Like the shops but don’t like the heat? You’ll be glad that Hong Kong has mega malls connected directly to the (air-conditioned) MTR in most districts. Aside from major retail destinations like Causeway Bay and Yau Tsim Mong, there are also hubs that manage to pack a universe of products under one roof. Hop through these tried-and-true shopaholic favourites one by one, or pick one that checks off all the items on your ‘to buy’ list.
Connected to MTR Kowloon Station along the Airport Express line,is a great start to a shopping journey straight off your flight. Themed after the five Chinese elements of wood, water, fire, earth and metal, the vast mall offers mid-range and top-of-the-line fashion, skincare, jewellery and accessories, as well as Hong Kong’s largest natural and organic food supermarket, 3hreesixty.
Just one stop away is, connected to both MTR Hong Kong Station and Central Station. Housing over 200 mid-priced to luxury labels, the mall also serves up a wealth of delectable dining options, with many of its outlets offering jaw-dropping views of Victoria Harbour. For something even more special, head to the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel directly atop the mall for Michelin-starred fare.
Also connected to MTR Central Station and ifc mall via the walkways is the luxury mall, known for the elaborate window displays of its ground floor stores. It is a serene world of high-end shopping, including Louis Vuitton’s Asia flagship store and Harvey Nichols, with prestigious Michelin-starred options to match. The airy Café Landmark is a classic favourite, where local celebrities can sometimes be spotted.
One stop east from MTR Central Station lies, a swanky, spacious architectural masterpiece offering high-end and mid-range international labels. Directly atop MTR Admiralty Station, the complex houses over 140 shops and restaurants, a department store, four five-star hotels, a cinema and a fitness studio. Be it the season’s latest ready-to-wear collections or some of the city’s finest culinary offerings, or even just some artisanal chocolate after a yoga session, Pacific Place will have you covered.
Skincare and makeup lovers simply cannot miss The Beauty Gallery, a collection of top-notch brands inspired by the Victorian opulence of the Burlington Arcade in London. Should you fancy some fresh air in addition to the tasteful selection of clothing and accessories, the mall is also connected to the Starstreet Precinct as well as Hong Kong Park, where you can enrich your shopping experience with hip independent stores and restaurants as well as lush greenery, respectively.
Connected by a 100-metre-long tunnel to MTR Wan Chai Station just one stop east of Admiralty,is one of the few tree-lined, stone-paved pedestrian walkways in Hong Kong. Chill out at the sidewalk cafes and laid-back restaurants or wander through the local and international stores selling everything from designer accessories to brand-name kitchenware. Should you decide to hang around long enough, you might catch its transformation into a lively dinner-and-drinks hub.
Located in the heart of the intimate Wan Chai community, Lee Tung Avenue is surrounded by local stores, market stalls and down-to-earth joints. Be sure to check them out before heading back to the MTR.
From Wan Chai, it’s just a 13-minute train ride to MTR Tai Koo Station, connected to the largest shopping hub on Hong Kong Island. A family-oriented mall with over 170 shops,is ideal for those with kids in tow, with children’s wear, toy stores, a food court and dozens of family-friendly dining options. The mall also has Hong Kong Island’s only ice rink and is home to the city’s only APiTA — one of Japan’s most popular department store chains.
Cityplaza also serves the sprawling housing estate surrounding it, making the mall a one-stop source for everything from daily necessities to electronics and sportswear.
Pop across the harbour to MTR Kwun Tong Station, where one of the exits is the entrance to. Nighthawks have had a mall to call their own since the mall opened its doors and kept them open into the wee hours (the name is a combination of am and pm). This after-dark shopping hub houses over 170 retail outlets which close at midnight, while restaurants stay open until 2am and entertainment spots carry on until dawn. Fans of Japanese lifestyle store LOG-ON will be pleased to find a branch here.
With the tagline ‘Play More Sleep Less’, the mall unsurprisingly pitches to the young and trendy, and is a favourite venue for local celebrities to promote their latest movie and music releases.
MTR Kowloon Tong Station lies at the heart of an extensive transport network with direct links to the MTR Kwun Tong Line and MTR East Rail Line. Atop this transport hub sits, a relaxed sky-lit space with over 200 of the world’s best-known brands and numerous dining options. With a space vast enough to house a skating rink and a cinema, the mall’s location and broad range of shops attracts a clientele of all ages. From families looking to get groceries, toys and home appliances to teenagers checking out the latest gadgets, from beauty enthusiasts trying out the latest skincare products to fashionistas hunting down the latest designer accessories, this is indeed a mall with something for everyone.
Finally, after a nine-minute ride to MTR Sha Tin Station, you’ll find yourself at one of the largest shopping malls in Hong Kong.offers over 350 boutiques and 50 restaurants, as well as supermarkets selling Japanese and Taiwanese foods. And don’t forget the kids: they’ll have a ball with Charlie Brown and his friends at Asia’s first Snoopy’s World. Serving the nearby residential estates, the family-friendly mall offers numerous budget and mid-range shopping and dining options, ranging from sportswear to gadgets, fast food to dim sum.
The mall’s location at MTR Sha Tin Station makes it a great pit stop for travellers coming from or going to Shenzhen on the MTR East Rail Line.
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