With over 200 stores, Times Square is an iconic landmark as well as one of Hong Kong’s most famous shopping malls. It stands proudly on 1 Matheson St. If you’re coming up from the subway, find Exit A to go directly to the Times Square basement.
You’ll find plenty of luxury fashion labels here, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Dior Homme and Fendi, but there’s also a good variety of mid-range apparel like Zara, Topshop, Levi’s and Aldo. The high-end department store Land Crawford takes up the ground floor, while skincare and cosmetics brands like Chanel, Laneige and L’Occitane occupy the basement. In addition, there are floors near the top dedicated to sportswear and electronics.
This 13-storey, Japanese department store on bustling Hennessy Road sells everything – clothes, makeup, luggage, children’s apparel, stationery, home deco, fragrances, tableware, handbags, toys, mattress, appliances – this list goes on. Luxury European and Japanese brands feature most prominently at SOGO, meaning that things tend to be on the pricier side. However, there are promotions and discount sales several times a year, including during Chinese New Year. Check their website for details.
Fashion Walk refers to the upscale boutique stores lining Kingston St and Paterson Street. Stores like Diesel, Under Armour, Vivienne Westwood, A.P.C. and Alexander McQueen all have boutiques here. For a coffee break or lunch, you can turn into Cleveland St (also known as Food Street) which cuts right between Kingston St and Gloucester Rd. This walkway is filled with trendy coffee shops, restaurants and bakeries, including the famous New York cake-boutique, Lady M.
Fashion Walk is a short distance away from MTR Exit E, just across from SOGO. Walk East along Great George St until you reach Paterson Rd.
This mall only opened in 2012 so it’s not yet a Causeway retail institution, but its size of 17 storeys and 42,000 square meters of retail space, as well as gleaming new interiors, are definitely impressive. Here, you’ll find popular brands including Lululemon, Gap, Moleskine, REDValentino, French Connection and Superdry. Book and stationery lovers will be delighted with Eslite, a three-storey English and Chinese-language bookstore selling books and magazines of every genre and topic under the sun.
Hysan Place is conveniently located next to MTR Exit F, right across Hennessy Road from SOGO. There are entrances to the mall from both Hennessy Road and Jardine’s Crescent.
Lee Gardens One and Two
The Lee Garden hub is a premium retail space split into multiple towers. Lee Garden One, located on Hysan Ave, offers luxury labels like Bvlgari, Elie Saab and Chanel, while Lee Garden Two, located on Yun Ping Rd (a short distance away from Lee Garden One) is known for its children’s clothing, including brands like Dolce & Gabbana Junior, Burberry Children and Petit Bateau.
Are you a fan of casual Japanese brands? Lee Theatre, located just a stone’s throw from Times Square on Percival Street, houses a 2-storey Uniqlo and 4-storey MUJI for minimalistic Japanese apparel, lifestyle and home goods.
Jardine’s Bazaar and Jardine’s Crescent
Those looking for bargain deals should check out the stalls and boutiques along the swarming streets of Jardine’s Bazaar and Jardine’s Crescent. They’re absolutely crammed with budget shops and roadside stalls for your browsing pleasure. The merchandise isn’t exactly high quality but you can score plenty of good-looking dresses, tops and accessories for great prices. Jardine’s Bazaar is also home to a gleaming five-storey outpost of Forever 21, the American casual apparel brand.
Island Beverly Centre and Laforet
Conveniently located between SOGO and Fashion Walk, these budget malls are extremely popular with Hong Kong’s younger crowd. Island Beverly is on George George St, next to MTR Exit E, and Laforet is around the corner on East Point Road.
You’ll find plenty of Korean and Japanese boutiques squeezed into tiny retail spaces, selling trendy accessories, shoes, clothes and more. You might stumble across some pretty unique finds, but be aware that most boutiques don’t open until early/mid-afternoon and that clothing sizes run small.