Where to Shop in Kowloon
Shopping in Kowloon offers a simply unbeatable range of products, from the most exclusive high-end couture to bargain fashion essentials at one of the many markets and night markets. There are numerous high-end name brand stores around the Tsim Sha Tsui end of the Kowloon peninsular while busy and fascinating street markets feature at the Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok areas at the other end of Nathan Road. Here's where to buy anything from a gold necklace to a pet goldfish.
Temple Street is the largest and most popular night market in Hong Kong and is on the itineraries of most visitors, while Sneaker Street (Fa Yuen Street Market) is where you can find trendy sportswear, sports equipment and more with a more laid back, local vibe. Kowloon's numerous department stores and shopping centres vie with the factory outlets along Granville Road, which are also a must for bargain shoppers.
Cheung Sha Wan Road Fashion Street
This is the best place in town to buy groovy threads at wholesale prices. Most of the shops are located between Wong Chuk Street and Yen Chow Street. The clothes are generally extras from clothes factories in and around Sham Shui Po – also with a few rejects to choose from. A lot of the dealers running the shops are genuinely knowledgeable about what they're doing so you're in good hands and will be able to get some excellent deals and bargains.
Nathan Road and Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard
Put simply, Nathan Road is the major shopping area of Kowloon. Starting from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Nathan Road runs the whole length of Kowloon. The lower part of the road, marked at one end by the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and the other end by the Jordan MTR Station, is the place to go if you are bargain hunting. Everything – from tacky stores aimed at tourists, to high class brand names – can be found in this district. Halfway along, between the Tsim Sha Tsui and Jordan MTR Stations, along the Nathan Road side of Kowloon Park is the Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard. It’s here where you’ll find a gaggle of stunning boutiques stocking both international and local brands.
Apliu Street Flea Market really is the place to come for cheap, second-hand and new electronics in Hong Kong. Situated just north of the more popular Temple Street Market in Kowloon, many would argue that this more local-feeling market is a much better place to grab a bargain, even if there isn’t as much on sale.
Those looking for cheap phones, TVs, computers, tablets, radios, stereos, DVDs and electrical household items will easily find what they’re looking for. Whilst the emphasis at Apliu Street is firmly on the gadgets, some stalls also sell cheap clothing items, watches, accessories and antiques – meaning this flea market isn’t only reserved for those Read More...
- Location: Apliu Street Flea Market, Apliu Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Jade market is a jewelry wholesale and retail area in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. It is the biggest outdoor market in Kowloon. Unlike Cat Streetin Hong Kong Island, it is a flea market that is made up of mobile street vendors. There are more than 400 booths selling different kind of jade pendants, rings, and other jewelry.
- Location: Junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
- Remarks: Most of the stores are cash only. Bargaining is welcome. Usually vendors on Jade Street understand English but it is better to keep the conversation simple.
- How to get there: By MTR: get off at Yau Ma Tei Station. Take Exit C. Walk along Nathan Road to Kansu Street
Fa Yuen Street Market
Fa Yuen Market is the local Hong Kongers equivalent of Temple Street Night Market. Both markets stock similar sorts of products (fashion and apparel, cheap jewellery, electronics etc.), but this one has items catering more to locals and on Sundays, many housemaids from the Philippines and Indonesia who come here to enjoy their day off. Fa Yuen Street Market is particularly popular for shoes and trainers. It is located in between Mong Kok and Prince Edward MTR stations.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 (most popular in the early evening, around 19:00)
- Location: Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok, Kowloon (between Argyle Street and Dundas Street)
For sporting good and accessories, Kaiser Estate is one of the best factory outlet malls in Hong Kong. Located in Kowloon, you will find Adidas, Reebok, New Balance, and Timberland among others. Prices are around 50% off what you would expect to pay in most sports shops, although larger discounts are available on limited items. It must be said that Sneaker Street Market (Fa Yuen Street) has more choice in terms of trainers and sports shoes (especially for gentlemen with larger feet) so those looking for cool footwear should consider combining a trip to the outlet mall with a market visit. Kaiser Estate also has many discount jewellers on its upper floors.
Find this sports outlet mall around 15 minutes’ walk from Hung Hom MTR or by taking bus 5C from the Star Ferry Kowloon Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui.
- Opening Hours: 09:30 – 19:30 daily (opens at 10:30 on Sundays)
- MRT: Hung Hom
- Address: Kaiser Estate, 51 Man Yue Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon
Ladies’ Market is an intense shopping street with stall after stall of clothes, shoes, fashion jewellery and tourist souvenirs, trinkets and tat. From one side to the other it is about 1km and it gets very crowded, especially on weekends.
Expect the quality of items to vary massively, and be prepared to bargain hard because the aunties running the stalls will start with inflated prices every time. However, if you come prepared, Ladies’ Market is great fun and a true Hong Kong shopping experience. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00-23:00
- Location: Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Sneaker Street in Hong Kong (Fa Yuen Street) is one of the coolest shopping areas in the city. Located in Mongkok, north of the more famous Temple Street Market you can find it close to Mong Kok MTR Underground Station.
Sneaker Street is a bustling area with shop after shop of sports stores. As the name suggests, here you will find trainers, sports shoes, sneakers – call them what you will – from an incredible range of brands and styles. They even have limited edition models which were factory overruns from the huge production plants in mainland China. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (most popular in the early evening, around 19:00)
- Location: Fa Yuen Street (between Argyle Street and Dundas Street)
This is one of the liveliest night markets in Kowloon and is the place to go for cheap clothes, delicious open-air street stall food, watches, pirated CDs and DVDs, fake label clothing, sports and everyday footwear, cooking ware and household items.
Any marked prices should be taken as suggestions alone as this is definitely the place to bargain. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 23:00
- Location: In the areas of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon
- How to get there: MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C, turn onto Temple Street at Man Ming Lane.
MTR Jordan Station, Exit A. Turn right onto Jordan Road and then take another right onto Temple Street.
Kowloon Shopping Centers
This palatial shopping complex is the place to pick up the latest collections from the world’s premier fashion and jewellery houses. Boutique stores at 1881 Heritage which stock limited edition collections include Shanghai Tang, Jaeger Couture, Cartier, and Van Cleef & Arpels. 1881 Heritage is a Declared Monument, meaning it is protected due to its cultural importance as former headquarters of Hong Kong’s Marine Police Force, and the architecture is immediately indicative of Victorian Britain, with ornate bannisters and arched entryways. Part of Heritage 1881 is the exclusive hotel Hullet House.
- Address: 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2926 8000
This is MTRC's flagship designer shopping mall. It is conveniently located at the MTR Kowloon Station which is surrounded by brand-name shops. Elements also has an impressive list of amenities, including dining options, leisure activities, entertainment and cultural opportunities. Cutting edge and forward looking, the shopping mall features prestigious brands and premium quality products from around the world, including world-renowned brands that are making their debuts in Hong Kong. Read More...
- Address: 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2735 5234
Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong is one of the most popular and frequented shopping malls in town. Bathed in natural light, there are countless retail outlets offering everything from home furnishings to fashion in this one million square feet complex. In addition to fabulous shopping you'll find many restaurants and bars, Hong Kong's largest ice-skating rink and a multiplex cinema. It's conveniently located right above the Kowloon Tong MTR Station. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 07:00 - 00:00
- Address: 80 Tat Chee Avenue Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2844 2222
iSquare, billed as a shopping and entertainment complex, is prominently located on Nathan Road. It consists of 12 floors of shopping and a further 12 floors of dining and entertainment. That sounds like a lot but do bear in mind each floor is quite compact. Some of the most high profile brands on offer at iSquare include Marks & Spencer, BOSE, Elle, Crocs, HMV and Market Place by Jasons on the ground floor, a luxury supermarket. With an IMAX cinema (the biggest in Hong Kong), Eyebar, a highly recommended rooftop bar, and plenty of restaurants, there is plenty to occupy the whole family here.
- Address: 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 3665 3333
Langham Place Shopping Mall
Langham Place Shopping Mall and is one of the best places in Hong Kong for international beauty products from the world’s top brands, and it also stocks an excellent range of fashion jewellery and accessories from the likes of Pandora and Accessorize. Another big draw at Langham Place is the Japanese luxury department store Seibu, which stocks plenty of Japanese brands which are hard to find elsewhere. Show your passport at the reception to receive the ‘LP Card’ which entitles you to instant discounts and exclusive offers. It is connected to the five-star Langham Place Hotel.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Address: 8 Argyle Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 3520 2800
Miramall (and the connected Miramar Shopping Mall) is the place for high street fashion in one air-conditioned space: American Eagle, Coach, Quiksilver, and a large Uni Qlo store are just some of the brands you can find here. There are some higher priced labels but in general, this is a shopping mall for more mid-range brands. There is also a collection of restaurants on the fourth floor, most of which have great value lunch deals where you can eat for less than HK$100. Easy to find on Nathan Road as you walk up from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station.
- Address: 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
- Tel: +852 2315 5868
New Town Plaza is a sprawling complex encompassing three plazas in one located at the centre of Sha Tin. The main part of the mall centres on a nine-storey tower complete with a cinema, shops, restaurants, a roof garden and a themed fun world for kids.
This is definitely the mall to visit in Hong Kong if you have children in tow with an outdoor playground created around the character Snoopy; there is plenty here to keep even the most active kids amused for hours. The plaza is also packed with brand name shops stocking clothes, accessories, cosmetics and books, plus Hong Kong’s flagship IKEA store. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 10:00 - 22:00
- Address: 18 Sha Tin Centre St, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2684 9175
Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po is well known for its electronic gadgets for sale on the street or indoors. Here, you'll be able to pick up virtually any computer product at a price that beats anywhere else in Hong Kong. Once infamous for pirated software but today considered one of the cheapest places in Hong Kong (if not the world) to get (or buy parts to build) a personal computer, the Golden Shopping Centre is a prominent IT shopping centre.
Wing On is a household name across Hong Kong, well-known as one of the most established department stores. The Wing On Plus, Yau Ma Tei branch at the Kowloon Centre, Nathan Road is a great place for frugal shoppers to buy household items, electronical appliances, kids’ toys, clothing and accessories. It’s not the best place to go shopping for fashionable clothes or cutting-edge designer footwear; however it’s great for snapping up practical items and especially home basics including kitchen items from brands like Philips and Kenwood. Read More...