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Get the Hottest Items in Hong Kong at These Shopping Hubs



Nothing transformed Hong Kong so much in recent decades as the construction of the metro system, the Mass Transit Railway (MTR). And above many of the new main stations appeared a shopping center, so you could say that just as the MTR threads its way about the city both geographically and metaphorically, so shopping is woven into the city's DNA. Each of Hong Kong's major shopping centers has its own character. IFC in Central is super smart, with its own team of concierges on call to advise on where best to dine or shop for a particular item. Citygate Outlets – right by the international airport – works on the old principal of "pile them high and sell them (fairly) cheap." Times Square – a mammoth skyscraper that pays homage to all things retail – has inspired the streets around to shape up their act, so they too are now home to a select group of smart shops and boutiques. Best of all, Hong Kong's shopping centers are all easily accessible by public transport or taxi, and stay open until late in the evening – and that includes weekends and public holidays. And of course, for every designer label flagship, there's a dozen quirky independents. Enjoy!


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Lantau Island
Citygate Outlets
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Citygate Outlets are right next to Tung Chung MTR station, within striking distance of the airport. Both prices and choice are excellent. Most of the stores are international brands, such as Timberland, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike and the British style icon Laura Ashley. The whole of the 10th floor – accessed by elevator – is devoted to shoes and accessories, with Crocs and Le Saunda both proving popular. There is a small cinema attached to the mall, and the synchronized fountains in the plaza outside Citygate attract large crowds of spectators. The outlets are especially popular with tour groups from Mainland China.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: As Citygate is close to the airport, it's perfect for some last-minute shopping.

Ed's expert tip: Citygate gets very crowded – get here as soon as it opens if you can.

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Langham Place

Langham Place is actually a three-part complex consisting of a hotel, office tower and 15-story shopping mall. Built atop the Mong Kok MTR station, the mall is popular and easy to get to, with a six-screen cinema and a good selection of shops. There's a Seibu department store, plus several international chains like Levi's, United Colors of Benetton, and A|X Armani Exchange. Hungry? Try DeliFrance, Curry-in-a-Hurry or one of thirty-some other eateries. When Langham first opened, it was surrounded by old tenements, which have gradually been cleared away and replaced by more shops and stores which imitate Langham's upmarket retail experience.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: In one of the most densely populated parts of the planet,Langham is as much about experience as it is about shopping.

Ed's expert tip: Langham is also within walking distance of Mong Kok's signature outdoor markets.

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Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa


This vast complex is known for its restaurants – there are about 50 places to eat, covering virtually every cuisine and level of service. Its other notable feature is the concrete ship-shaped center building, which houses a department store and a large video arcade. The various individually named buildings each have a special focus. Most of the shopping and dining are located in Screen World, Home World, Fashion World and Treasure World, although there's at least one restaurant in each building. Additional features: a huge billiards hall, cinemas, education centers and kindergartens, and office and residential space. Unusually, there is no nearby MTR station – a taxi is your best bet.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The central design – a concrete ship anchored in the middle of Hong Kong – is the city's most eye-catching.

Ed's expert tip: This is one of the most photogenic shopping centers in Hong Kong – pick a clear day to take some good snaps.

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Tsim Sha Tsui
Harbour City
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Hong Kong's largest shopping center, Harbour City is divided into thematic zones. At Ocean Terminal you'll find high fashion such as Vivienne Westwood, plus a kids' section with the largest Toys R' Us in Asia. At Ocean Centre and Gateway Arcade there are additional high-fashion boutiques, including Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada. The fourth zone is part of the Marco Polo Hotel and features a Lane Crawford department store and cinemas. The mall has some 700 shops in all, plus about 50 restaurants. The mall is adjacent to Hong Kong's city center cruise terminal, so liners moor right next to it.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The harbor-side location makes this one of Hong Kong's most refreshing malls.

Ed's expert tip: If you need a break from shopping, Kowloon Park is just across the road at the northern end of Harbour City.

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Central
Cityplaza

Built directly above the Tai Koo MTR station, Cityplaza's anchors are Marks & Spencer, Toys"R"Us and Wing On, which is Hong Kong's home-grown department store; most of the employees have been on staff for years, and are both knowledgeable and helpful. The variety of shops is great, with plenty of international chains and designer names among them, such as Arnold Palmer, DKNY, United Colors of Benetton, Calvin Klein, Crabtree & Evelyn and L'Occitane En Provence. The mall also has more than 30 eateries, from fast food to upscale sit-down restaurants, but perhaps its biggest draw is the ice skating rink.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The mall is well designed, spacious and easy to navigate.

Ed's expert tip: Avoid weekends, when the mall is especially crowded.

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Festival Walk


Hong Kong malls are constantly striving to be bigger and better than their competitors, so while the store directory is often similar from one mall to the next, the list of extras varies widely. Festival Walk boasts an 11-screen cinema, a massive ice skating rink, and 20,438 square meters (220,000 square feet) of office space. There are more than 200 stores, including Swarovski, Timberland, agnes b., Aquascutum, Hugo Boss, Christian Dior, Levi's, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Marks & Spencer. As the main shopping center in the area, Festival Walk attracts a lot of local residents. MTR: Kowloon Tong.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The skating rink gives the mall a bright and breezy air.

Ed's expert tip: Kowloon Tong is a residential area on the northern edge of Kowloon, and there is not a lot to see or do outside Festival Walk.

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Causeway Bay
Times Square


Times Square consists of two towers (46 and 39 stories), with over 83,613 square meters (900,000 square feet) of retail space between them, plus about 92,903 square meters (one million square feet) of office space. Pick up the latest fashions at Charles Jourdan, Coach, Kookaï, Max Mara, Anna Sui and Vivienne Tam. Browse the offerings at big department stores Lane Crawford and Marks & Spencer. Look for gifts at Links of London or Montblanc. Get some new tennis shoes at Nike, Reebok, Fila, Puma or New Balance. Grab an ice cream cone at Ben & Jerry's or Haagen Dazs, or dine at the super-trendy Water Margin or Wasabisabi.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Times Square is quite the best mall in Causeway Bay,

Ed's expert tip: Immediately opposite Times Square, Russell Street is lined with smart stores and boutiques.

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Central
IFC Mall
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Hong Kong is a shopper's paradise. It seems that everywhere you turn there are fabulous malls, outlets, markets and boutiques. IFC has a definite edge though, with a variety of designer boutiques that should please even the most devoted fashionista, including A|X Armani Exchange, Tiffany & Co, Juicy Couture, Givenchy, Escada, Burberry, Bulgari, Kate Spade and Aquascutum. Dining options range from casual to elegant and include Isola, Inagiku, Pret-A-Manger and Lei Garden. There's also a five-screen cinema and Hong Kong Station (linking directly to the airport). The Apple store is one of the sights of Hong Kong, packed with fans from morning till night.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: No other mall in Hong Kong comes close to IFC for selection, ambiance, or the excellent mix of dining, shopping and entertainment.

Ed's expert tip: Ride the escalator up to IFC's top-floor deck to take in the harbor views.

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Pacific Place


This place is huge, sitting on about 2.6 hectares (6.5 acres), the complex boasts over 464,515 square meters (5 million square feet) of commercial and retail space. Major anchors are Lane Crawford and Seibu, and there are all manner of designer shops: Aquascutum, Manolo Blahnik, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Chanel, Chloé, Dolce &Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Escada, Hermés, Jean Paul Gaultier, Prada, Vivienne Tam, Bottega Veneta and Kate Spade, to name just a few. There's also a bevy of high-end jewelry designers – Bulgari, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Cartier, Piaget and Van Cleef & Arpels. Pacific Place sits immediately above Admiralty MTR station, and is next to Hong Kong Park.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: A recent renovation has propelled Pacific Place to the top rank of Hong Kong malls.

Ed's expert tip: Hungry? Pick up supplies from Great food store (in the basement) and picnic in Hong Kong Park, right next to the mall.

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Central
Landmark


Connected to the Mandarin Oriental's Landmark Hotel, this four-story shopping center is open and airy with a wide range of fashion boutiques. A few of the internationally known names you'll find are Gianni Versace, Narciso Rodriguez, Bottega Veneta, Coach, Body Shop, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co, Dolce & Gabbana, Emenegildo Zegna and Moschino. Eateries tend to be a bit more upscale here, as well. The Landmark is connected by air-conditioned walkways with three other shopping complexes: Prince's Building, Chater House, and Alexandra House. It's also right above Central MTR. It would be easy to spend the best part of a day here without passing the same shop twice.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Landmark comprises a very up-market selection of stores and boutiques.

Ed's expert tip: Check out the Landmark's information terminals, which are dotted around the mall and provide a wealth of information.

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