Thank You, Hong Kong!
This is part of a 5-part article series on my trip to HK.
6 days in HK, 6 days of shopping. Many last minute shopping including HK DFS which made us nearly miss our flight but all time spent was well worth the thrill of grabbing as many goods as we could with our busy hands, speed-scrutinizing items as quickly as we could with our bionic eyes, bargaining as much as we could with our Singaporean KS mouths, walking as far as we could with our never tired legs (well this part is for me) within the best possible time without really missing our Jetstar. No, we didn’t visit any famous landmarks but yes, we actually agreed on budget shopping!
It’s the adrenaline of buying as many items as possible with the littlest of money & sqeauling at the end of the day “OMG ALL THESE ADD TOGETHER ONLY $XXX!” in our very very cheap hostel, inside a foreign albeit expensive land.
Ready for some budget window shopping?
Here are some of the places we visited:
1. Mong Kok Centre/ Wang Jiao Zhong Xin
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok
Our favouritest shopping mall. You can find us there everyday because i) Baby J shops too slowly ii) they’ve far too many good shops packed inside this humble looking mall iii) they don’t allow try ons without paying first so days we didn’t have time to try on after payment we went back for exchange.
a) THE Jacket Shop
Our favourite shop where we visited almost daily. You can get very nice tailored jackets (of all kind), clubbing dresses & collared shirts for only about SGD$20 (awesome deal for quality clothes).
Was supposed to club with Cami & gang @ Beijing (supposedly the hottest club in town) but Baby J lost her phone that night!
Xiao Xiao Mei, the very adorable staff whose makeup skills is as you can tell, very mei.
One of the best shops & one of my personal favourite in Mong Kok Centre & the whole of Mong Kok, Delight brings in popular designs ranging from cropped skirts, cropped denim jackets, sweet tops & torn jeans @ only about SGD$25. Love the staff but unfortunately I lost her FB email address but will definitely drop by again the next time I visit.
c) Denim shops
There are about 6 in the entire malls with amazing price like SGD$10 for a pair of funky denim shorts/skirt/jeans. Double triple love. Super must buy! You’ve to buy at least three home. There’s no way in Singapore you’d get such a delightful bargain.
One thing to note: it may be troublesome as they don’t allow try ons. So guess your size, pay for it first, change in the toilet or hotel & if you need to exchange it, they’d gladly allow you to.
Tip: Go to the one at the most corner on Level 2, they’ve the best service (not sure about the ones on higher level since I bought all my denim on Level 2).
Tip: The higher you go, the cheaper they’re. A few bucks off!
Some other shops you’ll find:
d) Kawaii stationery
e) Formal dresses
f) Shades & glasses
Jenny bought the colour she loves most- green! I’m guessing it cost her around SGD$10
Leopard print glasses I’ve been looking for so long! But I’m still looking for something more pronounced.
g) Branded handbags
Best quality – ‘Korean’ shoe shop
This particular shop at the street level is the most adorable shoe shop at Mong Kok Centre & also has the most adorable owners. They design, manufacture these babies & present them with a smile (unlike others). The style reminds me of what girls in Korean dramas wear & as you can see, a pair only costs SGD$20 if you buy two. The quality amazes me, in a very very good way.
Average quality – grunge style
They have tons of shoe shops, mostly look like this. May not look glamorous on the outside but head in & look closer for some worthy ones. They go for about SGD$13 for a pair. Cheaper than Far East I guess?
2) Ladies Street
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok
Sells really budget items & mostly only tourists visit to buy souvenirs. From the cheap to the fake, there are a few streets selling items from SGD$5 onwards: maxi dresses, novelty undies, accessories, jewellery, paintings, shades, umbrellas, heels, toothbrush clippers, toothpaste rollers etc. But don’t over expect the quality here. They really look like they cost a few bucks.
c) Standard costumes
Overly sexy ones but nothing too unique
3) Wholesale buys
Nearest MTR: Sham Shui Po
Upon reaching, just ask for directions for the wholesale shops. There are tons along the streets which are less than 5mins away from the MTR if you exit the correct ones. & I highly recommend you to check these out if you normally purchase at Far East. Not all shops allow single purchase but some do, & one peice cost only around SGD$10! & for that price, you can get a denim jacket / floral high waist skirt / maxi dress / shirt. They’ve so many in one shop, take your time to dig through cause by the time they fly to Singapore, they’d cost at least three times more.
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok / Tsim Sha Tsui / Central
We went to a few but I was disappointed! I personally find it a classier version of Cotton On. Other than chic accessories & swim wear, the basic wear & over-priced dresses didn’t impress. A monocolour, non-ecletic dress can cost at least SGD$60. Am I the only one who doesn’t understand the rave?
Nearest MTR: Tung Chung
Housing Puma, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenburg, Burberry, Pedder, Evita Peroni, Espirit, Vivenne Tam, Moiselle etc outlets all in one. If you can’t afford a few hundred an item on the bigger brands like Burberry, check these out:
Sunglass Hut: SGD$100 onwards for a pair of branded shades. Fab buy!
Kate Spade: SGD$100 onwards for a tote. Highly discounted if you don’t mind past seasons.
6) Hollywood Road
Nearest MTR: Shang Hwan. Exit E1 (Much nearer than Central Exit D2)
I placed this the last cause it was the most unexpected find. Hollywood street wasn’t included in our shopping to gos. We were there for the food actually but I fell in love with the place instantly. That entire area is just charming!
Sadly, we didn’t have time to explore so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
On our way to Hollywood Road. Hill.
Ok, hope you guys enjoy the visual trip. Stay tuned to Part 3 where I’ll be putting up my Hong Kong buys!
I’ve never uploaded so many pictures in a post before. Gotta go save my poor ass now. It’s been stuck on this chair for hours.