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.
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.
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 looking to snap up a bargain on technology. 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 Street in 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
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
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 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...