hong kong

  • Discover where the locals spoil themselves at a shopping hotspot
  • From Prada to Armani, pick up some high class fashion
  • Enjoy organic vegetarian food, or a steak-and-ale pie - whatever you fancy

Tax-free shopping makes Hong Kong a retail lover’s dream, but you could do even better at the outlets in Ap Lei Chau, on Hong Kong Island’s sleepy south side (only 20 minutes away from the Conrad)—a secret firmly guarded by fashionistas. First, head to the Prada and Miu Miu outlets at Marina Square, a completely inconspicuous neighborhood shopping mall nestled in the South Horizons residential complex. The outlet is in the east wing of the mall—look for the entrance next to the fresh food market. Next, hail a taxi for Horizon Plaza, which is five minutes away in Ap Lei Chau’s industrial pocket. This mammoth building is a favorite of decorators and families, with its abundance of furniture stores and baby retail, but keep your eye on the prize—this is also where the outlets of Hong Kong’s legacy luxury department stores, Lane Crawford (25th floor) and Joyce (21st floor) are located. You’ll also find Armani (22nd floor), Max Mara (27th floor), and Marni (27th floor) here. Style mavens need to eat too, and for a quick pick-me-up in Horizon Plaza, sink your teeth into the city’s best cupcakes at Sift (22nd floor). For something more substantial, on the next street down from Horizon Plaza, hidden in another industrial building, is Artichoke Canteen, with a wholesome, mostly organic and vegetarian menu. Check out the adjoining art space for rotating exhibitions from emerging artists. If weather permits, stretch out on the expansive terrace and enjoy the tranquil views over toward Lamma Island. If you’re in the mood for meat (or if it’s Monday or Tuesday, when Artichoke is closed), dry-aging specialists The Butchers Club Deli is a short cab ride away, for a “London pub meets New York deli” menu of Angus beef burgers, steak-and-ale pie, Reubens, and of course, steak. The deli shares space with well-curated menswear purveyor Ed1tus, and with Casa Capriz’s rare vintage furniture, for a final bout of retail.

​For Marina Square, you’ll need to head to Ap Lei Chau - a smaller land mass just off Hong Kong Island - accessible via a bridge. We recommend getting a taxi, although some busses also service it. You’ll find hundreds of residential towers in this miniature Hong Kong.

​​MARINA SQUARE: 12A-18A Haiyi Road, Ap Lei Chau

HORIZON PLAZA: 2 Lee Wing St., Ap Lei Chau; +852-2554-9089

ARTICHOKE CANTEEN: 10 Lee Hing St., Aplie Chau, 3rd Floor, Harbour Industrial Center; +852-2580-0293; artichokecanteen.com

THE BUTCHERS CLUB DELI: Shui Ki Industrial Building, 16th Floor, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Rd.; +852-2884-0768; thebutchers.club/the-deli

​ED1TUS: Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Rd; +852-9760-0437; facebook.com/ed1tus.com

CASA CAPRIZ: Kwai Bo Building 1st Floor, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Rd; +852 93181730; casacapriz.com