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Hong Kong Versus Singapore – Shopping and Eating.

Number three in a continuing series.

Shopping

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?