Uncover Hong Kong’s mecca for food, fashion and entertainment with our handy guide to Causeway Bay.
As the main shopping destination on Hong Kong island, Causeway Bay may be renowned for its plethora of high-end boutiques (not to mention its crowds), but there’s so much more to discover here. Amongst the array of retail stores, fashion boutiques, department stores and malls, you’ll find plenty of dining and entertainment options to keep you busy. Not sure where to start? Here’s where to eat, drink and more. From local favourites, coffee shops and bars, to parks and unique activities (perfect for those rainy days!), you’ll never be bored in Causeway Bay.
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Festooned with colourful tiles and bespoke artwork, Pirata’s newest concept Calle Ocho offers the best of Spain, from the humble Pan con Tomate to the gloriously rich Squid Ink Paella bejewelled with morsels of octopus, king prawns, crispy calamari, mussels and clams. With prices starting from $45, we’re sure this tapas spot will draw in the Fashion Walk foot traffic.
Opening hours: Weekdays, 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm; Weekends, 12pm to 4pm
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As one of the most loved coffee shops in Hong Kong, Elephant Grounds has made a name for itself by serving quality coffee, brunch dishes and inventive ice-cream sandwiches. Found in Fashion Walk, the Causeway Bay branch is perfect for a lazy weekend. As another pooch-friendly haven in the area, it scores top marks with us.
Elephant Grounds, Shop C, G/F, 42-28 Fashion Walk, Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.elephantgrounds.com
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Another favourite of ours in the city, head to Causeway Bay to get a taste of Little Bao’s delicious buns. The eclectic menu serves a range of sharing plates (hello truffle fries!), along with its signature baos. We love the pork belly bao and the fish tempura bao, but veggies need to try the sloppy chan bao. Don’t leave without a taste of one of the sweet ice-cream baos.
Sassy Tip: The large outdoor area is pet-friendly, so you can bring your furry friends along!
Little Bao, 9 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.little-bao.com
Haidilao Hot Pot
This chain now has more than 150 outlets across China and its arrival to the 852 was hotly anticipated because the restaurant is just as well known for the extras it offers, as it is for its food. Once seated, you can order off an iPad, with friendly waiting staff on hand to help.
Sassy Tip: You can save yourself an appointment at your local nail bar, as this restaurant also offers complimentary manicures to its customers.
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Roganic & Aulis
Spearheaded by Michelin-starred UK chef Simon Rogan, Roganic serves elevated farm-to-table dishes. One for eoc-concious foodies to try, the sustainable menu is sure to impress. Aulis is the restaurant’s sister concept chef’s table, and with just 12 seats, it guarantees an intimate and memorable dining experience.
Roganic & Aulis, Sino Plaza, UG/F, 08, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.roganic.com.hk
During the day, Vivere is a classy spot for an authentic bite of Italian, and by night, the place transforms into its sassy alter-ego Vivi, inviting guests to stay till late and enjoy drinks and entertainment. Trust us, you’ll want to stick around for the live DJ sets, monthly Drag Show Brunches and two-for-one cocktails!
If you’re after traditional European fare (and plenty of beer!), look no further than FRITES! Expect hearty portions, along with one of Hong Kong’s largest selections of draught and bottled Belgian beer (and an unbeatable weeknight happy hour!), all wrapped up in a 1920s-style beer hall.
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Din Tai Fung
A Sassy Reader favourite serving up arguably the best xiao long bao in the city, this world famous chain is a must-visit while in Causeway Bay. Not only does Din Tai Fung serve up our favourite soup dumplings, but the restaurant’s expansive menu offers everything from steamed shrimp and pork shao-mai, spicy vegetable and pork wontons, noodles with spicy sesame and peanut sauce ,and much more. It’s a must-try for visiting guests.
Din Tai Fung, G3-11, 68 Yee Wo Street, East Point, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, dintaifung.com.hk
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Lau Haa Hot Pot
From the retro neon signs at the entrance to old Hong Kong-inspired interiors, this cosy hot pot joint spans two floors and is decked with dai pai dong tables and chairs. You can expect over 20 choices of soup bases and plenty of authentic local style eats, so come with an empty belly!
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Bowrington Road Wet Market
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. Along with a range of fresh fish, meat and vegetables on offer, if you’re on the hunt for a bite to eat, don’t miss the dai pai dong-style eateries on the second floor.
Bowrington Road Wet Market, 21 Bowrington Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
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ALTO Bar & Grill
Found on the 31st floor of Causeway Bay’s V Point, ALTO offers up breathtaking city views. Along with the sweeping vistas and chic interior (designed by Tom Dixon) the restaurant and bar serves up a modern grill menu and classic cocktails.
SKYE Rooftop Bar
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.
San Ka La
Cafe by day, shisha bar meets brewery by night, this Causeway Bay coffee shop pick offers the best of both worlds. Brought to you from the team behind Fong Waa Parlour and Morokok, San Ka La exudes the same industrial hipster vibe as its sister establishments (with plenty of Instagram moments for the would-be influencer).
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The original 18 Grams sits in a cosy spot on Cannon Street, and still to this day, it remains a go-to for premium locally-roasted coffee. Whilst there, make sure to sample the coffee shop’s homemade desserts. Your sweet tooth will thank you!
Where To Shop In Causeway Bay
Made up of four adjoining streets, Fashion Walk is where a range of designer stores can be found. Along with high-end names such as ZADIG & VOLTAIRE, Isabel Marant, Vivienne Westwood and more on offer, high street stores such as H&M and Charles & Keith can also be found for your fashion fix.
Fashion Walk, 1-19 Great George Street, East Point, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.fashionwalk.com.hk
IKEA Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay’s IKEA has you covered whether you’re brand new to the city and need to deck out your new home, or if you’re just in need of new coat hangers and storage solutions!
IKEA, Upper Basement, Parklane Hotel, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.ikea.com.hk
17 floors of prime retail therapy, Hysan Place is less designer-heavy than the likes of CWB’s Times Square and Lee Gardens. The main draws include a whole floor dedicated to shoes, several Korean fashion brands not found elsewhere in Hong Kong, the gigantic Taiwanese bookstore Eslite, an Apple store, three floors of dining options and even a lovely outdoor area.
Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.leegardens.com.hk
SOGO is the largest Japanese-style department store in Hong Kong. With 18 floors of international and Japanese branded products, you can normally find whatever you’re after here, with stores covering everything from fashion, cosmetics and jewellery, to homeware and electrical appliances – there’s even a high-quality grocery store on the basement floor.
SOGO, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.sogo.com.hk
No visit to Causeway Bay would be complete without stepping foot inside Times Square. This vertical mall holds a whopping nine storeys of retail space and with 230 shops, 15+ restaurants and a cinema, you literally could spend your entire day (and month’s wages!) inside.
Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.timessquare.com.hk
What To Do In Causeway Bay
If you’ve already stumbled across the terracotta pink walls and effortless cool interior of Tinted., odds are you’ve been back since. Founded by former interior designer Carmen Lau and luxury hospitality executive Carroll Lee, this down-to-earth nail salon was born out of passion and a need for affordable, luxury salons. Using predominantly 7-Free and bio-seaweed gels from NCLA, Tinted. has quickly become a staple manicure stop for nail art lovers across Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Central Library
At 12 stories high, this is the largest library in Hong Kong. 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.
Hong Kong Central Library, 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.hkpl.gov.hk
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RedMR Causeway Bay
One of the most popular karaoke spots in Hong Kong, and with four locations across the city, you’re more than likely to have wound up in RedMR at least once. Prices for standard rooms vary depending on which location you’re in, but if you’re planning a big party and have a large group, check out Red MR’s party rooms, fitting between 8-20 people.
Offering a variety of escape room 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 seven different themes to choose from including “The Windsor”, “Stolen” and “Alchemist Geber”, this interactive game makes for a great rainy day activity.
South China Athletic Association (SCAA)
Stuck for something to do in Causeway Bay? 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 and more. There’s even a fencing room and an indoor shooting range! Make sure to also check out the terrace bar Inn Side Out for some great value beers and snacks.
South China Athletic Association (SCAA), 88 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.scaa.org.hk
Hong Kong’s largest public park is home to a variety of activities. Whether you fancy getting active and playing a game of tennis or basketball, or just simply enjoy a stroll or picnic, this park will give you a much-welcome break from the madness of Causeway Bay.
Victoria Park, 1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Da Siu Yan (Canal Road Flyover)
Perched on plastic stools under the Canal Road Flyover, several elderly ladies offer to punish your antagonists by way of “Da 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 price of $50.
Da Siu Yan, under the Canal Road Flyover, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
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Editor’s Note: “Your Neighbourhood Guide To Causeway Bay” was most recently updated by Nicole Moraleda in May 2023. With thanks to Keeley-Dee and Annie Simpson for her contribution.
Main image courtesy of Jeanne Rose Gomez via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of Calle Ocho via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of Little Bao via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Aulis via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of FRITES via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Lau Haa Hot Pot via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of ALTO via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of San Ka La via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Fashion Walk via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of Cheung Yin via Unsplash, image 10 courtesy of Tinted. via Instagram, image 11 courtesy of RedMR via Instagram, image 12 GordonBellPhotographyGetty.