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5 Favorite Hong Kong malls

After more than 6 months of leisurely (and sometimes lonesomely) going around Hong Kong, I have narrowed down my shopping preference to just five malls. All of them are conveniently located in the Central and Western District in Hong Kong Island and the Yau Tsim Mong District in Kowloon Peninsula, both of which are flanking Victoria Harbour.

The Mall at Pacific Place (conradhotels1.hilton.com)

1. The Mall at Pacific Place boasts a list of luxury brands packed in just three levels, above which are serviced suites, two office towers and four hotels. I love dropping by this place after my Cantonese class for the convenience of having Zara and Mango side by side. Having Smashbox, Laura Mercier and NARS in Lane Crawford, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics in Seibu, and standalone Shu Uemura and Dior also means that I can shop for my entire makeup kit here sans my MAC Eye Kohl. Creed perfumes are also available in Lane Crawford here. Of course, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Manolo Blahnik complete the team.

Harbour City (www.harbourcity.com.hk)

2. Harbour City is the biggest mall here at 2 million square feet. It is attached to serviced apartments, 3 hotels and 10 office towers. This mall houses Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo under one roof. Smashbox, Laura Mercier and NARS are in Lane Crawford here, along with MAC in Faces and a standalone Shu Uemura. Zara has a shop here, whereas H&M is just across at Silvercord mall, which is also attached to Harbour City. Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada are also beautifully lined up outside the mall, along Canton Road. The Ocean Terminal Car Park by the southern side of the mall also offers an excellent view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island skyline.

Elements (commons.wikimedia.org)

3. Elements is above the Airport Express Kowloon Station and at the base of the tallest building here, the International Commerce Centre. It is also attached to serviced suites, the tallest residential estate, two other residential estates and three hotels. Zara and H&M are next to each other here. It also has standalone MAC and Shu Uemura. Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Jimmy Choo are present as always. This mall is by far the coziest for me as not so many people go here on a regular day.

The Landmark atrium

4. The Landmark has already been here since the late 1970s but was renovated in 2003 to complete the complex with one hotel and three office towers (en.wikipedia.org). Shoe addicts can get Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo here in one go. It also carries Shu Uemura in Harvey Nichols and standalone Dior and NARS. Louis Vuitton and Gucci are also available here.

View from the IFC Mall rooftop showing the International Commerce Centre, the tallest building in Hong Kong, in the Kowloon Peninsula skyline

5. IFC Mall, like Elements, is on top of the Airport Express Hong Kong Station and at the base of what used to be the tallest building here, the Two IFC. Serviced suites, a hotel and another office tower complete this complex. MAC, Laura Mercier and Creed are in Lane Crawford here. Mango used to compete with Zara in this mall, but it recently closed down. Only Prada is represented among my coveted bags here. Do not miss out on having a drink while enjoying Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon Peninsula skyline at this mall’s rooftop.

Langham Place was in a standoff with IFC Mall given that it has MAC and Dior in Seibu, standalone Smashbox, NARS and Shu Umemura, H&M, and our favorite Mos Burger! The major deterrent for me to go to this mall is that it is in the heart of Mong Kok, which once held the Guinness World Record for population density (en.wikipedia.org). For pretty much the same reasons, I did not include any mall from Causeway Bay (sorry, Causeway Bay fans). I prefer my shopping, window shopping or otherwise, to be as therapeutic as can be.

On a side note, followers of Giorgio Armani should pay homage to Chater House where you can find Armani Libri, Armani Fiori, Armani Dolci, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics, Armani Junior, Boutique Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and, to complete the Armani overload, the Armani Bar!

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