Hong Kong, unlike any other city is full of hidden hideaway, packed with cultural exposure. And as a new bee to Hong Kong you can trust me when I say that all travel guides lead to a handful of similar destinations. Here is a review of my top three shopping, culture and coffee in Causeway bay, your ultimate shopping destination?! Nope, Thanks to Travel Asia, you now have an alternate guide to Causeway Bay, to discover it like a true alternative soul!
SHOPPING: Jardine’s Crescent Market:
When it comes to shopping in causeway there is really no end, but In between the high rise jungle at Times square in Causeway Bay, one is bound to be sucked into mainstream shopping trends. Some may write it off as just another pocket market in Hong Kong, but I’ll say otherwise. It is probably the only street market that is crushed in between a brand-war.
The market is done in vendor-style and is not too extensive. It is like a short and sweet poem. It is filled with some off-shot vintage fashions, along with accessories of all shapes and sizes. I was lucky to find some super-cute pairs of earrings. Bargaining is the norm there, and was lucky to buy three earrings for $30!! So if you (like I am) are bored out by billboard fashion, the next time you are dragged to go “shopping” at causeway, you know the place to hit!
CULTURE: St. Mary’s Cathedral:
I was on my way to the Hong Kong Public Library on a busy weekday morning where I came across a building which resembled an old Chinese temple, but when I went up close and read the board, it read ‘St. Mary’s Church (Episcopal)’. Truly amazed by the fact that I’d never seen a church with this architecture, the curious me wanted to go in. There was a little (handwritten) note saying that prayer service will only be held on Sunday’s, but anyone is free to come sit and meditate. Just like that, I opened the rather heavy door and was simply astonished. I was met with beautiful glass stained windows against the alter while the organist continued to play hymns. I found myself seated that for almost an hour. It is so beautiful to be able to mediate in the heart of the city. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who needs some time off, but doesn’t really have the time to do so!
COFFEE: Communist Cafe- the people’s recreation community:
This, I would say is personally my favourite. As you stream out of exit A, Causeway bay, before you turn right to slide into the shopaholic that you are, you see a promiscuous red board saying “People’s Recreation Community”. In a sea of capitalism – here is your breath of fresh air! It is a very small cafe cum bookstore. It is packed with literature spanning politics to philosophy. Although the stairs leading up to it may not give off the best impression, their menu, printed on little propaganda booklets offer a wide array of items including an array of Chinese herbal tea options. What’s more? It’s a haven for books that are banned in mainland China, in Chinese of course. For non-chinese speakers, they offer free Wi-Fi and two or three computers that you can browse through. And let’s not forget the Maoist goodies you find- they are open till midnight!