We have found the best stationery stores and shops for essential school supplies in Hong Kong. As the kids get ready to head back to school, you need to stock up on school supplies – stationery, bags, lunch boxes and more.
As kids and families are enjoying summer while it lasts – be it checking in to family-friendly hotels, making a splash at Water World, staying cool at indoor playgrounds, we’re also getting ready for a new school year. It’s almost tradition for us to go on mini field-trips to stationery stores to stock up on brand new pencils, erasers, schools bags and more. Naturally, school supplies have a short lifespan of just about a year for our little ones (we don’t blame them…sometimes!) and with them growing so fast every year, we often need to go shoe shopping as well! Plus, given the new normal, we’re also stocking up on face masks, RATs, face shields and more. Bookmark this page to complete your school supplies shopping list!
Stationery Stores, Bookstores And Department Stores With Stationery Selections
As your kids brace for the new school year with new classmates, new subjects and new teachers, it helps to be armed with new stationery! After all, there’s an inexplicable joy in getting a new notebook, 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.
Artland – Shop art supplies, easels and colour pencils
If you have a little budding artist, head over to this art supply and stationery megastore in Wan Chai 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.
Bookazine – Storybooks, stationery, Hong Kong-themed gifts and candy!
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!
CN Square – The ultimate one-stop shop for all school stationery supplies
For those on the hunt for art supplies in particular, CN Square is the perfect place for you. Boasting five 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.
Eslite – A good collection of fiction and non-fiction books, stationery and a variety of lifestyle products
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.
kikki.K – Notebooks, planners, stationery and more
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.
kikki.K, Shop 220, 2/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2116 0870
Muji – Affordable and minimalist stationery and storage supplies
Love the minimalist style of this Japanese brand? You will appreciate the stationery options at Muji stores across the city. From pens and 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.
The Commercial Press – The go-to stationery store in Hong Kong
From a good collection of English and Chinese books for toddlers to tweens and young adults, to affordable stationery ranging from pencils, folders, correction tapes (and you get the gist), and other school supply essentials, The Commercial Press is often a go-to choice for parents and students in Hong Kong. We also love picking up a couple board games and art supplies whilst we’re there!
Typo At Cotton On – Quirky stationery, school supplies and accessories
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!). A mug with The Powerpuff Girls? A notebook featuring Friends? An Alice in Wonderland pen holder? Okay, we have to admit, we love these too! We’re also fans of their self-care journals and activity books which are great for teens to express themselves and get in the habit of journaling.
More Stationery Stores And Bookstores In Hong Kong
- Paper and Cards Studio – Minimalist notebooks, a range of stationery and desk accessories, and an extensive collection of greeting cards (a welcome back card for teachers perhaps?). www.paperandcardsstudio.com
- 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. www.smiggle.hk
- Stuck On You – Offers personalisation on all its products with either stick-on labels, iron-on labels or clip-on tags (adds a cute touch and also prevents kids from losing their stationery!). www.stuckonyou.hk
- The Lion Rock Press – Hong Kong-themed stationery, greeting cards, puzzles and mugs. www.thelionrockpress.com
Where To Buy Kids’ Lunchboxes And Bottles In Hong Kong
Before you pack the kids off to school, you 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!
Klean Kanteen – Interchangeable covers to suit different stages of kids’ development
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. This brand is available at most online and retail eco-stores across the city, such as Live Zero.
Klean Kanteen, www.kleankanteen.com
LexNGo – Reusable, collapsible food and drink containers
Go zero waste with LexNGo. These reusable and convenient collapsible silicone food and drink containers can be found across Hong Kong. And for a food container that’s microwavable and harmful plastic-free, we’d always go for their stainless steel options. And us Mamas can’t get enough of their silicone stretch and seal food wraps (saves so much plastic waste!).
The Lion Rock Press – Eco-friendly silicone lunchboxes and tumblers
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. The Lion Rock Press products are available online, at its showroom and at select retailers.
The Lion Rock Press, 1005, 10/F Arion Commercial Centre, 2-12 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.thelionrockpress.com
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.
Cath Kidston – Signature floral backpacks, shoulder bags, lunch bags and more
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.
Fjällräven Kånken – Comfortable and light backpacks for all ages!
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 older kids are sure to like the classic and cool look.
Hershel Hong Kong – Spacious bags suitable for school
With mini backpacks for the little ones and bigger ones for older kids (or for the Mamas and Papas!), Hershel is a classic choice you can’t go wrong with. Though it’s on the pricier side, keep your eyes peeled for sales. We love their quirky themed backpacks like the Simpsons one – it’s almost too cool for school! If you’re specifically looking for bags for kids, check out their Little Hershel collection.
Kipling – Chic backpacks for the tweens and teens!
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.
JanSport – Spacious backpacks suitable for younger and older children
Hands up if you spotted Mei from “Turning Red” sporting a JanSport backpack and felt nostalgic (especially for those who grew up in Hong Kong!). The backpacks from JanSport are spacious and you can go for bags with a separate compartment for bottles. Some designs go all out with tie-dye patterns – they even did a “Stranger Things” collaboration! – or go minimal with monotones.
Shoe And Sports Gear Brands And Stores In Hong Kong
Dr. Kong – Ergonomic school shoes for formal wear and sportswear
With stores all over town, Dr. Kong is great for basic black or white school shoes. The shoes are made with a focus on comfort and they offer free in-store foot assessments for people of all ages and then staff will recommend what type of shoe to go for. The stores also stock sensible school socks, schoolbags, aprons for art classes and other accessories.
Decathlon – An extensive stock of affordable sportswear
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. You can easily pick out sportswear and shoes for your child’s extra curricular activities, be it swimming, tennis or archery!
Marathon Sports – Wide range of sports gear and sportswear for kids
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.
Children’s Stores And Departments Stores To Shop School Supplies
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 department stores that will have everything that you need.
Petit Bazaar – Adorable children’s backpacks, dresses, lunchboxes and more
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 (we can’t get over the Roarsome Dinosaurs Backpack!) to even cuter lunchboxes! It also offers stationery with adorable prints, as well as pencil cases, sticker book sets, markers and pencils for school children.
AEON – A one-stop-shop for all school supply essentials
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. You can also stock up on face masks, hand sanitisers and face shields for children.
Yata – Department store with a wide range of school supplies from stationery to sportswear and more
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: “Stationery Stores In Hong Kong: Where To Get School Supplies” was originally published in July 2017 by Anita Balagopalan and was most recently updated in July 2022 by Fashila Kanakka. Special thanks Connie Cai, Lucia Lau and Alex Purcell Garcia for their contribution.