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Ashley’s guidebook

Ashley

Ashley’s guidebook

My favourite tourist attractions
Times Square is considered the first of its kind, the first "vertical mall" in Hong Kong. Due to the high land price in Hong Kong, and the higher yield on retail property, Times Square departs from the common western model of the flat shopping mall. The space allocated to retail is configured over 9 stories. The mall and lifts to the office tower are accessible by long escalators linking the ground floor podium and the first level of the mall.
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Times Square
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Times Square is considered the first of its kind, the first "vertical mall" in Hong Kong. Due to the high land price in Hong Kong, and the higher yield on retail property, Times Square departs from the common western model of the flat shopping mall. The space allocated to retail is configured over 9 stories. The mall and lifts to the office tower are accessible by long escalators linking the ground floor podium and the first level of the mall.
Sogo Hong Kong commenced its operations in May 1985 in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Situated on Hennessy Road, the Japanese styled department store has become an important retail landmark of Hong Kong. In 1993, it underwent major renovations to become "Jumbo SOGO", expanding its area from 11,000 square metres (120,000 sq ft) to 40,000 square metres (430,000 sq ft).
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SOGO Causeway Bay
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Sogo Hong Kong commenced its operations in May 1985 in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Situated on Hennessy Road, the Japanese styled department store has become an important retail landmark of Hong Kong. In 1993, it underwent major renovations to become "Jumbo SOGO", expanding its area from 11,000 square metres (120,000 sq ft) to 40,000 square metres (430,000 sq ft).
The Noonday Gun is located on the waterfront of the area formerly known as East Point, present-day Causeway Bay. East Point was the first plot of land in Hong Kong to be sold by the colonial government by public auction in 1841, and was purchased by Jardine Matheson. Over the years, land reclamation has shifted the coastline northward, and the siting of the gun has changed accordingly. The name East Point is now disused. The tradition originated over an incident in the 1860s. Jardines' main godowns and offices were located at East Point, and its private militia would fire a gun salute to welcome a Jardine tai-pan's arrival by sea. On one occasion, a senior British naval officer became annoyed by this practice because he was new to Hong Kong and did not know of such a tradition. This was because such a salute was normally reserved for government officials and senior officers of the armed services. As a result, Jardines was ordered, as a penalty, to fire a gun every day at noon, in perpetuity. In 1941, during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, the Japanese Imperial Army dismantled the gun and it was lost. After British forces regained Hong Kong in 1945, the Royal Navy provided Jardines with a new six-pound gun with which to continue the tradition of the noonday gun. On 1 July 1947, the Noonday gun was back in operation.Following complaints that the gun was too loud, in 1961 the marine police replaced the six-pound gun with a Hotchkiss three-pounder that saw action in the Battle of Jutland during the First World War.
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Noonday Gun
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The Noonday Gun is located on the waterfront of the area formerly known as East Point, present-day Causeway Bay. East Point was the first plot of land in Hong Kong to be sold by the colonial government by public auction in 1841, and was purchased by Jardine Matheson. Over the years, land reclamation has shifted the coastline northward, and the siting of the gun has changed accordingly. The name East Point is now disused. The tradition originated over an incident in the 1860s. Jardines' main godowns and offices were located at East Point, and its private militia would fire a gun salute to welcome a Jardine tai-pan's arrival by sea. On one occasion, a senior British naval officer became annoyed by this practice because he was new to Hong Kong and did not know of such a tradition. This was because such a salute was normally reserved for government officials and senior officers of the armed services. As a result, Jardines was ordered, as a penalty, to fire a gun every day at noon, in perpetuity. In 1941, during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, the Japanese Imperial Army dismantled the gun and it was lost. After British forces regained Hong Kong in 1945, the Royal Navy provided Jardines with a new six-pound gun with which to continue the tradition of the noonday gun. On 1 July 1947, the Noonday gun was back in operation.Following complaints that the gun was too loud, in 1961 the marine police replaced the six-pound gun with a Hotchkiss three-pounder that saw action in the Battle of Jutland during the First World War.
The park was formerly a typhoon shelter known as Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, part of Victoria Harbour, used as a refuge by fishing boats and yachts during typhoon seasons. In the 1950s, the shelter was reclaimed and the park was built there. The typhoon shelter was then relocated to the north. The park has long been a gathering place for domestic workers on Sundays, their usual day off. Since the early 2000s, helpers from Indonesia have come to predominate, in and around the western end of the Park, as their numbers in Hong Kong have increased relative to those from the Philippines. The parallel tradition for Filipina domestic workers is to congregate around Statue Square in Central. A portion of the park was occupied by construction of a slip road for the Central–Wan Chai Bypass project. This was "hugely controversial" as local councillors and residents alleged they were not informed that the road would cut through the park. In March 2015 construction unearthed unexploded ordnance dating from World War II and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau of the Hong Kong Police Force was called in to dispose of it. The bypass opened in early 2019. The slip road is now a permanent fixture in the north of the park, where it runs in a depression for about 150 metres before entering a tunnel portal.
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VictoriaPark
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The park was formerly a typhoon shelter known as Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, part of Victoria Harbour, used as a refuge by fishing boats and yachts during typhoon seasons. In the 1950s, the shelter was reclaimed and the park was built there. The typhoon shelter was then relocated to the north. The park has long been a gathering place for domestic workers on Sundays, their usual day off. Since the early 2000s, helpers from Indonesia have come to predominate, in and around the western end of the Park, as their numbers in Hong Kong have increased relative to those from the Philippines. The parallel tradition for Filipina domestic workers is to congregate around Statue Square in Central. A portion of the park was occupied by construction of a slip road for the Central–Wan Chai Bypass project. This was "hugely controversial" as local councillors and residents alleged they were not informed that the road would cut through the park. In March 2015 construction unearthed unexploded ordnance dating from World War II and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau of the Hong Kong Police Force was called in to dispose of it. The bypass opened in early 2019. The slip road is now a permanent fixture in the north of the park, where it runs in a depression for about 150 metres before entering a tunnel portal.
My favourite restaurants
The legendary Taiwanese dim sum restaurant opened their first Hong Kong branch in Causeway Bay before moving onto an additional three other locations dotted around town, although this is still our favourite. The expertly crafted xialongbao (a sort of twisted dim sum with a range of fillings) are by-now legendary and an absolute must try, especially the fancy black truffle and pork. Other highlights include tofu with crab roe and the classic salabao steamed buns with a range of fillings. One of the best things about Din Tai Fung is the food is typically less oily than other dim sum joints around town. Opening Hours: 11:30 - 22:00 Address: G/F, Delay No Mall, 68 Yee Wo St, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 3160 8998
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Din Tai Fung
68號 Yee Wo St
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The legendary Taiwanese dim sum restaurant opened their first Hong Kong branch in Causeway Bay before moving onto an additional three other locations dotted around town, although this is still our favourite. The expertly crafted xialongbao (a sort of twisted dim sum with a range of fillings) are by-now legendary and an absolute must try, especially the fancy black truffle and pork. Other highlights include tofu with crab roe and the classic salabao steamed buns with a range of fillings. One of the best things about Din Tai Fung is the food is typically less oily than other dim sum joints around town. Opening Hours: 11:30 - 22:00 Address: G/F, Delay No Mall, 68 Yee Wo St, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 3160 8998
Cat cafes add an extra cute dimension to lunch and Ah Meow Cat Café in Causeway Bay is our favourite place in Hong Kong for a lunch with feline friends. Pancakes, pizzas and cute cupcakes are the order of the day at Ah Meow Cat Café with a range of coffees and teas. The café is quite hard to find, on the 3rd floor of Po Ming Building. It’s a member’s only club but registration can be done on the spot. The kitties’ wellbeing is carefully considered, to the point that every guest is given a small booklet containing information about how to interact with the animals. Location: 3F, Po Ming Building, 2 Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2710 9953
Cat Island Cafe
Cat cafes add an extra cute dimension to lunch and Ah Meow Cat Café in Causeway Bay is our favourite place in Hong Kong for a lunch with feline friends. Pancakes, pizzas and cute cupcakes are the order of the day at Ah Meow Cat Café with a range of coffees and teas. The café is quite hard to find, on the 3rd floor of Po Ming Building. It’s a member’s only club but registration can be done on the spot. The kitties’ wellbeing is carefully considered, to the point that every guest is given a small booklet containing information about how to interact with the animals. Location: 3F, Po Ming Building, 2 Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2710 9953
24-hour ramen joint Icihiran shot to fame in Japan due to its seating layout, which sees individual seating booths divided by partitions built tightly on either side. This, they argue, is so diners can fully appreciate the quality of the ramen on offer here. The layout of the Causeway Bay branch keeps the partitions, but thankfully, it is still possible to chat to your neighbour. The ramen at Ichiran is made of tonkotsu stock (made from pig bones) so it has that ultra-rich flavour, with pork, spring onion, and quite thin and firm noodles. If you are looking for a tasty feed at any time of the day or night, head to Ichiran for some steaming ramen. Opening Hours: 24 hours a day Address: Lockhart House Block A, 440-446 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2116 4802 Read more at: http://www.hong-kong-hotels.ws/top10/top10-restaurant-causeway-bay.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001
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ICHIRAN Causeway Bay
440-446 Jaffe Rd
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24-hour ramen joint Icihiran shot to fame in Japan due to its seating layout, which sees individual seating booths divided by partitions built tightly on either side. This, they argue, is so diners can fully appreciate the quality of the ramen on offer here. The layout of the Causeway Bay branch keeps the partitions, but thankfully, it is still possible to chat to your neighbour. The ramen at Ichiran is made of tonkotsu stock (made from pig bones) so it has that ultra-rich flavour, with pork, spring onion, and quite thin and firm noodles. If you are looking for a tasty feed at any time of the day or night, head to Ichiran for some steaming ramen. Opening Hours: 24 hours a day Address: Lockhart House Block A, 440-446 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2116 4802 Read more at: http://www.hong-kong-hotels.ws/top10/top10-restaurant-causeway-bay.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001
If steamed milk pudding seems a little boring, that’s because you have never tried it from Yee Shun Milk Company. With a whole page of flavours to choose from, the soft texture of the pudding melts in the mouth, and available hot or cold, it can is suitable for any season. Our favourites include the classic milk pudding, along with the ginger variety, although almost any fruit flavour is available for those with a sweet tooth. Prices start at HK$25 so not only is this a tasty snack, it’s also cheap. The restaurant is located on Lockhart Road, on the way towards Wan Chai. Address: G/F., 506 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay Tel: +851 2591 1837
Yee Shun Milk Company - Causeway Bay
506 Lockhart Rd
If steamed milk pudding seems a little boring, that’s because you have never tried it from Yee Shun Milk Company. With a whole page of flavours to choose from, the soft texture of the pudding melts in the mouth, and available hot or cold, it can is suitable for any season. Our favourites include the classic milk pudding, along with the ginger variety, although almost any fruit flavour is available for those with a sweet tooth. Prices start at HK$25 so not only is this a tasty snack, it’s also cheap. The restaurant is located on Lockhart Road, on the way towards Wan Chai. Address: G/F., 506 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay Tel: +851 2591 1837
One of Hong Kong’s most historic noodle shops, Ho Hung Kee first opened on Hennessy Road in 1946. It’s moved around a few times since then and is now settled in the plush environs of Hysan Place. A recipient of a Michelin star in 2012 and 2013, the noodles are excellent and the creamy congee is worth considering too.
Ho Hung Kee Congee & Noodle
500號 Hennessy Rd
One of Hong Kong’s most historic noodle shops, Ho Hung Kee first opened on Hennessy Road in 1946. It’s moved around a few times since then and is now settled in the plush environs of Hysan Place. A recipient of a Michelin star in 2012 and 2013, the noodles are excellent and the creamy congee is worth considering too.
A prominent Japanese omakase restaurant, Raki has three options on its menu – you can choose to spend $1,400, $1,600 or $1,800. Using the freshest ingredients in interesting combinations, this venue is perfect for those who can’t decide when ordering. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed with whatever arrives on your table.
Raki Japanese Fine Dining
1 Hoi Ping Rd
A prominent Japanese omakase restaurant, Raki has three options on its menu – you can choose to spend $1,400, $1,600 or $1,800. Using the freshest ingredients in interesting combinations, this venue is perfect for those who can’t decide when ordering. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed with whatever arrives on your table.
Challenge your taste buds and see how much spice you can handle by ordering the stalwart chilli 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 slightly milder flavour. Reservations are highly recommended.
San Xi Lou
1 Matheson St
Challenge your taste buds and see how much spice you can handle by ordering the stalwart chilli 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 slightly milder flavour. Reservations are highly recommended.
Tired of sitting at a table? Hop on a sampan and tuck into Cantonese-style seafood out on the bay. Sure, the boat itself isn’t anything fancy and the service can leave a little to be desired, but dining out on the water and tucking into Typhoon Shelter crab claws with a small group of friends is one of the most unique HK dining experiences you can have.
Shun Kee Typhoon Shelter Seafood
Tired of sitting at a table? Hop on a sampan and tuck into Cantonese-style seafood out on the bay. Sure, the boat itself isn’t anything fancy and the service can leave a little to be desired, but dining out on the water and tucking into Typhoon Shelter crab claws with a small group of friends is one of the most unique HK dining experiences you can have.
Best nightlife in Causeway Bay
Mamoz is an elegant cocktail bar and lounge with stunning views and some of the best bartenders in the area. The signature tipple is their Tear Rock, which the bar famously claims are only available to 20 guests on weekends, but there are several pages of classics to enjoy for the traditionalists. The bar is decked out in marble and leather, with tall stools along the bar and small tables for groups. Don’t miss the glass floor section of the bar which has some hair-raising views directly down 28 floors. The second floor of Mamoz is a breezy outdoor terrace with the most panoramic view of the city on offer in Causeway Bay. Happy hour runs from 17:00 to 21:00 daily. Opening Hours: 17:00–01:00 Location: 27-28/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2890 3182
Mamoz is an elegant cocktail bar and lounge with stunning views and some of the best bartenders in the area. The signature tipple is their Tear Rock, which the bar famously claims are only available to 20 guests on weekends, but there are several pages of classics to enjoy for the traditionalists. The bar is decked out in marble and leather, with tall stools along the bar and small tables for groups. Don’t miss the glass floor section of the bar which has some hair-raising views directly down 28 floors. The second floor of Mamoz is a breezy outdoor terrace with the most panoramic view of the city on offer in Causeway Bay. Happy hour runs from 17:00 to 21:00 daily. Opening Hours: 17:00–01:00 Location: 27-28/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2890 3182
Cubus
1 Hoi Ping Rd
Mamoz is an elegant cocktail bar and lounge with stunning views and some of the best bartenders in the area. The signature tipple is their Tear Rock, which the bar famously claims are only available to 20 guests on weekends, but there are several pages of classics to enjoy for the traditionalists. The bar is decked out in marble and leather, with tall stools along the bar and small tables for groups. Don’t miss the glass floor section of the bar which has some hair-raising views directly down 28 floors. The second floor of Mamoz is a breezy outdoor terrace with the most panoramic view of the city on offer in Causeway Bay. Happy hour runs from 17:00 to 21:00 daily. Opening Hours: 17:00–01:00 Location: 27-28/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2890 3182
One of the latest ventures from serial restauranteurs, JC Group, Hooray Bar is a spacious and chilled venue offering views over the Harbour. It is definitely our pick for a sundowner cocktail in Causeway Bay. Of course, you are free to sample the mainly Italian/French menu, but we usually prefer to enjoy a cocktail and enjoy the view, which is not panoramic due to surrounding buildings, but is still impressive. The signature cocktails were sweet and pretty, while the classics seem to be on point. Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:30 pm and 18:00 – 22:30 Location: P502, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2895 0885
World Trade Centre
One of the latest ventures from serial restauranteurs, JC Group, Hooray Bar is a spacious and chilled venue offering views over the Harbour. It is definitely our pick for a sundowner cocktail in Causeway Bay. Of course, you are free to sample the mainly Italian/French menu, but we usually prefer to enjoy a cocktail and enjoy the view, which is not panoramic due to surrounding buildings, but is still impressive. The signature cocktails were sweet and pretty, while the classics seem to be on point. Opening Hours: 12:00 – 14:30 pm and 18:00 – 22:30 Location: P502, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2895 0885
Dickens Bar is a slice of colonial England, right in the centre of Causeway Bay. This gastro pub in The Excelsior Hong Kong Hotel (a Mandarin Oriental property) is a great place to unwind with a pint of your favourite beer from around the world (there are close to 100 varieties) watch a game of football or rugby and sample a few of the British pub dishes that have made Dickens Bar so famous, especially the British-style Indian curry. Happy hour from 16:00 to 20:00 with a cut-price selection of draft beers, wines and spirits. Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00-14:30, Bar 12:00-1:00 (weekdays) 2:00 (Fri & Sat) Location: 281 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2837 6782
281 Gloucester Rd
281 Gloucester Rd
Dickens Bar is a slice of colonial England, right in the centre of Causeway Bay. This gastro pub in The Excelsior Hong Kong Hotel (a Mandarin Oriental property) is a great place to unwind with a pint of your favourite beer from around the world (there are close to 100 varieties) watch a game of football or rugby and sample a few of the British pub dishes that have made Dickens Bar so famous, especially the British-style Indian curry. Happy hour from 16:00 to 20:00 with a cut-price selection of draft beers, wines and spirits. Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00-14:30, Bar 12:00-1:00 (weekdays) 2:00 (Fri & Sat) Location: 281 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2837 6782
Rugby fans in Hong Kong have a place to call home in Ruggers, located just around the corner from Times Square Hong Kong shopping mall. It is a tight and cosy bar, and very popular for expats in the area so expect a lively and fun night out at Ruggers, particularly during the big rugby matches shown on TV. On quieter nights, the bar staff are happy to engage in conversation. With a wide selection of beers on tap, it’s also a great place for fans of harder to find beers and ciders. Beers start from HK$50 but quickly escalate for craft beers. Opening Hours: 12:00 – 01:00 Location: 6 Yiu Wa St, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2777 7638
Ruggers
6 耀華街
Rugby fans in Hong Kong have a place to call home in Ruggers, located just around the corner from Times Square Hong Kong shopping mall. It is a tight and cosy bar, and very popular for expats in the area so expect a lively and fun night out at Ruggers, particularly during the big rugby matches shown on TV. On quieter nights, the bar staff are happy to engage in conversation. With a wide selection of beers on tap, it’s also a great place for fans of harder to find beers and ciders. Beers start from HK$50 but quickly escalate for craft beers. Opening Hours: 12:00 – 01:00 Location: 6 Yiu Wa St, Causeway Bay Tel: +852 2777 7638