Last updated on July 30th, 2023 at 12:05 am
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As most people already know, Hong Kong is a shopping paradise for many things including fashion.
The fashion over here is inspired by Korean style so there are a lot of Korean-inspired clothing stores.
I was at a bakery one night trying to use up my coupons before they expire when I spotted some cheap Korean clothes across the street.
It took one visit for me to fall in love with these budget-friendly Korean clothing stores for women.
Now, I know that many people are into Korean fashion so this list will talk about where you can find cheap Korean clothes in the city.
Let’s get started!
Cheap Korean Clothes #1 – Granville Road
Granville Road is a street in Tsim Sha Tsui that is a must-visit for those looking for cheap Korean clothes.
There are stores sprinkled on the street and around the area including shops like All 50 Up and Believe.
If you continue walking up the street and then turn right from Granville Road, you’ll see a small shopping mall called Rise Shopping Arcade on Granville Circuit.
It’s easy to walk past this building because the entrance has dark lighting. It might look plain on the outside but there’s a lot to see inside. You just have to keep an eye out.
The fashion stores here are smaller than the ones on Granville Road but there are more of them. They are also all very close together, which makes it convenient to shop.
Don’t forget to walk around the surrounding area either. Although Granville Road and Granville Circuit have clothing stores near each other, the streets nearby also have a few cheap Korean clothing stores. They’re just not next door to one another.
It’s best to come to Granville Road and Granville Circuit later in the evening. Although the stores at Granville Road do open earlier, most stores in Rise Shopping Arcade don’t open until around 3 to 4 pm.
Although a lot of people visit Granville Road to buy clothes, there are also beauty stores and many restaurant options nearby. Sit down at a restaurant like Outdark and have some good Korean fried chicken after some shopping.
2) Maple Fashion
Maple is a Hong Kong retail chain that sells mostly clothes but also sells accessories like jewelry, scarves, and bag.
There are many stores all over the city, including one on Granville Road (the one there is the biggest Maple store I’ve been to so far).
At first glance, you might think this store is too funky. Their clothes on display are quite colourful but don’t be fooled. You might be able to find some suitable items for yourself as you’re browsing through their racks. There are simple and neutral coloured clothes within the store.
What’s great about Maple is that they often have sales. If you join their membership program, you’ll get a discount every time you shop there. They even give out coupons which make you want to continue shopping there.
Maple does have an online store so check out their website.
Try to make time to go to a Maple store in person though because not all of their items are on sale on their website. However, if it’s not convenient for you to go in person, it is an option. You can also go online to get an idea of what types of clothes they sell.
3) Brilliant Mlle
Similar to Maple, Brilliant Mlle also has several locations around the city.
What’s unique about Brilliant Mlle is that their store layout is sorted by colour. You can walk straight to the colour rack you like.
Each rack is quite compact so it can be a hassle to look through every piece of clothing of a certain colour.
If you like something, ask the salespeople if there are any other available colours. They usually do as many of their clothes have multiple colour choices.
If Maple isn’t your style, maybe Brilliant Mlle would fit you more. The fashion here is younger and more feminine.
Look around the store to see if you want to purchase anything else before checkout. The more you buy from Brilliant Mlle, the more discount you’ll get.
Also, if you’re a part of their membership program, the store will give you a discount on your ENTIRE birthday month. It’s pretty sweet.
View their clothes online by visiting Brilliant Mlle’s website.
Cheap Korean Clothes #4 – Hello Milk Tee
Hello Milk Tee is Brilliant Mlle’s competitor.
Both fashion brands have their clothes separated by colour and have an online website. Even the prices are similar.
There are slight differences though.
There seems to be more of an emphasis on plainer clothes at Hello Milk Tee. Their selection is also less overwhelming. There’s more space between the clothes whereas each clothing rack at Brilliant Mlle’s is full of clothes.
Also, Hello Milk Tee focuses on lighter, pastel colours while Brilliant Mlle has more neutral colours.
You can do a quick online research and compare the two stores.
If you prefer to look at clothes in person, there’s a Hello Milk Tee and Brilliant Mlle store in Causeway Bay that are a few minutes walk away from each other.
Personally, I buy more clothes from Brilliant Mlle because there are more store locations around the city. The places I tend to frequent are more likely to have a Brilliant Mlle than a Hello Milk Tee.
Also, the clothes at Hello Milk Tee are a tad girlier, which isn’t my usual taste.
5) Focus. S
Focus. S is a women’s clothing store chain that has been growing in popularity in Hong Kong.
It is very on vibe with Korean fashion stores. They have a sleek, modern interior that focuses on neutral colour clothing. The store even has Korean music blasting from the speakers.
Focus. S is the store you go to if you’re looking for plainer clothes. There’s no fancy design on their tops and bottoms. But sometimes, you just need something plain for your outfit.
The price point of this store is similar to Hello Milk Tee and Brilliant Mlle but there is no online store.
You must go in person.
Thankfully, there are several store locations around the shopping districts of Hong Kong: Mong Kok, Causeway Bay, and Tsim Sha Tsui.
6) Argyle Center
This is the last on my list but I’m excited to talk about it because I ADORE Mong Kok.
Mong Kok is a district known to sell budget-friendly items from electronics to fashion to cute gifts.
Within that area, there’s a place you need to know about.
It’s a mall called Argyle Center (this is probably my favourite place to buy clothes). This shopping mall has three floors filled with a mixture of cheap Korean clothes, snacks, and skin care stores (although it’s mostly fashion).
It’s connected to New Town Mall so there are even more shops to look at! You can seamlessly walk from one mall to another.
Similar to Rise Shopping Arcade, you can easily miss the entrance if you walk past it. Look for the bright orange New Town Mall sign. There are a few entrances so it shouldn’t be too hard to find.
Once you do find the entrance, turn around the corner and go up the escalator to get to these shopping floors.
Also, when you’re done shopping after, the mall is extremely close to a subway station (Mong Kok station). There is no need to lug your shopping bags full of Korean fashion around with you.
Inside Argyle Center
Argyle Centre sells the latest Korean fashion trends. Some stores even have clothes that are directly from South Korea.
There are some stores in Argyle Center but most of them are stalls in the middle of the floor where there are only curtains separating each one.
You’ll be surprised to see how many clothing stalls and stores can fit on one floor. It is extremely compact. The store owners have to get really creative with fitting so many clothes in a small space.
Everything is tight together so if you come here on Friday nights or weekends, you’ll be squished. It’s hard to properly shop when everyone is squeezing into a tight area trying to look at a rack of clothes.
The biggest tip to shopping here is to look around before committing. Some of the stalls sell the same item. You never know, the same skirt can be cheaper two stalls down.
Like Rise Shopping Arcade, most stores aren’t open until late afternoon. I came here at 1 pm once and half the stores weren’t even open.
Come here around 2:30-3 pm. Most of the stores open around then but people are still at work. You’ll have more room to look around.
There are lots to see here.
Argyle Center is probably your best bet for Korean fashion although too many clothes can be overwhelming to look at.
Important Notes – Shopping for Cheap Korean Clothes
These stores tend to have one standard size for everything (although there might be different sizes for outwear like jackets).
If you don’t fit the standard size, it will be pretty hard to look for clothes here on this list unless you look for oversize clothing.
Thankfully, most of the stores will have at least a few pieces that run on the larger size because Korean clothing brands like the oversized look.
What sucks is that you can’t try on most of the clothes either (some stores make an exception for outerwear like blazers and coats) so it’s a guess on whether or not you can fit into something.
(Maple is an exception because you can try on full-priced, non-white clothes.)
It can be extremely frustrating, especially for those who lived overseas. It would be strange to buy clothes without trying them on first but it’s more normal here in Asia.
On the bright side, these stores do accept exchanges so keep your receipt and bring back your item if it doesn’t fit at home.
I don’t really get the point either. I mean, why not let someone try on a pair of pants in-store? You can save all that hassle from coming back to exchange something. Or maybe these brands are banking that people won’t bother coming back.
If you want to exchange something at a store in Argyle Center, it will be pretty difficult to remember which store it is exactly. You stay there long enough and it feels like all the stores are basically the same.
There are tons of options to pay for something in Hong Kong.
Locals rely on their Octopus, credit cards, and payment apps like Alipay and WeChat pay. However, it’s still very much a cash-based society.
Bring cash when looking for cheap Korean clothes to be on the safe side, especially Mong Kok.
Some places might not accept credit cards.
Final Thoughts – Cheap Korean Clothes
With so many options in Hong Kong, you never have to worry about not finding cheap Korean clothes you love.
You can even look like your favourite Korean actress or KPOP idol if you care about that.
Create your perfect wardrobe by shopping at these stores and not breaking your bank account!
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