Factory outlet malls that sell excess stock, overruns and quality control rejects are located in various parts of Hong Kong and Kowloon.
The items have been made for export, so Western sizes are readily available. Some manufacturers produce designer clothing, but the labels are usually cut out. Here are the biggest ones:
Horizon Plaza (Ap Lei Chau)
Popular with expat shoppers, Horizon Plaza on Ap Lei Chau island is home to an astounding 28 floors of furniture and fashion factory outlets. Lovers of designer fashion will be overwhelmed by the discounts on offer at Lane Crawford Warehouse and Joyce Warehouse, while the weary-footed can refuel and recharge at one of the Plaza’s cafés before resuming their hunt for bargains. Horizon Plaza is also a must-visit for newly arrived expats looking to furnish their homes.
Horizon Plaza is also a must-visit for newly arrived expats looking to furnish their homes.
China-Hong Kong City (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Conveniently located next to the Harbour City mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, China Hong Kong City is Hong Kong’s only in-town outlet mall. Connected to the China Ferry Terminal, this mall attracts travelers coming to Hong Kong by boat from Macau and cities in mainland China. Stores include Longines, Samsonite and Levi’s.
Citygate Outlets (Lantau Island)
The first outlet mall in Hong Kong, Citygate Outlets is home to more than 80 international brands offering year-round discounts of 30 percent to 70 percent on designer fashion, sports, beauty, accessories, children’s wear, and home items. Located just 10 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport, it is the perfect place to come when you first arrive in Hong Kong, and a great choice for last-minute shopping before you leave.
There is something reassuring about stepping into a department store and knowing you will be able to find everything you need in one place.
There are many department stores in Hong Kong. Here are some of the larger ones:
AEON (Locations across Hong Kong)
AEON (previously named JUSCO) is a Japanese department store chain with stores located throughout Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories. You will find many traditional Japanese goods and food along with a wide selection of interesting gifts.
Chinese Arts and Crafts (Locations in Wan Chai and Admiralty)
A subsidiary of China Resources Holdings Company, Chinese Arts and Crafts was established in Hong Kong in 1959, and is known for its selection of Chinese handicrafts, silks and embroidery.
Harvey Nichols (Locations in Central and Admiralty)
This department store got its start in 1813, when Mr. Harvey opened a linen shop in London; Mr. Nichols joined the store in 1820. No doubt the two gentlemen would have difficulty recognizing their namesake today, especially in this posh setting on the other side of the world. It has all the usual suspects in designer names, as well as some brands carried nowhere else in Hong Kong, giving it a leg up in the city’s very competitive fashion and accessories market.
Lane Crawford (Locations in Central, Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui)
Founded in Hong Kong in 1850 by Scotsmen Thomas Ash Lane and Ninian Crawford, the original store was a far cry from today’s luxurious and personalized shopping experience. It was once a makeshift bamboo structure on Victoria Harbour, from where the two founders sold provisions to the crews of visiting ships as well as British navy personnel and their families. Today, Lane Crawford is the city’s most esteemed luxury department store, selling everything from vintage accessories to designer furniture.
Marks & Spencer (Locations across Hong Kong)
British department store Marks & Spencer opened its first shop in Hong Kong in 1988, to cater to British expats missing a taste of home. Today, with 12 locations around the city (plus several standalone grocery stores), the chain is popular with expats and locals alike, who come looking for its high-quality men, women and children’s fashion, lingerie and beauty products and imported food and wine.
Sincere (Locations across Hong Kong)
Founded in 1900, Sincere was the first Chinese-owned department store established in Hong Kong, and remains dedicated to providing quality merchandise with the best value to customers. It delivers a comprehensive range of merchandise, from contemporary European fashions and accessories, to electrical appliances, bedding, bath, household, sports and travel items.
SOGO (Locations in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui)
The last of the iconic Japanese department stores, like Daimaru and Mitsukoshi, that dotted mid-century Causeway Bay, SOGO’s 19-story Causeway Bay location remains a major landmark in Hong Kong’s shopping landscape. Its big annual sales are comparable to Boxing Day sales in international department stores overseas such as Selfridges or Harrods. Huge price reductions can be found, but you will need to navigate the frenzied crowds jostling for bargains. The store, which has a second branch in Tsim Sha Tsui, also has a very popular supermarket at its Causeway Bay store.
Wing On (Locations in Sheung Wan, Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan and Discovery Bay)
Founded in 1907, Wing On was the second Chinese-owned department store to open in Hong Kong. It has four outlets across the city, which sell clothing, household goods and appliances, bedding, furniture, toys, and food and wine, including many international brands. They also offer online shopping with delivery or in-store pickup (processing usually takes 3-5 days).
Yue Hwa (Locations across Hong Kong)
As its name suggests, Yue Hwa Chinese Products specializes in the sale of high-quality, traditional Chinese products. Here you can find many of the territory’s finest Chinese goods, ranging from exquisite Chinese arts and crafts, to genuine and rare Chinese medicinal herbs. Although the chain has multiple outlets in Kowloon and New Territories, we recommend paying a visit to its flagship store on Nathan Road, Kowloon.
For a fun, unique shopping experience and to pick up something a little different from the usual high-street offerings, head to one of the city’s mini-malls.
In them you will find younger crowds and in-the-know tourists looking for bargains. Dotted all around the territory but not always clearly signed, these mini-malls can be difficult to pinpoint unless you know where to look. Here are some of our favorites:
Argyle Centre (Mong Kok)
A multi-level mall in the heart of Mongkok, this pulsating and often crowded place is packed with tiny boutiques offering cheap and trendy clothing, costume jewelry and accessories. Popular with teenagers and young people, this mall gives new meaning to the phrase “fast fashion.”
Island Beverly Center (Causeway Bay)
Located on Great George Street opposite SOGO is Island Beverly Center, a multi-floor treasure trove of chic fashion finds. The mix of stores has been carefully thought through, with stock sourced mainly from Korea, Japan and up-and-coming local designers. The quality of goods found in here is visibly higher than those in the Argyle Centre, with prices to match.
Rise Commercial Building (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Located on Granville Circuit just off Granville Road is the inconspicuously signed Rise Commercial Building, another multi-floor complex filled with an interesting mix of shops selling fashion and other items from Korea, Japan, and local designers. Although the building is associated with a budget shopping experience, certain things on sale here can be pricey.
Over the past decade, a number of historic sites in Hong Kong have been revitalized and turned into mixed-use retail, arts and dining sites.
With their attractive colonial-era architecture and vibrant mix of independent and local designers and artists, these sites are the perfect antidote to Hong Kong’s glitzy malls.
Originally built in 1951 as the Police Married Quarters, this colonial-era site was revitalized by the government starting in 2010 in an initiative to promote and support the creative and design industries in Hong Kong. Today, the open-air complex (rebranded as PMQ) is home to around 100 creative enterprises, featuring a mix of local and international designers selling everything from fashion to furniture. Exhibition space and event facilities are also available, and the venue can get quite lively on weekends thanks to the occasional pop-up market or live music event.
Tai Kwun (Central)
Occupying a prime site at the eastern end of Hollywood Road, Tai Kwun is a heritage and arts center that includes shops and several notable dining outlets. Tai Kwun opened in 2018 after a ten-year revitalization of the former Central Police Station; comprising 16 heritage buildings, it is one of the largest and most prominent remaining examples of colonial architecture in Hong Kong. The compound’s two large courtyards often host free public performances.
The Mills (Tsuen Wan)
A converted 1950s textile mill in Tsuen Wan, New Territories, The Mills is Hong Kong’s newest heritage site turned retail and arts center. Instagrammable murals by six local artists greet visitors and pay homage to the site’s industrial history; inside, hip young Hong Kongers browse local, independent designers’ wares and relax at numerous cafes and beer halls. There’s also a rooftop garden, an exhibition and studio space, a nature-themed playground for children and coworking space for fashion and technology companies. Bonus: the entire site is dog-friendly.