JULY 8-11, 2019

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JULY 8-11, 2019

Treat yourself


Hong Kong is a famed shopper’s paradise. From trendy boutiques to street markets, we’ve picked a few of our favourite places to treat ourselves after RISE.


Come for RISE. Stay for Hong Kong.

Temple Street Night Market

As soon as the sun sets, Kowloon’s Temple Street Night Market bursts into life. Trinkets, teaware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques are scrutinised and haggled over, while claypot rice, seafood, noodles and other treats are consumed with gusto. Come down purely for the experience, Temple Street is an enduring example of the theatre and festivity of a Chinese market.


Gough Street is great for gifts in general, so if you’re already in the area, be sure to nip into WOAW (or World of Amazing Wonders) for a present that’s a bit different. Curated by local entrepreneur Kevin Poon, the store is an unexpected blend of industrial and rustic elements (exposed pipe ceilings and wood fixtures throughout), packed to the rafters with hard-to-find goods – everything from vintage band tees to Lomography cameras.

Stanley Market

Everyone goes to Stanley at least once, so be prepared for crowds. The market, which is right in the middle of the village, is more organised than it used to be. If you have some time, take a walk down the little alleys and get away from the main bazaar. Expect clothing, suitcases, paintings, souvenirs, handbags, watches, small electronics, and Chinese knick knacks – the ideal place to pick up a memento from your trip.

Cat Street

Upper Lascar Row, to use its official name, was where items of dubious provenance (‘rat goods’) used to be sold to ‘cats’. Nowadays, you’ll find stalls filled with every permutation of Chinese kitsch, from hand-warmers to jade trinkers to Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book. Brush up on your haggling skills, keep your expectations low and you’ll love it. It makes for thoroughly addictive browsing.

Goods Of Desire

This local homeware chain is known as G.O.D, a retail example of the Hong Kong fondness for wordplay (the initials sound like “to live better” in Cantonese). The first store in Central opened in 1996, the year before the handover, and has a witty, retro-design take on East-meets-West, and past-meets-present. Expect homewares, fashion and premium gifts with a distinct Hong Kong flair.