a drink before being escorted to one of the private treatment rooms.
Straddled somewhere between a salon and a spa, Gentlemen's Tonic offers everything from a shave or a haircut to full-blown packages like the hangover cure—aptly named "The Hemingway"—which includes an aromatherapy facial, neck, shoulder and scalp massage, and of course, a Bloody Mary.
Find out more on gentlemenstonic.com
8/9 HERR at Attire House
Luxe menswear boutique Attire House called upon the expertise of famed Korean barber, HERR, to open their in-house barbershop where highly skilled barbers serve a full range of men's grooming services. Here, you're encouraged to sit back, relax and enjoy. The floor-to-ceiling views of surrounding skyscrapers definitely add to the experience, too.
Now that you're groomed and feeling fresh, head over to Attire House's BAR DE LUXE for a whisky, gin or sake cocktail. You deserve it.
Find out more on attire-house.com
9/9 The Duke's
The Duke's in Central is the ultimate man cave. Taking up three stories, you can do everything here from enjoy a drink to smoke a cigar, throw a couple of darts, play video games and, of course, get a slick haircut.
It's a great place for some father and son bonding time, or for a night out with the boys—private rooms can be rented out for poker nights or to simply kick back and watch a game with a brew in hand.
Find out more on The Duke's Facebook page