You might be put off by Hong Kong’s dazzling array of designer stores, souvenir tack and backstreet shops that are intent on ripping you off. It might seem that Hong Kong’s heyday as a shopping paradise has been and gone. However, there are still plenty of bargains to be had if you know where and what to look for.
Hong Kong’s love of technology means that you are never far away from finding a store offering excellent discounts of computer wares. There are several computer markets all over the city and all of which offer extremely competitive prices. Laptops, gaming equipment, hardware and software are all on offer and you can be sure that these markets are at the cutting edge of technological breakthroughs. Sham Shui Po is one of the best markets for games and gaming accessories and the Mongkok Computer Centre has almost everything you could want in the way of computer goods.
Check out our article about the best tailors in Hong Kong, because the city has no shortage of cut-price bespoke suit makers. Most tailors have dressed celebrities, royalty and high-ranking members of the government. You can also choose from a vast array of styles and materials, and most places can make your suit in under 48 hours. Punjab House, Raja Fashions and Sam The Tailor are some of the most notable.
While prices are no longer quite as competitive as they used to be, Hong Kong is still a great place to pick up cheap electronics. If you have the time to shop around and if you forearm yourself with a budget and what you can expect to pay, you can still find some serious discounts. Ignore chain stores as the prices will be the same and head for independant retailers. Forget about products with brand names and a warranty, but you should be able to find portable speakers, headphones, cameras and various other electrical goods for a decent price. Lenses are also another speciality and will be much less than what you would pay back home.
Thanks to the proximity of Guangzhou just over the border in China, Hong Kong is a haven for cheap clothes shopping. There are thousands of shops and markets all over the city that sell clothes for extremely low prices. Many are direct copies of not only designers but also some high street stores, such as H&M and Zara. Sham Shui Po and Causeway Bay have some excellent markets for bargain hunters, which sell everything from clothing, to bags, luggage and accessories.
Whilst the prices may only be marginally cheaper than in Europe or the US, thousands flock to Hong Kong to enjoy shopping at luxury goods stores, of which there are thousands. You may also encounter ‘original Asian design’ stores, which boast of being the only one and where you can often pick up clothing and accessories. Central is probably the best place to find designer stores, including all the favorites such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Armani.