Top five finds at PMQ Hong Kong
Every travel guide talks about the great shopping in Hong Kong, but step into any shopping mall and you’ll find pretty much the same few brands everywhere. If you’re looking for something a bit more thoughtful and well-crafted, head to PMQ near SOHO instead. Situated in the former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, this beautifully preserved site is now filled with chic hipster watering spots and sophisticated boutiques.
And while the price tags might make your eyes pop ($500 for a bowl? Seriously?), all the products are Instagrammable that the bragging rights themselves are well worth it!
Kitchenware at GOOD DESIGN STORE
Run by the Japan Institute of Design, the GOOD DESIGN STORE is an outlet for Japanese designed products that have won the Good Design Award. Designed with the aim of ‘enriching everyday life’, the products follow the minimalistic-chic aesthetic of Japanese design – think upscale Muji without the Celtic background music. The selection of kitchenware, like the wooden wine cooler or Guinomi sake cups, are not handy to have in the kitchen, but also stunning to look at!
Handmade jewelry at 794729 metalwork
Support local design while discovering some new bling at 794729 metalwork! This small boutique carries gold, silver and copper pieces by Hong Kong designer Ivan Keung, along with artworks he created in collaboration with other local designers. Handmade by Ivan, the pieces take on the form of quirky motifs and are intricately finished. If you’re the type of girl who loves broccoli on her ears and polar bears on her fingers, then this place is definitely for you!
Olive oil at Maison Bremond 1830
Feel yourself transported to romantic Provence the minute you step inside Maison Bremond 1830. The interior is so rustic and charming and quintessentially French that you’ll expect Romain Duris just by the olive-scented soaps.
Founded over 185 years ago, this historical delicatessen specializes in olive oil and its related products. There’s even a special ‘Blend Your Own Taste’ olive oil bar for you to create your unique bottle.
Hong Kong souvenirs at Mall852.com
Looking for offbeat souvenirs for your overseas friends? You’ll definitely find something at mall852.com. Icons from local culture, such as traditional letterboxes or dim sum, are reimagined in fun and modern ways. Our favorites include the postbox messenger bags and the stickers inspired by vintage advertisements!
Sweet treats at Phoenix Sweets
If you’re feeling a bit peckish after a day of shopping, swing by the Phoenix Sweets Gallery. The sweets there come in dreamy pastel colors and are iced with such delicate fondant decorations that make them almost too beautiful to eat. They also specialize in custom orders, so keep them in mind for your next celebration!
Karen Chan is a local English copywriter who churns out social posts and taglines for a living. Inspired by her fellow copywriter, she has discovered the joy of working out, and is currently on a quest to live as healthily as her sweet tooth allows. In her spare time, she also loves trying new cafés and restaurants around the city.