The Tatler Guide To apm Mall, Hong Kong
Malls are a dime a dozen in a shopping mecca such as Hong Kong, but few feature such a claim to fame as apm mall in Kwun Tong.
Its allure can be found in the meaning of "apm" — it's a combination of time designations "am" and "pm", referencing the fact that most of its 170 stores are open until midnight, with restaurants keeping their doors open until 2am and entertainment venues welcoming guests all the way until the wee hours of the morning. Select stores are even open for 24 hours a day.
Considering apm's bevy of stores to browse through, from fashion and beauty brands to audio-visual and lifestyle concepts, we wouldn't be surprised if shoppers utilised the mall's extended opening hours to their fullest. The complex also boasts facilities like sitting areas, LCD TVs broadcasting local channels, storage lockers, and even phone and tablet charging stations for added convenience.
Visit Palace apm to take in the latest blockbuster hits, whether it's family-friendly animated films or action flicks you're after. The cinema even shows more cerebral offerings such as showings of National Theatre Live, the Royal National Theatre London's project to live broadcast their productions to select institutions around the world.
Palace apm comprises 875 plush, comfortable seats across six houses, with the smallest theatre accommodating 98 and the largest 286. The movie-going experience is enhanced by a state-of-the-art USL 8 channels audio system as well as vibrating seats.
apm's Best Restaurants
apm boasts a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, particularly when it comes to Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian cuisines. Of particular note is Made in HK, an upscale cha chaan teng concept masterminded by Tony Cheng of Ammo, Le Salon and The Drawing Room fame. Pay this restaurant a visit if you're looking for Hong Kong classics with a modern, international twist served up amidst charming, welcoming surroundings.
There's also a branch of historic, Michelin-starred Cantonese mainstay Lei Garden here, where you can enjoy classics such as barbequed pork, Peking duck, double-boiled soup, and plenty of dumplings, besides. Also not to be missed is Japanese joint E-pai Teppan-Yakitori, which serves up okonomiyaki and teppanyaki dishes washed down with plenty of wine.
There's also an array of tea shops, bakeries, and delis if you're simply hankering for a snack. Grab a bubble tea from homegrown tea purveyor Cha Long, pick up some French pastries from Paul Lafayet, or even stock up your pantry at Imperial Bird's Nest.
Things to do in apm
There might be Apple stores in more centrally located shopping malls, such as IFC or Hysan Place, but Apple at apm has the bragging rights of being the tech brand's largest space in the city. And, like many stores at apm, it's open until midnight.
Always a good spot to stop for a coffee and a chat, Starbucks apm has the added bonus of airy interiors with plenty of seating, as well as fascinating art on the walls and wide windows overlooking the rest of the district.
Those who live nearby can grab groceries from Japanese department store and supermarket group YATA. The apm supermarket offers gourmet fresh food as well as plenty of takeaway options, from sushi and sashimi to pizza. Watch out for its monthly specials, too.
Hong Kong bookseller and publisher Joint Publishing have been in business since 1948; now, it even has branches in the USA and Canada. It also has a branch here, dubbed JP @ apm. Have a browse through its English and Chinese books that span a vast breadth of subjects, from philosophy to children's stories.
Local lifestyle store Log-On is a firm favourite when it comes to gifts, accessories, and other knickknacks. Lomography cameras, home and personal gadgets such as power banks and Fitbits, and cute stationery by Sanrio are only a few of the quirky items you can expect to find here.
apm's parking, which is located in the basement, comprises 268 spots, including spaces that accommodate mid-sized vehicles up to 3.8m tall. There are charging stations for electric cars, too. The car park is open all day, every day.
apm Mall, 418 Kwun Tong Rd, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, +852 2267 0500, hkapm.com.hk