Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise. From glitzy malls and colourful street markets, to traditional Chinese stores, there’s something to keep the most avid shopper happy here.
Hong Kong’s dazzling street markets offer not only the opportunity to grab some unique wares at bargain prices, but are also a fantastic and exciting cultural experience.
Discover neon signs, cramped laneways, steam-filled eateries wafting exotic smells onto the streets, and busy chatter all around. Rows of tiny stalls are packed with Chinese artwork and crafts, different types of clothing, fabrics, cosmetics, electronic gadgets, toys, bags and accessories. Brush up on your bartering skills before you visit the markets, haggling is the usual form of commerce here.
The open-air street markets come to life in the evenings, with bright lights and a party atmosphere. Food stalls delight with authentic and affordable Chinese dishes, and there is often entertainment such as street performers and fortune tellers.
Don’t miss some of Hong Kong’s most famous street markets: Ladies’ Market (Tung Choi Street), Temple St Night Market, Stanley Market
Fashionistas will love Hong Kong’s factory outlet shopping. With many western designer label garments manufactured in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, you can stock up on factory seconds and excess stock for a fraction of the price you’d pay back home.
Hong Kong has long been an important centre for the fashion industry, and even today fashion and accessories are among the best buys. Several street markets, especially the Ladies’ Market, also serve as outlets for mainland factories, selling clothes made from silk, cashmere, linen, cotton and wool.
The Pedder Building in Kong Kong is one of the best-known factory outlet centres, with five floors of shops – many of which are discount outlets. Another great spot for outlet shopping is Citygate, Hong Kong’s only outlet mall. Not all the shops here are factory outlets, but most are, selling brands such as Benetton, Bally and Nike clothing and accessories up to 70% off.
Hong Kong has long been known for its custom-made tailored clothing. Thanks to the influx of tailor families from Shanghai in the 1950’s, Hong Kong has become reputable for its high standards and cheap priced tailor made clothing. From jackets, business suits and wedding dresses to fashion replicas, you can expect to get a top-quality tailor-made garment at the same sort of price you’d pay for a ready-made high street garment in the west.
There are over 2,000 tailor shops in Hong Kong, many located in popular shopping districts or around big hotels, making them very accessible. Expect to wait 3-5 days for your garment to be created, including fittings. If you find a tailor you like, once they have your measurements you will more than likely be able to order more clothing in the future once you are at home (providing you don’t put on too much weight)!So what are you waiting for? - grab your card and go - discover Hong Kong