I’ve been lucky enough to walk the streets of Hong Kong many times this year. With the help of friends, Google and sheer luck, I’ve managed to round up a list of must-visit places for Arts & Crafts supplies in the city. Here’s a quick Arts and Crafts Supplies Guide: Where to buy in Hong Kong.
Here are some tips before shopping:
– Shops tend to move a lot, so do a quick google maps search before you head out.
– Have cash on hand! This just makes transactions go smoother and quicker. Leaving your credit cards at the hotel also spares you from overspending, too!
– Bring your own eco bag. Bring one, or two, or three, or more! Hong Kong has gone green. Plastic bags now come at a price.
70 Hennessy Rd, Hong Kong
This quaint little shop on Hennessy Road is filled with all sorts of craft supplies. They have the art supply basics: brushes, paint, canvases. My favorite finds were the balsa wood products and rubber blocks for making your own stamps. They also have those hard-to-find fuse beads perfect for pixel crafts.
3/F Lockhart Centre 301-307, Lockhart Road, Wanchai
If you’re on a hunt for art supplies, this is where you’ll strike gold. You can find every kind of brush and paint imaginable. They also sell paper punchers, chalkboard markers, crayola products and wood blocks for perfect flat lay shots. My favorite pick though are these dirt cheap nibs perfect for the beginner calligrapher!
30 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Yes, they have lots of books but Cosmos is my go-to for colored pens, markers, colored pencils and watercolor palettes. They also have aisles and aisles of too-cute-for-words tech gadgets. I conveniently walked past the Sanrio battery packs, because I love Kerropi and Little Twin Stars a little too much.
Shop 3001A, Level 3 and Shop 4001 Level 4, Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
8-10/F, Hysan Place at Lee Gardens, 500 Hennessy Road Causeway Bay
I’m not only a sucker for craft tools, but also dummy when it comes to art books and magazines. These large bookstores are great places to rest your legs after a long day of shopping. Read the books, buy the books. You can never have enough! Kinfolk magazines, anyone?
18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
The K11 Art Mall is right above the Tsim Sha Tsui line, and is easy to get to. The mall is filled with regular shops and artsy fartsy ones perfect for the hipster crafter. There are exhibits and events throughout the mall, and at the K11 Design Store. There was a typography event when I was last there. I got to read up on the history of Gill Sans MT while waiting for my co-shoppers!
This isn’t a comprehensive list, but it’s a great place to start. Make sure to check your baggage weight allowance before you head out to the airport! It’s so easy to get carried away at these shops. Happy Crafting! 🙂