Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Causeway Bay
Where to eat
A staircase inside Lee Garden Three leads down to John Anthony, where diners will find a Wes Anderson-esque bar and restaurant serving modern Chinese cuisine. Dressed in pastels with copper accents and a fun array of patterned fabrics and wallpapers, it's far from your typical Chinese dining room.
It's also worth noting the restaurant's dedication to sustainable design; the floors are made with reclaimed terracotta tiles from old village houses in China, uniforms are by sustainable fashion brand ACFC Clothing, patented eco-friendly water utilities in the kitchen reduce the restaurant's energy usage by 50% and those aforementioned pretty pastels are brought to you by plant-based non-toxic paint.
John Anthony is a more casual version of its sister restaurant, Mott 32, but with a similar menu that includes delectable dim sum like pink rosé lobster har gao and veggie and beetroot dumplings, as well as show-stopping mains like the 42 day roasted Peking duck and tea smoked crispy free range chicken.
John Anthony, Shop B01-B10, Basement One, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3105 3668; johnanthony.hk
British chef Simon Rogan brought his hotspot restaurant in London, Roganic, to Hong Kong earlier this year, and it's been a hit since.
Earthy is the word at Roganic, where wooden tones and pots of plants and flora abound, and where the menu showcases Rogan's playful, creative take on seasonal ingredients. Though the menu changes frequently, favourites include the restaurant's signature uni custard with caviar, a beautifully simple grilled salad of cauliflower, kale, and endives, and the unexpected yet stunning pairing of crab with carrot.
Diners can choose from a short or full tasting menu, with wine pairing options available.
Roganic, UG/F 08, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2817 8383; roganic.com.hk
Created by celebrated British designer, Tom Dixon, Alto delivers a tasteful dose of maximalism that is perfectly complemented by floor to ceiling views of Causeway Bay and Victoria Harbour.
The menu features international favourites, ranging from salads and pastas to specialities from the grill, including a whopping 40oz USDA Prime tomahawk. The wine list is a tour of the world’s major wine regions, from France and Italy to Australia and the USA.
A stylish rooftop bar sits one floor above the restaurant, which is perfect for taking out-of-towners or for simply drinking in Hong Kong's electric energy.
Alto, 31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2603 7181; diningconcepts.com
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There is an overwhelming number of sushi restaurants in Causeway Bay, so to make things easier for you, we're only going to list one—Sushi Yorokobu. Run by owner and chef Tango Lai, Sushi Yorokobu serves a traditional Edomae style omakase with the level of detail and finesse that one would find in some of Japan's most prestigious establishments.
Here, the decor creates an instant sense of calm with light woods, soft lighting and beautiful ceramics.
Sushi Yorokobu, 18/F, Aura on Pennington, 66 Jardline's Bazaar, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3426 2777
Amongst Causeway Bay's sea of chain restaurants and outlets helmed by restaurant groups, Bakudanya Hiroshima-men is a breath of breath air. A favourite amongst chefs (it's open until 2:30am), this cosy eatery hidden in a commercial building keeps things deliciously simple—a space where a chef cooks the comfort food he wants to cook, while serving a mean selection of sake, whisky, beer and umeshu.
The menu features fresh Hiroshima oysters, refreshing Tsukemen (dipping noodles) and ramen that can be adjusted to alarming levels of spicy, and an array of appetisers including what's arguably the best karaage in Hong Kong. Don't ignore the specials board either, as there are always seasonal specialities fresh from Japan.
Bakudanya Hiroshima-men, Shop 1103, 11/F, United Success Commercial Centre, 508 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2891 1530
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Where to drink
This gem fits the formula for Japan's renowned hole-in-the-wall whisky bars; a dark and intimate setting, the soft hum of jazz in the background and a one man show behind the bar serving the finest Japanese whisky, poured into tumblers filled with near-perfect hand-chiselled ice. Cocktails are also made with incredible craftsmanship and creativity.
Though not a restaurant, the owner of b.a.r. Executive has some of the most elevated bar snacks in the city. From a giant leg of Iberico ham that he carves from on request, to a selection of the finest seasonal Japanese produce, be it a perfect cantaloupe or candy-sweet Kyoho grapes.
Sitting on the 27th floor, b.a.r. Executive offers glittering views over the Happy Valley racetrack. Go on a Wednesday (aka race night) for a little extra pizazz.
b.a.r. Executive, 27/F Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2893 2080
Skye Rooftop Bar
Perched on the 27th floor of The Pullman, Skye Rooftop Bar offers wraparound views that span from Central's iconic skyscrapers to Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon skyline and finally, lush green views of Victoria Park. This minimalist bar keeps things simple with sleek all-white interiors and a futuristic sci-fi glow to allow the breathtaking vistas to take centre stage.
Try one of their original cocktails, like the Park Typhoon which is a mix of Asian flavours like pandan and coconut combined with tequila and a French herbal liqueur.
Skye Rooftop Bar, The Park Lane Hong Kong, A Pullman Hotel, 310 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2839 3327; parklane.com.hk
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Where to shop
This store-meets-cafe is designed to deliver the sweet, simple things in life; minimal but beautiful interior design, thoughtfully curated fashion and lifestyle products and good coffee.
Amongst a sea of sneakers, skincare and holographic tote bags, HER is anchored by a cafe that serves traditional cups of coffee as well as out-there frappes that are topped with everything from marshmallows to macarons. You'll also find cookies by Cookie Department—it even has exclusive rights to sell their highly sought after Nutella-filled cookie.
As its name suggests, HER was designed to be a female-driven retail experience, but it's honestly an experience that anyone can appreciate.
HER, 55 Paterson St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2856 9907; instagram.com/_her.official_
I.T. is Hong Kong's answer to celebrated multi-brand retailers like Dover Street Market or Paris' now-closed Colette. The store carries a spectrum of fashion's most coveted goods, from luxury labels like Balenciaga and Maison Margiela, to cult classics like A.P.C., Comme des Garcons and Ann Demeulemeester, to niche and limited pieces by the likes of Adidas, Nike and many more.
Its flagship store at Hysan One is four stories of pure fashion hedonism that no lover of style should deprive themselves of.
I.T., 1 Hysan Ave, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2890 7329; ithk.com
If you've got a penchant for visual merchandising, it's worth making a stop at Gentle Monster's Causeway Bay boutique, the South Korean eyewear label's first ever flagship.
Similar to its ever-changing 'Quantum Project' concept stores in Seoul, Gentle Monster frequently sheds its skin to bring a new and exciting experience to shoppers. To date, it has been a futuristic subway, a jungle of weird and wonderful creatures and more.
Oh, and the eyewear they sell is pretty amazing, too.
Gentle Monster, 25 Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2612 1968; gentlemonster.com
Taking over three floors and more than 40,000 square feet of Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, Taiwanese chain Eslite has tens of thousands of titles to choose from—over a third of which are in English. There's also a dedicated and extremely diverse magazine section, lots of corner sections selling quirky lifestyle products and even a built-in Moleskine concession should you feel inspired to unleash the writer in you.
Eslite, 8/F-10/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3419 6789; eslitecorp.com
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The newly opened Fivelements Habitat in Times Square brings a touch of Bali bliss to the madness of Hong Kong, centred around the Balinese healing philosophy of Tri Hita Karana which emphasises the importance of balancing connection between spirit, human and the environment—and let's face it, if there's anyone who needs a space to slow down and disconnect to reconnect, it's Hongkongers.
From soothing spa therapies to energising practices ranging from yoga to dance, and of course, meditation sessions to nourish the spirit, ranging from various sound therapies to tea ceremonies; the programme at Fivelements Habitat is led by a wonderfully curated roster of Hong Kong's leading experts in their respective fields.
Fivelements Habitat, Level 13A, Tower One, Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 6803 5081; fivelements.com
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