Hong Kong Shopping

xianggang jiejing A shopping mall in Hongkong

Hong Kong is perhaps the best shopping place in the world with reasonable prices, various products, and best service. In Hong Kong, shopping is not only the act of buying things, but also a form of recreation, a way of life.

Most goods from all over the world, except wine and cigarettes, are tax free, and prices are relatively low.

The best three buys are clothes, cosmetics and electrical appliances. Shops in Hong Kong offer not only goods but also a comfortable shopping environment, as they combine shopping and recreation.

Many shopping malls have restaurants, book stores, and cinemas, some large ones even have skating rinks. Some book stores have a café, enabling customers to choose their favorite books in a relaxed atmosphere.

At Christmas: Unlike other places around the world there aren't any pre-Christmas sales, yet still people flood to the malls around Christmas. See our Hong Kong Christmas Shopping Guide and Top Street Markets in Hong Kong for the best places to go for shopping. For other things to do and see, visit our Christmas in Hong Kong page.

Fashion and Beauty

Tsim Sha Tsui and Harbour City

Tsim Sha Tsui is aflourishing luxury shopping and recreational area. Toys Я Us has a branch in the region, and the Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard is a favorite for women, selling fashionable clothes at moderate prices.

Ming Chueng Shop is in the basement, it has not only clothes at moderate prices, such as G2000, U2, Color 18, Esprit, but also elegant brands like Episode, Jessica, and Crocodile.

Canton Road and Beijing Road have many chain stores of various famous brands, and Granville Road has cosmetics and factory outlets for clothes.

Harbour City is the largest multipurpose shopping mall in Hong Kong, covering most of Canton Road in Kowloon, stretching from the Star Ferry Terminal in the south to China Hong Kong City in the north. It has five parts: Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, Ocean Terminal, Ocean Center, the Gateway, and the Pacific Club Kowloon.

This shopping mall is famous for many designer boutiques, such as Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Polo Ralph Lauren, Versace, Burberry, and Hugo Boss.

Central

Situated on Hong Kong Island, Central is the business and economic center of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank (HSBC) building and Bank of China building are the two most outstanding landmarks. Top boutiques and large shopping malls can also be found in this district.

  • The Landmark Square has three floors and sells elegant top brands like Gucci, Versace, and LV, and youth brands like Versus, O.Z.O.C, and D&G as well as popular brands like Esprit and U2.
  • The Pacific Place mainly sells high quality - and price - leather clothing, including LV, Channel, Tiffany, and Levin.
  • The Galleria Square is a heaven for top Italian brands, almost all of the shops sell Italian clothes; and Peddar Building, a historical landmark, houses name brands in a superb setting.

Causeway Bay

Besides having the charming Victoria Park and the horse racecourse, Causeway Bay is also a prosperous “City Without Night”. The closing times are always the latest in the whole Hong Kong.

As the center of shopping for medium and high-end goods, gold ornaments, clothes, and cosmetics, as well as dining, everybody can find something they like there. To go shopping in Causeway Bay, visitors can start at Windsor Plaza at Great George Street in the east of Causeway Bay, and end at Time Square in the west of Causeway Bay.

Along the way, there are numerous shopping malls: Hang Lung Centre, Fashion Island, Island Beverly Center, World Trade Center, Jumbo Sogo, Causeway Bay Plaza, Mitsukoshi Shopping Mall, and Lee Gardens.

There is also the popular open market, Jardine's Crescent, where young people can buy fashionable clothes, and quirky and interesting things.

Most shops in Causeway Bay open at 11:00-12:00 and close at 10:00-11:00 at night.

Jewelry and Watches

People in Hong Kong love jade artifacts, they believe that jade wards off evil spirits and protects them. Jade ornaments are usually worn to attend parties or during other ceremonious occasions. Jade is the symbol of wealth in Hong Kong.

Jade Market

Jade Market, located at the intersection of Kansu and Battery streets in Kowloon, is crowded with stalls selling jade items. It is a great place for tourists to spend a morning browsing and soaking up the atmosphere.

Tourists are recommended to go shopping there with an expert on jade, in case of being sold counterfeits.

  • Location: Canton Road, between Kansu Street and Jordan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
  • Business Hours: 10am to 4pm, from Monday to Saturday.
  • How to get there: Get off at MTR Yau Ma Tei Station Exit C, walk along Nathan Road to Public Square Street. Walk along Public Square Street to Canton Road for 10 to 15 minutes.

Electronics and Computers

Sham Shui Po

Sham Shui Po is famous for its vast amount of gadgets, electronic appliances, and computer products at competitive prices.

Ap Liu Street Flea Market

Ap Liu Street has a huge flea market containing new and second-hand electrical equipment, electrical components, AV equipment, and related items. You can also find antiques, watches, old coins, and other relics.

  • Location: Ap Liu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
  • Business Hours: Noon – midnight
  • How to get there: Get off at the MTR Sham Shui Po Station, use the A2 or C2 exit, and you will be ascending directly onto Apliu Street.

Street Markets

Adventurous travelers should check out the top street markets in Hong Kong, where you can experience the real local life in Hong Kong, and  enjoy the happiness brought by various local products (including clothes, unique souvenirs, electronic products, and seafood) and the surprises of grabbing a bargain.

The most popular are the Ladies Market, Temple Street Night Market and Stanley Market. Each market has its own charm and treasures just waiting to be found. Remember to bargain.

Ladies' Market (Tung Choi Street)

Ladies' Market in Tung Choi Street is a great destination for the fashion conscious and those with an eye for bargain-priced sport shoes, watches, clothing, stationary, and cosmetics.

Men's and children's clothing are also on sale. 

  • Location: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
  • Business Hours: Noon – 11.30pm
  • How to get there: MTR Mongkok Station Exit E2

Temple Street Night Market

Temple Street is a wonderful place to visit and to eat in. It is an adventure to eat on the street, sitting on plastic stools at a seafood restaurant.

All the restaurants provide great local Chinese food, including, but not limited to, seafood. The prices are changeable so ask before you eat. The crowd is a mixture of tourists and locals.

If you are a shopper, it has astonishing variety of clothing, CDs, hardware, pens, trinkets, watches, and luggage, and will not disappoint you.

  • Location: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
  • Business Hours: 4pm – midnight
  • How to get there: MTR Jordan Station Exit A, turn right into Jordan Road, then right again into Temple Street

Stanley Market

Stanley Market is a street market on Hong Kong Island. It is the perfect place to buy something special for friends or relatives: Chinese artwork, silk collectibles, and curios, as well as larger-sized clothing.

Stanley Market also boasts several bars and restaurants on its waterfront along Stanley’s Main Street, where visitors can enjoy Italian, French, American, Indian, and Vietnamese foods. Just sit down and relax with a beer and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

  • Location: Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong Island
  • Business Hours: 10:30am – 6:30pm
  • How to get there: MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D, and take bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square Bus terminus, Central

Jardine's Crescent

Situated in Causeway Bay, Jardine's Crescent is a long roadside market great for inexpensive clothing, accessories, and domestic goods, including many stalls featuring bags, women's tops and blouses.

Here you will also find lots of typical Shanghai or Hong Kong style restaurants, with small bamboo baskets of Dim Sum.

  • Location: Jardine's Crescent, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
  • Business Hours: 11am – 9:30pm
  • How to get there: MTR Causeway Bay Station, Exit F

Li Yuen Street East and West

Located in Hong Kong's Central district, the market in Li Yuen Street East and West is crowded with shops, street stalls, and people. The market deals everything from inexpensive souvenirs, clothing, and costume jewelry to luggage and shoes.

  • Location: Li Yuen Street East and West, between Des Voeux Road Central and Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island
  • Business Hours: 10am – 7pm
  • How to get there: MTR Central Station, Exit C, then walk along Des Voeux Road

Mong Kok Specialist Markets

Mong Kok is always crowded but fresh and energetic as most small malls and streets aim at the younger generation.

What’s more, Mong Kok has many specialist streets, like Sport Shoes Street (Garden Street), Goldfish Market, Flower Market, and Bird Garden. Electrical appliances are also sold on Sai Yeung Choi Street South, and golden ornaments on Nathan Road.

Hong Kong's Flower Market

Flower Market is a great place to just visit, or to buy flowers, plants, and horticultural accessories. You can pick up a huge bouquet of flowers for no more than 3 dollars.

The fragrance of roses, lilies, chrysanthemums, tulips, carnations and a myriad of orchids and exotic blossoms is a truly magical experience.

  • Location: Flower Market Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon
  • Business Hours: 7am - 7pm
  • How to get there: MTR Prince Edward Station Exit B2, walk along Prince Edward Road West towards the direction of railway station for about 15 minutes

Bird Garden (Bird Market)

One of the most interesting markets to both see and hear in Hong Kong is the bird market on Yuen Po Street.

It is a small market, about 3000 square meters, and is bordered by Prince Edward Road West and Yuen Po Street (near the Flower Market).

Song birds and talking birds are particularly popular at this market. In the morning, old men often gather, while taking their birds for a walk, to socialize with other bird lovers.

The market also provides bird cages and food.

  • Location: Yuen Po Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
  • Business Hours: 7am – 8pm
  • How to get there: MTR Prince Edward Station Exit B1, walk along Prince Edward

Goldfish Market

Hong Kong Goldfish Market is near Flower Market and Bird Market. If you have half a day free to appreciate an ecological trip, then you should stop at MTR Prince Edward Station, and take a look.

Hong Kong people believe having an aquarium with some goldfish ensures good luck. This is a Feng Shui practice, a very important part of Chinese culture for thousands of years.

The market also has turtles, coral, and all kinds of aquarium supplies.

  • Location: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
  • Business Hours: 10:30am – 10pm
  • How to get there: MTR Prince Edward Station Exit B2, walk along Prince Edward Road West towards the direction of railway station for about 15 minutes

Others

Tai Yuen Street

Tai Yuen Street is in Wan Chai district on Hong Kong Island, and is famous for its inexpensive toys. This is paradise for kids. Please do not feel ashamed to bargain.

  • Location: Tai Yuen Street, Hong Kong Island
  • Business Hours: Usually 7am - 7pm
  • How to get there: MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit A3

Western Market

Completed in 1906, Western Market is the oldest market building in Hong Kong. The architecture is in Edwardian style, with an impressive exterior of red brick and granite arches.

The 4-story building features shops selling fabrics, clothes, antique watches, model buses, stamps, and special arts and crafts, and a number of cafes. The top floor is a restaurant and dancing hall called Grand Stage. It’s a great place to meet, dance, and enjoy a romantic dinner.

Location: 323 Des Voeux Road, Sheung Wan (上環德輔道中323號)

How to get there: Get off at Sheung Wan Station and use Exit B

Tel : 6029 2675

Furniture and Household Items

Take advantage of Hong Kong's location and the stunning ornaments readily available from mainland China and other parts of Asia at affordable and competitive prices.

Wan Chai is the best place to go in Hong Kong for furniture and household item shopping. Its streets are steeped in history and offer an amazing range of items.

Along Queen's Road East you can find lots of Chinese furniture shops that will happily arrange to have your purchases sent home.

Bookstores

Zhonghuan Joint Publishing 中环三联书店

One of the biggest bookstores in Hong Kong, near the head office of Hang Seng Bank in Central District, and very convenient to get to by bus.

Joint Publishing has several branches in different districs of Hong Kong. 

Address: 9 Queen Victoria Street, Central District (中环域多利皇后街9号)

One Branch: 158 Hennessy Road, Wanchai District (湾仔轩尼诗道158号)

Shanghai Press 香港印书馆

Also near the head office of Hang Seng Bank, but seldom noticed because it lacks a clear sign. Most books there are 20% off.

The books are high quality, some uncommon and not found in other book stores.

  • Address: 2nd Floor Shunlian Mansion, 17-19 Zubili Street, Central District (中环租庇利街17-19号顺联大厦2楼)

Hong Kong Shopping Reminders

1. Visa, American Express, and DC cards are widely accepted. Bargaining is not common and is only limited to some small shops or outdoor markets.

2. Shops are open for business during the Spring Festival. It is actually a very good shopping opportunity, because many shops launch promotions and discounts. Big shops, department stores, and shopping malls even extend their business hours before the festival, but from the first to the fourth day, they may close early. Most small shops and groceries close, and resume business from the fourth day of the festival. This applies to shops in Mainland China as well.

3. Do choose shopping malls with the sign of "Excellence" granted by Hong Kong Tourist and Development Bureau, because they can guarantee quality and service, and their goods are clearly priced. Be cautious of buying anything without price tags.

4. Keep the receipt and credit card receipt after the transaction, and always check carefully whether the contents in your shopping bag are exactly what you have purchased, in case they have been changed.

5. If you have any trouble with a shop owner, call the HKTB's Quality Tourism Services (28062823) for help.

6. Always keep an eye on your personal belongings.

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Questions and Answers About Hong Kong Shopping

Toni 2014-03-26
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Hi, I am planning a trip there in May, my reason for travelling is to meet with some reputable clothing wholesalers to buy clothing for my boutique. I am interested in quality fashion for females, unique and vintage. shoes, accessories and bags as well. Please help me to find. Thank you kindly.
Dear Toni, We listed some details about one-day shopping tour for reference. Please click: http://www.chinahighlights.com/hong-kong/article-high-budget-shopping-tour.htm In addition, I searched two wholesale markets for you. 1. Granville Road Clothes Market(加连威老道服装批发市场): located at Tsimshatsui, Kowloon 2. ENVYPLAZA(赏妃汇聚服装批发市场): located at No. 489—491 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan,Kowloon Lussie Lu replied on 2014-03-27
Owk 2014-01-26
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Hi, will Tai Yuen Street (toy street) be open on 01/Feb/2014 or 02/Feb/2014 which is the 2nd & 3rd day of Chinese New Year? Hope to bring my child there for a walk. Thank you.
Hi Owk, I think it is open, as most children love toys. And the New Year holiday is a good time for promotion. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-01-27
Hi Whitney Liao, I got reply from hotel concierge that most shops in Tai yuen street will be close from 31st Jan to 2nd Feb. I will double check when i arrive. Thank you for your kind advice. guest replied on 2014-01-27
Hi Owk, thanks for your kind information. Wish you a good journey. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-01-27
Peach 2014-01-12
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Were travelling ds Feb, whats the weather there? what places would u recommend for me n my hubby? We dont have any travel agency. This is the D-I-Y travel only. Also I would like to ask if what place to go during Valentine''s Day? thank you
Dear Peach, Thank you for your inquiry. According to the historical data, the average low and high temperatures of Hong Kong in Feburary are 14 °C (57 °F) and 19 °C (66 °F). Most of the day will be cloudy, it's quite good for outdoor activities. The forecast of Valentine in Hong Kong is not come out yet, but I suggest you to visit the A Symphony of Lights at 20:00 in the evening, it will be very romantic. Besides the lights show, parks in Hong Kong will also be very lively. Doris Huang replied on 2014-01-13
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