Hong Kong’s coolest corner

24 02 2013

A while back I shared on the blog of a very cool little corner of Causeway Bay known as ‘Caroline Hill‘.¬† Located on a single block of aging tenement buildings and one way streets, it is a peaceful oasis of old-style Hong Kong with the added bonus of a small run of some of the city’s coolest stores tucked away in dim arcades and odd corners. I went back this week to show a friend and he was just as impressed as I had been.

Just inside one of the dingy arcades is a closet-sized space called “In Between” with a perfectly curated stock of dried sea anenome doorhandles and lamps made out of driftwood, colourful Top Shop socks, beautiful jewellery, leather camera straps, antique bird prints, viny records and 1970s Polish film posters like the one below for – of all things – Jodorowsky’s “Sacred Mountain”.

As a bonus, the staff were super friendly and the store was hosting a one-wall exhibition of queer photography by a local artist, Donald Lung.

After this we checked out a cluster of other funky stores in the retro arcades.

There is a classic mens tailor (with a hipster twist) Hola, Gasset Liberal for homewares and Luddite, another menswear store, specialising in battered canvas bags and old medals incribed with Russian and Arabic.

But the other standout store for me was Bunkaya Zakkaten, a store located in the bowels of one of the old buildings, behind a buzzing green neon sign. Inside, and even outside, it brims full of cheap and cheerful Japanese accessories and homewares that veer between chic and cheesy. Think novelty sunglasses, rings in the shape of cats’ heads and sofa cushions shaped like babies, gaudy jewellery, cute printed pencil cases and vintage mens and womens clothing.

Afterwards we headed over to Wonderdog  for one of its delicious kimchi-dogs, only to find that the menu has changed. Oh no! We got wasabi-dogs instead and admired the orange painted pop art wall mural.

Apparently there are plenty of other little places to explore to that I missed out on this time – see this article from Timeout HK a while ago.