Hong Kong (HK) is easily one of the most exciting Asian cities when it comes to shopping. With huge multi-story malls, stores, markets, and factory outlets stocked with thousands of brands and product range. There are just so many things to see, try and buy, to cater for everybody. There are the main retail hubs with designer brands as well as districts that are known for selling certain products.
Without further a due, here is a list of things to buy in HK. They are chosen as they are cheap-ish, have an impressive selection of products and are unique to Hong Kong.
We must put Sneakers as the first ‘must buy’ item on this list. Hong Kong is without a doubt, Asia’s sneaker heaven. We have not seen shoe collections in one place of this magnitude anywhere else, and we’ve been around! You can find sneakers sold everywhere in Hong Kong. However, there is also a street, dedicated just for Sneakers. Hong Kong Sneakers Street or Fa Yuen Street is every sneaker addict’s wet dream. It is located in Mongkok, within the Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon.
There are hundreds of sneaker stores, from all the well-known brands featuring thousands of different styles. Here you will see at least 10 Nike Stores and 10 Adidas stores within meters of each other. Both brands truly have a strong foothold here. As a sneaker collector, Ida spends at least one solid day looking at sneakers every time she goes to Hong Kong. If you are a first time in HK, you will need at least 2 days to see most of it!
The great thing about sneakers in Hong Kong is, they are heavily discounted! You can find sneakers from as low as $A30 and in Fa Yuen Street, they are also genuine. This is a good place to find the latest, limited edition and hard to find designs. Most shops are open from 10.30 am and stays open till 11 pm. The best time to come in as soon as they are open as they become super pack after 3 pm through to closing time.
A decade ago, Hong Kong is known for selling genuine electronics such as cameras and computer equipment at a bargain price. This isn’t so much of the case now. While it is no longer a steal, you can still find a huge variety of electronics. Prices are slightly cheaper than in your home country and mainland China (Yep, branded electronics are cheaper in HK than in Mainland).
For lovers of electronics, you can find, every single latest gadget item imaginable with thousands of shops. Again, the Mong Kok area have the best known electronic stores in Hong Kong such as Broadway and Mong Kok Computer Centre. As they are well known, prices might be slightly higher. However, they are more of a superstore as oppose to small shops, hence are trustworthy.
If you are still unsure about the products and would like to do more research, https://www.price.com.hk/ is useful as a reference. This website gives you an indication of how much you should be paying.
Tips: Do your due diligence when buying electronics from here, make sure you have the right information regarding Warranty, Languages in software/app, Region locking and so forth.
The reputation and popularity of Korean and Japanese cosmetics are also embraced by Hong Kongers. HK has become the go-to destination for Japanese/Korean cosmetics, personal and skincare products. The brands available in Hong Kong is easily the widest and most comprehensive. This doesn’t just limit to the Korean and Japanese market. If you are looking for other big international brands, they are widely available too.
But let’s focus on Korean/Japanese cosmetics considering you can find international big brands everywhere else. You can find big brands such as Shu Uemura, Etude, Laneige as well as niche labels such as 3CE and DHC. These brands are available in big beauty stores such as Sasa or Bonjour. However, the real bargain can be found within smaller drugstores around Hong Kong that are located away from all the popular areas.
Hong Kong is a shopping mecca for designer brands. Low taxes on imported brands means you can get great prices for your designer handbags. You can find a wide variety of designer brands selling their merchandise in Hong Kong such as Burberry, Balenciaga, Hermès and many more.
Some of these brands have a stand-alone store while some are available through major department store such as Sogo.
Tips: Everything you see at the markets, yep they are fake.
It is not a great shopping trip if you don’t buy local! There is something so wonderful about saying ” I bought this in (insert country), by their local designer (drop brand name here)’. Brands such as G.O.D (Gods of Desire) which stock award winning home furnishing and fashion, Vivienne Tam for women’s fashion as well as Clot, urban streetwear for men.
One of the best places to view and shop for the local brand as at the PMQ building, where there are more than a hundred shops, studios and dining options featuring local Hong Kong brands under one roof.
Hong Kong Cookies
Hong Kong has its own cookie culture and it is awesome! Serves as a great souvenir or simply for you to nibble on at home while reminiscing on your time in Hong Kong. The cookie shops range from traditional cookie shops, modern Chinese New Year style cookie, western style cookie shops as well as specialty cookie shops selling egg rolls or wife’s biscuits.
Our preference is the traditional cookies for something different and egg rolls because they are so goddamn good! The cookies are packed in single serve or smaller sized portions making it easy to travel with. Noteworthy cookie stores in Hong Kong include Jenny Bakery and Kee Wah Bakery
Apart from Japan, Hong Kong has good selections of cute and quirky souvenirs. Items like cool chopsticks, USB thumb drives, and fridge magnets are among the popular items sold at the night markets all over Hong Kong.
On top of that, there are always Chinese type souvenirs such as trinkets, teaware, Buddha statues. Our favourite is actually their collection of cute socks! They are cheap and has plenty of design options.