- Not only home to some of Hong Kong's glitziest skyscrapers, Central is also host to many glamorous boutiques, department stores and shopping malls. Top-end international designer labels as well as home-grown talent cater for those never seen in last season's collection. Anyone on a budget need not despair though, as small side streets are crammed with market stalls overflowing with cheap clothing and fashion accessories. Although never empty, the pavements become even more crowded at lunchtime as sharp-suited business people flock to trendy restaurants and coffee shops offering tasty but pricey Asian and international cuisine. Jam-packed noodle bars, tucked into steeply inclined lanes around the Central Market, offer an equally filling alternative at rock-bottom prices. Central provides a melting pot of icy cool fashion and food outlets surrounded by hot and humid market streets, a mix that typifies Hong Kong's attitude of 'anything goes'. Glamorous 'ladies that lunch' shopping in expensive boutiques; business people dining in chic eateries; market stalls offering anything from fresh vegetables to designer copies: Hong Kong's premier shopping district has all this and more. Payment methods differ from store to store.
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