Best things to do and eat in Causeway Bay
With its ‘fragrance laboratory’ and flavour infusions, craft beer bar The Artist House might be an ale purist’s worst nightmare. However, the truth is it’s one of Hong Kong’s best beer bars. It’s stunningly cheap (a bottle goes for a very reasonable $58) and the four standard offerings – blonde, IPA, white and raspberry – are all very good. Look past its gimmicks and this is a great place to get some suds, as well as quality coffee too.
A development kitchen led by British chef Simon Rogan, Aulis is a space that pushes the boundaries of fine-dining. It acts as a testing ground for dishes for its more conventional sister restaurant, Roganic. Serving no more than 12 guests at a time, the Hong Kong location offers multicourse tasting menus that change on a regular basis to showcase the breadth of the kitchen team’s creativity.
With three standard-size pool tables, convertible beer pong tables and a full bar, this Jaffe Road pool house allows for a more laid-back night out compared to the usual LKF affair. For those serious about their shooting game, there are live cam services installed at Breeze to capture all your best shots. As for the bar, it offers beers on tap, customised cocktails and a range of pub bites.
With 10 friendly cats roaming the café along with its signature cat-themed dishes and decorations, this is a feline lover’s heaven. As far as food goes, Cat Store offers a selection of Western fare with dishes like chicken wings, spaghetti, cheesecake, sausages and pizza. Customers can even bring their own cats to the restaurant, but it’s recommended they do so with a carry case or a leash of some sort.
With branches all over the world, this hotpot chain made its way to Hong Kong recently, bringing with it its signature style of numbingly spicy hotpot, which is famously served in a pot that’s split into nine sections. Bold flavours and spice-intensity are absolutely guaranteed. Aside from the traditional spicy option, there’s a range of house-special – and less searing – options such as the seafood deluxe with lobster, Thai coconut chicken, vegetarian mushrooms and 70s Hong Kong-style satay.
Traditional Chinese sweets get a fun modern makeover at Eat Darling Eat. A riff on the double-boiled papaya soup, for example, sees candied papaya plated with mascarpone cheese in fine-dining fashion. There’s also the custard-filled pineapple bun and ice cream flavours such as Sichuan pepper topped with shards of candied bacon. The restaurant has just as much fun with its savoury items, including the sweet n’ sour pork nachos and chicken tail claypot rice with crispy chicken skin.
There aren’t many decent bookstores left in Hong Kong but this three-storey Taiwanese megastore is massively popular and looks set to stay. Located in Hysan Place, Eslite sells an incredible collection of both Chinese and English-language books and has an entire floor dedicated to stationary and accessorises. There’s also a bubble tea booth and a cosy reading corner where kids can take their time to immerse themselves in a new world, and. Bibliophiles can easily spend hours here.
No discussion about Hong Kong’s historic noodle shops would be complete without mentioning Ho Hung Kee, which originally opened in Wan Chai in the 1940s and is famed for its springy wonton noodles and fresh, sweet soup. More elements have been added here at its new address – dim sum and other Cantonese classics are now served too. For the interior, expect a more contemporary, western-style aesthetic, compared to the previous look.
This street market sells everything from incredibly affordable clothing and knick-knacks to Hong Kong-themed souvenirs in the heart of Causeway Bay. Just minutes from major shopping malls like Hysan Plaza and Sogo, you can rummage through stalls along Jardine’s Bazaar for cheap knock-offs if you’re not willing to splurge on high-end brands at the malls.
Lock and load and get your heart pumping with a game at Lasermads. Step into a futuristic maze and battle it out with teammates to eliminate your opponents in this high-tech game of tag, which comes with the added bonus of teambuilding and stress relief. Walk out feeling like a rebel fighter in Star Wars.
HK's newest immersive boxing club is taking boxing classes to the next level. A concept gym driven by music and inspired by nightclub boxing trends, Lights//Out delivers a unique high-intensity boxing and fitness workout in a party-style atmosphere with immersive lighting, energising soundtracks and visual cues projected onto the wall. That’s not all, instead of sandbags, the classes make use of aqua punching bags for a more efficient full-body workout.
Located in an upstairs space in Causeway Bay, Mame & Shiba Café is home to around 10 shiba and mame (a somewhat controversial smaller breed of shiba) pups from Japan, where customers can play around and take photos with the doggos (the price starts at $78 for 30 minutes). The café welcomes walk-ins during weekdays from 12pm to 9pm. For weekends and public holidays you need to book at least 48 hours in advance.
For any die-hard Potterheads, this upstairs Causeway Bay shop is essentially the Room of Requirement with an overwhelming collection of Harry Potter merchandise within. We’re talking wands, tote bags, apparel, adorable plushies, replicas of props from the movies, and a whole lot more. All the products here are straight from the famed counterpart in Edinburgh, so you can literally take home a piece of Hogwarts with you.
A high-tech VR arcade in the heart of Causeway Bay. At Playdium, you’ll find top-of-the-line Razer Computers, HTC Vive VR goggles and other high-end tech. There’s no shortage of games either – from shooting zombies and puzzle solving to painting and even therapeutic applications, Playdium has got it all. And the highlight? There’s a miniature boxing ring to play VR boxing games, which is pretty sweet. Experience games and electronic sports at a whole new level.
Joining the animal cafe hype train, Rabbitland Cafe is the first place in Hong Kong where diners can enjoy a coffee while surrounded by adorable rabbits – and you can stroke and pet them too. Situated in an upstairs space in Causeway Bay, there are up to six rabbits for diners to makes friends with. Remember to wear or bring socks, as you can’t get in without them!
Hop on a sampan and dine on Cantonese seafood with this unique dining experience. Sure, the boat itself isn’t anything fancy and the service leaves a little to be desired, but it’s not every day you can dine out on the water and crack a Typhoon Shelter crab claw with a small group of friends.
The city’s urban mini golf club, Strokes is an 8,000sq ft venue in Fashion Walk that comes with two nine-hole mini golf courses complete with bright pastel colours and retro Californian aesthetics. Aside from the mini golf course, Strokes also features a specialty restaurant offering healthy and low-carb dishes including the likes of a cauliflower burger, various protein bowls and fruit teas. For anyone seeking something stronger, there are cocktails concocted by award-winning mixologist Frankie Fong.
Formerly 27 Restaurant, this underutilised terrace space was given a complete facelift and reopened as Skye, a bar and an eatery that boasts an eye-popping view of Hong Kong. From floor to ceiling, Skye’s reception area is clinically white alongside sleek curvatures that are reminiscent of futuristic sci-fi flicks like Gattaca. That stunning harbour view is unobstructed all the way to North Point, and the bar menu features well-made cocktails that don’t break the bank.
More than your average ramen joint, Tsuta is the first Hong Kong outpost of Tokyo’s Michelin-starred noodle restaurant. The venue only prepares 400 bowls per day but it’s well worth a visit for its MSG-free stock made with whole chicken, fresh clams, dried fish and a blend of three different soy sauces. The specially made truffle oil makes it a winning formula. The space only seats around 20 in front of its open kitchen, so prepare to queue.
As the first overseas branch of popular Japanese dessert concept Yukinoshita, this café offers gussied up sweets made from quality ingredients. The signature items here are the thick and fluffy atsuyaki pancakes, as well as kakigori shaved ice featuring seasonal Japanese fruits.