Uncover a maze of food, fashion and entertainment
Causeway Bay is the mecca for shopping on Hong Kong Island, and if you can’t find it here, you won’t find it anywhere! With countless retail stores, fashion boutiques and shopping outlets lining the maze of streets (on every level!), along with copious department stores and malls to explore, it’s no surprise this place is renowned for being hectically busy 24/7. If you’re not excited by the thought of splashing your cash on handbags and shoes (really?), you’ll be happy know that Causeway Bay is not just a shopping scene, it’s also an entertainment scene, a dining scene and generally just a great place to be and be seen!
Where to Eat:
So girls, you’ve done the ‘shop’ and now it’s time to ‘drop’ – just make sure it’s into one of the delicious restaurants lining Houston Street – better known as Food Street. With Shanghainese, Japanese and Thai to French, Spanish and Italian cuisines on offer, there’s definitely something for everyone on this aptly named street. Despite being situated in the heart of one of Hong Kong Island’s most hectic districts, this pleasantly green outdoor dining hub manages to create a relaxed and charming atmosphere. As most restaurants offer alfresco seating this proves a popular spot for date nights when the fairy lights make for a romantic backdrop.
Find it at Houston Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
This world famous chain of Taiwanese restaurants serves up Xiao Long Bao that are to die for! Don’t just take my word for it, The New York Times has ranked it one of the top 10 best restaurants in the world – and did I mention it’s been awarded a prestigious Michelin Star? I think that just about dim-sums it up (oh dear!).
Find it at G3-11, 68 Yee Wo St, East Point, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, dintaifung.com.hk
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This road is home to one of Hong Kong’s most traditional wet markets, and is also one of the only places in Causeway Bay that has managed to resist modern influences and remain very much in touch with the Hong Kong of old. Not for the squeamish, the plethora of meat on offer here is so fresh it’s practically still mooing/bleating – but of course that’s what makes it so popular with locals and tourists alike. If you’re here to get a taste of the local “Dai Pai Dong” style cuisine, skip the restaurants on the road and head up to the cooked food centre on the top floor of the market hall (open until 2am!). The food is nicer, the portions are larger and the prices are lower. Look out for the restaurant with the pink tablecloths – it serves the tastiest roast chicken in Hong Kong.
Find it at 21 Bowrington Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
A gastronomic sanctuary nestled in the midst of a concrete jungle, this Italian restaurant and bar has one of my favourite dining terraces in Hong Kong. Twinkling lights intertwined within the strategically placed greenery make for a charming and romantic atmosphere – a beauty far from being only skin deep, this restaurant sources the majority it’s ingredients locally and is committed to encouraging responsible and sustainable living. With a delicious menu and extensive wine list, you’ll soon fall in love this restaurant’s enchanting allure.
Find it at Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.shelterhk.com
Set against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour this illuminated (yes, literally!) rooftop bar has a resident DJ spinning popular tracks every night. Advertised as a sleek and sophisticated drinking spot for today’s global nomads, this recently revamped hotel bar is definitely the place to be and be seen! With a great selection of cocktails, room to dance and plenty of comfortable seating, it’s got ‘girls night out’ written all over it!
Find it at 27/F, The Park Lane (Pullman) Hotel, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.parklane.com.hk/skye
King Ludwig Beerhall
You might be mistaken for thinking you’ve stumbled into a traditional beer hall in Munich. With its wood panelled ceilings and long communal tables, this German themed restaurant is the ultimate in comfort food. Specialties include a delicious Pork Knuckle and an award-winning bratwurst with a side of scrumptious sauerkraut (yum!). Be sure to save room for a slice of apple strudel, washed down with one of the many German craft beers on offer. The outside seating is a bonus in the summer months but head inside if you are a fan of live music – the resident band is actually pretty good!
Find it at Shop A & C, G/F., Greenfield Mansion, 8 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
This independent group of coffee houses is redefining the coffee drinking experience. Its urban loft vibe and mini-terrace in its Causeway Bay branch is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a good cup of joe. And by good, I mean AMAZING…these coffee connoisseurs have mastered the fine art of roasting (in their onsite lab!) and I’m happy to be working my way through their extensive selection of blends (and desserts!). If you’ve got the time to spare, why not sign up for a masterclass with its professional baristas and allow Coffee Academics to school you in the art of blending the perfect brew?
Find it at 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.the-coffeeacademics.com
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Ah Meow Cat Café
If you like trying new and different things AND you like cats, then why not combine the two? (don’t answer that!). This quirky cat-themed café offers you the chance to enjoy a selection of cat shaped snacks. Drink coffee from cat shaped mugs while hanging out with – you guessed it – actual cats. It brings a whole new meaning to the term “interactive dining” doesn’t it? Well, love them or hate them, studies show that our feline friends can help soothe the human psyche and promote a calming environment, so next time life (or shopping!) gets a little bit overwhelming, perhaps you should head to Ah Meow and enjoy a latte (complete with a smiling cat face!), while being casually ignored by several lethargic (but exceptionally) cute kitties.
Find it at 3D-E Po Ming Building, No.2-6 Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
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This French-inspired Japanese omasaki restaurant has a stunning interior that includes a Teppanyaki bar, a sushi bar and a dessert lounge. The seasonal menu is always full of exquisite and deliciously detailed dishes, such as and the ‘F&M garden,’ complete with potted plant and shovel, and the ‘warm salad,’ which includes over 20 different types of vegetable from Kyoto. My meat-free friends were pleasantly surprised to find so many tasty vegetarian (and vegan!) options, which are often rare for this style of cuisine. Being at the higher-end of Causeway Bay dining Murasaki is definitely best saved for a special occasion – but it truly is worth every penny.
Find it at shop 8, UG/F, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, diningatmurasaki.com.hk
What to Do:
Made up of four adjoining streets, Fashion Walk is where all your favourite designers are strutting their stuff. This place has its finger firmly on the pulse of international fashion and lifestyle, making it a shopaholic’s paradise for scoping out the latest trends and discovering the newest rising stars of the fashion world. Not for the faint-hearted, these luxury brands are definitely more suited to a payday splash out (you deserve it!), but with H&M just across the road, they also make for some great window shopping when you’re in need of inspiration!
Find it at 1-19 Great George St, East Point, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Dai Siu Yan
Perched on plastic stools under the Canal Road flyover, several elderly ladies offer to punish your antagonists by way of “Dai Siu Yan”, which roughly translates to “villain hitting” (or beating your enemy). After scrawling your nemesis’s name and date of birth on to a paper tiger, these women proceed to hit it repeatedly with their shoes while chanting rhythmic curses – and all for the bargain price of just $50 (haters beware!).
Find it at under the Canal Road flyover, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Central Library
Situated on the edge of Causeway Bay, this free-standing library building definitely stands out from the crowd. Even if you’re not an avid book fan, it’s worth venturing inside to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. Grab a coffee at the ground floor cafe or head up the escalators to enjoy the views from the windowed walls of the library – from here you can peruse the thousands of books at your disposal or catch up on the latest Sassy stories using the library’s computer facilities.
Find it at 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
The gym might provide us with a full body workout – but what about our minds? Allow me to introduce you to the weird and wonderful world of room escape games! These pre-set scenarios will test your cognition and observation (and patience!) as you and your team mates work together to solve the clues and escape the room before time runs out! With 7 different themes to choose from including ‘Nemesis’, ‘Castiglione’ and ‘Inferno’, this interactive game makes for a great (albeit random!) rainy day activity.
Find it at 15 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.losthk.com
We are all familiar with the joys of IKEA (yes there is one here in CWB!), but if you’d like your apartment to look slightly different to your bestie’s (and everyone else’s!), Causeway Bay has some great alternative options for helping you find the perfect homeware to make your space, well, yours. My personal favourite is Franc Franc, a Japanese furniture and interior store that prides itself on stylish yet practical designs with purse-friendly prices. If you’ve got a little more cash to splash, then Windsor House is home to Habitat and M2 as well as some great specialist home furnishing stores. I’d also encourage you to check out Homeless, a lifestyle and furniture concept store which stocks quirky and creative pieces made with quality craftsmanship.
Find Franc Franc at Shop B, G/F & 1/F, 8 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.francfranc.com.hk
Find Habitat at 15/F, Windsor House 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.habitat.eu/shop/hk/habitat-hong-kong
Find M2 at 13/F, Windsor House 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Find Homeless at 15/F, Windsor House 311 Gloucester Road & 1-3/F 19 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.homelessexpress.com
SOGO is the largest Japanese style department store in Hong Kong, with 18 floors of international and Japanese branded products including; fashion, cosmetics, jewellery, homeware and electricals – there’s even a high-quality grocery store on the basement floor. As you’d imagine, this place gets incredibly busy on the weekends, so plan your visit for a weekday if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds. Be sure to arrive at opening time to get a fully-fledged Japanese style welcome from the door staff!
Find it at 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.sogo.com.hk/cwb/en/home
MCL JP / UA Cinema
If, like me, your poor boyfriend is often stuck holding the shopping bags while you traipse in and out of Causeway Bay’s countless malls – taking a breather to check out the latest action flick is a great way to reward him for his efforts (and maybe buy you another hour of guilt-free shopping!). Aside from being able to swoon at the lead actor as he saves the day (spoiler alert!), movie theatres are one of the only public places where gorging on snacks is not only socially acceptable but actively encouraged. So, girls, why not grab some popcorn and a large soda and escape the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay for a couple of hours.
Find MCL JP Cinema at 22-36 Paterson St, East Point, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www2.mclcinema.com
Find UA Cinema at 13/F Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.uacinemas.com.hk
And exhale…. If we’re going to spend a good few hours a week sweating it out in the gym or running the streets of this city in 80% humidity (phew!) – we sure as heck want to look good doing it! Causeway Bay has a great selection of sportswear stores to suit any activity and budget, so rather than listing just one, here’s a rundown of a few of my favourites. Good all-rounders for general sports equipment and running shoes are Escapade and Marathon Sports, but if your lifestyle is a little more ‘zen’ (ommm!) look no further than Lululemon or relative newcomer Leisure Corner, which also has its own yoga studio. If you spend most of your time exploring Hong Kong’s beautiful landscape then Protrek and RC Outfitters will have everything you need to reach those new heights your destined for! Happy hiking girls!
Find Escapade at 19 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.escapade.com.hk
Find Marathon Sports at 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Find Lulu Lemon at Shop 104-105, Hysan place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.lululemon.com.hk
Find Leisure Corner at 2/F, 17 Yun Ping Rd, Causeway Bay, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/LeisureC
Find Protrek at 32 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, protrek.com.hk
Find RC Outfitters at 2/F, Kin Tak Fung Commercial, Building, 467-473 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.rcoutfitters.net
South China Athletics Association (SCAA)
When my friends and I are stuck for something to do (especially on a rainy day!), the SCAA is always a good place to find some inspiration. There’s a multitude of activities to choose from such as bowling, billiards, golf, table tennis, swimming – the list goes on and on – they even have a fencing room and an indoor shooting range! With so many great options, you’re probably best off heading up to their terrace bar ‘Inn Side Out” for some great value beers and snacks while you decide.
Find it at 88 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.scaa.org.hk
No visit to Causeway Bay would be complete without stepping foot inside Times Square! This vertical mall holds a whopping nine stories of retail space, and with 230 shops, 20 restaurants and a cinema, you literally could spend your entire day (and month’s wages!) inside. Of course, that would mean you’d miss your chance to take a selfie with the elaborate display or installation being featured at the malls entrance that week!
Find it at 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s largest public park is home to a variety of activities and I’d definitely recommend taking a stroll around its grounds. Whether you fancy getting active and playing a game of tennis or basketball, or just simply want to relax and watch the boys (men!) whizzing their electric boats around the lake, this park will give you a much-welcome break from the madness of Causeway Bay.
Find it opposite Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
With so many brunch and drinks invitations, a girl has got to have plenty of wardrobe options. If like me, you haven’t (yet!) been lucky enough to win big in the lottery, it might pay (ha!) to be a little creative with your cash and explore these super-affordable Causeway Bay favourites. For an all occasion one-stop-shop including lounge, swim and sportswear head to Cotton On or H&M, which also offers an excellent workwear range. Uniqlo and Gu (newly opened!) are great if you need to stock up on your basic wardrobe essentials in a range of designs and colours. And last, but by no means least, is Bershka (also newly opened!), a Spanish fashion brand with fun and playful pieces that are always on trend.
Find Cotton:on at 2/F Lee Theatre, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, cottonon.com/HK
Find H&M at G/F to 3/F, 2-20 Paterson Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www2.hm.com
Find Uniqlo at Lee Theatre, 99 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.uniqlo.com/hk
Find Gu & Bershka at B/F Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong