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Shop and eat till you drop in Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay has always been a favourite destination on the Island side for locals, expats and tourists alike. Why? Because it has everything, literally!

Though the retail rents of Causeway Bay have been ranked as one of the world's most expensive, this has certainly not stopped brands from setting their shops in the district, and visitors can still enjoy a rich diversity of eateries and shopping venues with prices ranging from down-to-earth, mid-range, to premium.

Mind you that the variety of foods and shopping is massive, so prepare your belly and your arms and legs for a good workout!

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A Foodle Heaven

It is both easy and difficult finding food in Causeway Bay. Easy because there are street food stalls, bakeries, cafés, cha chaan tengs (tea restaurants), food specialties, mid to high-end eateries – food is simply everywhere! Difficult because the selections are so overwhelming that you will have a hard time deciding what to eat!

If you are lazy and don’t want to explore around, there are the convenient choices of restaurants and food courts in the various shopping malls. However, if you are feeling adventurous, there are a few ‘food streets’ that are packed with different options and are definitely worth the visit, such as the section of Lockhart Road and Jaffe Road right behind Sogo, Sugar Street, Jardine Street, and Tang Lung Street.

And of course, there is the Food Street at Fashion Walk. All the restaurants there offer outdoor seating, and amidst a pleasant and relaxing surrounding, you can just chill and pick from a selection of Shanghainese, Japanese, Thai, Italian, French and Spanish cuisines.

Upstairs Shops

Despite the presence of so many modern buildings, there are still a considerable amount of tong laus (Chinese walk up buildings)scattered all over Causeway Bay. With the retail rents shooting up rapidly, many independent stores saw the cheaper rent of tong laus as an option to continue their business.

The bookstore business was the first to move upstairs, even the famous Causeway Bay Books that made headline news last year is an upstairs shop. When you see tong laus in Causeway Bay, just look up and you will see other businesses such as cafés, clothing, hair salons and many more.

The Shopping Spree

Make sure you are in good physical shape before heading out for a shopping spree in Causeway Bay. You will need the strength and energy; honestly, this is no joke. Because with the amount of shopping malls, and street-level and upstairs shops, it will surely take days if not weeks to truly explore most of them.

To start off, there are shopping malls like Times Square, Lee Gardens One and Two, Lee Theatre, Hysan Place, wtc more, and Sogo department store, where you can basically get the convenient one-stop indoor shopping experience.

But the truth is there are plenty of interesting retail shops hidden away in the backstreets or in places that don’t catch the eye. Two good examples are Island Beverly Centre (1 Great George Street) and Jardine’s Crescent. Located right across Sogo department store, Island Beverly Centre is a 4-storey shopping arcade where you can hunt for chic local, Korean and Japanese fashion. As for Jardine’s Crescent, it is a roadside market with stalls selling clothing, accessories and domestic goods such as hair accessories, bags, women's clothing, fine knits, mobile phone accessories and household items that are great bargains.

Fashion Walk

Consisting of four vibrant streets – Great George, Paterson, Kingston and Cleveland, Fashion Walk offers an entirely different experience that is more personalised and with more privacy. Aimed to offer the latest intel in fashion, gastronomy and lifestyle, Fashion Walk include cutting-edge concept stores and flagship stores of international brands offering exclusive or even limited items.

The Victoria Park Cluster

After you have walked past all the hustle and bustle of the shopping area, you will see Victoria Park, Hong Kong Central Library, and Causeway Bay Sports Ground. If you want to get away from the busy life of the city but stay not too far away, then you will have the choice of sitting down with a good book at the library or get ‘physical’ with some exercises.

The 12-storey high Hong Kong Central Library is the largest in Hong Kong, and it includes a children’s library, adult lending library, young adult library, central reference library, arts resource centre, and an exhibition area etc.

Victoria Park has a magnitude of facilities that includes soccer pitches, basketball courts, fitness stations, jogging trail, swimming pool complex etc. The park is also a location for festivities, especially during Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year. For example, the Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival is held each year for a month and features spectacular lantern displays and performances, folk dances, traditional stage arts, folk craft demonstrations, game stalls, and lantern riddle games. And during Chinese New Year, the park will be host to the largest flower market in Hong Kong where the public can have good fun, and submerged in the holiday spirits!

Yee Wo Steet Circle Walkway

On your way to Victoria Park, you might have noticed the Yee Wo Street Circle Walkway, an iconic landmark hovering over the tram terminal right across Regal Hotel. Connecting both sides of Yee Wo Street and to the tram station, it is the only circular pedestrian overpass in Hong Kong and a rather popular shooting location for films and television dramas.

Po Leung Kuk Museum

Po Leung Kuk is an NGO established in 1878 with the aim to prevent the kidnapping of women and children, and provide them with shelter and assistance. As society evolves, the NGO has now become an organisation that provides various social services.

Housed inside the headquarters of Po Leung Kuk, the museum stores the historical documents of the NGO and consists of the old hall, exhibition hall, archives office, research room and archival conservation rooms.

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