An Ultimate Guide to Hong Kong Shopping: What to Buy and Where to Shop
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An Ultimate Guide to Hong Kong Shopping: What to Buy and Where to Shop

By CindyUpdated Mar. 18, 2021
Shopping in Hong KongShopping in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is perhaps the best shopping place in the worldIn Hong Kong, shopping is not only the act of buying things but is also a form of recreation and a way of life.

Here is an ultimate guide about what to shop and where to shop in Hong Kong. 

What to Buy in Hong Kong

There is a wide range of things to buy in Hong Kong. The best three buys are clothes, cosmetics, and electrical appliances. Here are the top items to buy:

ShoppingA woman is selecting a product with the help of an assistant.

See details about the Top 7 Things to Buy in Hong Kong.

Where to Shop in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the world's best shopping site with shopping malls, department stores, and street markets. Below, we would like to give you a guide to the best shopping areas, malls, and markets for shopping in Hong Kong. 

Get some inspiration from our page How to Plan a One-Day Middle-Budget Shopping Tour in Hong Kong.

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Top Hong Kong Shopping Areas

Hong Kong’s shopping areas are mostly located in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The main shopping places in Hong Kong Island are Central, Causeway Bay, North Point, and Admiralty. The main shopping sites in Kowloon are Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Jordan, and Yau Ma Tei.


Central, Hong KongCentral, Hong Kong

Central is Hong Kong's business and economic center with top boutique stores and large shopping malls.


The exclusive luxury mall in Central is LANDMARK, which is a cluster of world-famous brands, including Chanel, LV, Gucci, Loewe, Polo Ralph Lauren, and other famous brands.

The IFC Mall

The IFC Mall (International Finance Centre Mall) is one of the most fashionable shopping and leisure centers in Hong Kong, combining shopping, leisure, and entertainment.

The biggest highlights of the IFC Mall are Hong Kong’s flagship Apple Store, Lane Crawford, city’super department stores, and the world's only agnès b. flagship store.

In addition, the mall has a terrace garden on the 4th floor where visitors can overlook Victoria Harbour.

Causeway Bay and Admiralty

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Causeway Bay is a microcosm of the entire Hong Kong shopping scene, with high-end malls, medium-priced boutique stores, affordable department stores, and bargain street markets.

SOGO Department Store

SOGO Department Store in Causeway Bay is the largest Japanese-style department store in Hong Kong. It is a shopping landmark for locals and tourists. You can buy cosmetics brands, such as Shiseido and Lancôme, and luxury brands, such as Gucci and Omega, as well as watches, fashion accessories, and jewelry.

Times Square

The brands in the Times Square mall are generally mid-range. There are three major department stores and more than 20 restaurants in the mall.

The three major department stores are Marks and Spencer, a British department store that imports goods directly from the UK, Lane Crawford, which is a collection of world-class brands, and city'super, which sells groceries from various countries.

Pacific Place

Pacific Place has five floors and features a Harvey Nichols department store and a number of designer stores. There are several halls in the mall, which are venues for various exhibitions and fashion shows.

Tsim Sha Tsui

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Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon is a flourishing luxury shopping and recreational area, with many high-end shops and restaurants.

Harbour City

Hong Kong's largest shopping mall, Harbour City, has more than 400 stores and 50 restaurants. You can spend a whole day shopping there.


DFS, which owns 50% of the world's fashion brands, not only has the world-famous Bally, Burberry, Cartier, and other brand-name stores, but also offers exclusive souvenirs and gifts.

Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei

Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei are shopping areas that preserve Hong Kong's traditional characteristics with an array of markets, small shops, and food stalls.

The most popular shopping malls are Langham Place and New Century Plaza, and there are specialty shopping streets, such as Ladies' Market, Garden Street, and Goldfish Street.

Discover the Top 8 Shopping Areas in Hong Kong

Top Hong Kong Shopping Malls

Shopping street in Hong KongA shopping street in Hong Kong

There are many shopping malls in Hong Kong, from the luxury to the moderate. You will enjoy a comfortable shopping experience in the malls, which are well-designed and decorated and offer restaurants, book stores, and cinemas.

Read more information about the Top 5 Shopping Malls in Hong Kong.

Top Hong Kong Street Markets

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

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Read more information about the Best Street Markets in Hong Kong

Top Hong Kong Specialist Markets

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When to Shop


Hong Kong is undoubtedly a great place for shopping all year round. If you know its sales seasons, you could save some money.

Hong Kong usually has two sales seasons: winter sales (December to February, especially around Christmas and Chinese New Year) and summer sales (July to September). Learn more about Christmas shopping in Hong Kong.

These sales are mostly to be found in big shops, department stores, and shopping malls.

Top Shopping Reminders for You

1. Visa, American Express, and DC cards are widely accepted. Bargaining is not common and is 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 grocery stores 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 the Hong Kong Tourism Board, because they can guarantee quality and service, and their goods are clearly priced. Be cautious about buying anything without price tags.

4. Keep the receipt and credit card receipt after the transaction, and always check carefully that the contents of 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.

Tour Hong Kong with China Highlights

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Our tours are private. You are the key to controlling the pace of the tour; if you would like to spend more or less time in some local markets, just let your guide know. 

The evening is your free time, and you can do some shopping on your own. Your guide will be glad to give you some recommendations and assistance if you need help.

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