Hong Kong Travel Guide

Hong Kong Shopping


Hong Kong is a shopping paradise.The devotion Hong Kong applies to shopping is a sight in its own right. The city’s heritage as an international centre of trade has led to an incredible variety of goods, while the local passion for buying and selling infects almost every corner of the city – and all those who enter it.


What to buy in Hong Kong?

Classic, cutting-edge, everyday and offbeat: the selection of goods being sold by the second in Hong Kong is befitting of a city that’s been a crossroads of global trade for over 150 years. Here’s where you can find what you want — or just lose yourself looking for it.

hk-jewellery-and-watches_200.jpgNo.1: Jewellery and Watches

With more jewellery stores per square kilometre than any other city in the world, it’s no surprise that the city has a vast supply of precious stones and metals as well as timepieces. Make things easier by narrowing your search down to Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Central, and Causeway Bay. The Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei is also a guaranteed fun few hours, whether you buy anything or not.


hk-fashion-and-beauty_200.jpgNo.2: Fashion and Beauty

From skyscraper malls to cubby-hole stalls, the sheer variety of clothes shopping here is a sight to behold. Be measured for an affordable tweed three-piece suit, rifle through a pile of factory surplus in a noisy street market, or pick out uniquely Hong Kong silk chinoiserie and world-renowned creations of local designers. The shopping experience for cosmetics and skincare is no less varied and just about every budget is catered to.


hk-computers-and-electronics_200.jpgNo.3: Computers and Electronics

Hong Kong’s lack of sales tax and import duty means bargains await on everything from desktop computers to music players. Shops in Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay offer the most competitive prices for electronic goods and communications equipment. For computer hardware, software and accessories, head to Wan Chai Computer Centre in Wan Chai, and Golden Computer Arcade and Golden Computer Centre in Sham Shui Po.


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No.4: Toys

One thing that people of all ages love is toys, and although most toy manufacturing businesses left Hong Kong for Mainland China in the 1980s, locals have kept their passion for kiddie collectables alive. From semi-precious limited-edition figurines to the latest gadgets and games, Hong Kong specialises in all sorts of knickknacks from around the world. Try Tai Yuen Street in Wan Chai for something for every kid, big or small.


hk-traditional-wares-and-wears_200.jpgNo.5: Traditional Wares and Wears

Aside from galleries, antiques shops and street markets on Cat Street and Hollywood Road, arts and crafts gems can be found all around town. From screens to traditional silk garments, from revolutionary memorabilia to seals, from calligraphy scrolls to porcelain tea sets, there are always exciting items to be unearthed. Be sure to pay a visit to Chinese department stores, Li Yuen East and West streets and Stanley Markets for a good look!


No.6: Chinese Snacks and Brews

Chinese pastries like the curiously named but flaky and chewy ‘wife cake’ are available year-round, as well as dried seafood and tonic foods in Sheung Wan, for the more adventurous. If you’re visiting the city during festive occasions, try the signature snacks, many of which are loaded with metaphorical meanings.


Where to buy in Hong Kong?

The words variety and Hong Kong shopping go hand-in-tote bag. And that’s not just in the range of goods on offer, but in the countless ways you can find and buy them. Whether you’re a ‘mallster’ or a market hound, there’s plenty to choose from in Asia’s world city.

Shopping Areas:  With so many shops, markets and malls in Hong Kong,  where do you even start? Plan your spree along the city’s shopping districts. Each is compact and offers a unique experience. And when you’re done, it’s just a quick hop to the next one.

Hongkong Island:  

hk-Island-Beverly-Center_03.jpg1. Admiralty, Central and SoHo Where the rich, the famous and the star-struck flash their plastic

2. Causeway Bay, For the big guns: some call this the Olympic Games of shopping.

3. Sheung Wan, Take a browse through this chic and eclectic neighourhood.

Kowloon:  

1. Tsim Sha Tsui, A giant, living, breathing world bazaar

2. Kowloon East and Kowloon West, The calm residential neighbourhoods of Kowloon hide a variety of malls.

3. Mong Kok,  Everything imaginable is bought and sold in this blur of neon signs and ‘peoplescapes’.

New Territories and the Outlying Islands

1. Lantau,  How many discount outlets shops can one person handle? The answer lies here.

Malls and Department Stores

Surrounded by bargain alleys and street markets, Hong Kong’s plush malls are just as plentiful and varied as their older-style cousins. Glitzy and glassy, we have them. Funky and themed – check. Cluttered and eclectic – you bet. These shopping havens are Hong Kong’s modern answer to its marketplace heritage.

hk-1881-Heritage_03.jpgHongkong Island:  

1.Cityplaza,  A fun family mall offering everything from daily necessities to grand pianos          

2. Design Gallery,  Design Gallery is a showcase of the great variety of Hong Kong designs and brands.        

3. Fashion Walk,  A street complex of high-fashion and Japanese and European mid-priced brands

Kowloon:  

1. 1881 Heritage, Shop and dine at the former Marine Police Headquarters.

2.  China Hong Kong City, Good views, great shopping and convenient ferry connections to Mainland China.

hk-Citygate-Outlets_03.jpgNew Territories & The Outlying Islands

1.Citygate Outlets, More than 80 international brands under one roof

2. Design Gallery, Design Gallery is a showcase of the great variety of Hong Kong designs and brands.

3. Landmark North, Poke through jewellery, fashion, skincare and audio-visual products.

Street Markets and Shopping Streets

In Hong Kong, you can dress a bride, redo a house and amuse a child one street at a time. The South China practice of grouping similar businesses on one street means you can do much more: goldfish, birds, clothes, electronics and shoes – if it’s worth shopping, it has a street here. 

Cat Street (Antiques):  A historic street bursting with antiques and curios

Chun Yeung Street (Wet Market):  Take a tram ride through a lively wet market.

Dried Seafood Street and Tonic Food Street:  The exotic world of Eastern health tonics is alive in Hong Kong.

Apliu Street Flea Market (Electronics):  Hunt through bargain electronic products!

Cheung Sha Wan Road (Fashion):  A chaotic bazaar of casual street wear


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