Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hong Kong "Otakuland" and 新天地 Bubble Tea

Once upon a time, many toys bore the markings "Made in Hong Kong"...this was such an epicentre for toy manufacturing. Today, Hong Kong is still no.2 in toy exports worldwide, even though most of the production has shifted to China. Since hubby is into toys, action figures and model kits, we had to see what the shops had to offer. It was a geeky shopping trip.

UML Hobby Shop at Nathan Road
We visited UML's flagship mega store, the largest hobby store in Hong Kong. Three floors of major brands like Bandai, Hasbro, Lego, Mattel, Airfix, Tamiya, Takara Tomy and more!
G/F-2/F, 579 Nathan Road, Mongkok, Kowloon (Tel: +852 2771 1930)

There are lots of hobby shops in Yau Ma Tei too.

Geekland. CTMA Centre in Mong Kok has toys galore!
CTMA Centre in Mong Kok is apparently THE mall for toys/action figures, and it is indeed crammed with shops of all sizes, selling toys of all sizes, including life size replicas. Too bad none of the shops allowed photography. Oddly it also has lots of shops selling ladieswear. I suppose that's all aimed at the bored girlfriends who have to tag along.

Get your geeky fix here! Movies! Manga! Xbox! Angry Birds!
Get your geeky fix here! Movies! Manga! Xbox! Angry Birds!

Sham Shui Po
While scouting out Lau Sum Kee noodles, I also caught a glimpse of Sham Shui Po has long been famous for electronics and computers. The place still has a very 70s or 80s feel to it. Well, it's not quite Akihabara, but it is quaint in its own way.

Yam Milk with Pearls
And why is it that some random bubble tea in Hong Kong is so much better than whatever we have in Singapore?

Lovely drinks, so many!
Lovely drinks they have...we picked the yam milk with pearls. It was superb!

This is the stall, with the red signboard, for the bubble tea
This is the shop we got it from. 新天地 (Xin Tian Di) at Sham Shui Po.

Anyway, that was our shopping exploration of all things otaku. We barely scratched the surface, I'm sure. There are more on Hong Kong island that we didn't get to check out. There's just too much to see in Hong Kong!


  1. I'm looking through your other HK posts for my next trip there. I absolutely love it, I want to move there (seriously).

    I agree, there is soo much to see and I didn't have a lot of time when I visited recently. I hardly saw my hotel room because I was out and about, but I still had a bunch of stuff to see!

  2. arrgghhh you needed to post this like a month ago
    UML is so near where I was staying

  3. If I'm not mistaken, there's a Xin Tian Di at United Sq basement, near Cold Storage

  4. Flora: thanks, yeah, HK is so compact and amazing...I only want to move to Japan, but then again living there and visiting is totally different...

    Highlander: oops!

    Jcefoo: Ooh thanks for the tip!

  5. The UML flagship store is gog to move soon - not sure when though


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