I love Hong Kong it’s one of my absolute favourite cities. I can’t even pinpoint why I love it so much. There’s some great tourist attractions, fantastic shopping, tasty food, and the public transport system is one of the best systems I’ve ever used.
I just came back from my third visit to Hong Kong, and if you’re a shopoholic then Hong Kong is your paradise – there’s no shortage of places to shop. Whether you’re after a market, some street shopping, huge shopping centres, which are attached to other huge shopping centres, or want to check out any of the shopping options under or above railway stations, then Hong Kong is your dream location. You will almost definitely shop til you drop.
Hong Kong has both luxury and mid-market brands in abundance, with some mum and dad stores thrown in the mix. This means that everyone’s tastes are catered for. If you have eccentric tastes there are plenty of tops with slogans, clothing with patterns mixed together haphazardly, and shoes with glitter and bows.
As it was humid in September when my sister and I went we didn’t brave the outdoor shopping areas, instead we opted for climate controlled shopping centres. Here’s a list of the shopping centres we visited and a rough summary of what they were like.
Newtown Plaza is one of Hong Kong’s largest shopping centres, its total floor area is approximately 2 million square feet, and there are 350+ retailers and 50+ restaurants located in its three phases.
Each floor is dedicated to a particular set of retailers. For example, all sporting retailers are on one floor, electronics on another, food on another, fashion on another etc. This makes your shopping experience very efficient as everything is grouped in one place. To reach your desired level quickly some of the escalators skip levels.
There’s a fantastic range of retailers combining both luxury and mid-market brands including Burberry, Kate Spade, G2000 (one of my favourite stores similar to Zara but smaller), Uniqlo, H&M, Zara, Calvin Klein, French Connection, GAP, Nine West, Levi’s, Juicy Couture, and Victoria’s Secret.
One of my absolute favourite retailers in Hong Kong is City’ Super and Newtown Plaza has a great one. This retailer calls itself a “mega lifestyle specialty store” and has everything under the one roof from groceries, wine, cookware, stationery, luggage, cosmetics, skincare, quirky gift ideas – you name it, it has it.
Log-On, which is part of the City’ Super brand, is attached to this City’ Super and is also worth a visit, especially if you’re looking for gifts. It sells quirky travel accessories, stationery, clothing, photography items, beauty products, and gadgets.
My sister and I loved Newtown Plaza so much we went their twice. I feel like it’s one of the few shopping centres that I’ve visited in Hong Kong that isn’t saturated with luxury brands, and has some great restaurants as well.
18 Sha Tin Centre St, Sha Tin
MTR Sha Tin
If you like luxury brands then you need to check out Pacific Place. This shopping centre is very modern, even its toilets are stylish, they’re designed with curved wood.
Retailers here include Harvey Nichols and Lane Crawford (similar to David Jones), Crabtree and Evelyn, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Dior, Prada, Tiffany and Co, Armani Exchange, Kate Spade, Chloé, Bvlgari, Ted Baker, Giorgio Armani, Miu Miu, Dolce and Gabbana, Cartier, Gucci, Nine West, Chanel, Hermès, Coach, and Roberto Cavalli.
One of the hidden gems in Pacific Place is the Great Food Hall, think David Jones Foodhall on steroids! The Great Food Hall was huge and packed with so much food I didn’t know where to look. It was a grocery store, deli, and takeaway food place in one. You could shop for your grocery items, or pick up something for lunch. There were cakes, juices, chocolates, sandwiches, rolls, pasta, meat, soup, huge jacket potatoes, salads, burgers the list goes on, and on, and on. There wasn’t a food group that couldn’t be found. I still dream of this place, so please visit if you can!
Queensway Plaza is attached to Pacific Place by a bridge. My sister and I didn’t check Queensway Plaza out, but from what we could tell it didn’t have the same luxury brands as Pacific Place.
88 Queensway Admiralty
MTR Admiralty Station Exit F
You could honestly spend all day shopping in Causeway Bay. My sister and I visited a couple of the shopping centres in this area, Times Square and WTC More.
Times Square is Causeway Bay’s largest shopping centre with 16 floors and 230+ food and lifestyle retailers.
There are so many retailers here that it’s overwhelming. If you want to escape the humidity outside then this is the centre to take a break in.
1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
MTR Causeway Bay Exit A
WTC More contains mid-priced youth fashion retailers, which my sister and I weren’t really interested in so we didn’t stay long. It’s quite small compared to the other centres we visited.
The highlight here for both of us was Muji. Muji in Hong Kong has the same clothing and homewares as Melbourne, however what they have that Melbourne doesn’t is glorious food, and in convenient snack sizes. Everything from popcorn, lollies, dried fruit, juice, soup, and dried seafood can be found here. We had many snack nights that were stocked with Muji goodness.
280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
MTR Causeway Bay Exit D1
Harbour City is Hong Kong’s largest shopping centre spread over 2 million square feet with 450+ retailers, 50 restaurants, 2 cinemas, hotels, office buildings, and serviced apartments. It’s three shopping centres in one – Ocean Terminal, Ocean Centre, and Gateway Arcade.
Given that the majority of shopping centres we visited were massive we couldn’t believe that there could be anything else that tops the others in size, but this does.
Harbour City has a really good mix of retailers and they have one of my favourites City’ Super, yep there’s one here too and it’s great. What I also love about this shopping centre is the food court. You load money on to a card, which you use to pay for food at one of the retailers in the food court area.
So, if you want a full day shopping and eating come here, it’s massive! The fantastic range of retailers means that there’s something to suit everyone, and like Newtown Plaza, each level houses a particular type of retailer.
3 – 27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit A1
If you’re into markets, and dare I say fake handbags and purses, then Temple St Night Market and Ladies Market are for you. Just watch your belongings, be prepared to be harassed to buy, and bring a fan as the humidity will tire you out quicker than the merchants.
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