Hong Kong is the perfect
place to pick up a unique bargain or indulge in an unexpected
extravagance, if you know exactly where to look. The map below
outlines all of the major shopping areas throughout Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong's central business district houses many shimmering
skyscrapers and marbled shopping atriums and malls. The contrast
between the old world markets and designer boutiques provides variety
and excitement to any shopping day. Scattered among the government
headquarters and financial and banking houses are a wealth of
opportunities for any shopper. The Landmark, The Galleria, Prince's
Building, Alexandra House and the International Finance Centre Mall
are the main shopping centres, with designer shops and exclusive brand
names in abundance.
Two parallel streets in Central known as "The Lanes", Li Yuen Street
East and Li Yuen Street West are a riot of stalls hawking everything
from inexpensive clothing, watches and costume jewellery to luggage
and shoes. Situated between Queen's Road Central and Des Voeux Road
Central, the market is open daily from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Stanley Street is
known for its range and reasonably priced photographic equipment.
Hollywood Road winds above the Central business district and is Hong
Kong's antiques row. Farther west towards Sheung Wan is a bustle of
sidewalk hawkers on Central's stepped "ladder" streets.
Western Market in Sheung Wan is a handsomely renovated Edwardian
building filled with Chinese handicraft stores and fabric shops. It
is situated at the corner of Connaught Road and Morrison Street,
Sheung Wan. The area to the west is famous for its small
Chinese-style shops selling dried seafood and medicinal herbs. Cat
Street bazaar is best known for stalls and shops selling antiques,
such as watches, old coins and stone carvings. The area is also home
to many interesting Chinese herbal medicine stores.
Admiralty too is famous for its brand-name luxury goods. Pacific Place, one of Hong Kong's most popular malls, is the ideal place
to go in this area. You'll find perfect gift ideas within its
130-plus outlets, including Marks & Spencer, Lane Crawford, Seibu
and top designer labels. Pacific Place is connected to the Admiralty MTR Station.
Wan Chai's streets are steeped in history and offer an amazing range
of shopping. Along Queen's Road East you can find a number of
excellent rattan and Chinese furniture shops which will happily
arrange to have your purchases sent home. Spring Garden Lane is a
great place to pick up clothes at very competitive prices. The
market stalls exclusively sell products originally meant for export,
meaning quality and price are very competitive. It also connects to
local wet and dry markets, and so offers a multicultural experience
in the heart of Wan Chai. Spring Garden Lane is in between Queen's
Road East and Johnston Road.
Causeway Bay is known locally as "Little Japan" because of the major
Japanese department stores in the area. Shops specialising in shoes,
electrical appliances and fashion for young people are found in
abundance. Taking a stroll through the many shopping malls,
including Times Square, Caroline Centre, World Trade Centre, The Lee
Gardens, Lee Theatre Plaza, Fashion Island and Island Beverley,
reveals a strong focus on fashion and food. In Square, in Windsor
House, is known for a wide range of computer products. Causeway Bay
is full of surprises, with a mini shopper's paradise in its heart,
sure to astonish. Jardine's Crescent is great for inexpensive
clothing, accessories and domestic goods - and all at great value.
Nearby, Jardine's Bazaar stocks traditional dried foods and bean
curd (tofu). To get there, take Exit F from Causeway Bay MTR
Tai Koo Shing
Tai Koo Shing in Quarry Bay houses one of Hong Kong's largest
purpose-built shopping complexes, Cityplaza, where it's easy to
spend an entire day exploring the many shops. Cityplaza is also very
popular, offering an ice-skating rink and other entertainment
facilities as well as an enormous range of retail shops and
department stores. It is located directly above Tai Koo MTR Station.
Ap Lei Chau
There are always bargains galore at Ap Lei Chau. The South Side area
near Aberdeen is known primarily for its discount furniture and
clothing warehouses. Horizon Plaza, located in Ap Lei Chau, has some
furniture and clothing factory outlets.
Stroll through the markets at one of Hong Kong's most famous coastal
areas. Stanley Market is a warren of stalls, shops and restaurants.
Historic lanes are jam-packed with vendors selling Chinese
paintings, handicrafts and furniture, silk collectibles, curios and
a wide variety of Hong Kong souvenirs. Open from around 10:00am to
Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon's numerous department stores and shopping centres, with
their up-to-the-minute fashion items, are a pleasure to roam around.
The factory outlets along Granville Road and in Hung Hom are a must
for bargain shoppers. The superb Harbour City is the area's largest
and most famous mall. Its large shopping and entertainment complex,
which includes Ocean Terminal, where visiting cruise liners berth.
Ocean Terminal is a popular shopping centre with an open rooftop
providing fine harbour views. A moving walkway glides northward to
the China Hong Kong City, another shopping centre contained within
the China Ferry Terminal complex. Further along, is Star House,
where it's possible to pick up the most up-to-date computer
equipment. The terminal buildings are connected to Kowloon Park by a
pedestrian bridge. Canton Road, opposite Harbour City, is the
perfect place to pick up designer wear. Browse through some of the
superb pieces from local and international designers. A one-block
stroll away, Nathan Road's famous "Golden Mile" bustles with
shoppers day and night. It's renowned for its dazzling array of
brightly-lit, neon-decorated shops, hotels, restaurants and
nightspots that flank the wide thoroughfare.
Yau Ma Tei
Yau Ma Tei offers a surprise at every turn. With neon lights
illuminating the night sky, Yau Ma Tei's streets offer an assortment
of jewellery and clothes shops. But Yau Ma Tei is more famous for
its street markets. Take a stroll through the Temple Street night
market, the jade market and discover the neighbourhood's charms.
Find out more about market shopping in Hong Kong.
Mong Kok is most famous for the hustle and bustle of its fascinating
markets. The Ladies' Market on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok, is
Kowloon's most popular day-long street market devoted to shoppers
seeking bargain-priced clothing, accessories and household
knick-knacks. Many stalls also sell items for men and children. Mong
Kok's Goldfish Market is a favourite source of supply of aquariums,
which are perceived to bring good luck if correctly positioned
according to fung shui principles in the house. Nearby is the
favourite gathering place for Hong Kong's songbird owners, who meet
at a Bird Garden situated in Yuen Po Street in Mong Kok. One of Hong
Kong's most colourful specialist street markets, the Flower Market,
offers sweet scents, exotic blossoms and fortune-bringing
Take a stroll through Hong Kong's inland cruise ship. The Whampoa is
"moored" on the site of a former dry dock. This 110-metre-long
boat-shaped entertainment centre, containing cinemas, shops and
clubs - the "Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa" - is the focal point of
the adjacent, multi-towered HK$4 billion Whampoa Gardens housing
development. Hung Hom's Factory District Made-for-export,
ready-to-wear fashion lines and jewellery are sold in the factory
outlets. More information can be found in the free leaflet, Factory
Outlets for Locally Made Fashion and Jewellery, available from Hong
Kong Tourism Board Visitor Information & Services Centres in Hong
Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po is renowned for its electronic gadgets. In Sham Shui Po
you'll be able to pick up virtually any computer products at a
competitive price. Apliu Street, also in this area, is a market with
an abundance of character. Focussed on nearly-new electronic goods,
it's a good place to soak up the Hong Kong market experience and
maybe even pick up a bargain. To go there, take Exit C2 from Sham
Shui Po MTR Station.
Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong is one of the newest shopping malls in
Hong Kong. Check out its retail outlets offering everything from
home furnishings to fashion, more than 25 restaurants, an
ice-skating rink and an 11-screen multiplex cinema. It's right above
the Kowloon Tong MTR Station.