not as cheap as
it used to be a decade ago, Hong Kong remains one of the most exciting
shopping destination in the world. Local and imported goods, except
liquors and tobacco, are tax free. The best three buys are cosmetics,
clothes and electronics / computers. Service is somehow tough but
always efficient in the cheapest shops; it is remarkably anticipating
small shops are
still plentiful; though luxury shopping now concentrates in pharaonic,
freezing air-conditioned malls where you shop, dine and entertain in
cinemas, bookshops... and even skating rinks...
Are you adventurous or just curious? Grab you camera, some cash, and explore the remaining street markets. Jumping into the real local life, you will find whatever you need... or don't need at all, but buy anyhow. This the one and only place for unique souvenirs, cheap clothes and electronics. Bargaining at Temple Street Night Market, Stanley Market and Ladies Market is part of the funny game.
Duty Free and top-of-the-market goods - what's available and where-CAUSEWAY BAY-
Causeway Bay, a prosperous “City Without Night”, is well known for its shops and malls with the latest closing times in the whole Hong Kong.
Regarded as the a leading shopping area for high-end goods, classy clothes, top-brand cosmetics and precious gold ornaments, as well as dining, it displays a concentration of the most prestigious malls in Hong Kong: Windsor Plaza, Fashion Island, Island Beverly Center, Hang Lung Centre, World Trade Center, Jumbo Sogo, Mitsukoshi Shopping Mall, Causeway Bay Plaza and Lee Gardens.
Most shops in Causeway Bay open at 11:00-12:00 and close at 10:00-11:00 at night.
-TSIM SHA TSUI & HARBOUR CITY-
We like very much Tsim Sha Tsui: a flourishing first class shopping and recreational area. Toys Я Us has a branch in the region, and the Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard is a favourite for women, selling fashionable clothes at moderate prices. Ming Chueng Shop is in the basement: it has elegant brands like Episode, Jessica, and Crocodile.
Covering most of Canton Road in Kowloon, stretching from the Star Ferry Terminal in the south to China Hong Kong City in the north, Harbour City is the largest multipurpose shopping mall in Hong Kong. Famous for many designer boutiques, it has five parts: Ocean Terminal, Ocean Center, Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, the Gateway, and the Pacific Club Kowloon. Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, Versace, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent and Hugo Boss chose Harbour City to establish amazingly luxurious shops.
-CENTRAL HONG KONG-
Situated on Hong Kong Island, Central Hong Kong is the economic center of HK. This is the place for top notch European (French, Italian...) gourmet restaurants like L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Glamorous boutiques and palatial shopping malls can be found in this district. Like The Landmark Atrium Central, selling first class brands like Brioni, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Versace, D&G, but also youth brands like Versus, or O.Z.O.C.
The Galleria Square specializes in top Italian brands. Peddar Building, a historical landmark, houses name brands in a superb setting. The Pacific Place mainly sells high quality leather clothing, including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Levin and Tiffany.
Cameras and Electronic Goods
Hong Kong has a great reputation for photographic equipment shopping, and most can’t help but notice the sheer number of camera shops (and advertisements) packed into the city. The pros head to Stanley Street on Hong Kong Island and Sai Yeung Choi Street in Kowloon to replace a lens or upgrade a camera body. The big electronics chains cater to everyone from the not-so-fussy to the cyber savvy. We would particularly recommend Fortress or Broadway, which are serious resellers for the major brands, applying a good worldwide guarantee. Don't be misleaded nor cheated by some small shops where you might purchase an outdated camera for the price of the latest model. The Honk Kong Tourist and Development Bureau has its list of recomended shops. Those purchasing expensive professional equipment should calculate custom duty and further taxes back to their destination.
Much influenced by their masters from Savile Row, this former British colony tailors used to be unrivalled. In competition with Bangkok and Singapore, they still wear nowadays the crown of the “best tailors in the world”. You need to find who is a professional, and who is nothing but a greedy salesman targeting tourists. The later -which represents 80% of the shops- won't be approached by the insider: ask your Hong Kong friends a hot tip. Expatriates and natives, should they come from the middle-class or upper-class, don't like to purchase suits off the rack, and will give you their favourite address. Lots of tailors work upon recommendation. Of course you still can use the travellers and fashionista forums, or check Tripadvisor (with lots of forged reviews...). We have published a small selection of well established tailors, fitting any budget: from the top expensive Kiton till more reasonable small shops frequented by Hong Kong hi-society since decades.
A tailoring process starts with “feeling” the fabric: the cheapest the worst! Less durable, less comfortable, and less appealing. We always chose 120s: it has to be original, imported from Italy or UK. French fabric by Dormeuil is also a good choice. Of course such a choice won't fit the US$ 200 – 300 “suit and shirt promotions” proposed by many tailors, if they are professional and honest, they will suggest you they best material, and it will cost at least US$ 700 for a good suit. In some international high-end shops (Kiton, Canali, Zegna), the “Su Mesura” can start from US$ 8000 up (very much up!).
You should always ask for basted fitting of the actual suit; not some sort of template. It will take you more time to get your apparel ready, give more work to the tailor, but this is the one and only way to feel like a second skin on your body.g
The most popular are the Ladies Market, Temple Street Night Market and Stanley Market. Each market has its own charm and treasures just waiting to be found. Remember to bargain. Our favourite, surely the most picturesque, is Temple Street Night Market: don't go there for luxury (this is the place for cheap clothing and basic electronics), but for the best gastronomic experience in Hong Kong. You believed that the best Dim Sum and seafood were served at The Peninsula? Not al all; tycoons and famous actors all skip bling restaurants, preferring to sit on shaky plastic stools and enjoy fantastic soups, rock lobsters and abalones. We would also recommend Stanley Market: this is the perfect place to purchase precious silk and Chinese artwork. silk collectibles, and curios, as well as larger-sized clothing.
Jade Market, located at the intersection of Kansu and Battery streets in Kowloon, is crowded with stalls selling jade items, symbol of wealth in Hong Kong. Be aware that this lots of counterfeits are being sold; if you want to spend on a jade collector item, make sure that a Chinese friend can come along and assist you: they are all experts!
Hong Kong Shopping Reminders
credit cards are
widely accepted. Keep both the shop receipt and credit card receipt
after the transaction. Check immediately whether the contents in your
shopping bag are exactly what you have purchased.
Tourism information office
One of our best sources of information, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is a government-subvented body tasked to market and promote Hong Kong as a travel destination worldwide and to enhance visitors' experience once they arrive. It is a precious source of information for shopping, dining, arts, history, entertainment, nightlife, festivals and events.HONG KONG TOURISM BOARD
Address USA: 370 Lexington Ave., Suite 1812,
New York, NY 10017
PHONE: +1 212 421-3382 FACSIMILE: +1 212 421-8428 TOLL FREE: (800) 282-4582
Luxury Shopping in Hong Kong: our favourite prestigious shopping malls & world class tailor shops
THE BEST LUXURY SHOPPING MALLS IN HONG KONG:
LANDMARK: One of the oldest and most prominent top luxury shopping malls in Hong Kong Central, Landmark’s ground floor stores are highly reputed for their splendid and imaginative, always classy window displays. This serene world of high-end shopping includes Louis Vuitton’s Asia flagship store, Brioni, Berluti, Valentino, Tod's, Brooks Brothers, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Church's, Chanel, Burberry, Gicco, and Ideal Tailor. The selection of jewelry and watches is the best downtown: with the finest makers like Cartier, Bvlgari, IWC, Panerai, Jaeger LeCoultre, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleefs & Arpels, and Tiffany. The fine dining is prestigious with our favourite French restaurant in Hong Kong: L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. This is, with the airy Café Landmark, a haunt for local celebrities and opulent looking tycoons.
The mall connects to the other up-market shopping centres under Hongkong Land, including Landmark Alexandra, Landmark Chater, Exchange Square, Jardine House, and Landmark Prince’s. Together they offer 208 international brands and a range of fine dining options, such as 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, the first Italian restaurant outside Italy to be awarded with three Michelin stars; and Armani/Aqua, where food meets fashion and you have the rare pleasure of a calm alfresco meal and drink in the heart of Central Hong Kong.
LANDMARK: 15 Queen's Road Central, Central Hong Kong, PRC
PHONE: +852 2500 0555
IFC MALL: A prominent landmark and the eighth-tallest office building in the world, IFC – International Finance Center consists of two skyscrapers: the IFC Mall, and the 55-storey Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. Easy to reach by the Airport Express line (Central / Hong Kong MTR station stops just beneath the mall), this integrated commercial development on the waterfront of Hong Kong's Central District quickly became a leading business and leisure destinations.
Comprising a unique combination of prestigious offices, high-end shopping and entertainment outlets, and Hong Kong's finest hotel and suite hotel – Four Seasons Hotel and Four Seasons Place, the 4.47 million square feet complex offers a truly inspiring working, shopping and living experience. Don't mind the crowd -you are in China!- and book a whole morning or afternoon to wander through more than 200 stores featuring international premier brands, flagship stores and unique concept stores: Canali, Alfred Dunhill, Valentino, Kiton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermegildo Zegna, Rolex, Omega, Vacheron Constantin, Panerai, IWC, Lanvin Ladies, Leica, but also popular, cheaper stores like Zara.
The place to go for an extraordinary shopping, dining and entertainment experience, IFC Mall is not only a hot spot for sightseeing in Hong Kong (the view from the top deck of the mall at night is breathtaking) but also one of the iconic world-class shopping malls.
IFC MALL: 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, PRC
PHONE: +852 2295 3308
CAUSEWAY BAY: Not a shopping mall, but a microcosm of the entire Hong Kong shopping scene, with luxury malls, mid-range boutiques, affordable department stores, this is the most intense, somehow exhausting shopping experience in Hong Kong. Nowhere are more shops and more people squeezed together than the maze of streets in Causeway Bay: where every available square inch is seemingly devoted to worshipping at the altar of retail.
You will find there whatever you like to purchase, at any buget: with up-market fashion to be found in Lee Gardens One & Two, Hysan Place, Lee Theatre, Times Square and Fashion Walk, mid-price and luxury goods in SOGO Department Store: Hong Kong’s biggest department store and a local institution. This Japanese retailer is at the pricier end of the market. It has two wings: Old Wing and New Wing (B2/F to 10/F).
Hong Kong dances to the beat of international trade. In the neon blur, advertising deluge and unabashed consumerism of Causeway Bay you can feel the city’s pulse like nowhere else. We like very much the young and chic, always trendy and sexy day and night ambiance at Fashion Walk: a street of hip shops and boutiques dedicated to local fashion designers and trends.
Even though a relatively compact area, it would still take at least an entire day to work your way through its endless shopping malls, department stores, boutiques and market stalls.
Opening hours vary, depending on the shops. SOGO: open 10:00 to 22:00.
CAUSEWAY BAY: Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, PRC
THE BEST CUSTOM TAILORS IN HONG KONG:
George Clooney wore a Kiton suit in Oceans Thirteen, all the super-rich
from the Middle-East, Russia and Asia dream to fill their mansion,
yacht and private-jet closet with a few pieces of
custom-tailored limited edition “K-50” line, known as the world's most expensive
apparel. At up to US$ 50,000 a suit, with 20,000 items hand-made per
year, you won't be surprised to read that “K-50” name inspired itself
from the number of production hours from part of two dedicated tailors
to issue the uppermost luxury piece of clothing for men.
Sun-Sat 10:30 - 20:00.
KITON: 6 Shop 2062
Podium Level 2 IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central Hong Kong,
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA GLOBAL STORE: Since 1910 one of the biggest global producers of the finest men's clothing waved in the finest fabrics, this family run international company enjoy a high reputation and lots of prestige in Hong Kong. This is surely one of the few top luxury brands offering ready-to-wear amazing jackets at less that US$ 3,000, and fantastic suits at US$ 4,000 – 5,000. World famous for its jet-setters' jackets designed by Stefano Pilati, carefully cut in Tessuto Trofeo and Tropical, ideal for travelling in style within South East Asia.
The Hong Kong Zegna Global Store at Peking Road, Kowloon, gives its clients an easy and relatively affordable opportunity to enter the world of five star fashion brands “Made to Measure”, proudly delivering unique tailored suits made from the rarest fibers in the world. Like the innovative “ZegnaSilk” fabrics, created from the most precious silk fibers, adding lightweight elegance to summer suiting: the perfect choice for jackets and suits, it features the same unmistakable craftsmanship that has distinguished this brand for over a century.
Through a sartorial tradition that has been elevated to a fine art by Zegna craftsmen, the finishing touches are executed by hand with the utmost care. Linings and accessories are entirely natural, with cotton used for a remarkable breathability: allowing moisture vapor to be transmitted through the material. Horsehair are used for more strength. The staff in the boutique helps the client to choose the buttons, buttonholes and lapels best suited for his very personal character. As a final detail, an exclusive personalized label that bears the customer’s name is sewn on each sleeve unit.
The materials choice is impressive. The permanent “Premium Collection by Zegna” is offered in more than 300 exclusive renowned fabrics: ranging from “High Performance Micronsphere”, “Trofeo”, “Trofeo 600” and the elegant “Ceremonia” to suit special events. Symbol of prestige and very exclusive in facts, “Platinum Collection by Zegna” expresses an unconditional pursuit of sartorial excellence, featuring the very best fabrics from Ermenegildo Zegna’s wool mill: “12 Milmil 12”, “13 Milmil 13” and “14 Milmil 14”.
Like a legend sparked by an act of greatness that spans generations, or a melody that takes form upon encountering the perfect voice, the master tailor skillfully constructs perfection - from the initial consultation to the hand-stitched finishing touches - exclusively for you.
ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA GLOBAL STORE: Shop G07, G/F, 1 Peking Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, PRC
PHONE: +852 3417 3088
BRIONI: Whether their motive is to look expensive to others or just the inward confirmation that they can afford such a piece of clothing, those who like to show their social status will love to shop in Brioni’s boutique at Landmark Atrium Central. Hong Kong latest sartorial destination is one of the largest Brioni boutique in the region, after Bangkok and Singapore. The new concept store was designed in Milan’s fashion district at Via Gesù, and has been replicated across future Brioni boutiques around the world.
Developed by Creative Director Brendan Mullane in collaboration with Studio Park Associati of Milan, the new store concept teams the masculine character of a gentleman’s club with the elegance of a private “Dressing Room”. Conveying a traditional character with a contemporary twist, making use of premium materials, the interior is organized into separate selling areas spanning formal-wear and leisure-wear.
Custom-tailoring is supremely managed in an exclusive VIP room, with an area dedicated to the “Su Misura” service; a refined five star lounge dedicated to the art of bespoke tailoring, furnished with a large closet that opens out to demonstrate the fabrics and finishings used to personalize the garments. Brioni’s made-to-measure jackets and suits have nurtured a cult-following amongst the world's most dapper men: a roll call of which includes icons like Daniel Craig (007 is dressed to kill in a Brioni Vanquish II suit), Al Pacino, Cary Grant, lots of bankers and leading statesmen. Though the fantastic cutting process remains a secret, it has been reported that a Vanquish II suit counts not less than 7,000 stitches, being handled by the tailors team an average of 300 times! Which would justify the price paid by the “elite of the elite” for the most expensive suit in the world, made from rare fibers such as vicuna, pashmina and qiviuk (eight times warmer than wool and finer than cashmere, qiviut is hypoallergenic and will not shrink. ). Price tag is as high as $43,000! Brioni will produce only 150 pieces of this special-edition.
Located in the very top of the luxury hierarchy, Brioni targets the wealthiest 1% to 2% of consumers world-wide. We are not part of it... but still can afford Brioni's beautiful accessories: actually affordable, footwear and small leather goods are displayed in exclusive showcases made of travertine, bronzed glass and brass. A great, highly distinguished present for your friends... or why not, for yourself?
BRIONI: Landmark Atrium Central, 15 Queen's Road, Central Hong Kong, PRC
PHONE: +852 27791508
by the third generation of the family, Canali produces since 1934
amazingly elegant clothes in the most precious fabrics. Reputed for its
iconic, unstructured Kei jacket, the brand is extremely successful in
Hong Kong with a world record of
five shops in the same city: Pacific Place, Elements, Lane
Crawford, Canton Road, and Times Square!
ASCOT CHANG: A classy option since 1953, this well established company is acclaimed for its shirt-making, but its suits are equally up to par.
Internationally renowned for his exacting attention to workmanship, detail and fit, Ascot Chang believes that clothing should complement the wearer's individual figure, lifestyle and tastes, while maintaining a standard of excellence. Chang's founding principle -- "My customers select their own style. I give the style substance" -- continues today with Tony Chang, Ascot Chang's son, and Johnny Chang, Ascot Chang's brother. Supplying the same excellence in service and quality espoused by its founder, Ascot Chang maintains the impeccable heritage of traditional Shanghai tailoring, while providing a contemporary look.
Bringing their founder's vision to a global audience, the family opened the first U.S. store in New York in 1987 and in Beverly Hills in 1989. Quickly attracting a distinguished clientele of U.S. industry leaders, politicians and trendsetters, Ascot Chang has been named the "Best of the Best," by Robb Report, "One of the best known Hong Kong tailors" by The Wall Street Journal and "One of the World's Best Tailors" by Men.Style.com.
For the man who demands the same Ascot Chang craftsmanship and style from head to toe, the line has expanded to include an assortment of high quality, pure silk ties, lush cashmere sweaters in striking colors, elegant scarves, braces, socks, cufflinks and more. Shirts and suits are made in business, casual or formal styles, and all shirts, suits, robes, boxer shorts and handkerchiefs are available either ready or custom-made with the option of customized monogramming. Ascot Chang's 12 retail locations worldwide include stores in Shanghai, Manila and Beijing. The American flagship, now on Central Park South, provides a one-stop shop for the well-dressed man. There are four shops in Hong Kong, at IFC Mall, Landmark Central, Elements (Kowloon Station), and in the legendary Peninsula Hotel.
Ascot Chang's master tailors are visiting Europe and Japan on a regular basis to take care of their distinguish, faithful clientele.
This is definitely one of the top 5 best luxury custom tailors in Hong Kong. Set your budget accordingly.
Open 9:00 to 19:00.
ASCOT CHANG: Shop 131, Landmark Prince's, Central, Hong Kong, PRC
PHONE: +852-2523-3663 (HK) & +1 877 486-9966 (USA)
E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com (USA)
IDEAL TAILOR: Located in the ritzy Landmark shopping mall, this is since 1971 one of the top 10 best luxury custom tailors in Hong Kong. Ideal Tailor has an impressive stock of suiting materials from Dormeuil, Scabal, Zegna, Toni Tommi, Holland & Sherry, etc.
Ideal Tailor is achieving the highest possible standard of personal tailoring: quality is optimum, whatever money you are spending on suits, tuxedos, sports jacket, pants, top coats, overcoats and shirts. Once you have worn a Ideal Tailor high quality bespoke, featuring fine canvas interfacing to provide a natural feel and easy fit, hand-sewn and finished sleeves and collar, double arm shield protectors, hand-made workable button and hand-embroidered name inside suit jacket, you will never return to the off-the rack clothes. Exclusively for people with taste, Ideal Tailor considers the design of clothing as an art and does not take details lightly. You realize that you became so noticeable! A well designed and hand-cut apparel immediately accentuates and flatters your figure. This is why lots of clients order their wardrobe from Ideal Tailor, having it designed according to their profession, business, casual and social needs.
Ideal Tailor is reputed for keeping its promises, both in term of quality and delivery: it might take a maximum of two weeks to get your suit 100% ready. It can also be delivered to your country if you were only on a transit in Hong Kong. Once Ideal Tailor gets your measurements in his files, he can duplicate anything suits, pants, jackets, shirts...), anytime by e-mail order, and send your caddy by post or DHL in less that three weeks. There is no extra cost for this (only packaging and delivery, which is not expensive from Hong Kong).
Boosting elegance all around Hong Kong, where so many wealthy foreigners have established their second home, and where tourism brings the opportunity to get dressed luxuriously for a portion of the Paris, Rome or London price, we liked the fact that the so-fancy Ideal Tailor remains actually good value for the money, with such a courteous staff and tailors team readily available to take care and coach the client.
Open Mon-Sat 9am-7pm - Sun 10am-6pm.
IDEAL TAILOR: Shop 343, 3/F, Landmark Prince's, One Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PRC
PHONE: 252 2 4861
Macau is a place where you can purchase almost anything, and have a wonderful time doing it. Luxury items are cheaper here than in other cities in the region. Jewelry (particularly 24-carat gold), cameras, porcelain, electronic items, mobile phones, watches, cashmere sweaters and silk clothing are available at very reasonable prices.
is also a great treasure trove
for Chinese antiques and collectibles. You can find here ancient coins,
19th century stocks and shares, stamps and other printed material (Rua
das Estalagens and Rua da Tercena); boxes of tea (Rua Cinco de Outubro)
and coffee from around the world (Estrada do Cemiterio and Avenida do
Mesquita); traditional shops where tea is displayed in wooden drawers
glass goblets; and countless old Chinese Pharmacies packed with
medicines (Rua de S.Paulo and Rua de Pedro Nolasco da Silva). These are
just a few examples to illustrate how adventurous and fascinating
in Macau can be. Now it's up to you to explore.
and top-of-the-market goods - what's available and where
free shop and top-of-the
market goods, what's available and where up-market boutiques selling
recognized labels are found at Macau Fisherman's Wharf, New Yaohan
store, Landmark, Hotel Grand Lapa. Retail Shopping with luxury brands
located at the Wynn Esplanade's, The Grand Canal Shops, The Shops at
Seasons, The Boulevard at City of Dreams and One Central Macau. There
duty free shops at the Ferry Terminal, Macau International Airport and
on the mainland side of the Barrier Gate.
- discount stores
Macau has more than a few hundred functioning textile and garment factories, most of which produce clothing for markets in European Union, USA, North America and Asia Pacific. Overruns and seconds are to be found in shops and market stalls, at prices a fraction of what they are in the world's leading boutiques. The range of clothing is enormous, however the most widely available are jeans, children's wear and sports clothes.
can also find dressy jackets
with Mandarin collars and frog fastenings traditional Chinese style in
a wide variety of interesting and attractive fabrics at the markets
São Domingos near Senado Square, and in the Three Lamps district
(Rotunda de Carlos da Maia) near the Red Market.
and Antiques - authentic or reproductions
are many excellent shops
selling authentic antiques and fine reproductions all over Macau, and
Coloane village, but the most convenient area is bounded by Rua de São
Paulo, Rua das Estalagens, and Rua Stº António, all in the
neighborhood of St Paul's at the foot of Monte Fort.
most popular flea market in
Macau is near St Paul's but a little off the beaten tourist track.
Rua de São Paulo to Rua das Estalagens and turn down the hill to
the next narrow street. Go past the shops selling antiques, the tailor
shops, and other small shops until the road reaches a fork.
Neighborhoods to Shop: around historic Senado Square and the Red Market
Clothing is the biggest item here, and you'll find vendors specializing in locally manufactured baby clothes, underwear, shoes, and accessories, as well as jeans, sweaters, T-shirts and sportswear in all sizes and styles.
Nearby, the Sun Star City, on Rua de Pedro Nolasco, and Sportstar, a two-storey arcade of specialty shops on Rua da Palha, offer a wide variety of clothing, watches, and stylish accessories like sunglasses, handbags, shoes and novelty items.
On the other side of Avenida Almeida Ribeiro is a shopping area for the more adventurous. Follow Rua do Dr. Soares uphill behind the Civic & Municipal Affairs Bureau building until you reach Rua da Felicidade. Turn right and continue down past the restored 19th century shophouses in Felicidade, once a thriving red-light district. This is a fascinating place to browse among shops selling jewelry, curios, dried beef and even live snakes.
The Red Market is located on the corner of Avenida Almirante Lacerda and Avenida Horta e Costa.This is a bustling market where vendors sell food of every conceivable kind.
Horta e Costa is a long
street full of shops that begins at the Red Market and extends as far
the Flora Gardens beneath Guia Hill. The avenue has several up-market
specializing in, among other things, clothing and shoes, electronic
and cameras. But the best bargains are found in the streets surrounding
the street. The historic "Three Lamps" (Rotunda Carlos da Maia) and
streets are full of tiny shops selling many kinds of goods at bargain
Wines - excellence at reasonable prices
delights of Portuguese wine
could fill a book, but for a brief introduction, visit the Wine Museum
in the Tourism Activities Center before setting out to buy them. All
and even the smaller grocery stores in Macau display many different
of Portuguese wine at prices ranging from about MOP$30 for an ordinary
table wine to several hundred for a fine aged Port.
Macau has many resident artists and their work can often be seen in local galleries. Temporary exhibitions open to the public are held at the Civic & Municipal Affairs Bureau, Casa Garden, the ground floor of the Ritz Building, on Senado Square, and the Tourism Activities Centre.
shown at these exhibitions
are usually for sale. Traditional Chinese paintings can be found at
arts and crafts stores, and the one on Avenida Almeida Ribeiro near the
Senado Square has a wide selection to choose from. For older works of
browse through the selections on sale in several shops on Rua de Stº
There are many grades of gold available in Macau which is imported duty-free and so can be an exceptional bargain. Silver, pearls, precious and and semi-precious stones are also duty-free and available in abundance. In fact, the selection is limited only by the amount you want to pay.
are many reputable jewelry
shops near major hotels, on Avenida Almeida Ribeiro and on Avenida
e Costa. It is always a good idea to shop around and compare prices
making a high-priced purchase. Ask for a warranty card for jewelry and
gold items and be sure to keep your receipts.
There are very few neighborhoods in Macau where you won't find numerous shops selling dried meat and seafood, herbs and other traditional Chinese foodstuffs and medicines.
Dried sharks fin, mushrooms, shrimp, abalone and scallops can be found in the most popular shopping areas, like Avenida Almeida Ribeiro and Avenida Horta e Costa. The streets around Rua da Felicidade have more than their share of shops selling dried meat, with the best ones being to find; just follow the delicious aroma.
Island is famous for its
traditional cookies, and in the old village there are shops that have
baking and selling the same fragrant sweet morsels for generations. In
Macau you may find pastry shops at the Av. Infante D. Henrique, Av. D.
João IV , Travessa de S. Domingos, and along Rua de S. Paulo, near
St. Paul's. Many other delectable confections found in local shops make
good presents with the "taste of Macau" for visitors to take home with
them. A famous Portuguese specialty in Macau is "Pastéis de Nata",
little egg tarts, which are sold at good cafes and bakeries in the city
and Coloane. They are best when eaten warm from the oven.
The Taipa Flea Market takes place every Sunday in a picturesque area of Taipa Island, between Bombeiros Square and Camões Square in the heart of the old village.
are many booths selling
traditional crafts and souvenirs, food and beverages, brand name items
and trifles, clothes, toys and other products. From 11 am to 8 pm.,
the fair, there are cultural and recreational events at Maia de
Square. There are convenient car parks and public transportation in the
for Only-in-Macau Items
If you are looking for souvenirs that could only come from Macau, the museum shops are a good place to look. The Grand Prix Museum has some wonderful books, videotapes and other items connected to Macau's most important sporting event, and the world's foremost Formula 3 competition.
Other Museum shops, like the one at the Macau Museum, have a variety of souvenirs, many of them beautifully crafted and unique to Macau. The Maritime Museum offers fascinating books and imaginative gifts like model kits for the unique "lorchas" that plied the waters around Macau in earlier times and other beautifully designed souvenirs with a nautical touch.
Club is housed in an
authentic old pawnshop (an valuable historic & cultural
San Ma Lo in the centre of Macau. It consists of five areas, the first
and second areas are the "Pastry Gallery" and "Arts Plaza" with the
postcards, fine arts, clothes and accessories. The third area namely
Yong Library" where the famous Jin Yong specialized novels are housed.
Inside the library, the fourth area namely "Water-Teahouse" provides a
comfortable resting place for visitors and tourists to take a rest. The
fifth area is the "Cultural Exhibition Hall". Painting, fine arts,
folk arts exhibitions are held regularly.
Books, Other Magazines
For some really interesting and good quality books and prints by authentic Macau artists, do not miss the little shop just inside the Civic & Municipal Affairs Bureau.
magazines published locally
with editions in Chinese, Portuguese and English of good quality both
their photos and text can be found at local stores.
and Electronic Goods
reputable shops and all department
stores offer the latest in electronic equipment and cameras. There are
camera shops that are especially popular among visitors located on
Almeida Ribeiro near the Senado Square and on Avenida Horta e Costa
the "Three Lamps". Prices are comparatively low for the wide selection
of high quality items in these shops. Larger shops are recommended for
reliability after-sale service and it is advisable to ask for a
card along with your receipt. Beware of brand names you do not
on items in the smaller shops; they may be impossible to repair if
occur later on.
- traditional arts at bargain prices
There are several shops that carry handcrafted goods from China and other parts of Asia in Macau and perhaps the best of these is located on Avenida Almeida Ribeiro near the Senado Square.
tiny shop selling hand crafted
traditional tea utensils, clothing, and musical instruments can be
on Rua de Hong Chau in Taipa Island - it is worth a visit if only for
picturesque architecture and stone-lined rustic fountain. To discover
about the traditional Chinese tea culture, Macau Tea Culture House next
to Lou Lim Ieoc is recommended.
and Fine Ceramics
are many wholesalers and
retail outlets carrying a huge variety of tableware, vases, and novelty
items at very low prices. Some factories will even custom make a vase
set of tableware with your family crest or in a pattern copied from
draperies. For more unusual pieces at good prices, try the many shops
Rua de São Paulo. Many interesting antique and one-of-a-kind pieces
can also be found in shops on Avenida Almeida Ribeiro, right in the
of the commercial district.
Shop with Confidence
Shop with confidence in Macau in shops with the "Certified Logo". These are participating shops at the Consumer Arbitration Centre established by the Macau Consumer Council, and they are certified shops as they do have no recorded consumer complaints. The Consumer Arbitration Centre will act as a middleman, to solve any complaints, of less than MOP$ 50,000.00, reported against these "Certified Logo" shops. For details or assistance, please contact the Macau Consumer Council:
(853) 8988 9315
Tourism information office
Macau is doted with a very efficient tourist office, publishing an abundant literature and maps. It also efficiently assists tours, sightseeing, restaurants and hotel reservations: