Hong Kong is a shopaholics dream destination! From luxury mega malls to distinctively quirky street markets, high-end boutiques to traditional Chinese stores to themed shopping districts, this city has it all. And along with these what makes Hong Kong even better for shopping are reasons like no sales tax, meaning consumers get more for their buck, fierce competition among the retailers which translates into a wide variety of goods at competitive prices. One can buy anything from electronic products to clothing to footwear, gold jewelry, accessories, branded luxury goods, antiques, toys and Chinese herbs/medicine. There’s also a wide choice of Japanese, Korean, American and European clothing and cosmetics but it’s actually pricier as a result of import tax. The whole city has shops, boutiques, street markets, department stores, and malls, and it’s practically everywhere that you can shop. But still there are some specific markets which are a must go.
Causeway Bay: The Causeway Bay area is a popular tourist destination in Hong Kong. Packed with department stores, small fashion boutiques and tons of bargain stalls, there’s something for everyone. The enormity of this shopping mecca would mean that visitors should be prepared to spend an entire day here. Specialty shops, electrical appliances and trendy fashion for young people can be found here in abundance. The 13-storey Japanese department store Sogo and Times Square, an indoor shopping complex can also be found here in Causeway Bay. Smaller malls such as World Trade Centre, Windsor House, Hang Lung Centre, Fashion Island, Fashion Walk, Lee Gardens and Lee Gardens Two make up the bulk of the shops.At any point in the day, this is one of the most crowded areas in Hong Kong. Carrying goods from Japan, Europe and the United States, this area is where the wealthy come to do their shopping. Besides being a mega shopping district, the cafes and entertainment outlets found in this area makes it a popular social spot for young people.
This photo of Ladies Market is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Ladies’s Market: In between the First Opium War and the Japanese occupation and before the modernization of Hong Kong, getting a job was nearly impossible. Many people were driven to desperation and eventually ended up being hawkers on the street to earn a living. Before long, illegal hawkers flooded the streets of Hong Kong and cause significant disruptions and problems. This led to the Hong Kong government demarcate an “authorized hawkering zone” in 1975. Twenty zones were allocated in Kowloon and the section of Tung Choi Street between Argyle Street and Shan Tung Street was the very first official hawker zone. Located in the heart of Mongkok District, Ladies Market or commonly referred to by the locals as Women’s Street started out as a street where local women went to buy bargain clothing, small household items, and stuff that typically women would shop for. Today the main product sold in the market is clothing although watches and bags can also be found there. For visitors wanting to buy electronics, head over to the Mongkok Computer Shopping Center which is just around the corner or head over one street to Sai Yeung Choi Street South (famous for digital cameras). This street market is open daily from noon to just before midnight.
Wanchai: Situated east of Admiralty & Central district and west of Causeway Bay, Wanchai is an area steeped in history and offers visitors an amazing range of shopping options. Along Queen’s Road East there are a number of excellent rattan and Chinese furniture shops offering good deals. Logistical concerns? No worries, the shops will happily arrange for your purchases to be shipped back home. Spring Garden Lane is a great bargain location where visitors can buy trendy clothes at rather competitive prices. The market stalls found in this area exclusively sell goods that were originally meant for export, which makes their quality and price very competitive. Shopping in this area gives visitors the opportunity to see and interact with locals who go there to shop for vegetables, fruit and household items.
This photo of Temple Street Night Market is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Temple Street Night Market: Located in the region of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon, this is perhaps Hong Kong’s most famous and popular street market. Featured heavily in many Hong Kong films and Hollywood B-movie scenes, Temple Street Night Market is best described as organized chaos and also the perfect place to find great bargains. Temple Street has rows and rows of brightly lit stalls carrying a variety of goods ranging from clothing, pens, watches, to CDs, cassettes, electronic gadgets, hardware and luggage. Feeling famished during or after shopping? There are many food stalls offering a range of local delicacies including fresh seafood and hotpot dishes to sate ones appetite. Towards the end of Yau Ma Tei at end of the street, visitors can see the local fortune tellers reading the palms and faces of their customers! To fully experience what Temple Street Night Market has to offer, a trip around 8pm onwards is recommended.