Whether you’re looking to unleash your inner artist or you have your heart set on recreating that DIY set-up you saw on Pinterest, to get arty in Hong Kong, you’ll need to stock up on arts and crafts supplies. Struggling to source what you need? Our city is home to a number of specialist stores that stock everything from chalk paint to moulding clay and (nearly) everything in-between. These are the best places to buy everything you need for your artistic endeavours.
Hands Art & Craft
An institution in its own right, Hands Art & Craft has developed a reputation over the years among its loyal clientele. The shop is a veritable treasure trove for budding artists, stocking all manner of paints, brushes, and tools you’d need to craft to your heart’s content. Its knowledgeable staff can help you source what you’re looking for in the shop, which is a challenge to do on your own, as every nook and cranny filled to the brim.
Hands Art & Craft, 1A, Po Wah Commercial Centre, 226 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2893 9721
ArtShop Wan Chai
With regular and returning customers such as TVB, HKTDC, and multiple hotels and universities across the city, you know that ArtShop Wan Chai offers a formidable selection to rival other arts and crafts stores in the city. In their shop, they everything from brushes, easels, and canvases to Pantone colour books for professional graphic designers. They also offer COPIC marker pens in all shapes and sizes, a brand that’s notable as the first to be widely used in Japanese manga and design for their wide range of colour and density.
ArtShop Wan Chai, Flat A, 10/F, Shun Pont Commercial Building, 5–11 Thomson Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2554 1689
Molotow Retail Store
With an emphasis on street art, Molotow offers a full range of products to support your graffiti, calligraphy and lettering endeavours, as well as supplies for miniature model-making. The supply store oozes street art rebel spirit, with spray paint cans lining the walls in almost any colour imaginable. Markers and brushes are also available for crafty artists who want to work on small-scale projects.
Molotow Hong Kong Store, 2/F Easy Pack Industrial Building, 140 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong | (+852) 2622 2012
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Founded in 1994, Paper Art has been around for more than 20 years, promoting an earth-friendly paper culture in Hong Kong. As their name suggests, they mainly sell paper-related products, such as cards, stamps, wrapping paper, and more. You can make your own customised stamp using the craving tools they sell, along with a wide collection of pre-made stamps. They also provide accessories for decorating your own cards, such as marker pens, glitter, and paper flowers, so you can gift your loved ones something extra special.
Paper Art, 1/F, Hung Tak Building, 106–108 Des Voeux Road Central, Central | (+852) 2545 8985
This chic art supply concept shop is the perfect place for culture enthusiasts to hang out and meet new friends. The staff is passionate about art and well-versed in product knowledge, and there’s even a corner with testers for customers to try out products and make informed purchases. They regularly host art workshops in their open shop space as well, or you can pop in to work on your sketchbook art for hours. Next to their massive collection of art supplies is a café kitchen that provides delicious food and drinks for anyone who just wants to hang out and soak up some creative vibes.
Colour EXP, 8/F, Front Block, Ming Sang Industrial Building, 19–21 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong | (+852) 2511 4845
True to its name, the Craft Supplies store sells everything from your basic, run-of-the-mill stationery supplies to supersized acrylic paint pots, resin, masks, fabric paint, and tissue paper in every colour under the sun. Whatever your creative plans are, this store is near-guaranteed to have what you need or to inspire you if you’re ready to get the creative juices flowing.
Craft Supplies, 173 Sai Yee Street, Prince Edward | (+852) 2392 0969
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This sprawling shop spans more than 4,000 square foot and is the go-to destination for art students, teachers, professionals, and home enthusiasts alike. Stocking supplies for painters, sculptors, graphic artists, printmakers and more, Artland has been attracting the business of loyal patrons since opening its doors in 1954. It even boasts its own art gallery, for those looking for a little inspiration, with exhibitions rotating on a fortnightly basis.
Artland, 3/F, Lockhart Centre, 301–307 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2511 4845
Established in 1961, Artsman Co. has stood the test of time, proving itself to be a reliable provider of quality arts and crafts supplies. It is a popular choice for artists looking to purchase an array of materials, including modelling clay, Japanese paintbrushes, numerous brands of oil, watercolour and acrylic paints, and more.
Artsman Co., Flat A, 2/F, Kiu Hong Mansion, 3–5A Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai | (+852) 2573 8159
Spread across five floors, CN Square is no mere stationery shop—this emporium stocks over 20,000 different arts and crafts supplies, all neatly organised into different materials and categories. There’s also an elevator to help you navigate the different floors—particularly useful when you’re wielding a heavy shopping basket after only exploring the bottom floor. CN Square covers everything from oils and acrylics to canvases, pens, sculpting supplies, and regular stationery and office supplies. Their Yau Ma Tei location alone will eat up hours of browsing time!
CN Square, 503 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei | (+852) 2384 2430
M/F, 135 King’s Road, North Point | (+852) 2462 2265