Michele Theil | February 21, 2019
Hong Kong is often touted as a “shopping mecca” in guide books and blog posts alike. The city is filled to the brim with row after row of shops and shopping malls as tall as the sky. Honestly, if you’re looking for “places to shop”, you might as well just pick a busy street in Tsim Sha Tsui and have at it. But, there are definitely specific shops that I personally believe you need to hit in order to find the basic styles you need.
These world famous shops are, most likely, familiar to anyone who has sought after a basic tee that doesn’t cost you your right arm. Have a gander in each shop and you can find everything from a plain white t-shirt to a beautiful dress for the next cocktail party in your future – if you live a cool life like that, I envy you.
H&M has locations in Mongkok, Kowloon Tong, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tai Koo Shing and Tseung Kwan.
The biggest and best (in my opinion) is located at:
Gala Place, 56 Dundas St,
Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Forever 21’s flagship store is located at:
Pakpolee Commercial Centre, 1A Sai Yeung Choi Street,
Mong Kok, Hong Kong.
Topshop and Zara, the hipper, more high-quality cousins of H&M and Forever 21, are a must if you’re looking for that special outfit that perfectly skirts the line between elaborate and professional. Zara is my go-to for any outfits I need for interviews, internships and work, often paired with the Topshop ‘Basics’ section to create the best outfit.
Zara has locations all over Hong Kong in Admiralty, Central, Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui.
My personal favourite is located at:
Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Road Central District,
Central, Hong Kong.
Topshop has two stores, located at:
a) 59 Queen’s Road,
Central, Hong Kong
b) 1 Matheson Street, Times Square,
Admiralty, Hong Kong
Cotton On only exists in Australia, Asia and a few rare states in the US, so you should definitely take advantage of it while you have it. For anyone who is visiting on holiday from London, let’s say, Cotton On is a great place to visit to buy some cute clothes that no one else back home will have, making it super unique and yet not costing you the exorbitant amount usually required for a unique/rare item.
Cotton On has stores in Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tseung Kwan and Central. Their flagship store is located at:
36 Granville Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong.
Of course, for the more economically ‘flush’ amongst us, Salisbury Road and the accompanying Harbour City aren’t to be missed. Like I said, just take a walk down a busy street in Tsim Sha Tsui. Salisbury Road is that street. Every shop window is littered with the newest styles and fashions from brands like Coach, Armani, Tiffanys, Prada and Gucci. If you can afford to splurge, this is definitely the place to do it. Now, whatever you can’t find on Salisbury Road, you can definitely find in the haven that is Harbour City. Right on the edge of TST at 3-27 Canton Road, it overlooks Victoria Harbour, offering you spectacular views as you swipe your credit card on those amazing purchases.
The internet is a place of marvel, where shopping is always a cornerstone of any online experience. Hong Kong is often a difficult to get things delivered to, at least for minimal cost. British brands Boohoo, Missguided and Asos offer exactly that, with each destination delivering to Hong Kong for around £30 in shipping charges. Asos offers free worldwide delivery on orders over £100 – if you don’t want to drop that change yourself, get a group of friends together to share the cost!
If you’re unwilling or unable to spend too much on clothes and yet still require an updated wardrobe, you have to hit Mongkok’s Argyle Centre and Kwai Fong’s Kwai Chung Plaza. Both places offer cute designs and new styles for a very affordable price – you can try and bargain the prices down too!
With all these options at your disposal, what are you waiting for? Hit the town, or the internet, and add to that already overflowing wardrobe – you deserve it.
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