Packed with luxury brands and glitzy malls, Causeway Bay is home to one of the world’s most expensive streets. But fret not! From Hollywood-famous public housing estates to the city’s largest park, there’s plenty to do in CWB that won’t break your budget. We have your Cheapo needs covered.

Pro tip: See our guide on how to get from the airport to Causeway Bay.

1. Catch a horse race in Happy Valley

Perfect for party-seekers
From HK$10.00 to enter the public enclosure

Parade Ring at Causeway Bay's Happy Valley Racecourse
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A stone’s throw away from Causeway Bay, Happy Valley Racecourse throws the best mid-week party in town.

Every Wednesday night, Happy Valley Racecourse is open for night races. Non-gambling punters can enjoy the night by visiting the Beer Garden for live entertainment, food and, of course, beer.

The best location to see the action is at the fence near the finishing post—towards the end of the Beer Garden. The Parade Area, where racing horses will take a stroll before the game, is located near the finishing post, too.

The first race starts at 7:15 pm and the last race starts at around 10:50 pm. Entrance is HK$10.00 and free after 10 pm.

2. Take a tram tour

Ideal for history buffs
From HK$150.00
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Starting in Causeway Bay, take a 1-hour tour on a unique 1920s-style tram. The top deck of the tram is open, perfect for sightseeing and taking pics (there’s free wifi, so you can post to Insta right away).

You’ll learn about local life and tram history. Info is available in eight different languages, (English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish and Russian). You can check out the picture gallery, videos and artefacts onboard, too.

3. Check out the public library


Hong Kong Central Library's exterior
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Looking for fun, indoor, family-friendly things to do in Causeway Bay? Hong Kong Central Library overlooking Victoria Park boasts 12 floors of free and educational entertainment including a floor specially designed for the little humans. 

The second floor features a children’s library, an activity room (for story readings) and an interactive Toy Library. The Toy Library—including Baby Play Corner; Pretend and Imaginative Play Corner; Creative Play Corner; and Activities and Games Play Corner—stocks a series of educational games. From board games to musical plays to skills games, the library caters to children of all different ages.

Check the Central Library’s website for information on special exhibitions, talks and other events. 

4. Watch the Jardine Noonday Gun

Experience a cherished tradition

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What began as a penalty has become one of the longest-lasting traditions in Hong Kong. 

As the story goes: The Jardine Matheson Group (a large corporation in Hong Kong) has owned and operated The Noonday Gun at the Causeway Bay waterfront since the 1840s. In the old days, its officers would fire a gun salute whenever the head of the company set sail. 

When a British naval officer was visiting Hong Kong in the 1860s, he was annoyed by the tradition as gun salutes were supposed to be reserved for military commanders. The vexed visiting officer, therefore, ordered Jardine to fire a gun salute at noon every day, for perpetuity.

The company has upheld the promise since then.

The original gun was lost during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during the Second World War and was later replaced after the war.

The location of the Noonday Gun is quite hidden. Visitors can access the pier through a silver door on the alley between the former Excelsior Hotel and World Trade Mall. The door will take you to an underground carpark and tunnel that connects to the Noonday Gun pier.

For a slower afternoon

Causeway Bay's Yee Wo Street Circular Bridge - Causeway Bay things to do
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If people-watching and tram-watching are some of your favourite travel activities, the circular footbridge on Yee Wo Street smack in the middle of Causeway Bay is a convenient and iconic viewing point.

Built in the 60s, the bridge spans 300 metres and connects Causeway Road, Hennesey Road and Leighton Road. Despite being featured in many Hong Kong movies, it’s fairly underused in recent years as more pedestrian crossings are installed along Yee Wo Street. Still, it’s the best place to perch up and snap some photos of the buzzy CWB district.

6. Picnic or attend an event at Victoria Park

Slice of local life
Free; some events may charge a modest entrance fee

Things to do in Causeway Bay-Hong Kong's Victoria Park picnic lawn
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Most well-known for its vibrant Chinese New Year markets, Victoria Park is a meeting place for Hongkongers for big and small events alike.

Spanning over 19 hectares, it’s the largest public park in Hong Kong.

There is a wide array of outdoor and indoor facilities including a swimming pool complex, a jogging lane, a bandstand for performances and even a pool built for model boats. The central lawn is a great urban oasis for picnics. Most of the facilities are available for free except for some of the sports grounds like tennis courts and football pitches.

Entrance to the public swimming pool costs HK$17.00 for adults (HK$19.00 on weekends).

7. Snap photos at Hong Kong’s aesthetic public housing estate

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Lai Tak Tsuen is a public housing estate built in the 1970s. An award-winning design when it was first built, Lai Tak Tsuen is famous for being the only public houses shaped in round towers. 

But that’s not all. In fact, the striking design caught the eye of Hollywood bigwigs, and the estate appears in the live-action remake of the animated film Ghost In The Shell. Despite the heavy CGI, it’s easy to spot it in the movie.

8. Keep your enemies at bay with “petty person beating”

Get a taste of local folklore
Fees vary; generally expect prices to start from HK$50.00

Secure some good luck and safety. Visit one of many villain-hitting booths, located under the Canal Road Flyover in Causeway Bay.

Villain-hitting is an ancient tradition rooted in southern China. The ritual involves practitioners bashing an image of your chosen target with a shoe.

Whether you believe in this unique form of sorcery or not, it’s worth visiting the site in March, the peak season, to witness the action for yourself.

9. Shop

Grab souvenirs and more

Causeway Bay boasts massive, shiny malls where you can purchase pretty much anything you want. Notably, it also has the city’s largest Don Quijote. Fair warning: it gets chaotic.

But Hong Kong is a city of opposites, so local markets abound, too. Jardine’s Bazaar is one such covered market where you can buy fruits and veg, spices, flowers, and more.

10. Have a feast

Fuel up

Causeway Bay has (arguably) the widest variety of cuisines on offer in Hong Kong.

  • Din Tai Fung‘s Causeway Bay branch (68 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay) deserves its rave reviews and Michelin recognition. Sample the iconic soup dumplings. A sleeper hit is the double boiled mushroom soup (trust us on this).
  • Hong Kong has a sizeable Indonesian population, and Causeway Bay is the city’s de facto Little Indonesia. If you’re keeping halal and/or wanting to branch out, we recommend the nasi campur (rice with an assortment of sides) at Warung Malang (2/F, Dragon Rise Building, 9 Pennington Street, Causeway Bay).
  • For Sichuanese food, fortified with a hearty dose of numbing pepper, head to Yu (4 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay). The saliva chicken is particularly popular here, as is the thinly sliced pork with cucumber doused in garlic.
  • If you’re craving the depachika or underground department store experience without a trip to Japan, the basement of SOGO is your best bet. You’ll find stalls serving Japanese curry, sushi sets, and various Japanese grocery items.
  • Keep it local and pay a visit to Cheung Hing Coffee Shop in Happy Valley (9 Yik Yam Street, Happy Valley), famed for its pineapple bun sandwiches and perfectly sweet milk tea.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get to Causeway Bay?

Causeway Bay is easily accessible by MTR, bus, minibus, and tram.

From Central, the most straightforward option is taking the MTR. Simply hop on the Island Line (towards Chai Wan) and ride a few stops.

From the airport, we recommend taking the Airport Express, then switching to the Island Line. However, there are several other ways to get there. Read our guide for more detailed info.

What’s the best way to get around Causeway Bay?

You can traverse Causeway Bay on foot. It’s dense and relatively small. Alternatively, take the tram.

What’s the best time to go to Causeway Bay?

Causeway Bay is busy pretty much all the time. If you want to avoid the crowds, we recommend early mornings and weekdays. Sundays will see this district absolutely packed.

Should I get a hotel in Causeway Bay?

Definitely. If you want to be close to a lot of attractions and have excellent access to more or less every part of Hong Kong, Causeway Bay is an excellent launchpad.

The Park Lane, though not cheap, offers beautiful views of the harbour.

This article was written by Hiufu Wong and first published in July 2017. Last update: May 2024.

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