With shops crammed into every possible space, Hong Kong is Asia’s foremost shopping paradise.
In Causeway Bay you can enjoy the exhilaration of shopping under the neon lights late into the night, while Mongkok has markets dedicated to everything from flowers to goldfish. Chinese Art? Look no further than Hollywood Road.
The five shopping areas listed here will scratch every retail itch!
Hong Kong Island, Causeway bay
The best place to go shopping in Hong Kong. Just about every square inch of Causeway Bay is covered in malls, shops and neon advertising signs. If you’re looking for the manic Hong Kong shopping experience, this is it.
The area is best known for its hip, independent fashion retailers, pitched around the Fashion Walk Area. You’ll also find SOGO, Hong Kong’s biggest and best department store, and the Times Square shopping mall, one of the largest in the city.
The shops and streets here buzz until past 10p.m. as locals hunt for the next great bargain. Prices in the area are honest and there are bargains to be found. Read more about shopping in Causeway Bay
Mongkok: Markets on Every Corner
Less glitzy than Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island, Mongkok is famous for its markets.
The different markets sell everything from cheap jeans and shorts to watches, handbags and copy versions of every designer product on earth. The Ladies Market and Temple Street Night Market are the two biggest. And, although they’re often slated for being full of tourist tat, you’ll still find plenty of locals nosing around, proving there are bargains to be had.
Mongkok is also home to the dedicated Goldfish Market (everything from carp to turtles), the Flower Market ( best bouquets in town) and the Jade Market (everything you could imagine made from jade).
Also worth mentioning is the Mongkok Computer Centre – the best place to pick up cheap computer gear.
Central: Swankiest Shopping Stop
Hong Kong’s Central district is awash with cash, so unsurprisingly you’ll find most of the city’s swankiest, malls, shops and boutiques nestled in amongst the skyscrapers.
Many of the designers who keep a shop in New York, London and Hong Kong have their outlets here, including the iconic Louis Vuitton Shop, Hong Kong’s only Harvey Nichols and the flagship Lane Crawford, luxury department store.
Also in the area is arguably Hong Kong’s most famous store, Shanghai Tang, where you’ll find celebrities looking at their contemporary Chinese clothes.
Hollywood Road: Art and Antiques
Split between the Central and Sheung Wan, Hollywood Road is probably the best place in the world to buy Chinese contemporary art.
Loaded with art galleries, the street is the heart of the now booming Chinese contemporary art market and you’ll find works by the most renowned Chinese artists hanging from the walls here.
If that wasn’t enough, Hollywood Road is also famous for its Chinese antique shops. There are around fifty outlets stocking the finest furniture, ceramics and art from the past 1000 years.
Sham Shui Po: Wholesale Heaven
Often overlooked by tourists to the city, Sham Shui Po is a true working class area of Hong Kong stuffed with pile-em-in and pile-em-high residential buildings and malls.
The shops here don’t have the glitz and glamour of Hong Kong Island and the owners won’t speak English but this is the place for a bargain. The best buys here are found at the wholesale fashion retailers. A handful of these shops sell directly to the public and you find cut price fabrics and clothing.
Also worth a visit is the Golden Shopping Arcade, probably the best-priced computer market in the city and an excellent place to pick up games and gaming equipment. Read more about wholesalers in Hong Kong.