Local Market: Fa Yuen Street - Mongkok
Fa Yuen Street market is located towards the junction with Prince Edward Road West and can be accessed via Prince Edward MTR station (Exit B2) or from the southern end via a pedestrian overhead walkway.
Fa Yuen Street Market is a day market which attracts mainly locals shopping for fresh food and other consumables prior to dinner time. It is a nicely set out market on a wide street, and for me the main appeal is that it is not as crowded as the Ladies Market and has a more local feel to it. Keep in mind though that stall owners may not be as interested in giving you a rock bottom price, and might suggest you go to "tourist market" which is the Ladies Market. Choices are somewhat limited.
There are however some very reasonably priced ladies fashion boutiques on both sides of the street stocking loads of young fashion and cheap shoes (cheaper than the same styles in Shenzhen). I did more shopping from these stores than from the actual stalls as the fixed prices were excellent.
What to buy: Not as much variety as can be found in either Ladies Market or Temple Street Market but great local area.
What to pay: As little as possible but haggling is somewhat frowned upon so good luck!
Lung Cheung Plaza
Lung Cheung Plaza is a small local shopping mall (by Hong Kong standards) located close to the Wong Tai Sin Temple.
While probably not worth making a special trip to shop here it is worth checking out the stores if you are in the area to visit Wong Tai Sin Temple, as in my personal experience "local" malls quite often have a few of the same stores as the bigger malls but offer more sale items and occasionally better prices. I only spend a short time there but found shoes and clothes (I'd already looked at in other locations) at slightly cheaper prices, but I'm a bargain shopper.
What to buy: Stores include Babila, Crocodile, Gitti, Jeanswest, Maple, Veeko and Wanko.
Causeway Bay - Hong Kong Island
I read an article recently that said Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island had become the most expensive place in the world to rent retail space, pushing New York's famed Fifth Avenue into second place. This may deter shoppers who think that bargains will disappear along with the store owners money, but I still feel that Causeway Bay is a worthwhile stop on the dedicated shoppers itinerary.
Times Square (reviewed separately) is a massive mega mall, which I always look through but rarely buy anything from. I would rather poke about in the side streets which surround it as this is where the shopping becomes decidedly more affordable.
One of my favourite places to browse in the Causeway Bay shopping district was Goods of Desire (pronounced gee-o-dee) a homeware store and contemporary knick-knack store in Leighton Road. In June 2013 I found that this store had closed. I have put a list of store locations (to the best of my knowledge of course) in a separate G.O.D. review.
Cath Kidston in Hysan Avenue and Island Beverley (also separately reviewed) are good places to browse.
There is a brand new mall called Hysan Place which only opened a few months ago. I have looked through this but the layout didnt really appeal to me so I wont add this to my list of favourites.
Young fashion retailer Forever 21 opened a six storey flagship store in 2012. This is quite an amazing shop, very very busy and packed tight with hundreds of young fashion styles, shoes, jewellery and handbags. If you leave Causeway Bay MTR station via Exit F, you will come out at street level directly opposite the Forever 21 store.
What to buy: Anything your heart desires.....
What to pay: Probably a bit more because of the high rent charged.
Pacific Place Shopping Mall - Admiralty
I've only been to Pacific Place shopping mall two or three times. Its way too shiny for me. Its not the place to find a bargain but it is an example of how opulent shopping centres in Hong Kong can be. If you love looking at or purchasing designer brands then you will have fun here.
Location wise Pacific Place sits between Central and Wan Chai on Queensway. This is predominantly a business and 5 star hotel district. You can access the centre via an elevated walkway from Admiralty station (Exit C1) and there are bus stops and any Hong Kong Island trams stop right outside.
The back of the shopping mall backs onto Hong Kong Park and there is access via escalators from the top floors to the parks entrance in Supreme Court Road.
K11 - Vertical Mall - Tsim Sha Tsui
K11 shopping mall is a reasonably new arrival to the frantic lower Nathan Road shopping precinct. K11 is a vertical shopping mall which is a concept used when space is at a premium. The six storeys of shopping combine high and mid range stores. I like the Miss Sixty store.
K11 is unusual in that it combines art exhibits with shops making a visit to this mall an interesting shopping experience. Make sure you check out the "toast art". Its Mona Lisa like you've never seen her before! Apparently the artist has made over 1000 toast artworks. WOW!
Though I personally prefer getting out amongst the crowds, K11 would be a pleasant shopping experience for those looking for somewhere much quieter as this mall doesnt seem to attract the enormous crowds that you see elsewhere. At least not on both occasions I was there! It has a relaxed "art gallery" feel to it.
Like many Hong Kong shopping malls, K11 is attached to a hotel complex, in this case the Hyatt Regency. There are a lot of dining options inside the complex which would be convenient for hotel guests.
G.O.D: Goods of Desire
Goods of Desire is a homewares, furniture and clothing retailer stocking modern designs that compliment the vibrant culture of Hong Kong. Traditional items are given a 21st century makeover making them more cutting edge and funky. Think stainless steel chopsticks for example.
G.O.D (pronounced gee-oh-dee) does stock clothing but it is the homewares and furniture that draws your attention. The store reminds me of an Asian IKEA in some ways. It's a good place to look for a more unusual gift or a contempory version of a traditional item.
There are currently six retail stores located throughout Hong Kong as some have opened and closed between my visits. I have been to one in the Leighton Centre, Causeway Bay but this is now closed along with the store in Silvercord Shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui.
At the time of writing this information there are stores at The Galleria at the Peak, Hollywood Road in Central, Stanley Plaza in Stanley, Sai Kung and Ap Lei Chau.
There is also an outlet store at Cyberport on the Southern side of Hong Kong Island and a street culture museum in Shek Kip Mei. The museum can be visited between 2 and 6pm on weekdays (probably best to check times though) and is interesting to anyone, especially designers interested in HK culture.
What to buy: Stylish home accessories and trinkets.
You can view an online catalogue at http://www.god.com.hk/catalogue
What to pay: Prices are equivalent to IKEA for example.
Silvercord Shopping Centre - Canton Road TST
This smallish 6 storey shopping centre located among the designer stores in Canton Road has an excellent food court called Food Republic on one of the lower levels and a reasonable variety of mainly fashion stores.
There was a G.O.D. lifestyle store on the food court level but I noted that this branch had closed on my most recent visit in June 2013. Go to www.god.com.hk for store locations.
If you are in Harbour City you can walk through the Gateway Arcade and across Canton Road (overhead walkway) to Silvercord.
What to buy: H&M Kowloon Flagship store is located here.
What to pay: There are a couple of designer labels such as Burberry.
Harbour City - One stop shopping
Personally, I like to shop in lesser known shopping centres but its impossible not to include the mega Harbour City Shopping Mall in Tsim Sha Tsui in any Hong Kong Shopping tips simply because its MEGA! I mean HUGE. Absolutely ENORMOUS!
Harbour City is the king of shopping and entertainment complexes and probably the one shopping mall most tourists visit on a quick stop over in Hong Kong, as its located right on Victoria Harbour. As well as over 700 stores Harbour City also houses a hotel ( the Marco Polo) and the Ocean Cruise terminal, where Star cruises depart most nights for an overnight trip out into the South China Sea.
All the usual designer brands are available, many of which also have flagship stores along Canton Road as well as inside the complex. I personally find the amount of floorspace inside Harbour City daunting and although I have been there several times I dont think I have ever been in every store as you kind of give up half way through. I dont find it a relaxing shopping experience but there is certainly something for all tastes and those with money to spend.
What to buy: No special items really just all the well known and popular brands, including a large selection of designer stores. If you are looking for more reasonably priced items walk through the Gateway Arcade to Silvercord Shopping Centre on the other side of Canton Road (reviewed separately)
What to pay: Probably lots of $$$ if you spend any length of time there !!!
Mens, Womens and Kids clothes: Crocodile
Crocodile is a local clothing label that has been synonomous with Hong Kong fashion for over sixty years. It originally manufactured mens shirts before expanding into womens and childrens clothing ranges. There are stores throughout Hong Kong, the majority being located in streets rather than in major shopping centres.
http://www.crocodile.com.hk/#/shops/shops_hongkong for store locations.
There is a Crocodile outlet store in Wan Chai on the corner of Wan Chai Road and Johnston Road.
Designer Heaven: Landmark Shopping Mall - Central
With millions of potential customers its no surprise that every designer brand you can name has a store in Hong Kong. Many have "Flagship" stores in a central location and a few others in urban shopping centres.
Hong Kong Island has a high concentration of designer brands and the majority can be found at the prestigious Landmark building in the heart of the Central district. I've been to every major shopping mall in Hong Kong and The Landmark shopping centre, probably the largest in Central is also the most upmarket in my opinion. Sadly I'm only a window shopper but its fun to watch the rich and famous spend their money.
The Armani store is the largest in Asia. Other brands represented include Balenciaga, Burberry, Celine, Chanel, De Beers, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zega, Escadea, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik, Max Mara, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany & Co, Tommy Hilfiger and Vivienne Tam.
Iconic Italian brand Gucci have recently opened their flagship store at the adjacent Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel on Queens Road. The 1000 square meter store is on two levels and stocks everything "Gucci". Harvey Nichols also have a store located here offering a large range of luxury items spread over five floors. (In late 2011 Harvey Nichols opened a flagship store in nearby Admiralty at Pacific Place)
What to buy: Special occasion one-off designer items.
NOTE: Opening hours are shorter than other shopping centres 11am to around 7 or 8pm. Probably best to check closing times with specific store.
What to pay: Lots and lots and lots and lots of $$$
Sham Shui Po - wonderful local area in Kowloon
Apliu Street is located in the bustling local area of Sham Shui Po. The street and surrounding area is a wonderful example of how working class Hong Kong sells its wares and I always enjoy spending a few hours there. Apliu Street itself is well known for its concentration of electronic stores but as well as these Sham Shui Po has loads of interesting streets to interest computer dummies like me.
The flea market is an eclectic mixture of electronic and computer items, electrical appliances and phone accessories. At first glance most of the items for sale seem pre-loved and in some cases look broken, but amongst the "trash" there is some treasure for the IT or electronics enthusiast. I suppose the fun part is searching through the jumbled stalls and although I dont normally buy anything myself I have been told by friends that the prices are dirt cheap.
I also head to Cheung Sha Wan Road to check out the quirky street fashion stalls and shops. The prices here are absolutely rock bottom so its worthwhile searching out a bargain. This is also the wholesale haberdashery centre of Hong Kong though I understand a lot of these shops are closed on Sundays.
The wet market is a truly local experience and mid afternoon its the time to soak up the best atmosphere as this is when the locals (mostly elderly) shop and congregate.
The Golden Computer Centre is located near Sham Shui Po MTR Exit (D2) in Fuk Wa Street and is a well known place to buy the latest computer games etc. There is an amazing amount of choice so its good to know what you are looking for and how much items are worth before venturing inside.
What to buy: Cheap electronics, fashion and haberdashery.
What to pay: Not much. Prices are incredibly cheap.
PEAK GALLERIA Shopping Centre
The Peak Galleria is located opposite the Peak Tower and has some nice mid range shops and art galleries. The size of the Peak Galleria certainly doesnt compare with the mega malls that Hong Kong is famous for but I quite like having a quick look around whenever I am at the Peak and I have previously bought some very reasonably priced shoes and books (Dymocks)
The iconic Cafe Deco is accessed through the shopping centre. If you are travelling by bus (No 15) from Central, the Peak Bus Terminus is located under the Peak Galleria Shopping Centre. Allow up to an hour for the bus trip as traffic can be congested on the narrow roads leading up to the Peak.
What to buy: There is a G.O.D. located on the second level. I love browsing through this eclectic homeware and lifestyle store. Also good shoe shops and an excellent bookstore (Dymocks)
Jade Market - A Sea of Jade
I have been to Hong Kong many times but have only been to the Jade Market once. This is probably because although I like jade and understand its significance in Chinese culture, I found that selecting an appropriately priced piece was too daunting for an amateur jade enthusiast like me.
The Jade Market consists of hundreds of individual stalls selling all grades of jade and styles. Quality jade varies in colour with the highest quality being a very pure green.
Tourists looking for a "bargain" will probably end up buying jadeite which has been dyed to enhance the colour. Nevertheless there are endless stalls selling pendants, rings and bracelets as well as small items representing characters from the chinese zodiac.
The Jade Market is only open between 10am and 5pm Monday to Saturday. The market area is covered making it somewhere to stop by on a rainy day.
Antique Street: Hollywood Road - Central
If you like antiques to buy or just admire there are a few stylish and reputable antique shops on Hollywood Road and also along "Cat Street" (Upper Lascar Row). Clustered mid way between the Sheung Wan end and the Mid Levels Escalator these showrooms stock a large selection of traditional Chinese lacquered furniture and porcelain including Ming and Tang Dynasty pieces.
If your budget does not stretch that far there are also trinket shops selling much smaller items such as mahjong sets and scaled down versions of terracotta horses and warriors. Obviously the cheaper the item the cheaper the quality so don't expect to find anything authentic. You can also buy newly minted "old" coins.
Along with antique shops there are some art galleries to browse through making this a pleasant area to stroll through and window shop along, during the day preferably. Continue along to Sheung Wan if possible as the old streets of this area are quite facinating (see my Sheung Wan review).
What to buy: Porcelain vases.
What to pay: Unlimited amounts. Large items could be shipped to your home subject to quarantine and customs laws. These would need to be insured especially fragile items.
"The Lanes" in Central: Li Yuen Streets (East & West)
Li Yuen Street East and West are two market streets in Central. The alleyway markets run parallel to each other between Des Voeux Road and Queens Road. Locals refer to them as "The Lanes".
Stalls stock inexpensive ready to wear garments and a medium size selection of beautiful fabrics including silk and assorted drapery. There are also the usual handbag stalls as well as hair accessories, costume jewellery and childrens clothes. There is a very reasonably priced luggage shop (not sure which street though) should you need to buy an extra suitcase to take home.
The Li Yuen Street Markets are open daily from 10am to 7pm and while most markets in Hong Kong stock the same items, Li Yuen East and West have a few different stalls. Worth wandering through in my opinion.
What to buy: Usual market items including ladies and childrens clothes, jewellery, handbags, silk scarves and pashminas, luggage, wigs and hair accessories.
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