Part 1 of the Butterboom.com guide to outlet shopping in Ap Lei Chau. Let’s face it, Hong Kong is the fashion capital of Asia – besides the top-end designer boutiques that line Peking Street, Central district and Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay, there are plenty of high-end shopping centers and malls in Hong Kong to satisfy just about anyone.
However, any shopaholic worth their salt have seeked out outlet malls for bargains. Although we’re not the biggest fans of rummaging through piles of clothes, there’s definitely some great deals to be had for those who are prepared to put in that extra effort. We sent our shopping expert King Chan over to Ap Lei Chau Estate to get the scoop…
The 28th floors of retail outlets at Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau Estate which was converted from an industrial factory warehouse is an outlet shoppers’ dream come true. Originally the building housed home and furniture stores but of late top-end designer labels have set up their outlet shops here in droves.
Our top 10 shops worth a visit are:
1) LANE CRAWFORD WAREHOUSE
The “Harrods” of Hong Kong, Lane Crawford is one of the must-visit stores at Horizon Plaza. Find top-end designer brands like YSL, Lanvin, Christian Louboutin, Valextra and Emilio Pucci We found a pair of Stella McCartney and Marni high heels shoes for less than HK$1,000 a pair.
Hot tip: Check out the bargain corner for their bags.
Where: Located on 25/F, Horizon Plaza. Tel: 2118 3403
Joyce is well known for its fashion-forward style. They tend to favour high-end, expensive big name designers like Alexander McQueen, Dries van Noten, Givenchy, Balmain, Hugo Boss, Etro, Balenciage Rick Owens and Jil Sander. Lesser known designers like Alexis Mabille, Viktor & Rolf can also be found here.
Where: Located on 2102, 21/F, Horizon Plaza. Tel: 2814 8313
3) I.T OUTLET
I.T is great for contemporary fashion. They bring in young, edgy designers and also streetwear labels from Japan. Expect to find brands like Comme des Garcons, Maison Martin Margiela and Merci Beaucoup. This outlet is a lot more organized than the others. Labels can be clearly seen and clothing easily found. Off-season apparels are discounted at up to 80% off.
Where: Located at 502-4, 5/F, Horizon Plaza. Tel: 2553 8356
4) ARMANI OUTLET
A real bargain outlet!! You can usually find a pair of chic and stylish Armani shoes from last season at 60% off. Other finds include bags, hats, belts, jackets, suits and even evening dresses are discounted. You can also find EA7, Armani Sportswear line on the rack at a substantial discount.
Where: 2203-5, 22/F, Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong.Tel: 2552 9880
We love Marni for its innovative & quirky style. They are known for using top quality materials and high production quality that ensures garments are well made and tailored. This small outlet offers a good discounted range of Marni’s pret-a-porter pieces like geometry prints multicolored tops, over coats, shoes as well as fun and colorful accessories.
Where: 2713, 27/F, Horizon Plaza. Tel: 2553 5263
- Location: Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong. Tel: 2554 9089
- Opening Hours: 10:00-1900 daily. Some shops have different operating hours or close one day a week. Joyce Boutique is closed on Mondays.
How to get there?
We recommend taking the taxi but if you want to take the bus, here’s how to –
- From Central: City Bus 90 Central (Exchange Square) to Ap Lei Chau Estate
- From Causeway Bay: City Bus 92 Causeway Bay to Ap Lei Chau Estate
- From Airport: City Bus A10 Airport 9Ground Trans. Ctr) to Ap Lei Chau Estate
- From Central Ferry: NWFB 91 Central (Ferry Piers) to Ap Lei Chau Estate
How to get back?
- From Ap Lei Chau: Take Horizon Plaza shuttle bus at Ap Lei Chau Estate Bus Terminal
- Frequency: Mon- Friday: Every 15 minutes: 07:45-19:35
- Sat & Sunday:Every 20 minutes: 09:00-19:30
– By King Chan