Shopping For Baby, Hong Kong Style
Shopping for baby can be a pricey affair in Hong Kong unless you know where to look. Discover our affordable shopping finds for your little one and start saving those pennies.
Skies may no longer be grey, but many markets still are. Welcome to Hong Kong, home to one of the largest open market communities in Asia. From gadgetry to food and beverage to the sartorial, nothing is sacred in this shopper’s paradise. Open markets operate in the grey area of legality. Not quite endorsed by brands, these parallel markets import manufactured goods and sell them for less than the official retail price.
In a city where housing and tuition can leave a sad jingle in the piggy bank, it’s good to know where these wide open markets of comparatively affordable shopping can be found. Whether it’s the relocation that has exhausted your accounts, the hospital stay from a newborn, having to tighten the purse strings for the inevitable deluge of private tuition – music lessons, art classes, languages – or saving up for international school; we know that pennies have to be pinched somewhere, which is why we’ve scoured the city to find some of the best markets that stock international children’s brands at a fraction of the price. For parents setting up your baby's nursery for the first time, don't leave home without our handy shopping list of essential newborn baby items you will need when baby arrives.
Less than Zero
Whether you’re new to parenting or need a refresher course on rearing how-to, Baby Outlet carries an exhaustive array of goods for newborns, toddlers, infants, and anything in between. This little enterprise has expanded into two branches since its inception in 2002 to help stock nurseries and pantries on the Island and in Kowloon. Complimentary parenting pamphlets displayed outside the shop are coupled with friendly staff who have seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of child caring to create a welcoming shopping and learning environment for would-be and existing parents. The Chinese-speaking staff are not shy about conversing in English, so ask away about any of the products on Baby Outlet’s amply stocked shelves. Baby Outlet exclusively carries Earth Mama Angel Baby, Slinglings, and Yogi Nursing Tea, among other brands. Be on the lookout for foodstuffs, like cereals suitable for toddler consumption, biscuits for teethers, and organic baby food. Aside from ingestibles, the store carries inflatable bath tubs, Babyganics organic products, clothing, bed rails, pillows, quilts, Philips Avent pacifiers, Nuk glass bottles, as well as other international imports from Eurasia and the United States.
Room B, 22/F, Gold Swan Commercial Building, 438 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay; T: 2894 4110
Room 1103, 11/F, 38 Plaza, 38 Shan Tung Street, Mongkok; 2950 4110
11:30am – 7pm (Mon-Sat), 1pm – 7pm (Sun); www.mamabebe.com.hk
Ah Chi Co Baby Necessities
Ah Chi Co Baby Necessities has been a tiny neighbourhood staple for those with a bun in the oven since setting up shop in 1954. Located around the corner from Hospital Road, the discreet baby centre has built a reputation for its hospital packs – pre-packaged hospital stay necessities for when the baby comes. Packages and prices vary depending on which hospital you give birth at, but they generally carry diapers, cotton wool, baby wipes, and various items for mum. A la carte items are also available, including onesies and other clothes from Helicopter, Roybee, Happy Bear, and Dear Talk, Green Shield Organic detergent, Philips Avent baby products, prams, carriers, blenders, sterilisers, as well as various more baby necessities. Items are generally 10%-20% cheaper than market price. Both Chinese- and English-speaking staff are often on hand with product and hospital information.
G/F, 38 Eastern Street, Sai Ying Pun; T: 2559 6730
10:30am-7pm (Mon-Sat), 1pm-6pm (Sun); www.ahchico.com
Located among the garment warehouses of Lai Chi Kok is Joybe, a specialist in baby and child product imports. Toys for tots fill up one corner, food and formula line the shelves to one side, clothing and accessories stretch the back wall, while baby essentials take up the rest of the room. This amply-spaced shop is full of a wide assortment of international offerings, including Palmer’s, Dolphin Organics, Born Free, and coveted baby formula from Friso, Hipp, and Bellamy’s Organic, among others.
Flat C5, 2/F, Block C, Hong Kong Industrial Centre, 489-491 Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok;T: 2361 1182
10am-7pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-1pm (Sat, by appointment); www.joybe.com.hk
Want to swaddle your little bub with an Aden + Anais blanket, a new cult favourite since Prince George made his first public debut in it last month? Then OurBaby is the place for you. It’s chock-a-block with a vast range of well-known baby brands like Peg-Perago, Maxi-Cosi, Silvercross etc, OurBaby also stocks many hard to find European brands such as Mima, Leander and Quinny. It offers one-stop shopping for busy parents in not one, but three locations (Lai Chi Kok, Shatin and North Point) as well as the 24-hour convenience of an online store.
Room 1, 7/F, Block A2, Cheung Kong Factory Building, 5 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok; T: 3590 8959
11am-7pm (Mon-Sat), Sunday and Public Holidays by appointmentonly
Room 1002, 10/F North Point Asia-Pac Centre, 10 North Point Road, North Point; T: 3695 0829
11am-7pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm-6pm (Sat & Sun)
Unit 603, 6/F New Commerce Centre, 19 On Sum Street, Shatin; T: 2117 3910
11am-7pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm-6pm (Sat & Sun)
If a shopaholic in the making is not in the genes, then head to Babybug where parents can browse walls lined with western, Japanese and Korean apparel while children can play in the kiddie corner. Thomas the Tank Engine, mind puzzles and colouring staples keep the young ones entertained as you pick out stylish weekend outfits from top brands, including Baby Gap, Orchestra, Moujonjon, and Glam, just to name a few. Summer sales are on to the end of August, with certain dresses, shirts, and bottoms on offer at $100 for two pieces.
Shop 3, G/F, Pilkem Commercial Building, 8 Pilkem Street, Jordan; T: 2312 1912 / 2737 2525
T.S. Export Garment Centre
T.S. Export Garment Centre has been a staple for wholesale international clothing since opening its first shop in 1997. Business has certainly been blooming for this import outlet as it now boasts three stores scattered throughout Kowloon. With stylish threads from Jon Deere, Roxy, Sweet Baby, and Koala Kids, among others, sartorial bargain hunters know to stop here first for swimsuits, wetsuits, underwear, and cargo pants. Make a note to check out the HKD15 bin located near the cashier. And parents, there’s lots of goodies for you too, ranging from BCBG and Maggie London dresses for her and Daniel Hechter tops for him
G/F, 4-6 Tak Hing Street, Jordan; T: 2366 8909
G/F, 200 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok; T: 2396 4710
G/F, 177 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok; T: 2380 0090
Donna Moda Kids
From humble jeweller beginnings in 1981, to its current status as luxury wholesale Mecca, Donna Moda has long been renowned among savvy shoppers for importing current European fashions at a fraction of the price of its retail boutiques. Since branching into infant attire with Donna Moda Kids, the premium outlet has been dressing the well-heeled in kiddie Dior, Burberry, Gucci, and Simona Barbieri, among other European brands. Mini purses, belts, shoes, and even bowties pair well with the outlet’s ample assortment of sweater sets, skirts, pants, and trenches for gentlefolk in the making. Be warned, even at wholesale, prices can range from HKD1,000 for a shirt to more than HKD5,000 for a dress.
Room 1004A, 10/F, Hang Lung Centre, 2-20 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay; T: 3527 3689
10am-7pm (Mon - Sat); www.donnamoda.com.hk
If you’re looking for real bargains, then shopping in the markets and in the lanes are the way to go as many Hong Kong Mums will attest. While not all items may be the real McCoy, many are genuine overruns and samples of well known brands like BabyGap, Zara, OshKosh B’Gosh, Carter's to name a few. From cute onesies to chic partywear, the range of baby clothes cannot be beat in our favourite markets and lanes below.
Stanley Market, Stanley For hard-to-beat prices, Stanley Market is a veritable retail paradise for super-cute baby clothes and accessories. Check out the three no-name shops that are after the corner flower and fruit stalls on Stanley New Street for heavily discounted kids clothes like Juicy Couture and Zara. Just past these stores is a meandering alleyway called Stanley Apple Mall where we’ve found some fab stuff like stylish Kenzo Kids dresses, fun BabyGap tees for tweens and cool BabyPhat jeans. Make your way to main area of Stanley Market and wander round the many stalls where you’ll find loads of bargains. 10.30am - 6.30pm (daily); www.hk-stanley-market.com
Li Yuen Streets (East & West) Known as the “lanes of Central”, Li Yuen Street East and Li Yuen Street West attract savvy shoppers in search of thrifty finds. There are a couple of lane stores that sell a plethora of baby clothes like Old Navy and Carter’s, shoes and accessories. Another favourite is Kids and Kids located on the 19th floor of Li Dong Building at 9 Li Yuen Street East that stocks cheap babyGap PJs, costumes galore, clothes and shoes. 10.30am - 6.30pm (daily)
Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok A magnet for bargain fashion hunters, Fa Yuen Street Market is known for the its assortment of affordable men’s, ladies and children’s wear. It can be a bit of a retail roulette so you’ll need some stamina and determination to rummage through the racks and bins. Bring cash as cards aren’t accepted and bargain hard. 10.30am - 6.30pm (daily)