Hong Kong Versus Singapore – Shopping and Eating.

by Roger on June 4, 2006

by Roger | June 4th, 2006  

Number three in a continuing series.


Hong Kong has a reputation as a shopper’s paradise. I’m not so sure that is still true. The Designer outlets in Hong Kong are as expensive as they are anywhere else I’ve been. The electronics and camera stores offer no real bargains and, especially in Tsim Sha Tsui, are likely to try and rip you off. I buy my electronics at “Fortress” or “Broadway,” two local chains. I buy my camera equipment in the U.S. or on-line.
If you are a small person and can recognize quality, you will find clothing and shoe bargains in Causeway Bay and the side streets in Central District. You should be prepared to bargain, also.

Pam, my wife, prefers shopping in Singapore for clothing and shoes because she believes they offer her more choices, especially in the department stores. At my size, I do all my clothes shopping in the U.S.

Food and Drink

I don’t think either location has it over the other. Hong Kong has become a gourmet’s paradise and not just for Chinese food. Singapore has similar variety and quality. Both have areas where one can choose from many fine restaurants. In Singapore it’s Orchard Road, Clarke Quay, Robinson Quay and even Boat Quay has some fine eateries. In Hong Kong it’s SoHo, Lan Kwai Fong, Kingsford Terrace and Causeway Bay. The five star hotels in both cities have some of the best restaurants in Asia.

Boat Quay at Night

Drinking can be expensive in both places, unless you know and can work the “Happy Hour” circuit. If you enjoy wine with your meal, you are going to pay through the nose. Both cities tax wine unmercifully. I think the nightlife in Hong Kong is a little more intense but Singapore is catching up. I’m not a clubber, but from what I hear the Singapore clubs are second to none.

Hong Kong has nothing to match Singapore’s Hawker Stalls, found in places like Newton Circus. On the other hand Hong Kong has the food courts in the wet markets. Both venues serve wonderful food at very economical prices.

I call it a toss-up in the food and drink category and give Hong Kong a slight edge in the shopping category.

What do you think?


Christine May 9, 2007 at 5:51 am

What do you think for laptop deals? Singapore vs Hong Kong?

Luke January 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm


Interesting comparison you make of two great cities, I think that Singapore is better than HK for food, because of its great hawker stalls and its focus on fusion cuisine.

But for shopping, I think HK is better for Asian tastes in terms of fashion. Some Singaporeans dresses American, although some do dress Asian style. I am surprised that u didn’t mention mong kok for shopping; there is a huge variety of clothes design and the clothes there are very cheap. Bargains can be seen for cameras in Mong Kok. As someone kind of from HK, I can tell u that u are right not to buy electronics from tsim sha tsui, but in mong kok, there are many camera shops that are v crowded with chinese locals, this means that they are selling reliable and good quality cameras.

I love the way Singapore has more older buildings, many outdoor restaurants and is so green and clean and better quality housing estates. But HK has more soul and character in the streets, especially Mong Kok and wanchai.

My advice is stay away from central and tsim sha tsui for shopping and stick with Mong Kok and causeway bay.

Singapore is better for relaxing outdoor bars, but HKs is way better for clubbing, I recommend see not only LAN Kwai Fong, but also check out clubs in Kowloon because Kowloon clubs have more of a Chinese hk atmosphere, where as lan kwau fong is to western. LKF could be any where in the world; where as Kowloon by night is uniquely hk.

Best thing about HK is that u can be in the heart of a buzzing city and within 30 mins can be relazing on a stunning beach on a beautiful tropical island.

Please write back, want to see ya response lah


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