I always get asked, why do people who travel to HK, have a tendency to shop for foreign brands? Well firstly, certain products are cheaper due to the exchange rate, there's tax free on basic goods, and thirdly HK is more of an international financial centre that concentrates on trading rather than producing or marketing their own brand names. But if you look closely enough, you'll realise you're actually surrounded by HK goodies throughout your stay.
CENTRAL- one of HK's iconic addresses for high end brands!
Stepping onto Des Voeux Road Central you'll find 'The Landmark' home to the flagship boutiques of many international fashion brands as well as dining outlets, such as Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Tods, Bottega Veneta, Harvey Nichols, ZUMA etc. It's a nice place to sit for afternoon tea, as it's always less crowded.
IFC Mall- 8 Finance Street, houses over 200 international brands, mostly high end luxuries, a new cinema and restaurants: Agnès b. le pain grillé, Biztro, RMK,Cafè Vergnano 1882, Fook Ming Tong Tea Shop, Kee Wah Bakery just to name a few.
On Lan Street- Maison Martin Margiela, Billionaire Boys Club, Comme des Garçons, Christian Louboutin, DSquared2, Deep Anger, D-MOP, oh the list goes on...
For a taste of traditional Chinese outfits Yue Hwa Chinese Dept Store, on Queens Road Central (also located in Causeway Bay and Jordan), will give you plenty at that. Shanghai Tang, on Pedder Street (another branch in Pacific Place phase II) which is another favorite of mine has beautifully designed Qi Pao's that are produced with a modern touch, it's even better if you have the time to get them tailor made.
Known as Antique Street to the Chinese on Hollywood Road Upper Lascar Road/Cat Street specialises in wooden hand-crafts, porcelain vases and jade. Haggle away!!
Before you leave Central, stop off at Lan Kwai Fong or SOHO for a few martini's to recharge your batteries!!
ADMIRALTY- Continuous luxuries!!
Pacific Place Mall is situated above the MTR station. The Seibu and Lane Crawford Department store offers various international brands and beauty products. A particular favorite of mine is the lush Lane Crawford home furnishings store.
CAUSEWAY BAY- Eternal Popularity of Mini Mix galore!!
You'll find three branches of Bonjour beauty stores in CWB, this is suggested to be your first stop for beauty shopping, as you'll find certain products to be 20% cheaper than SaSa. Caution: Always Check their expiration date before purchase, as Bonjour/SaSa tends to stock products known to local's as "water goods" which stands for parallel imports. Certain products may only have a shelf life of 12-18 months.
There are 6 delightful branches of SaSa's (HK's leading beauty chain store) and the largest in CWB is on Great George Street.
Watsons one of HK's leading Pharmacy's- This is where you can find the much loved Japanese and Korean drugstore brands like Tony Moly, Kate, Majolica Majorca and so forth. The bigger the store, the more brands they stock and vice versa. You'll find some local HK branded skin care products here and in Mannings too.
Mannings Pharmacy- Sells My Beauty Diary masks and a whole load of overs, they're also sold in SaSa. I did a test run, when I purchased my new batches of MBD's last week, and the production/expiration dates were the same from both stores (3 years), but they were cheaper in SaSa.
G O D- Goods of Desire!! on Sharp Street.
I'm sure not many of you's would have thought about purchasing a piece of furniture from HK, but if you ever do, stop by this place- they also sell the funkiest T.Shirts and accessories that are very HONG KONG style modernised from the 1950-80's.
Chocolate anyone?? Agnes b' Delices on Paterson Street.
There's The Lee Gardens plaza for those who can never have enough of luxury brands. Gucci, Chanel, BV, Lowe ZZZZzzzzzz the list goes on. (Lan Fong Road)
Loads of mini-malls such as Laforet on East Point Road.
Fancl is just around the corner too.
Causeway Bay Place- more accessories!!
Great George Street
Island Beverley mini-mall on East Point Road for your girly kawaii things, and a taste of some jazzy HK style clothing.
Delay No Mall on Yee Wo Street- Delay No Mall branded merchandise, vinyl figures, accessories, jewellery, where you'll find fun and abit of creative flair.
Azona a02- Paterson Street. You'll find racks of clothes from local independent designers from all walks of life.
How about some Vivienne Westwood or Ruby Li on Paterson Street.
Times Square (Russell Street) if you're in search for high street stores or electrical gadgets head to Fortress or Broadway.
I would suggest the Computer Centre 130 Hennessy Road in Wanchai for computer bargains too, but take note these are parallel imports which may not offer warranty, where as Fortress/Broadway do.
Lane Crawford Dept store at Timesquare offers more HE shopping.
Jardine's Crescent for a touch of mini market shopping and for those who are in search for their I ♥ HK T shirts. If you're eager to explore more markets, check out:
Ladies' Market (Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok Kowloon)
Temple Street Night Market (Jordan in Kowloon)
Stanley Market (Stanley Market Road, Stanley)
Hope this covers a BIG enough Haul for you beauties!!
Brief shopping hotspots of Kowloon:
Mong Kok - For those in search of the cheap and chearful, cute cute kawaii should stop by. But be warned, the place is constantly SO crowded.
Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon - Rise Commercial Building 5-11 Granville Circuit, just off the main street of Granville Road is where you'll find a touch of vintage flair, along with a mini-mall of local HK designers.
Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong - A shopping mall that includes a cinema and HK's largest ice rink.
Have a Fabulous weekend!!