After eight years of living in Shanghai I finally visited Hong Kong and the reason couldn’t be merrier – New Year.
Hong Kong is a city with a truly crazy atmosphere: breathtaking skyline, numerous shopping malls, hundreds of cafes, small markets, narrow streets with cute shops and cafes, restaurants of literally all the cuisines in the world and those skyscrapers….simply jaw-dropping!!!!! And the proximity to the beaches makes this city simply irresistible. I said my good-byes to to year 2016 at Repulse Bay!
I’m not into the major tourist destinations, so No, I didn’t see Big Buddha or the temples, I didn’t go to Disneyland or Ocean Park, instead I discovered HK by walking and simply enjoying its atmosphere and all the details. I did go to Victoria Peak, I have a thing for beautiful views and the view there is truly amazing!!!
What I did a lot in Hong Kong is shopping! “Shop till you drop” they say and it is a reality in HK! I took couple of days to discover its vintage scene and outlet shopping. Now I can truly consider myself HK shopping guru. So here are couple of places you should consider visiting:
- Speaking about vintage shopping: go to Bang Bang 70’s for a great selection of vintage bags and accessories. It is in central location so it won’t be difficult to find it. Go to 16A Aberdeen Street, Central. I got an amazing over-sized clutch from 70s for about 700 HK dollars. Please note that Vintage HK relocated to an unknown destination. Select 18 had a cute collection of vintage inspired jewelry and sunglasses. It is at 18 Bridges Street, Central.
- For designer outlet shopping visit Prada and Miu Miu outlet (aka Space) at 2/F Marina Square, East Commercial Block, South Horizons, Aberdeen. But be prepared to wait in a line as there might be a lot of people willing to buy a discounted Prada bag:)) I came there shortly before 5pm and had to wait for around 30 min, but it was worth it. I cam out with a pair of glittery Miu Miu heels for just 800 HK dollars!!!!! Consider going to Horizon Plaza for a serious designer outlet shopping. It is situated at 2 Lee Wing Street , Ap Lei Chau. It can be considered a heaven for those searching for designer discounted items: Marc Jacobs, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Saint Laurent, Chloe, Lane Crawford Outlet, Joyce Outlet, I.T Outlet … you name it, they have it! I wish I had an unlimited credit card for that one!!!! Citygate outlet is probably the most popular outlet in HK (and the most crowded one). It easy accessible through MTR (Tung Chung station, exit C) and there is a great choice of brands: DVF, Coach, Michael Kors, Adidas, Bally, Burberry, Club Monaco and many more . For more information go to HERE . God I did some serious shopping there!!!!