Dear fellow shopping kakis, now you don't need to go all the way to Johor Premium Outlet or Sepang Mitsui Outlet Park, there's another outlet mall which officially opens its doors on 5th December - Freeport A'Famosa Outlet in Malacca. This 180,000 sq.ft. outlet village with over 100 retail units is located just outside A'Famosa Resort Malacca, easily accessible from the North-South Highway, about 55 minutes via the Alor Gajah Interchange from the Sungai Besi toll and only 30 minutes drive from Malacca town.
Freeport A'Famosa Outlet is set in an open air mall featuring a lake, fountains, carousel and windmill with architecture loosely themed on Malacca's Dutch heritage. Apart from shopping, this place is suitable for family outing as well as photography session. They provide more than 1,500 free car parking spaces but I can tell you it's definitely not enough as I've been told that people are queuing to enter the parking lot and they even park till the roadside. Thus far the shops opened include Nike, Forever 21, Cotton On, G2000, Puma, Sacoor Brothers, Samsonite, Triumph, Nature Republic and so on.
I was there on a Sunday afternoon and the outlet mall is totally crowded that you will have to queue up to enter the shop, fitting room and even cashier. Therefore, I will suggest you guys try to avoid weekends or else 3 hours of shopping is definitely not satisfying! Furthermore, Phase II is expected to be complete in 2016 with another 40 shops and the total outlet size including Phase II and III is 310,000 sq.ft. which will definitely be a big hit among the Malaysians!
We were actually on a shopping mission to put on our best outfit with the theme 'casual' on a budget of RM350. We were literally running from one to another shop and I ended up buying the navy shirt and black denim skirt from Cotton On for RM60 and RM30 each, a sling bag and earrings from Forever 21 for RM60 and RM10 each (they are having storewide buy 2 free 1 and I share the deal with my friends) and a pair of Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 for only RM179. Total damage RM339 and you can get one whole outfit including accessories, such a great bargain isn't it?
When it comes to shopping deals, I understand that our main concerns are always the availability of size and whether is it long overdue and outdated stocks. Freeport A'Famosa Outlet does not let me down as I still manage to get my size with ease from XS to S and I'm so surprised to find that some of the new designs actually appear in Nike Factory Store which means they do not carry old stocks only. I wish I have more time and I will definitely be back for 2 or even 3 more pairs of Nike heh. Happy shopping!
Freeport A'Famosa Outlet
78000 Alor Gajah.
Operating hours: 10:00AM - 10:00PM daily
Website: www.fao.com.my | www.facebook.com/freeportafamosaoutlet