Shopping in Wan Chai is different from most other areas in Hong Kong. This is obviously a busy area in downtown Hong Kong, so you can bet there are plenty of shopping opportunities, although the type of items on sale here are a little less mainstream than what you will find elsewhere, for example in Causeway Bay or in Kowloon, on the other side of the port.
Brand-name homewares, discount toys and cutting-edge computer gadgets are just a few of the reasons locals and visitors come from all over Hong Kong to shop in Wan Chai. Take a look at a full rundown of best places to shop in Wan Chai.
Furniture stores on Queen’s Road East
Hong Kong likes to group product types together and if you walk west from Wan Chai MTR station along Queen’s Road East you will find a whole host of furniture and homeware stores. It’s mostly upscale boutiques and high-end office furniture stores with products sourced from all over the world, so don’t expect to find any bargains.
But if you’re looking for something stylish to brighten up your home, Queen’s Road East is one of the best places from Hong Kong. Shop owners know how to deal with strangers and will offer to pack and send your items to your doorstep for a fee.
Location: Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Star Street District
Star Street and its surrounding lanes are the creative hub of Wan Chai. Here you will find fashion brands, such as Japanese label R45, furniture design company OVO Studio and British brand Monocle.
Shops aside, the whole neighborhood is fun to walk through, clearly benefiting from Wan Chai’s ongoing gentrification with green spaces and benches. This small area of shops, cafes and restaurants was once home to Hong Kong’s first power station. Today, you’ll find exclusive furniture and fashions, New World cuisine and chic cocktail bars.
Location: Star Street (turn uphill from Queen’s Road East), Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Tai Yuen Street Market
This crowded street market is filled with toy stores selling everything from Barbie dolls to Lego bricks and board games, often selling for less than in department stores.
There are also a few street vendors selling clothes and souvenirs. It is therefore an ideal place to stroll, even if you do not intend to buy anything. Tai Yuen Street Market spans one side of Wan Chai Wet Market from Queens Road East to Hennessey Road.
Location: Tai Yuen Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Open: Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Brim 28 is a small shopping and food center located on Harbor Road, which connects Wan Chai to Causeway Bay. Although it’s more of a place to eat than shop, there are a few interesting shops open here, including a Chinese arts and crafts store for budding artists, as well as a delicatessen serving imported products.
Location: 28 Harbor Road, Wan Chai
Phone: +852 2828 5666
Wan Chai Computer Center
The Wan Chai Computer Center is one of Hong Kong’s largest electronics malls. You can find every gadget and gizmo imaginable here, from laptops to micro SD cards to waterproof cameras and everything in between.
You can pick up some great bargains here and, given the large number of shops, it’s worth shopping around to find the best price. Even if the store owner doesn’t give up on the price, they’ll often give you free extras to entice you to give your money. But with narrow aisles and hundreds of other bargain hunters, it’s not the most relaxing shopping experience.
Location: 130 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Open: Every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Oriental 188 Shopping Center
The Oriental 188 shopping center is an electronics center offering computers, consoles, mobile phones and all kinds of accessories, most often at competitive prices. Although the range of products is not as complete as that of Wan Chai Computer Centre, this mall is famous for being a place where gamers can get games and for its wide range of manga and DVDs.
Location: 188 Wan Chai Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Open: Every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
With 4 floors of designer brands, dining options and a multi-screen cinema, Pacific Place Mall offers a full range of high-end products. Fendi, Hermès, Chanel, Cartier… practically all the major fashion brands in the world can be found there.
Located a little west of Wan Chai, with a direct connection to Admiralty metro station, this Sleek shopping mall is within walking distance of many of Hong Kong’s top hotels, including the Conrad and the Shangri-La Hong Kong.
Location: 88 Queensway, Hong Kong
Open: Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Phone: +852 2844 8988
Wan Chai Wet Market
Taking a trip to the Wan Chai wet market is not everyone’s idea of fun, but some people like to look at the fresh produce, experience the sensory overload unique to wet markets, and watch the locals go about their business. .
Every fresh ingredient imaginable is on sale, from hanging meats and fish to herbs and spices from China and beyond. Although a beef tenderloin might be a bit inconvenient to take back to your hotel, Wan Chai Market is a great place to pick up some fresh fruit for a midday snack.
Location: Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Open: Every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.