Getting a good dose of retail therapy is one of the 'must-dos' in Hong Kong. With so many shops, markets and malls in the city, where do you even start?
Here’s an example itinerary to help maximize the fun on your shopping journey. So grab some friends and start planning today!
Day 1 Stanley Market and Wong Chuk Hang
AM – Stanley Market
One of the oldest fishing village turned world-famous street market. Check out their vast array of clothes and accessories, or tick off some boxes on your souvenirs list.
When it is time to refuel, head towards the first floor of Murray House, a 160-year-old restored three-storey colonial building, home to a few restaurants with ocean views.
PM – Wong Chuk Hang
New stop on the South-side MTR Line!
Nested within old industrial buildings are home-ware stores such as Mirth and Manks, galleries (including Spring Workshop, and Charbon Art Space), design shops, and lots of unexpected eateries, a treasure cave particular to home decoration and art lovers.
For a caffeine boost, visit Sensory Zero to enjoy one of the best coffees in Hong Kong.
Dinner at Butchers Club, a private kitchen for true carnivores.
Day 2 Hong Kong Island
AM (early) – The Peak
Ride the famous Peak tram up to the highest point on Hong Kong Island to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Victoria Harbour and some international and local brand shops at the Peak Galleria.
Refresh childhood memories when you stroll down streets of stalls full of toys, stationary, figurines and festive decorations.
Lunch at nearby Stone Nullah nearby for American fare.
PM – Central and SoHo
Be amazed by the thick concentration of department stores and smaller shops at the heart of the financial district. If luxury goods and high-fashion is not for you, try the Asian style bazaar Li Yuen Street for original flavours.
PM (late) – Lan Kwai Fong
After a full day of shopping, it is time to reward yourself with a refreshing drink followed by a gourmet dinner. At Lan Kwai Fong, LKF to the locals, there are more than 90 restaurants and bars in this night life hot spot to pick from.
Day 3 Kowloon
AM – Star Ferry
Enjoy the sea breeze when you ride on the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour, and it won’t break to bank at only HK$2.50 (approximately A$0.50) per way on weekdays and HK$3.40 (A$0.70) on weekends.
AM – Tsim Sha Tsui
More than a mere district, Tsim Sha Tsui is a giant world bazaar, where Hong Kong’s glittering harbour is met by an alternate sea of stalls, shops, markets and malls.
Here is just a sample:
• Harbour City
• 1880 Heritage
• The One
• Granville Road
• Nathan Road
PM – Street Markets
As you make your way north on Nathan Road, you’ll feel like you are travelling back in time, to some of the oldest areas in Hong Kong. Around Mongkok, Yau Ma Tei and Sham Shui Po, You can find bargain priced goods, new and second hand all side by side.
PM – Night Markets
Take a stroll through the Ladies Markets and test your bargaining skills.
If time permits, visit Tin Hau Temple on Temple Street and discover opera singers and fortune tellers who perform in the market each night amongst the local traders.
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