Shopping in Wan Chai is different to most other areas of Hong Kong. Obviously, it is a busy and bustling area of downtown Hong Kong so you can safely bet that there are plenty of shopping opportunities available, although the type of items on sale here is a little less mainstream than you will find elsewhere, say in Causeway Bay or Kowloon across the harbour.
Designer homeware, discount toys, and cutting-edge computer gadgetry are just a few of the reasons why locals and visitors travel from all over Hong Kong to come shopping in Wan Chai. Take a look at a complete rundown of the best places to shop in Wan Chai.
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This packed street market is filled with toy shops selling everything from Barbie dolls to Lego bricks and board games, often sold for cheaper than in department stores. There are also a few hawkers selling clothes and souvenirs so it’s great for a browse even if you don’t intend to buy anything. Tai Yuen Street Market runs down the one side of Wan Chai Wet Market, from Queens Road East to Hennessey Road.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Tai Yuen Street
With four floors of designer labels, dining options and a multi-screen cinema, Pacific Place Shopping Mall has a complete range of high-end goods available. Fendi, Hermes, Chanel, Cartier…practically all the world’s leading fashion brands can be found here. Located a little to the west of Wan Chai, close to Admiralty MTR Station, this stylish mall is walking distance from many of Hong Kong’s finest hotels including Conrad, and Shangri-La Hong Kong. Read More...
Star Street and its surrounding lanes is the creative hub of Wan Chai and you will find fashion brands, such as Japanese label R45, furniture design company OVO Studio and British lifestyle brand Monocle. As well as boutique shopping, the whole area is pleasant to walk around, clearly benefiting from the ongoing gentrification of Wan Chai with greenery and benches. This small area of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants was formerly the area around the island’s first power station, but now you will find exclusive furniture and fashion, new world cuisine and fancy cocktail bars instead.
- Location: Star Street (turn up the slope off Queen’s Road East)
Wan Chai Computer Centre is the biggest electronics mall in Hong Kong so they stock every conceivable gadget and gizmo, from laptops to micro SD cards to waterproof cameras and everything in between. You can pick up some great bargains here and with so many shops it’s worth your time to shop around looking for the best price. Even if the shop owner won’t budge on the price, they will often throw in free extras to get you to hand over your cash. Be warned though, with narrow walkways and hundreds of fellow bargain hunters it’s not the most relaxing shopping experience.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
- Location: 130-138 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai
This is a convenient place in Wan Chai to pick up some basic fashion items like T-shirts, shorts and shoes at rock bottom prices, as well as branded goods for up to 50% off original prices. Branded outlet stores include Crocs, Bossini, and Triumph. Shops and stalls are found the whole length of the street and on Johnston Road so it pays to shop around. Spring Garden Lane itself is an atmospheric street with a Cantonese vibe which links Queen’s Road East with Johnston Road.
- Location: Spring Garden Lane
Hong Kong loves to group types of products together and if you walk west from Wan Chai MTR Station along Queen’s Road East you will find a whole host of furniture and homeware shops. They are mostly chic boutiques and high end office furniture shops with products sourced from across the world so don’t expect to find many bargains, but if you’re looking for something stylish to brighten up your home this is the best place in Hong Kong. Some of the most popular stores include Kapok and Avant Garde. Shop owners are well versed at catering to foreigners and will offer to pack and send your goods to your home address for an additional fee.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: Queen’s Road East
For truly one of a kind items, head to Architectz’ Factory on St Francis Street, a little way up the slope in Wan Chai. It sells a small collection of quirky art and ornaments and a whole jumble of vintage items like writing desks, typewriters and cool but ageing furniture. Find Architectz’ Factory on the edge of Star Street Precinct as you turn off Queen’s Road East.
- Location: G/F, 27 Sau Wa Fong, St Francis Street, Wan Chai
- Tel: +852 25364788
Oriental 188 Shopping Centre is another electronics mall with computers, consoles, mobile phones and all manner of accessories and most at competitive prices. While the range of products is not as thorough as Wan Chai Computer Centre, this shopping centre is renowned as a place for gamers to pick up games and for its wide range of Manga DVDs.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 20:00
- Location: 188 Wan Chai Rd
Brim 28 is a small dining and shopping mall on Harbour Road, linking Wan Chai with Causeway Bay. Although definitely catering more towards dining than shopping, there are still a few stores of note open here, including Chinese Arts and Crafts shop for budding artists, as well as a deli serving imported goods.
- Location: 28 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
- Tel: +852 2828 5666
A browse around a wet market isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but some people love to look at the fresh produce, experience the sensory overload that is particular to wet markets and watch the locals go about their business. Every conceivable fresh ingredient is for sale, from hanging meats and fish to herbs and spices from China and beyond. Although a tenderloin of beef might be a little awkward to take back to your hotel, Wan Chai Wet Market is a great place to pick up some fresh fruit for a midday snack.
- Opening Hours: 06:00 – 18:00
- Location: Queen’s Road East