Shopping is almost a national pastime in Hong Kong, a place where anything can be had if you look hard enough. Whether you’ve come prepared with extra luggage space or just browsing with your carry-on, our all-day markets, massive malls, chic precincts and high-end stores offer shopping prospects where the experience is as important as the things on offer.
Sift through Cat Street’s antiques by day, and then cross the harbor to its nocturnal counterpart in Temple Street. Browse hipster stores in Wan Chai, and then make your way through Causeway Bay’s frantic mini-malls. Rummage for hidden finds in pile-up vintage stores, and then get fitted for a classic suit at a refined tailor. Whether you're looking for the busy, popular shopping hubs or the up-and-coming newsThe Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has compiled a list of all the shopping hotspots you'll ever need.
Just below the art galleries and restaurants of Hollywood Road, Cat Street is a long-standing antiques market that stocks items from as far back as the Ming dynasty. Sift through ramshackle stalls and stroll into well-maintained stores to find relics from the Cultural Revolution, vestiges from colonial times, ancient jade jewellery and an assortment of quirky items from Hong Kong’s past. Keep in mind that some pieces are reproductions, and make sure to bargain.
Upper Lazcar Row, Central, Hong Kong Island (MTR Central Stations, Exit D2)
Ladies' Market is Hong Kong’s most diverse outdoor market, selling everything from souvenir trinkets to whole bedroom setups. Grab an I Love HK t-shirt, deck yourself out in a classic Chinese getup, or pick up something ornamental for your home. Quality ranges from fairly high to incredibly low, and knock-offs are everywhere. Check each item individually and make sure to bargain hard.
Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon (MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2)
LI YUEN STREET EAST & WEST
Among the endless bustle of Hong Kong’s swankiest area, the twin Li Yuen’s Streets (often simply called the Central Lanes) are like mini versions of our larger street markets. Dedicated stalls sell traditional Chinese get-ups, including cheongsams and changshans, while their many neighbours vend watches, handbags and a variety of Hong Kong-focused souvenirs. It’s a fascinating street market diversion within our financial district.
Li Yuen Street East & West, Central, Hong Kong Island (MTR Central Station, Exit D2)
Island Beverley is where Hong Kong’s young and fashionable spend their weekends shopping, a frenzied mall in the middle of bustling Causeway Bay, with dozens of stores stocking original fashion. Items are either locally made, or imported from stores around the region (Japan, Korea, Taiwan), with a definite focus on what’s currently in vogue. Meanwhile, across the harbor, Allied Plaza is a mall where Kowloon’s stylish shop.
Island Beverley, 1 Great George Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island 2890 6823 (MTE Causeway Bay Station Exit E); Allied Plaza, 760 Nathan Road, Prince Edward, Kowloon (MTR Prince Edward Station, Exit B2)
Set right next to the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier, Harbour City is a massive shopping experience, comprising three different malls, a series of office blocks and a hotel, all interconnected. Over 450 shops are represented, alongside 50 restaurants and two cinemas. The nautical-themed ‘city’ is the launching point for a number of major cruise lines, while inside, every type of store is feature, ranging from high-end brands Prada and Louis Vuitton all the way through Uniqlo and Zara.
3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2118 8666 (MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit A1)
If you arrived via Airport Express into Central, this was your first stop. One ifc is where the trains come in, with ifc mall conveniently located right above the station. Every manner of shop is available, from fast-fashion to high-end, with bars, restaurants and a five-screen, state-of-the-art cinema too. The mall is part of the International Financial Centre, a vast waterfront commercial development topped off with a striking 88-floor skyscraper called Two ifc.
8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong Island, 2295 3308 (MTR Central Station, Exit A)
Among Mong Kok’s late-night bazaars and tucked-away mini-malls, this massive ode to consumerism is a sight to see. It’s the district’s biggest shopping mall by far, with over 200 stores, dozens of restaurants and bars, and a multiscreen cinema. Everything’s here, from beauty to fashion, jewellery for her and toys for him. Live performances and art installations are also regularly on offer, while its futuristic design scheme and 83m multi-floor escalator make worth seeking out.
8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, 3520 2800 (MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E1)
Times Square is Causeway Bay’s main mall, over 12 floors stocking fashion to homeware, electronics to lifestyle goods. The basement features a court, alongside a Lane Crawford department store. Lower floors are dedicated to shops, ranging from high-end couture to affordable fast-fashion. Upper levels include a range of restaurants and a cinema. And like its New York namesake, it’s also where one of the city’s biggest New Year’s Eve countdowns take place.
1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island, 2118 8900 (MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit A)
WAN CHAI COMPUTER CENTRE
Dig deep into geeky delights at Wan Chai Computer Centre, one of the city’s greatest hubs of electronics. Here you’ll find computers, laptops, phones, cameras and pretty much every gadget imaginable.
130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, 2834 7685 (MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit A4)
YUE HWA CHINESE PRODUCTS EMPORIUM
The best of Greater China, all within our little city. Yue Hwa is one of the last old-school department stores in the city. You’ll find everything China-related here, from cheap chopsticks and ceramics to expensive embroidery and elegant dresses. There’s a few of them around the city, but the biggest is on Nathan Road in Kowloon, a five-storey building with entire floors dedicated to food, fashion and tea.
Various locations, including 301-309 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, 3511 2222 (MTR Jordan Station, Exit A)
For high-end fashion at low prices, head out to Citygate Outlets near the airport. the outlet mall has discount versions of some of the world’s biggest fashion stores—Armani, DVF, Burberry—alongside a host of casual, sporting and accessories brands, including Puma, Coach, and Evisu. Another outlet mall to try is Horizon Plaza.
Citygate Outlets, 20 Tat Tung Road, Lantau Island, New Territories, 2109 2933 (MTR Tung Chung Station, Exit C); b) Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong Island, 2554 9089 (MTR South Horizons Station, Exit C)
It’s hipster heaven at Kapok, stocking clothes, bags, shoes, watches and a range of homeware and accessories. Pick up a plaid shirt, slap on some oversized sunglasses, pair it all with sandals and socks, and gab a man-purse while you’re at it. They have a few stores around town, but the best is in Starstreet Precinct, a cool area with fellow chic stores Japanese brand 45R and design-focused Eclectic Cool.
Kapok, various locations including 5 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, 2549 9254; 45R, 7 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, 2861 1145; Eclectic Cool, 5 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, 5699 6882 (MTR Admiralty Station, Exit F)
LOK MAN RARE BOOKS
Lok Man is one of the best places for hard-to-find tomes, with first editions, signed copies, complete sets and a whole section dedicated to Hong Kong itself, ranging from ancient Chinese history to the city-state's more recent colonial ties. Also worth checking out for the avid book-hunter are Bondi Books and Indosiam Bookstore.
Lok Man Rare Books, 6 Chancery Lane, Central, Hong Kong Island, 2868 1056 (MTR Central Station, Exit D2); Bondi Books, Unit 2, 13/F, Chai Wan Industrial City, Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong Island, 2897 0066 (MTR Chai Wan Station Exit C)
ME & GEORGE
How do you get a truly unique look? Vintage of course, and there’s no better place to rummage through racks of long-gone styles than at Me & George. The biggest vintage fashion chain in Hong Kong, it has stores all over the city. They’re often ramshackle looking places, but don’t let that put you off; here you’ll find high-end brands alongside low-grade fast fashion, oddball pieces from Japan alongside retro-Italian couture. It’s worth the search.
Various locations, including 64 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon (MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2)
A cool, quiet area located above the bustle of Sheung Wan’s Hollywood Road, PoHo and its many sid streets are where some of the city’s most unique designers gather. Shop for vintage at InBetween, before picking up camera bits at the Lomography Gallery, then peek at Swedish-designed watches at squarestreet. Finish it all off with a bottled craft beer at Craftissimo.
InBetween, 6B Tai Pin Shan Street, Sheun Wan, Hong Kong Island, 6097 1817; Lomography Gallery, 2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island, 2915 2205; squarestreet, 15 Square Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island, 2362 1086; Craftissimo, 22-23A Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island, 6274 3130 (MTR Sheung Wan Station, Exit A2)