In terms of what to buy, you can find almost anything your heart desires in Hong Kong from luxury brands to top-of-the-range cameras and jewellery to Asian antiques - whatever you can fit in your suitcase! Most of the street markets are grouped according to what they sell, as is traditional, so you can head straight to a certain area to find what you're looking for.
Most popular markets
Clothing & jewellery
As well as knock-off brands found in markets all over the city, Hong Kong is home to all the top luxury brands. Tourists come from all over the world to shop at the top boutiques and try their luck in Macau. Clothing and jewellery stores can be found in shopping malls throughout the city, but the best boutiques are located in Canton Road and Nathan Road (in Kowloon), and Chaten Road and the surroundings of Central (in Hong Kong). Major hotels and buildings like the International Commerce Centre also have branches of designer brands.
Like many Asian cities, Hong Kong also offers excellent and economic bespoke tailoring services and many visitors take advantage to get suits and dresses made during their travels. One such is the world-famous Sam's Tailor in Tsim Sha Tsui, which has been serving customers including A-list celebrities since it opened in 1957.
Many people choose to buy their electronics and cameras in Hong Kong where they may find what they want at a cheaper price. If you plan to do this, make sure you research the product in advance, are well-informed of the price at home and ask if it has an international guarantee. Doing so will ensure you know how much to buy it for and that you're getting the product you pay for. Some of the most popular areas to buy electronics and cameras are:
Times Square (MTR: Causeway Bay).
In Times Square and the wider Causeway Bay area, you'll find many electronics and camera shops.
Sai Yeung Choi Street (MTR: Mong Kok).
A street packed with electronics stores.
Hong Kong is also home to numerous stores selling authentic antiques as well as reproductions. Serious buyers will find the best places to go are high-end auctions, but if you're looking for typical trinkets as souvenirs, head to Cat Street Market and the emporiums in the surrounding area.