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Meander through a creative local neighbourhood

Time Out Hong Kong
  • Written by Time Out Hong Kong
Creative calling
Rex Yam, co-founder of Doughnut, recommends establishments owned and loved by the new generation
Rex Yam

Rex Yam founded local backpack brand, Doughnut, with his business partner, Stephen Cheng in 2010. The pair started with an online store before moving into a brick-and-mortar shop in Sham Shui Po in 2013. “Some people think of Sham Shui Po as a poor and shabby neighbourhood but actually, a lot of young people come here especially to buy fabric, or to eat Wai Kee’s pig liver noodles, or to shop around Golden Computer Centre… It’s a very fun place,” says Mr Yam. He’s witnessed how the neighbourhood’s evolved over the last few years. “We were probably the first young designer brand to open in this area. Nowadays, there are a lot of interesting cafés and shops, such as Form Society or the stores on Tai Nan Street,” he says, adding, “we try to collaborate with the owners of these businesses. It’s really revitalised this neighbourhood.”

Hop Yik Tai

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Made fresh every day, the delicious cheong fun – or rice noodle roll – is incredibly smooth and pairs perfectly with the combination of sweet sauce, sesame sauce and soy sauce. This humble snack costs only a few dollars and is recommended even by the Michelin Guide. It’s no wonder there are queues all the time.

Man Kei Cart Noodles

Stop 2 - Man Kei Cart Noodles

Man Kei Cart Noodles Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info is so popular that it boasts three outlets on the same block – all of which are constantly packed with diners. The eatery offers a diverse selection of noodle types, soup bases and ingredients that are all prepared fresh to order. Try the chu hou beef brisket and Swiss chicken wings, as well as the special chilli sauce, which is made in-house. These items are so tasty, they’re recommended even in Michelin’s street food guide.

Wong Kee Flea Market (Fuk Wing Street)

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This tiny little store on Fuk Wing Street is a treasure trove of toys, stationary, party décor and other fun knick-knacks. There are plenty of bargains to be found here, whether it's a cute stuffed animal or a new hat that costs only a few dollars.


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A rising local designer backpack label, Doughnut Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info started as an online store before opening a boutique in Sham Shui Po in 2013. The brand has since expanded and now has several stores around Hong Kong. Its cute backpacks and hipster-esque luggage come in countless colours and sizes and are perfect for any outdoor adventure or fashion statement.

Brothers Leathercraft (Tai Nan Street)

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Brothers Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info offers fine Italian leathers, as well as tools and accessories for aspiring craftspeople. The store also operates a workshop near their flagship store, where you can learn how to craft your own basic leather wares to bring back home.

Café Sausalito

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Café Sausalito Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info ’s founder spent a lot of time in Sham Shui Po before opening this coffee shop in 2014. The charming café has since become a mecca for javaholics across the city with its brilliant brews, including a single origin pour-over coffee, as well as the Cucumberano – a cucumber flavoured Americano and soda water concoction. Stop by during weekends for some awesome live jamming sessions.

Alri Star Leather Factory

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One of the second-wave leather artisans to descend on Tai Nan Street, Alri Star Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info boasts an impressive selection of hides costing around HK$500 per piece. The store also carries all the tools you need to start cutting and pounding away. Blades, chisels, hammers, gouges – you name it, they have it. On top of that, Alri also offers workshops, so beginners can learn how to put all the wonderful tools to good use.

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