Where to Shop in Kowloon
Kowloon is quite the place for shoppers. 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.
Sportswear Street on Fa Yuen Street is where you can find trendy sportswear and sports equipment. Kowloon's numerous department stores and shopping centres vie with the factory outlets along Granville Road, which are a must for bargain shoppers.
For those after a bargain in the electronics and accessories field, the Apliu Street Market is one of the best in Hong Kong. Stalls at this open-air arrangement sell a wide variety of products at reasonable prices, allowing shoppers to trade secondhand goods. The sheer variety of things available at the market is mind-boggling. The Hong Kong government promotes Apliu Street as Hong Kong's answer to Japan's Akihabara.
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.
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.
Ladies' Market and Fa Yuen Street Market
Fa Yuen Street, a smaller market, is a typical Hong-Kong style market with fresh food and lots and lots of knick-knacks. The extremely popular Ladies Market is a veritable explosion of clothing (in spite of its name it caters for both sexes) and accessories, shoes and bags. Things can get a little crowded here, so much so that vendors have to use hooked poles to dislodge higher-placed items for sale and the path that runs down the centre of the market is barely wide enough to cater for one person, there's so much crammed into the space. In spite of this, it's loads of shopping fun.
- Opening Hours: 12:30 – 22:30
- Location: Mong Kok
Kowloon Shopping Centers
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...
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...
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...