The 7 best shops in Hong Kong to buy back-to-school stationery and supplies

By YP cadet Joy Chan

Love starting the new school year with a brand-new pencil case? Here’s where to go to get kitted out for your first day back

By YP cadet Joy Chan |

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For some, back-to-school shopping is a chore, and for others, it’s an important annual ritual. Whether you love it or loathe it, buying new school supplies tends to be unavoidable. To give you a head start, Young Post has compiled a list of the best stores to hit for all your new term needs.

CN Square

Chungnam Square, or CN Square as it is better known, stocks a wide collection of items ranging from pencils to easels. If you love spending hours browsing the aisles of stationery stores, then CN Square might just be your idea of paradise. An added bonus: present your student ID card and you’ll be able to get a CN Square membership, which entitles you to a 10 per cent discount with every purchase.

503 Nathan Rd, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon; 135 King’s Road, North Point

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Originally from Japan, Muji has become a household name in Hong Kong, selling not just stationery but homewares and clothing, and boasting a great cafe menu too. The minimalist, understated style of its products is perfect for anyone who needs a little extra help staying organised – or for those who love being able to customise their stationery themselves.

Locations around Hong Kong

Typo at Cotton On

One of the highlights of visiting any Cotton On store is checking out the latest collection of Typo gifts and gadgets. This whimsical brand puts its own playful stamp on everything from notebooks to laptop cases to water bottles. If you’re looking for cute and creative, you’ll find it in spades at Typo. Better yet, the almost constant sales and promotions mean you’re guaranteed to scoop up a bargain (or two, or seven).

Locations around Hong Kong

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Known for carrying high-end stationery products, at Taiwanese bookstore Eslite you’ll find vintage-style wrapping paper, sketchbooks, and million-dollar-contract-signing fountain pens. While the price range is a little higher here than at other stationery stores, you can rest assured that when it comes to quality, you really are getting what you pay for.

Locations around Hong Kong



With bright, colourful designs, Smiggle’s target audience is slightly younger than the other shops on this list. Its fun collections will cheer up even the dullest of classrooms. One criticism, however, is the blatant use of gender-specific marketing; upon walking into any Smiggle store, you’ll notice that the pink fluffy unicorn backpacks are on one side of the room, while the blue rocket ship pencil cases are on the other. Still, if you look past that, Smiggle will cater to all the needs of kids, and kids-at-heart.

Various locations around Hong Kong

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Kikki. K

When it comes to stationery, Kikki. K is the perfect all-rounder. Its designs are cute and creative while still being practical and professional-looking. What’s more, the products are actually designed to help you organise your life and get stuff done.

With daily planners, Post-It note sets, and gratitude journals, there is more than enough variety to cater to whatever specific needs you may have. The store also offers monogramming services so that you can have your stationery personalised.

Locations around Hong Kong


Whether you want to make your own photo album, take better revision notes, or learn the art of calligraphy, Log-On has the tools you need to do it. The store also stocks a variety of global brands, so you’re likely to come across some quirky finds that you may not see in other shops. Not cheap, but you do get quality products.

Locations around Hong Kong

Edited by Charlotte Ames-Ettridge