Heading out for a day’s exploration of Causeway Bay’s glitzy malls and high-end stores? If you want to go the distance, you’ll need proper sustenance along the way – check out our guide to surviving the retail therapy assault course that is Causeway Bay.
You can’t visit Hong Kong and not have breakfast at a traditional cha chaan teng (literal translation: tea restaurant). With its faded, Western-inspired decor, Kam Kee Cafe is a real nostalgia-fest – take a seat in one of the booths and try their signature breakfast set, which includes macaroni with thin slices of ham, fried eggs, buttered, fluffy white toast, and Hong Kong milk tea served in a kitschy, painted ceramic mug.
…then grab a to-go cup of coffee (just to be on the safely caffeinated side):
Situated beneath a sex shop, the location of Café Corridor might put you off, but don’t be alarmed – it’s a quality little joint and a favourite amongst locals, with some of the best coffee in the area.
Next, take a walk on Bowrington Road through one of Hong Kong’s traditional wet markets
With your coffee in hand, turn right upon leaving Café Corridor and cross under the overpass to find yourself in one of Hong Kong’s old-school wet markets on Bowrington Road. This might not quite be the type of shopping you’d envisaged for today, but the visual explosion of fresh produce is a treat all the same.
Now do as they do in Causeway Bay and shop, shop, shop!
Itching to splash the cash? Fortunately for you, there’s no shortage of shopping options in Causeway Bay. If you’re looking for big international brands, look no further than Times Square, SOGO and Lee Garden One and Two. Located minutes away from one another, you can find luxury stores like Chanel, Gucci and Cartier. Hysan Place is where you’ll find mid-tier stores like French Connection and Gap, while Kingston Street is your hub of trendy boutiques selling products from local designers around Fashion Walk. For the ultimate local experience, walk through Jardine’s Bazaar and Jardine’s Crescent, where roadside stalls are tightly packed selling bargain-priced clothing, hair accessories, electronics, socks, umbrellas and bags.
Take your lunch outdoors on Fashion Walk’s Food Street…
Time to refuel. Head on back to Cleveland Street for Fashion Walk’s Food Street, where you’ll find a pedestrian walkway lined with coffee shops, restaurants and bakeries that offers indoor and outdoor seating. There’s a little bit of everything here; take your pick from Thai, Japanese, Shanghainese, French, Spanish, Italian and American food.
…then it walk off at one of the largest parks in Hong Kong:
Victoria Park is one of the largest parks in Hong Kong and offers peace and tranquility in the middle of this bustling neighbourhood. Constantly busy, the park is filled with walkers, joggers and tai chi practitioners and, unlike most parks in Hong Kong, you can actually sit on the grass! The park also has several playgrounds for kids, as well as tennis courts and a bike track.
Following your walk, get an afternoon pick-me-up at The Coffee Academics:
Give your feet some rest and refuel with a cup of java at The Coffee Academics, one of Hong Kong’s most successful artisanal coffee shops. The spacious Causeway Bay location on Yiu Wa Street is its flagship branch. Filled with natural light and the sweet aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the venue also offers delicious food and alcoholic drinks. If you’re hankering for a quick bite, try the curly fries.
Refuel again with a bowl of Michelin-star noodles and a well-earned cocktail:
Once you’ve exhausted all the shopping options (or yourself), head on over to Ho Hung Kee in Hysan Place for dinner. A vision of turquoise and white decor, this affordable congee and noodle joint might not look like much but is actually the proud bearer of a Michelin star. Try their famous wonton noodles, stir-fried beef noodles or pomelo skin with shrimp roe.
Finally, celebrate your purchases with a skyscraping cocktail
For a nightcap, head on up to the nigh-on futuristic SKYE Rooftop Bar in the Park Lane Hotel, which offers sweeping, unobstructed views of Hong Kong harbour. There’s a dangerously inviting list of inventive cocktails to choose from, from the Tai Hang to the aptly named Park Typhoon; even worse, the cocktails are reasonably priced given the bar’s central location.