The Shopping Post!

22 August 2011

So HK is pretty well known for it's luxury shopping malls (and luxury hotels) and if you've ever wandered around Central, along Canton Road then you'd have seen the luxury brands that call Canton Road home. They are also some of the largest stores that I have ever seen! Chanel and Hermès are among the many who actually employ security guards who let people in one by one, as if they're night clubs- red rope and all! I also visited Elements mall in Kowloon which is full to the brim with luxury brands and with it's convenient transportation links to the mainland, it definitely caters towards Chinese tourism. The mall also boasts amazing, hotel like bathrooms (think hand creams and magazines), the largest cinema in HK (complete with vibrating seats and speakers in the headrests) and situated next to the exclusive W hotel. You get the picture! However, HK is also well known for the other extreme, where you can really grab a bargain if you look hard enough.

Since the lovely people over at So Feminine set me a little style challenge to see how much I could get for £50 (which they very kindly sent my way- thank you so much!), I decided to see what goodies I could buy in HK. So armed with HK$640...I hit the shops and this is what I ended up with!
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The dress was bought from Causeway Place on George Street in Causeway Bay. The scalloped bag was also from there too. This is one of many 'youth' malls that can be found in Causeway Bay, it's slightly cheaper than the others found in the area and one of my favourites. These malls feature independent designers, stores that stock Japanese/Korean fashion and accessories all housed in tiny little shops seen below. These shops are fun to browse and usually open mid afternoon, so don't be too surprised if you find the shop assistants eating their lunch or applying their make up when you arrive! Sometimes you can bargain with them but often you'll walk in and they'll tell you that there is anything from 10% to 30% off the items.
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Another one of these malls is Island Beverly which is located opposite SOGO department store so it's pretty much unmissable. In the photo below it's the building with all the flags. On the same side as Island Beverly and about 6/7 shops down is Laforet Mall which I mentioned in this post.
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Of course if you're in Causeway Bay then almost everyone visits Times Square which has some luxury brands but there are some affordable shops too. However, my favourite thing to do there is browse the book store, Page One on the top floor which has the hugest selection of Japanese magazines.
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The shacks you can see at the bottom of the photo were part of a Harry Potter/Diagon Alley promotion!
One of the things on my list of things to do was to visit Langham Place in Mong Kok to check out Monki. Surprisingly, I didn't go crazy in there and only bought a t-shirt and a skirt and of course, the obligatory changing room shot. After seeing HK bloggers take shots inside the changing rooms, I was keen to do the same!
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While in Mong Kok I bought the blue blouse from the Argyle Centre on Nathan Road. Here you'll find teens shopping for the latest Japanese fashion while eating noodles from a bag, often you'll find pictures from ViVi pinned next to similar styled products. It's far cheaper than any of the malls in Causeway Bay. It's definitely a little on the chaotic side but it's fun to browse! My sis bought some really cheap false lashes from here.

The Instax film was found at Kwai Chung Plaza in Kwai Chung (Kwai Fong MTR). This shopping mall is a little markety selling everything from phone covers, second hand school books, hair accessories and food. It definitely has quite a local vibe. The film was cheapest here (but only by a few dollars compared to the Computer mall in Mong Kok). You can definitely grab some bargains but it's also a bit hit and miss here and it's further out on the MTR. Still, I was pretty pleased to grab these films as one pack sets me back £10 in the UK.

A few stops before Kwai Chung on the MTR is Lai Chi Kok. Here you'll find Sunny City which is a fashion wholesalers, the kind of fashion you might find in the little youth malls that I spoke about before. On Saturdays it's open to the public and as you can imagine it was crazy busy! However, if you are determined to shop then you might find a few pieces. It's definitely a place where you end up moving with the crowd even if you don't want to. I'd recommend visiting late afternoon when the crowds have dispersed a little.

Granville Road in Tsim Tsa Tsui (TST) is definitely worth a visit and is essentially, a road full of shops. There are a couple of HK stores along here but they are mainly of the outlet variety selling current fashions for cheap! Obviously, with places like these you might compromise on quality but in the past, I've bought things from here that I still wear today!

However, if you want a more peaceful shopping experience then worth a mention is City Plaza in Tai Koo Shing. There are so many other malls in HK but I visited this one a lot because there are some decent restaurants located here. It's a spacious mall and not overly crowded and here you'll find the likes of Uniqlo, Japanese Dept. store Apita and HK dept. Store, Wing On. It also houses one of my favourite stores, Muji which is one of their anchor stores in the mall (it's that big!). It also sells snacks which is one thing I wish that the UK stores would stock! All the Ice Rinks in HK are located in shopping malls and City Plaza has one of them.
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I have to admit that one of my favourite things to do is browse supermarkets. Particularly the Japanese ones that are everywhere in HK. My favourite is Jusco (another Japanese dept. store) which is next to City Plaza. Here, I found some crazy grapes which are priced at $329 which is £26! Apparently they are super sweet and graded quite high by Japanese standards.
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Above you can see white bitter melon (definitely not my favourite Asian delicacy) and very convenient packs of ingredients for Chinese soups.

I keep ending these posts with pictures of my family but here we are outside Harbour City over at TST. Harbour City is essentially, a luxury mall and I definitely had to look the other way when I walked past the likes of Mulberry only to look into the windows of Y-3 round the corner. Worth a mention is 'Ocean Terminal' part of the mall which to my delight, I found Japanese brands such as Snidel and Hysteric Glamour. Certainly fun to browse but a little pricier than my usual bargain buys so I left empty handed. Since it's such a big mall, there are definitely some affordable shops in there, so it's worth having a browse at least. Shopping aside, I'd recommend the view from here, especially near the Star Ferry as the view of Hong Kong island is amazing.
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Shopping post done...now all that's left is the food!

64 comments:

  1. I sooooo wanna go back! Wish tickets weren't so pricey! When do you think you'll go back next? x

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  2. How cool! Such lovely places to shop. So much more than we'd ever have in our neck of the woods. Love the family picture too.

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  3. Really love that handbag! Such pretty things.

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  4. Awesome post! Amazing places to shop. Love the last picture too.

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  5. Woah those fruit and veg are weird looking Lol. Oooo I can't wait for Monki...I hear they're cheaper than in Sweden.

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  6. Ahhh this brings back so many memories of my two week stay in HK, I wish I didn't have such dodge dress sense back then as I really bought so much crap! I bet there's some great stuff there, I could see myself coming home with multiple suitcases. That bag is so cute!

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  7. you got some cute stuff!
    i love to see your amazing pictures.<3

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  8. such a cute collection of items! i love monki as well!

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    Meena ♥

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  9. My mom says you can always get great things in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, I haven't been there! You bought some cute stuff though :)

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  10. Oh Winne, what do I say. I WANT TO GO TO HK! The shopping is not helping with this attraction and obsession...

    I feel food may be the straw that breaks the camel's back. It'll be a case of... I'm booking this trip, I'm booking it for X.

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  11. The last pic is my fave, so cute. It is so weird because seeing these pics, I really do feel like i'm there with you. I stayed at the Marco Polo hotel a few years ago and so the TST images are so familiar. I miss it so much. Having said that, i found it so stressful last year, the mainlanders put me off. they were so pushy (literally pushing!) and they do the weirdest things! #TeamHK x

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  12. thanks for sharing all that info and pics! my friend lives there right now and i'm dying to visit her! is that harry potter set still up???!

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  13. Love all the stuff you bought there all so cute! Would you follow me back :) -

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    X.

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  14. Everything you managed to get was gorgeous, good job! I esp love the dress, the collar is gorgeous. Loving these Hong Kong posts...

    Caz x
    www.mystylisms.blogspot.com

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  15. Love the things you picked up, that pastel blue bag is lovely! Also can't wait for your food post! x

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  16. Wow, this is basically one big 'where to shop in HK' tip-book ^-^. I know exactly who I'm going to refer to before I venture out on a shopping rampage with my first pay!!!
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  17. OMG--All of these things are so lovely. I really, really love that scalloped bag!

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  18. Winnie! I have so much to catch up with, with all these HK related things! I'm just back and it's so exciting reading all these stories from your travels.. HK definitely seems like a luxury haven , but also like such a fun place!

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  19. Winnie! I have so much to catch up with, with all these HK related things! I'm just back and it's so exciting reading all these stories from your travels.. HK definitely seems like a luxury haven , but also like such a fun place!

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  20. arghhh the shops just look amazing Winnie! Hope you're having a good time :) x

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  21. The shops look great! x

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  22. that satchel bag is the best i've ever seen!! and yay monki! love how they have the same mirrors all over the world it seems. makes me crave a trip back to sweden for the first time!xx

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  23. OMG Awesome place !!! Fun pics !! :) And wooo MONKI! Gotta love that store :))

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  24. Wow, girl, this post was awesome! I feel like I just went everywhere you did. Love the photos--especially the fitting room pose! What kind of camera do you use?

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  25. Awww I miss HK - these photos make me so nostalgic!

    Lots of love from Sydney,

    x Kel

    talking all things French

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  26. omg...the pink-white striped top looks so cute! i want to see you wearing it ^^

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  27. LOVE THISSS POST !
    i love blogger's travel posts !


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  28. cute blog, you have a new follower :)

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  29. OMG HK! <3 you are so cute!
    visit moi!
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  30. Good LORD that blouse is beautiful!! Seven pounds? Really?!
    So glad I've found a fellow supermarket lover too - though my obsession reaches way beyond those abroad. Stick me in Sainsbury's and I'm a happy bunny!
    x

    p.s. I'm not sure I have a secret when it comes to being a closet fatty!! Do tend to like healthier savoury stuff, but when it comes to dessert I'm all about the heart-cloggers.
    God I make it sound so appetizing.

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  31. Ciao, io sono italiana, e non sai cosa darei per poter andare almeno una volta in un centro commerciale come quello nella foto!!!
    Barbara

    Hi, i'm italian, and you don't know what should I give to go in a shopping center like the one in your photo!!!
    Barbara

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  32. Wish I'd gone to Monki when I was in HK but I couldn't have done any shopping anyway since I had so little room in my bag. I did go to the markets though which were fantastic. I really want an instax camera, they look so fun


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  33. monki!!! i love that brand i really wanna tour asia at sme point soon xx

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  34. Wow; I can only imagine how long you took to do this post! I'm definitely saving this post for when I'm going HK... (Not sure when.. But;p) Anyway; that blue blouse that you got is so pretty! I'm not fan of blue but cobalt blue is gorgeous!

    PS/ love that pic of your fam! <3

    AND, thanks for your comment! Hahha; I'm surprised w/ myself too! Going up to them and asking if I could take a picture of them! But I'm glad I did it anyway!(:

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  35. I truly love your HK posts! And that scalloped bag is gorgeous!

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  36. Nice selections for the So Feminine challenge. And it's lovely to see so many photos! :) Looks like you had an epic adventure.

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  37. incredible, your photographs are so rich and vibrant....

    thank you for all the wonderful suggestions.

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  38. What a cute dress you bought!! :)

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  39. The Monki dressing room looks so cool! I've only been in Sweden and it doesn't look like that!

    Love all your shopping tips! Sounds and looks like you can find some awesome things! xx

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  40. If I ever visit Hong Kong, I'll try and visit every one of these places because they all sound amazing, and I can imagine all the cool clothes I could get. I love the way the dressing room looks in that store, trippy but cool. xxx

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  41. i wanna go visit HK after seeing these pictures.

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  42. Seems you have a wonderful shopping around with your friends,nice pictures,and nice purchases,the bag is adorable the colors are nice..

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  43. I really love the blue bag!

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  44. love just about everything in this post :) so cute

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  45. wow. that looks like quite the place!

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  46. OMG OMG I was at Causeway Place last year!!
    the dress is absolute LOVE ♥

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  47. great post! Now I want to go on holidays and shopping ! :))

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  48. i loev the bag! oit reminds me of lolita tehe :p and i like the dress too :3 and im so jeaslous u went to hong kong, i miss it so much :(

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  49. We need a Monki in the U.K !!!! I love thier stuff I would actual go to a country just to shop there. Well done on the challenge I love what you picked up that dress and bag are well lush, and the blouse is gorgeous too.
    Aww looks like you had an amazing time Winnie hope you are well hun xxxx

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  50. Woah the instax film is shockingly cheap compare to London. The Monki store is making me drooool!

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  51. Omg, another great HK post!!! Hehe actually I'm on the train on my way to Ritz Carlton hotel for high tea now! It's right next to elements. I have yet to go to W hotel too:)

    Gosh I love shopping in CWB too, I tend to go to Beverly island and Laforet mall too, great bargains if u take your time to look. And yes, I enjoy browsing thru page one and I tend to check out if they have any jap mags with Namie Amuro on it, lol. You see, I have this Namie fever and I been collecting mags with her on the cover for a few years now:) actually there's a place that sells overseas mag for cover price in wan chai, I'll give u the link next time:) but I remember its more like uk and us mags.

    I've not been to Kwai Chung plaza or sunny city and to think I live here!! lol I will check it out. Oh I so agree on Monki man, I went in there only once and came out empty handed. I was surprised as it seemed kinda ok from the outside but nth seemed to interest me. Love what u did with the fitting room, maybe I'll give that a they next time!

    Oh I love the jap supermarkets too, I like the one down the basement of sogo and I tend to buy my cereal or oatmeal from city super when I happen to pass by it. I hate the bitter melon too but apparently it's good for u! Yeah food that's good for u tend to taste crap eh? Arghh lol u know that yellow pointy fruit in ur pic? Have u tried it? It's super yummy! But they are quite expensive! Think they are called yin wor (bird nest) gwor (fruit) in Cantonese.

    Btw, love the cobalt blue blouse u got! It's one of my face color. Yup argyle mall can get quite crazy, lol. I used to go there a lot when I was in high school, so many cheap and stylish bargains!!!! Granville is another place I frequent, guess I'm a kowloon kinda girl;-)

    And yes, love your family pic!!! I do think HK has the best night view too, esp from the peak;)

    Gotta say, u did a great overview of HK!!! Lots of juicy and useful info for others=)

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  52. thanks for the comment! im in love with the satchel and blue top, can't believe how cheap they were. your trip looks amazing, very jealous x

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  53. LOVE the first blouse and that store, Monki is very cool! I spoke like a year ago about that brand!

    xx

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  54. I swear I'm a little teary-eyed reading this post, coming to your blog always makes me miss HK so much! I think this post is excellent by the way, so considerate and thought out. I loved Langham place growing up, you could go from Muji to Billabong in seconds... And HAH, I remember buying my prom dress from one of those 'youth' malls in the backstreets of Mong Kok.

    xx

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  55. Love that cobalt blue silk top!!! What fun adventures.


    GTBB,
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  56. i am absolutely desperate to go to hong kong one day. it'd just be amazing! are hotels expensive?

    ps...come to london...xx

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  57. Great photos! Love that blouse.

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  58. Shopping in hong kong is the best! And ohh how i want a polaroid camera like that!x

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