Your Complete Fashionista’s Guide to Hong Kong
Hong Kong may be an expensive place, but there are a plethora of places to find jaw-droppingly amazing bargains. Hong Kong and its several districts are crammed with high-rise department stores, shopping arcades, and handicraft vendors. You will leave with a suitcase much fuller than anticipated – that is a promise. Depending on your tastes, there are places to go that will suit your needs best, so pull up a chair it is time for geography, fashionista style.
1. Causeway Bay
Ah, the mecca of the deal on Hong Kong Island. Treasures await to be discovered here. Whatever your budget, Causeway Bay is a location to suits all tastes and styles. At the core of Causeway Bay, you are going to find medium and high-end merchandise. The recommended place to start is Windsor Plaza on Great George Street or Times Square in the west (it has its own Causeway Bay MTR exit).
Other places like SOGO, Caroline Centre, World Trade Centre, Lee Gardens, Fashion Island, and Island Beverly are highly trafficked shopping malls where clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, toys, stationery, and other fun things can be found. Surrounding these towers of deals are two shopping markets: Jardine’s Crescent and Jardine’s Bazaar.
To get to Causeway Bay: Use the MTR Island Line to go to either Tin Hau or Causeway Bay stations. From there, you can basically choose any exit and come up somewhere with shopping. Tin Hau also leads to Victoria Park and the Tin Hau temple.
2. Tsim Sha Tsui
Personally one of my favorite areas (because I love the flashing lights and hawkers yelling about their deals). Tsim Sha Tsui carries with it a different energy from the rest of Hong Kong due to a large international population. There is a host of luxury shopping centers, well-known brand names, and even a Toys R’ Us.
Be sure to check out the Ming Chueng Shop at Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard. It is in the basement but sells clothing brands like U2, Espirit, Crocodile, and Episode at reasonable prices. Canton Road, Beijing Road, and Granville Road also have an array of clothing brands, cosmetics, and factory outlets.
Shopping malls include Harbour City (luxury brands), 1881 Heritage, SOGO, New World Centre, The ONE, K11, and the Miramar Shopping Centre. Getting to Tsim Sha Tsui is easy. Ride the MTR Tsuen Wan Line into Tsim Sha Tsui. Follow the exit that is designated to wherever you want to go first. The entire area is walkable.
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3. Mong Kok
Also known as the busiest shopping region on Kowloon Island, Mong Kok feels like a gigantic multi-story freckled with open-air bazaars, small family-operated shops, and food stalls. Mong Kok is all about a hard bargain. The area teems with youthful energy, as many of the small shopping malls and independent businesses cater to the younger generations.
The well-known department stores are Langham Place, Argyle Centre, and Grand Century Place. Here, you can find internationally known brand names, makeup, and more. Shopping markets include the famous Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Ladies’ Market and Temple Street Night Market, the Flower Market, and Goldfish Market.
In these places, keep your eyes peeled for counterfeit versions of nearly every designer product on the market. They may actually be made with better quality than the original. If you need computer supplies, like an international charger at a good price, head to the Mong Kok Computer Centre.
To get to Mong Kok: Use the Kwun Tong and Tsuen Wan lines. You can ride into Prince Edward station for the northern reaches or just to Mong Kok station to the south. Alternatively, Kowloon is very walkable, so if your hotel or guesthouse is in Tsim Sha Tsui, you can walk.
There are plenty of markets and streets dedicated to traditional Chinese garments and accessories, but one of the best is at the very most Southern tip of Hong Kong Island. Stanley Market is a delightful open-air marketplace in a seaside town that is full of welcoming people.
This means that not only can you work up a sweat scouring the rows of vendors for the best deals on Chinese souvenirs, dresses, toys, ornaments, arts and crafts, and silk, you can dive into the ocean afterward. The other plus is that, unlike many department stores or more populated markets, these owners love bargaining with you.
How to get to Stanley: Plot a course to the Chai Wan MTR Station (Island Line). From Chai Wan, you can either get a taxi (expensive) or take Station Exit C for the green minibus 16M. Or, for a slightly longer trip, you can go to the Exchange Square bus terminus Central (also on the Island Line). There you can take bus 6, 6A, or 260.
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These four areas are some of the most notable shopping locations in Hong Kong, but they are not where the deals end. So many of the best shopping is found nestled between in the major department stores in shopping arcades. Keep your eyes peeled for your favorite brand among the signs overhead. You can find it in Hong Kong.