We all need some retail therapy once in a while and a trip is a great opportunity to shop for things you won’t necessarily find in Singapore. Are you planning to visit Hong Kong anytime soon? From artisanal shops, electronics, vintage clothes, luxury stores, knock-offs and your everyday all-in-one bargain shops, Hong Kong is truly a shopper’s paradise. But before you go on your shopping spree, be sure to be in the know of the best things to buy and, of course, where to buy them.

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Best Places to Shop in Hong Kong

1. Shanghai Street (Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon)

 

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If you’re after souvenirs that are functional and some kitchenware, Shanghai street is the place to go. You can surely buy by bulk at commercial prices. This shopping hub pretty much captures the best of Hong Kong’s historic sentiments that are uniquely Chinese as a retail environment.

For the best experience, be sure to visit tong lau shophouses (at stall numbers 600-626 towards the end along Mong Kok). You can even find shops that sell bangles, beads, and pearls at Shanghai Street.

  • Opening hours: Mon-Thu, 12-3pm, 4:30-9pm; Fri-Sat, 12-3pm, 4:30-9:30pm; Sun, 12-3pm, 4:30-8:30pm.

2. PMQ (35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island)

 

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PMQ is an eight-story building that features the best of locally handcrafted and designed items. There are about 130 shops for local artists and designers who desire to build their brands and launch their businesses. Shoppers can even watch them do their work.     

Some shops that are must-visits are “Three Artisans” that sells reinterpretations of traditional Chinese cheongsam or the embroidered column dresses with a modern twist. Second is “Absolute Vintage” that specializes in bespoke eyewear that is truly vintage-inspired. And of course, “Love in Tai Kok Tsui” – creator of paper products that are nothing short of unique.

  • Opening hours: daily, from 7am-11pm.

3. KAPOK Crafted in Hong Kong (PMQ Former Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, 35 Aberdeen St, Central, Hong Kong)

 

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One of the favourite stores at PMQ is KAPOK. This shop curates a selection of indie brands both local and international making them available in Hong Kong. Launched by Arnault Castel of France, he wanted to bring the “future classics” to this very island. A lot of designer brands can be found here like Bellroy, an Australian brand specializing in wallets; Rains, a Swedish label that makes raincoats; Ciaolink, that sells prints and KAPOK’s very own clothing brand, Future Classics. This shop is open all days of the week, from 11am-8pm.

4. Pacific Place (88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong Island)

 

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First of all, Pacific Place is as glitzy and glamorous as it gets. Here, you can find all your favourite luxury brands and high-end labels. Among the most visited shops are Alfred Dunhill (men’s tailor), watchmakers Audemars Piguet, DAKS (UK fashion house), Loewe (Italian leather artisan), and Loro Piana (Spanish fashion).

  • Opening Hours: daily, from 10am-1opm.

5. Temple Street Night Market (Temple St, Jordan, Hong Kong)

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This is a famous night market in Kowloon that has a lot of souvenirs, cheap factory items, and replicas of famous luxury products.  You can find “Ralph Lauren” shirts, handbags by “Jimmy Choo” and “Gucci,” and even canvas shoes like those of Tom’s. When it comes to Chinese souvenirs, you can find jade bangles here as well as porcelain products.

  • Opening Hours: This night market is open daily, from 5-11pm. 

6. Kowloon Soy (9 Graham St, Central, Hong Kong)

 

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Hong Kong is famous for its soy sauce and there is no better place to get them but at Kowloon Soy. Why? Because they still use age-old methods to craft their famed product, the Gold Label Light Soy Sauce. They also have the chu hau sauce and soybean paste that has been spiced.

  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-6:15pm; Sat, 8:30am-6pm; closed on Sundays. 

7. Hakawa (Hong Kong, Central, 歌賦街49-51A, 地舖1B)

 

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If you’re a chocolate lover, stop by at Hakawa which is a chocolate maker that stays true to the bean-to-bar philosophy. You can place orders beforehand of about any size, shape, or form of chocolate. Their handmade chocolate is to die for as their cacao is from an organic farm in Sri Lanka. Chinese flavours are infused in these creations like Osmanthus, longan, and Sichuan chilli.

  • Opening hours: 1 to 7pm on weekdays, 12 to 7 pm on weekends.

8. G.O. D. (Goods of Desire) (Causeway Bay, Hong Kong and other locations)

 

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G.O.D. is one of the famous homegrown design shops in Hong Kong. Their designs reflect Hong Kong in everyday life. You have photos of buildings on placemats and college shirts with creative and rather humorous designs.

  • Opening hours: The branch in Causeway Bay is open daily, from 12nn-10pm.

9. Yuet Tung China Works (Unit 1-3, 3/F., Kowloon Bay Industrial CentreHong Kong, China)

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You can’t visit China without shopping for hand-painted porcelain. Yuet Tung specializes in Guang Cai, which is the Cantonese style of painting on porcelain. All pieces here are hand-painted and you can watch artisans at work in their warehouse. They have plates, vases, and other items that you can also have them customize.

  • Opening hours: Mon-Sat, from 9am-5pm. 

10. LIII LIII Couture Limited (Shop 51, 69, 75, 1/F, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

If it’s luxury you want, do as the Hongkongers do and visit LIII LIII. Their expert cobblers are able to make high-quality pairs that are copies of original designer shoes. A lot of their customers, from corporate executives to mothers, come here to have their shoes custom made at a fraction of the price that designer shoes would cost them. The best thing about this shop is that it is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. 


What to Buy in Hong Kong

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Being in the shopper’s gold mine, there are items that you just cannot leave Hong Kong without. From malls, street markets, and boutiques get ready to splurge on Hong Kong’s best things to buy and take with you back home.

1. Invest in Designer Clothes and Handbags in HK.

 

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You can find all those famous international brands of shoes, handbags, and clothes.  Among these big names are Gucci, Versace, Hermes, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Prada, and Escada. It is cheaper to buy these here because there is a lot lower sales tax. It is even better if you buy these products from factory outlets and shops. Shops like The Landmark, IFC Mall, Harbour City, and Pacific Place are good places to start.

2. Acquire Art to bring home for some Art Therapy.

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Hong Kong is known for commercial art galleries that sell sculptures, ceramics, paintings, and installations. Every year there are big art events like the Hong Kong Art Walk, Art Basel, Le French May Arts Festival, and the Fotanian Open Studios. It is at these events you can acquire art for yourself.

3. Chinese Antiques are a Must.

When shopping for unique souvenirs, you’ll never go wrong with Chinese antique markets. There are so many trinkets that are inspired by things of old like some Ming Dynasty-style furniture, decorative statues, and even calligraphy brushes as well as inkstones. You can also by a nice Chinese painting with poetry on bamboo, which is rather a very nice sentimental piece.

4. Take home some Tailor-Made Clothes.

Known as the place of fine workmanship, quality clothing at reasonable prices, you may want to have your very own bespoke suit. There are a number of shops here that have been in the business for a century. You can be absolutely sure that these skilful tailors will be able to customize anything for you. Try visiting shops like the Punjab House, Empire International Tailors, Sam’s Tailor, and Jim’s Tailor Workshop.

5. Gold and Jewelry should be an option.

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Hong Kong is one of the best places to buy jewellery because of its workmanship, creative designs, and high quality which are again at very reasonable prices. Famous brands to look out for are Chow Tai Fook, LUKFOOK, Chow Sang Sang, and Chow Tai Seng. Be reminded to ask for certificates of authenticity when purchasing gold.

6. Hong Kong Pastries and Delicacies should be on your list.

 

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Of all the things to buy and try, you should definitely indulge in Hong Kong’s best pastries and delicacies. The most famous ones are moon cake, egg tarts, almond cake, and sweetheart cake. The famous bakeries that make these awesome delights are Kee Wah, Maxim’s, and Koi Kei. All of these products are packaged really beautifully and can be taken home without any problem. Check expiry dates before purchasing and also, be sure to read the ingredients just in case you have food allergies.

Important Tips to Know When Shopping in Hong Kong

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For the best shopping experience, there are a number of things you should know about, especially when shopping in Hong Kong

Shopping Tips in Hong Kong

Bargaining is limited to small shops and outdoor stores and markets.

Visa, American Express, and DC cards are widely accepted.

CNY/Spring Festival is a good time to shop because a lot of stores launch promotions and discounts. Malls even extend business hours.

Check the Hong Kong Tourism Board for shopping malls that have been minted with the sign of “Excellence.” Exquisite service and quality of their goods are guaranteed.

Be particular with price tags. If there isn’t one, be very cautious.

Keep the receipt, even for credit card purchases. Check that your shopping bag has the items purchased based on your receipts.

Be extra careful with your personal belongings. You don’t want to lose anything while on a shopping spree.

You can actually call the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Quality Tourism Services hotline for help whenever you encounter some trouble with a shop owner. They take these calls seriously.

It is also helpful to know that there are two big sales seasons in Hong Kong. First is the winter sale that runs from December to February. The second is the summer sales from July to September. It’s good to plan your visit to Hong Kong during these times for the best shopping experience. 


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