One of the best places to shop and eat in Hong Kong is at Tsim Sha Tsui or TST. Most Filipino tourists are very familiar with Harbour City where all the brands are under one roof. But there is much more to TST than Harbour City.
One of my favorite streets is Hankow Road which is very easy to find. If you see the huge Adidas store go in that street. That’s Hankow Road. It’s two streets from Nathan Road and it intersects Peking Road.
One of my family’s ‘suki‘ is Tack Long Pharmacy. They sell all kinds of medicines and over the counter stuff. They also sell some cosmetics. A lot of things sold in Watson’s or Mannings they also carry but much, much cheaper. They accept credit cards.
Tack Long Pharmacy
The products in the picture below cost 15-20% cheaper than Watson’s or Mannings.
But what I always buy there are these Pain Relief Plasters that cost HK$35 for a box containing 10 sheets. If you have any kind of muscle pain or other aches in your body then you must try these. Forget salon pas or other medicated plasters that contain only menthol or camphor. These plasters contain different Chinese herbs that I swear draw the pain away.
I used to have pain on my knees due to acute arthritis. When I apply these I can walk on stairs with no pain at all. Just make sure to use them for no longer than 4-6 hours or else your skin will get irritated and itchy.
pain relief plaster – HK$35
My most favorite Chinese restaurant for dim sum is Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant. Each time I go to Hong Kong I eat there at least twice. I’ve featured the restaurant here and here. My new favorite is their ox brisket in curry sauce available during lunch and it’s in the dim sum menu. Their lobster in cheese sauce is also to die for.
Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant
A recent discovery is Rabeanco. They sell gorgeous leather bags in the price range of HK$800-2,000.00. They’re not cheap but definitely cost a fraction of designer bags. If you ask the sales person where the bags are made she will reply, “It’s Italian design.” The bags are made in China but the workmanship and most styles are really nice. Most of the bags are made with lambskin which are ultra light and buttery soft.
I had my eye on this beautiful bag but managed to resist temptation. If you buy a lot they will give you a 10% discount and store your phone number on their system so next time you go back you will always get a discount.
There is also a Wellcome supermarket on the street right next to Delifrance.
If you need to buy a camera or cellphone then go to Suntek. I think majority of their customers are Filipinos. You need to create a relationship with one salesman and you will get rock bottom prices. They will also allow returns for defective goods or if you just changed your mind the next day. I recently bought a camera from them and they had lowest price I could find.
You don’t need to go to Macao to buy their famous pastries and goodies. Koi Kei Bakery Macao has opened a branch on Hankow Road.
You can try all their products before you buy.
I love everything in the picture below.
My favorites in this store are the almond cakes and the phoenix roll with shredded pork. Since they’re not a part of my diet I was happy to try the little samples. Pictures are from Koi Kei’s website.
whole almond cake
phoenix egg roll with shredded pork
In the middle of Hankow Road there is a small street called Ichang Street. Enter that street for more yummy discoveries.
You have to try the delicious bread and sweets from Kee Wah Bakery.
Kee Wah Bakery
Our favorite is the pineapple bun with BBQ Pork that cost only HK$5.50 (or $6.50) each. They taste like siopao but made with bread with a sweet crunchy topping. It’s good for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. Everytime I leave HK I buy 6 pieces to bring back to Manila for my parents. They also have a shop in Terminal 1 of Hong Kong’s airport.
Their eggrolls are just like barquillos but more buttery. You can take them home too since they are packed in tin cans so they don’t get crushed.
At the end of Ichang Street is Ashley Road which I call restaurant street.
If you don’t know where to eat just go to Ashley Road and you will surely find something to suit your mood and budget. There are traditional Chinese noodles and roast meat restaurants.
The bars are really popular at night.
Another Filipino favorite Delicious Kitchen has a branch here. You can read my reviews here and here.
There’s a Korean restaurant next to an Irish pub.
This fast food style Korean restaurant, Hungry Korean, was under construction last August. I’m sure it’s open now. I can’t wait to try it the next time I go to Hong Kong.
While on a diet I ate the roast chicken salad at Ebeneezer.
Jimmy’s Kitchen is an institution in Hong Kong. If budget is no worry then you must try to eat there at least once.
Tip: right next to Jimmy’s Kitchen are stairs that will lead you to Haiphong Road which leads to Marco Polo hotels and Harbour City.
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed sharing all my shopping secrets with you.
December 26, 2012
Tack Long has moved to Lock Road which is just the next street facing iSquare.
Wellcome is now Sweet Dynasty and above it is a new Marketplace supermarket.
Tack Long Dispensary
Shop F, G/F, Sands Building, 17 Hankow Road,. Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant
Basement, Hong Kong Pacific centre, 28 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Shop 5, G/F, Hong Kong Pacific centre, 28 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Lock Rd. Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Koi Kei Bakery Macao
Shop A, G/F, Howard Building No.44 Hankow Road, TsimShaTsui
(Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Exit A1, Near Haiphong Road)
telephone: +852-2311-2061, 2311-2090
Kee Wah Bakery
Shop L and Portion M2, G/F, Hanyee Building, 19 & 21 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
G/F 20-20A Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
telephone: +852-2314-4868, 2314-2468
Shop No. 1C, G/F, Astoria Building, 24-38 Ashley Road,Tsim Sha Tsui
G/F Kowloon Center, 29 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
19 thoughts on “Shopping and Eating in Hong Kong: Hankow and Ashley Roads”
This is perfect for my trip. I’m going to use your posts for my trip to HK! 🙂
Les!!! i got that exact Rabeanco bag but in the grey/black combination less 15%. So soft and buttery talaga! Also got one for Little Girl the next time i went back. So practical i love it!
I got excited over the pain plaster than the food 😉 Oh my age is showing! ;-(
Ang sarap naman! Shopping galore! 🙂
What a memories when I used to lived in HK. I take the ferry from the HK side to TST to shop ’till you drop with tired feet before going back home (you can tell that was many years ago as MTR does not exist yet). I love to visit again. But it will be a long trip from the US.Will you post where to stay HK?
I stay in our flat in TST. 😉
If I can’t eat in Hk there’s always shopping!
I learned a lot from reading your post! Got super excited to try every restaurant featured here! Haha! Can you also recommend where to buy good jewelries?
The chain jewelry stores like Chow Tai Fook, Chou Sang Sang or TSL have pretty good selections and prices are fair. You can pay with credit card too. Plus they’re everywhere!
Hi, would you know if what time those restaurants close?
Sorry I don’t know but maybe 11? It’s a tourist area so maybe a little later?
Your posts are very informative and are very helpful for trip. Thank you.
I’m glad to came across your entry! Would definitely use this as a guide for the itinerary I’m doing. 🙂 Thank you so much!
happy shopping! check out all my other Hong Kong shopping posts!
Hi Ms. Les, just want to ask about that Pain Relief Plasters. I was just recently diagnosed with Osteoathritis and I have pains on my left knee and on my hips. Do you think this will work for me as well?
It will help temporarily. While wearing the patch I don’t feel pain but as soon as it’s off the pain is back.
Tak Long has moved to Lock Road…parallel to Hankow Road.
hi, I’ve only gone to Hongkong once, just last March of 2012. Would you know what is the name of a fast food branch which serves meals almost like Jollibee? All I remember was its interiors are mostly color orange, operates in a basement and located somewhere near Haiphong and Ashley. I love their coffee (especially the cute cup) and meals are so affordable. Thank you!
I think it’s Fairwood but as I remember Fairwood is above street level. But it’s colors are orange. If not it could be Cafe de Coral who’s coffee I love.