Hong Kong has been named the ‘New York of Asia’ time and time again. Just like the big apple, it is known as one of the world’s best shopping destinations, and for good reason. We can’t wait to show you what the shopping precincts in Hong Kong have to offer!
The main retail precincts – Causeway Bay, Central and across the water to Tsim Sha Tsui – provide an overwhelming array of retail options. Expect shopping in every shape and form, including swanky, air conditioned malls to the quaint boutiques that line the cobbled streets of SoHo. Wedged between the glittering malls are little pockets of what we call “the holy grail” of shopping, where independent stores, emerging homegrown designers and design-focused businesses thrive.
Ever since we started Travelshopa, we have waited (patiently) for the day we would add Hong Kong to our list of shopping guides. It’s impossible to cover the entirety of the amazing and extensive retail offerings, so here are five of Hong Kong’s shopping precincts we think you must add to your next shopping trip.
A hop, skip and a jump from Central, Gough and Aberdeen Streets have undergone a slight modernisation of late. Affectionately named NoHo (north of Hollywood Road), the area now plays host to a smattering of stylish and contemporary boutiques, all while preserving its traditional rhythm and way of life. An eclectic mix of design-conscious stores have earned Gough Street the reputation as an up-and-coming Hong Kong hotspot for savvy tribes. New arrivals to the street include Homeless and Visionaire, both lifestyle concept stores with a funky progressive vibe and offbeat aesthetic. Half way down Aberdeen Street, the former Police Married Quarters, PMQ houses over 100 local designers and an exhibition space spread out between two adjacent buildings. The location serves as an incubator for promising young creatives to develop their craft while giving the public access to Hong Kong’s design talent.
South of Hollywood Road or SoHo, has its fair share of admirers. Famed as a wine and dine central, SoHo boasts an appealing mix of creative boutiques, bars and restaurants that are well worth the upward climb. Hinged between lively bars and posh international restaurants are a number of fashion boutiques showcasing Hong Kong’s emerging designers, small independent galleries and quaint antique shops. The sloping stretches along Peel, Elgin and Staunton Streets, and Lyndhurst Terrace are riddled with some of Hong Kong’s top fashion stores.
Located near the city’s epicenter, Wan Chai exposes a delightful contrast between old and new. Visitors and locals compliment the once sleepy residential town on its old Hong Kong feel. That characteristic charm is what brings a slew of local designers and independent retailers into its fold, precipitating its evolution into a lively destination for culture, creativity and the arts. The Star Street Precinct (including the adjoining Sun, Moon and Wing Street) is where most of the best shopping in Hong Kong lies.
At first sight, you may mistake Sheung Wan for a nostalgic neighbourhood with nothing much going on. Make your way through the haphazard crowd of market stalls hawking traditional dried good and sundries and deeper into the bowels of Sheung Wan and you’ll soon discover that gentrification of the area is happening fast. The neighbourhood is experiencing a revival of sorts, with a steady trickle of artistic types setting up independent stores, coffee shops and galleries. Po Hing Fong (PoHo) lies at the heart of this development, with a new fancy café and high-concept store sprouting up every couple of weeks. Tai Ping Shan Street and Tung Street are also heading the action with a stylish cluster of tenants.
A world apart from Hong Kong’s frenetic city centre, Ap Lei Chau is a small island near the city’s South. The name Ap Lei Chau is a symptom of its long and curved shape that resembles the tongue of a duck. Rustic and homely, the residential island still retains semblances of its seafaring heritage – with sampans and small fishing vessels banked along the harbour. Ap Lei Chau has experienced renewed interest in recent years, thanks to the opening of several celebrated designer outlets in Horizon Plaza (2 Lee Wing Street). Twenty-eight levels of pure shopping frenzy promise a few floors of everything from casual wear to luxury leather bags at discounts that go up to 70%. What we love most about Horizon Plaza is the countless floors that house the largest range of furniture and homewares stores in Hong Kong.