Aside from the teeteringly tall skyscrapers, some of the best street food around and a city that never sleeps, Hong Kong is a mecca for global shopping enthusiasts. Stocking brands that are exclusive to the country and fast becoming one of the most coveted destinations for international brands, there is also a hidden underground of boutique gems. Take a tour of some of our best shopping finds and tips along the way…
Kowloon Tong Shopping Centre
One of the best under-one-roof shopping destinations, Kowloon Tong’s shopping centre is cleverly situated at the exit of Kowloon Tong’s MTR station (on the Kwun Tong line) meaning a quick journey there and an even quicker getaway for all the shopping guilt that you may or may not experience afterwards. Highlights include the plentiful food court tucked upstairs, a mixture of high and low end brands, and the hallmark indoors ice skating rink.
Tip: It is almost a given that at any MTR station, there’ll be a shopping centre at one of the lettered exits. You know, if you’re ever ‘stuck’ for somewhere to shop.
Beauty junkies unite: Sasa is the ultimate destination in Hong Kong. With a handful to be found in any area of Hong Kong, stock varies across each store and there are some gems to be found nestled within the acrylic shelving. Skincare, eye make-up and skin perfecting formulas are high up on the beauty list in Asia, so it doesn’t come as any surprise that Sasa is crammed with things to be shopped. What’s more, there is a fine balance of high end and budget buys.
Make a beeline for: My Beauty Diary, Majolica Majorca, Laneige, Skinfood, Missha, Skin79.
Tip: Japanese brands go above and beyond for eye make-up, Korean brands are exceptional for BB creams and skincare, and Chinese products are famed for their whitening properties.
The Ladies’ Market
A tourist destination if any, the Ladies’ Market originated as a X. Stretching to one kilometre, the market based in Mong Kok sells bargain clothing, faux designer wares, phone cases, watches, home furnishings and plenty of other odd trinkets. Set aside an evening, as the city comes alive when thousands descend on the Ladies’ Market.
Make a beeline for: The end. The Ladies’ Market is prone to getting a little busy, a little sweaty.
Tip: Market vendors in Hong Kong are extremely pushy. Don’t be sucked into their faux haggling, instead try haggling with them first, or do a preliminary 5-second scan of their wares before swiftly moving on.
Tsuen Wan Plaza
Sitting pretty at the end of the Tsuen Wan line on the MTR is Tsuen Wan Plaza. Handy walkways connect the Plaza to three other shopping centres, each full with tiny boutiques, hole-in-the-wall stores and bona fide shops. Shop here for vintage inspired accessories and footwear, quirky cute Korean imported clothing and the most decorative phone cases.
Make a beeline for: Clothing stores where each piece is covered in a PU cover.
Tip: Consider buying three pieces or so, and the shop assistants are more than likely to throw in extra pieces at $5. Retail in HK, you’re doing it right.
Michelle Chai is a self-confessed colour avoider, avid coffee enthusiast, multi-tasker extraordinaire and, by night, a regular fashion blogger at Daisybutter. She edits Aesthetic (both online and print) and really enjoys her ongoing quest for the perfect knit. FYI, this one came close to nabbing the title.