Mention Hong Kong and it comes as no surprise that shopping will definitely be in the to-do list of any traveller. With dozens of shopping spots around the city and a range of budgets to suit every shopper, Hong Kong is absolutely a shopaholic’s paradise. Whether you’re looking to stock up on the latest fashion trends or searching for unique souvenirs to bring home, we’ve rounded up the top 15 shopping spots in Hong Kong. So, get ready as we prepare you for your retail therapy!
Must-visit local markets:
You can’t say you’ve been to Hong Kong without visiting their local markets! Bustling, crowded and loud, street markets are where you can really immerse yourself in the daily lives of the locals. Here are 3 markets you cannot miss while in Hong Kong:
1. Ladies Market
Don’t be mistaken by the name of this market! Though named Ladies Market due to the wide range of clothes and accessories catered to women, this market has an extensive range of other stuff too – including men’s fashion, cheap souvenirs, electronics and toys.
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Though the market opens around 12pm, the activity only builds up later in the afternoon and continues all the way till 11pm. It gets really crowded on the weekends so do plan your time wisely!
#HHWT Tip: It’s no surprise that Ladies Market is a tad touristy and starting prices might be a little higher than the actual price, but just remember to bargain your way through. After all, that’s the fun in shopping, right?
Address: Tung Choi St, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Directions: Take exit E2 from MTR Mong Kok Station and walk down Nelson St till you reach the market
2. Temple Street Night Market
For a more traditional atmosphere of a Chinese market, head over to Temple Street Night Market in Jordan, where you’ll get a glimpse of authentic Hong Kong culture. As the largest and liveliest market in Hong Kong, you can just imagine the wide variety of things sold at this market. Some of the items offered here can also be found at Ladies Market, such as affordable clothes and accessories. But what makes Temple Street stand out are their antique wares, trinkets, jade and other vintage Chinese souvenirs.
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What’s more, the market is also alive with Chinese culture such as fortune-tellers and open-air Cantonese opera. It’s also interesting to witness the theatrics and festivities of a Chinese market! Though Temple Street Night Market opens at 6pm, the market is at its liveliest from 7pm – 10pm.
Address: Temple St, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Directions: Take exit C from MTR Yau Ma Tei Station or exit A from MTR Jordan Station
3. Stanley Market
Get away from the bustling city to this seaside market located in the quaint district of Stanley. With a more chill and laid-back atmosphere, this is a great place to pick up Chinese-themed souvenirs such as ornamental chopsticks, paintings and cards. You can even find Bruce Lee memorabilia here!
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Unlike the other two markets, Stanley Market is only opened during the day and it makes for a charming escape away from the city. The best part is, the market is only about 5 to 10 minutes walk to Stanley Beach, so you can unwind there after a stroll through the market.
Address: Stanley New St and Stanley Market Rd, Stanley, Hong Kong Island
Opening hours: 10.30am – 6.30pm daily
Directions: Take bus 6, 6A, 6X, or 260 from Exchange Square Bus Terminus (across Star Ferry Pier in Central)
Not only is Hong Kong filled with interesting street markets, the city also has a wide array of shopping malls which has everything you could possibly need under one roof! Most of the malls in Hong Kong have options to suit any budget. Not to mention that Hong Kong malls are also perfect for families, especially those with young kids.
4. Harbour City
Harbour City is Hong Kong’s biggest shopping mall which makes it the most ideal location for your retail therapy. With more than 700 stores in place, you’ll find a couple of international brands that are only available in Hong Kong like the cosmetics brand Charlotte Tilbury, candy store Sugarfina and many more!
Take your shopping up a notch and head over to the LCX zone for the trendiest fashion labels or SportX zone to browse their sports flagship stores such as FILA. If you want to splurge a little more, there’s also a row of luxury brands at the premise like Hermès and Chanel.
If you’re travelling with kids, this is the best chance to pamper them at Asia’s biggest Toys ‘R’ Us or other shops at the KidX zone. Those of you looking for cosmetics and skincare can go over to the FACES zone which has more than 200 beauty brands!
After you’re done with all that shopping, take a breather at the Ocean Terminal Deck which gives you a magnificent panorama of the Victoria Harbour, perfect for you to soak in Hong Kong’s beautiful skyline.
Address: 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Directions: Take exit A1 from MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station
5. Times Square
Most travellers to Hong Kong would definitely have stepped foot in the iconic Times Square. With 16 floors of mid-range to luxury fashion and accessories, electronics, toys and departmental stores, Times Square is the largest shopping mall in Causeway Bay.
Expect to find a mix of local Hong Kong brands here like Fortress electronics store and Lane Crawford department store. Not to mention international brands such as Marks and Spencer, ZARA, Gucci and Louis Vuitton too!
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As one of Hong Kong’s most vibrant spots, it’s no surprise that Times Square is also where thousands of people gather during the New Year countdown. Be sure to experience the countdown if you’re in Hong Kong then!
Address: 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Directions: Take exit A from MTR Causeway Bay Station
6. Citygate Outlets
Shopping for branded goods in Hong Kong doesn’t have to be expensive when there’s Citygate Outlets! The best part is, the things here are permanently on 30%-70% discount, so that means you can get the best offers on over 90 international brands. Stock up on designer fashion, sports equipment, shoes, beauty products and even children’s clothes and toys here. Other than factory outlet stores like Adidas, Nike, Timberland and Puma, you can also find luxury brands like Kate Spade and Armani here, all at discounted prices!
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Citygate is also conveniently located 10 minutes from Hong Kong Airport, so it’s perfect for some last-minute shopping before you head home or even if you’re on a long transit. If time permits, visit Ngong Ping 360, another one of Hong Kong’s iconic landmarks that’s accessible via cable cars just behind Citygate. There, you’ll find plenty of local souvenirs that you can bring home!
Address: 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Outlying Islands
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Directions: Take exit C from MTR Tung Chung Station
For trendiest fashion items and accessories:
If you’re wondering where you can get the best bargains without cramping your style, Hong Kong has a lot of fashion shops – from local brands to independent designers. Here are our top picks on where to shop!
7. Granville Road
Granville Road is the place to be to keep up with the latest fashion trends in Hong Kong. A fashion street with a mix of boutiques and factory outlet stores, the items here are trendy yet affordable as it caters to a younger crowd. Here you can find brand names at discounted prices as some shops will be having end-of-season or factory clearance sales.
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Look out for Sasa, Lush and Lung Shing Dispensary for value buys on cosmetics or head over to C.P.U. to get the best deals on sportswear like Nike or Adidas. Step into fashion boutique IZZUE for casual Hong Kong street fashion. If you’re a fan of independent designers, head over to Rise Shopping Arcade and Beverley Commercial Centre, and if you’re looking for second-hand shops with vintage fashion, Mee & Gee will be your best bet!
Address: Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Directions: Take exit B2 from MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station
8. Cheung Sha Wan Fashion Road
If you’re one to look through rows of shops for unexpected hidden gems, then Cheung Sha Wan is perfect for you. This is usually a place for fashion designers and retailers to get their fabric and raw materials. But that’s not all – there are more than 250 wholesale shops, so this means more shopping for you! The deal here is you have you get your clothes in bulk, usually a minimum of 4 pieces. So it’s perfect if you’re here with a group of friends, as you can get them for as low as 15-40 HKD.
#HHWT Tip: Looking for plus-sized clothing? You don’t have to worry as Cheung Sha Wan has shops which sell them!
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While the shopping experience here is completely different, it is also a unique experience as you never know what you might find! Plus, a lot of locals do their shopping here too, so here’s your chance to mingle with them.
P.S. Explore more sights around Cheung Sha Wan with our Muslim-friendly guide of Sham Shui Po.
Address: Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Directions: Take exit C1 from MTR Sham Shui Po Station
9. PMQ Central
PMQ is the acronym for Police Married Quarters and this complex once used to be the residential units of the Hong Kong police force. Now, PMQ Central is a hipster shopping spot in the SoHo district and a hotbed for Hong Kong’s designers and creatives. With over 100 stores selling fashion items, accessories, jewellery and watches, here’s where you can find local fashion labels amongst pop-up stores and art galleries. There’s also a central courtyard, where exhibitions or flea markets are sometimes held. Not to mention, PMQ’s nooks and crannies make super Instagrammable backdrops too!
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One of the stores worth checking out here is Goods Of Desire (G09-G14) which has quirky and fun souvenirs reflecting Hong Kong street culture. If you’re a fashionista, you’d love Kapok (HG10-12) for their independently designed local brands and the latest trends in Hong Kong’s fashion scene.
Address: 35, Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong Island
Opening hours: 7am – 11pm (shops open 11am – 8pm)
Directions: PMQ is about 5-10 minutes walk from Sheung Wan (Exit E2), Hong Kong (Exit E1) and Central (Exit C) MTR Stations
10. Fa Yuen Sneakers Street
With an extensive choice of sports shoes and sportswear shops, Fa Yuen is where you can find famous brands such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Puma. To top that off, you might also be able to spot the latest designs and limited-edition releases from all over the world. But the good news is, there’s a good range of cheap to high-end prices here so rest assured, you’ll be able to find a style (and budget!) which suits you.
In terms of variety, you’ll also be able to find trainers for every type of sport at Fa Yuen Street – from football, basketball, and even tennis and golf. There are also a variety of sports goods and accessories here!
#HHWT Tip: Do walk around and compare prices between shops, as some shops might sell the same thing at a lower price.
Address: Fa Yuen St, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Directions: Take exit D3 from MTR Mong Kok Station
You can safely say that Hong Kong is a mecca for luxury shopping in Asia. In fact, did you know that Hong Kong comes second only to London when it comes to the best places to shop for luxury items? Here are the top 3 luxury shopping spots in Hong Kong!
An exclusive luxury mall in the Central district, the LANDMARK has a reputation for its range of designer labels. When you enter the mall, you’d notice their attractive window displays which makes it great even for window shopping. But if you do have the money to splurge, head over to the Louis Vuitton Asia flagship store which has significantly lower prices than other places in Hong Kong!
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Carry on your retail therapy with glamorous buys from Diane von Furstenburg, Jimmy Choo, Coach and Harvey Nichols. Did you know that one of the cafes here is also popular with local celebrities? I guess you could say that this is where the real crazy rich Asians spend their money!
Address: 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Directions: Take exit G from MTR Central Station
12. Pacific Place
A swanky mall with high-end men’s and women’s fashion, Pacific Place is another go-to place for luxury shopping. Here’s where you should go for some premium skincare shopping as they have a one-stop space called The Beauty Gallery for all your beauty needs. You can find the standalone boutiques of premium brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Natura Bisse, La Mer and even the flagship store of Nars here. Some of them are only exclusive to Hong Kong so it’s definitely worth checking out!
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Address: 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong Island
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Directions: Take exit F from MTR Admiralty Station
13. Lee Gardens
Lee Gardens is where you can get an exquisite and upscale shopping experience. Located in the bustling Causeway Bay district, the mall is home to leading international brands like Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Hermès and Tod’s. What’s different about Lee Gardens is their one-of-a-kind children’s concept floor which has boutiques like Burberry Children, Ralph Lauren Children and Gucci Kids. Looks like luxury fashion isn’t only for adults!
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Address: 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily
Directions: Take exit F from MTR Causeway Bay Station
14. Apliu Street Flea Market
For gadgets and all-things electronic, Apliu Street Flea Market in Sham Shui Po is the place to go. Whether it’s new or second-hand electronic devices, you’re definitely up for a bargain here! Stock up on things like cheap phones, TVs, computers, tablets, smartphone covers, watches and mobile phone accessories. You can also find items which you never knew would have thought of buying like antique watches, old coins and other vintage items.
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But if you’re not a fan of electronics, don’t worry! Apliu Street also has a selection of cheap clothes and accessories too so keep your eyes peeled for great deals!
Address: Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Opening hours: gets busy from 7pm – 10pm
Directions: Take exit C2 from MTR Sham Shui Po Station
15. Cat Street & Hollywood Road
With more than 30 stalls selling low-priced antique items and souvenirs, Cat Street & Hollywood Road is a must-visit for any Hong Kong traveller. You can expect to find vintage postcards, quirky and unusual books and Chinese ceramics which you can bring home as gifts.
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Looking for more interesting items? Here’s where you can even get some Mao Zedong memorabilia! Taking a stroll here, it would feel as though you’re in a museum rather than at a shopping spot, which makes your experience even more fun!
Address: Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Opening hours: 11am – 6pm daily
Directions: Take exit D2 from MTR Central Station, walk along Queen’s Road and take the Central Mid-Levels Escalator to Hollywood Road.
With tips on conquering these 15 shopping spots, we hope you’re now ready to embark on an epic shopping experience around Hong Kong! If you’re already planning a trip to Hong Kong, make this your handy guide as you navigate the city. And if you’re still deciding if you should visit Hong Kong, its wonderful shopping spots should be enough reason to lure you in. Just remember to keep your wallets full and have a whale of a time as you indulge in a retail therapy of a lifetime!
This article is brought to you by Hong Kong Tourism Board.