You can't miss the original. Today, Harbour City spans two million square feet, and it takes at least 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other. You can browse through 450 shops, grab a bite at 60 restaurants or catch a movie at the cinema. You don’t even have to spend any money to enjoy the place: Harbour Terminal recently unveiled a new five-storey expansion with public observation decks that offer an unparalleled view of the harbour. With an open view to the west, it’s one of the best spots to watch the sunset in Hong Kong.
Walk west under the enormous camphor trees of Haiphong Road and you’ll discover a new generation of malls that have opened in more recent years. In most other cities, shopping malls sprawl over a huge amount of land, but in space-deprived Hong Kong, malls go up. The ONE rises 29 storeys, with shops and restaurants including fine dining with 270-degree harbour views on levels 17-21. Not far away,soars up 31 floors, with bars and restaurants on the upper levels — including some with terraces that offer sweeping views of the city.
Malls have innovated in other ways, too. The dazzlingraises the bar with its megawatt mix of upscale retail, destination dining and museum-worthy art collection, all housed within a striking, architectural space on Victoria Dockside. Sibling in Tsim Sha Tsui also includes an art space that hosts regular cultural events and art exhibitions. Other malls have adopted a theme, whether deliberately or by accident. in Mong Kok is dedicated to sportswear and running shoes. is the place to discover vintage collectibles. is where youngsters head to keep up with the latest street-fashion trends.
Others are destinations in and of themselves. Champagne Court is known for its vintage camera shops, as well as the 1960s-era Star Cafe, which offers up tomato soup and a slice of nostalgia. Thanks to its many guesthouses Chungking Mansions contains the world in a single building, with ground-floor snack bars that serve some of the best chai and samosas in town. And if you happen to stumble into the shopping arcade of
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