You arrive at your hotel, house, or hostel, and realize that you’ve left your well-needed sunglasses on your kitchen table a million miles away from where you’re standing right about now.
What are you going to do? You finally find a comfortable seat to sit down in after your long day of traveling, and you’re so tired you throw yourself on the seat forgetting about the sunglasses in your back pocket. SNAP. They’re broken.
This has happened to all of us at some point in time, so below I’m going to give you some of the best ways for a tourist to choose and buy sunglasses in Hong Kong because we all need a backup plan for just about everything when it comes to traveling.
Let’s start off with a basic couple of processes that need to be done in order to buy sunglasses in Hong Kong.
Locating a shop
Finding a shop in a foreign country while you’re there as a tourist can be quite difficult for a lot of reasons; the main one being language barriers. The best option is to pop “places to buy sunglasses in Hong Kong” into Google and wait for the magical works of the internet to bring up numerous sunglasses stores that are dotted around the area, as well as directions and opening hours of each store.
If you’re unable to do this for whatever reason, I would suggest going to the local shopping mall. Malls like Langham Place located in Mong Kok or Harbour City are popular, so there are well-liked stores and more than likely you will find sunglasses in a number of them.
Finding out opening hours.
So, you’ve just found the shop you want to buy your new sunglasses in, but you don’t know the opening hours. Again, your best option is jumping onto Google and typing in the name of the store or the name of the shopping mall it’s in. Usually, with stores in shopping malls, they have set times they have to open and close, so if you get the opening hours of the mall you’ll get the opening hours of the store.
A good idea when traveling abroad to a country that uses a different currency to your own is to change the currency before you leave. In the area, before you go through security there is always a currency exchange stall that allows you to see the buying and selling price of every currency at that time and allows you to exchange currency as well.
If you don’t have time to do this there is also the option of exchanging it when you arrive at Hong Kong Airport. There are places to change your money in the terminals when you land, but they are lower rates than in the city. Best places to go in the city would be Ngau Kee Money changers located at G/F Champion building, 1 Cleverly Street Hong Kong in the Central District with opening hours Mon-Fri-09:00-17:30 and Sat 09:00-17:00 (closed on Sun and Public Holidays).
Another place to exchange your currency would be UAE Exchange located at Unit 310, 3/F Hankow Centre, No. 5-15 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong with the opening hours Mon-Fri 09-19:00 and Sat 09:00-13:00 (closed Sun and Public Holidays).
The best places to buy sunglasses in Hong Kong
Top 3 places you’ll find sunglasses on a budget
- Forever 21
Forever 21 has a wide array of sunglasses with prices checking in at about 50 Hong Kong dollars.
Location: 1A Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Opening hours Mon-Sun 10:00-1:00
You can be reassured you’re getting high-end fashion without your purse getting substantially lighter the moment you lay your eyes on the thick-rimmed glasses that are dominating the displays. You can own a pair of sunglasses from Topshop for about 200 Hong Kong Dollars.
Location: 59 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong.
Opening hours Mon-Sun: 10:30-22:003.
- Ladies Market
If you’re looking for bargain eyewear you’ve come to the right place. You will find whatever shape, size, pattern or color for as little as 30 Hong Kong dollars here.
Location: Tung Choi St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong.
Opening hours: no set hours, stalls generally all ready by noon.
Top 2 places to get sunglasses when you don’t have to worry about a budget
Ray-ban is by far the most successful brand for selling sunglasses in the world. You can pick a pair up for prices ranging from 700 Hong Kong dollars to 3000 Hong Kong Dollars.
Location: G53-55, G/F, Amoy Plaza Phase I, 77 Ngau Tau Kok Road, Kowloon Bay, Kln, Hong Kong.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11:00-21:00
- Select 18
From the quirky shop front, you would never guess what’s behind the counter. Back there you could find vintage Moschino, House of Holland and Ray-ban pieces. Prices jump up to 1000 Hong Kong dollars plus.
Being a tourist you’re usually left with no mode of private transportation so you’re left going everywhere on foot or paying out for cabs. Luckily the bus service running is easy enough to navigate with final destinations on the bus in Chinese and English. Bus routes cover most of Hong Kong making it perfect for you to get to the stores listed above. Bus routes are very important in in Ocean Park, Repulse Bay, and Lord Stanley. They are all self-service ticketing and please remember that change isn’t given, so make sure you have the correct change prior to boarding.
Ticket fairs are usually on information boards at bus stops, When approaching your destination you must touch the electronic button to let the driver know you’re getting off. Otherwise, they will continue on ahead.
Some advise I would like to share with anyone who’s reading is venture deep into the streets of Hong Kong on your quest in search of new sunglasses, because you never know what hidden gem you’ll find buried deep in the back of a second-hand clothes store!
I hope this information will come in handy if you’re ever in need of buying sunglasses in Hong Kong.