Hong Kong is a paradise for shopaholics. Full of trendy malls, hip boutiques, smart shops, multipurpose stores and street markets, Hong Kong’s shopping scene is quite impressive. So good, that it lures even those who are not very fond of shopping. People get drawn to neon advertisements, classy glittering hoardings, flashing names of big brands and the popping signboards that read ‘Sale’. Hate’em, love’em, but you can’t ignore’em.
Like we always make things simpler for you, here are the 5 best shopping places in Hong Kong. There are the swankiest of shopping malls, factory outlets with exclusive deals, and street markets for kitschy picks. And don’t worry about the cash, your Visa, AmEx, and DC cards are widely accepted. If you are looking for good quality products, with proper guarantee and warranty, go to shopping malls and boutiques with ‘Excellence’ sign on them.
1. Causeway Bay – Hong Kong’s liveliest shopping hub
Get a feel of Hong Kong’s shopping scene at the popular Causeway Bay. Every nook of the Causeway Bay is covered with malls, shops, and goodies. It is best known for its happening brand stores and the Fashion Walk Area. Causeway’s two gems are SOGO – Hong Kong’s biggest department store, and the Time Square Shopping Mall – one of the biggest malls of the city. Always buzzing with shopaholics, the Causeway is alive till 11 pm. Best buys and good bargains can be found during the weekends when most stores run special offers.
SOGO Store, the department store spread over 13 floors has the monopoly of pricier brands. However, you will be able to dig out some good bargains if you look closely. Times Square Mall, on the other hand, boasts of 16 floors with over 230 shops. The shops here are of mixed category, starting from a Levi’s store to an Armani store.
There are several small high-end boutiques and hip shops by local designers in the Fashion Walk area where you can get the taste of local shopping in Hong Kong. Mostly, the area caters to the young hipster crowd but there are shops for those with a mature taste too. You just need to find those in the sea of flashing neon advertisements.
Nearest Metro Station: MTR Causeway Bay or Hong Kong Island Tram
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2. Central District – Check out the swanky boutiques and global designer brands
The Hong Kong’s swankiest, classiest and ritziest shopping mall, The Landmark Shopping Mall is at the Central. It houses international boutiques, couture shops, trademark stores, and high-end brand flagships. But with class, comes a heavy price – maybe a little indulgent window shopping is a good idea.
Moving forward, Central District is one of the best of Hong Kong’s shopping places. Many of the New York based designers have set their shops in the glass building of Central District. There is Harvey Nichols and Lane Crawford flagship stores. There are Louis Vuitton, Alberta Ferretti, Blanc de Chine, Diane von Furstenberg, Dior, Gucci, Kent and Kurwen Tailors, Luisa Cerano, Marina Rinaldi, MOSCHINO, Paul Smith, Polo Jeans Co, Ralph Lauren, Sonia Rykiel, St John, Vivienne Tam..phew. It can’t get better than that.
Just a visit to the place and you will be mixing in with the super-rich, sugar-daddies, sheikhs, and sports stars. One among a billion malls, IFC has some of the most well-known international brands. The prices are on a higher side of course, but still affordable nonetheless.
Nearest Metro Station: Central MTR or Tung Chung MTR
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3. Hollywood Road – The hot spot for marvellous antiques, art decors, and ceramics
Hollywood Road is the prime place to buy Chinese contemporary art, and contemporary sheesha. The street is loaded with art galleries, small independent boutiques, and hundreds of restaurants and bistros. It is the most high-end residential area with some of the best shopping places in Hong Kong adorning the first few floors. The Road never sleeps; it is always buzzing with either enthusiastic shoppers or party goers at night.
Hollywood road is probably the finest place in the world to buy antiques, ceramics, furniture and home décor items. Most of these antique shops have items which age more than 100 years. The best part is that you can grab a snack from anywhere while shopping. What better way to shop than to grab an Emolio’s shake or a Pounder burger while shop hopping.
Nearest Metro Station: Central MTR
4. Mongkok – Get a taste of street shopping in Hong Kong
Far less glitzy than Causeway, Mongkok is closer to street shopping in Hong Kong. It is one of the busiest streets the world and a shopping heaven for budgeteers. From cutest outfits to the most happening bomber jackets to hipster totes to smart footwear – it has everything to jazz up your wardrobe. There is also a part of the street dedicated to electronic items. Take your pick from first copy watches, gadgets and much more. However, don’t expect any guarantee or warranty on the items. Once you have paid for the item, it is for you to keep. Shopkeepers won’t entertain you even if you point out some fault within mere seconds. So check everything twice, thoroughly.
The main attraction of the Mongkok is its famous Ladies Market. It is possibly the most famous local market in the country. And indeed it should be. You get almost everything – fake handbags, copied designer clothes, first copied watches and so much more.
Contrary to the name, the market is not just dedicated to women. There is Mongkok Computer market to stock up on the best of cheap electronic gadgets and computer gear. For something exotic, visit Goldfish Market to see colorful fishes, spiders, snakes and such. It is one of the creepiest shopping places in Hong Kong, but well-worth a visit.
Nearest Metro Station: Mongkok MTR
5. Sham Shui Po – The fabric market of Hong Kong
Sham Shui Po is a hidden shopping district in Hong Kong. There is nothing flashy or swanky about the hub, except the great deals you get at almost every shop. Most of the shopkeepers don’t understand English, which makes bargaining slightly tricky. The fabrics, cloth items, and leather apparels are the most sought after items here. In fact, people sometimes refer it to as the fabric market of Hong Kong.
A visit to Sham Shui Po’s Golden Shopping Arcade is a must for gadget freaks. Get best prices for latest editions of popular computer gears and accessories. Sham Shui Po is a totally different shopping experience, away from all the glitz. It is the place for cheap shopping in Hong Kong, if that’s what you are looking for.
Nearest Metro Station: Sham Shui Po MTR
Shopping hubs in Hong Kong offer a wide variety, and great deals – right from designer labels to exclusive street picks. Which one of these is your favorite?
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