Shop Like a Local in Hong Kong at Dragon Centre

Shop Like a Local in Hong Kong at Dragon Centre & SOLO Radio City

It’s no news that Hong Kong is a haven for shopaholics. With the number of malls spread out all over the city — each holding a wide array of brands and products from all over the world — you would absolutely find everything that you might ever need there! For sure there are those places like Times Square, Sogo, and IPC… but your shopping choices don’t end there. Most especially when you’re looking for bargain and specialty finds, there are two places that you need to check out when in Hong Kong, namely: Dragon Centre and Solo City!

When I travel, a lot of you would know that I’m not really into shopping. If I ever actually go shopping, I do that mostly with an aim of finding unique things that I can take home as gifts or souvenirs (…if not ‘shop’ for food!).

Thankfully, with the help of Dragon Centre Limited, they’ve revealed to me the two places above that fit my needs!

First up…

Dragon Centre

Located in the Sham Shui Po area of Kowloon, Dragon Centre can be easily accessed via the MTR (Mass Transit Railway). With over 9 floors, there are a lot of things that you can find here!

First and foremost, a huge sweeping golden dragon at the entrance will greet you, followed by an open area at the center where natural light shines through. From the first few floors and up, there are tons of cafes, restaurants, and merchandise stores to choose from.

Sham Sui Po HK Shopping

This is followed by the ‘Apple Mall‘ that spans from the 5th floor to the 7th floor.

In here, you will find various small shops that offer affordable things like clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, toys, crafts, and collectors items among many others. If you’re looking to gift people back home, you’ll surely see some special items here that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

And if you ever start to feel tired from walking all over Dragon Centre, there are also small massage and nail spas to pass time away.

Sincere Department Store Apple Mall

Otherwise, if you’ve got kids with you or if you’re just looking for some good ol’ fun, head to the 8th and 9th floor. The 8th floor has a Sky Rink where you can try your skills at ice skating and even avail some lessons if you or your kid still haven’t learned how to. And when you start to get hungry, there’s a food court nearby that sells all kinds of cuisines imaginable.

As for the 9th floor, you’ll find the arcade center called as Sky Fantasia. This place actually used to give mall guests a ride through their indoor roller coaster, the Sky Train, but it has since been closed in 2000s for safety reasons.

Sky Fantasia Food Court

All in all, Dragon Centre reminded me a lot of the Divisoria area that we have in the Philippines — but with a more cosmopolitan vibe to it!

Complete address: Dragon Centre, 37K Yen Chow St, Hong Kong (get off at Sham Sui Po MRT station)

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SOLO Radio City

With a prime location at Causeway Bay, SOLO Radio City houses a lot of specialty stores that cater predominantly to beauty and health. The charm of this place also lies in its mini stalls because it can be quite a breeze to whiz through the floors in order to see the service or shop that you like best — and besides, it also perfectly embodies the ‘mini’ culture that Hong Kong has when it comes to space!

…Mind you, these places are quite a steal as well if you’re a business owner who wants to set up shop in the center of bustling Causeway Bay. Why so? Well, the prices here are considerably lower and they even offer more flexible lease terms (contract period can be as short as 3 months).

SOLO Radio City

I had the chance to meet the owners of two specialty shops while I was in SOLO, one of which was Echoes on Earth that was located in room 519. This place was basically a store that sells fair trade products from all over the world. In fact, I saw chocolates here made by an artisan in Belgium, and arabica coffee made by farmers in the Philippines!

Echoes on Earth

The other shop was that of Constance who is from France. Apparently, after meeting a lot of designers in various fairs, she thought of selling those special items online and it is here in SOLO that she gets to ‘show’ those products to interested online customers. (Apart from doing that, she also offers graphic design services to her clients.)

Solo City

For the other establishments that you can find here, some of them offer nail design, tattoos, home beauty products, party designs, clothes, etc. Rest assured, you can easily survey your choices because there is a directory of all the shops on every floor.

Complete address: 號, 505 Hennessy Rd, East Point, Hong Kong (get off at Causeway Bay MRT station)

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Overall

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There’s definitely more to Hong Kong than the big branded shops, so take your time in exploring areas like Dragon Centre and SOLO Radio City since there’s always something for everyone there.

As for all the other days that you need to fill in with some activities or so, come and get some ideas from my 5-day itinerary in Hong Kong:

DIY Trip Itinerary: 5 Days in Hong Kong (with Day Trip to Macau)

DISCLAIMER: Dragon Centre Limited sponsored my accommodation and flight tickets to Hong Kong. Still and as always, all views that are expressed here represent only those made by myself and NOT of any other entity in their favor.

How about you?

  • What do you think of these two shopping malls?
  • Would you want to check them out?
  • Why or why not?

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13 comments

  1. AMAZING INFO on what to do in Hong Kong! Thank you so much

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  2. I have to check out that Constance shop! It looks so adorable!

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    1. She truly had a lot of interesting stuff!

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  3. While travelling to Asia has never been all that high on my bucket list, I do think that I would LOVE to shop in Asia! Oh and the food. I could definitely have a good time with all that delicious food!

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    1. Definitely! I've tasted different cuisines but nothing can beat Asian cuisine so far ;)

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  4. Hong Kong is definitely one of the places I must visit someday. These pictures look wonderful. I can only imagine the fun you can get into there. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. It may be a small place but it can surely offer a lot to tourists! :D

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  5. Shopping is a must for any city I travel to. I haven't been to Hong Kong, yet. It's unfortunate that the indoor roller coaster is closed down. My kiddos would've been excited over that.

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    1. Indeed, and it's quite a spectacle! But then again, there's always Hong Kong Disneyland nearby ;)

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  6. It would be so much fun to shop in Hong Kong! My kids wouldn't want to leave the ice rink. How cool is that?! I would love the Fair Trade shop. Definitely looks a lot different from the malls here in America.

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    1. Oh definitely they would! :D I also love Solo because there were a lot of unique finds there!

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  7. This looks like an incredible mall. I know that the city of Hong Kong is amazing but it's another thing to see it for yourself. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos!

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    1. That's for sure! Glad to have piqued your interest :D

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