1. Causeway Bay
Probably Hong Kong’s premier shopping area, just about every square inch of Causeway Bay is covered in malls, shops and neon advertising signs. If you’re looking for the manic Hong Kong shopping experience, this is it. The area is best known for its hip, independent fashion retailers, pitched around the Fashion Walk Area. You’ll also find SOGO, Hong Kong’s biggest and best department store, and the Times Square shopping mall, one of the largest in the city. The shops and streets here buzz until past 10p.m. as locals hunt for the next great bargain. Prices in the area are honest and there are bargains to be found.
How to Get There: MTR Causeway Bay or Hong Kong Island Tram
Far less glitzy than Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island, Mongkok is the most populated area per square meter in the world and amongst the crowded streets you’ll find a host of markets. The markets sell everything from cheap Chinese fashion, to watches, handbags and copy versions of every designer product on earth. There is even a dedicated Goldfish and Flower market. And, although they’re often slated for being full of tourist tat, which is true to an extent, particularly at the Ladies market, but you’ll still find plenty of locals nosing around, proving there are bargains to be had. Also worth mentioning is the Mongkok Computer Centre, which is one of the best places in the city to pick up cheap computer gear.
How to Get There: Mongkok MTR
Hong Kong’s Central district is awash with cash and unsurprisingly you’ll find most of the city’s swankiest, malls, shops and boutiques nestled in amongst the skyscrapers. Many of the designers who keep a shop in New York, London and Hong Kong have their outlets here, including the iconic Luis Vuttion Shop and Hong Kong’s only Harvey Nichols and the flagship Lane Crawford, luxury department store. Also in the area is arguably Hong Kong’s most famous store, Shanghai Tang, a Hong Kong fashion label that offers contemporary Chinese designs and inside the IFC Mall the flagship Lane Crawford department store.
How to Get There: Central MTR
4. Hollywood Road
Split between the Central and Sheung Wan, Hollywood Road is probably the best place in the world to buy Chinese contemporary art. Loaded with art galleries, the street is the heart of the now booming Chinese contemporary art market and you’ll find works by the most renowned Chinese artists hanging from the walls here. If that wasn’t enough, Hollywood Road is also one of the world centres for Chinese antiques with around fifty outlets stocking the finest furniture, ceramics and art from the past 1000 years.
How to Get There: Central MTR
5. Sham Shui Po
Often overlooked by tourists to the city, Sham Shui Po is a true working class area of Hong Kong stuffed with pile-em-in and pile-em-high residential buildings and grubby malls. The shops here don’t have the glitz and glamour of Hong Kong Island and the owners won’t speak English but they are a great place to bag a bargain. The big buys here are at the wholesale stores, which offers cut price fabrics and clothing and although most of the shops only sell to trade there are a decent number selling to individuals. Also worth a visit is the Golden Shopping Arcade, probably the best priced computer market in the city and an excellent place to pick up games and gaming equipment.
How to Get There: Sham Shui Po MTR