Some of us love to hoard stationery. Yep, there, we said it – and it’s okay, because this is a judgement-free zone. Plus, it means you can trust us when we say these are the best stationery shops in Hong Kong.
For some of us, stationery is just a back-to-school necessity for our kids, or a throwback to our own schooldays. But for others, stationery can mean indisposable art supplies, or cherished collectibles. Because the thing is, no matter how much we try to declutter or give away, buying another pen just never seems like a bad idea (right?). And even if you’re indifferent to random office supplies, we can probably all agree that they come in handy, especially during WFH days. So, we’ve found the best stationery shops in Hong Kong for you to pencil in right now.
All the best stationery shops in Hong Kong
1. Paper n Things
For irresistibly charming customised stationery, head to Paper n Things in Landmark Prince’s Central. It curates capsule collections of functional designs by artists worldwide, including colourful journals, planners, notebooks and more, monogrammed on-site with foil initials. Alongside children’s items, discover self-care treasures like candles, gratitude journals and planners to cultivate positive living. Its collection of journals inspire daily reflection and purpose to uplift your days.
Paper n Things, Shop 243, 2/F, Landmark Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2406 0128
2. Gift Idea
Gift Idea is one of the go-tos for those seeking quality stationery, calligraphy tools, arts and crafts materials, and, well, gift ideas. It houses a huge range of stickers, Japanese masking tapes, fountain pens and inks, along with other paper products. In addition, the shop hosts private, corporate, and public workshops from time to time, so that customers can learn how to design better with the goods from Gift Idea.
Gift Idea, 4/F, Yue’s House, 306 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 3705 2401
Iconic stationery brand Moleskine is renowned for its designs celebrating the art of handwriting. Offering notebooks, planners and writing tools in varied sizes, colours and paper types, Moleskine has options to suit every need. Choices range from hard and soft covers to ruled, squared or plain pages. The brand’s high-quality materials and appreciation of self-expression continue to inspire notebook loyalists and new fans alike.
4. CN Square
With over 10,000 square feet of shopping space, spanning across five storeys, the main store of CN Square in Yau Ma Tei makes this shop one of the biggest office supply retailer stores in Hong Kong. From pins and paintbrushes, to drawing boards and office copiers, CN Square has over 20,000 different types of stationery in stock. You’ll even be able to find thousands of ornaments during festive seasons.
CN Square has multiple locations across Hong Kong.
5. Typo at Cotton On
Typo adds whimsy to organisation through playful stationery essentials. Known for its youthful designs, Typo stocks notebooks, pouches, and desk accessories with a sense of humour. Must-haves include journals proclaiming “Adulting is Hard” and pens like “Smooth Operator”. Typo also delivers hit collabs, teaming up with brands from Harry Potter to Disney for nostalgic finds. While offering classic back-to-school supplies, the focus is self-expression – choosing what brings you joy.
Typo at Cotton On, 36 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2367 2190
As an independent shop focused on quality, Journalize sources elegant fountain pens, notepads from Germany and Japan, and other specialty finds all at affordable prices. It provides a one-stop destination for stationery lovers seeking function. We find inspiration browsing their range of Traveler’s Notebooks, Moleskines, and calligraphy supplies.
Journalize, Shop 6A, G/F, Bayview Mansion, Moreton Terrace, Causeway Bay, p. 3565 6455
Remember the days when we would flaunt our collection of Muji pens during break at school? Yeah, they’re the best. While its range of products covers home decor, apparel, food, and more, Muji’s stationery has always been some of the most sought after items in Hong Kong. It’s not difficult to see why with its rational designs, simplistic and succinct aesthetics, and excellent quality. Founded in 1980, Muji is still acknowledged today as one of the most renowned minimalistic labels.
Muji has multiple locations across Hong Kong.
8. Muze Pens
If you’re new to the world of exquisite fountain pens, inks, and fine writing instruments, Muze Pens will be the perfect place to start your journey. The friendly owners of this specialist shop are always keen to share their passion for calligraphy and provide professional advice. On top of that, Muze Pens offers repair, maintenance, as well as custom nib-grinding and engraving services. If you’re seeking bespoke presents, Muze Pens will not disappoint with its collection of artisanal pens and papers.
Muze Pens, G/F, 236 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, p. 3619 5136
From mainly conducting its business online, to opening its first physical store in 2021, Paperhood has come a long way since its establishment in early 2015. Starting off as a small retail store selling masking tapes and stationery, Paperhood now has all sorts of trendy office supplies and scrapbook materials from around Asia. Aside from cute stickers and notepads from Japan, the brand also designs its own stamps and tapes. Paperhood also hosts workshops where you can get hands-on and create your own stamps. Fun times!
Paperhood, Room 701, 7/F, Free Trade Centre, 49 Tsun Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
10. Sparkles & Joy
Founded in 2021, Sparkles & Joy is a homegrown stationery brand started by AJ Muñoz. Her Hong Kong-themed products celebrate the city through art, like dim sum and ferry washi tapes. Must-have finds include the pencil set – colourful pencils engraved with local lingo like “Aiyah!” and “Okay Lah!”. With charming designs that pay homage to Hong Kong culture, Sparkles & Joy spreads joy while inspiring appreciation for our city.
Only opening on weekends, Siugreat is a popular independent stationery shop in Hong Kong. Sourcing quality products from indie brands and selling them at a great price, you’ll certainly find something unique at Siugreat. From pocket diaries and mechanical pencils, to ink cartridges and notebooks, this little shop has it all.
Siugreat, Room 504, 5/F, Wing Yip Commercial Building, 65-71 Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
12. The Tree Stationery & Co.
Nestled on the second floor beside bustling Times Square, The Tree Stationery & Co. is a peaceful oasis in the heart of Causeway Bay. This little shop offers a thoughtfully curated collection of stationery and lifestyle gifts, mostly designed and handcrafted by local Hong Kong artisans. Come take a relaxing time-out from the hectic city streets.
The Tree Stationery & Co., 2/F, 10 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2598 4328
13. Silver Stationery Shop
Okay, about 90 percent of the stationery at this shop is not for sale, but we promise that you won’t regret the visit! This space inside the revitalised building 618 Shanghai Street combines an exhibition area with a Hong Kong bing sut-style cafe (Silver Cafe). On display in the shop are all kinds of vintage stationery from around the globe, many of which are old-school items that we can no longer find on the streets nowadays. Prepare to be hit right in the feels by the rarities at Silver Stationery Shop.
Silver Stationery Shop, Rooms 301A and 302, 3/F, 618 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 9889 4999
[This article was originally published in May 2021 and updated in 2023 by Catherine Pun.]