Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Hong Kong's 1st outlet mall

Citygate Outlets

Situated at Lantau Island, Tung Chung, Citygate Outlets is a convenient shopping stop-over after a visit to the Giant Buddha or Disneyland. At only a mere 5-minute bus ride away from the international airport, it's also a place to squeeze in some last minute shopping before your check-in.

Given Hong Kong's reputation as a shopping paradise, it comes as a surprise that Citygate Outlets could actually lay claim to being the first and only discount outlet mall in Hong Kong. The 462, 800 square feet mall, spanning over 5 levels, opened within the last 2 years or so and carries international brands names, ranging from designer labels, to sports, accessories, children's wear and home, and purportedly offer 30% - 70% discount.

Special mention to the sprawling I.T. Outlet that just opened in August 2007, on level 1. The listed I.T. group is a popular chain of multi-brand stores that carry their own range of brands (izzue, b+ab, 5cm, Chocolate) as well as renowned designer labels, such as Marc Jacobs, cacharel, Hussein Chalayan, to cult labels - A Bathing Ape, 2K and Commes des Garcons. For more information, visit website:

The mall also has 17 dining establishments, ranging from the usual suspects of McDonald's, KFC and the ubiquitous coffee chains (in this case, the Pacific Coffee Company) to cafes and restaurants to a food court (a grouping of several food vendors/stalls under one concept).

I recommend the Thai restaurant located on the basement level, Golden Siam Thai Cuisine serves tasty Thai food at affordable prices. For an even cheaper alternative and more variety, the Singaporean food court chain, Food Republic offers a variety of food stalls, including some popular Singapore dishes, such as chicken rice and laksa (recipes adapted to local tastes). And if you need to grab a quick snack, there is a sprawling supermarket, Taste.

The mall is most accessible via the subway MTR. Alight at Tung Chung station and link to the mall via Exit C.

If you're travelling from Hong Kong International Airport, board buses S1, S52 or S64.

The mall is opened from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm daily. For more information on Citygate Outlets, visit website:

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