Shopping Complexes, Hong Kong
Visit the Sha Tin shopping centre of NT, as it is one mega huge shopping complex. There is also a Snoopy's World located on the outside for all the under 10 year olds and for any stressed out parents! About 5 minutes away from the centre is Ikea the swedish store and the 10 thousand buddhas.
What to buy: Anything you like, shop and sightsee at the same time!
Our hotel was located within the shopping complex, so this was a natural place for us to do our shopping. Pacific Place is a designer shopping center carrying many of the large designer stores, specialty shops, banking institutions, health and beauty supply stores, and anything else you would expect to find in a shopping center.
You will be in heaven shopping your favorite designer labels like Christian Dior, Fendi, Coach, Dolce & Gabana, Burberry, Channel just to name a few. There is also a large food court with fantastic restaurants
What to buy: A shopping complex, you will find every type of store you may be looking for.
What to pay: From average to expensive.
One of the many shopping centres to be found in Hong Kong, Pacific Place will keep even the most compulsive of shopper happy with lots of stores to visit, spending those pretty Hong Kong dollars, or even maxing out the visa!!
They have a range of shops, from clothing, to electrical equipment, and then there is also a range of eateries to have lunch at.
We did walk past the food court and the smell that came from there was fantastic, and the food looked very nice too, so that might also be worth a try.
What to pay: Really depends on what you are going to buy.
This giant shopping mall with 300 shops, restaurants and cinemas is located in the heart of Mong Kok. It is the architectural design that is what I like the most about the mall. Its design is not traditional, very open concept, with escarlators that skip some floors and stairs that go up or down without any pattern. If this is your first time to the mall, you'll surely stop and look up as soon as you enter the food court level. Part of the floor opens all the way to the top - 8-10 floors up, with huge metal spiral decorations that shpaed like a tree. Huge windows bring warm sunlight into the building. There are 15 floors that you can explore!
Some interesting background info about this area: The mall, the office tower and the 5-star hotel complex is the government's attempt to clean up this area, which is better known for the adult entertainment business. They are just a block away and are still up and running.
What to pay: Above average compare to the street level shops in Mong Kok, as the mall itself is a bit more upscale.
One of the many malls of Hong Kong, the New World Centre offers shoppers a variety of shops.
Within the complex you can expect to see department stores, restaurants, fashion stores, and many many more.
Only a few minutes walk from the Start Ferry Terminal and from Tsin Sha Tsui station, its on a good location if you have the urge to spend some dollars.
At night the centre is easily recognisable as the outside is lit up with lights that change colour, very cool indeed!
Ocean Terminal, Ocean Centre and Harbour City are three interconnected shopping malls in downtown Kowloon which together contain more than 750 shops and restaurants. There are lots of fashionable clothes stores and boutiques, a food court and a cinema in Harbour City. It's easy to lose your way inside, but there are information desks to help you.
What to buy: Clothes, jewellery, watches, perfume, cosmetics etc.
Festival Walk is the largest & one of the most upscale in the city. It has over six floors, & takes at least a half a day to explore. To some, it might remind you of the American MegaMalls. Under this mall is the MTR -KCR interchange, where over one million people away change from train to subway & vice versa. It has become one of the most important transportation hubs in Hong Kong.
Many world brand names have opened here, including Marks & Spencer(largest in HK), Espirit, Disney Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Escada Sport, TCNY, French Connection, MANGO, Armani Exchange, CHANEL, MAC, Aveda, Estee Lauder, Michael Rene, Tommy Hilifiger ......
In addition to the 200 + stores in the mall, there is an AMC(movie theatre) & Hk's largest skating rink.
It is very interesting to see people skate @ Festival Walk, for unlike North America, there are less than 10 ice rinks in Hong Kong. First of all, not many people in HK like the cold, & second there isn't space & capital(land is very expensive) in Hong Kong to operate large scale skating rinks.
Instead of just skating around, a lot of skaters here hold on to each other to form a snake, & you could see the one at the front struggling to get everyone moving. Sometimes people would get so scared that once the line wobbles, everyone runs towards the boards, causing people from behind to crash into them. This may not always happen, but it's very common.
What to buy: brand name ...
What to pay: 100 HKD +
There is this complex in Causeway near Fashion Row. Its just outside the MTR station and to enter it, you must go up an escalator on the corner of the building. There are some of the most adorable clothes in these tiny shops that fill this building. Most of the stores are barely bigger than a walk in closet, but the clothes are very original and cute! There are also very cute shoes and accessories on display as well. I did not see anything that was selling for more that USD $30.
What to pay: USD $3 - $45.
If you are into branded items (real stuff, not fake), but want to shop in a discount, you can check out Citygate Outlets shopping center in Tung Chung. The mall consists of 3 floors of outlet shops, with over 60 international brand names. Offer year-round discount of 30% - 70%. Good place for treasure hunt.
What to buy: Amarni Exchange, Jill Stuart, Nautica, Vivienne Tam, Esprit, Bally, Laura Ashley, Polo, Calvin Klein, Lanvin, Moiselle, Nike, Adidas, Puma, K-Swiss, Columbia, Quick Silver, Joy & Peace, Folli Follie, Lancel, Clarks, etc.
Times Square is located in the Causeway District on Hong Kong Island. It is one of the biggest shopping malls in Hong Kong, with over 230 shops, spread out over 16 floors. It is also one of your more pricier malls of Hong Kong as well, with stores like Gucci, Lacoste, MARKS & SPENCER, French Connection, FIORUCCI, Bossini, Bally, and TOMMY HILFIGER just to name a few. You could definitly max out your Visa, and MasterCard here.
The Restaurants are not cheap either, but we found California Pizza Kitchen to be within our budget, located on the 13th floor of the mall. Just like any other Californina Pizza Kitchen, except located in Hong Kong.
Though most of the shops are out of my price range, it was a great place to window shop, and just walk around.
New Town Plaza in Shatin is the closest shopping mall to Shatin KCR station. It takes you about 25 minutes to travel from Mongkok KCR station to Shatin KCR station where the Plaza is located. You can find a wide range of restaurants, cinemas, department stores, etc for your shopping convenience. It's an ideal getaway from the tourist areas in Hong Kong and you can also venture out even further and do some more exploring around Shatin, basic Cantonese is an advantage but most people speak English.
What to buy: Sporting goods, watches, foodstuffs
What to pay: Less expensive that the UK for most things. I picked up a Nike Watch for £40 which retails in the UK for £80. Also has a good foodcourt which sells cheap Asian food (Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian)
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.
Come to this bright shopping centre with the breathtaking architecture and open-air terraces. Easy to find while situated right above the Hong Kong Station and, only 2 minutes away from the Outlying Island Ferries ... this is International Finance Centre, better said "are 2 IFC", because of 2 tower complexes!
The first was completed in the year of 1998, 210m. tall and has 38 storeys with ... yep, 18 high speed lifts, double-deck elevators. It is the second IFC building that got so famous. This is the tallest building of Hong Kong, and has 88 storeys, a lucky number to the Cantonese people who believe that 88 is an extremely auspicious and good balanced number. That happened with the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2003 which was awarded to the "best 2 new skyscrapers" of 2003 ...
What to buy: Well, it is not the most expensive mall of Hong Kong, though I think the prices are spicy, and surely not below the market. I shopped there for the breathtaking architecture, the exciting atmosphere, the inspiring building, the artistic views ... really!
What to pay: High-fashion boutiques all around even have deals and sales, still an Calvin Klein T-shirt you will have to pay about 100$ ... and if lucky about 40.
Peak Galleria is located at Victoria Peak lookout, and unexpectedly a decent mall. Not as over priced as we were expecting being that it is at Hong Kongs biggest tourist attraction and we actually found some good bargains on some souveniers.
The best part about the Peak Galleria is that it makes for a great place to pass the time while you wait for sunset. If you arrive in late evening at Victoria to see it by day, and by night, then the Galleria is the place to go while you wait for the city lights to come on. Also a great place to get a bite to eat, and catch some views of Hong Kongs Southern shores.
Elements is one of the newest shopping malls, openend in 2008. It is divided into 5 zones base on the concept of the five elements of Nature, namely Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. Each zone is designed with a distinctive interior architectural theme that responds to the element, which makes orientation quite easy. Modern art points out the elements.
The Elements has a total of 123 shops as of 2008, along with an ice rink and the 1600-seat Grand Cinema, currently the largest cinema complex in Hong Kong.
The shopping mall has great emphasis on fashion and wardrobe with (as of 2008) 58 shops in that category out of a total of 123 shops in the mall.
It also houses a lot of restaurants.
What to buy: I was mainly fascinated by a big supermarket, which offers just everything of delicacies you can dream of.