Sham Shui Po is a district of simple pleasures. As a historically blue-collar neighbourhood, this area just north of Boundary Street offers a lot of cheap but cheerful experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the city. Instead of glitzy, glass-panelled skyscrapers, here you’ll find buildings that hide a rich history behind their humble façades. Don’t come here for a fancy gourmet meal. Instead, come here if you want to try Michelin-recommended noodles and snacks that only cost HK$50. And if you’re planning to do a bit of shopping, be prepared to spend several hours here, sifting through all the eclectic wares at the open-air street markets.
If you want to experience Sham Shui Po to the fullest, this walking guide will show you the best things to see, eat, buy and do, from traditional temples built by early immigrants to concept stores and coffee shops that are bringing a new energy and attitude to this bustling district. Along the way, you’ll discover all the simple pleasures that give Sham Shui Po its distinct charm.