Hong Kong is a shopper’s delight. From morning until late at night, the shops, malls and markets are buzzing with people. And as a major international port Hong Kong is always up to date with the latest fashions, trends and, of course, technology.

There are major shopping areas on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon. The busiest areas on the island are Central, North Point, Admiralty and Causeway Bay. Central district houses many dazzling skyscrapers and plush malls, such as The Galleria, Prince’s Building, Alexandra House and the IFC mall, all crammed with designer stores and boutiques. Lane Crawford on 70 Queen’s Road, is Hong Kong’s oldest western style department stores. It’s been dubbed ‘Hong Kong Harrods’ and is well worth checking out.

Other malls on Hong Kong Island are Pacific Place in Admiralty, and the colossal Times Square building in Causeway Bay which is a state-of-the-art shopping centre. It’s well worth a visit just to see the building.

Away from the malls, Stanley Street is the place to go for a wide range of photographic equipment, while Hollywood Road is Hong Kong’s antiques and furniture row where you can pick up some wonderful Asian applied art, from old and new furniture to prints, painted screens and jewellery.

Kowloon also has excellent shopping, especially along Nathan Road, the main thoroughfare running north from the waterfront up to the New Territories. The neon lit streets are lined with stores, ranging from the famous Wing On department store, to smaller outlets and stalls selling everything from gold jewellery to electronic equipment such as MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones. Kowloon is very crowded and the streets are teeming with insistent hawkers which can make shopping hard work.

Nathan Road is also one of the best places to go if you fancy getting a suit made. It’s best to visit a few tailors before you decide which one to choose, and it’s good to remember that it should realistically take three days to make. Be wary of tailors promising a 24-hour turnaround. The suit may look fine but it’ll probably fall apart!

Other roads good for shopping in Kowloon are Granville Road for its bargain clothes shops, and the huge Yue Hwa Chinese Products shopping store on the corner of Peking Road, which sells traditional items, like medicines and art and crafts, as well as cheap leather goods. Ladies Street in Mong Kok is a colourful street packed full of clothes and leather ware stores, and let’s not forget Hong Kong is full of pirated gear such as CDs and DVDs which are often sold openly in back streets such as those off Ladies Street.





If you want a real taste of Hong Kong shopping life, take a stroll around one of the bustling open-air markets. These are a total contrast to the huge malls and designer boutiques for which Hong Kong is known. It’s at these exciting and colourful markets you can try out your bargaining skills and buy that perfect traditional gift. The locals tend to only speak Cantonese so you might have to brush up on your sign language skills - all part of the fun! Here are the best:


Stanley Market

Stanley Market Road, Stanley

Open: 9am-6pm

Jam-packed full of vendors selling silk garments, Chinese artwork and other souvenirs. If shopping gets too much you can relax at one of the nearby beaches.


The Jade Market

Kansu St, Yau Ma Teil

Open 9am-6pm

Several hundred stalls selling a huge selection of jade jewellery and other jade carvings. Jade is thought by the Chinese to promote longevity.


Temple Street Night Market


Open 5pm-11pm

The most famous night market in Kowloon selling all kinds of knick-knacks from clothes and cheap CDs to Bruce Lee dolls! You can also have your fortune read while listening to Cantonese Opera blasting in the background. Try the tasty local food.


The Bird Market

Yuen Po Street, Off Prince Edward Road

Mong Kok

Open: 7am – 8pm.

Many locals keep birds as pets, and they buy them at the Bird Market. Located in a purpose-built Chinese garden, there are hundreds of songbirds and parakeets in exquisitely crafted cages.






Ned Kelly’s Last Stand

11a Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tel: 2376 0562

Aussie bar that serves up meaty dishes to a young crowd. Live traditional jazz after 9pm.



B/F Mary Building

71-77 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tel: 2301 3980

Popular Irish pub with live music on Wednesdays and Fridays, plus DJ nights and quiz nights. Catch up with the latest international sport on TV screens in the bar.


Bahama Mama’s

4-5 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tel: 2368 2121

Kitschy Caribbean-themed bar with an outside terrace favoured by both locals and tourists. Drink specialties include fruit cocktails and frozen margaritas, so it’s not surprising to learn that you’ll find people dancing on the bar later on. Best keep the clients away from this one!


Dublin Jack

37-43 Cochrane Street, Central

Tel: 2543 0081

Popular Irish pub spread across three floors. Traditional dishes are served which can be washed down with a wide variety of ales and stouts.


Joe Bananas

23 Luard Street

Tel: 2529 1811

Bustling American bar with a late night disco and the occasional live music. There is a dress code - no sandals or shorts, and men must wear a shirt with a collar.





Felix Bar

The Peninsular Hotel

Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tel: 2315 3188

Designed by Philippe Starck, and famous for its glass urinals, this is one of the swankiest bars in the world, let alone Hong Kong. It offers one of the most breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, making it the perfect location to entertain clients.



5 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tel: 2721 2302

German watering hole with a vast selection of beers, serving up typical German cuisine such as smoked sausages with sauerkraut.


Someplace Else

Basement, Sheraton Hotel

20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tel: 2721 6151

Two-floor bar-restaurant best known for its cocktails and live jazz from the house band.






Chee Kee Wonton

Ground Floor, 52 Russell Street, Causeway Bay

Authentic little place with Chinese prints lining the walls and antique style stools. Nothing too lavish but they do great won ton noodles.


Light Vegetarian

Ground Floor, New Lucky House

No Phone

13 Jordan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Tel: 2384 2833

Cantonese and Shanghai vegetarian dishes all made from fresh veggies, tofu or gluten. You won’t be disappointed.


Fook Lam Moon

35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai

Tel: 2866 0663

One of Hong Kong’s most famous Cantonese restaurants serving up delights such as crispy pig! Expensive but well worth it.


Tse Kee

80 & 82 Old Main Street, Aberdeen

Cheap place known for tasty noodles and excellent fish ball soup. Closes at 6pm.


Next Generation

Ground Floor, 478 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay

Tel: 2911 0119

Serving up Cantonese cuisine and specialising in shark fin dishes, a delicacy of Hong Kong.


Yung Kee

32-40 Wellington Street

Tel: 2522 1624

Huge, bright and affordable restaurant well known for its roast goose and pigeon.

Source: Flight Daily News