Shopping in Hong Kong: shop till you drop

In Hong Kong, there’s always a sale that awaits you. Hong Kong is a shopping mecca, especially during sale season which runs from July to August. In fact, the Hong Kong Shopping Festival attracts tourists from around the world because of massive sales and incredibly low prices from different shops. But even if its not sale season, most shops offer promos and discounts that keeps shoppers happy.

This self-confessed shopaholic can’t help but check out all the shops around the Tsim Sha Tsui area, while Jeff is overwhelmed with the outdoor shops in Mong Kok. Upon checking the tag prices of the items we’re interested in, we knew our wallets will be in deep trouble, the items are cheaper in Hong Kong compared with our prices here and these shopaholics grabbed the opportunity to shop till wallets ran dry.

In Hong Kong, theres always a sale that awaits you.

In Hong Kong, there's always a sale that awaits you.

Shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui:

The Tsim Sha Tsui area is teeming with boutiques and malls in every corner. There’s Harbour City, Silvercord Mall, New World Center and Sogo in the area. Flagship stores of Nike can be found inside Silvercord Mall providing shoppers with 3 floors of Nike sports goods. Don’t forget to visit Sasa perfume stores scattered around the area just like your normal 7-eleven. Perfumes are generally cheap in Hong Kong, so stop sniffing and stock up on those perfumes.

H&M is one shop I look forward to visit in HK, and I’m glad that I won’t have to go all the way to Central in Hong Kong island because their newest shop is located in Silvercord Mall, few minutes away from our guesthouse.

H&M in Silvercord Mall, HK

H&M in Silvercord Mall, HK

accessories in H&M

accessories in H&M

Along Canton Road, there’s a big Esprit Outlet Store, aside from the discounted prices, they even offer 30% discount for every 3 specially marked items bought, great!

Esprit Outlet Store

Esprit Outlet Store

unbelievable discounts at Esprit Outlet Store

unbelievable discounts at Esprit Outlet Store

Bossinni Outlet Store is located along Granville Road.

Bossinni outlet store

Bossinni outlet store

You all know how Skin Food beauty products are so damn expensive here in the Philippines, right? Well, there’s Skin Food along Granville Road too and other shops or dispensaries sell them cheaper.

Skin Food in Hong Kong

Skin Food in Hong Kong

Shopping in Mong Kok:

Electronic gadgets like cameras, laptops, cellphones, gameboys and PSPs are cheaper in Mong Kok. Make sure to compare prices from different stores and check out the freebies that come along with what you buy. For cameras, one reliable camera store in Mong Kok is Wing Shing located in Sai Yeung Choi Street.

The abundance of outdoor shops in Mong Kok is a paradise for mountaineers and sports-minded persons. You can find sports brands other than Timberland, The North Face and Columbia which can be found in the Philippines. Check out Langham Place in Mong Kok, there’s one whole floor of this mall dedicated to outdoor shops like Mountain Hardwear, Mirabell, La Fuma, etc…

I don’t recommend going to the famous Ladies Market in Sai Yeung Choi St. because of the unreasonable expensive prices knowing that tourists flock the night market. Besides, the goods sold in the Ladies Market can also be found in 168 Mall or Tutuban Mall in Divisoria, a lot cheaper too! So, if you’re in Hong Kong, better spend your money wisely and buy designer and branded items instead.

Shopping in Citygate Outlet Mall:

If outlet stores in Tsim Sha Tsui area is not enough, then head to Citygate Outlets where outlet stores of international brand names are housed under one roof. It is easy to go there since it’s adjacent to the MTR Tung Chung Station, you can’t miss this mall especially if you’re going to Ngong Ping 360.

Customer Service in Hong Kong:

What even made my shopping experience in Hong Kong remarkable is the superb customer service given to shoppers. No discrimination based on your looks and no snobbish storekeepers. Heck, they even assist you in the dressing room carrying a pile of clothes and still smile at you even if you won’t get any of those items you tried on after an hour. Do that here in the Philippines and you’ll get snide remarks and frowns from the sales assistants.

So when you’re visiting Hong Kong, make sure to bring a bigger luggage to make room for your new purchases. Be prepared for excess baggage charges and most importantly, from the prying eyes of customs officers waiting for you at the airport. Don’t forget to include the “pasalubong” for friends and relatives in your shopping list!

***photos by Jeffrey Siazon

Comments

  1. How can you resist HK shopping district? customs eyes ba? for sure naghihintay ng lagay LOL or pasalubong specially for them LOL

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  2. Oo nga eh, nung dumating kami sa airport, hindi kami tinanong about the swine flu situation, ang tinanong kung nag-shopping kami dun… sabi ko naman “hindi”.. 🙂

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  3. Your appealing to my repressed wanderlust instinct, badet? Ahahaha. I say repressed because I don’t have a budget for traveling abroad. I’d save for it though – traveling after all is one of my to-do dreams.

    But you really are handy with cams, aren’t you. These pics are great. Grrr. I wish had oodles of money to spend for shopping. Working on my dream travel, Badet. “,)

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  4. Thanks Jan! My husband is responsible for the pics. Model lang ako, hehe…
    I hope you get to travel soon, you deserve it. 🙂

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  5. hi, badet, we’ll be in hkg come june 6, ask sana kita kung saan mas ok mag shop, is it in silvercord or citygate? i’m eyeing for nike and puma shoes for my kids. thanks

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  6. H&M! That place is awesome. I need to go back to HK.

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  7. how I wish makapagtravel din ako sa ibang bansa… 😀

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  9. HI Shiela, I suggest you check first the Citygate Outlets, if nothing catches your fancy, then go check out Silvercord or other malls near your area. I sent you an email sis. 🙂

    Ade, lapit na shopping festival ng HK. I love H&M too!

    Kelvin and Jared, thanks for dropping by.

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  10. hi sis, we’ll be there june6 to 9, hopefully ok ang weather and sana matapos na ang swine scare na yan…we’ll be staying at the mira then on our 3rd and 4th day we’ll be in hk disney hotel kaya makakapunta pa lang kami sa citygate on our last day na. thanks sis

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  11. If you’re staying at The Mira, you can shop at the Miramar Center. Just drink lots of Vit. C and wear masks sa airport. Never let the swine flu scare ruin your HK vacation. Enjoy! 🙂

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  12. sounds like HK is a shopper’s paradise! hope you got a lot of really good things on your trip 🙂

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  13. geesh.. my friend’s going to HK this jun 9 -12.. she’s been inviting me forever..

    i have to double check and see when I can invite her.. I want to go shopping!

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  14. jillsabs says:

    hi badet,

    this is a great post! can i cross post it on kikay exchange? 🙂

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  15. dear, mura ba luggage dun?plan ko kasi dun na bumili, malaki naman backpack ko for clothes and other things 🙂

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  16. Hi Daisy, I believe mas mura dun since it’s sale season until August 31. If you have time to go to Citygate Outler mall in Tung Chung, may Samsonite outlet store dun. 🙂

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  17. tingin nyo ba guys mas mura mag shopping sa 168 mall ng mga imitation purses kesa sa ladies street sa hong kong?

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  18. Dearie says:

    Hi.. glad i found your blog in my preparation to visit HK next week. It does help a lot. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Hi, i read you article and it is really great. I can’t wait to go Hongkong ngaung June 13, 2010 till June 19, 2010. This is my first time to travel abroad and OMG how i wish to buy new branded things in hongkong. I already prepared a map baka mawala ako, ehehehehe ..my dad also told me that cheaper daw dun sa hongkong compared d2 sa pinas, is it right? Yes, we stay in kimberly hotel then our last day yata punta kami sa disneyland..sana marami akong pictures ng mga character dun..hehehehe..

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  20. Hi! Do Sasa stores sell fake cosmetics? Is it true that HK sells cheaper cosmetics*perfume and makeup*? And, do you know where I can buy AUTHENTIC and CHEAP ones? Thank you! We’ll be staying @ Marco Polo. I’d appreciate it if you suggest stores that are within tsim sha tsui. Please e-mail me your answer (dennise_kae@yahoo.com) Thanks again 🙂

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    Badet Reply:

    Hi Dennise, Sasa sells authentic perfumes and make-ups. Also check out other stores such as Bonjour and other dispensaries, there are lots of them along Granville Rd. in TST. Also check out Harbour City for make-ups, and if you’re going to Mongkok, there’s Sephora.

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  21. hello sis, where can i find longchamp bags?

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    Badet Reply:

    Hi, there’s a boutique along Canton Road. There’s also one inside the airport.

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  22. Hi

    Where can I get Japanese drugstore brands products like Hada Labo, Mandom Barrier Repair, Juju Aquamoist n so on in HK? Which shop has the cheaper price? Any idea?

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    Badet Reply:

    You can check Sasa stores in HK, or Bonjour and Lung Shing Dispensary along Granville road.

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  23. charisse says:

    sis if you’re staying at taisan burlington branch, saan banda ang h&m?

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    Badet Reply:

    Malapit lang, sa Silvercord Mall yung nearest H&M branch, walking distance from Taisan.

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    charisse Reply:

    ok thanks sa info..this blog is really helpful thanks for sharing.. =))

    oh and one more thing, san ba makakabili ng discounted/cheaper rayban sunglasses? (if ever meron) sa hk?

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