Hong Kong is world renowned for offering the ultimate shopping experience. Home to countless international brands, and a variety of fantastic local retail outlets, Hong Kong is a shopaholic’s paradise. While clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, luggage and electronics is what the city is known for, visitors will be able to find pretty much anything they wish for, here. But with so many places to visit, how do tourists only pick a couple?
Hailed as Hong Kong’s most popular place to shop, Causeway Bay is packed to the brim with shopping malls, boutiques, department stores, markets and kiosks, which are known to close quite late at night. Ranging from expensive to affordable, the retail outlets at Causeway Bay have something for everyone. While up-scale goods can be found at Lee Gardens One & Two, Fashion Walk and Times Square, more affordable items are sold at SOGO Department Store, Island Beverly Center and World Trade Center. Causeway Bay also has a street market, namely; Jardine’s Crescent. Those paying a visit to this roadside market will find everything from bags and accessories to household items and clothing, all of which must be bargained for.
Admiralty, Central and SoHo offers five-star shopping and is thus frequented by a more well to do crowd. Trim Sha Tsui is a shopping area filled with shops, malls, boutiques and markets. It also happens to be home to the largest shopping mall in Hong Kong - Harbour City. Located on Canton Road, the mall features a variety of internationally known designer stores, such as Prada, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Yves Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Versace.
There are also plenty of other shopping malls, and more affordable boutiques in Trim Sha Tsui. While here, a visit to Nathan Road - home to a mix of international and local brands, jewelry stores, stores selling golden ornaments, as well as a variety of fantastic restaurants - is an absolute must. For a true local shopping experience, tourists must visit at least a few of the numerous markets in Hong Kong. Visit Cat Street for antiques, Chun Yeung Market – a wet market, for fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and meats, Dried Seafood Street for dried seafood used in Chinese cooking, Jade Market for jade stones, Ko Shing Street for Chinese herbal medicines, Li Yuen Street East and West for clothing and accessories, Stanley Market for an assortment of goods, and Tai Yuen Street for classic toys.
One of the most popular markets in the Hong Kong is however the Temple Street Night Market; named after a temple located on the street. This atmospheric market is full of antiques, clothing, electronics, watches, trinkets and souvenirs. There is also a selection of restaurants and food stalls to choose from. Authentic Chinese dishes including those with fresh seafood, can be found at almost every eatery. Tourists can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the market while seated on plastic stools, devouring some delicious dishes from one of these food stall.
Other well known shopping areas in Honk Kong include; Mong Kok, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon East and Kowloon West. .