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Shopping Complexes: Citygate Outlets in Tung Chung
I have just returned from Hong Kong and another visit to Citygate at the western terminus of the Tung Chung line. This is the only "mall" in Hong Kong to be made up of discount outlets and most shops offer pretty hefty discounts of up to 70%. A new area known as Tenth Avenue has now opened selling mainly shoes and some handbags and wallets. Previously I have done the bulk of my shopping at the excellent Esprit Outlet. On my most recent visit, summer sales were in full swing across Hong Kong so I was a little disappointed by what the Esprit store had to offer. Generally the most heavily discounted items are last season but that doesnt matter as Esprit styles dont change dramatically.
There are a combination of mid and high range shops, the best of which is a good Coach outlet which was giving out extra discounts card to every shopper on the day I was there. If you are looking for kids clothes there are a handful of dedicated stores including a Chickadee (located on the left of the picture). Quicksilver and Adidas are also good stores to check out.
Many people go directly to Tung Chung to shop while others combine the trip with a visit to view the Big Buddha on Lantau Island. The Ngong Ping 360 cable car station is a short walk from the mall or if you prefer take the number 23 bus from the nearby bus station to Ngong Ping Village.
What to buy: Coach handbag or wallet.
New Town Plaza in Sha Tin
With so many shopping centres to choose from, you may think that NEW TOWN PLAZA in Sha Tin is not worth the extra few minutes on the MTR but in reality its not that far from Yau Ma Tei, though you have to change at Kowloon Tong to the blue line towards either Lo Wo or Lok Ma Chau.
This large suburban shopping mall has over 350 shops located throughout three sections. There are designer brands but also loads of mid range stores. I've shopped in both Phase 1 and Phase 3 but there is also another section called Grand Central Plaza which houses furniture stores and IKEA's flagship store in Hong Kong. If you like Snoopy, he has his own little world.
I liked the variety of stores. In Phase 1 there are the usual fashion stores like Zara, Esprit and H&M alongside a new Kate Spade store and a branch of Uniqlo (there are 11 throughout HK) which stocks very reasonably priced well made casual wear for the whole family. For jewellery lovers there is Thomas Sabo, Pandora and Swarovski.
In Phase 3 there are loads of smaller boutique style stores. Rabbit (a shoe shop on Level 3) is worth checking out if you are looking for reasonably priced young casual styles. Yata department store which stocks Japanese merchandise is located in this section and is worth browsing as do have many items on sale. I like the layout of the Yata store. Its like a shopping mall inside a shopping mall.
NEWS FLASH: Cath Kidston opened a new store in New Town Plaza
What to buy: Check out the new Cath Kidston store which opened on 11 May 2013
What to pay: Handbags, luggage, linen and cosmetics were all reasonably priced.
ELEMENTS Shopping Centre - Kowloon Station
I like the interior of Elements Shopping Centre but find its location a little out of the way. I have walked there from Jordan MTR which takes approximately 20 minutes but its easier to take the MTR to Kowloon Station. There is also a covered walkway from Austin MTR station. The MTR Corporation owns Elements and has obviously invested a lot of money in the development of West Kowloon.
The mall is divided into five areas, each of which is an "element" of nature. The architecture of each area is defined by either wood, fire, earth, water and metal. The unique features of the mall interior makes ELEMENTS popular with high end retailers and fashion stores are very prominent. There is an excellent Metro Bookstore and some nice restaurants.
As well as shopping Elements has a huge cinema complex and an ice skating rink (similar to one at Festival Walk shopping centre in Kowloon Tong). Wifi is available inside the centre.
What to buy: Designer items. Lucky Jeans has opened their first retail outlet recently.
Festival Walk - Kowloon Tong
Festival Walk is a very pleasant shopping mall located north east of Mongkok in Kowloon Tong. Its just a couple of stops from Mongkok and the lower level of the mall is directly accessed from the Kowloon Tong MTR Station. Within the centre there are 200 shops, restaurants and a large cinema complex. Along with Elements shopping mall, Festival Walk also provides an indoor skating rink which always seems to be well utilised by very talented young skaters.
I always make a trip to Festival Walk when I'm in Hong Kong as I like the spacious layout and ambience. Plus there is a smallish Marks and Spencer and an H&M which are favourites of mine. You will also find Broadway and Fortress and Log-On and most of the same brands that are in every shopping centre in Hong Kong.
One that isnt so well known is Franc Franc, a Japanese chain which stocks homeware items suitable for small spaces. I always have a look there to see if there is anything I can fit in my suitcase.
Peninsula Hotel Shopping Arcade
The iconic Peninsula Hotel has its own very exclusive shopping complex. The Peninsula Arcade is probably the oldest shopping "centre" in the city and over the years has been home to Hong Kongs most exclusive shops.
Currently Hermes, Prada, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chanel, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co, Michael Kors and Baccarat are just some of the exclusive labels available. There are also a handful of quality but I would imagine expensive tailors.
Even if you are a budget traveller its worth walking through the Peninsula Shopping Arcade just so you can say you have been there!!!!!!!!!
What to buy: Exclusive designer brands.
What to pay: $$$$$$$$$$$$. Window Shopping is FREE!!
2IFC Mall in Central
The IFC mall is a stylish shopping complex located in the IFC2 building, which by the way is Hong Kongs second largest skyscraper. It is the home of the Lane Crawford Department Store and the first Apple store to be opened in Hong Kong.
The three-level complex houses more than 200 high-end shops and restaurants, as well as a five-screen cinema, a city super food store, and public open-air terraces with million dollar views of the harbour and Kowloon. Its not nearly as large as other malls in Hong Kong but has an enviable location, being only a few minutes walk from the Central Ferry Piers. It has direct access to the Airport Express Hong Kong Station.
Shops are normally open by 11am and start to close around 8pm. On weekends the covered walkways linking 2IFC to the Star Ferry Terminal and Connaught Road are crowded with domestic workers enjoying their day off.
From 2IFC you can use any number of above road covered walkways to access various areas around Central (see my separate review)
For those interested in the history of Hong Kong currency see my review of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority in my off the beaten path tips.
What to buy: A gift for someone special from Lane Crawford.
Langham Place Mall in Mongkok
Mongkok in Kowloon is a massive shopping precinct and at its heart is the stylish Langham Place Mall. Its quite easy to locate what you are looking for as shops stocking particular items such as shoes/handbags are housed together in one area which makes browsing easy.
The style of the mall is unusual and quite trendy with little boutique shops being located within a spiral walkway. An amazing escalator connects some of the floors.
As with most shopping centres all the major brands are represented amoung the 200 stores. I particularly like the H&M store. There is also a popular food court.
By presenting a travel document to the Customer Service counter tourists receive a welcome gift and the "LP Card for Tourists" which can be used to get discounts of between 5% and 20% at participating retailers within Langham Place Mall.
Please read my "Getting out and about in Mongkok" travelogue for further information on Langham Place Mall.
What to buy: Loads of fashion and accessories for young people.
Island Beverley Centre - Causeway Bay
The Island Beverley Centre in George Street is always on my shopping agenda. I love wandering through the narrow corridors poking my head into shops not much bigger than a large cupboard.
Island Beverley contains three floors of mainly local independent fashion designers selling their own cutting edge fashion including one-off items. The centre attracts a mainly young clientele looking for something trendy and out of the ordinary but is great for the dedicated window shopper as well. Among the quirky styles are some really beautifully designed options. Always worth a look in my opinion.
What to buy: Shoes, there are some great distinctive styles at Island Beverley.
Shopping Complexes: TELFORD PLAZA in Kowloon Bay
Kowloon Bay is a residential area in Hong Kong and is the site of the old Hong Kong Airport (Kai Tak) which was built on reclaimed land in Kowloon Bay.
Telford Plaza is a large mid range shopping centre and is located beside the Telford Gardens residential complex (developed and managed by the MTR Corporation) and Kowloon Bay MTR station. As such, Telford Plaza caters mainly to locals living close by and is probably not well known to tourists, but is worth a visit in my opinion if you are looking for a shopping mall with local flavour.
I enjoy shopping at Telford Plaza as it has a relaxed feel to it and is nicely laid out. The public outside area which joins Telford Plaza 1 (two floors) and Telford Plaza 2 (4 floors) is a hive of activity but also a nice place to sit and relax while shopping.
The 250 shops are located along 6 avenues within the complex including Telecom Walk, Sunshine Bouylevard and Electronic zone. I noticed a good number of well priced ladies fashion stores, some of which I had not seen in other malls in Hong Kong.
What to pay: In smaller boutiques clothes may be slightly cheaper than in Kowloon or Causebay Bay for example
TIMES SQUARE: Times Square in Causeway Bay
Times Square was one the first "vertical shopping malls" to be built in Hong Kong and sits in the heart of Causeway Bay.I love this shopping precinct as it is so vibrant and offers so much choice but I find that the best fashions are found in the trendy boutiques surrounding Times Square.
Times Square itself is a sophisticated shopping centre and very spacious which is appreciated when you are trying to fight your way through the crowds. I do enjoy having a quick browse through a few of its over 200 international brand name shops. Lane Crawford and Marks and Spencer have stores here as well as Broadway and Fortress for all things electronic.
Times Square is a popular dining venue as it offers an excellent selection of good quality restaurants. Tony Romas is worth checking out. There is easy access to shops and restaurants from the MTR station at Causeway Bay.
Hotels chains Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Best Western all have properties within easy walking distance.
What to buy: There are a large selection of leisure and sports wear shops including Timberland, Nike, Puma, North Face, Adidas, Lacoste and Lesportsac and a good range of jewellery stores.
What to pay: Limited only by the size of your wallet.
Shopping Complexes: The Peak Galleria
The Peak Galleria is a leisure and shopping complex and tourist attraction located at Victoria Gap, near the summit of Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island.
By Peak Tram: Peak Tram starts at Garden Road, Central
By Bus: Take bus no. 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D)
By Minibus: Take green minibus no. 1 from MTR Hong Kong Station Public Transport Interchange
What to buy: Disneyland tickets , Gifts, antiques, Chinese souvenirs
Shopping Complexes: City Gate outlet Mall
Brand names/designer clothes on sale...what else do you want? just make sure that you are not going to spend all your money there! I know I did
What to buy: Brand Names Women's clothes
What to pay: If you want you can spend all your life saving!
Shopping Complexes: Langham Place Mall
The Langham Place Mall was connected via a walkway to our hotel Langham Place Hotel, so we could get to the Mall without even going outside - it was brilliant! And a great selection of shops and restaurants here as well, something for eveyone for sure, not just catering towards the high end market.
Shopping Complexes: isquare - Nathan Road TST
This is one of TST's newest shopping centres with a good variety of stores. There are 7 levels of stores, cinemas, supermarkets and restaurants. We discovered this was the best station for us to use the MTR so we were in and out of isquare each and every day. I also discovered a new Starbucks in here, so occasionally indulged in "real" coffee for breakfast. isquare was only about a one minute walk from where were staying at Hop Inn so very convenient for us.
Also in isquare is a HMV store, with a huge selection of audio stuff, all at great prices, but unfortunately none that were compatible for us to use in Australia.
isquare is definitely worth a look, with some High end stores, but not as many as a lot of other shopping arcades.
Langham Place Shopping Mall: He--uuuuuu-ggeeeee!!!!
How many levels of shops can you ask for? At Langham Place Shopping Mall, they have 15 levels in total! That is sheer craziness!!!
Located in the heart of Mongkok and its MTR station, Langham Place Shopping Mall is one of the in place to visit. It is also a walking distance to the women's market (Loi yen kai). So once you've done with your 15 levels of shopping, you can proceed to the street market just a stone's throw away to continue the shopping adventure!
What to buy: It's everything under one roof - food and beverage, electronics, beauty and skincare, cinema, confectionary, department store, fashion, toys, jewellery and many other shops. You'll be spoilt for choice.
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