Visiting Hong Kong for the first time? It can be get intimidating for even the most seasoned shopper. Here’s a guide to point you in the right direction.
Hong Kong is a premier shopping hub of Asia. It island sheer variety and diversity has made it a tourism dream destination offering trendy boutiques, glitzy malls, elegant designer stores, night markets and traditional Chinese product stores.
There is never a wrong time to shop in Hong Kong thanks to the local unflinching entrepreneurship spirit that burns year-round. However, the consumption rate typically hits its peak from December to February. This trend can be associated with Christmas holiday and the Chinese spring festival. During this period, many stores offer promotions, with new fashion coinciding with the discounted sales. With so many shops, markets and malls where should one even start to shop? Have ample plan for your shopping sprees along the city shopping district. Each of the below places offers a unique experience.
Causeway Bay –the shopping mecca in Hong Kong
- Address: Border Eastern District of Hong Kong
- What to buy: Medium and high-end goods including cosmetics, clothing, jewelry, toys and electrical products.
- Shopping markets: Jardine’s Crescent and Jardine’s Bazaar.
- Shopping malls: World Trade Centre, Fashion Island, Time Square, SOGO, Lee Theatre Plaza, Island Beverly.
- How to get there: Use MTR; Island line, Causeway Bay stations.
Mong Kok – best market bargain.
- Address: Western part of Kowloon Peninsula
- What to buy: affordable handbags, computer gear, watches, fashion and copy version of designer products.
- Shopping markets: Temple Street Night Market, goldfish market, Ladies’ market, Yuen Po Street Bird Garden and Flower Market.
- Shopping malls: Mong Kok Computer Centre, Langham Place, Argyle Centre and Grand Century Place.
- How to get there: Use MTR; Prince Edward Station to the north, Mong Kok station to the south on Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong lines.
Sham Shui Po – paradise for electronic shoppers
- Address: Northern side of Kowloon
- What to buy: fashion, fabrics, computers wares, and electronics
- Shopping markets: Golden Computer Centre, Fuk Wa Street, Apliu Street Market, Nam Cheong Street, and Dragon Centre.
- How to get there: Use MTR; Sham Shui Po Station on Tsuen Wan lines.
Hollywood Road and Cat Steet Bazaar/Upper Lascar Row
- Address: Sheung Wan
- What to buy: Genuine antiques, jewelry, embroideries, wooden handicraft items and silk products
- Shopping markets: Along Hollywood
- How to get there: Use MTR; Island line, Central station or Sheung Wan station.
Central Hong Kong – heaven for high-end products
- Address: North Shore of Hong Kong Island
- What to buy: Luxury brands such as Gucci, LV, Chanel, Cattier, CD, and Burberry
- Shopping malls: Pacific Place, Galleria, Prince’s building, Landmark and IFC mall
- How to get there: Use MTR; Tung Chng line, Island line, Tsuen Wan line, Central or Admiralty stations
Tsim Sha Tsui –luxury shopping and recreation area
- Address: south of Kowloon peninsula
- What to buy: Both luxury and affordable goods: jewelry, eyeglasses, electronics, shoes, handbag, watches, etc.
- Shopping markets: Park lane, Nathan Road, Granville road
- Shopping malls: SOGO, Miramar Shopping Centre, Harbor city, New World Centre, The ONE, 1881 Heritage.
- How to get there: Use MTR; Tsim Sha Tsui station, Tsuen Wan line
Stanley –large open-air market
- Address: South shore of Hong Kong Island
- What to buy: Silk garments, sportswear, ornaments, Chinese art and craft, jewelry, souvenirs, toys, traditional Chinese fashion
- Shopping markets: Stanley market
- How to get there: Take MTR to Chai Wan station, then use a taxi or take regular buses: 6, 6A or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminal in Central.