Whether you’re a budding chef, or enjoy the occasional dabble in the kitchen, there are dozens of stores nestled in Hong Kong’s urban backstreets overflowing with cooking utensils and appliances at bargain prices. So next time you’re looking to stock up your cupboards, why not think beyond the big department stores such as Sogo, Wing On, Jusco, and IKEA and check out these little gems?
Shanghai Street (aka Kitchen Street)
Aptly nicknamed Kitchen Street, Shanghai Street has everything you could possibly need to stock up your kitchen cupboards. A few minutes walk from Yau Ma Tei MTR station and you will stumble upon piles upon piles of inexpensive kitchenware at the rows of shops dotted along this street. From chopping boards and knives to novelty cutters, jelly moulds, and retro cake tins at rock-bottom prices (under $20), you can almost get lost in this Aladdin’s cave of culinary wonders.
Chan Chi Kee, Man Kee Chopping Board, and I Love Cake are among the highlights in this baker’s paradise, offering all the essential utensils as well as speciality items including bamboo dim-sum baskets, Japanese tea ware, cake-making equipment, and fondu sets. There are also shelves of cooking ingredients, ranging from flour and icing sugar, to food dyes and decorative sprinkles, so you can get super colourful and creative in the kitchen.
Most shops open from 10am to 7pm and offer prices that are arguably the cheapest in the city. Well worth a look if you’re planning on stocking up and bulk buying.
Good for: kitchen essentials / novelty gadgets / bulk buying
Shanghai Street, Kowloon (take the MTR to Yau Ma Tei, Exit A1. Walk along Waterloo Road and turn left on Shanghai Street. Start shopping on the left side of the street)
I Love Cake
The name pretty much speaks for itself with this sweet little store. For all your baking goodies, look no further than I Love Cake, which stocks more than 3,000 items imported from the UK, USA, and Australia, for as little as $3 a pop. From fun shaped cookie cutters and cute baking moulds, to cooking spatulas and large electric blenders, this store has you covered for all your culinary adventures. They also have shelves on baking ingredients to choose from, such as flour, butter, food colourings and sprinklings to create those magical finishing touches. Budding bakers might also be excited to know that I Love Cake hosts regular cookery courses in its Kowloon store (pictured above), where you can spent two to three hours learning how to bake and decorate the sweetest treats, or rustle up Asian or Western cuisines.
Good for: keen bakers / novelty gadgets
Kowloon: G/F, 338 Shanghai Street, (+852) 2385 5949
Wan Chai: H2, G/F, 188 Wan Chai Road, (+852) 2893 2644
Cookery Courses cost: $380 to $580 (click here for the schedule)
Pop Up Ceramic Stores
One of the best things about living in Hong Kong is the joy you experience when stumbling upon a seriously discounted pop up shop. People are flocking to snag bargain ceramic bowls, plates, and tea sets at the many pop-up shops scattered throughout the city. Here you can pick up fabulously bright and patterned bowls for as little of $7 and larger plates or bowls for a mere $15 to $25. Our favourite spot is located on Hennessy Road in Causeway Bay. With so many alluring colours to choose from you might be tempted to mix and match, plus these vibrant treats also make the perfect gift to brighten up anyone’s kitchen.
Good for: gifts / bulk buying / decorative items
Causeway Bay: The shop has no sign or number, but is next to Fly on Jewellery Co, 456 Hennessy Road (take MTR Exit B, cross the road, turn right, and walk a few minutes down the road)
Wan Chai: 6-12 Spring Garden Lane in Wan Chai, (take Exit A3 at Wan Chai MTR, the store is close to the Hopewell Center)
Japan Home Centre
With 256 branches scattered across Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the New Territories, you’re never far away from a Japan Home Centre store. With shelves of colourful, playful, and unbelievably cheap kitchen goodies, you could easily stock up your entire kitchen in one swift visit. Here you can pick up vibrant bowls, tupperware, and cute mugs for as little as $12 a pop (pictured above), or find full cutlery sets, chopping boards, frying pans, and larger kitchen appliances at unbeatable prices. As well as kitchenware, JHC stocks other homeware essentials such as towels, quilts, pillows, and even clothing rails, making it one of the best bargain stores around. It’s also a great place to pick up kitchen detergents and plastic dehumidifier boxes – perfect for when the humidity kicks in. Plus when you buy five items at $12, you get a sixth one free!
Good for: kitchen essentials / smaller gadgets / bulk buying / product range
Japan Home Centre (JHC), (+852) 3512 3145
Click here to find the various store locations
Similar to Japan Home Centre, Inhouselect is a reliable go-to for your kitchen basics and has a brilliant selection of smaller gadgets at rock bottom prices. From food peelers, slicers, and graters as cheap as $11, wooden spatulas for $19, and heart shaped baking trays for a mere $13, you could easily stock up your cupboards for a few hundred dollars. The store also has a selection of sturdy pots and pans, woks, and glass dishes ranging in size, price, and brands, to accommodate all budgets and kitchen space. With three branches across Hong Kong, it’s well worth checking out.
Good for: kitchen essentials / smaller gadgets / bulk buying / trusted brand names
Wan Chai: Shop G1A-1B, G2A & G18-19, C C Wu Building, 302-308 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2117 2340
Kowloon Bay: Shop D1, G/F, Tak Bo Garden, 3 Ngau Tau Kok Road, Kowloon Bay, (+852) 2117 3567
Tsuen Wan: Shop 127B-D, 1/F, Citywalk, 1 Yeung Uk Rd, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, (+852) 2116 0181
You might think of Pricerite as more of a furniture store, but this bargain spot offers all the essential kitchenware you need. From pots and pans to dish racks and cutlery holders, there are shelves of goodies, as well as more novelty tools such as banana slicers and animal shaped timers with reasonable price tags. If you are on the lookout for larger kitchen appliances such as rice cookers, cooking stoves, grills, or refrigerators, this is the store for you. Much like Japan Home Centre, there are plenty of stores (around 29 in total) scattered across Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the New Territories, so you are never far away from this one-stop-shop to stock up your kitchen. The biggest store is in North Point and is open until 9.30pm.
Good for: kitchen essentials / smaller gadgets / bulk buying / larger items
It may not fall under the “bargain” category as such, but if you have a bit of extra cash in your kitchenware budget, it’s worth checking out Pantry Magic in Sheung Wan. From baking tins (around $80) to big stainless steel pans, cutting edge knifes to whisks of all sizes, this store is stacked with shelves of all the latest (and heavily branded) goodies you could need, which explains the heftier price tags. This is a great place to pick up a top notch gift for the avid chef in your life, or dare we say “hipster” gadget every once in a while – olive wood rolling pin ($198) or SousVide Supreme Vacuum Sealer ($4,988) anyone? If you take cooking seriously and only accept the crème de la crème in your kitchen, this is the spot for you.
Good for: gifts / those with a bigger budget / trusted brand names / larger items
Pantry Magic, G/F, 25 Lok Ku Road, Central, (+852) 2504 0688