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Where to shop in Hong Kong – the themed areas explained

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Hong Kong has been an important port dealing with international trade for over 100 years. Its heritage is still strong and continues to bloom now in modern shopping malls instead. It’s not just tourists who love to spend in Hong Kong; locals also enjoy a spree. Shopping is huge in Hong Kong, from the enormous malls to the traditional wet markets, all of which are divided up into diverse shopping areas.

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Hong Kong Island


On Hong Kong Island, Admirality and Central malls are where plastic cards are used and abused by the rich and famous in top designer stores. Those over the top buildings have no choice but to extend into the sky as space on the ground is hard to come by. The exclusive Landmark Mall connects to many other up-market malls such as Landmark Alexandra and Exchange Square which are conveniently near MTR Admirality Station. Further south is SoHo where chic boutiques line the streets.


Kowloon East


In the more residential area of Kowloon East, shopping is of course still a popular activity. It is less busy but does not compromise on size in any way. Themed malls take over in the form of the Wonderful World of Whampoa, built in and around a huge glamorous ship and Plaza Hollywood. Plaza Hollywood is complete with hundreds of shops, six cinemas and restaurants and is surprisingly close to cultural attractions such as Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple.


Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon)


The giant world bazar of Tsim Sha Tsui’s shopping consists of two main streets; Nathan Road and Canton Road. Experience Nathan Road full of Shanghai tailors to make perfect fitted suits and dresses, or look through the hundreds of Asian street labels, jewelry and electronics. Don’t miss out on Hong Kong’s biggest mall, Harbour City and Heritage 1881 which blends colonial history with luxurious shopping.


Wet Market (Hong Kong Island)


Refusing to be stomped out by the convenience of supermarkets, wet markets are a Japanese tradition and former necessity that are still going strong today. Providing a glimpse into Hong Kong’s past in this bustling modern city, the Chun Yeung Market in Hong Kong Island is one of the most attractive markets with its grand entrance. Even if you aren’t planning to cook, visit for the experience alone where narrow streets brim full of colourful fruits and vegetables, and the smell of fresh fish fills the market.


Sheung Wan


Sheung Wan is a more down to earth shopping experience with an eclectic mix on offer. The 1906 red brick face of the Edwardian building houses the Western Market selling arts, fabrics, crafts and souvenirs. The locals flock to Dried Seafood Street and Bonham Strand West to find supplies for soups and other delicacies. Further on is Koh Shiung Street; a fascinating insight into Chinese medicine. Cat Street, to the east is full of antique shops, an easy way to spend an afternoon window shopping.


Shopping tips: The wet market is best visited earlier in the morning when the produce has just been delivered. Make sure you take your bargaining hat with you, and don’t be afraid to offer a lower price at the marks. Cash is the best method of paying here. The malls and other larger places will accept most cards.