For those who have been to Hong Kong, you’ll notice that this modern metropolis never sleeps. So if you need a break from the frenzy – your hotel room does not count – make a beeline for Tai Hang, a quaint little neighbourhood just outside Causeway Bay. The street side stalls sell everything from temple offerings – popular during the UNESCO-listed Fire Dragon Festival every September – to organic food, French pastries, bakeries and fresh brews from the popular cool kid hangout, Unar Coffee Company.
A slew of in-the-know boutiques, vintage and local designer shops have recently taken over this emerging precinct, making Tai Hang a one-stop destination for all. Read on to know more about the boutiques we found in this guide to shopping in Tai Hang.
All things vintage
Don’t let Feelsogood Interior’s simple storefront fool you. Once you enter, you will immediately be drawn to the eclectic mix of furniture, home accessories and decorative items in the store. An amalgam of pendant lights, taxidermy, trinkets and oddities sit in the mix. The founders of Feelsogood also engage in interior design, space planning and project management services for restaurants, boutiques and offices. If you have a liking for all things vintage, this is just the shop for you.
Over 120 labels including brands from Japan and Korea
Hipness is no longer just for the fashion elite thanks to Hysan Place,. Located in the heart of Causeway Bay, just minutes away from Tai Hang is Hysan Place, a mall that showcases an enviable selection of nearly 120 most sought-after international brand boutiques spanning over 17 floors. Expect a bevy of Korean and Japanese labels in this mix.
Casual Menswear and gender-neutral styles
A range of menswear and gender-neutral fashion from renowned streetwear brands awaits you at the Incredible Shop. Collections range from casual styles like plain and graphic shirts to fashion accessories like backpacks, caps, belts, wallets and sneakers. Expect to see brands like Good On, Lady White Co., Kurry, Minotaur, The Real McCoy’s and more.
Cutting edge men’s fashion
Ink was established with the goal of offering a unique retail venue that specialises in cutting-edge and staunchly anti-commercial labels. The team has travelled the world to curate men’s clothing of the highest standards for the Hong Kong market. You will mostly find their apparel to be in whites, blacks and greys.
Best of Japanese street style
Created for Harajuku lovers, Microwave is a stylish thrift shop that also carries a curated collection of women’s fashion from independent designers like Andrea Crews, Vinti Andrews, Noki, and Potto – amongst others. The apparel in this boutique is perfect for those who have a liking for Japanese street style with inklings of 80’s fashion. Think patched denim jackets, graphic print shirts and holographic tops and bottoms.
Hybrid fashion accessories shop and bakery
We can’t think of anyone who’d say no to a quick bite while shopping for his or her favourite items. So it’s no surprise that this hybrid bakery and fashion accessories shop is a big hit. After scouring for your favourite jewellery designers by Hong Kong designer Shannam – and working out an appetite – treat yourself to a pot of tea and some delectable baked goodies.
Shopping in Tai Hang
Shopping in Central, Hong Kong is a place that will get any shopaholic’s pulse racing. However away from Hong Kong’s retail mascots – The Landmark and IFC – and market-style street vendors, Central is a little gem. Hollywood Road is where you need to head to explore a trailing row of antique and curio shops. Venture into the quirky independent boutiques scattered around PMQ and Soho or power your way through the ubiquitous multi-tiered malls flanking Victoria Harbour. With so much ground to cover, we’ve shortlisted a number of boutiques worth heading straight to!
STURDY JAPANESE INSPIRED GARMENTS
45R embodies the Japanese culture. Aiming to provide comfortable yet long lasting quality garments, every piece of clothing also has a unique story and style. It’s popular silk yoiboshi star t-shirts were initially produced with cotton but were revised using silk, keeping the company’s primary goal of comfort in mind.
CONTEMPORARY SUITS FOR MEN
Ascot Chang opened his first shop in Hong Kong in 1953. 62 years later, his brand is internationally renowned for its attention to workmanship and detail. Chang believes that each garment should complement the wearer’s distinct style. And the family business maintains this notion by carefully selecting materials and providing the perfect fit for their loyal following.
HOMEWARES, APPAREL, PREMIUM GIFTS WITH DISTINCT HONG KONG FLAIR
GOD (Goods of Desire) is a lifestyle brand that features homewares, apparel, accessories, and premium gifts with a distinct Hong Kong style. Their designs are inspired by the vibrant culture of the energetic city where east meets west, and age-old traditions meet cutting-edge technology. They turn everyday subjects into something extraordinary with creativity and a pinch of humour.
HIGH FASHION LADIES FOOTWEAR
House of Avenues delivers high-end, sophisticated shoes for working women, and are frankly bang on point. The in-house team of artists and craftsmen are continuously researching latest trends so their creations can keep up with them. They also pride themselves on high-quality raw materials and their expert craftsmanship. While the brand is relatively new, they have their sights on overseas markets… so watch this space!
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ON POINT HOME
There is a theory that homes should not look expensive but should not also look cheap. But how does the average bear meet a happy medium? Find a store that provides home decor and home accessories that are of high-end quality yet very friendly on the pocket. Inside is this very store for home furnishings and decor. The buck does not stop there… furniture, beddings, lighting, the works. Welcome to your new one-stop-home-shop!
SMART CASUAL WEAR IN VIVID COLOURS
Conceived only for young ladies, mademoiselle by MOISELLE Group, takes on the house’s iconic elegance and reworks it into a joyful yet rebellious femininity with a modern and stylish accent. Mademoiselle frees busy career women from the shackles of urban life and dresses them in vivid colours they have long ignored. Their collections amass a huge range of styles that are bound to colour your mundane office life and enable you to express your sense of self in the boardroom.
A BABY-FRIENDLY STORE FOR MUMS TO SHOP, RELAX, AND LEARN
Most new mums crave a sense of comfort and community. In an ideal world there would be a sanctuary at the heart of Central HK. Well there is… Tiny Footprints is home for new mums to shop, play, learn, and relax with their babies. Offering a nurturing and welcoming environment for children, freeing up parents to browse at their leisure. Enjoying yourself and feeding time calls? Do not panic! Tiny Footprints also has a comfortable area designated for feeding and an eco-inspired diaper changing area. Plus regular seminars to keep you up-to-date on the latest must-have baby products.
ELEGANT HOMEWARES DECKED IN NEUTRAL HUES
This is no ordinary homewares store. As befits its name, White Contemporary Homewares carries a range of exquisite home accessories and soft furnishings, including handmade cushion covers and throws, tabletop accessories, decorative accompaniments, home fragrances and more. It’s no doubt that these everyday luxuries will blend seamlessly into your modern abode. Visit the showroom for a home decor inspiration or two.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING IN CENTRAL
NEAREST MTR: CENTRAL STATION
Kowloon may be a gourmet zone of international cuisines, but this adventurous district also has its fair share of shopping spots if you take a second look. Whether you’re into upscale fashion in a glitzy arena or experiencing the hustle and bustle of its ever-busy street life, shopping in Kowloon serves just the right fix for your shopping needs. We were delighted to come across a commendable number of bespoke men’s fashion stores, quirky and artsy accessories, and leather goods. Step into this bustling district for a varied shopping experience through our eyes!
Japanse inspired apparel
This Japanese inspired boutique has garnered some buzz for its exquisitely crafted and durable denim. Apart from a sturdy pair of jeans, you can also find chunky knitwear, embroidered dresses and a variety of shirts for both men and women. Every piece of clothing that is produced by 45R has passed through rigid quality control that is consistent with the company’s goals and values of providing quality craftsmanship.
Designer collars for every outfit
The founder of FAVE, Kenny Li, is an award-winning designer who has worked with many lifestyle labels including Crocodile and Muji. His “collar collection” has earned him prestigious titles including a spot in the “10 Best Upcoming Fashion & Accessories Designers Across The Globe” by ELLE. These handmade neckpieces and collars are inspired by 14th and 15th-century fashion and are a cross between clothes and necklaces, adding an interesting edge to your outfits.
Homewares, fashion and goods with a distinct Hong Kong flair
GOD (Goods of Desire) is a lifestyle brand that features homewares, apparel, accessories and premium gifts with a distinct Hong Kong style. Their designs are inspired by the vibrant culture of the energetic city where east meets west, and age-old traditions meet cutting-edge technology. They turn everyday subjects into something extraordinary with creativity and a pinch of humour.
High-end womenswear with Indonesian influences
Ika Butoni is a boutique that gives us a glimpse of rich Indonesian culture with high-end women’s apparel. The products range from body hugging dresses for cocktails to chic formal wear for work, with rich colours and patterns. Ika Butoni prides on its attention-to-detail to create high-quality apparel. They strive to let women know that it’s all about dressing comfortably and owning your personal style instead of succumbing to unconventional trends.
Long-lasting and stylish kidswear
Kabuxia is the place to go for comfortable yet smart daywear for your children. They meet the demands of parents by carefully selecting quality materials that could survive many washes and also be kind to your kid’s skin. This Spanish-based kidswear brand also provides a range of clothes for different seasons so your kids can look stylish all year round.
Multi-concept store with timeless designs
Kapok Tools is a pop-up concept store created by its maiden design label KAPOK. It works on the idea of a “general store” by featuring, apparel, accessories, beauty products, home and office supplies; anything and everything you need daily. All products feature a timeless design that attracts all ages. The store is casual and neatly categorised in 5 sections so you’ll be able to locate your items without a hassle.
Leather shoes for women
Leather Lab, as the name suggests, offers quality leather shoes, designed and produced in Hong Kong. They feature a wide collection of popular styles like jelly sandals, woven wedges and patterned flats. Do make a visit to this store if you’d fancy a pair of textured and comfortable footwear.
Quirky leather accessories
Matter Matters is a leather goods label that specialises in tote bags, wallets, and iPad cases. They use combinations of materials, geometric shapes and postmodern aesthetics to produce modern and witty accessories. Designer and owner, Flora Leung feels that her creations should always be fun, practical and fresh. The designs are eccentric and look like they’ve been taken out of a comic book.
Comfortable and stylish footwear
Ever sacrificed comfort for style? Let’s face it; we’ve all been there and it’s tough, especially when it comes to footwear. The Regal team attempts to provide comfortable shoes by constantly researching on the bone structure of feet to produce shoes that fit better. This Japanese footwear brand actively listens to provide you with the best pair of shoes that fits your style. They offer collections for both men’s and women’s footwear.
One-stop boutique for exclusive designer brands
Sideframe is a one-stop boutique for all the best labels across the globe. This women’s fashion and lifestyle boutique represents a selection of exclusive labels including ANTEPRIMA, ATSURO TAYAMA, HENRY CUIR, COCKTAIL and 45R. You’ll be able to find a vast collection of knitwear, handbags, shoes, and small leather bags and many more luxury items!
All images in this guide are provided by HK-based travel photographer Belinda Bath
GUIDE TO SHOPPING IN KOWLOON
NEAREST MTR: KOWLOON STATION
Nestled at the heart of Hong Kong sits Causeway Bay, the ultimate shopping mecca in Hong Kong. Do not be deceive by its compact area; this region is packed with some of the trendiest and upcoming fashion labels around Asia. It is no wonder the rent of the shopping areas in Causeway Bay is ranked as the world’s second most expensive, going head-on-head with New York’s Fifth Avenue.
Shopping in Causeway can be a bit of a challenge –not to mention an appending workout session in the making. So we took the liberty of sourcing the best shopping in Causeway Bay just for you. The list may be extensive, but a little walking will do no harm. Get those shopping bags ready!
You may have had your dresses and gowns tailor-made but ever designed your own shoes? DYOS provides a creative experience for you and your feet. They take their shoes very seriously and look at them as a form of art other than an essential fashion item. DYOS provides a full range of resources that allows you to create your preferred type of shoes. They also have to-order shoes based on their existing collection and sizes. With just some minor tweaks, you can own a pair of customized shoes.
A new label for women’s shoes and footwear is now creating a name for themselves in Hong Kong. House of Avenues is intended to deliver high-end and sophisticated shoes to working women. In a fast-paced fashion world, we worry that our shoes may quickly go out of style. House of Avenues has an in-house artist and craftsmen who continuously research on the latest fashion trends. So you’ll never have to worry about going out of style when you make a trip down House of Avenues.
Back in 2012, Kopak Voyage was one of CNN’s “Top 5 Fashion Insiders Shopping Destinations” in Hong Kong. With such a prestigious title, it is only mandatory to give this store a visit. Founded by Frenchman Arnault Castel, Kapok Voyage hosts an array of international brands. All brands are filtered carefully, giving emphasis to its craftsmanship, quality and creativity.
For anything ceramic, Loveramics is the place to go to. This is a store dedicated to household wares and accessories that are made of ceramics. These products are not just beautiful to look at but very reliable and comfortable to use for everyday living. They range from elegant and classy to colourful and vibrant pieces. They also retail cool glasses and tumblers that are perfect for wine and juices. Loveramics also offer perfect gift ideas for housewarming and engagement parties.
In 1994, 2%, a brand that represents Japanese hip and chic style, was established under the collaboration of a group of talented professional designers. As they noticed a change in the market, they decided to launch a new product line, +-×÷, which focuses on providing sophisticated fashion for ladies. Their company is distinguished by its trendy Japanese characteristics and has become a benchmark in the industry. Well-known public figures, like models and singers in Hong Kong have represented their label. Their collections include peculiar names such as “th:” and “+-×÷”.
“Founded in 1997, MOISELLE is an international high fashion brand praised for its stylish and exclusive designs, high-quality fabrication and exquisite craftsmanship. They focus on every hand-made detail such as embroideries, sequins and other accessories. Two fashion lines from MOISELLE, Classic MOISELLE and The New Look, provide different choices for ladies. Both lines offer perfect choices for everyday work wear to tailor-made evening gowns. The modern yet sophisticated design demonstrates a trendy style for modern women.
Solid Red is owned by Fashion Designer Chan Luu. She is known for her wrap bracelets that come in a selection of hand-cut semi-precious stones, sterling silver, gold vermeil and custom dyed leathers. She takes advantage of her artistic background by combining organic shapes with contemporary ideas. Solid Red also features scarfs, apparel and men’s jewellery. Her trendsetting products have been featured in top fashion magazines.
“SPY Henry Lau was founded by designer, Henry Lau, in 1996. His First Fashion Boutique featured outstanding and innovative designs that earned him deep adoration from many satisfied customers. Today, Henry has 6 retail outlets locally as well as an online shop. Lau adds a twist to classic looks by using modern fabrics, cool patterns and cuts. His collections include both men and womenswear.
Under the ideology of ‘A Lab in a Forest’, the creators at Timbee Lo constantly explore every element by combining products of nature such as animals, plants and minerals. This experimental concept is a big hit with customers. The highlight of the store is their quirky accessories. Their chunky earrings, statement necklaces, 3-D bangles and phone covers are made with unconventional items like animal figurines and 3-D items.
Scandinavian fashion and style has definitely arrived in Hong Kong! Vein offers an extensive collection of clothing and apparel that is unique in Scandinavian regions like Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Vein’s fashion experts and stylists handpick each piece of wardrobe and women’s accessories to ensure a good variety of Scandinavian styles. Also check out the luxury brands they have in their collections; definitely a mark of great taste.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING IN CAUSEWAY BAY
NEAREST MTR: CAUSEWAY BAY STATION
In any city, SoHo is usually a name reserved for only the coolest neighbourhoods. SoHo Hong Kong is no different. An area lying South of Hollywood Road, SoHo is most commonly known as an after-dark destination for wining, dining and all manner of lighthearted entertainment. But that’s not the only reason to visit. Fashion and home lovers also recognise it as a playground for eclectic and unique wares, many of which you won’t see elsewhere. Countless vintage shops, furniture showrooms and artsy boutiques punctuate the endless rows of bars, bistros and alfresco restaurants, making the upward climb along Peel Street and the adjacent streets of Elgin and Staunton a fitful but rewarding escapade.
Read through the guide and you’ll figure out soon enough why you need to include ‘shopping in SoHo’ as part of your itinerary!
Chinese porcelain in all shapes and sizes
This humble store features Chinese porcelain and ceramics in all shapes and sizes. You’ll see an array of white and blue porcelain jars. The decorations on the jars are usually applied by hand, stencilling or transfer-printing under the glaze with a blue pigment. Chinese pictorial designs such as flying cranes, dragon and lotus flowers are seen on these pieces.
Asian fabrics and prints in contemporary styles
Fang Fong is a vintage-modern concept store that uses Asian fabrics and prints to create contemporary styles. For an example, Thai silk is used to create trench coats. How trendy is that?! Fang Fong aims to introduce vintage styles to modern day women. Since it’s opening in late 2006, Fang Fong has become one of the famous stores for “Stock Fabrics Fashion”. They also design bags, shoes and offer consultations for tailoring.
Exotic-skin handbags at affordable prices
Chic exotic-skin handbags produced by leading fashion houses, have found their way into every fashionista’s wish list in the past few years. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford the prices-until now. At Fiona’s collection, you’ll be able find every exotic skin imaginable at an affordable price. The boutique offers a collection of bag packs, clutches, and handbags made from the skin of crocodiles, alligators, ostriches, lizards, pythons and stingrays. Rest assured that any leather goods you’ve purchased have been legally traded, so not to worry, our endangered animals are still safe!
Furniture and decor rental store
Home Essentials is a furniture company that sells and rents all types of furniture and home décor worldwide. It owns the prestigious title of being the first furniture rental company in many countries including Dubai, China and Spain. This is just the store all expatriates need that is not only dependable, but dedicated to addressing all home furnishing requirements.
Trendy furniture and homeware that can be customised
This humble store features a vast collection of modern and contemporary furniture and homeware. Their upholstery designs feature colour blocking patterns and prints that are very trendy if you’re looking into redecorating your spaces. Every material, colour and texture they offer is also displayed at the store, should you wish to customise your furniture.
Internationally acclaimed fashion brand
One of UK’s most successful and internationally acclaimed fashion brands, Jenny Packham, has finally opened a flagship store in Hong Kong. The store features lavish and elegant evening wear, bridal gowns and accessories. Jenny Packham’s designs have been worn by some of the most iconic and influential women of our generation including Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet and The Duchess of Cambridge.
High quality products in vibrant colours
Lianca Central prides on their high standard of quality in each product. They select the finest materials that adhere to their high standards. This boutique manufactures and retails leather accessories, bags, pouches, stationeries and wallets in simple designs yet vibrant colours. They emphasize on colour as they believe it has an emotional effect on users.
Boutique with exquisite and elegant finds
Boutiques and clothing shops are not enough for us ladies who are passionate about fashion and styling. Adorning new pair of outfit can be an adventure. Whether it is a trendy pair of clothing or a classic duo that you want to match, Love Brunch has it all. It is a fashion store that gives us exquisite and elegant outfits. Their collection includes a mix of edgy and chic styles.
Unconventional industrial themed pieces
Founder Vladimir Markin is a Moscow-based artist with a unique style. He creates unconventional industrial and mechanical-themed pieces, giving a futuristic touch to your outfits. His jewellery is made with ebony, gold, diamonds and colourful precious jewels. The architecture of each ring is determined by the size and shape of precious stones hand-picked by Markin himself, and all wood inclusions are set by hand.The store in SoHo also has a special area away from the showroom, where you can observe the jewellery-manufacturing process.
Asian and European inspired furniture with a touch of bohemian
Olive Forrest is an Irish expat, who sells a blend of antique and contemporary homeware, home décor and furniture. Her store features Asian and European inspired furniture with a little bohemian style. She recently launched a kid’s edition of furniture and furnishings, which include high-quality bed linens.
Platform for talented Hong Kong designers
Roo is the place to go for insider information on the latest, trendy men’s and women’s fashion in Hong Kong! It is an online fashion retailer aiming to promote Hong Kong’s fashion designers to local and international audiences. This is a platform where Hong Kong’s fashion designers unite. It serves as a directory for customers to explore Hong Kong’s best selection.
Trendsetting mens’ boutique
Spy Henry Lau is a men’s boutique in SoHo. It’s owner, Henry Lau has participated in many image, costume and stage designing for various local celebrities. His first boutique featured outstanding and innovative designs that earned him deep adoration from trendsetters worldwide. His collection focuses on casual street style, including a small collection for women. Henry now has 6 retail outlets locally, as well as a website for online purchasing.
For a pop of colour in the home
Tequila Kola is the place to go if you’re sourcing for a pop of colour for your homes. They boast all types of furniture that is fit to suit every interior look. The massive showroom displays items according to theme or colour, making it easy locating your preferred items. Their popular homeware and furniture include vintage trunks, statement items and Chesterfield sofas.
Prestigious watch brands and collectors’ items
The Vintage Concept specializes in high quality watches from prestigious brands such as Rolex and Panerai. They also have a collection of limited edition pieces and collectors’ items from brands like Cartier, Omega and Patek Philippe. You can package the watches into perfect gifts for your men as the store imports a wide range of watch straps, cases and boxes from Europe and the US.
Small label jewellery brands
This store carries a collection of small label jewellery brands as well as accessories from local and international designers. Adorn your look with quirky bracelets or statement necklaces at The9thMuse. They offer cutting-edge, vintage and elegant jewellery for all styles. They also offer a wide range of prices to suit your pockets. The9thMuse is available online.
Eco-chic furniture boutique
Clean, comfortable, and harmonious living space is what TREE offers. TREE is Hong Kong’s first eco-chic furniture boutique that has a deep passion to provide environmental friendly furniture and home decors. It commits to selling reclaimed, recycled and re-loved furniture made from different types of wood and finishing. Every piece of furniture from this store is uniquely designed and carefully crafted. TREE also has a beautifully designed café where you can take a break from choosing your items.
Guide to Shopping in SOHO
Nearest MTR: Central Station
There’s no better way to experience the vibrant street life of Hong Kong then by sampling its many markets. From vintage knick-knacks and second-hand treasures to zany costumes and bargain blooms, Hong Kong’s motley of markets serve up a rainbow of objects to suit every collector’s taste. The markets can range from the typical – street markets selling knockoffs, to the downright strange – a market dedicated to fancy dress costumes. Shun the high street and luxury locales for a chance to be in the thick of it all at one of Hong Kong’s many colourful and varied markets. Ahead, we round up some the markets in Hong Kong that are well worth a visit!
Exported and locally grown flowers, plants and garden supplies
Hong Kong flower market is a colourful little oasis with buckets of flowers spilling out onto the sidewalk along Prince Edward Road. Immerse yourself in a haven of exotic blooms including roses, gerberas, orchids, bougainvilleas and sunflowers.
Apart from flowers, the market also offers potted plants, seeds, bulbs and garden accessories to exercise your green thumb. They retail some pretty decorative plants, pots and vases, if you’d like to adorn your homes with your purchases. If you’re lucky to get a chance to visit during one of its peak seasons, you’ll be able to witness dozens of wholesalers selling auspicious blossoms and house plants such as bonsai trees.
The flower market in Hong Kong is the place to be during Chinese New Year if you’d like to catch the hustle and bustle of the season as families gather to select flowers and plants to invite good luck and fortune into their homes. Most of the stores are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Costumes and sewing supplies
Pottinger Street also known as “Stone Slab Street” is one of the oldest streets in Central, Hong Kong. The whole street is paved with uneven slabs of cobblestone to facilitate walking up the steep hill. As you make your steep ascent, you will witness an array of costume shops featuring a wide selection of outfits and props.
Be prepared to be amazed by a wide selection of costumes, face masks, accessories, jewellery and wigs for Halloween, a random theme party or if you simply love to play dress up. This market also remains to be the best spot for sewing materials like buttons, needles, patches, sequins, beads and ribbons for the locals but tourists are more than welcomed. You may also get your garment sewn on the spot for those last minute costume party digs. The stalls are open daily.
Antiques and knick-knacks
Located at Upper Lascar Row, Cat Street may look like a hoarder’s paradise at first glance but you’ll be able to find some hidden gems if you take time to dig a little deeper.
Cat Street is a good place to check out old trinkets and affordable junk store knick-knacks like jade bracelets, birdcages, vintage clocks, figurines and porcelain bowls. Apart from “junk”, they also have authentic historical pieces and handcrafted replicas such as jade, ceramic and bronze statues and antique homeware to embellish your space. This street is also known as Hong Kong’s hub for antique and curios (we’re not surprised) and is a change from the stretch of high-end stores down the street.
This market has a good sprinkling of lower tier items and cheaper pieces so you’ll be able to find some affordable ancient Chinese memorabilia like coins, badges, books and even posters. Opening hours are usually from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m.
Abundance of jade and other gemstones
We’re not joking when we say you’ll be able to find every type of jade at Hong Kong’s Jade Market. You will not be disappointed with the quality of jade being sold by the hundreds of stalls at the market. What’s more you’ll learn to differentiate fakes from the genuine!
Jade is a gemstone that has an exclusive symbolic energy. The Chinese believe that this stone is a good-luck charm as it is associated with long life and good health. The stone is made into accessories like rings, bangles, pendants and earrings, as well as figurines. Apart from jade stones, you may also find a diverse collection of precious stones such as pearls, onyx, shell stones, as well as silver and porcelain.
You’ll have a chance to practice your bargaining skills here, as prices are marked really high. So be sure to haggle to save some extra dollars! The market is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Imitation and touristy items
Ladies Market is the best to go to if you’d like to experience the flavour of the real Hong Kong away from the city and tourist spots. The market has a huge range of stalls focusing on all types of goods like children’s clothes, ladies’ lingerie, souvenirs like oriental style cushions and table runners. If you are on the hunt for an ‘I love Hong Kong’ t-shirt this is your destination. There are some hidden restaurants, cafes and snack shops behind rows of stalls so check them out if you need a break from all the shopping. The market is open from 12.30pm to 10.30pm, daily.
Guide to Markets in Hong Kong