As the kids get ready to head back to school, you need to stock up on school supplies – stationery, bags, lunch boxes and more. We have found the best stationery stores and shops for essential school supplies in Hong Kong.
Are your kids set for the school year ahead? Given the uncertainties of the last two years, we now have a whole new list of what school supplies should include, from the mandatory stationery to the now much-needed masks and mask covers. As kids in Hong Kong get ready for a new school year, take them shopping at a stationery shop near you (or online) and get them in the right frame of mind for learning by setting them up with essential school supplies.
Stationery Stores And Sites In Hong Kong
As your kids get ready for the new school year with new classmates, new subjects and new teachers, it’s fair that they are armed with new stationery! After all, there’s an inexplicable joy in getting a new book, pencil or pouch (confession: it lasts well beyond the school years!). These are the best stationery stores in Hong Kong where you can get everything your child needs.
If you have a little budding artist, head over to Wan Chai to this art supply and stationery megastore which stocks a large variety of arts and crafts tools, everyday stationery items and hard-to-find goodies such as easels and printmaking tools. While you’re at it, make a stop to gaze at the art gallery, which hosts new exhibitions every fortnight, for some inspiration.
From mini stationery kits and cool notebooks to chic pencil cases and colourful pens, the lush and luxe goodies at kikki.K will have you spoilt for choice. The school supplies are amongst the most practical and beautiful in Hong Kong.
For those on the hunt for art supplies, in particular, CN Square is the perfect place for you. Boasting 5 floors, 10,000 square feet of space and over 20,000 products, this all-encompassing stationery store is sure to have what you’re looking for. From Sculpey clay and Rembrandt oil paints to colourful binders and notebooks in all shapes and sizes – CN Square is the ultimate one-stop shop for all school stationery supplies in Hong Kong.
CN Square, G/F – 3/F 503 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2384 2430
Stuck On You
We’re all about adding that personalised touch and so we’re huge fans of Stuck On You’s stationery and school supplies. Even the youngest schoolgoing child will be able to identify his or her belongings as it offers personalisation on all its products – from plain name labels that stick anywhere and everywhere to clothing labels and personalised pouches.
Bookstores And Department Stores With Stationery Selections
This bookstore chain sells a variety of Chinese and English books and is a great spot for picking up textbooks, especially for very particular or unique subjects. It also has a pretty good selection of stationery and accessories.
Need some storytime inspiration (look at these teacher-recommended books), or just looking for extra activity books for your primary schooler? From water bottles, stationery items and bags to a whole host of books for early learners, Bookazine’s vast range of school supplies has almost everything you need to stock up for this academic year in Hong Kong!
Typo at Cotton On
This is one for the cool kids! Your tweens will love to sport any of the stationery from this brand (especially the notebooks with slogans!). We have to admit, we love these too
Love the minimalist style of this Japanese brand? You will appreciate the stationery options at Muji stores across the city. From pens to desktop accessories to thoughtful storage, this is a great brand for kids who are growing up and moving away from bright flashy designs to more understated elegance and functionality.
More stationery shops and bookstores
Smiggle (though stores have closed in Hong Kong, this popular stationery brand is available at Hallmark and Apita stores, as well as online on Nextdirect)
Lunchboxes And Bottles
Before you pack the kids off to school, you had better make sure that they have their lunchboxes packed and their bottles filled. After all, studying can be tiring. Try to choose the most eco-friendly options for your children – it’s better for their health and good for the planet!
Staying hydrated is super important while kids are busy playing and studying. Keep a good quality (preferably food-grade stainless steel) bottle at hand that the kids can flip open and sip from any time they need to. Klean Kanteen is a favourite with kids and has interchangeable covers so your child can go from sipper to spout with the same bottle. It is available at most online and retail eco-stores across the city, such as Live Zero.
Klean Kanteen, www.kleankanteen.com
Go zero waste with LexNGo. These reusable and convenient collapsible silicone food and drink containers are available widely across Hong Kong.
The Lion Rock Press
This Hong Kong brand has captured the essence of the eco-evangelist’s catch-phrase with its No Plastic Mm Goi collection of steel bottles and tumblers and collapsible silicone lunchboxes. While you’re here, also check out the tongue-in-cheek slogan stationery and embossed notebooks. The Lion Rock Press products are available online and at select retailers.
More lunchbox and bottle brands
Schoolbag Brands And Stores In Hong Kong
Now that you have picked up everything you need, you’re going to need a bag to pack it all in. Look for schoolbags that are well-designed, strong and yet not too heavy for young backs.
The company proudly claims to make the backpack that straightened up a whole generation. After realising as far back as the late 70s that back problems were starting to appear at younger ages, it developed these backpacks. The Swedish-designed bags are great for kids, teens and adults and though expensive, are well worth the price. They come in many colours and the kids are sure to like the classic and cool look.
Trendy kids will love Kipling’s super lightweight and strong backpacks – they’re guaranteed to last throughout the whole academic year. Though a little on the pricier side, these are ideal for teens heading towards the end of high school or college students wanting to put kiddy-style backpacks behind them. Online shopping is now available, so get your kids involved in picking their favourite.
Flowery prints for every season! Cath Kidston is perfect for all children, from little toddlers to teenagers (and mamas!), for cute bags, accessories and apparel. With some of the coolest and most unique designs on the market, your little tot is bound to walk into a school in style.
Sassy Mama tip: There’s a huge summer promotion on currently, so check the stationery, lunchbox and bottle options too while you are at it.
Shoe And Sports Gear Brands And Stores In Hong Kong
With stores all over town, Dr. Kong is great for basic black or white school shoes. The stores also stock sensible school socks, schoolbags, aprons for art classes and other accessories.
This store is every gym-goer and sports lover’s paradise! Stocking everything you’ll ever want for your sporting needs, it has a range of kid’s sports shoes as well. Take your pick from its large range of affordable yet long-lasting options for girls, boys and teens.
This chain store has a large range of sports gear and footwear for your aspiring athlete. Why limit yourself to one brand? There is plenty on offer here, with more expensive branded sportswear and team jerseys to cheaper everyday alternatives.
GigaSports will be able to get your kids kitted out for PE classes and extracurricular activities with their range of Nike, Adidas, Puma and Asics shoes.
More bag, shoe and sports gear stores and sites
You might prefer to shop at stores that stock everything, from stationery to bags, bottles and shoes. Besides, given the new normal, you probably want to buy high-quality reusable masks or disposable surgical ones, mask covers, hand sanitisers and more. Look at these one-stop children’s shops and departmental stores that will have everything that you need.
Perfect for our young learners, Petit Bazaar is a one-stop shop for school supplies in Hong Kong with everything from cute outfits (if there’s no uniform to worry about), to cute backpacks to even cuter lunchboxes! It also offers stationery with adorable prints, as well as pencil cases, sticker book sets and markers and pencils for school children.
Sassy Mama favourite: Roarsome Dinosaur Backpacks
Known as Hong Kong’s largest Japanese-style department store and located in Causeway Bay, Sogo is the place to get all your school supplies. With kids’ wear, stationery and accessories all on the 7th floor, shopping for your (hopefully) diligent student is now easier than ever.
This is possibly the mother of all one-stop-shops! You can get everything here to kit out your home and at extremely reasonable rates. They have a good selection of back to school supplies in Hong Kong, including bags and stationery items.
Similar to Sogo, Yata is a Japanese-style department store with multiple name brands and an amazing section for kids’ wear, stationery and accessories and other school supplies. These Hong Kong stores also stock many sportswear brands, so it’s the perfect place to visit, no matter how old your kids are!
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 18, July 2017 and updated by Anita Balagopalan on 27, July 2021 (special thank yous go to Connie Cai, Lucia Lau and Alex Purcell Garcia).