The city of Hong Kong and its people are known for its discerning taste and a dynamic, vibrant and global essence. In addition to everything else, Hong Kong is also quite popular world over as a shopper’s paradise. This guide will tell you where to find the best bargains for all kinds of things – clothes, shoes, bags, watches, antiques, cosmetics, computing devices and electronic items and jewellery and more, by scouting the best shopping areas, malls, departmental stores and street markets.
Let’s be honest. We have the most fun shopping when we strike a really good bargain, find the best cheap deals and indulge in inexpensive impulse purchases. To experience this kind of shopper’s joy in Hong Kong, these are the places you should head to for the best budget shopping.
You will find Ladies Street located in the bustling Mong Kok area, where along with a huge selection of trendy outfits, bags and shoes for women, men and children actually, one can also shop for traditional Chinese souvenirs and handicrafts to take back as gifts and for home decor. This choc-a-bloc street is the perfect place to practice your best bargaining skills.
To browse the latest collection of good quality youth fashion wear at affordable prices, Granville Road in Tsim Sha Sui, Kowloon is your go-to place. The street is lined with factory outlet stores of big brands and small boutiques where you can pick up trendy footwear, handbags and clothes of labels such as Bossini, Westwood, Apex and Hang Ten at discounted prices.
If you have a penchant for Asian antiques come straight to Cat Street. You will end up spending hours browsing through the collection of porcelain vases, jade, embroidered silks, lamps, old movie posters, ceramics, paintings and other curios. Cat Street is the perfect place for amateur antique hunters with authentic pieces being offered at reasonable prices.
The most well known market that always finds a mention in the list of places for any visitor to see in Hong Kong is Temple Street Night Market.
This street is a shoe lover’s paradise. Fa Yuen Street is where you will find fashion-conscious youngsters in Hong Kong picking up their choice of the trendiest casual and sporty footwear. All big global brands such as Adidas, Puma, Reebok, Converse and niche brands such Jordan are sold here. It is genuine stuff that you will get at much lower than regular rates.
Hong Kong’s large glitzy malls and top boutiques are concentrated in and around Central which is the CBD area with many offices and commercial establishments. This is where you should go if you feel like indulging in a bit of high-end splurging.
IFC Mall which combines shopping leisure and entertainment with a fourth floor terrace garden overlooking Victoria Harbour is the largest mall in Central with a mix of upscale designer brands and top selling high street fashion brands from around the world.
Golden Computer Centre and Arcade – The Golden Computer Arcade in Sham Sui Po is ‘the’ place for tech addicts. From gaming consoles to mobile phones, to graphics cards, circuit boards, adapters and connecting cables you can get every conceivable and latest electronic gadget and accessory in the innumerable shops packed into this multi-level arcade. Everything to do with gaming is on the first floor. And the best part is the prices here are a steal, so you will go home not only with the tech goodies you’ve been wanting so badly but with a happy bank balance too.
When planning your trip to Hong Kong, make sure you don’t forget to buy travel insurance. Buying travel insurance for Hong Kong will allow you to enjoy your shopping spree in Hong Kong with total peace of mind, knowing you are covered just in case any mishap occurs such as a theft, an accident, loss of luggage or even a trip cancellation.
While in Hong Kong don’t miss out on sampling some signature dishes that the city is famous for. After all people in Hong Kong take their food as seriously as they do fashion and shopping. Take a look at our food guide to gourmet dishes such as Yung Kee’s roast goose and pineapple bread. Also find out about the best beaches, sightseeing and other activities that you can enjoy in Hong Kong in our Hong Kong travel guide.