With shops crammed into every single corner of Hong Kong’s streets, there is no denying that Hong Kong is indeed a shopping paradise. From high-end fashion brands to the greatest bargains in street markets, you can get almost everything in Hong Kong. You don’t even need to travel anymore; you can even buy Macau’s most popular souvenir – almond cookies and seasonal snacks that are limited in certain Japanese regions in Hong Kong.
So if you need a break from the scorching heat or need to hide from the pouring rain this summer, shopping should definitely be your go-to activity. Here are, in no particular order, the top shopping hot-spots you might want to visit.
- Causeway Bay
If you are looking for the ultimate shopping experience, Causeway Bay is probably your must-go place as it is literally covered in shops and malls of all sorts. This is just the place to go to if you want to immerse in the exciting atmosphere of cosmopolitan Hong Kong while shopping. There are three major landmarks for shoppers in the area: Times Square, SOGO mall and the Fashion Walk Area.
- Times Square is one of the largest malls in Hong Kong, mostly featuring mid-priced to luxury goods with a good mix of international brands and local big names. This is a good place for a one-stop shopping experience as the mall even has its own cinema, supermarket and food court. There are also world-class restaurants in the mall, yet the place can be very crowded during holidays.
Walking past Russel Street and Kai Chiu Road are other outlets such as Apple Store, local healthcare retailer Watson’s flagship store, Forever 21 and Bossini etc. Watch out for seasonal sales as they can make all the difference! Hidden in nearby streets are also shops selling local delicacies such as Koi Kei almond cakes and egg rolls and Gong Cha boba tea. You can even grab some souvenirs back home for your friends and family!
You will also find SOGO, Hong Kong’s biggest department store, where you can grab almost anything you need or want.
A personal favorite of mine is however the area near Fashion Walk along Kingston Street. There are a lot of boutiques and shops not just on the street-sides but also upstairs in some buildings, where you can find the chicest fashion and the most interesting stores. I always have a good time treasure-hunting for cute stationery at Journalize or looking for cute postcards while enjoying a meal at Post Collection cafe.
How to Get There:
Take the MTR and get off at Causeway Bay station.
To get to Times Square, use exit A. SOGO, use exit D. Fashion walk, take exit E.
Being the business center of Hong Kong doesn’t mean Central is an area with nothing but skyscrapers. You can find many international brand outlets here, including British brand Marks & Spencer, luxury department stores Harvey Nichols and Lane Crawford, as well as fast fashion brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch. The nearby IFC mall is also a place you can spend the whole day in.
What adds a sense of character to Central is definitely Hollywood Road, Hong Kong’s second oldest street. Though it’s just a few streets away from the hustle and bustle of Central, Hollywood Road shows you a completely different side of Hong Kong. Stretching all the way from Central to Sheung Wan, Hollywood Road is a great place to buy contemporary Chinese art as well as Chinese antiques. The mile-long street is filled with art galleries and outlets selling Chinese style ceramics, furniture and art.
Special pit stops like Man Mo temple and Lascar Row (also called Antique Street) also adds a sense of serenity to the area. I definitely recommend spending an afternoon walking down Hollywood Road to experience what daily Hong Kong life is like. One of the paths up to Hollywood Road goes past Pottinger Street, a quaint little street with granite stone steps. It’s just a great spot for photos, profile pictures and snapchats.
If you are looking for something oriental or distinctively Chinese/Hong Kong, it’s also worth mentioning that Shanghai Tang, a Hong Kong fashion label that offers beautiful contemporary Chinese designs is also in the Central area.
Oh did I mention? Hong Kong’s nightlife hotspot Lan Kwai Fong is also in Central! You can definitely head to a few pubs as an after activity for shopping!
The Mid-levels escalator also takes you up to a more relaxing part of Central, where you can find some pretty awesome restaurants such as Life Cafe Organic Restaurant and Bar, who serves amazing smoothies; and Another Fine Day , a tea saloon offering high tea sets and a service allowing you to write a letter to your future self.
How to Get There:
Take the MTR and get off at Central station.
Take Exit A if you are heading to ifc mall. For other locations, take exit D.
Lan Kwai Fong is just a 5-minute walking distance from the station. Meanwhile, Hollywood Road and the Mid-levels take about 10 minutes to get to if you are taking the Mid-levels escalator up.
- Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is the hub of shops and tourist attractions – a perfect place for any tourists to spend a day or two at. You can choose to roam around Canton Road, where many international brands are grouped, including Louis Vuitton flagship outlet (the biggest one worldwide outside of Paris). Or you can choose to spend a day inside any of the malls along the street such as Habour City.
Tsim Sha Tsui is so apparently made for shopping that there is an entire street named Shopper’s Boulevard at Park Lane, which is packed with local and international brands alike. The street where Park Lane is located at – Nathan Road along with smaller streets around the area also offers numerous stores and special restaurants such as my favorite Korean fast food outlet the Hungry Korean and Taiwanese cafe Coffee Alley (they have great waffles!)
Tired of shopping? Just head to any nearby tourist attractions such as the Avenue of the Stars – Hong Kong’s own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Space Museum or the Science Museum, or just talk a walk along the harbourfront while enjoying the amazing view of the Victoria Habour.
I must also mention that you can find some hidden treasures in the smaller streets. Get a taste of the multicultural side of Hong Kong by visiting Korean grocery stores at Kimberly Street (also known as Korean Street) or visiting Chungking Mansions, an electric place for cheap (a bit unsafe) accommodations, great deals for ethnic fashion and amazing Indian food.
How to Get There:
Take the MTR and get off at Tsim Sha Tsui station.
Get off at Exit A and walk about 5 minutes to Canton Road or the harbourside.
You can also look at the signs and decide which malls you want to head to. Isquare and Miramar Shopping Centre are also great malls.
Far less glitzy than other areas listed on this list but no less exciting, Mongkok is the shopping area where youngsters and hipsters head to. Situated along the busy Nathan Road, you would feel the excitement of living in Hong Kong just by looking at the giant neon billboards along the streets.The biggest shopping mall in the area is definitely Langham Place, housing chic restaurants and great brands to shop at under a beautiful digital sky. This slick and well-planned mall might not be as glitzy as other malls in Tsim Sha Tsui or Causeway Bay, but it’s filled with amazing little brands and local brands and definitely a place where Hong Kong youngsters like to hang out at.
Mongkok however is so much more than just shopping malls and brand name goods. What makes this area so great for shopping is the fact you can find the greatest bargains for almost anything here, from electronics to clothes.For something that is distinctively Hong Kong, go to the street markets. They might be full of tourist tat, but sharp-eyed shoppers can uncover treasures and unique products you cannot find anywhere else other than in these markets. Go to Temple Street Night Market for bargains for fortune telling, trinkets, tea ware, electronics, jade and antiques; Ladies market for bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs; Sneakers Street for sneakers (duh). And yes, we even have a Goldfish and Flower market, where you can get (yes you guessed right) goldfish and flowers.
Smaller meals in the area might look a little cheap and basic compared to Times Square and Harbour City, but those are the places where you would find great bargains. A personal favourite, Argyle Centre, for example is just filled with tiny stores selling clothes and accessories for as cheap as HK$10-HK$50 per item. Another mall frequented by youngsters – Sino Centre is also the place to go for if you are seeking for the latest albums, posters, cups, keychains, fans etc. from your favourite Kpop, Jpop, Mpop etc. stars or bands.
Mongkok is also packed with restaurants everywhere and if you are starving after a whole day of shopping, you can find a lot of restaurants offering all-you-can-eat Japanese food/hot pot/Korea BBQ at reasonable prices in the area.
How to Get There:
Take the MTR and get off at Mongkok station. Take exit E and you would be within 10-minute walkable distance from major shopping malls in the area.
For Flower Street and Goldfish Market, get off at Prince Edward station to walk less. Get off at Yau Ma Tei station if you are heading to Temple Street market.
There are so many places to discover in Hong Kong, and I am sure you will find something you like during your shopping spree. To get a true taste of local life and culture, districts like Sham Shui Po are also places to go for. Just make sure to wear comfy shoes and have enough money on your hands! You are going to need a lot of energy and spend a lot of money!