You can always read the soul of a city from their past, and that is probably why curios and antiques hold such value to collectors and plebeians alike. Aside from the notorious Antique Street and Cat Street, venture off the beaten track for your share of interesting curios and quirky knick-knacks from all over Hong Kong! We promise the hunt will be just as fun as the prizes you land.
Ahead, we suss out the best stores to buy curios in Hong Kong to fill your cabinet with!
Hole-in-the-wall with great finds
Tucked among a street full of busy restaurants and bars, 17 Staunton is an unlikely find. The cramped little hole-in-the-wall shop hides a lovely collection of vintage-esque porcelain and ceramics at highly reasonable prices. Oriental teapot and teacup sets, porcelain-wrapped cutlery, decorative jars and Ming-type vases are some of the finds you’ll be able to unearth here.
Antique and vintage playground
An antique and vintage playground, Ad Lib holds a great many treasures to delight the avid shopper and collector. Feel time disappear as you tinker with the various curiosities and little odds and ends at this charming shop. Vintage folding eyeglasses, snuffboxes, art nouveau sculptures and paintings scoured from all corners of the globe were some of the interesting decorative objects sprinkled around the store. Expect rare finds like a French 19th Century scale with a bronze weight and brush pots crafted entirely out of jade.
Accent pieces from around the world
Bowerbird keeps shoppers lingering with a seductive range of accent pieces sourced from all corners of the globe. Bowerbird boasts one of the best collections of home accessories and objets d’art we’ve seen. We’re not just talking about those quaint ornamental blue and white ginger jars, but the rest of the fancy stash too. Burnished vintage-look letter openers, candle snuffers and old clocks, there’s plenty on show that would act as the perfect finishing touch to your painstakingly curated home.
Amazing inventory of collector’s curios
Stumbling upon Casa Capriz’s address on trendy Aberdeen Street is like encountering a hidden aladdin’s cave of ancient riches. Once in, we are regaled by a view of an eclectic mix of luxury antiques, vintage furniture and collector’s curios. Owner Irene Capriz sources her amazing inventory on regular sojourns to Europe, Asia and the Middle East, bringing back exquisite finds such as 20th Century Louis Vuitton leather steamer trunks, an early 1960s Tulip dining set and a vinyl player from the 30s.
Industrial and mid-century antiques
Shop H, G/F New Central Mansion, 41 Gage Street, Central District, Hong Kong. Also available online.
General Store offers a contemporary take on the general stores of the past, offering savvy home enthusiasts all the modern furniture and home décor necessities of today. Occupying a raw industrial-flecked space off a busy wet market street, General Store showcases a stunning range of original American and European industrial and mid-century antiques and have an uncanny knack for picking items that are experiencing a revival of sorts. Metal shoe molds, industrial light fixtures, rustic wood bobbins, decorative tool sets and even art easels help imbue a modern space with a cool and creative Manhattan vibe.
Interesting and creative knick-knacks
6B Tai Ping Shan Street, PoHo, Hong Kong | Also available online.
InBetween, as the name suggests, features a little bit of the old and new. Its humble boutique offers some interesting and creative items like handmade flower light bulb décor, bottle cap bracelets and basically, any type of vintage memorabilia. If you’re a movie buff, go crazy with their notable collection of rare and original posters of classics from the 60s and 70s. Pop-up stores with live performances by local artistes and workshops are organised to share their many creative talents.
Show-stopping vintage americana curios
Organic Modernism is an awe-inspiring space that would delight any collector. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Organic Modernism transports vintage Americana to its showroom in furniture haven, Horizon Plaza. With an aim to make design accessible to all, OM brandishes a show-stopping selection of vintage furniture and accessories with modern flair. Make space in your boot for a ton of quirky curios like loose light bulbs, brass candelas, bronze sculptures and oil paintings of ol’ honest Abe.
Massive showroom with countless goodies
Wandering through Shambala’s massive showroom will remind you of the pleasures of rummaging through an old attic. In this realm of old, you will find a healthy sprinkling of antiques and old bits and bobs that you will be eager to take back to your cradle. Beautifully displayed amongst the Asian-inspired furniture are intricately carved wooden wall hooks, sculpted shoe moulds, vintage pocket watches, gold tiffin carriers, leather suitcases, kitschy wooden toys and a whole lot more. Fans of the vintage-meets-modern aesthetic will feel right at home here.