Posted By Samuel Phineas Upham
Causeway Bay is one of the biggest shopping centers in Hong Kong, but tourists seem to focus on the overwhelming ocean, and the sea of people hunting for the best bargains from a plain looking shopping center.
The truth is that Causeway Bay has overtaken New York’s Fifth Avenue as the world’s most expensive retail shopping center. This actually forced out many of the smaller shops that had been there for years, ushering in the era of big box retailers from international cities.
But Causeway Bay isn’t just a big tourist trap. There is real value to be found on some interesting goods.
SOGO was opened in 1985, and it is to this day the biggest and most popular Japanese department store in Causeway Bay and Hong Kong. The shopping center consists of 12 stories (including two floors below ground level) that cater to everything from high fashion and cosmetics, to toys and games for children.
Island Beverly Center
About 100 small boutiques dealing in fashion from Korea and Japan are housed in the Island Beverly Center. The mall also features consignment stores that sell goods from the community, and it’s a fun trip through the best (and worst) trends Hong Kong has to offer.
Retrostone got its start by selling second hand t-shirts of American bands. The store is known for selling vintage and imitation vintage that is apparently very convincing. Shirts are still the main stay, but fans can also find leather goods and designs they can’t get in Hong Kong. A rocker’s paradise, Retrostone offers everything that a band’s number one fan would need.