Let's start with one of HK's most famous shopping spots: Mong Kok.
I don't know why it's called Mong Kok when it's pronounced Wong Gok in Cantonese o_O If you're not the type to like crowds especially on hot humid days, then this isn't the right spot for you. Most of the stores are outside and you gotta travel between shopping plazas in the heat. The good thing about MK is that you can find pretty much anything you want.
When you first get to the station, you might notice that you're underneath a big mall, which is called Langham Place. This mall is at least 14 storeys high and it's got a huge variety of stores, from independent designer boutiques to more well know department stores like Seibu.
Most of the levels have been categorized. For example, the basement levels are all shoes, while you work your way up, you'll notice the cosmetics. A few more levels up you'll find the large open area with the food court and the biggest escalator you'll ever see. When you start going up from there, most of the stores get a bit smaller. There's a mix of brand name and independent designers.
A few of my favourite out of the bunch are Mos Burger, Muji, Pepper Lunch, Ajisen Ramen, Paul & Joe and OZOC. You MUST try Mos Burger and Pepper Lunch! I highly recommend the Mos cheese burger and the seafood rice burger.
If you think you've finished shopping, you'll only find yourself in some crowded streets as soon as you exit. I suggest taking the exit that's next to Seibu and H&M, that way you'll head straight into the main shopping streets.
One of the biggest shopping streets next to the mall is Dundas St. and Nathan Road (which runs really far). While walking on Dundas St, be sure to look both ways twice, otherwise you'll miss stores like Ebase, Sasa and the CTMA Center (mostly toys and figurines). You should also find the Sephora as you're walking around and a bunch of street eats. If you walk towards the left side of the CTMA center, you should find another shopping plaza. Right at the entrance there is a Starbucks and a Strawberry Forever desert cafe.
My ultimate favourite shopping plaza in MK is the Wong Gok Jung Sum (the Mong Kong Center). I can't remember the exact exit (I think D), but once you get to MK station, follow the sign to Argyle Road/Street. When you go up the stairs you should be at the entrance of a plaza and you should see a Missha there. Just a few steps inside there is a Happy Lemon. I believe it's Taiwanese BBT. It's got my favourite BBT there: Roasted Milk Tea. It's got a very aromatic roasted tea flavour. I don't know how to explain it, you just gotta try it.
The building is cheap clothes and accessories galore! Not many people bargain there so I don't see a point in doing it. I suggest you go with a guy friend because it gets REALLY crowded there, especially after 3pm. I prefer to go there at 12pm....well MK in general..I like to go there early to beat the rush of shoppers. I've purchased jeans there for like $15CAD. The only downside is the jeans fade really badly, other than that, they are totally the style I like.
If you wander around inside MK station, you should find Beard Papa Sweets, they're super delicious cream puffs.
You really have to take your time to walk around MK. It's not like a 3 hour shopping destination, you could easily wander around for the whole day and not finish.
Next up: Causeway Bay 銅鑼灣
Causeway Bay is a bit more upscale than MK. MK has all the cheap goodness whereas Causeway Bay can be cheap to expensive. I tend to categorize Causeway Bay as expensive, but you can find a lot of nice clothes there. When I mean expensive, I talk mostly about non brand names, rather, they're small independent designer boutiques.
CB has a Sogo, Times Square and a poop load of shopping and plazas. The other Sogo at Tsim Sha Tsui isn't as big.
Everytime I went to Sogo, they seemed to have a lot of sales. There was one time when they had a week long 1/2 price sale on most items, excluding makeup -__-' Sogo is the one stop makeup shop. There's Maquillage, Kanebo to European and North American brands. It was quite busy there everytime I went and you gotta be rough to get the SA's attention.
In Sogo's basement, there is a grocery store and a few small desert stands. There's one that sells ice cream mochi called Mochi Cream from Japan. Very tasty. There's one in Seoul but I didn't get anything there yet. There's also a desert stand that sells cakes in the shape of rectangles called Stick Sticks. I believe it's owned by Beard Papa.
Times Square is another huge mall (Hong Kong seems to be all about big malls). I think this mall is kinda boring. If you like the HE/brand name stuff, you should definitely go there since there is a Lane Crawford, it's like a Saks but it's an HK department store. There is also a City Super which is like the HE for grocery stores imo haha.
When you finally decide to pry yourself away from Sogo and Times Square, it's time to wander outside. I can't remember the streets, but when you exit Sogo and just follow the crowd, you should get to some of the main shopping areas.
There's a spot that looks like there's a big arc thing and there should be escalators dotted around into the plazas. That's where I found Marion Crepe and Peach John (a Japanese lingerie shop, so pretty but expensive!)
There is a lot to eat. There's a sushi restaurant called Itamae in the same area as Marion Crepe(板前回転寿司 "ban cheen" in Cantonese). They're usually very very busy so getting a seat might be difficult at the Causeway Bay location...but so worth it. It's a conveyor belt style sushi restaurant and I've never had such good sushi before! The other location is at the airport. When I stayed with Tim's family, they happened to live a 15 minute bus ride from the airport so I went to Itamae there a few times. They're less likely to be packed, unless you go on the weekends.
If you decide to walk from Causeway Bay station to Wan Chai station, you should be able to find the super yummy desert restaurant called Yee Shun Milk Company. They specialize in steamed egg deserts and they also have "small eats" 小吃 (like fried rice rolls, noodles etc etc). There should be a few locations around Hong Kong, but I just remembered this one so I linked the address.
The next location is Central 中環.
If you're into HE, brand names and bars, then Central is the area for you. It's got brand name stores dotted around and a mall that's pretty much dedicated to luxury goods. There should be a bunch of those stores outside as well, but I've only wandered around a couple times. The area is mainly a business spot so there's not that much to do. There's an LV store if anyone is interested.
Don't forget to visit Pacific Place which is one station over at Admiralty. It's also a mall dedicated to the luxury goods.
Anyway, the mall above Central station is the IFC Mall. I remember they had a City's Super, Lane Crawford, the Agnes B Cafe, a theatre, RMK store and lots more goodies.
I went to the Agnes B Cafe for my birthday for some desert. It's not super tasty, but you get a gorgeous view of the harbour.
If you want to experience the tourist night life, then you should head to Lan Kwai Fong, that's where all the tourists supposedly hang out. I've never been there, so I can't give you feedback.
If I was to chose a specific mall to be my favourite, it'll probably be Festival Walk at Kowloon Tong Station 九龍塘
This mall has pretty much everything I want. They've got a crap load of makeup stores including Guerlain, Fresh, Paul & Joe, Dior, Cle De Peau Watsons and Fancl House. The Watsons there has quite a lot of makeup. Not all Watsons carry the Japanese brands, I guess it depends on how big the store is. There's also a skating rink and AMC movie theatre.
Some of my favourite stores there would be Oliver's Super Sandwiches, I.T., b+ab, Log-On, Franc Franc, and Kee Wah Bakery. Best pineapple cakes imo..there's also one in LA but I'm sure they can't taste as good as the HK ones.
Although the food court kinda sucks, you could always hop on a subway and go back to MK to have dinner.
There's just too many stores to name at Festival Walk, so you should visit the website and tempt yourself. I'm definitely going to visit this mall again when I go to Hong Kong in August.
Another mall to visit is Harbour City at Tsim Sha Tsui. There isn't a station that connects under the mall, but it's worth the 10 minute walk because there's a lot to see on the way. The mall feels like 4 malls connected into one. It's even bigger than Festival Walk mall.
The store that'll catch your eyes right away is Faces. I can't find the website for it. It's located right across a Lane Crawford, how convenient.
If you do decide to go to Harbour City, remember to walk in the area of Lane Crawford and Faces. I think 1-2 levels up and you'll find a huge open area that's got a lot of different brands of clothes and things to buy. It should be called Extavaganza. I think either the level below or the same level there is a Freshness Burger. It's similar to Mos Burger and super tasty! The Freshness Burger in Korea sucks.
Before I forgot what I want to say, here's a good path that you should take to get to Harbour City mall. You go to Tsim Sha Tsui Station and take the exit towards the Kowloon Park (gorgeous park btw) which is exit A1. Once you exit, you'll be at the intersection of Nathan Road and Haiphong Road. You need to walk on Haiphong Road to get to the entrance of Ocean Terminal mall which connects to the Harbour City mall. If you look on the map, the malls are on square V9.
If you don't feel like going to the mall yet, Nathan Road has a lot of shops too.
Don't forget to stop by Hui Lau Shan 許留山on the way to the mall!
- Telford Plaza at Kowloon Bay Station
- City Gate Outlet at Tung Chung (very far for most people since it's like 15 mins from the airport)
- City Walk at Tseun Wan
- City Plaza at Tai Koo Station. It's got a cool music fountain.
- "Flower Street" and "Goldfish Street" at Prince Edward. Lots of fresh flowers and a whole street of pets (mainly fish). You'll see the exits at the station.
- Hong Kong Park at Admiralty Station. Just go through the mall and you should see signs that direct you there. It's right next to the mall.
- Kowloon Park at TST Station.
- The Peak (gorgeous mountain view of HK at night and you take a tram to go up) at Admiralty Station.
- Ocean Park (amusement park) take the bus from Admiralty Station. There are pandas, cable car and aquariums. It's not very big there.
Don't forget to visit as many food stalls and restuarants as you can! Of course I can't list all of them haha.
You might have heard of the famous "Ladies Market" at Mong Kok. Don't go there, there's nothing to buy unless you like knockoffs and they're not necessarily cheaper. Megabox Mall is kinda crappy and it's not near a station. I also don't suggest Disney Land unless you haven't been to Disney World. It was really small and kinda expensive.
I don't think you ever need to worry about getting lost in Hong Kong. Most of the signs have English and many people can speak conversational English.
I think I could go on forever with these lists but I'll leave it at that. If you got any questions, feel free to ask =) Happy shopping!