Hong Kong wouldn’t be called a shopper’s paradise for nothing. Known for its shopping malls, department stores, and shops carrying local and famous international brands, Hong Kong is truly a shopping haven.

    Hong Kong International Airport, of course, aims to live up to this name. Check out this shopping guide and get a whole new shopping experience.


    You may as well classify this place as a mall. So many luxury brand shops every which way you turn. No need to have a boarding pass to see quite a few of these shops, but I’d vote the real majority of the stores are behind the restricted area.

    Why are most shops behind the restricted area? I’d assume because most of the customers are there. Stuck waiting for their connection, early to their flights, looking to spend some cash. Even when I landed in Hong Kong airport my wife was ready to go shopping! A bit too exhausting for me after a flight, but you can see how serious people are to shop in an airport here.

    Shopping Bonus: Free HK Delivery

    Here is a cool perk from The Hongkong Post. Plan to spend 1,000 Hong Kong dollars or more at the Hong Kong international airport shops? If so, they provide free local Hong Kong delivery.

    So buy that LV bag at the airport before you fly to Bangkok! You can have them post it to your serviced apartment in Mid Levels for you free! Check more about this offer here.

    The airport branch post office is open from 8am to 8:30pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sundays and public holidays. Here’s the website for the HKpost

    Another Shopping Bonus: Free Gifts, Discounts and Special Offers

    HKIA brings your shopping experience to a whole new level with many offers and gifts that make you want to shop more. Be in the know of the latest promotions of your favorite HKIA shops here.

    Need advice on shopping and dining options in HKIA? Get yourself one of their Shopping Ambassadors to help you!

    I had an experience receiving a cool gift from HKIA back when I first made this blog. Read on below.

    Using the Hongkong Post service (Speedpost service) to ship a package over 5 kilograms between Sept 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016? Then you can get a free “heartwarming” special mini USB fan. This must be at the HK airport location or the Tung Chung post office. Limited stock so first come, first serve.

    How to get it? Around the airport there are coupons you need to get and fill out. Then you can go to No. 082 in the departures check-in hall, level 7 of terminal 1 in HK airport.

    I dug into the fine print and it is only for visitors to Hong Kong, not local residents. Guess they’d ask if you have a Hong Kong ID and if you show it to them they may say you don’t qualify?

    So if you want a free mini USB fan, try this out and I’d love to hear how it goes!

    Tip – Shop Before Going to the 500 Range Gates

    If your flight is departing from the North Satellite Concourse and you want to do some shopping, you’ll have much less choices. They do have a few, on Departures Level 5, which is a restricted area, has:

    • DFS (Duty Free Shops) for beauty, galleria, and normal duty free
    • Swatch
    • Nobletime AV & Telecom
    • Starbucks
    • Relay
    • Travelex Worldwide Money
    • Mannings
    • Toys and Games
    • So Chocolate
    • Chinese Kitchen

    But nowhere near as many choices as the main concourse. So if your flight is in the 500 number range, I’d recommend sticking to the main area until you are close to boarding your flight.

    Shopping in Unrestricted vs Restricted Areas

    So the question is, should you do your gift and luxury shopping before or after you check in to your flight? I would have to recommend after you check in.

    I am thinking the prices are lower as they are tax free, depending on the item. This is why you’ll find so many luxury brands and exotic products, those have higher tax rates outside of the duty free zone.

    Yet if you’re just dropping off a friend at the HKIA, you can’t check in with him or her. So you will have to deal with the shops in the unrestricted area, where you’ll have less selection but still some cool shops to check out.