Find the hottest manga series, anime action figures, palm-size stickers, buttons and pins for your inner weeaboo at the Sino Centre
Other than graphic novels and satirical cartoons, it seems that Japanese manga has slowly but surely conquered the world (France actually represents approximately 40% of the European manga market!) If you’re looking to get your hands on the latest anime and manga merchandise in Hong Kong, the magnificent Sino Centre in Mong Kok is the place to go. Don’t get overwhelmed by the number of quality manga, toys, apparel and J-pop CDs in there. (Or head direct to the source and visit Japan’s closest island to HK with our guide to Okinawa!)
Our favourite shops at the Sino Centre
Holyfab is one of the loveliest toy stores in Hong Kong meant for fans of American cartoons and comic strips, especially followers of The Simpsons and Peanuts. From Bart Simpson stuffed talking toys to Pokémon socks and Tweety Bird key covers, this delightfully quirky store will surely satisfy your inner child. Not to mention the friendly shop owner makes the shop a really welcoming environment, and his uncontainable enthusiasm for toys is definitely contagious.
Holyfab, Shop 215, 2/F, Sino Centre, 582-592 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 6133 8573
2. RainBow Box
Other than toys and anime knick-knacks, Rainbow Box actually sells a selection of cat wine, such as The Catbernet and Pinot Meow – original “wine” produced by the American brand Apollo Peak for cats, brewed uniquely with 100% natural ingredients such as organic catnip and red beets. This place is wonderfully diverse, and you’re guaranteed a good time even just browsing the shelves.
Rainbow Box, Shop 102-103, 1/F, Sino Centre, 582-592 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 3481 8860
3. The Collector’s Manga Store
It’s difficult to scout out vintage anime and manga series’ in Hong Kong. Fortunately, The Collector’s Manga Store is one of the few awesome hidden gems that still sells local and Japanese comic strips from the 80s and 90s, both second-hand and new. Entering this store is basically like a trip down memory lane.
The Collector’s Manga Store, Shop 222, 2/F, Sino Centre, 582-592 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 9155 0248
4. B+c Mix
B+c Mix is a cozy store with an enticing collection of manga and comics – themes range from adventure and comedy to post-apocalyptic and dystopian – so there’s always something new to find and explore. Plus, they always have all the latest manga releases.
B+c Mix, Shop 120, 1/F, Sino Centre, 582-592 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
5. Amina Tiger Co
Have you seen people whose backpacks are covered with a billion anime pins? They probably get those adorable badges and brooches at Amina Tiger Co. From the legendary Dragon Ball to our all-time-fave Detective Conan series, we love gifting our friends matching pins – because who doesn’t love bringing their favourite anime character with them everywhere?
Amina Tiger Co, Shop B2, B/F, Sino Centre, 582-592 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 6628 7417
Yokohama.co is a haven for all Japanese music enthusiasts. They stock a wide selection of Japanese CDs and magazines. From CDs of Japanese heavy metal band X-Japan with exclusive content and bonus tracks to fashion magazines like Popteen and Vivi, they’ve got it all. Plus the pastel, pearly white interior will have you transported to the streets of Akhibahara in no time!
Yokohama.co, Shop B13-14, B/F, Sino Centre, 582-592 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 2388 7618
7. Kikiss Store
A haven for lovers of Japanese culture and lifestyle in Hong Kong, Kikiss offers an extensive range of products, all curated with meticulous care. From exclusive anime merchandise to trendy fashion items, to high-quality makeup and snacks, this shop inside Sino Centre is a standout destination for those seeking authentic Japanese goods. The team specialises in Japanese import items and are particularly praised for their collection of limited-edition products that are often hard to find outside of Japan.
Kikiss Store, Room 1407B, 14/F, Sino Centre, 582-592 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 2388 7618
8. Hot Toys – Secret Base
If you’re an action figure enthusiast, you’ve got to stop by Hot Toys – Secret Base in Sino Centre. Renowned globally for its intricately designed and lifelike collectible figures, Hot Toys offers an immersive experience that goes beyond the typical retail journey. The moment you step into Secret Base, you’re welcomed into a fantastical world of extraordinary craftsmanship and detail. From the latest Spider-Man figures to exclusive releases, the variety is endless.
Hot Toys – Secret Base, 20/F, Sino Centre, 582-592 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 3722 3988
9. Sky Music
One of the longest-standing shops in Sino Centre, Sky Music is an oasis for music aficionados. This premier music store specialises in an impressive selection of music products, predominantly from the Asian market. Expect a wide variety of Cantonese, Korean, and Japanese music CDs – and fans of K-Pop, J-Pop, and Cantopop often crowding the store. But, Sky Music doesn’t just cater to the mainstream – it embraces diverse genres and independent artists, too. Additionally, the store provides pre-order services for anticipated releases and special edition albums. For those interested in merch, Sky Music also stocks an array of artist merchandise, fan light sticks, and other music-related goods.
Sky Music, M14-M15, M/F, Sino Centre, 582-592 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 2780 5680
[This article was originally published in November 2018 and updated in 2023 by Catherine Pun.]