Shopping 37 K, Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China Published on: 06-08-2016
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Why Dragon Centre Hong kong is special ?
One such gem is Dragon Centre (map!) or “西九龍中心”/”west kowloon centre”, located in the Sham Shui Po neighborhood of Kowloon. The easiest way to get there is via MTR subway. Once you step out of the station, you are totally transported into “old school” Hong Kong where the neighborhood is a little bit rougher around the edges (quite a contrast from most neighborhoods in trendier Hong Kong Island), but populated by nice locals. After walking past a couple of blocks of street hawkers selling the most random of electronics gear (oh look, a dusty power drill next to the 1980s-style home-stereo equipment next to the iPhone 5 cases!), you’re confronted by the big glass behemoth.
What to explore at Dragon Centre Hong kong?
I’ve explored many a mall since I’ve arrived, and found this 9-story wonder to be among my favorites, both for selection and price. There are the usual big-box/chain stores which are conveniently located but not particularly noteworthy (PriceRite and Japan Home Center for household goods, Wellcome for groceries, obligatory 7-Eleven, Watsons drugstore, etc.) and mid-range clothing/shoe stores of every kind. There are also two arcades and even an ice-skating rink.
The best attractions, though, are the little independent shops situated either in little mall-carts that ring around every floor or in the “Apple Mall” on the 5th-7th floors.
These “box stores” are amazing. There are dozens and dozens of little shops, some no bigger than a walk-in closet, squished together selling all sorts of interesting and cute wares. I saw many 1-person nail salons creating crazy nail art (non-local that I am, I might be a little wary of the hygiene levels, but they also sell manicure supplies and decorations to do it yourself at home!), hair styling/extension shops, endless accessories boutiques that would put our American Claire’s to shame, arts & crafts stores catering to all your creative needs, and every kind of adorable mascot knick-knack your hoarding heart desires. This mall is fueling my Rilakkuma obsession like nothing else.
Best of all, everything of decent style and quality is still cheap. Cheaper than in Mongkok, which I used to think was the bastion of cheap shopping, but now has become more expensive as probably more tourists make the area a destination. As an example, very pretty hair ties found for HK$40 (US$5.61) in Mongkok were sold for HK$5 (US$0.65!) in Dragon Centre. Stationery supplies are almost half the price compared to what’s available on Hong Kong Island. And you can be sure everything is emblazoned with enough cute and color to satisfy even a resident of Ponyville.
Finally, when you’re done running around from shop to shop like a crazy person buying many many sheet of stickers, you can hop over to the dun-dun-dun FOOD COURT (8th floor) for some serious nosh of all varieties.
There are tons of authentic Chinese dishes available, of course, but also Japanese, Western-style, sweets/desserts and…Turkish! The one drawback is that many of the menus are in Chinese, so even I will have to decipher and taste everything gradually as I learn more characters, but enough places have English for a good sampling, and there are many sit-down restaurants scattered all over the entire mall itself which have English menus. They are definitely worth a visit as well.
If you still have the energy after journeying through Dragon Centre, I would also suggest a visit to the nearby Golden Computer Center/Gold Computer Arcade (map!) (HK is so loose with the “Center/Centre” spellings, really) where you can look for bargains amidst the insane crowds. Or, if nothing fancies you, you can always go to watch some K-Pop videos, playing on a multitude of screens in endless loop.
- The best center in Hong Kong
- An amazing food court
- A selection of choice
- A great place to hang out
- For a couple hours of shopping
37 K, Yen Chow Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
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Large mall with local fashion labels, a supermarket, food court and the usual fast food outlets. The eighth floor has an ice rink and some amusements for the kiddies. Tracks for the now defunct rollercoaster is still hung from the rafters. Not much of an attraction, but if you're in Sham Shui Po for some computer shopping, pop in and cool off and have a coffee or something.
Dragon Centre is a nine-storey shopping centre in Sham Shui Po district. Tenants mainly deal in mid-range brands and lines, making this a popular place with local residents, particularly those seeking more accessible shopping than what is normally available in popular shopping districts around the city. Dragon Centre does feel a bit shabby in appearance compared to the many modern, bright and smart-looking shopping malls and centres around Hong Kong. This won’t bother some but others, eager to spend time in nicer malls, probably find Dragon Centre that pleasant. Generally speaking, this is not a place often targeted by visitors to Hong Kong. However, if you are looking for less expensive shopping centres and plan to spend time in Sham Shui Po, you might find this to be right up your alley. It is also a good place to seek refuge if the weather turns poor while you are visiting the local markets.