A shopper’s paradise, Hong Kong is filled with malls, shopping streets and markets. Considering the low prices, you should not be surprised if you end up spending too much time wondering around the malls than visiting the city.
Need to know before shopping
All goods —except alcohol and tobacco — are tax-free, which makes Hong Kong one of the best shopping locations in the world.
Chain shops and department stores tend to have higher prices than smaller shops and street market stalls. Also, the market is the place to bargain as the price is never marked on the products.
Avoid buying electronic equipment although it’s quite cheap. You will have a lot of headaches if you need any after-sale service (including warranty).
Most shops accept credit card payments. Always check the credit card slip before signing it and take the receipt. Always check the fees and commissions before you leave home so you know what to expect.
Where to shop
Hong Kong Island
The Central district is home to many malls which attract any traveler. The shocking difference between the old markets and the designer boutiques is enough to bring excitement even to those who don’t particularly enjoy this kind of cardio. Malls such as The Landmark, Prince’s Building or The Galleria are filled daily with locals and travelers alike looking for designer shops and exclusive brands.
The Lane is the general name given to two parallel streets: Li Yuen Street East and Li Yuen Street West. They are well known among travelers for pretty much anything, from inexpensive clothing to watches, clothes and shoes.
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The local market is open daily between 10 AM and 7 PM. You will find it between Queen’s Road Central and Des Voeux Road Central.
If you are looking for a new camera, try the shops on Stanley Street, while if antiques are on your mind, you should stroll on Hollywood Road.
In the Western District, at the corner of Connaught Road and Morrison Street, you will find the Western Market. The market is famous for the Chinese handicraft stores and fabric shops. To the west of the market there is an area known for the small Chinese-style shops selling dried seafood and medicinal herbs.
Another good place to hunt for antiques —such as old coins or watches- is Cat Street bazaar.
In Admiralty you will find one of the most popular malls in Hong Kong: Pacific Place.
Tsim Sha Tsui area is famous for the very new fashion items. It’s a real pleasure to roam in search for something new and fashionable. Among the bargain shoppers, Granville Road is well known for the factory outlets.
Harbour City is undoubtedly the largest and most famous shopping and entertainment area in Hong Kong. You can find anything here including the most recent gadgets (don’t miss a visit to Star House).
Canton Road is the perfect place to buy designer wear, be it local or international.
In the same area, just a block away, stroll along Golden Mile. The street (Nathan Road) comprises restaurants, shops, hotels and night clubs and is full with shoppers day and night.
Yau Ma Tei street is famous for clothes and jewelry and its street markets.
Maritime Square in Tsing Yi comprises over 200 shops, mixing both old and new Hong Kong. The square is located right near the International airport, making it a great stop for transit passengers as well. There are also restaurants and cinema.
Right in the Hong Kong International Airport there is SkyPlaza, offering stores, restaurants and entertainment spots.
Citygate Outlets is the first and only outlet mall in the city. Located at just 5 minutes taxi ride from the airport, it comprises over 50 international brand names and offers year-round 30%-70% discount. A true heaven for the shopper!