HMV is a very nostalgic place for me, having spent most of my childhood viewing the popular CDs/soundtracks or shopping for VCDs (or the more expensive DVD) was a fun little adventure. VCDs am I right? Its probably been a while since you have heard such terms. Nowadays Netflix and Spotify is probably the more primary sources for music and movies. But, I feel the shiny reflective circle that holds your favourite tunes is a great way to permanently own a movie or soundtrack. Some may argue that buying CDs are old fashioned, that”the web has every song you could possibly want”, that I am damaging the environment with my collection (of five) reflective plastic donuts(wow this is quite the tangent)… however, I would argue that sure they aren’t the symbol of recycling but I only purchase hardcopies of things that I truly love and will reply again and a again.
The new HMV is truly massive and unique, with its industrial/Brooklynesque hipster vibe, it has a chilled atmosphere (a stark contrast to the buzzing Causeway bay crowds).
It spans across 3 floors, the first floor contains Hong Kong’s largest vinyl record and near the back row upon rows of movies (classics, Japanese, Korean, Chinese etc.). If your not into vinyls or don’t have a snazzy record player, they also have an insane amount of music from a variety of bands/singers and soundtracks.
The HMV has two stops where you can stop and have drinks or snacks while listening to the ongoing music or ponder on that “Beatles” vinyl you are considering buying.
The second floor is unique in the way that it has a lot of bits and bobs from action figures, books, comic book illustrated merchandise and even Vespas etc. You will pretty much find it all here, plus it has a wide variety of headphones and speakers from a variety of brands including the ever popular “beats” headphones. If you are looking for a unique gifts this is the level for you.
The third floor is where the HMV bar and restaurant is located alongside the DJ studio and magazine stands. The bar and restaurant overlooks the 2nd and 3rd floors. After briefly looking at the menu they serve western dishes such as mac and cheese, sandwiches, pizza etc. Bear in mind that the prices are definitely a little higher, at around $100-200 for a meal which could be a downside however, I have yet to try anything, I can only base it on the reviews on Open rice (which are mostly positive).
Although I have yet to try their food and drinks, it is definitely on my list of to go places.
Overall, I love the cool vibe of the new HMV, the skylight at the top floor really opens the space up, I can just imagine what it might be like when it rains and could be a great place to catch up/ meet up with friends.
2/F & 3/F Pearl City 22-36 Paterson Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Sunday – Thursday
10:00 – 23:00
Friday – Saturday
10:00 – 23:45
852 2504 3669