What To Buy In Hong Kong Airport - Updated 2021

what to buy in hong kong airport
Antonia
Antonia
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Hong Kong International Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports whichever way you look at it. Recent figures have declared it the world’s most-used hub for freight transport, and it is among the top 10 for passenger traffic, too. People are visiting Hong Kong for business and pleasure in huge numbers, and that foot traffic has made the airport and its surrounding areas a strong commercial centre too, with numerous shops, restaurants, and entertainment facilities. If you find yourself with some time to kill on a travel itinerary, then you may want to frequent some of these shops and see if you can find a bargain. Below, we’ll give you a rundown of what to buy in and around Hong Kong Airport, and how to get the best deals.

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1. Leather products (from USD 6.0)

HK TST Nathan Road Park Lane SB shop 12-2009 C05 Babila
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While you are in Hong Kong airport, the chance to do a little bit of shopping will be hard to resist, with plenty of high-quality stores selling items that range from the essential to the luxury. Leaning towards the latter, the Babila store in the airport sells a wide range of leather goods including bags and shoes. Whether you need some extra luggage to contain your other purchases, or just want to find durable, colourful, practical shoes, you’ll be more than catered for in HKIA. You’ll find it in the Departures area of Terminal 2.

Babila

Opening Hours: 09:00–21:00

Address: Level 5, Terminal 2 Departures, Hong Kong Airport

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2. Cigarettes (from USD 15.0)

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Outside in the everyday shopping streets of Hong Kong, a packet of cigarettes will not come especially cheap, depending on where you are coming from in the world. A pack of 20 will usually set you back in the region of 8 USD, which is certainly less than one would pay in the US or the UK, but a little more than you would pay in a shop on mainland China. However, the Duty Free prices for cigarettes are markedly lower than you will pay in most shops. This is because a large percentage of the price for cigarettes in Hong Kong comes from the tax that has been levied by the government to discourage smokers. For a carton of 200 cigarettes at Hong Kong Airport’s Duty Free stores, you’ll likely find the price to be in the region of HK$120 for bigger-name brands, although it varies a great deal depending on the precise brand you’re buying. This represents in the region of an 80% saving against the street price, so if you’re looking to stock up, the Duty Free stores are where you should be heading.

Hong Kong Airport Duty Free

Address: Hong Kong Airport

Price: 200 cigarettes for ~15 USD

Website: Duty Free Stores

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3. Travel-size toiletries (from USD 17.0)

Muji Store HK
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When you’re packing for a long trip, it’s easy to forget something. Even when you remember it, you’ll often find that it’s packed away in your luggage and if you need to get hold of it in a hurry it’s tough to go digging through your suitcases and luggage to find it. However, if you’re waiting for a flight in a busy airport (or crammed in on a long-haul flight), you may find yourself wanting to freshen up. This is why travellers benefit from the availability of travel-size containers of toiletries. The best place to find them in Hong Kong airport is Muji To Go, a store designed with travellers’ smaller-sized needs in mind. They carry a range of body washes, deodorants and other freshen-up items at affordable prices.

Muji To Go

Opening Hours: 07:30–23:30

Address: End of Check-In Aisle F, Departures Level 7, Hong Kong Airport

Website: Muji To Go

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4. Sunglasses (from USD 54.0)

Sunglasses
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Anyone who has travelled long-haul knows the toll it takes on you in mind and body. You often won’t have slept much the night before, and making every connection is stressful and sapping. Add to that the fact that you’ll spend a lot of time in windowless areas without much natural light, and the harsh strip lights can be painful to look at and do extremely harsh things to your outward appearance. You may well find yourself in need of a pair of sunglasses to hide what the experience does to your eyes and to shield them from the worst of the light. As a bonus, they’ll also come in handy for any sun-worshipping you may do while on holiday, so if you find yourself needing a pair, you’ll find a Sunglass Hut within Hong Kong Airport. There you can choose from a range of top brands to get the perfect pair for you.

Sunglass Hut Hong Kong Airport

Opening Hours: 07:30–22:30

Address: Terminal 1, Departures Level 6, Hong Kong Airport

Website: Sunglass Hut

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5. Cantonese bakery items (from USD 35.0)

Kee Wah Bakery Wellington Street (Inside)
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There’s no better time to try something a little different than when you’re in an airport with time on your hands. You’re bound to get peckish at some point, and when you do, you could choose to try one of the many chain restaurants that you’ll find in every country on earth, or you might want to try something local and different. If you’re in Hong Kong International Airport, then one of the better choices would be to sample the Cantonese baked goods at Kee Wah Bakery. Sweet and savoury treats with a definite Chinese twist are well worth sampling here, and they also do gift boxes, so you can surprise a loved one when you’re back on terra firma.

Kee Wah Bakery

Opening Hours: 07:00–23:00

Address: Terminal 1, Departures Level 7, Hong Kong Airport

Website: Kee Wah Bakery

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6. Miniatures of Hong Kong cultural icons (from USD 9.03)

Hong Kong skyline night lights
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If a friend goes to, say, Ireland, there’s a better than decent chance of them returning with something either shaped like a shamrock, or with a leprechaun depicted on it. If they go to Disneyland, you’ll expect them to come back with merchandise relating to one of Disney’s many movies. Similarly, if you go to Hong Kong, it’s natural to want to pick up some souvenirs to remember the trip by, and to give to friends and family. The Discover Hong Kong store at HKIA is the ideal place to find such souvenirs, with a range of products inspired by, and designed to look like, the cultural symbols everyone recognises about Hong Kong. Miniature “Junk” sailboats, depictions of Hong Kong’s famous skyline, and model taxis based on the territory’s famous, colourful two-tone cabs are just some of the items you will find here.

Discover Hong Kong

Opening Hours: 07:00–23:00

Address: Near Gate 201-230, Departures Level 6, Midfield Concourse

Website: Cat Street Market

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Finding bargains in Hong Kong Airport is well worth your time

We all have time to kill occasionally while in an airport, and many of us will choose to spend that time shopping. While you’re at, or on your way to, Hong Kong airport, you can find some bargains that will allow you to save real money and experience a taste of Hong Kong for the first — or last — time on your trip. The above are just some of the many options you can take.

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Antonia Kelly is a freelance writer based in Leicester, UK and she enjoys European travel as well as road trips closer to home. Her favourite domestic destinations include Snowdonia and the Brecon...Read more

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