The weekend is upon us again. Are you looking for some new experiences to spend a fun and leisurely day, while not necessarily wanting to venture too far from the city centre? Our team at Walk in Hong Kong has the perfect solution for you. Whether you are a tourist or a local, our curated guide to spending eight hours in the nooks and crannies of Causeway Bay, away from the main streets is sure to amuse you. Over the course of the day, visit seven lesser-known but amazing spots in one of Hong Kong’s busiest districts. Let these places stimulate your taste buds, brain cells, and artistic flair!
11am-1pm: Make your way to Red Pepper for a delicious bite to start your Causeway Bay adventure! This restaurant serves some of the best Sichuanese cuisine in town. Their sizzling prawns – soaked in delicious homemade sauce created from imported Sichuan chilis – are a must-try dish. If you ask nicely, the chefs might even share their recipe with you!
Red Pepper Restaurant
G/F, 7 Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
1pm-2:30pm: What’s better than indulging yourself in fascinating stories about Hong Kong after a hearty meal? Make a visit to the city’s first humanities library hidden in the heart of Causeway Bay! Nose in the Books contains more than 10,000 books covering various topics from Hong Kong urban studies to cinema. These books belonged to a prestigious scholar who resigned from her teaching position to pursue her Buddhist beliefs. Now this library has become a place for those who are passionate to share their stories and knowledge. They host special talks every weekend too, so keep an eye on their website for upcoming events!
Nose in the Books
3/F, 54 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
Opening hours: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (closed on Mon)
2:30pm-3:00pm: We can’t get enough of these hipster spots! It’s no secret that Causeway Bay is known for its shopping malls and fancy boutiques — and while these are glamorous, sometimes one can get tired of the high-end goods (and their price tags!) If you are interested in taking a break from the over air-conditioned stores and looking to go on a treasure hunt, pay a visit to Luddite, a vintage workwear shop that carries carefully curated items from Europe, America and Japan, and also their own handmade denim products. This shop is hard to find as it is located between car repair shops and dai pai dong (open-air food stalls), but is definitely worth the search.
15A Haven Street, Causeway Bay
Opening hours: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (closed on Sun)
3:00pm-3:30pm: While you’re at it, check out Roadmentic, located just beside Luddite. While both sell vintage goods, they have their own unique styles. Upon entering Roadmentic, expect yourself to be transported through time with its cozy setting along with ongoing romantic jazz music. Their small store is packed with the coolest motorcycle wears and gears. If you have more time, chat with the dapper shop owner Mr. Fat! He’s been in the industry for more than 20 years and his stories are a fascination.
13A Haven Street, Causeway Bay
Opening hours: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (closed on Wed)
3:30pm-5:00pm: Tasting Table is like heaven for all culinary enthusiasts. Located inside an apartment building, this store is filled with the best Japanese food products you can find in town. Equipped with a whole kitchen and dining room, their store is designed to allow customers to see, touch and taste their products. Everyone is free to have a tasting experience, with professionals demonstrating how to prepare quick and healthy Japanese meals using their products. To get in, press ‘1A’ in the intercom outside Cleveland Mansion, and they’ll buzz you in!
Flat A, 1/F, Cleveland Mansion, 5-7 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (closed on Sun)
5:00pm-6:00pm: If you are into treasure hunting, Kanamono Hardware Store is the place for you. This shop, which is the size of a small bedroom, is filled with handy trinkets, tools, and vintage items. Although the store is only big enough to fit a few people, you can easily get lost here for an hour while exploring the various goods for sale. Make sure to stop by this store if you are looking to find a small treasure to bring home with you.
Kanamono Hardware Store
G/F, 30B Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang
Opening hours: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Tue-Sun)
6:00pm til you drop: It’s happy hour! Walk a little further east away from the district’s hustle and bustle, and you’ll find yourself standing outside Second Draft, a gastropub with an interior decor inspired by Hong Kong’s famous Star Ferry. This bar is a hit, and won “Best Beer Bar” from the The Bar Awards in 2018. Don’t miss out on their draft beers – all of them are temperature-controlled and some of the best you can find on the Island. Make sure to try their bestsellers: Young Master Brewery’s Cha Chaan Teng Gose, Contemporary Pilsner, and Classic Pale Ale. Order before 8pm to get a 20% discount!
G/F, 98 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Tai Hang
Opening hours: 4:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (Mon-Thurs)
4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Fri)
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Sat)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (Sun)
If you want to discover even more of these hidden gems in Causeway Bay, join us on our new walking tour “Causeway Bay Under the Invisibility Cloak,” offered on selected Saturdays this summer! We will show you how the Lee Gardens area is a mishmash of old and new by taking you on a journey through authentic tenement buildings nestled amongst high-rises.