Penang Design Village – First Outlet Mall in Malaysia’s Northern Region


Avid shoppers and bargain hunters in Penang must feel like Christmas came early to town! The much anticipated Penang Design Village is finally open, and it promises bargain prices on branded goods, all year long. As the first outlet mall in  the Northern Region, DV boasts some 150 shops over 25 acres of space, with brands such as GAP, Sacoor Brothers, Timberland, Superdry, Esprit, Guess, Levi’s and Samsonite among its list of tenants.

The mall is located in the Bandar Cassia district of Batu Kawan, about 40mins away from Penang International airport. Granted, it’s a bit far from the city centre, but since lots of developments are in the pipeline for the area, such as residential homes, condos, offices, an international college, golf course and theme park, we can expect the place to be busy very soon.


So what makes PDV different? Instead of an enclosed, air-conditioned ‘box’, like most other malls,  DV is designed to maximize the retail experience – with wide walkways, lots of green space and an open-air concept with naturally cooling ventilation systems. In fact, the mall reminds me of the large retail spaces I’ve seen in the US and the UK, like Liverpool One in Liverpool or The Grove in LA. Greenery aside, there are also spots for relaxation, seats for resting and beautiful water features.


Decorations are up for Christmas! 🙂


One of the key points of PDV’s design is their eye-catching ‘jewel boxes’, built with steel struts wrapped in Italian perforated fabric. At night, they glow from within with LED lights, casting a soft light resembling precious jewels. Quite a sight to look at! 🙂

The layout is such that it loops around all the shops without some being ‘left out’, as is usually the case with normal shopping malls where shops on certain floors or at the end get less traffic.

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Padini Store had clothes going for super cheap. Some T-shirts were less than RM10! Too bad we didn’t have too much time to go shopping coz we had to attend the launching event. We did drop by BVO to use our vouchers though. Got some pretty mugs for Christmas 🙂

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As of now they don’t have too many F&B outlets yet other than Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Wendy’s, but more are slated to come soon. You know how Malaysians are – we have to have our food anywhere we go.


Some other facilities visitors can enjoy: 

  • -Shuttle bus from KOMTAR and Gurney Drive to PDV daily
  • -‘Jungle’ playground facilities for the little ones
  • -over 2,500 parking bays, electric charging stations

Brands to look out for: 

  • Guess, Esprit, Banana Republic
  • Cotton On, Bonia, Sembonia
  • Carlo Rino, Brands Outlet, Beryl’s
  • Hush Puppies, Akemiuchi
  • Beauty Scents, The Cosmetics Company
  • Hush Puppy, Obermain, Bratpack


Got some goodies to take home! 🙂 A lovely soft scarf, a coin purse, and a small bottle of Bvlgari perfume (which smells awesome btw!)

So if you’re looking for good deals on branded or alternative brands, PDV is the place to hunt for them. There will also be loads of activities and performances throughout the month of December and New Year’s. Merry Christmas, and Happy Shopping! 🙂

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