Shopping in Hong Kong

Wow…what can I say?  Shopping here is a recreational sport.  From high end malls like Pacific Place, IFC and The Landmark (where practically every store is something you’d find on Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive) to local markets, you can anything and everything.  Ranging from local brands to internationally known ones like Zara, Kate Spade and Vivienne Tam, shopping doesn’t have to be that much different from North America.  However, be warned that it might be difficult to find larger sizes, especially with local brands and stores catering to Hong Kongers.  Women here average about 5’3″ and probably wear a size 6.  However, those who are super tiny – a size 2 or smaller, may still have difficulty finding clothes.  Those who  have “Cinderella feet” are happy to know that many stores start at a US size 4 1/2 or sometimes even a 4.

If you are looking for higher end brands, be sure to check out Lane Crawford.  Established in the nineteenth century, this store now carries designer lines like St. John, Stella McCartney and Jimmy Choo.  There are currently four locations in Hong Kong.  Japanese department stores like Seibu also have locations in Hong Kong.  Many of the higher end stores are found in the Central district.  At Pacific Place Mall, the entire third floor is filled with designer brands like Louis Vuitton and Celine. The mall has more affordable stores as well – Zara and Mango come to mind.  Of course, shopping in Hong Kong doesn’t have to be super-expensive.  There are plenty of local brands as well as more price-conscious international stores for the budgetista.  The Central district is home to UK favourite, Marks & Spencer, for example.  Moderately-priced chains like Club Monaco can also be found there.  Looking for luxury?  Harvey Nichols and Gucci are located there, too.  Of course, if you’re looking for something different, there are plenty of markets which sell touristy knick knacks and other items.

One word of warning, though.  Things cost a little more in Hong Kong, especially with foreign brands.  A purse which costs $165 in the United States translates to $250-ish or $2,000 in Hong Kong dollars.