Shopping in Hong Kong
In between sight seeing in Hong Kong, shopping was definitely something I couldn’t resist. I loved everything about the boutiques there, and finding new shops I miss dearly (FrancFranc, you’re the best, please come to the UK). This vintage inspired sailor striped dress was one of the items of clothing I bought whilst visiting and it soon became one of my favourites. Bought from a boutique shop in the IFC mall near Central, it only felt right that I wore it on our last day in Hong Kong whilst taking a ride on one of their infamous junk boats, The Aqualuna, sailing across central taking in all the sights one last time, whilst sipping on cocktails, yes please. The dress didn’t need any more styling aside from some simple flip flops from New Look, and my sunglasses are from H&M. We had a great afternoon taking in the sights from the Aqua Luna junk boat on our last day there, you can read more about my experiences of chartering a junk boat and the experiences in this post – here.
Where to find them
Shopping in Hong Kong is big business, you can’t go anywhere without coming across another shopping centre, big or small they are quite literally under every footstep. Even the underground (MTR) stations have their own mini shopping centres throughout, some of them you can get lost in for hours when you were really only intending on swapping to the next underground line, you might just find yourself catching your next MTR train with a few more bags than your previous hop on! Not only can the shops provide an escape from the heat into air conditioned paradise, but you could also try your hand at bargaining on the markets in Mong Kok, an experience to be had in itself.
What to buy
So what’s worth shopping for in Hong Kong? Clothing, luggage, jewellery, cameras and electronic goods are the city’s strong suits, often leading the way in new trends. Do be aware however that some imported goods such as cameras and other electronics only have a guarantee valid in Hong Kong, for this reason it was something I tended to stay clear of, but by all means do take upon your own research and initiative. whatever you’re in the market for, make sure you shop around first. Especially on markets you will often find a stall selling the same thing only deeper into the market, which generally means you could get it for cheaper as it’s not so easily accessible to passerby’s on the interlinking streets.
If you’re in the market for something more luxury, designer and global brands can be found in shopping centres such as the IFC and the Landmark in Central, Times Square in Causeway Bay (my personal favourite!) Pacific Place in Admiralty, and Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). You can even find shops such as Prada and Louis Vuitton in outlets such as Horizon Plata selling off-season items at discounted prices. For something a little more unique there are loads of independent shops opened by local designers and retailers in a mix of Sheung Wan, Wan Chai and TST. What would you be in the market for?
You can see other Hong Kong tips and travel experiences on my blog – here.