It should come as no surprise that the best shopping in Central Hong Kong revolves around luxury brands, exclusive malls and cutting edge fashion. Flagship stores around Central stock exclusive collections that are hard to find elsewhere in the city, or, in some cases, the world. Of course, this being Hong Kong contradictions are expected and these can be found in the few remaining street markets dotted around the place, which have been in the area for years despite the ever growing skyscrapers that make up the city.
When shopping in Hong Kong, remember to show your passport when purchasing goods as you can receive tax back for all items bought. Furthermore, visitors between July and August can enjoy city-wide summer sales, which usually include up to 70% off previous season’s collections, and more modest discounts even on some of the current season’s fashion.
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This luxury mall is home to flagship stores of the world’s most prestigious designers. The Landmark, also known as ‘Central’ is located next door to Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and offers five levels of chic designer shopping. A look at the towering window displays of Louis Vuitton and De Beers Diamonds store are a good indication of the luxury items within. There are some great restaurants to choose from too. Read More...
- Address: 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island
- Tel: +852 2500 0555
IFC is easy to find as it’s attached to the tallest building on Hong Kong Island, The International Finance Centre. Inside you will find a mix of mid to high-end brands, along with a cinema, lots of interesting dining options and a fourth-floor rooftop garden with views across Victoria Harbour. The bustling Apple flagship store is located in IFC and is incredibly popular – often with queues to get in on weekends. IFC Mall has its own entrance into Hong Kong MTR Station. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - 22:00
- Address: 8 Finance Street Central District, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2295 3308
The Lanes (Li Yuen Street)
Li Yuen Street Market, commonly referred to as ‘The Lanes’, is a tightly packed street selling a jumble of items: clothes, imitation handbags and accessories, fashion jewellery, shoes, homeware, kitsch souvenirs… the list goes on. The market is actually spread along two parallel alleys in the centre of the financial district of Central, Li Yuen Street East and West, which lead off Des Voeux Road Central.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
- Location: Li Yuen Street
Harvey Nichols Department Store Hong Kong
A British institution, Harvey Nichols Department Store occupies part of The Landmark Mall in downtown Central. Offering luxury brand fashion, beauty products and a restaurant. Even though many of the items present here can be found elsewhere at similar prices, the personalised, knowledgeable service that helped build the Harvey Nichols reputation is present at their Hong Kong branch, where shoppers receive something close to their own concierge. There are also exclusive lines on labels including Korean brand PLAYNOMORE, Luisa Leitao eyewear and Danish menswear designer Nikolaj Nielsen.
- Address: 15 Queen's Road Central, Landmark Shopping Mall
- Tel: +852 3968 2668
PMQ Central is an entrepreneurial venture between young fashion designers, photographers, artists and creatives in Hong Kong. Occupying a converted housing block (it was formerly the Policeman’s Married Quarters, hence the name), the small studios here are perfect for a wander around, especially when looking for something unique – on the opposite end of the scale from the Chinese silk gowns found in Temple Street Market. Prices aren’t exactly cheap but the quality is high and most items are unique or limited edition. PMQ located on Aberdeen Street towards the top of the Mid-Level Escalators. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
- Address: 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
- Tel: +852 2870 2335
Wing On Department Store
Wing On Department Store is a household name across Hong Kong, well-known as a place to pick up household items, electronic appliances, kids’ toys, clothing and accessories. Prices here are lower than you would expect to pay in the luxury malls, yet there’s still a complete range of international brands such as Samsonite, Panasonic and Clarks shoes. Wing On Department Store has several branches but the one in Central is located on Des Voeux Road, next to Sheung Wan MTR Station.
- Address: 211 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan
- Tel: +852 2852 1888
Shanghai Tang was Hong Kong’s original luxury brand and is now a world-renowned label with outlets throughout the world. This four-storey flagship branch on Duddell Street in the heart of the financial district offers highly stylish items with an oriental edge. Noted for menswear, womenswear and accessories in bright, bold colours and luxurious fabrics, Shanghai Teng is perfect for some unique designer gear to take home with you.
- Address: 1 Duddell Street, Central
- Tel: +852 2525 7333
With over 130 labels spread out over four floors, Pacific Place Shopping Mall has a complete range of high-end goods available. Fendi, Hermes, Chanel, Vivienne Tam, Cartier… all the world’s leading fashion brands can be found here. Located east of downtown Central, directly above Admiralty MTR Station, this stylish mall is walking distance from many of Hong Kong’s finest hotels including Conrad, JW Marriott and Shangri-La. There is also a movie theatre and a host of excellent dining options. Read More...
- Address: 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong Island
- Tel: +852 2844 8988
If the sight of designer labels starts to become too predictable, you should head up the slope, away from Central MTR, and west along Hollywood Road. Among the cool bars, restaurants and kooky boutiques you will find Upper Lascar Row (colloquially known as Cat Street), home to the best collection of antique dealers on Hong Kong Island. You never know what you might find: jade jewellery, Ming vases, and artwork from across China can be found in one of the many shophouses that line the street. Prices vary dramatically depending on the item and bargaining is expected. The closest subway is Sheung Wan. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
- Address: 222 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2291 0006
Pottinger Street Market
This modest collection of small stores isn’t worth travelling across town to find, but it offers a nice opportunity for picking up cheap knick-knacks, loads of gaudy costumes, cheap fashion jewellery and some ladies clothes. Bargaining is expected so don’t pay the first price, and don’t expect brand name items to be genuine. Pottinger Street Market is laid out going up the slope from Des Voeux Road Central to Wyndham Street.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
- Location: Pottinger Street, Central