Ikea is a Swedish company that is now the world’s largest furniture retailer (en.wikipedia.org). Its first branch in Hong Kong was built in 1975 in Tsim Sha Tsui (www.ikea.com). Today, there are three branches existing in Causeway Bay, Kowloon Bay and Shatin and a warehouse in Sheung Shui.
In other parts of the world, Ikea products can usually be found in the flats of college students and those who just moved out of their parents’ house. Here, it seems they are the staple, and condominium basements and bulletin boards can attest to this.
Five reasons why we will keep on going back to Ikea for the rest of our stay here in Hong Kong:
1. good and functional design, providing a solution for the space problems of the people of Hong Kong
2. low price, a solution for the high cost of living here
3. low installation rates compared with local household service companies
4. cheap but very good food, especially their meatballs
5. charitable causes in partnership with UNICEF, so it’s like you buy and donate at the same time (en.wikipedia.org)
Okay, Mr. Diplomat, I know what you think I am missing out on…an icing on the cake is Mr. meatballs at Ikea Causeway Bay, so do try the meatballs there one of these days…there!