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Your Online Shopping Guide: How to Hit the Shops from Home

By Amanda Sheppard 6 November 2018

From the countless queues to the inevitable pedestrian traffic you’re forced to join, hitting the shops in Hong Kong can be migraine-inducing at the best of times. But that hasn’t stopped us from partaking in one of the city's favourite pastimes – we’ve just found ways around it. Welcome to window shopping, 2.0.



This online treasure trove stocks everything from the latest fashion to bargain buys for both men and women, to see you through the seasons in style. If you’re ready to do a serious haul, any orders over $1,500 qualify for free express delivery, while orders over $100 will earn you free standard shipment, which typically takes seven working days.



British high street staple Next ships to over 60 countries and offers a free delivery service to Hong Kong within four working days for orders over $250. With a huge range of menswear, womenswear, and children's clothing, as well as home furnishings and accessories, this is one online browser you’re unlikely to close with an empty basket.



One of few shops you don’t need a credit card for, Zalora also offers a cash on delivery option. There are more than 50,000 items to choose from, including fashion staples and accessories for men and women. It also offers free returns if something isn’t quite right.



Etsy is an online community platform for buyers, makers, and sellers interested in handmade goods. It’s the perfect place to source one-of-a-kind and personalised gifts with a twist. Many sellers ship to Hong Kong (some are even based here), but be sure to check the delivery fee and expected shipping times before you make a purchase. These are both listed on the seller’s landing page.



If you can’t find what you need without bleeding your bank account dry, then chances are you’ll find it on Taobao – and for a fraction of the price. But if you’re not a linguist, be prepared to rely heavily on Google Translate and play a bit of a guessing game. Read our article for more useful tips for shopping on China's biggest online platform.


John Lewis

Beyond its tear-jerking Christmas ads, John Lewis offers year-round deals and steals that attract a whole legion of loyal customers. The department store offers a delivery service to Hong Kong at a fixed price of 10GBP (around $100), with deliveries expected between three and six working days from your date of purchase. With the same three-prong plugs and voltage as the UK, this can be a great place to source home electronics too.



From its humble beginnings as a boutique beauty store in France, Sephora has become the holy grail of one-stop-shops for many a makeup lover. Stocking all manner of beauty brands and skincare products, Hong Kong shoppers benefit from free shipping on orders over $350.

Beat the System

Many larger platforms allow sellers to list their available shipping destinations, so there might be times when your desired product isn’t available in your region. That’s when websites like and act as intermediaries, allowing you to purchase goods unavailable in your region and send them to Hong Kong (as long as you meet with the terms and conditions).

Amanda Sheppard

Senior editor

Following a brief and bitterly cold stint in Scotland, Amanda returned to Hong Kong—a place she’s called home for over 18 years—to begin her career as a writer. She can often be found getting lost somewhere very familiar, planning her next holiday, and enjoying a cup (or three) of good, strong coffee.