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Old August 20th, 2007, 08:03 AM   #181
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SAMBIL MALL, CARACAS - VENEZUELA

SAMBIL MALL, CARACAS - VENEZUELA

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Old August 20th, 2007, 08:22 AM   #182
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Oh those in Porland are great
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 05:45 PM   #183
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Old August 27th, 2007, 05:51 AM   #184
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OK, my verdict is out. First of all, I am not the one who choses this but my wife. She is a bit much better in choosing "the most beautiful malls" point of view because she is a woman. And everyone knows that 70 - 90% of mall shoppers and visitors population are females (50% - 70% in Asia though) and they know exactly what they are talking about. Here is my top five list or my wife's top five list:

1. Paris - malls have the neo-classical beauty with a female touch to a city that resembles femininity. After a century, the malls is still outstanding and deserves to be number one.


2. Milan - another classic. Just imagine those architectures and the interior design is just astounding! So that's why Milan and Paris are the fashion capital of the world. Just look at their malls!!!

3. Dubai - there is only two words that describe it, "MODERN CLASSIC". Dubai is trying to attract more female residents and tourists. My wife never heard of Dubai malls before but after she watched all of these images, she is already making plans to go there Too bad, we are already scheduled to go somewhere else next year.

4. Warsaw - another classic beauty. Malls like this deserves such appreciation especially after the long communist regime. It deserves a spot. Just look at the renovation!

5. Buenos Aires - my wife was trying to ignore South American cities but she changed her mind after she saw the malls in this city. Its simply astounding. Probably, the best malls in Southern Hemisphere ( I wonder if Melbourne and Sydney has better malls?).

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I feel bad that my country (United States) does not really have good malls. Many of the malls in here are build for expandability and convenience. However, in shopping streets, US Urban area are just amazing such as the Beverly Shopping Streets such as Rodeo Drive and New York's Fifth Avenue - the most expensive street in the world (Champs Elysee in Paris is not far behind). To tell you the truth, US Malls are in decline. Thanks to Walmart, Target and Costco, less and less people are shopping on the malls now than before.
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Old August 28th, 2007, 12:48 PM   #185
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Hong Kong doesn't have any "beautiful" malls.
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Old August 28th, 2007, 03:48 PM   #186
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Langham place in HK was quite nice. The big mall at causeway bay was hideous though.
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Old August 29th, 2007, 09:23 AM   #187
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Langham place in HK was quite nice. The big mall at causeway bay was hideous though.
Times Square?

Most HK malls are really generic - they all look like each other barring the difference in class/interior design/artefacts.

The Landmark is the only one that stands out, and it's not exactly "beautiful" (from the inside), but better than the rest. Also, there's always an aroma of cooked meat lingering about come lunch/dinner times which wafts in the general direction of your nose and makes you feel all giddy and hungry and amazing.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 03:52 AM   #188
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Amsterdam (Centre) Magna Plaza built in 1895












Amsterdam (South East) Villa Arena Woonmall (Near the Stadium Arena-area)












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Old August 30th, 2007, 12:41 PM   #189
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I love those two conversions in Amsterdam from the older buildings. Is the Magna Plaza the one that used to be the old post office, or is that another building?
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Old August 31st, 2007, 04:06 PM   #190
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I love all the classic and European malls.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 04:19 PM   #191
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Why do Asian malls have to be so damn tall and round?
The Middle East culture-themed mall in Dubai was cool.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 12:34 AM   #192
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European Malls usually are much more better than the Malls in USA... Take an example. Look at the Horton Plaza In Downtown San Diego:the design its too kitsh and trash...Compare it with The Mall Athens in Greece: too elegant, classy and outstanding!!!
malls in the USA are much older and the European and Asian and African malls have the benefits of being able to rework what is gross about the American malls

I can agree most of the malls I have been to here and in the states are quite blah

but the newer malls being built are much nicer - like Vaughn Mills near Toronto, Westfield San Francisco
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vaughn mills (pics from google) maybe locals can provide better ones









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Old September 4th, 2007, 03:21 PM   #194
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Times Square?

Most HK malls are really generic - they all look like each other barring the difference in class/interior design/artefacts.

The Landmark is the only one that stands out, and it's not exactly "beautiful" (from the inside), but better than the rest. Also, there's always an aroma of cooked meat lingering about come lunch/dinner times which wafts in the general direction of your nose and makes you feel all giddy and hungry and amazing.
Most malls on Earth are quite generic. At least Langham Place just looked modern and striking. And Times Square was very dull aside from the outside plaza area. After spending 5 minutes there, I became bored and got the MTR back to Mongkok to do some street shopping

There was a really good Chongqing hot pot restaurant in Causeway bay though!
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Old September 4th, 2007, 04:18 PM   #195
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^do you know any malls outside of Earths?
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Old September 6th, 2007, 02:53 AM   #196
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The malls in Portugal and Poland are nice. I went to the Vasco da Gama Mall in Lisbon. Not only did it look amazing on the outside, the inside was stunning.
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The Lisbon one and the Istambul one are the best modern malls in my opinion. Really great! The most beautiful by far is the Milan one though.

It is kinda sad to see "american" culture permeating the world through these malls though. I want Greece to be Greek, and Turkey to be Turkish, Portugal to be Portuguese, etc... You know? Ruby Tuesdays in Athens? Yuck!
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I agree.... I'm sure some of the malls in Greece could get some more modern Greek restaurants in them. It would be a lot better IMO.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 11:55 PM   #200
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^ god, sorry, but that's hideous inside, what with all that advertising.
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