Hong Kong is a shopping mecca, that's for sure, and the tourist haunts of Ladies' market and Temple Street Night Market need no introduction. So here’s an introduction to places to shop for when you have something more specific in mind. There’s even stuff for the boys too.
Cheap shoes: Argyle Centre
The mall is a nondescript, slightly derelict-looking building that you may miss if you are walking along the street. But boy will you be missing out.
Inside it is a maze of shops selling clothes, shoes, bags, and... more shoes. With the main draw being the cheap prices - cheaper than what’s on sale at regular malls at least. Prices can go as low as HK$25 ($5) for a top, and there are 1-for-1 sales as well. The interior is slightly cramped and messy - think a more claustrophobic version of Bangkok’s Platinum Mall or Seoul’s Dongdaemun Shopping Complex, but that’s part of the experience, isn’t it?
And while you’re there, why not queue up for the popular cold noodle snack from 百味, located on the ground floor.Nearest MRT
Mongkok, Exit D2
688 Nathan Rd, Mong Kok, Kowloon
11am – 2am, daily
Something for everyone: Fa Yuen St
If you love a good bargain and want to shop like the locals do, it is worth a trip here just for the thrill of it.
The southern section of Fa Yuen St is also known as Sneaker Street, where you can find shops selling all types of sports shoes and limited edition footwear. Elsewhere, you may browse through shops that sell clothes, undergarments, bags and accessories at wholesale prices. Items on sale may be seasonal, so during winter, you might have a hard time finding something to buy that you can wear back home in sunny Singapore.
There's also a Flower Market in the area (hence it's name) where you can look at pretty blooms, plus a wet market, if you want a more local experience.Address
Fa Yuen Street. Walk along Argyle Street to Fa Yuen Street
If you need to grocery shop for reunion dinner next Chinese New Year, this is the place to go. The minute you exit the MTR, you will find rows of shops selling all kinds of dried foodstuff. Just walk around the section of Des Voeux Road West, also known as Dried Seafood Street, to find the best deals on dried scallops, abalone, black moss and salted fish.
You may also pass by a hole-in-the-wall shop that sells century eggs with soft oozy centres for takeaway, too.Nearest MRT
Sheung Wan Exit A2
Des Voeux Road West