Little Koo’s guide to shops that deliver to Hong Kong

Last week I posted a long list of Hong Kong-based online shops, but this isn’t the only option for people living in Hong Kong since many overseas online shops do deliver to Hong Kong! In fact, a lot of the big name brands deliver here. The only drawback is that some have high delivery costs (but not all, check out the details below), and you will generally have to wait a while for your package to arrive. But often, it’s worth it to be able to buy from your favourite brands.

Little Koo's guide to shops that deliver to Hong Kong

 

As before, the list below is based on recommendations that I found from other people and I haven’t tried most of them myself. I have given delivery costs in the currency that I found on the website, however some websites give you the choice to see prices in Hong Kong dollars (HK$). Where this is the case, I have given the delivery costs in HK$. Unless otherwise stated, delivery costs only apply to delivery to Hong Kong.

 

Beauty

FeelUnique (UK) – the largest online retailer of premium beauty products in Europe. Free delivery on orders over £60, otherwise £15.
Beauty Bay (UK) – skin care, makeup and hair care products, over 10,000 products from the very best UK and International brands. Free delivery on orders over HK$169, otherwise delivery from HK$21.99.
Strawberrynet (US) – wide range of discount perfume, make-up and skincare. Free shipping to HK.

 

Adult clothing

ASOS (UK) – own brand plus some UK high street and other brands. Free worldwide delivery.
Austin Reed (UK) – men’s and women’s suits, tailoring and clothing. Delivery is calculated on a per order basis.
Boden (UK) – own brand clothes and shoes. £12 delivery to HK.
Bonds (Aus) – own brand underwear and clothes for men, women and children. Free delivery on orders over AU$100, otherwise AU$20.
Boohoo (UK) – own brand clothes, shoes and accessories. £6.99 delivery to HK.
Cotton On (US) – own brand clothes, shoes and accessories. Free delivery to HK for orders over HK$400, otherwise HK$40.
Dorothy Perkins (UK) – own brand clothes, shoes and accessories. £10.50 delivery to HK.
Figleaves (US) – lingerie, swimwear and nightwear. US$9.00 delivery to HK.
Gilt (US) – members-only website featuring limited-time discount sales on designer labels. Delivery is US$19.95 for orders below US$100, or US$9.95 for orders over US$100.
JCrew (US) – own brand clothes, shoes and accessories. Free delivery on orders over US$150, otherwise delivery starts at US$5.
Lands’ End (US) – own brand clothes and shoes. Shipping starts from US$28, for orders under US$100.
Macy’s (US) – needs no introduction! Shipping to HK is calculated on a per order basis.
Marks & Spencer (UK) – going to the UK website is usually cheaper than the M&S shops in HK! Only clothes and some homewares can be delivered to HK, with a flat delivery charge of £15 per order.
Miss Selfridge (UK) – own brand clothes, shoes and accessories. Delivery starts at £10.50.
Net-A-Porter (US) – Apparently, the world’s premier online luxury fashion destination. Same day delivery for HK$90, or delivers in 2 working days for HK$50.
New Look (UK) – own brand clothes, shoes and accessories. Free worldwide delivery on orders over £55.
Next (UK) – own brand plus branded clothes, shoes and accessories. Also has a range of homeware. The children’s clothing range is particularly recommended. Free HK delivery.
Nordstrom (US) – wide range of branded clothes, shoes, accessories and more, including homeware. Delivery is calculated on a per order basis.
Outnet (US) – Sister site to Net-A-Porter, possibly with the same delivery costs (website wasn’t working well when I looked!)
PopMap – Get unique products from 500+ amazing boutiques and designers from around the world. Free worldwide delivery.
Saturday Club (US?) – own brand clothes, shoes and accessories. Free delivery on all orders.
She In (US) – wide range of women’s fashion clothing. Free delivery for orders over US$30.00, otherwise US$4.99.
Shopbop (US) – wide range of branded clothes, shoes and accessories. Free delivery to HK on orders over US$100, otherwise US$10 delivery.
Target (US) – discount retailer of a massive range of goods including clothes, baby supplies, homewares and more. Shipping costs are calculated per order.
The White Company (UK) – specialises in supplying stylish, white, designer-quality items for the home, from home accessories to clothing and childrenswear. Free delivery on orders over £50, otherwise £20-£30.
TM Lewin (UK) – shirts, suits and more. £15 delivery on orders up to £149, £25 for orders £150-£249, £35 for orders over £250.
Tommy Bahama (US) – own brand clothes, shoes and accessories. Flat rate delivery charge of US$19.99.
Victoria’s Secret (US) – lingerie and more. Free delivery on orders over US$125, otherwise US$15.
Zalora (Asia) – range of own brand and branded clothing, shoes and accessories from around the world. Free delivery on orders over HK$150, otherwise HK$40.
Zara (UK) – own brand clothes, shoes and accessories. Free delivery on orders over HK$400, otherwise HK$40.

 

Baby and children’s

Alex and Alexa (US) – over 200 coveted international fashion, sportswear and toy brands for kids. Free delivery on orders over US$160, otherwise US$12.50.
Buy Buy Baby (US) – massive range of baby equipment, clothes, toys and more. Shipping costs not stated.
Marie-Chantal (US) – luxury childrenswear. Delivery is £19.95 per order.
Melijoe (Fr) – designer children and baby clothes. Delivery is HK$160 per order.
Target (US) – discount retailer of a massive range of goods including clothes, baby supplies, homewares and more. Shipping costs are calculated per order.

N.B. Many of the clothing brands listed in the adult’s clothing section also sell children’s clothes

 

Books, DVDs etc

Amazon (US/UK) – I think most Amazon products can be delivered to HK, but delivery is added. US$4.99 for most items from Amazon.com. For the UK, delivery varies but is £3.58 for DVDs  and £8.48 for books.
Book Depository (UK) – Massive range of books at UK prices. Free worldwide delivery.

 

Food

British Corner Shop (UK) – worldwide delivery of British food. £5.99 delivery to HK on orders below 1kg, £11.99 if below 2kg.
iHerb (US) – nutritional supplements and a wide range of other healthy products. Ask your friends or other HK mums to get a discount code! Discounted shipping for orders over US$40.

 

Furniture & Homeware

Overstock.com (US) – wide range of furniture plus other household products, clothes and more. Delivers to HK, but no set delivery charge (depends on your order).
The White Company (UK) – specialises in supplying stylish, white, designer-quality items for the home, from home accessories to clothing and childrenswear. Free delivery on orders over £50, otherwise £20-£30.
Macy’s (US) – needs no introduction! Shipping to HK is calculated on a per order basis.
Next (UK) – own brand plus branded clothes, shoes and accessories. Also has a range of homeware. The children’s clothing range is particularly recommended. Free HK delivery.
Marks & Spencer (UK) – going to the UK website is usually cheaper than the M&S shops in HK! Only clothes and some homewares can be delivered to HK, with a flat delivery charge of £15.
Target (US) – discount retailer of a massive range of goods including clothes, baby supplies, homewares and more. Shipping costs are calculated per order.

 

Photobooks and stationery

Apple – easy photobooks through your Apple computer. Good quality and speedy shipping (I don’t know the cost). Recommended to me separately by two friends.
Milk Books (NZ) – high quality but more expensive. Option for a Moleskine cover. Shipping starts at US$14.99.
Photobook Hong Kong – well-recommended. Shipping varies depending on what you have ordered, but starts at HK$28 for a small photobook.
Shutterfly (US) – wide range of photobooks, prints, calendars and more. International shipping is calculated on a per order basis.
Snapfish (US) – wide range of photobooks and personalised stationery and other gifts. Shipping is calculated on a per order basis.

 

Once again, I have discovered some great shops that I was either unaware of before or I didn’t know they delivered to Hong Kong. I hope you have too!

I want this to be a really useful resource so please let me know if you think I’ve missed any great shops that deliver to Hong Kong – you can either send an email to littlekoojewellery@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – invasion of the pandas

Every fortnight I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

In 2014, an exhibition called ‘1600 Pandas’ toured Hong Kong, finishing at the newly re-developed PMQ (Police Married Quarters) in Central. We went along to take a look and enjoyed looking at the papier mâché pandas which were all different. Some of them were very cute, especially the high-fiving ones at the bottom of this photo. It’s a bit sobering to think that this number is all that is left of pandas living in the wild. Still, it was a fun afternoon out and an unusual sight in Hong Kong!

 

160405 Candid Hong Kong invasion of the pandas

 

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

 

Little Koo’s guide to online shopping in Hong Kong

When I first arrived in Hong Kong, I felt very frustrated that most shops here do not seem to have much of an online presence compared to what I was used to in the UK. Since then I have discovered that many places do have online shopping, it’s just not as easy to find! So I thought I’d compile all the ones I’ve found in the hopes that other people find it useful when they are looking to shop online.

Little Koo's guide to online shopping in Hong Kong

 

As a disclaimer, I should mention that I haven’t tried most of the shops listed below. The list is based on recommendations from other people, and many are websites that I’ve not tried.

I have also not included certain types of small businesses (such as handmade gifts) since these are covered by the excellent online directory Little Business Love which has a range of listings in categories such as Beauty & Body, Homewares & Decor and Jewellery. Check it out for heaps more online Hong Kong businesses!

Please note: I have added delivery costs where I could find them. All the prices quoted below are in Hong Kong dollars ($).

 

Supermarkets

Great – free delivery on orders over $500, otherwise $30.
Market Place
Park N Shop
– free delivery on orders over $500, otherwise $30.
Wellcome

Honest Bee – bringing a selection of the best grocery stores and supermarkets together in one online store for a single delivery. Free delivery on orders over $250, otherwise $60.

 

Food

BerryTime – high-quality health & wellness products at an affordable price. Free delivery.
Eat Fresh – fresh organic fruit and vegetable home delivery service from local organic farms, plus organic pantry and home products
EuroGoodies – range of European products. Free delivery (apart from to DB) on orders over $1000, otherwise delivery costs vary depending on area and order size.
Farmer’s Kitchen – high quality Australian beef, lamb, chicken, pork, sausages and salmon. Free delivery on orders over $500.
Farm Milk – fresh milk delivery service. Free delivery.
Food Factory – quality chilled meats, fresh and live seafood, ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables imported from around the world. Free delivery on orders over $500.
Fresh Zone – range of carefully selected products from Hong Kong and overseas including fruit, vegetables, seafood and meat. Free delivery on orders over $300.
Greek Deli – Greek and Mediterranean foods. Free shipping on orders over $500, otherwise $50.
Green Little Frog – fresh organic fruit and vegetables from northern Thailand.  Free delivery on HK Island, $60 delivery in Kowloon.
Homegrown Foods – locally produced organic produce and other items. Free delivery on orders over $450, otherwise $100.
Kinoa – organic food and eco-friendly products imported from Europe. Free delivery on orders over $900, otherwise $55.
Letpacific Food – importers of Turkish foods and fresh fruit. Free delivery on orders over $500
Lucky Day – imported foods from Russia and Europe. Minimum order size is $300.
Magic Season – affordable healthy organic fruits and vegetables grown on the company farm in Qingyuan, China. Free delivery on orders over $150, otherwise $40.
MM Fresh – seafood and meat imported from New Zealand. Free delivery on orders over $1000
Mordicus – importer of French food and goods. Free delivery on orders over $400
My Meat Man – Australian meat. Free delivery on orders over $500
Oliver’s the Delicatessen – fine foods and wine. Free delivery on orders over $500, otherwise $30.
Regency Spices – spices, herbs and seasonings. Free standard delivery in Hong Kong.
South Stream Seafood – ethical seafood plus a range of other natural, organic and eco-friendly products. Free delivery on orders over $500.
Spice Box Organics – Hong Kong’s only USDA certified organic store with over 800 products. Free delivery on orders over $600, otherwise $100.
Stable Trading – importer of Italian foods. Free delivery on orders over $350 for delivery on HK Island, see the website for other locations.
Tai Tai Pie Pie – lots of yummy pies (savoury and sweet) to choose from. We used to buy their pies when they had a shop in Wan Chai but now you can get them ordered to your home fresh or frozen. Free delivery on orders over $1000, otherwise $68-$98. Min order $200.
The Saffa – importer of South African foods. Free delivery on orders over $700, otherwise $80
Wholesome Eats – community bulk buying of a range of meats and seafood. Free delivery on orders over $1000.

If this list is not enough, check out Sassy’s guide to the best food delivery websites in Hong Kong for even more inspiration!

 

Beer/wine

Cellarmaster Wines – Apparently, Hong Kong’s best online wine shop offering a quality selection of red wine, white wine, spirits, champagne, accessories and more. Free delivery on orders over $800, otherwise $80.
Cru – the finest wines from the world’s leading producers. Free delivery on orders over $1500.
Essential Fine Wines – fine wines, craft beers and ciders and artisan spirits.
My Wine Man – wine from Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Italy. Free delivery (min order 12 bottles).
Rendall Wines – French wine merchant. Free next-day delivery (bar Sundays) to Hong Kong island addresses, for orders of 6 bottles or more, mixed cases included (two cases minimum order for Lantau, Kowloon and the NT).
The Bottle Shop – beer, wine, spirits and more. I can personally recommend the Beer Club as a great gift idea. Free delivery on orders over $480, otherwise $50.

 

Books

Book Wise – carefully selected range of children’s and young adult books. Free HK delivery.
Fishpond – massive range of branded toys, books, homewares, baby supplies and more with free worldwide shipping.
Paddyfield.com – approximately 2.5 million different titles from America, Britain, Asia and Australia. Free HK delivery on orders over HK$280.
Readbookshk.com – second hand books, can also trade in old books for others. Free HK delivery.
ShopInHK – the largest online bookstore in Hong Kong. Free HK delivery on orders over HK$388 (which can include items from other sections of the ShopInHK website).

 

Baby/child

Baby Central – Hong Kong’s oldest online baby shop where we stock everything you need for babies and mums. Free delivery on orders over $300, otherwise $50.
Baby Hero – fairly small range of very cute baby clothes. For every purchase that is made, a contribution is made to medical supplies for families in need. Free delivery.
BabyOnline – wide range of baby and child products. Free delivery on orders over $300, otherwise $50.
BaoBae – offers items from over a dozen boutiques and designers ranging from funky clothing for little fashionistas to stroller toys, books and even furniture. Specialises in gift hampers. Free delivery on orders over $600, otherwise $45.
BB Outlet – baby products such as baby diapers, wipes, milk powders, organic baby food, toys and gears and other peripherals, all imported from Japan and Europe. Free delivery on orders over $500, otherwise $35
Chic-oholic Kids – chic and cool, yet high quality and affordable brands for stylish girls and boys. Free HK delivery.
Fishpond – massive range of branded toys, books, homewares, baby supplies and more with free worldwide shipping
Fresh Kid Wear – baby and children’s clothes, accessories and skin care, all selected with safety in mind, some fair trade brands
Hip Little Bubba – online baby store that offers hip, unique and quality products for parents and children. Free same day delivery for orders over $800, otherwise $120.
LittleBareFeet – wide range of branded baby supplies. Free delivery on orders over $500, otherwise $40.
Petit Bazaar – European kids wear, toys, home décor, furniture and other accessories. Free delivery on orders over $600.
Simply Little – baby clothes, toys and products sourced from Australia, New Zealand, US and Europe. Free shipping over $800, otherwise $30.
Tiny Footprints – wide range of products for mother and baby. Free delivery on orders over $800, otherwise $100.

 

Toys

Easy English For Kids– arts and craft supplies and educational toys
Fishpond – massive range of branded toys, books, homewares, baby supplies and more with free worldwide shipping
Little Whale – wide range of branded toys. Free delivery on orders over HK$300. This website also stocks a wide range of baby and child supplies as well as party supplies.
ShopinHK – the oldest online toy shop in Hong Kong, offering a wide range of toys for all ages – from babies to grownups. Free HK delivery on orders over HK$388 (which can include items from other sections of the ShopInHK website)
Tic Tac Toe – sells Haba, Siku, Wow Toys and Santoys toys. Free delivery on orders over HK$800, otherwise delivery is HK$30
Toys Club – wide range of toys. Delivery price varies.
Toys4U – sells Plan Toys and Santoys wooden toys. Free delivery on orders over HK$500.

 

Party supplies

Creative Kids Entertainment – Bouncy castles and a range of activities for parties ranging from face painting to bumper cars. Delivery and manpower included in the price quoted.
Eezy Peezy Parties – massive range of party supplies. I have personally used them, and the products and customer service were both excellent
Matteo Party – costumes, balloons and theme party supplies
Parteezi – mainly party bag fillers, party bags and buckets. Free delivery on orders over HK$250.
Party Box – wide range of party supplies, mostly for younger children
Toy Club – Ride-ons and bouncy castles
Toysland – more bouncy castles, ride-on toys and other party toys such as slides and ball pools

 

Contact lenses

852eyes – wide range of brand name contact lenses. Free HK delivery.

 

Homewares

2nd Chance – second-hand (preloved) furniture. Any purchase over HK$ 2,000 will enjoy free delivery and  installation services.
Fishpond – massive range of branded toys, books, homewares, baby supplies and more with free worldwide shipping
Indigo Living – fashionable upscale retailer selling furniture and home accessories as well as baby & child products. Free delivery starts at orders over $1000 for small items, or $50,000 for furniture. Can also collect orders from selected stores for free.
Sofa Sale – wide range of furniture. Free delivery on orders over $10,000, otherwise $300.

 

Pets

PetProject.hk – range of pet supplies for dogs and cats. Free delivery on orders over $300, otherwise $50.
ePet – range of pet supplies for dogs and cats. Free delivery on orders over £250, otherwise $40.

 

I hope you have found all these links useful – I know that I have certainly unearthed some gems that I will be using in future! I want this to be a really useful resource so let me know if you think I’ve missed any great Hong Kong-based online shops.

I have also written a post about overseas online shops that deliver to Hong Kong, so check that out too for more shopping options!!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Mong Kok flower market at Chinese New Year

Last Thursday I headed over to Flower Market Road in Mong Kok with a Cantonese friend of mine to take a look at the Chinese New Year decorations and flowers. Chinese people like to decorate their houses with plants and flowers for Chinese New Year so these markets are very popular. (The biggest one is a temporary one in Victoria Park which I visited a few years ago) Even on a Thursday morning it was pretty busy and I think it gets busier and busier the closer you get to Chinese New Year.

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The shops generally have some plants out on the street but this time the street displays were much bigger and were solely made up of the types of plants and flowers that are associated with Chinese New Year, such as peach blossom, orchids, lilies and a whole raft of flowers that I didn’t know the names of.

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There were also some plants which are not native to China and have to be imported from places like Europe, such as daffodils and hyacinths.

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The market was also extended into a courtyard off Flower Market Road. There were so many stalls to choose from!

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Some of the stalls had decorated plants as part of their display.

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My friend told me that married people shouldn’t have peach blossoms in their house, it should only be single people looking for love and those who are about to get married. I didn’t know that!

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These bright yellow fruit are everywhere too. I was so confused about them the first time I saw them! They look a bit like lemons but have these weird protrusions. My friend told me that Chinese people like them because they look like gold, but you can’t eat them. Jack was certainly curious too!

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Isobel was kind enough to pose for me by some flowers – a very rare thing! This is the best photo I’ve had of her for months.

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At about midday it started get very busy and we started getting hungry so we headed home. It was a fun morning, and nice to see the build up to Chinese New Year!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – a pleasant surprise

Every fortnight I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

Hong Kong never ceases to surprise me! I was making my way home on the Star Ferry one evening when all of a sudden a firework display started up, with fireworks coming out of some of the larger buildings on Hong Kong Island. It only lasted about 5 minutes. I just couldn’t figure out what on earth was going on!

151229 Candid Hong Kong random fireworks

Later I found out that the fireworks were part of the Asian premiere of the latest Transformers movie (this was obviously a while ago now). I certainly wasn’t expecting that!

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

Snoopy’s World, Sha Tin

Snoopy’s World is one of those Hong Kong attractions that isn’t that high on most people’s lists of things to visit, but since we’ve done all the big things now we thought we’d give it a try! My mum was visiting us at the time, and she is a big Peanuts fan so it was a good time to go.

To sum it up, Snoopy’s World isn’t very big. It is basically a small playground with a range of Peanuts-related displays. But it is free, and that also includes a free boat ride! If you have small children and are looking to kill an hour or so, you could do far worse. (This website also has a very thorough review of Snoopy’s World, but it does liken it to Disneyland and Ocean Park, which I think is going a bit far!)

The easiest way to get to Snoopy’s World is to take the MTR to Sha Tin. Leave the MTR station through the mall, and keep walking straight until you get to the end of the mall. There are signs to guide you, but in case you miss them, you just need to exit the mall on the left hand end and it’s right there. This sight will greet you so you know you’re in the right place!

Entrance to Snoopy World Hong Kong

The park opens at 11.00am. We thought it was earlier so we had to hang around for a while to wait until it opened (always fun with small children). However, the boat ride doesn’t open until 12pm, so I’d recommend you get there shortly before 12, or just wait until the afternoon to go!

Once inside, our children headed straight for the big yellow bus.

Yellow bus Snoopys World Hong Kong

It was fun to climb inside, turn the steering wheel and run around inside it, although there’s nothing else to do once you are inside.

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The whole area is dotted with life size Peanuts figures. I’m not sure if you’re meant to climb on them (probably not, knowing Hong Kong) but the twins both enjoyed interacting with them.

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Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy

Charlie Brown Snoopy World Sha Tin

The whole Peanuts gang (plus two small extras)

Peanuts gang statues Hong Kong

Something to do with a school(?)

Peanuts school Snoopy World Shatin

There was also a pretty impressive climbing frame but because the ground was slightly damp from some rainfall the night before, the park attendants kept this area shut *sigh*

Playground at Snoopy World

The boat ride is the real highlight, and I’ve heard it can get pretty busy at weekends and public holidays. Even on a random weekday, we had to queue for about 10 minutes for it. It’s very short, but I’m very impressed that it was free! You just get in a little boat (2 people max. per boat, and that includes small people) and go round a loop, passing by different Peanuts scenes. It only lasts about 5 minutes but it’s quite fun. The twins loved it!

Boat ride at Snoopy World

These are a couple of the things you see on your way round:

Boat ride scene Snoopy World Sha Tin

Boat ride scene Snoopy World Shatin

So there you are, if you have young children and Sha Tin isn’t too difficult for you to get to, Snoopy’s World is a nice little trip out. We’ll definitely go back, the twins really enjoyed the bus and the boat ride. You probably won’t need to spend more than an hour or so there though.

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

 

Candid Hong Kong – an evening at the races

Every fortnight I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

Given that I used to live in Happy Valley, it took me a ridiculously long amount of time to go to the Happy Valley races on a Wednesday night (except in the height of summer). I went earlier this year with some friends and it was really fun – a very relaxing way to spend the evening with a few drinks, some food and the run of watching the horse races. The minimum bet is HK$20 (about £1.70) so my husband and I had a small bet each on each race. We were doing quite well at one point, but it went downhill in the last half of the evening and we made a small loss of only a few dollars overall.

I tried to take photos of the horses racing but they were too fast!

160112 Candid Hong Kong Happy Valley races

Thanks for reading!

Rachel