For those seeking a chic awakening,is a good place in which to get lost. Euphemistically called a mini-mall, its four floors are crammed with micro-shops peddling the latest styles from Asia’s fashion capitals, Seoul and Tokyo. Boasting wallet-friendly clothes, jewellery, shoes, accessories and everything in between, it’s see-now, buy-now done right and the easiest way to discover what’s hot at any given moment. Jewellery designer Anne Yuen admits that she peruses the baubles when in need of new ideas. “I love wandering around Island Beverly,” she says. “It’s always so inspiring — there’s just so much to take in. I always come away from there with a lot of vision and motivation, and normally with a few new purchases too.”
Analogue photography is now the hipster’s hobby of choice and Causeway Bay is the Hong Kong Island point of confluence for amateurs and aficionados alike, many of whom turn towhen the last shot has been taken. Simplicity is central to Showa Lab’s approach, ensuring that it does film development well and often at lightning speed. It also carries vintage cameras, a wide range of film and modified Polaroid cameras — surely the ultimate scenester accessory.
Sarha Kim, who works in fashion, chooses to live in the district not only for its cosmopolitan mix of local and international, but also because it’s where her preferred haunts are located. “I might be giving away a hidden gem here, but my absolute favourite spot in Causeway Bay is this lovely authentic Japanese teppanyaki spot called,” says Kim. “It only seats about 20 people at the same time so it’s virtually impossible to get a table without a reservation. The ambience is always lively — I would recommend perching at the bar and ordering a highball.”
That Kim’s favoured eatery is Japanese instead of Cantonese, is indicative of Causeway Bay’s globalisation, whether in terms of style or flavour. However, what it does so well, is take that outside influence and transform it into something that is distinctively Hong Kong, a place where opposites attract and the younger generation is well dressed.
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