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