Shopping in Hong Kong
Purchase! This is the goal of many tourists visiting Hong Kong, especially the Chinese, and the city does not disappoint those with this program in mind. Hong Kong is really shopping friendly and the number of international brand stores and malls on the streets is impressive. The variety of products is endless and gathers from the largest luxury brands in the market to fairs with counterfeit products produced in China. The space is valued to the maximum, so instead of the malls being horizontal, they are vertical – with many floors! Visit countryaah.com for map of Hong Kong.
The high purchasing power of local residents and tourists drives commerce and stores considered relatively rare in large Brazilian cities are on the streets of HK. Brands like Prada and Chanel are common on the streets and sometimes even queue at the doors. Popular brands like H&M and Forever 21 also have their space, as do Asian and local brands. Cosmetics and beauty stores are around every corner, to see this type of product, visit Sasa or Bonjour stores.
Almost every place seems suitable for shopping, because the number of stores on the streets is really great, but some locations stand out. On the island of Hong Kong, Causeway Bay is a great choice for shopping. There, the streets have many stores and, in addition, several malls are installed, among them the giant Times Square, the Fashion Walk, the Causeway Bay Plaza and the SOGO store, which is worth as a mall, such a diversity of products. In the vicinity of Central Station, there are also many international stores and shopping centers. Check abbreviationfinder.org for abbreviations and acronyms related to Hong Kong.
Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok are the best places to shop. And here, in addition to finding the well-known stores in the market, you will also see street markets, which sell absolutely everything! The popular markets that we find most interesting are Ladie’s Market and Temple Street Night Market, however, when you go there, take into account that you will find a lot of trinkets and that the products are of doubtful origin – don’t be fooled by buying something at a bargain price, finding who is paying for an original product. To find cheap products and travel souvenirs, these markets can be a good choice.
In Tsim Sha Tsui, be sure to walk along Nathan Road, a store where you will see everything – from the health food store to the Miu Miu store. It is an excellent place to shop and has several shopping centers, some small, others larger, but always with several floors, like iSquare. When strolling through these malls, check out the lower and / or upper floors, because sometimes they have supermarkets and food courts that sell delicious things.
In Mong Kok, one of the most densely populated places in the world, you will see fairs, street shops and large malls. If your business is fairs, go to Ladies Market and Flower Market, great for those who like flowers. If you like closed shopping malls, visit Langham Place, a mall with a very different architecture and a huge escalator! The Mong Kok region does have a lot of shops, but the amount of people on the streets can complicate the act of walking with ease, which makes the tour not so much fun.
Causeway Bay is the name of a neighborhood and the subway station installed in one of Hong Kong’s busiest regions. That’s where HK boils! This is the place to shop, to see the city in full swing and to eat in good restaurants. In this region, there are stores of renowned brands such as Apple, Prada and Miu Miu, department stores like SOGO, popular stores like H&M and Forever 21, as well as shopping malls such as Times Square and Fashion Walk that have a multitude of brands and products available to more (or not so) consumers. For those who want to shop, Causeway Bay is certainly an unmissable place that offers from low cost options to the most exclusive stores on the market.
Hong Kong is known for being a shopper’s paradise and if there is one place that symbolizes this facet of the city, it is Causeway Bay! Be sure to go there, even if you don’t want to buy anything; it is worth the experience of knowing the atmosphere of the region, seeing its luminous signs and streets full of people.
Ladie’s Market (女人街)
Located in the bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, Ladie’s Market is more than its name suggests. The place is a street market that sells much more than women’s products. In the market, which stretches for several meters in the open, you will find stalls selling clothes for adults and children, accessories – such as glasses and bags -, shoes, decorative objects, gifts, etc.
Much (or almost everything) of what is sold on the site is of dubious origin, that is, counterfeit, but this is a good option for those who like to buy cheap knickknacks or do not forget travel memories for friends.
Langham Place (朗 豪 坊)
Langham Place, Mong Kong, is a mall that offers good shopping opportunities. This mall has more than 200 stores and one of its most striking features is its architecture. From the outside, the place does not attract much attention, but inside, the architecture is modern, with many floors arranged in a spiral and a huge ceiling height! A metal structure with glass and an 83-meter escalator are also part of the mall’s decoration. If you want, you can go to the top floor of the mall, just to observe the “view”, which is super high!
Langham Place stores include Accessorize, Pandora, Chanel, Godiva, Coach, H&M, Levi’s, etc. The lower floor is ideal for buying cosmetics and beauty products; on the upper floors, you will find many local stores, so it can be a good opportunity to meet new brands.
Mong Kok (旺角)
Mong Kok in Kowloon is one of Hong Kong’s most vibrant and bustling districts! The place has one of the highest demographic density in the world and really impresses with the number of people living in buildings and passing through the streets. It is a place that is always full!
The idea of walking in such a tumultuous space may not please you, but be aware that Mong Kok is a good region for shopping and getting to know, in fact, some of the essence of Hong Kong, which really has this characteristic of being quite agitated.
The neighborhood has, among its attractions, the popular street markets, such as Ladie’s Market, the flower and goldfish market. The buzz is just outside the Mong Kong station, on Sai Yeung Choi, Sneakers Street, Shantung Street. If you prefer a less hectic place in the region, but that is cool for shopping, visit Langham Place, a multi-storey mall with unique architecture.
Mongkok Flower Market (旺角 花 墟)
The Mong Kok Flower Market is a market that brings together several florists and offers a good walk for those who like flowers. The variety of plants in the place is large and as there are many florists, each of them has a focus, some specialize in arrangements with roses, others specialize in orchids, for example. Unfortunately, as you cannot bring plants to Brazil, the place ends up being just an attraction for contemplation, but it is still interesting for those who like nature and get to know new species of plants.
Nathan road is one of the most important routes in Kowloon and passes through the areas of Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kong. The avenue is not only an important means of access to the region, but also a hub for local commerce. Along its extension, stores, restaurants, shopping centers and small shopping centers are installed, in addition to hotels and residential buildings. It is around 3.5 km long and is always full of tourists passing by, especially in the Tsim Sha Tsui area, which is a great tour option for travelers.
Temple Street Night Market
Super famous Kowloon market, Temple Street Night Market is a traditional Chinese market that sells a little bit of everything. In it you will find bags, travel souvenirs, clothes, caps, watches, glasses, shoes and various Asian inventions. It is a popular place, with shops made in stalls open in the middle of the street, so be aware of the fact that much of what is sold in the stalls is counterfeit. Still, it is a good alternative for those looking for cheap products and, mainly, for souvenirs of trips with a good price. Another option is to go to the place to eat Chinese food at one of the nearby restaurants, which also offer meals at a good cost.
Street markets are a Hong Kong tradition and this is the only one that remains open overnight.
Times Square (時代 廣場)
Times Square is the name of one of the main commercial centers in Hong Kong. It is located in Causeway Bay, an excellent area for shopping, and brings together major brands of today. Between the lower and upper floors are more than 15 floors occupied by shops, restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, cinema, etc. On site, you will find a little bit of everything, from the most popular stores, such as H&M and TopShop, to Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Gucci, Chanel, Fendi, etc.
If you plan to visit a specific store, we suggest looking at the entrance of the mall on which floor it is located, because, as there are many floors, you can end up running a lot until you find the location you want.
Yuen Po Street Bird Garden (園圃 街 雀鳥 花園)
You may already know that Hong Kong has many street markets. Some of them are somewhat exotic, and this is one of the different markets to visit, which specializes in the sale of birds.
The market is not large, but it brings together several small shops that sell small birds, as well as all kinds of objects that involve the care of animals, including live worms.
It is another one of the walks for contemplation and we suggest combining it with the Flower Market, which is practically next door.