Arriving at an airport is a surefire way of suddenly remembering the things that you’ve forgotten to pack. Fortunately, Hong Kong International Airport has your back. The high-low variety of shops covers everything from books and travel cushions to couture and bejewelled mementos.
After check-in, but before you pass through security and go airside, the Muji To Go store carries some of those travel essentials and other clever, minimalist goods. This theme is repeated airside, with Monocle – the global media company behind the magazine of the same name– selling its bespoke range of quality clothing, stationery, accessories and guidebooks.
Sticking with design and fashion, some of the world’s big labels are present at HKIA, and a not-quite-complete fashion alphabet runs from Alexander McQueen to Versace via Chanel and Prada. There are watches and jewellery from global brands such as Cartier, Breitling and Tiffany, with local representation from Chow Tai Fook.
Hong Kong flavours are also to the fore, with Fook Ming Tong’s refined and beautifully packaged teas, the city’s beloved egg rolls and more from Kee Wah bakery and Wing Wah cake shop. Pint-size sweet tooths can be sated at the Sweet Dreams by Heinemann outlets, and virtually all children will appreciate a souvenir from the Hong Kong Disneyland shop.
If it all sound too much to handle, there are concierge-style Airport Shopping Ambassadors to help plan your retail itinerary – and if you’ve stocked up on a little too much, the airport can post your goods to 12 destinations across Asia, as well as Australia, Canada and the US (with some restrictions) if you a purchased more than HK$2,500 in a single transaction.
If you’re sitting on board regretting not picking up that last-minute gift, there is a wealth of opportunity in the Discover the Shop magazine.