This is the last instalment in my Shanghai-HK series, but I’ll be back real soon with a post about my Phuket getaway! Anyway, this will just be a quick listicle featuring my must-visit destinations in Hong Kong, whether it’s your 10th time there (it was, for me) or if you’re new to this city. From sightseeing, to eating Michelin-starred food and of course shopping, this list has you covered!
Nearest MTR Station: Tung Chung
This is a great way to kill time if you still have a few hours to your flight, as the outlet mall is just a shuttle bus away from Hong Kong’s airport. It offers mid-range luxury brands like Kate Spade, Coach, I.T and Samsonite, etc. at outlet prices (10-50% cheaper than in stores), and there’s no shortage of food options to satisfy your post/pre-flight cravings!
The fastest and cheapest way to the city from the airport is also via a shuttle bus from the airport to the outlets/Tung Chung station, from which you can take a train straight to the city area.
Nearest MTR Station: Mong Kok
You might remember the viral video of an escalator malfunctioning, and tens of people tumbling backwards/downwards…well, this is the very escalator featured in that clip. Langham Place certainly doesn’t deserve a bad reputation from just a one-off incident; I’ve been to this mall a few times during my prior trips, and I love shopping here! Its spaciousness and modern design are already a huge wow factor, not to mention the hundreds of tenants that include major chain brands, beauty shops and eclectic design shops.
Nearest MTR Station: Mong Kok
For Singaporeans, this is basically the Bugis Street of Hong Kong, with the trendiest clothes going at dirt cheap prices ($5 for shorts anyone?). All the clothing I bought in HK was from this mall. It’s conveniently located near Langham Place and Ladies’ Market, and you can find walking directions in the Mong Kok MTR station.
Scouring all 3 floors of this mall could take a few hours, so budget enough time and cash for this stop!
Nearest MTR Station: Yau Ma Tei/Mong Kok
For K-pop and anime lovers, this place is nothing short of heaven. There’s 3 storeys of
retail heaven small beaten up shops stuffed from floor to ceiling with albums and merchandise. The main demographic of customers to this mall are males, who throng the place in search of anime merchandise, which include replicas of their favourites characters and manga books as well.
As a K-pop fan, I’ve visited this dingy mall on every trip to HK, because it has all the albums, posters, fan merchandise and Korean magazines that you could possibly dream of. The prices are reasonable, and the selection is considerably wider than what can be found in Singapore.
Nearest MTR Station: Mong Kok
Street food, replica handbags and gaudy touristy tees – Hong Kong’s busiest night market has it all. Stalls open as early as 5pm and last through the night, but it is considerably less crowded if you go earlier, as tourists and locals tend to descend on the place after dark.
When my family was there, we overheard a store owner offering Caucasian tourists a shawl for HKD$100 – the very same shawl she had tried to sell us for half the price. They do mark up their goods to target non-Chinese/Asian tourists, so make sure to bargain for the best prices!
Nearest MTR Station: Tsim Sha Tsui
On the way to Harbour City, you’ll walk past some grand-looking hotels and museums that overlook the harbour, though it’s almost always foggy. There’s also a nightly light show at Victoria Harbour which starts at 9pm, so be sure to watch it at least once on your HK vacation!
Harbour City is by far my favourite upscale mall in HK, not only because it offers a stunning view of the city skyline (and the adjacent cruise terminal), but also because it has a massive duty-free shop for all the top international & Korean beauty brands.
Personally, I went slightly overboard at the Innisfree shop, because the deals and freebies they offered were insanely attractive, and the prices of all their products were significantly cheaper than in Singapore. If you’ve used up all your HK currency by this point, not to fret, you can easily swipe your credit card here (as opposed to in the smaller malls or markets)!
Nearest MTR Station: Causeway Bay
Give this mall a miss if you’re short on time, because it’s just 13 stories of high-end luxury brands and some overpriced art galleries. If you’re looking for more affordable shopping in the area, try taking the MTR to Admiralty, where there’s a massive SOGO department store, as well as Forever 21, Ikea and Korean beauty stores.
Kam’s Roast Goose
Nearest MTR Station: Wan Chai
If you want to try Hong Kong’s only Michelin starred roast goose, then Kam’s Roast Goose Restaurant is the place to go. Be prepared to shell out a fair amount of cash to dine at this place, and make sure that you go there early to avoid the hours-long line that forms around dinner time. My family and I headed there at around 4pm, when there was thankfully still no queue for a table.
The roast goose was succulent and tender, but it was too oily for my liking. Well I guess I’m not cut out to be a food connoisseur, because I wouldn’t have given this restaurant a Michelin star; their goose was good but not spectacular.
Nearest MTR Station: Hong Kong
IFC Mall lies on the opposite side of the harbour from Harbour City, and is located in the central financial district. The mall offers mid to high-end luxury brands, as well as many floors of unique (and expensive) dining options.
If you want to take the Star Ferry from this side of Victoria Harbour to Tsim Sha Tsui, the jetty is just walking distance from this mall.
And so we’ve come to the end of my Shanghai-HK series, but I’ll be back soon with all the latest details of my recent Phuket adventure, so stay tuned! Be sure to follow my blog and like my Facebook page so you’ll stay up to date with my latest globetrotting adventures!