Best things to do in Causeway Bay
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 fanfare. 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 beer 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.
Following the closure of Page One and Dymocks, 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 cosy reading corner where kids can take their time to immerse themselves in a new world. Bibliophiles can easily spend hours here.
Shooting zombies on a 2D-screen is so old-school. Causeway Bay’s Glo Station is all about fighting the disease-ridden undead in immersive VR. Claiming to be the world’s first ‘hyper-reality’ escape room, the VR playroom invites gamers to form a squad of three or four friends and have the entire green room to themselves for an hour to run wild and kick zombie butt. Afterwards, players can also enjoy viewing footage of themselves battling the virtual monsters. Expect plenty of screaming. $160 (Monday to Thursday), $180 (Friday to Sunday).
Despite being a mainstream chain, this HMV branch is more than just a record store. Stretching across three floors, you can find everything from the latest albums, movies and video games to audio equipment and a whole host of cool merch including band T-shirts and Funko Pop figures. Oh, and did we mention there’s also a café and the occasional live gig too?
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 at along Jardine’s Bazaar for the cheap knock-offs if you’re not willing to splurge on high-end brands at the mall.
Lock and load and get the 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. $118 per game.
While the extreme hype for escape rooms has simmered down a little with the arrival of VR rooms, Lost Hong Kong strives to update its activities and add regular new challenges to keep things fresh for patrons. For those who don’t know, escape rooms are adventure games where players (minimum six participants) are trapped in pre-set scenario rooms and attempt to escape by solving a series of puzzles within an hour. There are 10 different rooms to choose from with varying difficulties and cool storylines like escaping Alcatraz or finding a friend in Japan’s Aokigahara suicide forest. If that isn’t enough, Lost can even provide a tailor-made escape game for a special occasion. $150 per person.
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. $260/hour (weekday), $280/hour (weekend).
Joining the animal cafe hype train, Rabbitland Cafe is the first in Hong Kong where diners can enjoy a coffee whilst surrounded by adorable rabbits – and you can stroke and pet them. 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!
Best restaurants and bars in Causeway Bay
Perched on the 31st floor, the view from this fine dining establishment is nothing short of stunning. Rows of mirror ball chandeliers and other decorations add to the splendor. Alto boasts a grill house menu, populated with all sorts of USDA prime American beef, wagyu steaks and cuts of Australian lamb, as well as quality starters and sides like foie gras, bone marrow and ahi tuna. A cut above the average steak house in Hong Kong.
Literally made to be Instagrammed and photographed, Atum treats dessert lovers a sweet feast for the eyes (and cameras) and the stomach. Relying on modern techniques like molecular gastronomy, the desserts are served with artistic plating and table theatre, meaning the chefs make a show out of every sugary treat, jelly, and liquid nitrogen sorbet, right before your eyes.
When this Taiwanese import first arrived in Hong Kong in 2008, there were massive queues hovering around reception hoping to get a taste of its juicy xiao long bao. While the hype has died down in the years since, Din Tai Fung’s baos (with many more versions), la mein (much dryer, and tastier) and small eats to accompany the noodles and dumplings are still quality.
The Causeway Bay branch of local coffee chain Elephant Grounds welcomes customers in a comfortable wood-themed space. The menu offers a wide selection of java and innovation fusion food including torched swordfish don and miso chicken caesar salad. Though the most popular dish – by far – remains EG’s ice cream sandwiches.
Just steps away from the madding crowds of Times Square and sitting high above them 27 floors up is Executive Bar, a quiet, classy hideaway with a picture-postcard view of Happy Valley Racecourse. The bar boasts an impressive range of whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Japan and the USA, as well as creative cocktails. The spherical ice cubes here are a thing of beauty and thanks to their slow rate of melting, your whisky won’t get too watery.
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, they’ve adopted a more contemporary, western style aesthetic.
Hugely popular Korean ramen restaurant, Kobekyu specialises in beef katsu udon layered with curry and cream.
A prominent Japanese omakase restaurant, Raki provides three options on its menu – you can choose to spend $1,400, $1,600 or $1,800. Using the freshest ingredients and interesting combinations, this venue is perfect for those who can’t make a decision when it comes to ordering. Believe us, you won’t be disappointed with what arrives on your table.
Challenge your taste buds and see how much spice you can handle by ordering the stalwart chili and pepper chicken at this Sichuan joint. Yin yang hotpot is also available for anyone who wants to get in on the action with a milder broth. Reservations are highly recommended.
Hop on a sampan and dine on Cantonese-style 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.
Explore other Hong Kong neighbourhoods
Wan Chai may be notorious for its red light district but it has so much more to offer. The district houses some of the most interesting architecture, as well as some of the best restaurants and bars in the city.