The Hottest Shopping Spots in Hong Kong

Shopping in Hong Kong is an exhilarating mix of high-end luxury fashion and street-side finds

Fashion Walk. Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas

The vibrant and bustling Fashion Walk area is a unique indoor-outdoor shopping precinct in Causeway Bay centred on a circuit of interconnected streets. There’s a nice mix of high-low fashion, including local retailers D-mop and I.T, plus international brands like Sandro, Iro and Aesop. Take some time out in the light-strung laneway-style dining strip Food St.

This is the place to go for a designer bargain. Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau, an island off the south of Hong Kong, is a huge retail outlet, with loads of top fashion and homeware brands housed in one tall building. Start on the 25th floor with Lane Crawford and make your way down the levels to discover designer labels like Joyce, Max Mara, Armani, YSL, Tod’s and many more at discounted prices. The plaza is a 15-minute walk from the closest MTR stop.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas

Established in 1988, I.T stores carry well-established big names as well as rising designer labels from the west and the east. I.T quickly established itself as a mecca for those with an eye for fresh and fun fashion, and now has eight shops in Hong Kong with a multi-level flagship on Hysan Ave in Causeway Bay. I.T stocks Japanese brands like Frapbois, Comme des Garcons and Hyke and many Korean labels such as KYE and Blindness. There are also familiar favourites like A.P.C., Joseph and Maison Margiela.

Flowers at Mongkok markets. Photo / Supplied

Hong Kong is brimming with street markets, and you’ll find a concentration of them in Mongkok with the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Flower Market and Goldfish Market. The bird markets overflow with handcrafted bamboo cages and live birds, the flower markets are an oasis of indoor plants, orchids and cut flowers and the goldfish markets are a sight to be seen with individual water-filled bags containing exotic fish. Not far from here is Ladies Market — great for picking up a souvenir or a pair of silk pyjamas.

The Monocle store and perfumerie Le Labo in Wan Chai. Photos / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas

The area of Wan Chai and its endearingly named collection of streets — Star St, Moon St and Sun St — offers respite from the bustle of Central, as well as a concentrated number of great boutiques. Come for the peace and solitude, the lush greenery and the colourful apartment buildings, and stay for the shopping at Scandinavian womenswear store Vein, menswear store Incredibles, perfumerie Le Labo and the Hong Kong Monocle store.

Joyce. Photo / Supplied

Consider freezing your credit card in a block of ice before heading to a Joyce boutique, because the fashion here is very tempting. In the New World Tower store, beautifully curated collections hang from neon-lit racks bouncing off crisp, industrial concrete, all the better to illuminate a pink cashmere sweater and trousers from The Row, a Marni sweater or party dress from Ellery. Joyce also has a dedicated beauty area with internationally loved brands like Eve Lom and Perricone MD. There's also a comprehensive men's section to peruse.

Shanghai Tang. Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas

Shanghai Tang is an icon in Hong Kong, famed for reframing modern Chinese chic. It was founded in 1994 by businessman David Tang, and is known for its luxury fashion and fine homeware, often in bright colours. Tang set out to revive Chinese fashion of the 1920s, which means modern takes on the cheongsam, and clothing made in traditional prints and fabrics. Shanghai Tang now has more than 20 outlets worldwide, with the original store located on Duddell St in Central. If you can avoid the Ferraris parked right outside, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Lane Crawford. Photo / Supplied

One cannot visit Hong Kong without stepping foot inside Lane Crawford, Hong Kong’s answer to Barneys, Liberty or Harrods. The global, luxury fashion department store has been on the scene since 1850, making it a beloved heritage brand with the largest design portfolio in China. There’s an endless list of premium labels like Acne Studios, Phillip Lim, Victoria Beckham, Vetements and many, many more, including our very own Maggie Marilyn (inside the IFC Mall store). Prepare to drop some cash.

IFC Mall; PMQ. Photos / Supplied, Rebecca Zephyr Thomas

The holy grail of shopping malls, IFC is located in the International Finance Centre skyscraper on Hong Kong’s waterfront and houses more than 200 international brands, from luxury fashion to affordable favourites like Zara and Cos. It also has 50 options for dining and drinking, which means you can happily get lost here for a day. And thanks to its position above the Airport Express station, you’re able to check your luggage and have it magically whisked away to the airport while you shop.

A mix of studios, shops, offices and creative spaces, PMQ is worth a mosey for its unique shops, and to admire the building itself, which was once a headquarters for married junior policemen. The building dates back to 1889 and now nurtures local designers like Polly Ho, Chailie Ho and Harrison Wong. Popular design spots G.O.D lifestyle store and Kapok are also housed here.

Doughnut. Photo / Supplied

A little off the beaten track in Sham Shui Po, with its hectic streets crammed with ribbon, fabric, zip and button shops, you’ll find Doughnut, a local backpack and accessories brand founded by Rex Yam and Steven Cheng in 2007. Rex says the vibrant and colourful stalls of the neighbourhood still provide a great hunting ground for the textiles used in Doughnut’s products, which are now sold internationally. Pay a visit to the flagship on Fuk Wah St to view their range of high-quality luggage, laptop cases, travel accessories and of course, backpacks.

D-mop. Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas

Enter a D-mop store and you’d be forgiven for feeling like you’ve stepped into an underground London nightclub in the late 80s or early 90s. Parts of this aesthetic form the basis of D-mop's buying and merchandising philosophy. Established and emerging labels share shelf space here, from street and sportswear favourites Lazy Oaf, Adidas, Maharishi, Y-3 and Palm Angels, to more high-end brands including Stella McCartney, Preen, Damir Doma and Ann-Sofie Back. There are several D-mop stores in Hong Kong, but the multi-level Causeway Bay outpost is a particular highlight with its vivid interiors, along with a carefully edited collection of creative and avante garde fashion from Hong Kong and around the world.

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